Steinberg UR44

24-bit/192kHz, 6 x 4 Audio Interface with 4 Class A Preamps, DSP Monitoring, Effects, And Cubase AI Software
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Every day, countless Sweetwater customers call their Sales Engineers looking for cross-platform-compatible audio interfaces. Mac, Windows, iOS - it doesn't matter! Whichever recording platform you choose, Steinberg's UR44 USB audio interface gives you the quality analog I/O you need. Four Class A D-Pre preamps let you track anything with refreshingly transparent clarity, and MIDI I/O lets you connect keyboards and other music gear. You can monitor with zero latency, and even sweeten your headphone mix with DSP-powered effects. Factor in iPad compatibility, and you've got a smart portable interface solution with the UR44.

Steinberg UR44 USB Audio Interface Features:
  • An excellent 6-in/4-out, 24-bit/192kHz USB 2.0 recording interface for your Mac, PC, or iPad
  • I/O includes 4 Class A D-PRE preamps with phantom power and 2 x instrument inputs
  • Onboard DSP provides latency-free monitor mixing and monitoring with effects and processing
  • Pugged full-metal chassis provides the durability you need to take your recording rig on the road
  • Includes Cubase AI DAW software
  • Bundled with Steinberg's Basic FX Suite VST 3 plug-ins
  • iOS compliant (with the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit)
Record production-quality audio anywhere with your Steinberg UR44!

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Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity USB 2.0
Form Factor Desktop
Simultaneous I/O 6 x 4
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Built In DSP/FX Yes (Monitoring with Effects/Processing)
Analog Inputs 4 x XLR Combo, 2 x 1/4"
Analog Outputs 4 x 1/4"
Number of Preamps 4
Phantom Power Yes
MIDI I/O In/Out
Depth 6.22"
Width 9.93"
Height 1.85"
Manufacturer Part Number UR44

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
Based on 12 reviews
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5/5

A Great Budget Audio Interface

It's pretty interesting how Steinberg products such as this audio interface are not that relevant in the audio world comparing it to Focusrite, Audient, Presonus or even Universal Audio. Sure this interface doesn't cost as much as others out there, and may not be as popular. But let me tell you something about the UR44. This unit works like a charm, the preamps sound very good, clear and pleasant with enough gain to record anything you want getting a very professional sound out of them. I haven't come across any problem or situation where I feel like I wasted my money. For $299 you got a lot with this baby 6 ins, two headphones jacks, low latency, dsp processing, the drivers are very stable and believe me you can't go wrong with this unit. I used to have a Focusrite 2i2, before that I had an Apollo Twin Usb 3 and before that the Audient Id14, All of them good interfaces don't get me wrong. But The Audient had a little thing that bothered me a lot. Everytime I would pass 0db I got a very awful and painful distortion sound out of it. The 2i2 was ok nothing special but came across some weird issues with pop and clicks, And the Apollo Twin Duo Usb3 was an awesome unit but when it came down to my daily use $899 for a two channel interface was a lot of money and if you take away the plugins from the apollo, the preamps are just ok nothing major, if you want to get the real deal with Apollo you need to get the new black ones. Anyway back to the UR44, I'm very happy with my purchase, Every Daw works perfect I use FL Studio, Bitwig Studio, Studio One and Reaper. I recorded a couple of take with a Rode Nt1 and a Blue Baby Bottle and both of them sounded very good with the D-Pre's. If you are on a budget and wan to get a very solid and good audio interface without breaking your wallet. Get this baby. You won't regret it at all. Me? I'm a happy owner of one! and some of my colleagues who are using Apollo and Focusrite interfaces told me that the things I show them recorded with the ur44 sounded awesome so I'm good!!! Get One, and rock the world!
Music background: Singer/Producer/ BeatMakerRapper/Mixing and Recording Engineer
5/5

Versatile, Great Sounding, Up To Date Interface

There are many great things about this interface. First of all Steinberg keeps the drivers up to date. I've gotten past three MacOS upgrades and Steinberg has drivers each time. It is compatible with old and new versions of Pro Tools, Garage Band and Logic which is handy. What I've found to be extremely useful is the the software that comes with the device and the effects built in. The built in reverb and channel strip work great for live mixing and monitoring. This is very useful for practicing when you don't feel like fighting w a computer or moving cables to a mixer for a monitor setup. Even with the computer off this unit works for live monitoring which is quite convenient. The mixing app (dspMixFx) is very useful with and with out DAW software. A versatile and great sounding interfae.
5/5

Highly Recommended

I sold my MOTU Track 16 and purchased to this unit. I liked the MOTU, but the massive loom made it less than portable. This interface is very nice. The drivers are rock solid (better than MOTU on Windows for sure) and the pres sound very good. It's got a straightforward layout and the form factor is convenient. The build quality is everything it's advertised as - this thing is built like a tank. For the money you just can't go wrong here!
Music background: Singer/Songwriter
5/5

Solid Performer

This is a solidly built piece of hardware from Steinberg/Yamaha. Plenty of inputs for a smaller studio, great sound quality, flexible monitoring options, and most importantly for me, that monitoring is latency-free. This is a crucial component to tracking great vocals - it lets your singers hear themselves with great accuracy, thereby giving greater confidence, control, and ultimately a better performance. When you sound better, you sing better. All of the included plug-ins sound great and are really useful - as good or better than some of my stand-alone software. Buy it.
Music background: Songwriter, Producer, Multi-Instrumentalist.
5/5

Some of the best preamps in the price range

The Yamaha D-Pre's are excellent sounding preamps, and make anything you run through it sound great. I initially purchased this because it has a few more I/O ports than most of the other USB soundcards in it's price range while having lightning fast ASIO performance and some DSP FX for monitoring. I didn't expect to really like the DSP FX, as I have some nice VST ones but I wanted some reverb for zero latency monitoring of vocals and was surprised that I actually really like the Rev X reverb. Unfortunately I've been unable to get the plugins to be recognized in my DAWs. I think it's that the hosts don't recognize VST3 plugins. I'm not even sure they work because I don't have a host that supports VST3. But if you do it should work. The DSP FX work fine however and I can monitor or record with any of the effects applied through the included dspMixFx software. I just can't use the effects as a plugin in my host. So no editing of effects or automation after recording. Again this is something that as far as I know is host side, and could be fixed if the hosts supported VST3. I just thought it would be good for other potential owners to know in case they are having problems getting their plugins to work. Again the Yamaha D-Pre preamps in the UR44 are amazing. I think they sound fantastic and make pretty much everything you run through it sound a little better. You'd probably have to spend alot more money to get preamps that sound better. Feature wise the UR44 seems to be best in class and I've been really enjoying using it lately. Highly recommended.
Music background: Musician
See also: USB Interfaces, Steinberg, Steinberg USB Audio Interfaces