Greetings, I recently picked up a UR44C, mainly to attach to a laptop for live streaming, and as a travel interface. Really want to love it, but still on the fence if I made the right call, hope these pro’s/con’s will be helpful.
–Good value - not much else in this price range with hardware DSP.
–Sounds good - the mic pre’s and overall audio quality are at least as good and probably better than I expected.
–Easy setup on Mac…although I hear this is not always the case.
–Well built, metal, sturdy.
–Support via web or forum is slow at best; phone support better but still long waits and gave me incorrect information in one instance; in 2020 online support really should be better especially for a major company IMO.
–Licensing limitations of included software are frustrating if you are trying to use the hardware/software on more than 1 computer: Requires eLicenser USB, which is problematic if have limited USB slots…also have to remember to keep eLicenser with you.
–dspMixFx app looks/feels very amature (“cheap”?), compared to similar apps from other manufacturers.
–Regarding hardware DSP, was very disappointed that the reverb is only available on the monitor mix, not as an insert on an individual channels. My bad for not understanding this pre-purchase, but it’s a real bummer. Use case: vocal mic input 1, guitar input 2 I want to add reverb to the vocal mic input as an insert that will be recorded, and keep the guitar mic dry. This is not possible, you can only add reverb to the monitor mix that you can hear, but not as an insert as you can with EQ or the amp simulators.
–The DSP “sweet spot morphing channel strip”…I see what they’re going for, but having a stand-alone EQ plugin and a stand-alone Compressor plugin would be significantly more user-friendly for folks familiar with using those tools.
Hope this helps…Steve