Shure X2u

16-bit/48kHz XLR-to-USB Interface
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Turn Any Mic Into a USB Mic!

Shure's X2u is an amazing interface that turns any mic into a USB mic. Take your studio anywhere and always be ready to record - add a laptop and you've got an instant portable studio! Plug-and-play connectivity lets you plug the X2u into any computer (including Vista-equipped computers), and phantom power facilitates the use of your favorite condenser mics. Playback is handled through the X2u as well, with zero-latency monitoring. The Monitor Mix Control blends mic signal and audio playback. Capture pristine audio on the go with the X2u!

Shure X2u at a Glance:
  • Connection
  • Recording
  • Playback

With plug-and-play USB Connectivity, the X2u offers the convenience of digital recording, anywhere your computer can go. It's compatible with Windows Vista, XP, 2000, and Mac OS X 10.1 or later right out of the box. Condenser mics pose no problem, since the X2u provides 48V phantom power. A USB cable is included.

The Monitor Mix Control lets you blend microphone signal and playback audio. The built-in headphone jack also has volume control for monitoring. The integrated preamp with microphone gain control allows control of input signal strength.

Zero-latency monitoring for real-time playback and multi-tracking without delay and 16-bit/48 kHz sample rate provides better-than-CD-quality audio.

Shure X2u Features:
  • Compatible with Windows Vista, XP, 2000, and Mac OS X 10.1 or later
  • Provides +48V Phantom power
  • USB cable (3m / 9.8ft) included for immediate use
  • Monitor Mix Control for blending microphone and playback audio
  • Headphone jack with volume control for monitoring
  • Integrated pre-amp with Microphone Gain Control allows control of input signal strength
  • Zero Latency Monitoring for real-time playback and multi-tracking without delay
  • 16-bit, up to 48 kHz sample rate for better-than-CD quality audio
Requirements for Mac OS X:
  • OS X 10.0 or greater
  • 64MB of RAM minimum
Requirements for Windows:
  • Windows XP (home/professional), Vista, Windows 2000 Professional
  • 64MB of RAM minimum
Record anywhere with the Shure X2u!

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Audio Interface Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity USB 1.1/USB 2.0
Form Factor Inline
Simultaneous I/O 1 x 1
A/D Resolution 16-bit/48kHz
Analog Inputs 1 x XLR (Mic)
Analog Outputs 1 x 1/8" (Headphones)
Number of Preamps 1
Phantom Power Yes
Bus Powered Yes
Manufacturer Part Number X2u

Customer Reviews

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Small problem solver

For recording voice-overs on the spot or simply interfacing a mic into Smaart RTA, this little beauty is easy to carry around, set up and use in minutes. Great for traveling engineers, like me!

Shure X2u Review

Greg B. at Sweetwater Sound knew just what we needed. The Shure X2u is fantastic! Combined with our KSM-27 Shure Mic the X2u has opened so many doors and blown the roof off the place. The headphone plugin is a great added feature.Now I want another. Thanks Greg! See you soon!
Music background: Hobbyist


Great quality, small, easy to use, reliable, CD quality.
Music background: Sound Engineer

More Shure goodness!

As usual, Shure shows its great quality control standards with the X2u. This little device gets a very nice signal from my dynamic sm57 and my +48V Condenser Audio-Technica AT2020. It feels sturdily built, and the knobs don't feel cheap or temperamental. This interface connects to windows by installing it as an external sound card. This makes it ultra-easy to set up with recording software. This also creates an added bonus: I can use the X2u as a headphone amp on my computer, and it gets pretty pumping loud. The only thing I can criticize is cable length. The USB cable included is nice and long (but I needed a few extra feet in one recording session). I thought I could get around it by using a 25' XLR cable. But by doing so, I ran into a signal-to-noise ratio problem. I got a little hiss and ~14khz whine. I tried testing with a 5' cable, and the hiss wasn't as noticeable, but it was still there. So the X2u only likes direct-connect to my microphones. Altogether, the X2u is a fantastic device for podcasters, youtubers, or amateur field recorders. The quality is what you expect out of Shure, the sound is great, but the bottleneck appeared in its distance of use (cable length).
Music background: College Student Musician and Sound Engineer

Good product

No disk, had me worried but the driver was already available. I'm running windows 7, YUK.
Music background: Hobbyist, pro-installer
See also: USB Interfaces, Shure, Shure USB Audio Interfaces