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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Aug-18 > STEINBERG UR-RT2 £290


Steinberg’s new interface mixes Rupert Neve design with Yamaha precision but does it deliver three companies’ worth of sonic clout, asks Andy Jones

If you thought Steinberg just did Cubase, then think again. Yes, the company’s been in the software world for donkey’s years now, delivering the pristine DAW leader, but there’s also been a wealth of other titles including Nuendo, WaveLab and HALion. It has also delved into hardware in the past but more so in recent years, probably thanks to the hardware giant Yamaha’s involvement with the company (Yamaha bought Steinberg in 2005). We’ve been bigging up the company’s UR range of interfaces for a while now, the UR44 being a cracking studio and mobile interface. ”The preamps are crystal clear and the build quality excellent. If your I/O needs are modest but you still want pro-level features, the UR44 is an excellent choice,” we said in our original review. However, that was a while ago, so no surprise that Steinberg announced two new interfaces earlier this year making up the all-new UR-RT range. However, these are a little different from the original UR range, featuring some Rupert Neve extras on the inputs. Should you wish, you can switch in Rupert Neve-designed transformers into the input recorded signal path to add a touch of ‘wow’. The thinking is that these additions increase your recording options, so you can tailor a sound or add some pizazz to something perhaps a little limp. If you choose not to – you might want a very clean acoustic guitar, for example – you simply go for a wide and clean dynamic, courtesy of the Yamaha D-PRE preamps. So that’s Rupert Neve transformers, Yamaha preamps and a Steinberg badge. Still with us? Of course you are. This is either going to be one of the best interfaces around, or a case of too many cooks spoiling the audio broth.

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In response to the ever-growing world of sound design, we highlight many of the best tools of the trade to equip you to experiment yourself, step-by-step guides to various processes, plus interviews with those whose careers have been built in the world of professional sound design. Elsewhere, we speak to former Stereophonics drummer Javier Weyler, whose company Breaking Waves facilitate the sonic needs of filmmakers in innovative, creative ways. We also talk to mix engineer Giles Barrett about his boat-based studio and head inside Nottingham's newly-opened Mount Street Studios. Along with our usual range of in-depth reviews we see our tutorial section expand once more as we welcome a brand new Reason series. We hope you enjoy the issue!