At the 2016 Winter NAMM Show Anaheim, Calif., Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH showcased its latest audio and MIDI interface, the UR22mkII ($199.99 MSRP). The UR22mkII offers 24-bit/192kHz audio quality across two channels.
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 headphones 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 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 VDC port allows for use with a USB power adapter or battery pack.
The newly implemented class-compliant mode promises 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 pristine sonic fidelity with a maximum sample rate of 192 kHz and a 24-bit resolution. It also features Yamaha’s discrete Class-A analog D-PRE preamps.
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.