Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH announces the UR44 USB 2 audio interface ($399 MSRP) with six inputs and four outputs, which extends the company's UR range of USB 2 interfaces. With up to 192 kHz and 24-bit audio quality, MIDI input/output, Class-A D-Pre microphone preamps and its class-compliant mode for iPad use, the UR44 is a portable production studio with ample connectivity choices.
The UR44 offers latency-free monitoring with the DSP-powered Rev-X reverb and the Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip in Cubase, or any other DAW software via the included dspMixFx application. Four Neutrik combo inputs boast D-Pre microphone preamps and phantom power, Hi-Z attenuation on inputs 1 and 2 and line attenuation on inputs 3 and 4, and two headphone jacks plus two additional balanced line inputs on the rear panel. Also available on the back panel are four balanced line outputs alongside two main outputs, MIDI I/O and a switch to class-compliant mode.
With the included software bundle, the UR44 transforms into a full system solution for recording music in studio quality. Cubase AI 7 is based on the same core technologies as Steinberg’s Cubas music production system, providing tools for composing, recording, editing and mixing. The Basic FX Suite comprises a range of VST effects and sound-processing tools: the Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip, the REV-X reverb and Guitar Amp Classics with guitar amp simulations developed by Yamaha.