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New Zoom U-44 Interface
Old 2nd September 2016
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New Zoom U-44 Interface

There is a new Interface from Zoom, the U-44:

https://www.zoom.co.jp/products/prod...udio-interface




It's like made for iPad: small, can use batteries or a dc, has Midi, works as a standalone converter, has digital ins and outs and it has two additional inputs (3+4) that use either the spdif ins or the same mics and modules that are available for the Zoom handy recorders.
I was looking for a small interface to use with my ipad or sometimes with an iphone, but everything I found was too big or heavy or doesn't have midi etc.
Bought it immediately yesterday. Anyone else, who is using it?
Old 23rd February 2017
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Me!
It's incredible that this interface has so few reviews around the web and magazines.
I think it's a very underrated piece of gear.
Same pristine preamps of the H6 and compatible with everything, also with the ipad.
I guess that is one of the few digital I/O devices for iOS available today.
Always in my backpack with the laptop.
Old 21st April 2017
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ahoy,

i also find the new U-44 a nice combo of features, portability and price, though i am wondering since it is USB class compliant (no drivers needed on macOS) if it will work with Android devices as well, though it is not advertised as such yet. my searches thus far have not turned up anything, nor my message to Zoom (they are going to look into it). i would guess that simply connecting to an Android 5+ device via a On-The-Go OTG connector would allow it to function as a USB audio interface. so do you have any experience or info on this?

thanks, w
Old 22nd April 2017 | Show parent
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I guess that is one of the few digital I/O devices for iOS available today.
Does the digital input really work on iPad? A review on sweetwater is saying it does not.
Old 24th April 2017 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Ray Of Light ➡️
Does the digital input really work on iPad? A review on sweetwater is saying it does not.
It has S/PDIF optical and coaxial ins and outs that can be used as channels 3 and 4.
This has nothing to do with connections to the iPad.
Old 24th April 2017 | Show parent
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It has S/PDIF optical and coaxial ins and outs that can be used as channels 3 and 4.
On iPad as well? That's what I was asking the other poster as I can see a review on Sweetwater stating that s/pdif in does not work on iPad
Old 25th April 2017 | Show parent
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On iPad as well? That's what I was asking the other poster as I can see a review on Sweetwater stating that s/pdif in does not work on iPad
Only guessing: in order to use a 4 inputs audio-interface on the iPad you need a software that can use them / allows to route the inputs to tracks.
I use Auria.

Some software only uses track1 and track2 (stereo) and doesn't offer the option to route the inputs. For example if you have an interface with 4 inputs and you want to use the inputs 3+4 to record to your iPad, but use for example the camera-app, it will only allow you to record input 1 and 2.
I think in Garageband you can only record 2 tracks at a time, but you can route, so you could tell Garageband to use input 3 and 4 of the audio-interface (but I'm not sure, 'cause I only had a quick look at Garageband on the iPad).
The functionality of the digital-ins and outs of the Zoom have nothing to do with the iPad. It even works standalone as a D/A A/D Converter.
Old 28th January 2018 | Show parent
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ahoy,

i also find the new U-44 a nice combo of features, portability and price, though i am wondering since it is USB class compliant (no drivers needed on macOS) if it will work with Android devices as well, though it is not advertised as such yet. my searches thus far have not turned up anything, nor my message to Zoom (they are going to look into it). i would guess that simply connecting to an Android 5+ device via a On-The-Go OTG connector would allow it to function as a USB audio interface. so do you have any experience or info on this?

thanks, w
just an update for any future searches seeking the same info as me: i am happy to say that the Zoom U-44 works as an audio interface including MIDI with Android 5.x and more via a USB OTG connector, though i did not test the S/PDIF. enjoy!
Old 27th April 2018
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First of all hi everybody, new member here.
I'm probably gonna buy the U44 soon but, if possible, I'd like to have a couple info I haven't been able to find online about this interface, from someone using it.

Does it allow to DIRECT monitor the spdif input?
And is the direct monitoring signal passed to both main out and phones out?

Thanks in advance
Old 30th April 2018
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I've been looking to upgrade from a Focusrite 2i4. Main features I want are multiple outs & moderate price. My current picks:
IconnectAudio+4: 4 outs, routing, I have the ICM4, it's great.
MOTU Ultralight mk4: 8 outs, digital mixer $595
Steinberg UR22mk2: 4 outs, many argue they sounds great
Soundcraft Signature 12: 12 channel usb mixer, stay with hardware, just get a new mixer.
Soundcraft ui16, not sure how these digital PA mixers sound, or if the ipad mixer will quickly go obsolete, but channels.
Zoom r16, usb mixing and recording in one box, but then I feel a better interface and upgrading my computer would be better.
Old 7th July 2018
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I ended up getting the soundcraft mtk12, but am looking at the zoom u-44 as an iPad interface.
Old 7th July 2018
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Seriously thinking of grabbing one for my iPad as well, herd nothing but positive things about it
Old 4th August 2018
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Does anyone happen to know if you can set the U-44 up as a send and return device in Standalone Mode through SPIDIF?

I have the Zoom connected to my main interface on Standalone Mode through SPDIF In and Out and want to use it as a guitar pedal send and return.

Unfortunately I'm having a difficult time getting the audio path to go into the Zoom through SPIDIF, out Line 1 to the pedal, back in Input 1 into the Zoom, then back to my main interface through SPIDIF Out.

So far in standalone mode, I can only loop the signal back to me through SPIDIF but I can't seem to route the signal through the line ins/outs before the signal gets back to me.

Anyone tried this before or have any tips?

Thanks for your help!
Old 7th August 2018 | Show parent
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Does anyone happen to know if you can set the U-44 up as a send and return device in Standalone Mode through SPIDIF?

I have the Zoom connected to my main interface on Standalone Mode through SPDIF In and Out and want to use it as a guitar pedal send and return.

Unfortunately I'm having a difficult time getting the audio path to go into the Zoom through SPIDIF, out Line 1 to the pedal, back in Input 1 into the Zoom, then back to my main interface through SPIDIF Out.

So far in standalone mode, I can only loop the signal back to me through SPIDIF but I can't seem to route the signal through the line ins/outs before the signal gets back to me.

Anyone tried this before or have any tips?

Thanks for your help!
page 27 of the manual shows the signal flow in standalone AD / DA mode!
The S/PDIF out carries alway the same signal as the main outs and line-out1.
The S/PDIF inputs are assigned to INPUT 3/4.

The U-44 is hardwired, doesn't include a software mixer or routing capability. Maybe there is a workaround but I don't see how you should
1. get the signal from your main-interface via S/PDIF to the Zoom, then
2. route it to an analog out of the Zoom (to the guitar pedal)
3. get the analog signal from the pedal back into an analog-in of the Zoom and
4. then back in digital form into your main-interface via one of the digital outs of the zoom.

Last edited by DirkP; 7th August 2018 at 06:06 PM..
Old 9th February 2019 | Show parent
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just an update for any future searches seeking the same info as me: I am happy to say that the zoom u-44 works as an audio interface including midi with android 5.x and more via a usb otg connector, though i did not test the s/pdif. Enjoy!
thaaaank yooouuuu !! Off to buy one now
Old 11th February 2019 | Show parent
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thaaaank yooouuuu !! Off to buy one now
you are welcome, enjoy
Old 17th February 2019
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Hi - Has anyone used the U-44 with 4 outputs (for quad surround) using the headphone out with a Y-cable and balance set to DAW 3-4? Thanks!
Old 2nd February 2020
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It works on my U-24, so I'd think the 44 would be fine....
Old 12th March 2020
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I am a bit annoyed that the direct monitor mix is in mono. Why? If I wanted mono from a monitor I'd use a simple Y-cable or an adapter to combine them.
As a keyboard player with a need for a quick blend with a backtrack on the go the mono is in the way.
All the outputs can do stereo but only from the digital side (spdif/Toslink/usb)

I'd think there is a way of tinker with the circuit on the inside to enable stereo throughput, because the usb sees these inputs at completely separate, and the monitor can play stereo from the digital, so somewhere there might be a joint one could simply cut to make this work.
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I am a bit annoyed that the direct monitor mix is in mono. Why? If I wanted mono from a monitor I'd use a simple Y-cable or an adapter to combine them.
As a keyboard player with a need for a quick blend with a backtrack on the go the mono is in the way.
All the outputs can do stereo but only from the digital side (spdif/Toslink/usb)

I'd think there is a way of tinker with the circuit on the inside to enable stereo throughput, because the usb sees these inputs at completely separate, and the monitor can play stereo from the digital, so somewhere there might be a joint one could simply cut to make this work.
Yep, definitely annoying!
Old 30th April 2020
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I would like to use the Zoom U-44 to pass stereo recorded music from my iPhone into the U-44, add an electric bass guitar with Input 1, then get a stereo audio mix of the recorded music/bass guitar out via USB to my Macbook.

I can get it to work with mono music using Input 2. I tried using an analog to digital converter for the iPhone using the U-44 optical input, but get a flashing sync error with no way to adjust the sync setting on the iPhone or U-44.

Any assistance is greatly appreciated.
Old 31st October 2020 | Show parent
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Quote:
Originally Posted by charliecrash ➡️
I am a bit annoyed that the direct monitor mix is in mono. Why? If I wanted mono from a monitor I'd use a simple Y-cable or an adapter to combine them.
As a keyboard player with a need for a quick blend with a backtrack on the go the mono is in the way.
All the outputs can do stereo but only from the digital side (spdif/Toslink/usb)

I'd think there is a way of tinker with the circuit on the inside to enable stereo throughput, because the usb sees these inputs at completely separate, and the monitor can play stereo from the digital, so somewhere there might be a joint one could simply cut to make this work.

Did you try to switch from audio interface to stand alone mode? Also, you must restart the device when you switch between modes.
Old 8th November 2020
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Would this be good for me to use for these two specific use cases:

1. Recording line in stereo sources while making videos in iPhone. Going to start making some demos soon and want to record the audio direct vs thru iPhone speakers, for better quality. Also, does the camera app support this or would I need 3rd party video app to make it “see” the interface and have the audio-video be in sync? Assuming this is possible, would I need a CCK or does this thing have Lightning?

2. Want to be able to midi sync Korg gadget on iPad with external midi drum machines/samplers/sequencers while also outputting Gadget as a stereo mix to my board.

Lastly, I think I only need 2in/2out, would this thing be overkill and can I possibly do all the above with a “lesser” interface?

Thanks,
STRATEGY
Old 1st February 2021
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Hi, I'm glad to see a thread about the U-44, there is not very much about it online. I specifically wanted to know if it will work as a direct line in audio interface for Android phones.

I do see that someone has confirmed that above, which is great. The post mentions USB OTG, so I just wanted to ask if there was any lag or noise using that connection? And, has anyone tried to use a direct USB-B to USB-C cable straight from the unit into a phone (maybe with a USB-B-to-USB-A adapter plug)?

Finally, I'd like to ask if anyone has any experience using the mic "capsules" with this device? I'm interested in the XYH-6.

All of this is because I bought an Irig Pro Duo I/O AND a Zoom AM7. I'd like to know if the U-44 and the ZYH-6 mic could replace them, or even better them.

Thanks for any feedback! My first post to GS after years of lurking!
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