[LAU] Affordable well-working USB interface with low latency at 48kHz?

Sam Kuper sampablokuper at posteo.net
Mon Nov 23 12:01:26 CET 2020

On Mon, Nov 23, 2020 at 02:03:00AM +0100, David Kastrup wrote:
> I think one guy has already gotten a Behringer interface new (I'd not
> be overly surprised if it's some laptop-like USB1.1 chip of the "don't
> expect more than 15kHz" kind with some somewhat more tolerable preamp,
> which would not be the first time I've seen gear from Behringer where
> the outside was more impressive than the inside) and there are more
> dropout problems than previously (with my old Tascam soundcard) even
> though it's on its own USB connector (hopefully on its own
> controller/port but I don't know the laptop in person).
> I'd not want to suggest anything for which I've not had good
> experiences myself, and the budget would likely be at most around what
> the Behringer cost new.

I don't have personal experience of them, but I have seen many people
post positive experiences of using the Behringer U-Phoria line of USB
audio interfaces (UMC202, UMC204, UMC404, UMC1820), including under
Linux.  I see them secondhand sometimes for very reasonable prices, but
they are also quite cheap new and widely available.

Apparently they are USB class-compliant, with low latency & reasonable
build quality.  Audio quality reportedly close enough to Focusrite for
most uses.  Here are some of my bookmarks:










So, if someone in your orchestra has had problems with a Behringer
interface, it might be due to something other than the brand.  Perhaps
it is plugged into a USB hub that is causing problems.  Perhaps it is a
model that is not class-compliant.  Perhaps it is a defective unit.
Probably worth troubleshooting the issue before ruling out the brand

Good luck with the search, and do please post back in this thread when
you find your solution, whatever it ends up being :)

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