Content creators, podcasters, streamers, and musicians will find capturing and streaming high-quality audio extraordinarily easy with the Zoom UAC-232, the company's first dedicated, 2x2 USB Audio Interface with 32-bit float recording. The UAC-232 uses dual AD converters and 32-bit float technology to capture clip-free, low-noise recordings no matter how loud or quiet a performance gets. While this can save takes that would otherwise be lost due to changes in volume, it also means that you can be free from the responsibility of adjusting gain and stay focused on creating your original content.
The UAC-232 combines this technology with two low-noise preamps, equivalent to the preamps found in the company's professional F-Series recorders and known for delivering crisp and clean recordings no matter your mic or instrument. The two XLR/TRS combo inputs (with switchable 48V phantom) can accept microphone-, instrument-, and line-level signals.
After plugging the UAC-232 to your Windows/Mac computer or iOS device, open up the free Mix Control software to complete your setup. Select either Music or Streaming mode. Music Mode will route the inputs separately to your DAW for recording. Most DAWs are compatible with 32-bit float recording including Pro-Tools, Ableton, Cubase, and more.
Switch to Streaming Mode and both inputs will be combined into a single signal to route the audio seamlessly for streaming on Twitch, YouTube, or Facebook via software such as OBS. If you want to add audio from a web browser or music player to your stream or recording, you can activate Loopback to combine computer audio with your input signal. Additionally, you can record and stream in 24-bit with Lightning iOS devices using Apps such as Garage Band, YouTube, and Instagram.
In Mix Control, you can adjust the volume for each input and dial-in the perfect level for your recordings. Note that this is not a gain adjustment because, no matter what the volume automatically set by the software is, 32-bit float audio allows you to raise or lower the volume of your recorded files drastically without affecting their quality. Mix control also offers zero latency direct monitoring. You can monitor via the powerful, headphone output (100mW) on the front panel or the two 1/4" balanced line outputs on the back. There are also 5-pin MIDI I/O ports for connection to external MIDI devices.
With its compact design, the UAC-232 can be transported easily and placed anywhere. Set it up vertically, horizontally, or even mount it on a mic stand with the included hook-and-loop straps. The unit is bus-powered via your computer or requires an external USB-C power source when operating with a Lightning-enabled iOS device.
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