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Zoom U-44 Portable 4x4 USB Handy Audio/MIDI Interface

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Zoom U-44 Portable 4x4 USB Handy Audio/MIDI Interface

The U-44 is a compact, 4-in/4-out audio interface that enables you to record and perform wherever you are. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the U-44 comes equipped with the features you need to record 24-bit/96 kHz audio anywhere.

The U-44 offers the same high-quality, low-noise mic preamps as our acclaimed H5 and H6 Handy Recorders, plus compatibility with Zoom’s Interchangeable Input Capsules for incredible possibilities. Use the U-44 with your PC, Mac, or iPhone/iPad via USB—or as a standalone AD/DA converter and mic preamp. No other audio interface provides this much versatility, value, and performance.

THE WORLD IS YOUR STUDIO

Wherever you want to record, the bus-powered U-44 forms the perfect centerpiece of your mobile studio. Connect instruments, monitors, and other devices when you’re recording at home—or hook it up to your iPhone/iPad* to make music on the go. If bus power isn’t available, the U-44 can run on just two AA batteries, allowing you to record anywhere.

* Requires 2 AA batteries or an optional AC adapter for power, plus an Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit or Lightning-to-USB Camera Adapter for connection to iPhone/iPad.

CAN YOUR INTERFACE DO THIS?

Thanks to its 10-pin Zoom connector, the U-44 is compatible with all of our interchangeable input capsules (sold separately), representing a powerful field recording setup. Choose from six capsules—X/Y, Shock Mount X/Y, Mid-Side, Shotgun, Stereo Shotgun, and Dual XLR/TRS Combo Input—each with its own unique applications. Record the audience during your live performance, or connect our SSH-6 Stereo Shotgun for dialogue and sound design on your latest film project.

PRISTINE RECORDING AND PLAYBACK

Inspired by our Zoom H-series recorders, the U-44 is equipped with high-performance, low-noise mic preamps that enable recording and playback at resolutions up to 24-bit/96 kHz. You can also use U-44 as a studio-quality headphone amp and listen to your favorite music in full fidelity.

IT’S ALL ABOUT CONNECTIONS

The U-44 features a full array of inputs and outputs so you’ll always be prepared for any recording or live performance. Two combo inputs with independent gain knobs and multi-color level indicators provide flexibility for connecting mics, keyboards, and mixers. 48V phantom power can be supplied to inputs 1 and 2, and input 1 supports Hi-Z input for connecting passive guitars, basses, or other instruments. MIDI I/O jacks enable synchronization with devices like electronic keyboards, controllers, and synthesizer or sampler modules.

Multiple output options—including 1/4”, RCA, and S/PDIF—allow you to connect DJ mixers, speakers, and more. Monitoring your mixes is easy thanks to a dedicated headphone output with independent volume control. The direct monitor knob makes it possible to blend your headphone mix between the input and playback signals—perfect for live electronic music performance and DJ’ing.

Specifications

Form Factor Desktop
Display None
Channels of I/O Analog:
2 Inputs / 4 Outputs
Digital:
2 Inputs / 0 Outputs
Maximum Sampling Rate 48 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Microphone Preamps 2 Preamps
Input Level Adjustment 2 x Knob
Expansion Slots None

Signal Processing

Pad None
Gain/Trim Range Inputs:
0 to 43 dB
High-Pass Filter None
Solo/Mute Mute per Master

Connectivity

Analog Audio I/O 1 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Mic/Line/Hi-Z Input
1 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Mic/Line Input
2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Monitor Output
2 x Stereo RCA Coaxial Unbalanced Line Output
1 x 1/4" TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output
Phantom Power 48 V, Selectable On/Off (Applied to All Inputs)
Digital Audio I/O 1 x RCA Coaxial S/PDIF Input
1 x RCA Coaxial S/PDIF Output
1 x TOSLINK Optical S/PDIF Input
1 x XLR 3-Pin S/PDIF Output
Host Connection / USB 1 x USB-B (Class-Compliant)
Host Connection Protocol USB 2.0
USB (Non-Host) 1 x Micro-USB (Power Input)
Sync I/O None
Network I/O None
MIDI I/O 1 x DIN 5-Pin Input
1 x DIN 5-Pin Output
Other I/O 1 x Proprietary/Zoom 10-Pin Mic Module Input
Wireless Connectivity None

Performance

Frequency Response System:
20 Hz to 20 kHz ±1.5 dB (at 44.1 kHz)
20 Hz to 40 kHz ±2 dB (at 96 kHz)
Maximum Input Level Line Inputs:
+20.7 dBu
Mic Inputs:
+2.7 dBu
Maximum Output Level Monitor Outputs:
+10 dBu at 0 dBFS
Line Outputs:
+8 dBu at 0 dBFS
Headphone Outputs:
+10 dBu at 0 dBFS
Headphone Output Power 30 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
Impedance Mic Inputs:
2.6 Kilohms
Hi-Z Inputs:
1.1 Megohms
Monitor Outputs:
330 Ohms
Line Outputs:
1 Kilohm
Headphone Outputs:
33 Ohms
EIN Inputs:
-119.5 dBA (150-Ohm Source)

Digital Audio

Sample Rates 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 kHz
Sample Rate Conversion None
Bit Depths 24-Bit
Latency Zero-Latency Direct Monitoring
Sync Sources Internal, S/PDIF

Audio Storage & Playback

Memory Card Slot None

Compatibility

OS Compatibility macOS 10.9.5 or Later
Windows 7 or Later
iOS 7.1 or Later
*As of November, 2021: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Included Software Ableton Live Lite
Compatible Software (Not Included) Any Core Audio (Mac) Compliant Software
Supported Drivers/API & Plug-Ins macOS Class-Compliant (No Driver Needed)
Windows Driver Downloadable from Manufacturer
Processor Requirement Intel Core i3
Mobile Device Compatibility iPhone
iPad
Required Hardware Available USB 2.0 Port, USB 3.0 / 3.1/3.2 Gen 1 Port
USB Cable (Included)
Internet Connection Required for Registration, Software/Driver Download

Power

Power Requirements AC/DC Power Adapter (Not Included), Battery, or USB Bus Power
AC/DC Power Adapter 5 VDC (Not Included)
Power Consumption 5 W (Maximum)
Battery Type 2 x AA
Approximate Battery Life 4 Hours (Phantom Off)

Physical

Dimensions 7.87 x 3.63 x 1.68" / 19.98 x 9.23 x 4.27 cm
Weight 10.9 oz / 310.0 g

Packaging Info

Package Weight 1.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.291 x 6.693 x 2.362"