Steinberg UR242

4-in/2-out USB 2.0 Audio Interface with D-PRE Mic Preamps, 2 XLR/TRS Combo Inputs, 2 1/4" Line Inputs, 2 1/4" Line Outputs, and MIDI I/O
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4-channel USB Interface for Any Platform

Steinberg's portable UR242 USB interface combines the amazing sound quality of discrete analog circuitry with the ease of mobile portability. Featuring Steinberg's celebrated D-PRE microphone preamps, the UR242 gives you breathtaking Class A analog preamp circuitry anywhere you go. You'll love the cross-platform compatibility that lets you record up to four channels simultaneously using iOS, Mac, or PC. Whether you're a musician or producer that needs a mobile recording solution with great sound, or a podcaster looking to upgrade your rig, the Steinberg UR242 USB interface is a great solution!

Steinberg UR242 USB 2.0 Audio Interface at a Glance:
  • Loopback functionality for easy live internet streaming
  • Class A D-PRE microphone preamps
  • Amazing analog circuitry
  • Includes Cubase AI recording software
Loopback functionality for easy live internet streaming

There are certain situations, such as podcasting, where you don't need a ton of inputs but still want great sound and conversion. Steinberg had this in mind when they designed the UR242 with a convenient loopback function specifically for podcasting and other internet streaming activities. Loopback is a common function of most internet streaming programs, when it's active it merges your mic or any other input signals with the output from your DAW or other playback software and then sends the merged signal back to your computer for great live streaming audio.

Class A D-PRE microphone preamp

Steinberg's engineers teamed with Yamaha engineers to design the UR242. They used the acclaimed Class A D-PRE design, featuring advanced, inverted Darlington circuits, for an exceptionally smooth and detailed performance. The Steinberg UR242 features two microphone preamplifiers with XLR input and a TRS line level input, so you can easily track line-level instruments like keyboards and drum machines as well as your microphones. Two line level 1/4" inputs on the back panel let you record two more channels in addition to the preamps, making this a flexible four-channel recording solution.

Amazing analog circuitry

True discrete Class A preamp circuitry makes the Steinberg UR242 stand out, particularly among USB audio interfaces at its price point. Wait till you hear the astonishing sound quality the UR242 has to offer! These preamps take desktop recording to a whole new level. You also get phantom power to run your favorite condenser microphones. And to make sure you have consistent and ample power for phantom powering mics and for recording stability, Steinberg added a five volt DC USB port to the UR242 so that you can connect any standard USB power.

Includes Cubase AI recording software

Get started making music just as soon as you pull your Steinberg UR242 out of the box. You get powerful Cubase AI software included, for up to 32 audio tracks and up to 48 MIDI tracks. Based on the same core technologies as the Steinberg Cubase advanced music production system, Cubase AI offers great tools for composition, recording, editing and mixing. Cubase AI also comes with VST effects, VST3 plug-ins, and tons of drum loops. It's an excellent way to step into the production power of Cubase.

Steinberg UR242 USB 2.0 Audio Interface Features:
  • Excellent 24-bit/192kHz USB 2.0 audio interface with phenomenal analog and digital circuitry
  • Steinberg's D-Pre Class A discrete mic preamps give you excellent recording quality
  • Combo inputs for connecting instruments and microphones
  • Line level 1/4" inputs on the rear panel for connecting keyboards, drum machines and other line-level sources
  • Line level 1/4" outputs for connecting your studio monitors
  • Latency-free hardware monitoring
  • 5V phone battery input to power iPad and interface
  • Cross-platform compatibility for iOS, Mac OS X, and Windows
  • Includes Cubase AI music production software
Great sound and recording convenience with Steinberg's UR242!

Additional Media

Audio Interface Buying Guide
Steinberg Announces UR242

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity USB 2.0
Form Factor Desktop
Simultaneous I/O 4 x 2
Number of Preamps 2
Phantom Power Yes
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Built In DSP/FX Yes
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR/TRS Combo, 2 x 1/4"
Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4", 1 x 1/4" (Headphones)
Depth 6.25"
Width 7.79"
Height 1.85"
Weight 2.87 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number UR242

Customer Reviews

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Does everything I need... and does it very well

I purchased the UR242 a few months ago as my beloved Korg D1600 (15 years old) was giving me signs that it might start causing trouble. I figured that this was the time to jump into the computer DAW route. The Steinberg works as advertised and sounds just fine. I really wanted at least 2 line inputs so that I could use my own preamps and compressors without passing through more preamp circuitry. I have not used the front panel inputs so I can't comment on the preamps. I also have not downloaded The Steinberg channel strip software as, I don't feel that I need it. Anyhow, as a one man home recordist, the two line inputs works for what I need it to do and if I were to track drums, I have the 2 front panel inputs at the ready.

Great Start to the USB Interface World

General review: Just got it a few days ago. After caressing the software install and licensing it was plug and play -- sounds great, super easy to configure and ready in minutes. The difference actually surprised me. For years I was using an old analog Behringer mixer to a sound card. Nothing against it (well, maybe...) but I was due for a modernization. The old analog mixer setup time killed my spontaneous inspiration and the sound was "eh" after going through several physical gain/volume controls as well as digital controls; this has one knob between the analog and digital sides. Just wasn't a good fit and thus I rarely recorded. As my awesome sales rep Randy put it: "After all, it's all about making music, not fighting your gear!" He provided a lot of input as I was choosing which brand/model to get -- greatly appreciated. I miss recording as a hobby, and this brings it back. This was the best gear I've bought myself in years, save for maybe that '98 Korean Squier Jazz Bass from the garage sale for $30 a couple years ago. The strings I put on it cost more. Specifics: -- Sturdy build, roomy layout (simple, no clutter, easily accessible). From my first impression, it's a clear interface with sufficient headroom. -- One thing I didn't expect was that while ditching the PCI sound card, I had to reroute my stereo receiver to use the outputs on the back of the UR242 instead of the PCI outs -- can't use both, at least in the included software. No big deal, just run another RCA pair and switch channels on the stereo. -- The ability to record various inputs simultaneously and independently into a DAW is now indispensable. -- I can't say whether this is the final step in home recording interfaces, but it perfectly suits my needs. I considered bumping up to the UR44 (same thing, more I/Os) but I've never needed six inputs and I saved that $100. No discernible negatives in performance or operation yet. Maybe I should have waited a few months before writing this.

Solid Performer

I recently purchased the UR242 to replace my saffire pro 40, which was having troubles with Sonar Platinum. I have heard good things about Steinbergs drivers and I thought I would give this model a try since it's a new and most likely the drivers are going to be up to date. I really enjoy the layout and the size. All knobs and buttons are easy to access. It is small but well built. The driver's reputation is well deserved. Sonar recognized device immediately and all changes to the ASIO panel registered with no audio drop outs. Currently latency is 4.0msec input, 4.9msec output with a total of 8.9msec roundtrip at 64 samples which are better results than I had ever achieved on my firewire saffire. Sound wise I cannot tell the difference between the two. The UR242's dspMixFx is a nice feature and so far the included VST3 plugins sound excellent. The eLicenser is true pain but the product is solid. I doubt I will try this device on an apple product but it is nice to know that option exists. I also purchased a Roland Duo Capture Ex but returned it due to Roland's failure to include separate volume pots for monitors and headphones. Very pleased with purchase. Would have waited for thunderbolt devices but now with thunderbolt 3 about to come out I decided to wait for the smoke to clear. Steinberg and Yamaha definitely deserve a look especially at the price point.
Music background: enthusiast

After installed its great

Im not giving 5 stars because installing and licensing was a serious pain in my ***. I contacted Steinberg via email and they always replied within 1 day with help. So that was very nice of them and i appreciated that. So i have it installed and its a fantastic setup, especially for the price. Im mainly recording electric guitar into a MacBook Pro running Sierra. Works perfectly. Even if you just use garage band as your DAW its fantastic. I havent messed with Cubase it comes with yet but im sure its great too... If you need to plug and play virtually any instrument or, if you mic your amp or horns or drums or whatever you should be very happy with this device. I love it and im happy i didnt get some of the lesser price competion..
Music background: Touring rock/metal guitarist

Just what I needed

Solid, affordable and efficient. All I needed was an interface with midi in, and an audio in and out separate from a mic input, for a small, everything in the cpu, studio.
Music background: Songwriter, Producer and DJ
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