At the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Steinberg Media Technologies showcased its latest audio interface, the recently introduced UR22mkII.
The UR22mkII is the second iteration of Steinberg’s versatile audio and MIDI interface, offering 192 kHz/24-bit audio quality across two channels, MIDI connectivity, D-PRE microphone preamps.
On the front side of the UR22mkII interface, two Neutrik combo connectors provide microphone and line input, each with gain control and peak indicators plus an additional high-impedance switch on the second input.
The panel also includes a headphone output with a dedicated volume control, a master output volume control and a mix knob for hardware-based zero-latency monitoring.
The rear panel features two balanced line outputs, MIDI input/output connectors and a phantom power switch enabling +48 Volt supply on both channels.
The USB 2.0 port provides high-speed connectivity to PCs and Mac computers, which supply the power to run the interface. Alternatively, switching the power supply to the additional 5 Volt DC port allows for use with a USB power adapter or battery pack.
The newly implemented class-compliant mode offers a seamless link to the iPad when using either a Camera Connection Kit or Lightning to USB Camera Adapter, while the interface’s additional Loopback capability now offers an easy way of streaming performances live to the Internet.
The full-metal chassis houses studio-grade converters, delivering sonic fidelity with a maximum sample rate of 192 kHz and a 24-bit resolution. Yamaha’s discrete Class-A analog D-PRE preamps ensure sound quality on top of the stable gain required by microphone signals.
UR22mkII customers are entitled to download the Cubase AI music production software as well as the new Cubasis LE app for iPad, providing immediate tools for recording, mixing and editing audio on a Windows PC, Mac computer and iPad.
“The UR22mkII is designed and built for mobile musicians and producers that expect high performance wherever they are, and that for a very affordable price. The incredible feature set is only topped off by its iPad connectivity and downloadable software bundle,” states Stefan Schreiber, hardware product marketing manager at Steinberg.