Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD
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Works amazingly well for the price.
Behringer's four-input/four-output U-Phoria UMC404HD interface gives you the connections and flexibility you need to outfit a modest computer-based project studio. Its four built-in mic preamps let you capture live takes with multiple musicians. All in all, you get a ton of features for the money, which is exactly what we've come to expect from Behringer.
Each of the four front-panel inputs is a combination jack that handles dynamic or condenser microphones, line-level instruments like keyboards, and even electric guitars and basses. Around the back, you'll find 5-pin MIDI input/output jacks for plugging in a compatible controller.
This interface can return four independent channels from your DAW software, which you can assign to the four 1/4" TRS or RCA playback line outputs on the back. Hook up a pair of powered studio monitors to the main left and right 1/4" outputs, or plug in your favorite pair of headphones to the front-panel jack.
The UMC404HD works with all major DAW (digital audio workstation) software for the Mac® and Windows® platforms. To get you started, it comes bundled with a powerful DAW called Tracktion, along with a range of audio effect plugins.
Average Customer Review(s):
Works amazingly well for the price.
Channels still have an output even though the gain control is at minimum. So you cannot completely remove an input from the output mix unless you physically remove the input cable from the unit. What's a gain control for if you can't use it to completely remove that input from the output mix!
Pros: Unit is great except for this gain control issue.
Cons: Gain control can't completely eliminate the input signal from the output mix.
Overview: The Behringer UMC404HD is a compact and versatile USB recording interface featuring 4 input channels, each with MIDAS designed pre-amps, studio-grade 24-Bit/192 kHz converters, zero-latency direct monitoring while recording, analog inserts for using outboard effects processors, MIDI input/outputs, and more, all housed in Behringer's "built-like-a-tank" impact-resistant metal chassis.
MIDAS Pre-amps: MIDAS is a company that's earned its reputation due to their no-compromise approach to audio and build quality, particularly their award-winning mic preamps which are considered to be one of the industry's best sounding designs. Each of the UMC404HD's four Inputs include MIDAS pre-amps and can accept mic, line, and instrument level signals.
Zero-Latency Monitoring: The UMC404HD mix control allows zero-latency direct monitoring, which allows you to hear the performance clearly with no delay or lag in the returning signal.
Tracktion: Included as a free download after registering the interface, Tracktion is a full-blown Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) for composing, recording, editing, and mixing your music. Tracktion gives you features such as dynamic automation, unlimited track count, MIDI recording, and support for VST and AU plug-ins.
Front Panel: All four Inputs into the UMC404HD are balanced combination XLR/1/4" TRS jacks that can accept mic, line, and instrument level signals, each able to output +48V phantom power. Their corresponding input controls include Gain, a Line/Instrument selector, and a Pad button to attenuate hotter signals. Each Input also includes a Signal LED, that lights when a signal is present on that input, and a Clip LED, that lights when the signal starts to distort. Included with the Headphone output and its volume control is a Monitor A/B switch. When engaged, this switch allows Output Channels 3/4 (B) to be heard through the headphone output. Output Channels 1/2 (A) will be heard when disengaged. These are Output Channels assigned in your DAW that correspond to Playback Outputs 1/2 (A) and 3/4 (B) on the rear panel. Other controls include a Mix dial that adjusts the balance level of input signal to playback 1/2 (A) signal at the Main Out and the Headphone output (if Monitor A is selected for the Headphone). There's a Main Out control which adjusts the output level of the Main Outs, and four status LEDs for the following:
Rear Panel: The rear panel of the UMC404HD include:
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