BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UMC204HD
Posted in Reviews on February 16, 2017
Behringer U-phoria UMC204HD is an audiophile 2x4, 24-Bit/192 kHz USB Audio/MIDI Interface with MIDAS Mic Preamplifiers. It is compatible with popular recording software including Avid Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Steinberg Cubase. It has Streams 2 inputs / 4 outputs plus 1x MIDI I/O with ultra-low latency to your computer, supporting Mac* OS X* and Windows XP* or higher. It has 2 state-of-the-art, MIDAS designed Mic Preamplifiers with +48 V phantom power.
Behringer U-phoria UMC204HD Pros and Cons
Pros: The interface has a metal box with the jacks and knobs that are solid. When using an i7 box running on Windows 7 64 bit with a PCI interface, a Firewire interface with moving faders and a Behringer FCA1616 running in USB mode, all of them active, there were no conflicts.
There is no driver needed under OsX. It has 2 of those nice dual use XLR + 1/4” inputs, with a 1/4” TRS insert loop for each on the back. And it's got two sets of outputs on RCAs, of which one pair is doubled on 1/4”. It sounds fine. The preamps sounded decent with studio mics, namely Sennheiser 421, Beyerdynamik MC740, Oktava MKL2500. The phantom power measured 45 volts unloaded, it was enough to run a Beyerdynamik MC 740.
Another client said that the earphone amp is noisy and clean. There is black out murmur at the most elevated, ear-part volume level. It implies you can screen through phones in solace. The Build Quality which the handles are durable. The unit is sufficiently substantial, and there are non-slip feet so it can use without sliding around each time a link is associated or evacuated. The Audio Playback which the printed specs are s/n - 110 dB, which is superb. This level of clarity was just accessible to a top of the line units just five years prior. Brief listening tests demonstrate it is clear and loud.
Cons: One customer said that there is a potential conflict with other audio devices. It always works with the i7 motherboard chipset, but when he plugged it in the 204HD, he started getting a once-per-second click/drop in the 204HD's audio that prevented any useful recording. He disabled the onboard Realtek audio. If you have a problem with the humming/buzzing noise, you should connect the Behringer UMC204HD into a 2.0 or 3.0 USB in your computer. Connect your speakers directly to the UMC204HD. Your speakers will need some way to connect using Auxiliar, RCA or 1/4 inch cable. Go into your Operating system and tell it to use ONLY this device, not any of the Realtek incorporated audio card.
Select your sample rate. Make sure that both have the same sample rate, you can do this on Midi and Audio settings on Mac or in device properties in Windows
Behringer U-phoria Conclusion and Rating
It is easy to set up, and you can easily plug in. Download the drivers if you're using Windows. For Mac, it goes entirely just plugging in. Customers rated the interface 4.2 out of 5.0 stars.