Behringer U-Phoria UM2 USB Audio Interface Review (June 2024)


Last updated on June 14, 2024 4:46 pm Details


In this review post, we’re going to be discussing the Behringer U-Phoria UM2 USB Audio Interface, including an overview of its unique features.

Product Description

When it’s time to make recording history, you need the best audio interface you can get – and you need one you can count on. That’s why we’re kicking it up a notch with the amazing UM2, an ultra-compact 2 x 2, 48 kHz USB interface with a studio-grade XENYX Mic Preamp, combination XLR/ TRS input for your vocal or line input, and an additional ¼” Instrument Input (no DI box required). The rich feature-set, which also boasts a powerful Phones Output for the Direct Monitoring of your session, plus 2 Outputs and USB-supplied power – makes the UM2 the best, and most-portable recording interface in its class!

You take your tracks seriously, and the UM2 respects them too, providing 48 kHz resolution, for the amazingly-detailed and pristine recording quality your music deserves. When those creative juices start flowing, you need a fast and easy way to get those musical ideas into your Mac or Windows computer – that’s where the UM2 comes in. Just plug in a microphone or line-level source to the combination XLR/TRS input and your guitar or bass to the additional ¼” instrument input for the ultimate studio flexibility. The easy-to-use UM2 is ready whenever you are, ensuring an ultra-clean pathway to your computer’s hard drive for stunningly-professional results – the perfect solution for the solo musician wanting to capture that next big hit!

The ultra-compact UM2 is totally compatible with virtually all popular recording software including Avid Pro Tools*, Ableton Live*, Steinberg Cubase*, etc., so you can record tracks directly into your favorite computer-based DAW – and mix and master to your heart’s content. The studio-grade XENYX Mic Preamp used in the UM2, has been praised by audio engineers all over the world for its hug-headroom, low-noise operation. These state-of-the-art mic pres represent a major step in the evolution of audio technology – and they can easily hold their own, even when compared to the most expensive stand-alone mic preamps. XENYX preamps offer a staggering 100 dB of dynamic range, with a bandwidth that extends from 10 Hz to well above 30 kHz. Armed with these outstanding mic preamps, the UM2 provides such transparent, crystal-clear performance you just might think someone upgraded your mics while you weren’t looking.

The UM2 Mix control allows direct monitor selection, which means musicians can experience their performance clearly – resulting in better performance and recording. With its powerful Phones Output, Direct Monitor select switch, Status and Signal Clip LEDs, plus USB-supplied power – the UM2 is ready to go wherever you go. On the UM2’s front panel you’ll find a combination jack that accepts balanced XLR, ¼ ” TRS and unbalanced ¼ ” TS connections, and an additional ¼ ” TRS instrument input. The rear panel is home to the +48 V phantom power switch, a USB port for simple and easy connection to your computer and power, plus 2x RCA output options for direct connection to studio monitors.

The amazing UM2 ultra-compact 2 x 2, 48 kHz USB audio interface allows you to record the perfect vocal or instrument tracks directly to your computer, thanks to the XENYX Mic Preamp with +48 Volt phantom power for condenser microphones – and studio-grade 48 kHz converter for superb sound quality. Whether you’re a singer-songwriter, producer on the go, or just need a rock-solid interface for running backing tracks at the gig, the ultra-dependable U-PHORIA UM2 will help you shine in the digital domain.

Product Features

  • 2×2 USB audio interface for recording microphones and instruments
  • Audiophile 48 kHz resolution for professional audio quality
  • Compatible with popular recording software including Avid Pro Tools*, Ableton Live*, Steinberg Cubase*, etc.
  • Streams 2 inputs / 2 outputs with ultra-low latency to your computer, supporting Mac OS X* and Windows XP* or higher
  • State-of-the-art, +48 V-powered XENYX Mic Preamp comparable to stand-alone boutique preamps
  • Powerful Phones output with Level control and Direct Monitor select
  • Status, Signal and Clip indications for perfect overview
  • USB port for connection and power

Pros & Cons


  • Solid build
  • Reasonable price
  • Phantom power
  • Worth the price
  • Great sound quality
  • Exceptionally reliable
  • Direct monitoring
  • Decent plastic chassis
  • Positive consumer feedback
  • Loud headphone volume
  • Comes with an included software


  • Large in size
  • It has16-bit/48 kHz playback
  • The chassis and dials do not appear to be very long-lasting

Behringer U-Phoria UM2 USB Audio Interface Demo

Our Verdict

Many firms are attempting to enter the low-cost interface market, but none have the capable engineering of the Behringer UM2. It’s a simple two-channel interface with an excellent preamp.

It couldn’t be easier to take the first step up the music industry ladder with a super-simple layout, clipping indicators, ‘plug-and-play operation, and bus-powering.

Where to Buy

The best place to buy this product has to be Amazon, due to their competitive pricing and fantastic customer service.

BEHRINGER Audio Interface, 1x XLR/TRS 1x 1/4" 2X RCA USB, Black, 1-Channel (UM2)

as of June 8, 2024 10:39 pm

Pricing History

Price History for BEHRINGER Audio Interface, 1x XLR/TRS 1x 1/4" 2X RCA USB, Black, 1-Channel (UM2)


Current Price $59.00 June 8, 2024
Highest Price $59.00 September 26, 2023
Lowest Price $58.98 September 17, 2023
Since September 17, 2023

Last price changes

$59.00 September 26, 2023
$58.98 September 17, 2023

Buyers Guides This Product Is Featured In

Best 2 Channel Audio Interfaces (2022)

Best Audio Interfaces Under $100

Additional information

Item Weight

9.1 ounces

Product Dimensions

6.3 x 8.27 x 3.54 inches

Domestic Shipping

Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.

International Shipping

This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More

Country of Origin


Item model number


Is Discontinued By Manufacturer


Date First Available

August 2, 2013

Body Material


Color Name


Connector Type

1x XLR/TRS, 1x 1/4", 2x RCA, USB

Hardware Interface

USB 2.0

Supported Software

Tracktion 4

Material Type




Operating System

Mac OS X, Windows XP or later


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