Steinberg’s latest pair of audio interfaces — the UR-RT2 and UR-RT4 — are the result of a collaboration between Steinberg, Yamaha and Rupert Neve Designs.
What sets the UR-RT audio interfaces apart from others is their implementation of transformer circuitry from Rupert Neve Designs, which was specifically developed for audio interfaces. Transformer design is one of Mr Neve’s obsessions, so it’s quite the accolade to have his Rupert Neve Designs transformers — known for imparting natural compression and saturation — built in.
The UR-RT2 comes with two analogue XLR/TRS combo inputs (with a Hi-Z switch on input 1 for electric guitar), plus 2 TRS line inputs, and a headphones jack with independent level control. Meanwhile, the UR-RT4 boasts four analogue XLR/TRS combo inputs (Mic/Hi-Z on input 1/2 and Mic/Line on input 3/4), plus two TRS line inputs for a total of six inputs, as well as two separate headphone buses with individual outputs.
Both interfaces offer +48V phantom power, USB 2.0 and MIDI connectivity alongside a range of I/O options for laptop and iPad, as well as providing DSP-powered effects for zero-latency monitoring. Together with the D-PRE preamps by Yamaha and the featured Rupert Neve Designs transformers, the UR-RT interfaces deliver an "expressive sound with rich harmonics” say Steinberg.
The UR-RT2 and UR-RT4 audio interfaces will come bundled with Cubase AI DAW software for Mac and PC (64-bit only) and the Cubasis LE DAW app for iPad. The interfaces will be available from the beginning of June and will cost €399 and €649 respectively.
This video from Steinberg goes into the design process of the UR-RT series: