Steinberg Unveils Two Premium Audio Interfaces with Rupert Neve Designs Transformers

April 11 2018, 02:00
Just before Musikmesse 2018 opened its doors in Frankfurt (April 11-14), Steinberg revealed the new UR-RT2 and UR-RT4 audio recording interfaces, the result of a collaboration between Steinberg and Rupert Neve Designs. By factoring in the engineering expertise at Yamaha, these two new USB audio interfaces deliver very high quality results on any type of production, combining a durable chassis with top quality components, including transformers by Rupert Neve Designs.

The UR-RT2 and UR-RT4 audio interfaces will be shipping from the beginning of June 2018, but Yamaha and Steinberg decided to reveal them to visitors at the Musikmesse 2018 show. The UR-RT audio interfaces offer a production studio solution for any situation. The transformer circuitry used in the UR-RT’s was specifically developed for audio interfaces, and to this very day Rupert Neve Designs relies on its transformer design to lend the character sound a touch of natural compression and saturation.

“I’m very glad that we can work together with Steinberg. We are proud that we've helped move this type of sound quality and character into a new market and audience,” says Josh Thomas, general manager at Rupert Neve Designs.

The UR-RT2 comes with four inputs and two outputs, while the UR-RT4 boasts six inputs and four outputs. Both interfaces offer 24-bit/192 kHz USB 2.0 and MIDI connectivity alongside a range of input/output options for laptop and iPad, as well as providing DSP-powered effects for zero-latency monitoring. Together with the studio-grade D-PRE preamps by Yamaha and the featured Rupert Neve Designs transformers, the UR-RT interfaces deliver an expressive sound with rich harmonics that can be captured through the included Cubase AI software.

The UR-RT2 and UR-RT4 audio interfaces will be available at very affordable prices, with a suggested retail price for the UR-RT2 at $349.99, and $599.99 for the UR-RT4. The Class-A D-PRE mic preamps support +48 V phantom power, with the Rupert Neve Designs transformer switchable on each front input channel, and two analog XLR/TRS combo inputs (Hi-Z switch on input 1 for electric guitar), plus 2 or 4 TRS line inputs, headphones jack with independent level control. Latency-free DSP-powered monitoring is possible with REV-X reverb, Channel Strip, and Guitar Amp Classics (VST 3 plug-in version also included) effects applied, while the dspMixFx editor application is available for Windows, macOS and iOS and can be ideally used with the included Cubase AI DAW software for Mac and PC (only 64-bit) and Cubasis LE DAW app for iPad.
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