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Steinberg UR28M - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface

You Pay: $399.99
Product Highlights
  • 4 Input / 6 Output
  • 2 Microphone Preamps
  • Version 2 Update
  • Guitar Amp Classics Effect Bundle
  • S/PDIF I/O
  • Latency-free DSP-Powered Monitoring
  • Phantom Power
  • Desktop Console Style Housing
  • Cubase AI Software
  • Mac OS X, Windows XP/Vista/7/8

The UR28M from Steinberg is a USB 2.0, DSP-powered digital audio interface featuring 4 inputs and 6 outputs, designed to deliver high-resolution audio. Two of the inputs consist of D-Pre microphone preamps with switchable phantom power. Hi-Z instrument inputs are also available, along with S/PDIF I/O on RCA coaxial connectors. A stereo mini input jack allows for connecting a portable audio player or other devices for use as a reference source.

Version 2 is a major firmware update from Steinberg that adds new functionality to the UR28M, such as iPad connectivity and new guitar amp simulator effects running on the DSP, as well as being bundled as VST 3 plug-ins. The update is free of charge and is available in the support area. Additionally, all registered users will be eligible for a free version of Cubase AI 7.

A single output volume knob can control the individual levels of one of three stereo output pairs, or the levels of six outputs simultaneously. Three separate monitoring mixes can be set up in the dspMixFx mixer or the included Cubase software, which are then routed to the selected outputs. Several smaller rotary knobs control signal levels of inputs 1 and 2 and the two headphone outputs.

Other controls include a Dim button for attenuating all line output signals by 20dB, along with a Mono and a Mute button for muting the selected output signal. Four-segment LED metering for the inputs and the output are also present. A USB port connects the unit to either a Mac or PC based computer, and with the included Cubase AI workstation software, recording and mixing productions can be easily achieved. Other compatible audio software can also be used.

Version 2 Firmware Update
  • Guitar Amp Classics effect bundle running on DSP, allowing latency-free monitoring with guitar amp effect
  • Basic FX Suite VST 3 plug-in bundle, consisting of three software components - Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip, REV-X and Guitar Amp Classics
  • CC mode for connectivity with the iPad (2 or later) through Apple's iPad Camera Connection Kit
  • Loopback function for internet live streaming - incoming audio signals are merged to playback signal from audio playback software
  • Free version of Cubase AI 7 with a set of new features available to all registered UR users
24-bit/96kHz USB 2.0 audio interface
Analog 4 inputs and 6 outputs, plus stereo input for reference source
S/PDIF coaxial I/O
D-Pre Class-A discrete microphone preamps supporting 48V phantom power
Latency-free DSP-powered monitoring with one REV-X reverb and four Channel Strips with any DAW by using the latest dspMixFx technology
Digitally controlled monitor level control with DIM, Mono, and Mute fed by a 3 x 3 monitoring matrix
Two separate headphone buses with individual outputs
Cubase AI music production software included
Cross-platform compatibility for Mac OS X and Windows
Type USB 2.0
Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96kHz
Inputs 2 x XLR/TRS combo Microphone/Line
2 x 1/4" TS phone Instrument
12 x 1/4" TRS phone Line
1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
1 x 1/8" stereo mini 2TR
Input Impedance Mic/Line: 4kΩ
Instrument: 500kΩ
Maximum Input Level Microphone: +22dBu
Instrument: +9.8dBV
Gain Range Maximum: 60dB
Adjustable: 44dB
Outputs 6 x 1/4" TRS phone
2 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphone
Output Impedance 75Ω
Maximum Output Level Line: +16dBu
Headphones: 35mW + 35mW, @ 40Ω
Dynamic Range Microphone/Line: 101dB, A-weighted
Line Output: 106dB, A-weighted
THD + N Microphone/Line: 0.002%, 1kHz, -1dBFS, 22Hz to 22kHz BPF
Line Output: 0.001%, 1kHz, -1dBFS, 22Hz to 22kHz BPF
Frequency Response 20Hz to 22kHz, +0.1/-0.2dB
Crosstalk Microphone/Line: >114dB, 1kHz
Line Output: >129dB, 1kHz
Power Requirements 8.4W via supplied external power supply (110V, 50Hz)
System Requirements Mac
Intel dual core CPU
Firmware Version 1.0 - 1.1: OS X 10.5.8, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8
Firmware Version 2.0: OS X 10.7 / 10.8
2 GB RAM
USB 2.0/3.0 port
DVD-ROM dual-layer drive
Internet connection for license activation of included plug-in software
Compatible with any software application supporting Core Audio

PC
Intel or AMD dual core CPU
Firmware Version 1.0 - 1.1: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
Firmware Version 2.0: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8
2 GB RAM
USB 2.0/3.0 port
DVD-ROM dual-layer drive
Internet connection for license activation of included plug-in software
Compatible with any software application supporting ASIO or WDM

Cubase AI 6
Mac
Intel dual core CPU
OS X 10.6 native 32-bit and 64-bit versions
2GB RAM
4GB free hard drive space
DVD-ROM drive
Internet connection for license activations
1280 x 800 display resolution recommended
Core Audio compatible audio hardware
PC
Intel or AMD dual core CPU
Windows 7 native 32-bit and 64-bit versions
2GB RAM
4GB free hard drive space
DVD-ROM drive
Internet connection for license activations
1280 x 800 display resolution recommended
Windows compatible audio hardware (ASIO, WDM)
Dimensions (WxDxH) 11.5 x 6.5 x 2.3" (291 x 164 x 59mm)
Weight 3.1 lb (1.4kg)
Specialties -26dB pad
Steinberg UR28M - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface
  • External Power Supply
  • USB Cable
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Software DVD-ROM
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    SteinbergUR28M - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface
     
    3.0

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    4.0

    Full of features

    By gdw3

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Steinberg UR28M - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface:

      I was pleasantly surprised at how many features they pack into this little box. The software that comes with it adds even more. Does as much (but has fewer in/outs) as my MOTU interface at home which costs twice as much.

      Only have 4 stars, because the headphone outs are on the rear, which is clunky. I do like that there are two separate ones with their own levels!

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      2.0

      Crash

      By k

      from san francisco

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        • Freezes or Crashes

        Best Uses

          Comments about Steinberg UR28M - USB 2.0 Digital Audio Interface:

          It keeps crash with PT9 and sometimes no sound with this box...

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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