Behringer U-PHORIA UMC1820 - USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface

Behringer U-PHORIA UMC1820 - USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface

Behringer U-PHORIA UMC1820 - USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface

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Behringer U-PHORIA UMC1820 - USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface

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  • 18 Inputs / 20 Outputs
  • 8 x MIDAS-Designed Microphone Preamps
  • 48V Phantom Power
  • Digital I/O Supports S/PDIF, ADAT & S/MUX
  • Built-In MIDI I/O
  • Capable of 24-bit/96 kHz
  • Mac OS X & Windows Compatible
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Behringer UMC1820 overview

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The U-PHORIA UMC1820 from Behringer is a USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interface featuring a combination of 18 inputs and 20 outputs. Capable of running at 24-bit/96 kHz resolution, the unit provides connectivity for microphones, guitars, keyboards and MIDI devices. Eight MIDAS-designed microphone preamps can supply 48V phantom power for use with condenser microphones.

Aside from the eight XLR/TRS combo connectors, the interface also includes a S/PDIF coaxial input and output, as well as ADAT optical I/Os supporting both S/PDIF and S/MUX operation. MIDI input and output is available, along with USB MIDI for adding a control surface to control your DAW. And speaking of DAWs, the unit is compatible with most popular recording software for Mac OS X and Windows.

A mix control allows zero-latency direct monitoring to aid performances without any delay or lag in the returning signal. A pair of headphone outputs is available with individual volume controls and an A/B source select for DJ-style cueing. Upon registering the interface at, a complimentary download code for the full version of Tracktion DAW software is provided.

18 input, 20 output USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interface with 24-bit/96 kHz resolution
Eight MIDAS-designed microphone preamps with 48V phantom power
Eight XLR/TRS combo inputs
Coaxial S/PDIF input and output
ADAT optical input and output supporting S/PDIF and S/MUX formats up to 96 kHz
Simultaneous use of all analog, coaxial S/PDIF, optical ADAT and MIDI signals
Zero-latency direct monitoring of all analog inputs while recording
ADAT input allows for expanding to a total of sixteen MIDAS-designed preamps using an optional ADA8200 expander
Input/playback mix control and stereo/mono switch for direct monitoring
Dual headphones outputs with individual level controls and monitor A/B source select for DJ-style cueing
Main outputs with dim, mute and dedicated main level controls
Compatible with most current recording software running under Mac OS X and Windows XP or higher
Free audio recording, editing and podcasting software plus 150 instrument/effect plug-ins downloadable at
Impact-resistant metal chassis
UPC: 748252152145
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Behringer U-PHORIA UMC1820 - USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface
  • External Power Supply
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
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    Behringer UMC1820 specs

    Max Sample Rate/Resolution 96 kHz / 24-Bit
    Host Connection 1 x USB Type-B (USB 2.0)
    Analog I/O 8 x Combo XLR / 1/4" Input
    2 x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS Monitor Output
    8 x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS Line Output
    2 x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS Headphone Output
    Digital I/O 1 x RCA Coaxial / S/PDIF Input
    1 x RCA Coaxial / S/PDIF Output
    1 x TOSLINK / ADAT, S/MUX, S/PDIF Input
    1 x TOSLINK / ADAT, S/MUX, S/PDIF Output
    MIDI I/O 1 x 5-Pin MIDI In
    1 x 5-Pin MIDI Out
    Digital Audio
    Sample Rates Up to 96 kHz
    Bit Depth 24-Bit
    AC Input Power 120 VAC at 60 Hz
    AC/DC Power Adapter  Included
    Rackmount Size 1RU
    Dimensions 19 x 1.75" / 48.26 x 4.45 cm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 24.4 x 7.0 x 4.0"

    Behringer UMC1820 reviews

    U-PHORIA UMC1820 - USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best interface for your money I purchased the UMC1820 for use in a home studio to record drums. It replaced a convoluted setup involving a couple mixers and an old M-Audio firewire interface. It's coupled with the Behringer ADA8200 (via ADAT) for 16 inputs total. The unit is built very well. It's not especially heavy, but not too light or flimsy-feeling. I've had several Behringer rack units in the past and they have definitely stepped up their game with the build quality. The UMC1820 packs a ton of features into a small single space rack unit and at an amazing price. The preamps have plenty of headroom and sound great. There are Line/Inst switches and a -15dB pad for each input. There are two +48v phantom power switches, one for channels 1-4 and the other for channels 5-8. It has MIDI I/O, SPDIF I/O and Optical ADAT I/O. The main thing this unit is lacking is better software control over the features. The UMC Audio Control Panel is very bare bones, giving you only the very most essentials options. You can't select the operating frequency, it's determined by the DAW. There are no routing options and the unit cannot be used in stand-alone for anything other than stereo monitoring of the analog inputs. If you're looking for a ton of inputs at a low price, look nowhere else. The bottom line is that this unit sounds great, looks nice and is extremely affordable. Pros: Lowest price, hands down! Small footprint (single rack space and very shallow) Sleek look and sturdy feel Smooth knob control 8 MIDAS preamps with +48v phantom power ADAT SMUX and SPDIF inputs and outputs MIDI I/O 2 Headphone outputs with independent volume and channel selection Direct (zero-latency) monitor/DAW blend knob Per-channel Line/Inst buttons Per-channel Pad buttons Solid drivers allowing for low latency performance Cons: No option for stand-alone operation UMC Audio Control software is very limited No LED meters (just a single LED for signal) Unit can run a little hot
    Date published: 2016-06-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Too Sexy, No! This is a great example of Function over Form. Is it the sexiest looking USB audio interface? No. Is it the best sounding USB audio interface? No. What Behringer ever so wisely did was to make something that works well and is priced well. It quite simply works. Perfectly. It turns on instantly. MAC OSX recognizes it immediately. Fire up your DAW and you're off... No software to install. No Drama. No issues. It shows up with all channels available all the time to all audio apps. During tracking, the ability to quickly adjust levels and balance between live and playback with dedicated knobs, rather than software menus is a big relief. By not having fancy, sexy software screens that take up your time, and often don't work, you get the hardware out of the way of the work flow. You get more done in less time. That's what I need from my gear. Simply to stay out of my way and let me get my music down. To my ears, the sound is up there in quality - on a par with units like Steinberg, and better than than Presonus. I'd describe it as well balanced and clean, not overly harsh on the highs - like many of the units in this price range, while giving good clear low end punch. No noise. No shrill high end. And of course the connections are as much, or more, than the competition. You get all you need for 8-Track production. It also plays well with expansion units - like the Behringer ADA8200 - which I hooked up and got 16 channels running in about 30 seconds. And did I mention that it's smaller than most units? The reduced footprint gave me back some valuable table-top space. I really don't understand the noses that turn up at Behringer gear. This is a great piece that's at the center of my studio. No, it's not too sexy to look at. But I have better things to look than A/D converters... like a nice Tube Pre-Amp!
    Date published: 2016-07-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from OK with mac, but needs better windows drivers Works well for our purposes, and the quality is very good. We did have a hum issue due to the lack of a ground connection. (we removed some paint under the power cable standoff and used that for our ground point)... problem solved. Behringer should provide a ground point on any pro audio gear but the choice to use it would depend on how the box is installed. Note that the rack ears do not provide a ground path since they are non conductive. Again, that is unusual for pro gear. We are using Audacity as recording software for 8 simultaneous channels ---works flawlessly on MacOS (High Sierra) plug-and-play, but Windows 10 needed a Driver, but would not record or play more than two simultaneous channels. This could be an issue with Audacity for Windows. Thanks B and H for very quick delivery as always - you guys rock!
    Date published: 2018-11-07
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from DOA- Dead dead dead I have a UMC404HD as does a friend. Both work flawlessly and sound great. But those don't have a digital input plus I needed 8 XLR and line inputs, and wanted digital input as well, so ordered the 1820 at three times the price. It never worked at all, USB was dead, dead on arrival. You would think they would TEST THESE BEFORE SHIPPING. Apparently not. Maybe that's why they're so cheap- leave to duds to the consumer to discover. Given the mixed reviews about Behringer reliability- and stories of the 1820 pooping out after a week or few, at $300 I figured this was a bad sign to get one that didn't work at all. I've returned it, and bought another UMC404 to get my 8 channels total, and use my old M-Audio Firewire 410 to get digital in. You can actually combine TWO M-audio 410s with a UMC404HD to get 8 channels, or two UMC404HDs PROVIDED you use ASIO4ALL to combine inputs in your DAW. In fact I think you can add together a virtually unlimited number of devices with ASIO4ALL, and its easy to use. So, I'm all set, and at 1/3 the additional cost, or zero cost using my other two FW410s- no risk of another bad 1820.
    Date published: 2017-04-29
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