Zoom UAC-2 USB 3.0 Audio Interface

Zoom UAC-2 USB 3.0 Audio Interface

Zoom UAC-2 USB 3.0 Audio Interface

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Product Highlights

  • USB 3.0 / 2.0
  • 2 Input / 2 Output
  • 2 XLR / TRS Combo Inputs
  • Phantom Power
  • Direct Monitoring Switch
  • MIDI I/O
  • 24-bit/ 192 kHz Resolution
  • Bus Powered
  • Includes Cubase LE Software
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The UAC-2 from Zoom is a 2x2 USB 3.0 audio interface that offers near zero latency and up to 24-bit/192 kHz resolution. The compact and robust housing makes the interface perfect for studio and field recording of microphones and instruments, for onstage playback and audio streaming, and with its dedicated MIDI input and output connectors, it can even serve as a stable MIDI interface.

The unit features two XLR/TRS combo inputs with microphone preamps and two balanced 1/4" outputs. Phantom power is available for use with condenser microphones. Additionally, input 1 and 2 offer a Hi-Z instrument input for guitars and bass. The headphone output has a dedicated volume control and a free Mac application is available for setting mix parameters and adding effects such as reverb and echo. The interface is bus powered, but may be powered by the optional AD-14 power adapter. The UAC-2 ships with a USB 3.0 cable and a Steinberg Cubase LE software license card.

  • 2-in/2-out USB 3.0 High-Speed audio interface
  • Support for recording and playback up to 24-bit/192 kHz
  • Ultra-low latency audio streaming (2.2ms roundtrip @ 96 kHz / 32 samples)
  • Two combo balanced XLR/TRS input connectors accept both mic and line-level signal
  • Hi-Z switches allow direct connection of electric guitar or bass
  • Switchable +48V phantom power
  • Two balanced TRS output jacks for connection to amplifiers or self-powered speakers
  • 1/4" headphone jack with dedicated level control
  • Independent gain controls and clip LEDs for each input
  • Large knob output volume control
  • Direct Monitoring switch for zero latency monitoring in mono or stereo
  • MIDI In and Out
  • Compatible with all popular DAW software, including Cubase, Logic, Garage Band, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, and others
  • High-performance mic preamps with up to +60dB of amplification
  • 120dB of dynamic range
  • 4x upsampling during A/D and D/A conversion for reduced noise and enhanced fidelity
  • Asynchronous transfer system unaffected by computer jitter
  • Bus powered—no AC power required
  • Robust metal housing ensures roadworthiness
  • Works with all USB 2.0 and 3.0-equipped computers and iPads*

* Optional power adapter and Apple Camera Connection kit or Lightning to USB Camera Adapter required

UPC: 884354014469
In the Box
Zoom UAC-2 USB 3.0 Audio Interface
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • Steinberg Cubase LE Software Authorization Code
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Zoom UAC-2 specs

    Connections Input 1/2: 2 x Combo XLR/1/4" / 6.35 mm TRS (XLR: 2 hot, TRS: Tip hot)
    Instrument (Input 1 & 2): 2 x 1/4" / 6.35 mm TRS (disables Input 1 & 2 when in use)
    Output L/R: 2 x 1/4" / 6.35 mm TRS (balanced)
    Phones: 1 x 1/4" / 6.35 mm TRS stereo phone jack
    Input Gain 0 to 60 dB (1 dB steps)
    Input Impedance XLR/TRS: 5 kOhms
    Instrument (Hi-Z On): 1 MOhm
    Maximum Input Level +12 dBu (@ 0 dBFS)
    Phantom Power +48 V
    Maximum Output Level TRS Output: +14 dBu at 0 dBFS
    Phones: +8 dBu at 0 dBFS
    Output Impedance TRS Output: 100 ohms
    Phones: 30 ohms
    Headphone Output Power 20 mW + 20 mW (into 32 ohm load)
    Frequency Response -1.0 dB: 20 Hz to 60 kHz @ 192 kHz setting
    -1.0 dB: 20 Hz to 40 kHz @ 96 kHz setting
    -1.0 dB: 20 Hz to 20 kHz @ 44.1 kHz setting
    Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) 125 dB(IHF-A) @ 60 dB, 150 ohm input
    Dynamic Range A/D: 118 dB typical (IHF-A)
    D/A: 120 dB typical (IHF-A)
    Channels of I/O Audio Channels Recording: 2
    Audio Channels Playback: 2
    Sampling Frequencies System: 192, 176.4, 96, 88.2, 48, 44.1 kHz
    Bit Depth 24-bit
    Interface USB 3.0 / 2.0
    MIDI In / Out (5 pin DIN jack)
    Power USB Bus Power
    Optional AC Adapter: 5 VDC, 1 A (AD-14)
    Power Consumption: 5 W
    Dimensions (D x W x H) 4.5 x 6.9 x 1.8" / 11.4 x 17.6 x 4.6 cm
    Weight 1.65 lb / 0.75 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.4 x 6.8 x 3.2"

    Zoom UAC-2 reviews

    UAC-2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Audio Interface is rated 3.1 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from really low latency I'm not sure I am testing this correctly but, I used my DAW reaper to send out a tic pulse to a speaker attached to the headphone jack then used a mic on input 1 to record the tic, disabled snap to grid in repear and recorded the tics, and measured the difference in the intial first peaks and it was under one half of a millisecond!! using USB3 port, SSD drive, i7 cpu , windows 7 pro 64bit, 128 sample size, 192000 sample rate. I had used a latency program before and i was getting 15ms using my old lexicon alpha usb2 audio interface. i hear no delays at all using midi off my yamaha keyboard into the UAC-2 to repear running ivoryII italian grand as a VSTi.
    Date published: 2015-08-11
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from waiting for 64 bit Accordimg to ZOOM, UAC-2 works under all systems. But this is not true. I am very disappointed because I spent 2 days to make instalations and then realized that it cannot be installed on 64 bit windows I tried in 2 PC and 2 laptops following all the instructions. Finally the installation worked without any problems in 32 bit Windows...nice! I think that if something is been sold for a year there should be working drivers for it. I don't know who is responsible for the support of this hardware but it is below any expectations. At the end of the day what happened- I wanted to have something to rely on and to do my job with, but I just lost my time.
    Date published: 2016-02-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good performance, but driver not configurable. Running this on a Windows 7 64bit laptop with USB2, mostly using Room E.Q. Wizard (aka REW for RTA tuning audio systems). The driver doesn't allow configuring the sample rate, but REW does allow configuring up to 192ksps and that setting sticks after REW is closed. I've been using this with EMC8000 mics, and direct lines and it works well for both uses. I did contact their support about not being able to configure the driver sample rate, and they were responsive, though that didn't lead to a technical resolution (application setting discovered independently, still no driver configuration capability). For the price it's very good, but be willing to spend some time in the configuration phase.
    Date published: 2016-05-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best entry-mid range USB audio interface I've owned so far I felt like I needed to write about this interface to update the 1 year old reviews that it has on the web. I've owned the UAC-2 for about one month now and I'm very satisfied. Before I bought it, I read many reviews complaining about terrible drivers on Windows 10, and headphone level being too low. Let's get to these points. About the drivers thing, it's unfair to say Windows 10 didn't cause issues to developers by upgrading itself from Windows 7 and 8, so apparently it took some time for Zoom to address this change. But they finally did it on April's 1.2.0 driver update. And I found zero driver issues on Windows 10 by the time I bought it. I reach driver latency as low as 1ms (3ms output using plugins) and no clicks or pops on audio. Of course that's using lowest buffer size (24 samples) so I wouldn't take it seriously, but the most important thing is that using a standard 256 samples, 48 KHz, I get 6ms on input, outperforming POD HD as an audio interface, M-Audio's FastTrack MKii and M-Audio Venom, and it's way more stable than any of these. BTW, I'm using a i7 4770, 12 GB RAM, running Windows 10. About the headphones output level, comments were partially right. It actually has lower output level compared to my other audio interfaces, and there's no way it can be usable using high impedance headphones (about this part I'm not entirely sure...) but using a 32 ohms pair it should be fine. And that's exactly what I have and I'm happy with it (Samson's SR850). The other good/bad thing is that you depend on a software included called MixEfx, where you can tweak the audio interface entirely from your PC. It's bad because I don't like to have more apps running while I work on my DAW, but it's good b/c you can control input gain numerically to even up the signals (for example to record an stereo source) and it has some other features, like Low Pass Filter and Phase reverse, which the unit has no physical buttons for. I'm very happy with it.
    Date published: 2016-06-07
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did not work On paper, this looks like a great choice - the other USB 3 interfaces are double the price or more. I have had some good experience with Zoom products - I use the H6 as my default sound recorder for everything. However, this unit had one glaring flaw - the drivers would not work! For some inconceivable reason, the supplied drivers for Windows are unsigned. I installed and re-installed many times. Online, someone gave the location for an old set of drivers, and I downloaded and installed these, and they worked for a day, but then Windows refused to recognize them anymore. I contacted Zoom support and they said that there were some workaround solutions floating around the net, which had to do with turning off Window's authorization process. I even tried some of these, to no avail. Then I thought, hey, what am I doing? The product obviously does not work, and even Zoom acknowledges this. So I returned it and went with a Focusrite. Sure, it is USB 2.0 and there is some latency, but it WORKS, flawlessly. Thanks to B&H for a painless return process. I do most of my technical shopping here and they have never failed to be courteous and knowledgeable.
    Date published: 2016-06-20
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Monitor in or out not useful It's imperative to be able to monitor what's already been recorded on other tracks ? Otherwise how could one sing over previously recorded tracks or for voice over on a jingle or music track? It makes no sense to listen to just the microphone or just the music track? There has to be the ability to hear both and monitor the mix in your headphones. This oversight needs to come up to competitive standard like the other units have, in order to be seriously considered for even basic home studio use. What were they thinking!
    Date published: 2017-02-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great! There seems to be a low whine in my recordings, but it's not the Zoom UAC-2, it's a general problem with USB Audio Interfaces like this. Try turning off all of your lights, or check everything in your house for weird ground issues. It's not the hardware, it's your power. When the whine isn't there this thing works great, no driver issues with macOS or Windows 10 (Bootcamp). This device might be a little too much for what I need it for though, unsure if I'm going to return it.
    Date published: 2017-01-16
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