Zoom U-44 Portable 4x4 USB Handy Audio/MIDI Interface

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Zoom U-44 Portable 4x4 USB Handy Audio/MIDI Interface
Key Features
  • Musicians, Songwriters, and Producers
  • USB Type-A Connectivity
  • 2 Mic Preamps, Zoom Mic Capsule Input
  • 1 Headphone Output, 4 Line Outputs
Armed with the Zoom U-44 Portable 4x4 USB Handy Audio/MIDI Interface, it's easy for musicians, songwriters, and producers to record four sources at a time to their computer, iPhone, or iPad and integrate MIDI gear, too. At home, outside, or while traveling, the U-44's user-friendly tactile controls and high-resolution 24-bit / 96 kHz converters help you capture your creativity with quality. Plus, it comes with Ableton Live Lite and the Steinberg Cubasis LE iPad app to provide the software you need to take your music from inspiration to a finished production.
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Zoom U-44 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2The World is Your Studio
  • 3Zoom 10-Pin Connector
  • 4Pristine Recording and Playback
  • 5Get Connected with the U-44
  • 6Multiple Output Options
  • 7Control Your Mix
  • 8Standalone AD/DA Conversion
  • 9Feature-Rich Mobile Recording
  • 10Ableton Live 9 Lite
  • 11Steinberg Cubasis LE

Armed with the Zoom U-44 Portable 4x4 USB Handy Audio/MIDI Interface, it's easy for musicians, songwriters, and producers to record four sources at a time to their computer, iPhone, or iPad and integrate MIDI gear, too. At home, outside, or while traveling, the U-44's user-friendly tactile controls and high-resolution 24-bit / 96 kHz converters help you capture your creativity with quality. Plus, it comes with Ableton Live Lite and the Steinberg Cubasis LE iPad app to provide the software you need to take your music from inspiration to a finished production.

The U-44 features two low-noise microphone preamps with switchable phantom power and XLR-1/4" combo jacks—both can handle mic or line inputs, and Input 1 sports a Hi-Z switch for when you need to track an electric guitar or bass. The 10-pin input enables quick attachment of any Zoom mic/input capsules (available separately) and stereo S/PDIF digital I/O is provided on coaxial and optical ports.

Thanks to mix-adjustable, zero-latency direct monitoring, stereo 1/4" main outs, four RCA line outputs, and a 1/4" headphone port, the U-44 can simultaneously feed speakers and headphones with independent volume control. The headphone output features its own balance knob, which lets you blend computer playback signals 1-2 and 3-4 for customizable cue mixes.

The World is Your Studio

Wherever you want to record, the bus-powered U-44 forms the perfect centerpiece of your mobile studio. Connect instruments, monitors, and other devices when you're recording at home, or hook it up to your iPad to make music on the go. If bus power isn't available, the U-44 can run on just two AA batteries, allowing you to record anywhere.

Proper connectivity and operation with an iPhone or iPad requires separately available accessories—two AA batteries or the Zoom AD-17 AC adapter for power, plus an Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit or a Lightning-to-USB Camera Adapter. A USB Type-B to Type-A cable is included for hookup to your Mac/Windows computer.

Zoom 10-Pin Connector

Thanks to its 10-pin Zoom connector, the U-44 is compatible with all of Zoom's interchangeable input capsules (available separately), representing a powerful field-recording setup. Choose from six capsules—X/Y, Shockmount X/Y, Mid-Side, Shotgun, Stereo Shotgun, and Dual XLR/TRS Combo Input—each with its own unique application. Record the audience during your live performance, or connect the SSH-6 Stereo Shotgun for dialogue and sound design on your latest film project.

Pristine Recording and Playback

Inspired by the Zoom H-series recorders, the U-44 is equipped with high-performance, low-noise mic preamps (-119.5 dB EIN) that enable recording and playback at resolutions up to 24-bit / 96 kHz. You can also use U-44 as a studio-quality headphone amp, and listen to your favorite music in full fidelity.

Get Connected with the U-44

The U-44 features a full array of inputs and outputs so you'll always be prepared. Two combo inputs with independent gain knobs and multicolor level indicators provide flexibility for connecting mics, keyboards, and mixers. 48V phantom power can be supplied to inputs 1 and 2, and input 1 supports Hi-Z input for connecting passive guitars, basses, and other instruments. MIDI I/O enables you to use electronic keyboards, controllers, synthesizers, and drum machines. You can also route a stereo digital feed from an external converter to the coaxial or optical S/PDIF input port on the U-44.

Multiple Output Options

Multiple output options—including 1/4", RCA, and S/PDIF—allow you to connect DJ mixers, speakers, and more. Monitoring your mixes is easy thanks to a dedicated headphone output with independent volume control. The direct monitor knob makes it possible to blend your headphone mix between the input and playback signals—perfect for live electronic music performance and DJing. Each output (1-2 and 3-4) also has its own mute button.

Control Your Mix

With advanced monitoring options, the U-44 lets you dial in the perfect mix with zero latency. Create a balanced headphone mix between your click track and main output during live performances, or balance the cue and main out signals when you're DJing.

Standalone AD/DA Conversion

When you're transferring audio, high-quality AD/DA conversion is critical. The U-44 functions in standalone mode as a high-quality mic preamp and AD/DA converter to ensure complete transparency when converting audio formats. You can choose between 44.1 and 48 kHz sampling rates for conversion.

Feature-Rich Mobile Recording

The U-44 is small enough to carry in your jacket pocket or backpack without sacrificing features. Plus, all of the connectors and knobs are strategically positioned for fast access.

Ableton Live 9 Lite

Bundled with the U-44, Ableton Live 9 Lite is a powerful DAW program that lets you record tracks quickly and intuitively, enhancing them with studio-quality effects like EQ, compression, reverb, delay, chorus, filter, and more. Plus, Ableton's performance workflows let you take your music to the stage where you can mix and record live.

Steinberg Cubasis LE

Cubasis LE, a 4-track audio recording/editing/mixing app for iPad with an intuitive touch user interface, is also included with the U-44.
UPC: 884354016258

Zoom U-44 Specs

Form FactorMobile
DisplayNone
Channels of I/OAnalog:
2 Inputs / 4 Outputs
Digital:
2 Inputs / 0 Outputs
Max Sample Rate/Resolution48 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Mic Preamps2
Input Level Adjustment2 x Knob
Solo/MuteMute per Master
PadNone
High-Pass FilterNone
Expansion SlotsNone
Connectivity
Analog Audio I/O1 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Mic/Line/Hi-Z Input
1 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Mic/Line Input
2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Monitor Output
2 x Stereo RCA Coaxial Unbalanced Line Output
1 x 1/4" TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output
Phantom Power+48 V, Selectable On/Off (Applied to All Inputs)
Digital Audio I/O1 x RCA Coaxial S/PDIF Input
1 x RCA Coaxial S/PDIF Output
1 x TOSLINK Optical S/PDIF Input
1 x XLR 3-Pin S/PDIF Output
Host Connection / USB1 x USB Type-B (Class-Compliant USB 2.0)
USB (Non-Host)1 x Micro-USB (Power Input)
Sync I/ONone
Network I/ONone
MIDI I/O1 x DIN 5-Pin Input
1 x DIN 5-Pin Output
Other I/O1 x Proprietary/Zoom 10-Pin Mic Module Input
Wireless ConnectivityNone
Memory Card SlotNone
Performance
Frequency ResponseSystem:
20 Hz to 20 kHz ±1.5 dB (at 44.1 kHz)
20 Hz to 40 kHz ±2 dB (at 96 kHz)
Gain/Trim RangeInputs:
0 to 43 dB
Max Input LevelLine Inputs:
+20.7 dBu
Mic Inputs:
+2.7 dBu
Max Output LevelMonitor Outputs:
+10 dBu at 0 dBFS
Line Outputs:
+8 dBu at 0 dBFS
Headphone Outputs:
+10 dBu at 0 dBFS
Headphone Output Power30 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
ImpedanceMic Inputs:
2.6 Kilohms
Hi-Z Inputs:
1.1 Megohms
Monitor Outputs:
330 Ohms
Line Outputs:
1 Kilohm
Headphone Outputs:
33 Ohms
EINInputs:
-119.5 dBA (150-Ohm Source)
Digital Audio
Sample Rates44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 kHz
Sample Rate ConversionNone
Bit Depths24-Bit
LatencyZero-Latency Direct Monitoring
Sync SourcesInternal, S/PDIF
Compatibility
OS CompatibilitymacOS 10.9.5 or Later
Windows 7 or Later
iOS 7.1 or Later
Included SoftwareAbleton Live Lite
Compatible Software (Not Included)Any Core Audio (Mac) Compliant Software
Supported Drivers/API & Plug-InsmacOS Class-Compliant (No Driver Needed)
Windows Driver Downloadable from Manufacturer
Processor RequirementIntel Core i3
Mobile Device CompatibilityiPhone
iPad
Required HardwareAvailable USB 2.0 Port, USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen 1 Port
USB Cable (Included)
Internet ConnectionRequired for Registration, Software/Driver Download
Power
Power RequirementsAC/DC Power Adapter (Not Included), Battery, or USB Bus Power
AC/DC Power Adapter5 VDC (Not Included)
Power Consumption5 W (Maximum)
Battery Type2 x AA
Approximate Battery Life4 Hours (Phantom Off)
Physical
Dimensions7.87 x 3.63 x 1.68" / 19.98 x 9.23 x 4.27 cm
Weight10.9 oz / 310.0 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.291 x 6.693 x 2.362"
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