Steinberg UR824

24-in/24-out USB 2.0 Audio Interface with Discrete Analog Preamplifiers and Built-in DSP Processing
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Amazing Analog Pres, Plus Killer DSP!

Make the Steinberg UR824 your next recording interface! This amazing 24-channel USB 2.0 audio interface combines the amazing sound quality of top-notch analog engineering with the power and flexibility of digital signal processing. Eight Steinberg D-Pre microphone preamps, each featuring Class A discrete circuitry, give you full dynamic range and rich sound. Built-in DSP processing technology and a software controlled zero-latency monitor mixer make integrating the UR824 into your studio easy. What's more, a pair of 8-channel optical ports let you expand your setup by adding additional preamplifiers or more Steinberg UR824s.

Steinberg UR824 USB 2.0 Audio Interface at a Glance:
  • Amazing analog circuitry
  • Built-in DSP makes tracking easy
  • Digital monitoring convenience
Amazing analog circuitry

Eight truly discrete Class A preamp circuitry makes the Steinberg UR824 stand out, giving you amazing sound quality and wide dynamic range. Wait till you hear the astonishing sound quality the UR824 has to offer! Each of these microphone preamplifiers features +48V phantom power, so you can hook up any microphone in your collection. More over, the UR824 features XLR combo jacks, so you can plug in outboard gear and guitars as well.

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 UR824 powerful built-in DSP functions. In addition to a software-controlled DSP monitor mixer, you also get eight dedicated DSP channel strips allow you to dial in dynamics and EQ processing. On top of that, the UR824 features a DSP master REV-X reverb, which you can use to add dimension to the vocal mix. And since you're sure to love the sound of these DSP effects so much that you'll want to use them on everything, Steinberg also includes native VST 3 versions of the REV-X and Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip with the UR824.

Digital monitoring convenience

Steinberg's dspMixFx mixer software makes controlling the UR824's DSP effects is super easy. It also lets you create multiple monitor and send mixes. This makes the UR824 perfect for headphone mixes and outboard effects sends, allowing you to easily integrate the rest of your studio gear. What's more, the UR824 features highly accessible front-panel controls, including two headphone outputs with independent volume controls, plus an assignable master volume control.

Steinberg UR824 USB 2.0 Audio Interface Features:
  • Amazing 24-channel USB 2.0 audio interface with phenomenal analog, onboard DSP, and high-quality 24-bit/192kHz digital resolution
  • 8 analog inputs and 8 outputs, including 8 x Steinberg D-Pre Class A discrete mic preamps with +48V phantom power
  • 8 x 1/4" outputs let you send custom mixes to monitors and outboard gear and accommodates up to 7.1 surround monitoring setups
  • 2 x pairs of ADAT optical I/O (which are also capable of acting as optical S/PDIF) provide 16 in and 16 out
  • S/MUX support allows for 8 input and 8 outputs at 96kHz by combining both optical ports
  • Built-in DSP REV-X reverb and eight Steinberg Channel Strips allow you to record and monitor with effects and processing - without latency!
  • Control onboard DSP with Steinberg's dspMixFx mixer software
  • Word clock I/O with 2 BNC connectors plus JetPLL ultra-low jitter support
  • 2 x separate headphone buses with individual outputs and front-panel volume controls
  • Cross-platform compatibility for Mac OS X and Windows
  • Native VST 3 plug-ins of REV-X and Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip 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 UR824 USB 2.0 audio interface!

Additional Media

Audio Interface Buying Guide
UR824 User Manual

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity USB 2.0
Form Factor Rackmount
Simultaneous I/O 24 x 24
Number of Preamps 8
Phantom Power Yes (8 Channels)
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Built In DSP/FX Yes (Reverb, Channel-strip Processing)
Analog Inputs 8 x XLR Combo (XLR/TRS/DI)
Analog Outputs 8 x 1/4"
Digital Inputs 2 x Optical (16 Channels ADAT, 2 Channels S/PDIF, 8 Channels SMUX)
Digital Outputs 2 x Optical (16 Channels ADAT, 2 Channels S/PDIF, 8 Channels SMUX)
Clock I/O 1 x Word Clock (In/Out)
Rack Spaces 1U
Depth 10.83"
Width 18.9"
Height 1.73"
Weight 6.83 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number UR824

Customer Reviews

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Very surprising preamp and performance

I tested the preamps against apollo and symphony, it doesn't fall even one feet back and even better in some applications. I did another test to see how its converters hold up to lavry and again changed my mind to buy a lavry. The dsp eq and reverb were nothing special and didn't excite me, they both sound very useful but feels like typical plugins running through dsps however the compressor that comes with it is such a transparent and powerful tool that smokes all plugin compressors that I ever used. After all it is a miracle device with this price range! Very hard to beat!
Music background: audio engineer

Sweetwater customer service

I have been using Sweetwater for a couple of years now. They are hands down the best online company I have ever dealt with. Justin Sunday is always on top of things and is quick to return phone calls or emails. I have a home studio and was looking to upgrade my interface. the UR824 is simply amazing, I can now do multiple monitor mixes as well as studio and control room busses. The pre amps are super quite and very clean. I also upgraded to Cubase and the two work seamlessly together. The customer service I receive is second to none. I will not shop anywhere else as long as there is Sweetwater.
Music background: FOH and studio engineer, drummer


I did a lot of research before purchasing this interface and looked for the best deal under a thousand dollars. A few studio owning friends recommended the ur824. I run and capi preamp into each channel of the ur824 and the sound quality is top notch. The converters are as good as anything I've heard in the sub 2000.00 range and the built in D preamps sound fantastic on their own. I have owned and sold a presonus fire studio, fire studio tube, a 2626 and an RME fire face and finally kept the ur824. There are a million choices nowadays when it comes to mid level interfaces but you can save yourself a lot of research time and experimenting money and just get this. Yes, it's that good!

Spectacular Interface.

I went from using the Apogee Quartet to using the UR824. I don't miss anything in the sound quality...the driver is more stable and the connectivity is outstanding. The reason I bought it was for the onboard effects. It's made a huge difference to the performers who love to hear the compression and reverb...very pleased
Music background: Professional Musician. Music/TV Producer

Excellent Interface

Selecting my new interface was surprisingly difficult. There are a lot out there and lots of features to consider. On its own merits, the Steinberg looked like an excellent choice for what I wanted. Since I am also a Cubase user, the possibility of solid system integration was the deciding factor. The interface is everything I could ask for. The preamps are excellent sounding, clean and quiet. The outputs are really good. I never expected to be commenting on them, but they really sparkle. It seems very ruggedly built. The DSP in each channel for cue mixing is fantastic. The morphing channel makes it a single knob to dial in great eq and compressor settings at the same time that are way more than good enough for a cue mix. Combined with the fantastic reverb and you have a perfect performance sound very quickly. If you are using the interface with most DAW software or as a stand-alone mixer, the included mixer software is extremely easy to use. If you are using Cubase, everything is completely integrated into the Cubase environment. Install the driver and turn on Cubase and there it is. The DSP settings and all features are available right from the input channels in the mixer. No additional software to use. The included VST morphing channel and reverb plug-ins bring all of the excellent record-time features into the mixdown environment.
Music background: Guitarist, hobbyist recording engineer

Sweetwater Advice

Jonathan Appleton

As a Cubase user, I was looking for an interface that could both handle a full band and provide deep integration with my DAW. The Steinberg UR824 provided both for me! It has pristine conversion and powerful DSP capabilities, making it the central hub for my studio. And with its lower-than-expected price range, it proved to be an amazing value as well!
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