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COMPACT. ACCESSIBLE. ESSENTIAL. ZOOM U-22 The Go-Everywhere Audio Interface

The U-22 is the essential mobile recording and performance interface, with an innovative 2-in/2-out ultra-portable design that makes it easy to connect to a laptop or an iPhone/iPad and create great-sounding audio anywhere.

The interface features a high-performance, low-noise mic preamp so you can record vocals, instruments, and more with pristine sound quality—at resolutions up to 24-bit/96 kHz. The U-22 delivers the same excellent sound as our U-44 and U-24, with an even more compact form factor.

Zoom Handy Audio Interfaces

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Innovative Handy Design

The U-22 can be bus-powered via USB and its compact form factor is perfect for use with a laptop or iPhone/iPad*. The innovative design provides quick access to connectors, knobs, and controls for effortless setup and operation.

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

Pristine Recording and Playback

The U-22 features a single high-performance, low-noise mic preamp—the same as our acclaimed H6 Handy Recorders—with less than -120 dBu EIN, as well as recording and playback at resolutions up to 24-bit/96 kHz. You can also use the U-22 as a studio-quality headphone amp and listen to your favorite music in full fidelity.

Get Connected

The U-22’s XLR/TRS combo input can be used to record with a microphone or line-level source, with 48V phantom power, and Hi-Z support for connecting a guitar or bass. The U-22 is also equipped with a mini stereo input so you can record an iPhone/iPad, mixer, or other portable audio device.

*The U-22 can record one input at a time. When recording from the LINE IN jack, the XLR/TRS combo input is disabled.

Power Your Live Performance

The U-22 is the perfect audio companion for musicians who incorporate digital audio processing or pre-recorded sound elements into their live performances. Connect your interface to a laptop or iPhone/iPad, pull up software effects or a looper, and send your processed signal to a mixer or the house PA via RCA stereo outputs.

Zero-Latency Monitoring

For zero-latency recording and mixing, the U-22’s direct monitoring switch allows you to hear your signal before it passes through the computer. Separate RCA output jacks and an independent headphone output provide multiple options for monitoring.

Create More with Your U-22

Includes Ableton Live 9 Lite

When you combine the U-22 with Ableton Live 9 Lite, you have everything the modern music creator needs. This combination lets you record tracks quickly and intuitively, enhancing them with studio-quality effects like EQ, compression, reverb, delay, chorus, filter, and more. Plus, Ableton’s performance workflows let you take your music to the stage where you can mix and record live.

Features at a Glance

  • Stereo USB audio interface for PC/Mac/iPhone/iPad
  • Connect to iPhone/iPad with Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit or
    Lightning-to-USB Camera Adapter (sold separately), plus 2 AA batteries
    or optional AC adapter for power
  • XLR/TRS input with high-performance mic preamp
  • High-quality recording and playback at resolutions up to 24-bit/96 kHz
  • Approximately 5 hours of operation with 2 AA alkaline batteries
  • Includes download code for Ableton Live 9 Lite
  • Hi-Z support
  • Zero-latency direct monitoring
  • Dedicated RCA L/R and headphone outputs
  • Gain control knob for Mic/Hi-Z input
  • +48V phantom power
  • Accepts standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries

Accessories

Here's what comes with the U-22:

  • Operation manual
  • Ableton Live 9 Lite software download code
  • USB Cable

Optional U-22 accessories:

  • Zoom AD-17 power supply
  • Zoom AIH-1 Audio Interface Holder

Media

Video

The Zoom U-22 USB Audio Interface

Make the world your studio with the Zoom U-22 Handy Audio Interface.

Specs

Connector:

XLR/TRS combo jack (XLR: 1 hot, TRS: TIP hot)

Input gain:

0 – 43 dB

Input impedance:

2.6 k Ω (MIC) 484 k Ω (Hi-Z)

Maximum input level:

-0.8 dBu (MIC) /+8.7 dBu (Hi-Z)

Phantom power:

+48V

ANALOG IN: LINE IN
Connector:

Stereo mini jack

Input impedance:

22 kΩ

Maximum input level:

+1.0 dBu

ANALOG OUT: OUTPUT L/R
Connector:

RCA (coaxial)

Maximum output level:

-0.8 dBu (at 0 dBFS) (into 10 kΩ load)

Output impedance:

1 kΩ

ANALOG OUT: PHONES
Connector:

Standard stereo phone jack
10 mW x 2 (into 32 Ω load)

Output impedance:

10 Ω

Frequency characteristics:

At 44.1 kHz: ±1.5dB: 20 Hz - 20 kHz

At 96 kHz: ±2 dB: 20 Hz - 40 kHz

Input conversion noise:

Measured EIN: -120 dB or less (IHF-A)

at 43 dB, 150 Ω input

Number of audio recording and playback channels:

Recording: 2 channels

Playback: 2 channels

Sampling frequencies:

96 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz

Bit depth:

24-bit

Interface:

USB 2.0

Power Source:

USB bus power (Type B)

Zoom AD-17 (Micro-B)

DC 5V power supply (Micro-B)

2 AA batteries (About 5 hours continuous operation with phantom power off)

Power consumption:

5W maximum

Dimensions:

119.2 mm (D) x 91.8 mm (W) x 44.6 mm (H)

Weight (main unit only):

151 g

*0dBu=0.775Vrms