February 19, 2013

Steinberg UR22 USB Audio Interface Review

Recording audio at home or in the studio isn’t simpler than it used to be, it is actually much more difficult.  But that is not because there isn’t any gear available for a novice to get started in recording – it has to do with the many ways that one can record audio and convert it into a digital signal.  Just a short while ago, the only real way to record audio, was directly.  It was usually through some sort of analog cable and the result was an uncompressed mass of audio that was difficult to store and manipulate.  Now that recording to digital has gotten easier, there are options that range from beginner to expert depending on how much you want to pay.

The ASIO4ALL driver has been around since the first cheap USB soundcard were created.  It used a system that bypassed most of the computer’s internal routing; creating a low latency audio capture procedure that didn’t get bogged down by the computer itself.  Since then, more advanced hardware sound cards have been created, such as the Steinberg UR 22 which comes with MIDI ins and out, as well as an onboard power supply that uses USB.  Soundcards in this price range are many, so it may be hard to narrow your options down.