Sure enough, Steinberg and Focusrite are the big names in the market of audio interface devices. On this article, we are going to learn about the differences between their popular products, Steinberg UR22 and Focusrite Scarlett 2i4. Hopefully, you can get some enlightenment for choosing the right device that suits all your needs. Take a look: Steinberg UR12 Vs Scarlett Solo.
One thing to consider, normally, Focusrite 2i4 is standing on a slightly higher price platform than Steinberg UR22. Hence, we may expect some extras from Focusrite 2i4. The model features 2 combo inputs, 2 balanced TRS outputs, and 4 unbalanced RCA outputs. The model also comes already with MIDI input and output – unlike its younger sibling in our previous comparison, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, that has no such ports. Meanwhile, Steinberg UR22 only provides 2 combo inputs and 2 TRS outputs, plus the MIDI in and out. Both contenders operate with USB 2.0.
Focusrite 2i4 and Steinberg UR22 offer high-quality D-PRE mic preamps, but, unfortunately, Steinberg UR22 still boasts the capability of recording at the much higher audio sample rate. It can record at 24-bit/192-kHz to deliver an ultra-high clarity. Focusrite 2i4 is ‘just’ packed with 24-bit/96-kHz converter. The difference can be a major concern, if you plan to work professionally with sample rate higher than 96-kHz. Most people, however, simply stay at the standard 44.1-kHz. Last but not least, Steinberg UR22 is bundled with the first-choice DAW software, Cubase AI 6. Focusrite 2i4, on the other hand, offer more variegated bids with Ableton Live Lite, Scarlett Plug-in Suite, Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite, Novation Bass Station, and 1GB of Loopmasters samples.
Steinberg UR22 Vs Focusrite 2i4
|Steinberg UR22||Focusrite 2i4|
|Key features||- Two industry-acclaimed D-PRE microphone preamps, class-leading 24-bit/192 kHz converters and a rock-solid metal housing, the UR22 audio and MIDI interface provides pure sound wherever you are.
- Two TRS inputs, six TRS outputs and two Neutrik combo inputs, 48 volt phantom power, pad switches and high-impedance input.
- Console features a practical master volume knob alongside DIM, Mono, and Mute monitor level controls while the onboard dspMixFx technology provides DSP-powered, latency-free monitoring with effects
- 2-in/2-out Device is the Perfect Choice for Mobile Musicians
- Includes Cubase AI 6 DAW.||- Two award winning Focusrite microphone pre-amps
- Dual mic/line instrument inputs on combination XLR/TRS front-panel connectors
- Precision, quality conversion at up to 24-bit, 96kHz sampling
- Better than 105dB dynamic range on record and playback
- Includes an authorization code for Ableton Live Lite, Scarlett Plug-in Suite (RTAS/AU/VST), Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST), the Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Novation Bass Station, and 1GB of Loopmasters samples|
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As the bottom lines, here are some primary considerations. You should choose Steinberg UR22 if: you are fine with 2-in/2-out ports for the long run, need the higher sample rate capability, and prefer the Cubase AI 6 DAW. You can choose Focusrite 2i4 if: you require the additional output ports for the long run and you don’t care about the Cubase AI 6 DAW.