Behringer's UCA202 audio interface is designed to transport signals received from an external audio source, such as an instrument or mixer, into a computer workstation. The UCA converts analogue audio signals to digital data that is then transmitted to the computer through a USB connection. The UCA202 allows users to record a variety of audio directly into their digital audio workstation. Multiple UCA202s can be used to expand the number of available audio inputs for your recording project. By following a few simple steps, you can quickly connect your devices and begin recording new music.
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Things you need
- Audio Mixer
- Stereo Cables
- Instrument Cables
- XLR cables
- Audio Editing Software
Check your computer for available USB ports. If you do not have access to two USB ports, you will only be able to use one of your UCA202 interfaces. Connect your mixing console to the UCA202s using your RCA stereo cables. Plug the cables into the output ports on the mixing board and the input ports on the UCA 202s. This will allow audio recorded into the mixer to be transmitted directly to the interfaces.
Open the audio editing software you typically use and create new audio tracks. Your software should recognise the UCA202s as valid input devices. Assign each of these to an individual audio track by designating each device as the audio input method for the individual track.
Connect your instrument and microphones to your mixing board using your instrument and XLR cables. Instrument cables plug directly into the "line-in" port on your mixer. Each channel on the mixer should have its own designated "line-in" port. Plug the three-pronged XLR cable into your microphone and matching port on the mixing board. Avoid plugging your microphone into an XLR port assigned to a channel that is already hosting an instrument cable.
Test your completed set-up by pressing "record" and performing on your connected instruments. If the appropriate channel assignments have been made, audio will be recorded directly into your digital audio workstation. Because the UCA202 is not designed to receive individual line-in or XLR inputs, the total output of your mixer will be recorded into each individual audio channel in your software. Unless you are using an alternate mixing board for your second UCA202 device, the recorded audio for the second interface should be identical to the first.
Tips and warnings
- Close all unnecessary programs on your computer before you begin recording to reduce the effects of latency. Audio latency can best be described as an audible delay between performed sounds and speaker playback due to large amounts of data processing within your computer. Reduced latency will provide a much more accurate recording environment for instrumentalists and vocalists using precisely timed backing tracks for their recording projects.
- Carefully adjust the volume and gain settings on your mixer before you begin recording into your computer. Your computer's volume settings are independent of your mixing board, and volume levels that may seem normal through your headphones could cause distortion or clipping after being received by your computer.
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