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UR44 vs 44VSL audio interface

Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:11 pm
by maylortaylor
Sorry if this is a common question on this board, but I am in the market for a new audio interface.

The features I want/need are:

4 ins & 4 outs,
Midi IN/OUT,
easy headphone monitoring (for click track),
and power by USB (optional)

I am torn between these two items right now though....

Steinberg UR44
&& Presonus 44vsl

Can anyone give me some feedback on either of these items?

Re: UR44 vs 44VSL audio interface

Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:59 pm
by UltimateOutsider
I don't have experience with Presonus interfaces, although I've seen a lot of complaints about their entry-level model (22VSL) on other forums, but I don't know the specifics.

I actually own the UR44's little brother, the UR22- and that's one of the best USB interfaces you can get for under $200. Solid build, low latency, low noise, high sample rates. Probably can't go wrong with the UR44.

Re: UR44 vs 44VSL audio interface

Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:18 pm
by maylortaylor
Thank you for your input!

I know both of these unit are relatively new (a year or less old). So I doubt i'll find too many people with hands-on experience with it. I've browed the usual review sites and can't find many cons against either one.

I do like that the UR44 has two extra inputs and the extra headphone input is nice b/c I plan on adding a drummer to my shows and that will help give him a click track easily.

Re: UR44 vs 44VSL audio interface

Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:53 pm
by AustinThumper
I've got the UR44 and its working well here. Its not Bus-powered, but that's the only downside IMO. I've got 4 monitors so I've been playing around with multi-channel output. Much fun!

Can't speak much on mic preamps.. Marketing says they're the bombz.

Re: UR44 vs 44VSL audio interface

Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:48 pm
by cmreal04
Never had any problems with presonus. I'm currently using the 44vsl with my imac and it's rock solid...

Re: UR44 vs 44VSL audio interface

Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:58 pm
by maylortaylor
cmreal04 wrote:Never had any problems with presonus. I'm currently using the 44vsl with my imac and it's rock solid...
How is the pre-amp quality? Specifically for gutiar/bass direct in?

I have an active guitar and bass, and would like to plug them in directly without a preamp of some sort. I do have Guitar Rig 5, so that will be what i run my guitar and bass through.

Follow up: How would standard SM57s sound on?

Re: UR44 vs 44VSL audio interface

Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 2:23 am
by login
Steinberg all the way, best drivers in budget interfaces,

Re: UR44 vs 44VSL audio interface

Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 11:41 am
by cmreal04
maylortaylor wrote:
cmreal04 wrote:Never had any problems with presonus. I'm currently using the 44vsl with my imac and it's rock solid...
How is the pre-amp quality? Specifically for gutiar/bass direct in?

I have an active guitar and bass, and would like to plug them in directly without a preamp of some sort. I do have Guitar Rig 5, so that will be what i run my guitar and bass through.

Follow up: How would standard SM57s sound on?
I've only used the preamps for either a condenser mic or a turntable (also with phono) and am happy with the results...

Re: UR44 vs 44VSL audio interface

Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 11:42 am
by cmreal04
login wrote:Steinberg all the way, best drivers in budget interfaces,
Based on what?

Re: UR44 vs 44VSL audio interface

Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 3:27 pm
by maylortaylor
I've made my decision. Thanks for all of your input.

http://www.kraftmusic.com/steinberg-ur4 ... o-pak.html

But this is such a good deal, i couldn't really pass it up.

Re: UR44 vs 44VSL audio interface

Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 3:37 pm
by cmreal04
maylortaylor wrote:I've made my decision. Thanks for all of your input.

http://www.kraftmusic.com/steinberg-ur4 ... o-pak.html

But this is such a good deal, i couldn't really pass it up.
Ahh no you can't pass it up, fantastic deal!

Re: UR44 vs 44VSL audio interface

Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 4:28 pm
by Enorc vs Robot
I know the op already decided, but I have the presonus and no problems so far. I run the l/r channels of an HD500 into it (l channel guitar, r channel I do an octave down for guitar->bass effect). It was on saLe when I bought it and it was easy to set up. Do not regret it.