TheSteinberg UR816C 16x16 USB Type-C Gen 3.1 Audio Interface is an audio interface designed to record ensembles and bands anywhere, doing so with professional-grade sound quality all the while. Make use of its 32-bit converters for a wide dynamic range, and record at sample rates of up to 192 kHz for capturing detailed sonic nuances. Whether you record yourself at the home studio or want to record your band at the rehearsal space, the UR816C will come in handy, particularly if you wish to record your own band's music.
The interface offers eight combo XLR-1/4" inputs, two of which can accept Hi-Z instruments, so you can record your basses and guitars direct and with fine degrees of resolution. You'll find four combination XLR-/14" inputs on the front panel, four in the rear, and level controls for both on the front.
Connect to your monitors via two 1/4" TRS jacks in the back of the unit, or make use of two 1/4" headphone outputs on the front panel with their own volume controls. That way, you can monitor while you engineer, and the instrumentalist can listen while recording.
The interface can communicate over a USB GEN 3.1 connection for seamless integration with Mac and Windows computers. The port is also backwards compatible to USB 2.0. Even iOS devices running iOS 10 and later are supported, so you can record straight to your iPad. You'll also find optical ports for ADAT and S/PDIF, so you can loop in other preamps if need be.
In HA mode, you can even daisy-chain two UR816Cs together for a 32-channel system, giving you the ability to record large ensembles live. You can clock the interface to external devices over a 75-ohm BNC terminal, or distribute wordclock sync to another device.
If high-resolution internet broadcasting of DJ sets, lessons, twitch streams, or even concerts is something that piques your fancy, you'll be excited for the Loopback function. This merges your recording channels with playback audio from your DAW, so you can broadcast it all at once.
Multiple effects are included, including REV-X reverb and guitar amplifier emulations. For home recording and production, Cubasis LE and Cubase AI are included, as is zero-latency monitoring matrix software called dspMixFx. The interface is powered over USB, though you can use a separately available 5V DC adapter.
High Speed USB 3.1 Computer Interface
32-Bit A/D for Increased Dynamic Range
192 kHz Recording for High Resolution
Record Mics, Line, and Hi-Z Instruments
ADAT & Optical S/PDIF I/O, BNC Clock I/O
Monitor and 2 x Headphone Output Jacks
MIDI I/O over 5-Pin DIN Jacks
Works with Mac, Windows, and iOS
Included Recording Software
Wall Adapter Included
Tabletop (Rack-Mountable with Included Hardware)
Channels of I/O
Analog: 16 Input / 16 Output
Max Sample Rate/Resolution
192 kHz / 32-Bit
Number of Mic Preamps
Analog Audio I/O
8 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Mic/Line/Hi-Z Input 8 x 1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Line Input 2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Monitor Output 2 x 1/4" TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output
+48 V (Selectable on Individual Inputs)
Digital Audio I/O
1 x TOSLINK Optical ADAT / S/PDIF Input 1 x TOSLINK Optical ADAT / S/PDIF Output
Host Connection / USB
1 x USB Type-C (USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen 1)
1 x BNC Word Clock Input 1 x BNC Word Clock Output
1 x DIN 5-Pin Input 1 x DIN 5-Pin Output
Memory Card Slot
Mic Inputs: 20 Hz to 22 kHz +0/-0.3 dB Monitor Outputs: 20 Hz to 22 kHz +0/-0.2 dB Line Outputs: 20 Hz to 22 kHz +0/-0.2 dB
Mic Inputs: +6 dB to +60 dB Hi-Z Inputs: +2 dB +56 dB Line Inputs: -6 dB to +60 dB Line Inputs: -10 dB / +44 dB
Max Input Level
Mic Inputs: +24 dBu (Balanced) +8 dBu (Balanced) Line Inputs: +24 dBu (Balanced) Hi-Z Inputs: +9.8 dBV (Unbalanced)