Steinberg UR12 USB Audio Interface

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Steinberg UR12 USB Audio Interface

The UR12 USB interface features an extremely compact design, extraordinary build and audio quality, full iPad connectivityand the outstanding D-PRE mic preamp.

Steinberg UR12 USB Audio Interface Details

Combining an extremely compact design, extraordinary build quality witha rugged metal casing, full iPad connectivityand the outstanding D-PRE mic preamp, the UR12 redefines quality for its class of USB interfaces. 24/192converters offer you levels of audio fidelity rarely seen on an interface of this size, while the legendary D-PRE gives yourrecordings incredible detail, depth and dynamics. Guitarists, vocalists, songwriters and producers requiring a very portable interface with amazing sonic characteristics need look no further. The included upgradable Cubase AI version offers a streamlined,easy-to-use music toolset with everything you need when inspiration strikes.


Sharing the same heritage as the highly acclaimed MR816 interfaces, the URs house outstanding converters and D-PRE Class-A discrete mic preamps. Each interface is completely adapted to your needs while sharing the hallmarks of the UR range: great build quality, stunning sound and flexible, fully integrated capabilities. Ultra-stable drivers for Mac OS X and Windows mean that the entire UR range supports all major recording software applications.

D-PRE Microphone Preamplifier

All UR audio interfaces offer D-PRE Class-A discrete mic preamps from Yamaha. The D-PRE is carefully designed to capture all the subtleties and expressiveness of any audio source and is the culmination of years of development by the experienced engineers at the Yamaha Corporation.

The preamp is where sound creation begins in recording, and ultimately determines the quality of your mix. D-PRE Mic Preamps sound stunning, and the difference is in the design. Usually, preamps use one transistor each for the hot and cold signals at the input stage to amplify the signal. However, the D-PREs specified on Steinberg audio interfaces use an inverted Darlington circuit, where two transistors are used for each hot and cold "" a total of four per unit. With only one transistor on a preamp circuit, distortion tends to increase along with the signal level. By using a pair of two cascaded transistors, very low distortion can be maintained regardless of signal level.

Some users might look for a microphone preamp to dramatically color the sound while others search for a very neutral response. For example, some highly sought after vintage microphone preamps excel at amplifying certain components of a given source, imparting a generous amount of color to the signal. Such a preamp might be great for a vocal recording, however those preamps will not suit every use.

D-PRE has a very wide frequency range so that it can handle any music source and it does not overly amplify any specific components of the signal. It"?s beautifully tuned to be able to capture the true expression of a given performance or audio source, while leaving flexibility for later editing. The end result is that D-PRE provides a sound that is a perfect amalgamation of understated signal enhancement combined with impeccable sonic integrity. The development team took a lot of time to adjust this subtle balance and the D-PRE sound quality speaks for itself.

Looback Function

For easy live streaming of performances to the internet, the Loopback function consolidates all playback tracks and input channels and routes the mix to your internet streaming software. This function is often used by hosts of internet live streaming programs. When the function is active, incoming audio signals such as microphone, guitar or line source will be merged to the playback signal from an audio playback software like Cubase or other DAWs inside the computer. The merged signal will then be send back to the computer for streaming.

192 kHz

All components are carefully selected and implemented for full resolution of high-end audio of up to 24-bit/192 kHz. A higher sampling frequency means more samples of the audio source, resulting in better reproduction of the original sound, contributing to the naturalness of audio image and ambience.

CC Mode

The UR824, UR28M and UR44 can be switched to CC (Class Compliant) mode**. In this mode the interfaces work with the iPad (2 or later) through Apple"?s iPad Camera Connection Kit. Combining the UR units with an iOS audio application, such as Steinberg"?s Cubasis, you get a fully mobile audio recording solution.

Steinberg UR12 USB Audio Interface Features

  • 24-bit/192 kHz
  • One Class-A D-PRE mic preamp
  • Rugged metal casing
  • Major recording software compatible
  • iPad connectivity
  • Latency-free hardware monitoring
  • Power source selector
  • Loopback function
  • Cubase AI included

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  • 5
    Great Performance vs. Price

    Posted by J on Mar 27th 2012

    This unit sound really really good. Definitely an improvement over other interfaces I've tried in the same price range (echo, m-audio, Apogee Duet). Drivers are now totally solid. Just remember to use it with a TI firewire card if your mobo doesn't have one to ensure best performance. Mic pres are the best onboard pres I've use under $1000. Definitely recommend.

  • 4
    happy with it

    Posted by Matthew Moorman on Sep 13th 2011

    it's good. the conversion is a huge step up from something like maudio mobilepre. the preamps are good. but the lack of a preamp bypass function is the biggest letdown of this unit. i can get a more musical signal with a grace 101 or a golden age pre73. but having to use the inserts on channel 1 and 2 is kind of bummer. and if i'm recording more than two tracks and i want to use a different preamp i'll pad the channel and turn it all the way down but it's still going through a gain stage, and essentially (albeit not much) its altering the signal. all that being said, i have no need for a cleaner more hifi sound than this unit can provide.

  • 5
    Incredible Value!

    Posted by Lyle on Jun 25th 2010

    I've owned a lot of interfaces over the years (Apogee Trak2, M-Audio Delta 1010, Mackie Onyx Satellite, EMU 1212M, to name a few) and this blows them all out of the water, including the Apogee. The sound of the preamps is incredible and is on the level of my much more expensive outboard preamps. You will not find better converters in this price range, especially the DA. The lack of a dedicated MIDI input is a bummer, but other than that, the amount of features and value Steinberg/Yamaha have packed into this box is simply amazing. I highly recommended this unit to anybody!

  • 5
    this things rocks

    Posted by Brian Parks on Jan 12th 2010

    i'm amazed at how great this thing sounds. ive owned apogee, RME, and prism...this things hangs on the conversion tip and has great preamps too. the rev-x dsp option is the icing on the cake. i also love the two headphone jacks on the front of the unit. i guess the only drawback is that you can only bypass the preamps completely on two channels, but the fact that the preamps are really good makes up for it IMO.