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USB audio interface: Behringer or Steinberg?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:54 pm
by Airlane
Hi
I want to record at home just me on keyboards and elec guitar through a multi-FX, no mics. This is just for my own pleasure as a hobby and no-one is likely to even hear the results, let alone participate in my music-making. I've a Win 10 laptop with no DAW yet, Yamaha MX49 synth with its own USB interface (no Cubase AI as I bought it used), all sent through a Behringer mixer which sounds fine.

I need a USB interface and a simple DAW. I have little cash. Options:
- Steinberg UR22 mkII 2x2 with free Cubase AI which the Yamaha synth is designed to interface with - about £100; or
- Behringer U-Phoria UMC202HD 2x2 with free Tracktion 6 or something similar, about £55.

Recommendation?

Re: USB audio interface: Behringer or Steinberg?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:28 pm
by bill555
Behringer, as it's far cheaper and you said you have little cash and the diff between them is minimal at most.

For a DAW, Audacity is limited and a lot of people sneer at it, but it's free and if what you're doing is pretty basic, odds are it's more than enough. Certainly nothing to lose by trying. If you find it isn't working out, many people like Reaper, which you can download for free on a trial basis and purchase is $60 (cheaper than most). Or you could keep downloading a new trial version every so often. :)

Re: USB audio interface: Behringer or Steinberg?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:00 pm
by John Willett
Focusrite Scarlett ?

Solo or 2i2 - one under £100, the other just over, both come with Pro Tools.

Personally, I would NOT get a Behringer.

Re: USB audio interface: Behringer or Steinberg?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:46 am
by Dynamic Mike
I'd go for one that includes Cubase AI. Your MX49 will automatically be configured as a remote controller (using the front panel buttons) & the voices can be imported as a .XML file. When you changes voices in your DAW the MX49 will switch automatically. You can download the drivers/software from https://usa.yamaha.com/products/music_p ... oduct-tabs even if you bought it used. There might even be a sound editor, but I could be thinking of the MOX not MX.

Re: USB audio interface: Behringer or Steinberg?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:08 am
by Hugh Robjohns
bill555 wrote:... many people like Reaper, which you can download for free on a trial basis and purchase is $60 (cheaper than most). Or you could keep downloading a new trial version every so often. :)

Quite obviously, SOS doesn't condone this kind of avoiding payment: it is piracy and it's against the forum rules to advocate it. Cockos Reaper is incredibly inexpensive for what it can do, and buying a licence helps to secure its future development. If the software has a value to you, play fair and buy a licence!

H

Re: USB audio interface: Behringer or Steinberg?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:16 am
by resistorman
Dynamic Mike wrote:I'd go for one that includes Cubase A1. Your MX49 will automatically be configured as a remote controller (using the front panel buttons) & the voices can be imported as a .XML file. When you changes voices in your DAW the MX49 will switch automatically. You can download the drivers/software from https://usa.yamaha.com/products/music_p ... oduct-tabs even if you bought it used. There might even be a sound editor, but I could be thinking of the MOX not MX.

I second this, as I have a MX49 I bought for my Linnstrument. There’s a review right here in SOS on it: https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/yamaha-mx49

Re: USB audio interface: Behringer or Steinberg?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:26 am
by resistorman
Hugh Robjohns wrote:
bill555 wrote:... many people like Reaper, which you can download for free on a trial basis and purchase is $60 (cheaper than most). Or you could keep downloading a new trial version every so often. :)

Quite obviously, SOS doesn't condone this kind of avoiding payment: it is piracy and it's against the forum rules to advocate it. Cockos Reaper is incredibly inexpensive for what it can do, and buying a licence helps to secure its future development. If the software has a value to you, play fair and buy a licence!

H

Absolutely... not to mention that the license is good for two major iterations. I bought V4 and have been going for years now with an amazing amount of feature updates. I’ll buy V6 as soon as it comes out.

Re: USB audio interface: Behringer or Steinberg?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:36 am
by forumuser918214
I am very happy with my Behringer interface so far.

Re: USB audio interface: Behringer or Steinberg?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:39 am
by Zukan

Re: USB audio interface: Behringer or Steinberg?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:37 am
by Ariosto
"Quite obviously, SOS doesn't condone this kind of avoiding payment: it is piracy and it's against the forum rules to advocate it. Cockos Reaper is incredibly inexpensive for what it can do, and buying a licence helps to secure its future development. If the software has a value to you, play fair and buy a licence!

H"

I would definitely agree with this, because you can download the full program and try for a few weeks. If you want it then get a licence which for small business use (if that's what you are) and it will cost approx. £50 depending on the exchange rate. You will get updates for a long time (if you want) - even for years. It also has a very good and helpful forum. And in my opinion it is a very good program, and new versions are available every couple of months, to download.

Paying the licence helps future developments and continuation.

Re: USB audio interface: Behringer or Steinberg?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:29 pm
by garrettendi
My vote is cheap and simple. Go with the Behringer, though I'm no expert.

My experiences with Behringer have been hit and miss. Their guitar amps are awful, but the Interfaces actually look decent. My local shop is often selling out.

I plan to get one in a few months to record vocal overdubs without needing my multitrack recorder.

Re: USB audio interface: Behringer or Steinberg?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:27 pm
by Airlane
I think Dynamic Mike and resistorman have convinced me that the Steinberg is the right choice for me, mainly because it goes so well with my Yamaha MX49 synth, Thanks.

Re: USB audio interface: Behringer or Steinberg?

PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:23 am
by holsen
I just bought one of each and I must say I'm completely impressed with the Behringer. No latency, no noise, almost plug & play and 3rd of the price of the Steinburg which a great unit but no better than the 202HD except for the Midi inputs. If you need Midi, then go for the U-Phoria 204HD. Behringer get a bad rap from days back but this interface with the Midas preamps is incredible. This is not the same old Behringer.