Quality should always be at the heart of your recording setup, which exactly sums up the UR816C. It has comprehensive inputs and outputs for making multitrack recordings, exceptional microphone preamps, professional features including Word Clock, digital inputs/outputs and mute/dim switches — everything that’s needed for a first class recording every time.
The UR816C is a 1U rackmount USB 3.0 audio interface with USB-C connection featuring eight analog inputs, eight analog outputs plus a main stereo output, ADAT I/O and MIDI I/O. Capable of 32-bit/192 kHz audio resolution and hardware-based, latency-free monitoring with DSP-powered effects for a truly professional recording experience. The eight balanced Neutrik combo inputs, together with studio-grade D-PRE microphone preamps, eight balanced line outputs, a pair of ADAT connections provide up to 16 channels and the word clock connection powered by SSPLL jitter reduction technology makes all of the connected equipment work reliably. All this makes the UR816C a rugged, high-quality solution for medium-sized recording studio setups with PC or Mac computers and iOS devices. Includes Steinberg's Cubase AI DAW software and Cubasis LE iPad app.
Connect microphones via XLR plugs and use the brilliant, transparent sound of the Class-A D-PRE mic preamps to capture your voice or acoustic instrument. Or directly plug in Hi-Z instruments like electric guitar or bass, using unbalanced 6.3mm plugs. Each input has its own gain control, which you can use in combination with the Peak indicator above each input socket to easily dial in the perfect input level. When turned on, the PAD switch reduces the input level by -16 dB for when you connect high output equipment, such as a mixer.
The UR816C has two switches to supply +48 V phantom power on inputs 1–4 and 5–8, for when you’re using large (studio) or small diaphragm condenser microphones. The indicator in each of the +48 V pushbutton switches lights when it is turned on.
You can connect two more microphones with XLR plugs to these inputs, which also feature transparent D-PRE preamps. Or you can use them to connect line level instruments like keyboards and electric guitars via effects units, using balanced or unbalanced 6.3mm plugs. Each input has its own gain control, which you can use in combination with the Peak indicator above each input socket to easily dial in the perfect input level. When turned on, the PAD switch reduces the input level by -16 dB for when you connect high output equipment, such as a mixer.
These gain controls are for the rear panel inputs 5–8. The Peak indicator above each of these controls helps you to easily dial in the perfect input level.
You can connect two sets of stereo headphones to these 6.3mm jacks for monitoring. Each one has its own independent volume control for adjusting the output signal level. Phones 1 and Phones 2 output any one of the Mix 1 to 4 signals, chosen in the dspMixFx UR-C application.
The USB indicator lights up when the power is turned on and the UR816C is communicating with your computer or iOS device. If the computer or iOS device does not recognize the UR816C, the indicator will flash continuously. Similarly, the Lock indicator is illuminated when the selected clock source and the word clock source are synchronized. When not synchronized, the indicator flashes continuously.
This control adjusts the output signal level of the main outputs on the rear panel. The power indicator ring lights up when the UR816C is receiving power.
The Mute and Dim controls allow for easy communication between the recording engineer and artist in professional studios. When you turn the Mute switch on, the signal from the main outputs is muted. You can also individually mute the output signal of each of the line outputs. By turning the Dim switch on, the signal from the main outputs will be attenuated. You can also individually dim the output signal of each line output by the same amount.