Zoom U-22 - USB Mobile Recording and Performance Interface

Zoom U-22 - USB Mobile Recording and Performance Interface

Zoom U-22 - USB Mobile Recording and Performance Interface

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Zoom U-22 - USB Mobile Recording and Performance Interface

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Product Highlights

  • 2 Input / 2 Output
  • Single Microphone Preamp
  • Phantom Power
  • Connect to Laptop, iPhone, iPad
  • Headphone Output
  • Zero-Latency Monitoring
  • Up to 24-Bit / 96 kHz
  • USB Bus Powered
  • Optional Battery or AC Adapter Powering
  • Pro Tools | First with 21 AAX Plug-Ins
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Zoom U-22 overview

  • 1Description

The U-22 from Zoom is a mobile USB 2.0 recording and performance interface, featuring two analog inputs and two analog outputs, in an ultra-portable housing that makes it easy to connect to a laptop or iPhone/iPad for on-the-go audio creation. A low-noise microphone preamp allows for recording vocals, instruments and more, with resolutions up to 24-bit / 96 kHz.

The XLR/TS combo input can record a microphone or line-level source, and provides 48V phantom power and Hi-Z support for connecting a guitar or bass. A mini stereo input is also available for recording an iPad, mixer, or other portable audio device. Only one recording input can be used at a time. When using the line input, the XLR/TS combo input is disabled.

For zero-latency recording and mixing, a direct monitoring switch allows listening to the input signal before it passes through the computer. Separate RCA output jacks and an independent headphone output provide multiple options for monitoring.

Purchasers of the U-22 can register for a free download of a special version of Pro Tools | First, which contains a valuable collection of twenty-one AAX audio software plug-ins.

Stereo USB audio interface for Windows, Mac, iPhone, or iPad
Connect to iPad with Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit or Lightning-to-USB Camera Adapter (sold separately)
XLR/TS input with microphone preamp with Hi-Z input support
+48V phantom power
Gain control knob for microphone/Hi-Z input
Stereo mini line input
Zero-latency direct monitoring
Recording and playback at resolutions up to 24-bit / 96 kHz
Dedicated left/right outputs on RCA connectors
Stereo mini headphone output
Purchasers can register for a free download of a special version of Pro Tools | First, with a collection of twenty-one AAX audio software plug-ins
Includes download code for Ableton Live 9 Lite
Power via two AA batteries (not included) or optional AC adapter
Approximately five hours of operation with AA alkaline batteries
Accepts standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries
UPC: 884354016999
In the Box
Zoom U-22 - USB Mobile Recording and Performance Interface
  • USB Cable
  • Ableton Live 9 Lite Software Download Code
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Zoom U-22 specs

    Channels of I/O 2 Inputs / 2 Outputs
    Max Sample Rate/Resolution 96 kHz / 24-Bit
    Host Connection USB Type-B (USB 2.0)
    Analog I/O 1 x Combo XLR / 1/4" Mic Input
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS Line Input
    1 x Stereo RCA Output
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS Headphone Output
    Phantom Power +48 V
    Digital I/O None
    MIDI I/O None
    Frequency Response Interface:
    20 Hz to 20 kHz 1.5 dB (at 44.1 kHz) 
    20 Hz to 40 kHz 2 dB (at 96 kHz) 
    Gain Range 0 to 43 dB
    Max Input Level Mic Inputs:
    -0.8 dBu 
    Hi-Z Inputs:
    +8.7 dBu 
    Line Inputs:
    +1 dBu 
    Max Output Level Outputs:
    -0.8 dBu at 0 dBFS 

    Into 10 kOhms

    Headphone Output Power 10 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
    Impedance Headphone Outputs:
    10 Ohms 
    Mic Inputs:
    2.6 kOhms 
    Hi-Z Inputs:
    484 kOhms 
    Line Inputs:
    22 kOhms 
    Line Outputs:
    1 kOhms 
    EIN Inputs:
    -120 dBA 
    Digital Audio
    Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96 kHz
    Bit Depth 24-Bit
    OS Compatibility iOS 7.1 or Later
    macOS 10.9.5 or Later
    macOS 10.10
    macOS 10.11
    Windows 7 or Later
    Windows 8.1
    Windows 10

    Requires Optional Accessories

    Processor Requirement Intel Core i3 
    Required Hardware Available USB 2.0 Port or USB 3.0 Port

    Operation is not guaranteed when used with USB hubs or expansion cards.

    Power Requirements Battery, USB Bus-Power

    Host or DC 5 V Power Supply (Micro-B)

    Power Consumption 5 W (Maximum)
    Battery Type 2 x AA
    Expected Battery Life 5 Hours

    With Phantom Power Off

    Dimensions 3.6 x 4.7 x 1.8" / 92 x 119 x 45 mm
    Weight 5.3 oz / 151.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.9 x 6.2 x 2.6"

    Zoom U-22 reviews

    U-22 - USB Mobile Recording and Performance Interface is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Useful for cam ops, not audio engineers I am an audio engineer, with occasional cam op work. The cam op situation is very good for cam audio to computer conversion. It's limited for an audio application where quality of sound and control is paramount. This is a generic device with only RCA outputs. No XLR out. So the need for adaptors for audio situations needed. 1/8 TRS in is great for cams and even Phone outputs to convert. Gain controls and output function well. Battery operation is good, but no AC option. Only computer power. So make sure an adaptor is close for plugging into the wall. It's OK. It can with a device I bought as part of a package, so I can't complain. Though I would not have chosen this to purchase on my own. There a far better interfaces for the same price range.
    Date published: 2017-01-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice XLR-USB interface with just the right controls The Zoom U-22 is a very good XLR-USB interface adapter with only two controls: input gain and output volume for headphones. The device is a bit bigger than I had expected but is still moderately compact. It supplies 48V phantom power, which can be switched off. It runs on batteries, an AC adapter (not included), or via the USB plug on a computer. Set up was fairly easy and straight forward. A mic XLR cable plugs into one end, and the USB cable goes in the other. The XLR plug was a rather tight fit, but I finally pushed it in, and it works fine. I could immediately monitor the mic through headphones plugged into the unit, but getting sound into my Audacity recording/editing program took a little troubleshooting. In Windows, make sure your setting in the control panel (under SOUND --> RECORDING) shows the mic/U-22, and make sure you set your audio recording program to recognize the set up. I am very impressed with the performance of my combination of a Rode NT1 with the U-22.
    Date published: 2017-01-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Pocket-Sized USB Interface Loaded With Features This single input interface accepts mike, line, and instrument inputs and outputs to USB, Line out and headphones. You can use it with your instrument or mic for stand-alone monitoring with headphones for practice. It supplys phantom power for condenser mics and runs on two AA batteries or USB power. An added bonus is an activation serial number for a download version of Ableton Live Lite.
    Date published: 2017-01-11
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from No audio streaming at 48kHz!? Pros - Small, including phantom power - pretty good build Cons - Knob should have more friction, pretty slippery - no TS, but RCA output instead. - no streaming audio at 48kHz, why? I work with 24bit 48k all the time and streaming audio at 44.1k is cause different weird tuning.
    Date published: 2017-01-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from INTERFAZ DE AUDIO Zoom U-22 Es muy fácil y práctico de utilizar. Era lo que necesitaba en mis grabaciones de audio en exteriores. Excelente producto.
    Date published: 2018-11-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice machine Very good for the price.
    Date published: 2017-01-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Works well #sweepstakes
    Date published: 2017-08-29
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