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New features for free: Firmware updates for your UR interface

The free firmware updates provide new functionality to your UR interface. So make sure to get the latest version!

UR824, UR28M, UR44 version 2.1 update

  • Now supports dspMixFx for iPad
  • Added automatic iPad/computer detection so that in CC mode a computer can also be used

Find out more

UR824, UR28M and UR44 version 2 update

These free updates add new functionality to the UR824, UR28M and UR44 USB audio interfaces. The UR824 and UR28M get major new features such as iPad connectivity, Loopback function, DSP-powered guitar amp effects and a free, downloadable version of Cubase AI 7. The UR44 is already equipped with most of these features but gets the DSP edition of the guitar amp simulation effects.

  • New Guitar Amp Classics effect bundle running on DSP, allowing latency-free monitoring with guitar amp effect
  • Basic FX Suite VST 3 plug-in bundle, consisting of three software components: Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip, REV-X and Guitar Amp Classics
  • CC mode for connectivity with the iPad (2 or later) through Apple's iPad Camera 
    Connection Kit
  • Loopback function for internet live streaming: incoming audio signals are merged to playback signal from audio playback software
  • Free version of Cubase AI 7 for all registered UR users, providing a set of new features

Features in detail

Guitar Amp Classics

Guitar Amp Classics make extensive use of advanced Yamaha modeling technology. Four amp types with completely different sonic characteristics are provided, CLEAN, CRUNCH, DRIVE and LEAD. Best of all, the version 2 update includes both a DSP-powered version* and a VST 3 version of Guitar Amp Classics. That's a big plus for any guitarist, as the whole recording process becomes more convenient and more flexible. Just record the dry signal while listening to your favorite amp sound without any latency using the DSP version. Once you're done, you can re-amp the recorded track with the VST 3 version, the Amp Simulator plug-in included with Cubase AI or any other modeling plug-in you like.

This amp type is optimized for clean tones, effectively simulating the tight brilliance of transistor amplifiers. The tonal character of this amp model provides an ideal sonic foundation for recording with multi-effects. It also features built-in chorus and vibrato effects.

This is the amp type to use when you want lightly overdriven crunch tones. The CRUNCH model simulates the type of vintage tube amplifiers that are favored for blues, rock, soul, R&B, and similar styles.

The LEAD amp type simulates a high-gain tube amp that is rich in overtones. It is ideally suited to playing lead guitar lines that will fit in well in an ensemble, but it can also be set up for crisp accompaniment tones as well.

The DRIVE amp type provides a selection of distortion sounds that simulate the tonal character of high-gain tube amplifiers. From mildly overdriven crunch to heavy distortion suitable for hard rock, heavy metal, or hardcore styles, this model offers a wide range of sonic capabilities.

Six amplifier types are provided. Types 1 and 2 feature relatively mild distortion that allows picking nuances to come through naturally. Types 3 and 4 have more pronounced overtones, resulting in a fat, soft tone. Types 5 and 6 deliver wild, aggressive distortion with a tight attack. The even-numbered amp types have greater presence and range than the odd-numbered types.

iPad support

The UR824 and UR28M can now be switched to CC (Class Compliant) mode**. In this mode the UR28M and UR824 work with the iPad (2 or later) through Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit. Combining the UR units with an iOS audio application, such as Steinberg’s Cubasis, allows you to feed simultaneously through eight channels of input and output for the UR824 and four input channels as well as six output channels for the UR28M.

**Please note that in CC mode you can only use the analog inputs and outputs. Currently, there is no iOS app available that allows you to control the DSP-based effects.

*If you want to use the DSP-based edition of Guitar Amp Classics on an input channel in Cubase/Nuendo, please check, if your Cubase/Nuendo version is compatible. More info can be found in this knowledge base article

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