Steinberg UR28M

6-in/8-out USB 2.0 Audio Interface with Discrete Analog Preamplifiers and Built-in DSP Processing
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Analog Quality Meets Digital Flexibility!

Steinberg's UR28M USB interface combines the amazing sound quality of discrete analog circuitry with the power and flexibility of digital signal processing. Featuring two of Steinberg's celebrated D-Pre microphone preamps, the UR28M puts breathtaking Class A analog preamp circuitry right on your desktop. Tracking with the UR28M's onboard DSP is incredibly easy, allowing you to add reverb and channel-strip processing to your monitor mix. A digitally controlled monitor bus also adds excellent control-room functions, all of which is easily accessed via the Steinberg UR28M's convenient top panel.

Steinberg UR28M USB 2.0 Audio Interface at a Glance:
  • Amazing analog circuitry
  • Built-in DSP makes tracking easy
  • Digital monitoring convenience
Amazing analog circuitry

True discrete Class A preamp circuitry makes the Steinberg UR28M stand out, particularly among USB audio interfaces at its price point. Wait till you hear the astonishing sound quality the UR28M has to offer! This fantastic pair of preamps takes desktop recording to a whole new level!

Built-in DSP makes tracking easy

Steinberg knows that dull and lifeless monitor mixes lead to dull and lifeless performances. That's why they gave the UR28M powerful built-in DSP functions. Each analog input (two balanced TRS line inputs and two XLR/TRS combo jacks) has its own dedicated DSP channel strip, allowing you to dial in dynamics and EQ processing. You also get a master REV-X reverb, which you can use to add dimension to the vocal mix. And controlling these effects is super easy, thanks to Steinberg's dspMixFx mixer software. You'll love tracking with the UR28M!

Digital monitoring convenience

Steinberg's dspMixFx mixer software allows you to do even more than adjust the settings of the UR28M's built-in DSP processing, it also lets you create custom mixes. Set up three completely independent monitor mixes at once. This makes the UR28M perfect for headphone mixes and outboard effects sends, allowing you to easily integrate the rest of your studio gear.

Steinberg UR28M USB 2.0 Audio Interface Features:
  • Excellent 24-bit/96 kHz USB 2.0 audio interface with phenomenal analog and digital circuitry
  • 4 analog inputs and 6 analog outputs, plus a dedicated 1/8" stereo input for reference sources such as MP3 players
  • 2 x Steinberg's D-Pre Class A discrete mic preamps with +48V phantom power onboard give you excellent analog sound
  • 2-channel coaxial S/PDIF digital I/O lets you hook up high-quality outboard gear
  • 6 x 1/4" outputs let you send custom mixes to monitors and outboard gear
  • Built-in DSP REV-X reverb and four Steinberg Channel Strips allow you to record and monitor with effects and processing - without latency!
  • Control onboard DSP with Steinberg's dspMixFx mixer software
  • Digitally controlled monitor level control with DIM, Mono, and Mute fed by a 3x3 monitoring matrix
  • 2 x separate headphone buses with individual outputs
  • Cross-platform compatibility for Mac OS X and Windows
  • Native VST 3 plug-ins of REV-X and Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip additionally included
  • Includes Cubase AI music production software
Requirements for Mac OS X:
  • Intel processor; Intel Core Duo or faster recommended
  • OS X 10.5.8 or greater
  • 1GB of RAM minimum; 2GB of RAM recommended
Requirements for Windows:
  • Pentium/Athlon 2GHz; Dual Core processor recommended
  • Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit), XP SP3, Vista SP2 (32 and 64 bit)
  • iOS compliant (with the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit)
  • 1GB of RAM minimum; 2GB of RAM recommended
Get flexible DSP and amazing onboard preamps, with Steinberg's UR28M USB 2.0 audio interface!

Additional Media

Audio Interface Buying Guide
UR28M User Manual

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity USB 2.0
Form Factor Desktop
Simultaneous I/O 6 x 6
Number of Preamps 2
Phantom Power Yes (2 Channels)
A/D Resolution 24-bit/96 kHz
Built In DSP/FX Yes (Reverb, Channel-strip Processing)
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR Combo, 2 x TRS
Analog Outputs 6 x 1/4", 2 x Headphones
Digital Inputs 1 x S/PDIF (Coax)
Digital Outputs 1 x S/PDIF (Coax)
Depth 6.46"
Width 11.46"
Height 2.32"
Weight 3 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number UR28M

Customer Reviews

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Amazing Gear

Great sound and functionality for the price, you will not be disappointed. I have mine working with Cubase 7.5 and a pair of JBL monitors. AMAZING!
Music background: Hobbyist

Great Unit, Nothing Like It!!!

About a year ago, I bought this unit. Before I bought the unit, I was frustrated in the selection of desktop monitoring interfaces. All I wanted was a nice little unit that had a big knob for my main volume, headphone output, 2 preamps, and a 1/4'' input for hooking up my phone for casual listening. I also wanted the ability to switch monitors as well. It took me awhile to finally find this unit, and when I did, I was stoked! It had everything I wanted and more. This was literally the unit I had dreamed up in my head, I had no clue anyone made anything like it!!! A year later I am still pleased with it! I do not use it for professional purposes, I just use it to casually listen to music, get scratch vocals for friends, etc. I do strictly live work, so I cannot comment on how it works in the studio, but I have loved it on my desk!
Music background: Live Sound Engineer

Amazing Deal! Same League as the Duet 2 and Mbox 3 Pro

I am not a Cubase user. I work with Logic since 1997 and Pro Tools since 1999. I was very skeptical about purchasing this unit but I decided to give it a try. My primary goal was to get a decent mic preamps with impeccable conversion for vocals and guitars up to 96 + DSP FX for zero latency and multi monitoring system. A big challenge on a budget under $500. First, I have used for at least a month the following: Apogee Duet 2: Excellent, great pres and immaculate conversion, but no DSP FX and no multi monitoring option, single headphone out for $600. Mbox 3 Pro: As good as the Duet 2 in pres and conversion and perfect if you need more channels. Decent DSP FX for zero latency. But almost twice the price of the UR28M. Focusrite Saphire 24 DSP: Poor preamps, poor conversion, horrible dsp software. Now, for the Steinberg UR28M I was completely blown away. Preamps are on the same league as the Duet II and Mbox 3 Pro. Conversion is smooth and transparent. Same league as the other two units. Monitoring control is excellent for 3 sets of monitors. I have two: A KRK V8 and Adam AX3. The DSP FX is very intuitive and user friendly. FX Quality for monitoring is excellent. Way better than the Mbox 3 Pro. Unit is very well built. Not as sturdy as the Mbox 3 Pro but way better than the Saphire 24 DSP. I am vey happy with it. For $399 this is a no brainer. There is nothing under $500 that will get even close to the quality of this unit. Give it a try. You will not be disappointed. If you do, Sweetwater return policy will get you covered. Cheers!
Music background: Music Producer and Arranger, Recording Engineer

5.1 mixing

I have used this interface side by side with a Duet 2 for two years now. On my desk, I use the Duet 2 (only Mac) for stereo work and the Steinberg UR28M for surround work. I use Logic and find the UR28M to be a super efficient solution for 5.1, which in my case runs 5 Adam monitors and an M-Audio subwoofer. The only compromise is that I cannot control separate volumes between front and surround monitors from the interface, but I am fine with that. I started with the old Logic and switched to Pro Tools with a Digidesign 002 over a decade ago, but switched to Apogee a year later to go back to the new Logic Apple had acquired. This enabled me to drop the Digidesign's use of proprietary interfaces. I jumped to Mac Pro and Apogee 16s, Rosetta 200 and later the Duet 2. I could say I am a fan of Apogee products, but nothing beats the functionality and quality I get in the UR28M, for the money. My next choice would be the Apogee Quartet (because of surround mixing capabilities), but I could buy three UR28M interfaces plus all monitor cables for that money. I am about to sell my Duet 2 to simplify my desk and record/mix all, Stereo or Surround through the UR28M. Great interface. From personal experience, if you are thinking of buying, I highly recommend Sweetwater and their excellent service.

Great equipment and software

Hardware and software are a plus for music composing.
Music background: Hobbyi

Sweetwater Advice

Carson McClain

The Steinberg UR28M is German-designed, with two sets of headphone outs, input and output monitoring, source switching, ultra clean pres, and digital I/O. I love that you can run multiple sets of monitors and switch between them from this box.
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