Hi everyone, so I don’t usually venture in this area much, been reading some posts for a day or two, trying to decide if I want to go UR242 or UR44. Been scouring the interweb for videos, testimonials, reviews, etc. As a Cubase user, it makes sense to stick with Steinberg, but I have looked at other brands, those reviews keep me coming back to SB for the overall value.
I would prefer the 44 for the extra two inputs, however, I am a little perplexed as to why the 242 includes the pad switches but the 44 does not. I have read that most entry level interfaces, such as the UR 22 or perhaps Focusrite’s 2i2 have issues with guitars with active pickups, causing the inputs to peak even with the gain set to zero. Now I know you can turn the volume down on the guitar, but some guitarists I might work with may object to that, so when I noted the pads are on the 242 but not the 44, I am guessing that this might be a concession made by Steinberg to that given some complaints about clipping in the UR22 and UR12. So, is there a difference with the HiZ inputs on the UR44 that negates this concern, or am I missing some finer details in my research? Does the UR44 have the clipping issue on those hiZ inputs too?
Also, inputs 1 and 2 on the UR44 appear to not be useful for line level inputs, is that so? In some scenarios, I might want to take 6 inputs from the subgroups on my mixer for example, is this doable with the all 6 inputs on the 44?
I also note here that some folks are having issues with phantom power rendering their 12/22/242 interfaces dead after a period of use. I use LDC microphones a fair bit, so this is a concern for me, is this an issue also on the UR44?
Thanks in advance for any and all comments.