Lets review external sound card Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD, designed for studio work; it can work with 192 kHz sampling rates and 24 bits per sample precision, MIDAS preamplifiers are built into it. Its frontal panel has : 4 combined XLR/TRS ( 1/4″ jack ) inputs, which can work in linear, instrumental Hi-Z and microphone modes, there is ability to connect phantom power +48 V to them; for each of them there are amplification level control knobs, clip indicators and linear/instrumental modes and PAD switch buttons; TRS output for monitor headphones, their volume control knob, Direct Monitor switch, headphones source selection knob, its stereo/mono mode button, main outputs volume control knob and power, phantom power and inputs and outputs state indicators. Its back panel has : power adapter input; USB port through which it is powered and communicates with computer ; MIDI input and output; Kensington Lock slot; phantom power switch; 4 RCA and 4 TRS ( 1/4″ jack ) analogue outputs, which duplicate each other; 2 TRS and 2 XLR duplicating each other main outputs; and 4 TRS ( 1/4″ jack ) insert for external effects mixing to signal.
Sound card is supplied with code for downloading of DAW Tracktion 4, after its purchase there is also ability to download from manufacturer’s website around 150 additional applications, VST plugins and sound samples packages; it is eligible to 3-years manufacturer warranty. For it drivers are released for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 and Mac OS X with ASIO 2.0 and Core Audio interfaces support, via which it tightly integrates with modern DAWs : Steinberg Cubase, FL Studio, Cackewalk Sonar, REAPER, Avid Pro Tools, Ableton Live and others. Package contains : Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD audio card itself, USB cable, optical disc with drivers and user’s guide. This is a great professional sound card, which has all functions and connectors, that are needed in small – middle level studio; so, when audio interface of such level is being chosen, there is need to look on prices and specific characteristics of this device and similar devices of Steinberg, Roland, Focusrite, ESI and other manufacturers, because they are very close in quality and functional aspects.