Zoom U-22 Handy Audio Interface

PA SKU # ZOO U22 MFR # U-22 UPC # 884354016999
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  • Product Highlights
  • Record with Mics, Instruments, and More
  • Fits in the Palm of Your Hand
  • High-Quality, Low-Noise Preamps
  • 48V Phantom Power
  • 24-Bit/96 kHz Audio
  • Compatible with iPad
  • 21 AAX Plugins & Pro Tools | First
  • Works with Mac & Windows

Handy Audio Interface

Zoom is partnering with Avid to offer our U-series users access to a new and exciting collection of audio recording tools. Purchasers of Zoom's U-22, U-24, and U-44 models can now register for a FREE download of a special version of Pro Tools | First which contains a valuable collection of 21 AAX audio software plug-ins.

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 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.

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 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 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 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 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.

  • Stereo USB audio interface for PC/Mac/iPad
  • Connect to 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
  • 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 jack10 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
  • Operation manual
  • Ableton Live 9 Lite software download code
  • USB Cable
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