2 x 2 USB 2.0 audio interface with 1 x D-PRE and 192 kHz support
Combining an extremely compact design, extraordinary build quality, full iPad connectivity and the outstanding D-PRE mic preamp, the UR12 redefines quality for its class of 2-in 2-out USB interfaces. 24/192 converters offer you outstanding levels of audio fidelity, while the D-PRE gives your microphone recordings incredible detail, depth and dynamics.
|24-bit/192 kHz||One Class-A D-PRE mic preamp|
|Top-of-the-range converters provide a maximum sampling rate of 192 kHz and a resolution of 24 bits, delivering pristine audio quality.||Yamaha’s highly acclaimed D-PRE preamp delivers a truly transparent and beautifully detailed sound that is unrivaled in this product class.|
|Rugged metal casing||Major recording software compatible|
|Built to the most exacting standards by Yamaha’s experienced engineers, the UR12’s metal chassis is rugged enough to withstand all the rigors of the road.||The UR12 is compatible with all major audio editing, mastering, and music production software supporting ASIO, Core Audio or WDM standard.|
|iPad connectivity||Latency-free hardware monitoring|
|UR12 offers connectivity with Apple’s iPad. When paired with Steinberg’s Cubasis music app or other iOS audio apps, the UR12 offers a portable and intuitive production experience.||The UR12 features latency-free hardware monitoring with an easy-to-use monitor source switch that allows you to choose between the direct signal and the output of your host application.|
|Power source selector||Cubase AI included|
|On the UR12 a 5 V DC port is provided to supply sufficient power when using it with an iPad. A standard USB power adaptor or an external USB battery can be connected to guarantee power stability.||Based on the same core technologies as the popular Cubase DAW, Cubase AI offers an intuitive feature set for composing, recording, editing and mixing.|
|Cubasis LE included||Loopback function|
|Cubasis LE is a streamlined version of Steinberg’s popular iOS music production app, offering professional music production on your iPad.||UR12 offers an easy way to streaming performances live to the internet, with incoming audio signals merged to the playback signal from Cubase or other DAWs inside the computer.|
The UR12 in detail
The UR12 proves how many first-class components can fit into a compact device at a very competitive price point. Its cleverly engineered capabilities give you all the I/O you need to quickly record your tracks…
… with full-on audio quality
…at a quality that would just a few years ago have seemed impossible on a recording device at this price point. The acclaimed D-PRE offers a sumptuously detailed, wonderfully dynamic sound, while the second input offers access to a Hi-Z input for guitars or basses. Featuring recording in stunning 24-bit quality at a whopping 192 kHz, the UR12 offers almost unheard of fidelity for recording in its class.
Portable and affordable
The UR12 has been engineered not only to offer the maximum functionality and quality in an extremely compact design, but also to be available at a very low price point. Often, smaller interfaces that are affordable for those on a tight budget mean (at best) average audio quality; this ethos has been transcended by the UR12, with its first-rate components, fantastic price/value ratio and exceedingly portable design.
The UR12 offers a Class Compliant mode for connectivity with Apple’s iPad. Combining the UR12 with an iOS audio application like Steinberg’s Cubasis gives you a remarkably intuitive music production experience. If you’re running your UR12 with an iPad, just add a portable USB battery or any standard USB power supply to provide the interface with the required current.
Integrate your system
The UR12 is compatible with all major audio editing, mastering and music production software supporting the ASIO, Core Audio or WDM standard.
UR12 also includes a special version of Cubase, Cubase AI, to offer a complete production environment in one package. And Cubase users also benefit from the auto-setup functionality which handles configuration of input and output channels and buses from within Cubase for a uniquely integrated music production environment.
Newcomers to music production
The UR12 is the ideal interface for newcomers to digital music production, looking to record their first tracks and explore a new world of writing, recording and mixing music on their computer. Offering all the I/O needed to record vocals and guitars in outstanding quality, the UR12 also includes a streamlined and upgradable version of Cubase, Steinberg’s legendary music production system. Available at a price point that will appeal directly to musicians making their first foray into making music on a computer, the UR12 is nevertheless built to exacting standards of quality, with first-class preamps and rugged metal casing that is made to last.
Pro musicians on tour
Professional musicians on tour requiring an ultra-compact interface that makes no compromises in terms of either build or recording quality need look no further. The UR12 offers the outstanding D-PRE preamp, a Hi-Z input for connecting electric guitars and basses and a headphones output for monitoring on a plane, tour bus or in a hotel room. Its small size means that it will easily fit into your hand luggage, while the rugged metal case means that it is designed to deal with life on the road.
Live streaming of audio to the Internet
The UR12’s loopback function lets you broadcast your audio production live via the internet! Combine your live microphone signal feeding into the UR12’s mic input with the audio coming from, say, a recording of a college lecture and stream both live to the web. Or add a live voiceover to a music backing track, with both signals merged and looped back to your internet broadcasting software. You’re ready to reach the world…
Recording your friends and family — in professional studio quality
Creating recordings of those once-in-a-lifetime moments you share with the people around you can be so rewarding. And what a difference it can make if your child’s first faltering words are recorded at the poor sound quality offered by mobile phones or dictation devices but in sumptuous 24-bit/192 kHz resolution. The UR12 has everything you need to build a personal recording station in your own home, with a first-class microphone preamp and an easy-to-use program based on professional production software used by recording engineers around the world.
With Steinberg’s line of USB 2.0 connectivity interfaces, you’ve got it all covered: the UR range comprises a 19” rack-mounted studio solution, a desktop production interface, an ultra-compact mobile unit and an advanced portable production studio — all engineered and crafted to meet the most exacting standards.
Outstanding recording quality with 24/192 support and the ability to scale up the number of inputs to cover complex recording situations including large ensembles and bands: the UR824 offers choice components of the finest quality, such as the acclaimed D-PRE mic preamp. DSP-powered monitoring with FX and the included dspMixFx application provide no-latency mixes for performers with reverb, compression and EQ; Cubase owners profit from complete integration, speeding up typical studio workflows considerably. Ultra-low JetPLL jitter sync and word clock round out a feature set conceived expressly for the demands of producers and engineers.
The UR series combines a range of features essential to composers and songwriters. If you compose using a MIDI keyboard, synthesizer or guitar, there’s a UR interface with the right set of capabilities for you. All models share the first-class D-PRE mic preamp and Neutrik connectors, assuring crystal quality when recording vocal takes, keyboard instruments and guitars. For songwriters on the move, the bus-powered compact UR22mkII offers a fully mobile audio interface with first-class components and two analog combo inputs, while the ultra-streamlined UR12 offers one D-PRE with the same robust build quality. The UR242 and UR44 each present different I/O options while adding a powerful set of DSP FX features and iPad compatibility.
Recording in your rehearsal space, running backing tracks alongside the band during gigs, preproduction for your next album: the UR824, UR44 and UR242 all offer a very attractive feature set for bands and live musicians at various price points. The 19″ rack interface UR824 offers eight analog inputs and outputs, while the portability and added MIDI capability of the UR44 and UR242 make either an ideal choice for live gigs. All three interfaces share the hallmarks of the UR series: D-PRE mic preamps, independent headphone outputs, DSP-powered zero-latency monitoring with FX and outstanding sound and component quality.
For film composers
The UR series meets the exacting demands of film composers. A 19″ rack unit, the UR824, incorporates eight D-PRE mic preamps and 24/192 support, eight outputs with support for up to 7.1 surround via ASIO, ADAT I/O, word clock sync and much more. The desktop UR28M offers easy switching between three monitor pairs or 5.1 surround output via ASIO as well as digital S/PDIF connectors. For more compact setups, the UR44 offers the same choice components within a portable interface, featuring four inputs and six outputs and MIDI connectivity for controllers and sound generators.
With Hi-Z input(s), headphone outputs and latency-free monitoring, the entire UR series offers a feature set tailored to guitarists and bassists. The ultra-compact UR12 and streamlined UR22mkII units are ideal for recording on the road, while the flexible UR242 and expanded UR44 interfaces offer added I/O capability and DSP-based, latency-free monitoring with guitar amp simulations, reverbs and compressors. The UR12, UR22mkII, UR242 and UR44 all feature the acclaimed D-PRE mic preamp, perfect for recording cabs and acoustic guitars with dynamic or condenser mics.
The UR12, UR22mkII, UR242 and UR44 interfaces offer a mobile recording platform with all the advantages of the UR series. The D-PRE mic preamp means sumptuously detailed and dynamic sound when recording vocals and acoustic instruments. Neutrik inputs and +48 V phantom power allow connection of both dynamic and high-quality condenser mics. All units also offer zero-latency recording, while the UR242 and UR44 add DSP-powered monitoring with FX, including the REV-X reverb and the Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip that allows vocalists to quickly dial in the perfect headphone mix while recording.
For beat producers
Producers working in beat-based music genres will find the perfect production platform in the UR series. The UR22mkII, UR242 and UR44 mobile units all offer independent headphone outputs and combo connectors featuring the acclaimed D-PRE preamp, with all also offering MIDI ports for connecting keyboards and drum pad controllers. Choose between the ultra-streamlined UR12, the compact UR22mkII, the flexible UR242 and the expanded I/O options on the UR44. All four units offer 24/192 recording and playback and include Cubase AI, a compact and upgradable version of Steinberg’s legendary music production system. The UR12, UR22mkII, UR242 and UR44 offer iPad connectivity for a truly mobile music experience as well as providing access to the wide range of beat production apps available for the iPad.
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 preamps
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.
Supported by: UR12 | UR22 | UR22mkII | UR242 | UR44 | RU28M | UR824
All power to DSP
Powered by Yamaha’s custom-designed SSP2 DSP chip, you can enjoy the benefits of dspMixFx technology, which offers latency-free monitoring together with the highly acclaimed REV-X reverb, the Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip and Guitar Amp Classics* for users of any DAW software.
Supported by: UR242 | UR44 | UR28M | UR242 | UR824
The UR824, UR28M, UR44 and UR242 highlight three DSP-based effects — Guitar Amp Classics, Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip and REV-X. Plus, the Basic FX Suite provides VST 3 versions of these studio-grade effects.
True Integrated Monitoring
When using Cubase, all the advanced monitoring capabilities are fully integrated into the application’s GUI by True Integrated Monitoring technology. All aspects of I/O handling and DSP management are handled directly from within Cubase. Cubase automatically embeds your device into the Cubase production environment and manages all audio streams with perfect sync, allowing for a highly efficient workflow that boosts productivity to new levels.
Plus, the URs feature direct integration into Cubase with dedicated windows and views that only appear when they are connected, providing full control of the hardware’s functionality from within Cubase itself.
Supported by: UR242 | UR44 | UR28M | UR824
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.
Supported by: UR12 | UR22mkII | UR242 | UR44 | UR28M | UR824
Minimum System Requirements
The minimum system requirements state the minimal specification your computer must have to be able to use the product.