The Behringer UCA202 U-Control is an inexpensive 2-in/2-out USB audio interface designed for do-it-yourself recording on your Mac or PC. It's designed to sit as an interface between your mixer, instruments, or pre-amp and your computer. It is a USB bus powered device with no external power supply required, and also requires no additional drivers for installation; just plug the UCA202 into an available USB port on your computer.
The UCA202 features 2 analog line-level inputs (RCA) and and 2 analog line-level ouputs (RCA). There are high-resolution 48 kHz DAC converters to convert back and forth between the digital and analog domains. Additionally, there is a stereo headphone output with a dedicated volume level control for monitoring either your inputs or ouputs, and there is a direct S/PDIF optical output for direct digital conversion of your analag inputs.
- 2 RCA analog line-level inputs
- 2 RCA analog line-level outputs
- USB bus powered - no external power required
- high resolution 48 kHz DACs
- Stereo headphone monitor output with level control
- S/PDIF digital optical output
- No software drivers required
To connect your guitar or microphone to your computer, you will need a mixer or a pre-amp to boost your audio signals to line-level. For example, for $70 the Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC200 with both 1/4" and XLR mic-level inputs can act as an interface between your microphone and the UCA202 recording interface. The UCA202 retails for around $25.