Zoom U-44 Handy Audio Interface

PA SKU # ZOO U44 MFR # U-44 UPC # 884354016258
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  • Product Highlights
  • Record with Mics, Instruments, and More
  • Fits in the Palm of Your Hand
  • High-Quality, Low-Noise Preamps
  • S/PDIF Optical or Coaxial Input
  • 48V Phantom Power
  • 24-Bit/96 kHz Audio
  • Compatible with iPad
  • 21 AAX Plugins and Pro Tools | First
  • Works with Mac and Windows Computers

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-44 is a compact, 4-in/4-out audio interface that enables you to record and perform wherever you are. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the U-44 comes equipped with the features you need to record 24-bit/96 kHz audio anywhere.

The U-44 offers the same high-quality, low-noise mic preamps as our acclaimed H5 and H6 Handy Recorders, plus compatibility with Zoom's Interchangeable Input Capsules for incredible possibilities. Use the U-44 with your PC, Mac, or iPad via USB-or as a standalone AD/DA converter and mic preamp. No other audio interface provides this much versatility, value, and performance.

The World is Your Studio
Wherever you want to record, the bus-powered U-44 forms the perfect centerpiece of your mobile studio. Connect instruments, monitors, and other devices when you're recording at home-or hook it up to your iPad* to make music on the go. If bus power isn't available, the U-44 can run on just two AA batteries, allowing you to record anywhere.

* 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.

Can your interface do this?
Thanks to its 10-pin Zoom connector, the U-44 is compatible with all of our interchangeable input capsules (sold separately), representing a powerful field recording setup. Choose from six capsules-X/Y, Shock Mount X/Y, Mid-Side, Shotgun, Stereo Shotgun, and Dual XLR/TRS Combo Input-each with its own unique applications. Record the audience during your live performance, or connect our SSH-6 Stereo Shotgun for dialogue and sound design on your latest film project.

Pristine Recording and Playback
Inspired by our Zoom H-series recorders, the U-44 is equipped with high-performance, low-noise mic preamps that enable recording and playback at resolutions up to 24-bit/96 kHz. You can also use U-44 as a studio-quality headphone amp and listen to your favorite music in full fidelity.

It's All About Connections
The U-44 features a full array of inputs and outputs so you'll always be prepared for any recording or live performance. Two combo inputs with independent gain knobs and multi-color level indicators provide flexibility for connecting mics, keyboards, and mixers. 48V phantom power can be supplied to inputs 1 and 2, and input 1 supports Hi-Z input for connecting passive guitars, basses, or other instruments. MIDI I/O jacks enable synchronization with devices like electronic keyboards, controllers, and synthesizer or sampler modules.

Multiple output options-including 1/4", RCA, and S/PDIF-allow you to connect DJ mixers, speakers, and more. Monitoring your mixes is easy thanks to a dedicated headphone output with independent volume control. The direct monitor knob makes it possible to blend your headphone mix between the input and playback signals-perfect for live electronic music performance and DJ'ing.

Control Your Mix
With advanced monitoring options, the U-44 lets you dial in your ideal mix. Create a balanced headphone mix between your click track and main out signals during live performances. Or balance the cue and main out signals when you're DJ'ing. The outputs of channels A and B can be muted, providing even more control. Plus, direct monitoring enables you to hear the live signal you're recording without latency-simply adjust between the input and computer playback signals to create the perfect mix.

Standalone AD/DA Conversion

Transfer audio with total clarity
When you're transferring audio, high-quality AD/DA conversion is critical. The U-44 functions in standalone mode as a high-quality mic preamp and AD/DA converter to ensure complete transparency when converting audio formats. You can choose between a 44.1 or 48 kHz sampling rate for conversion.

- Connect digital audio gear to analog amps and mixers
- Create digital samples for your songs
- Digitize your analog records and tapes
- Transfer archived recordings to digital

Feature-Rich Mobile Recording
The U-44 is small enough to carry in your jacket pocket or backpack-without sacrificing features. Plus, all of the connectors and knobs are strategically positioned for fast access.

Create More with Your U-44

Includes Albeton Live 9 Lite
With the U-44 and Ableton Live 9 Lite, you have everything the modern music creator needs. Record your tracks quickly and intuitively, enhancing them with studio-quality effects like EQ, compression, reverb, delay, chorus, filter, and more.
  • Multi-channel and stereo USB audio interface for PC/Mac
  • 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
  • Two mic/line inputs with high-performance mic preamps
  • High-quality recording and playback at resolutions up to 24-bit/96 kHz
  • Compatible with Zoom interchangeable input capsules via 10-pin connector
  • Standalone AD/DA conversion
  • Functions as a two-channel mic preamp with analog and digital outputs
  • Approximately 4 hours of operation with 2 AA alkaline batteries
  • Includes download code for Ableton Live 9 Lite
  • Four-channel simultaneous inputs
  • Hi-Z support (input 1)
  • Zero-latency direct monitoring
  • Three TRS phone jack outputs
  • Dedicated RCA L/R and headphone outputs
  • MIDI I/O
  • S/PDIF optical/coaxial input and output
  • Gain control knobs for each input
  • +48V phantom power for inputs 1 and 2
  • Accepts standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries
  • ANALOG IN: INPUT 1/2
  • Connector: TRS/XLR combo jacks (XLR: 2 hot, TRS: TIP hot)
  • Input gain: 0 - 43 dB
  • Input impedance: 2.6 k Ω (MIC IN) 1.1 M Ω (when Hi-Z ON)
  • Maximum input level: +2.7 dBu (MIC IN) /+20.7 dBu (TRS IN)
  • Phantom power: +48V
  • ANALOG IN: MIC IN
  • Supported Zoom Input Capsules: XYH-6, MSH-6, SGH-6, EXH-6, SSH-6, XYH-5
  • ANALOG OUT: MAIN OUT L/R
  • Connector: TRS phone jacks (unbalanced)
  • Maximum output level: +10 dBu (at 0 dBFS)
  • Output impedance: 330 Ω
  • ANALOG OUT: LINE OUT 1/2
  • Connector: RCA (coaxial)
  • Maximum output level: +8 dBu (at 0 dBFS)
  • Output impedance: 1kΩ
  • ANALOG OUT: PHONES
  • Connector: Standard stereo phone jack
  • 30 mW x 2 (into 32 Ω load)
  • Maximum output level: +10 dBu (at 0 dBFS)
  • Output impedance: 33 Ω
  • DIGITAL IN/OUT: S/PDIF OPTICAL
  • Connector: TOSLINK
  • Supported sampling frequencies: 96 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz
  • DIGITAL IN/OUT: S/PDIF COAXIAL
  • Connector: RCA (coaxial)
  • Supported sampling frequencies: 96 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz
  • Frequency characteristics: At 44.1 kHz: ±1.5 dB: 20 Hz - 20 kHz At 96 kHz: ±2 dB: 20 Hz - 40 kHz
  • Input conversion noise: Measured EIN: -119.5 dB (IHF-A) at 43 dB, 150 Ω input
  • Number of audio recording and playback channels: Recording: 4 channels
  • Playback: 4 channels
  • Sampling frequencies: 96 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz
  • Bit depth: 24-bit
  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • MIDI IN/OUT: 5-pin DIN jack
  • Power Source:
    USB bus power (Type B)
    ZOOM AD-17 (Micro-B)
    DC 5V power supply (Micro-B)
    2 AA batteries (4 hours continuous operation with phantom power off)
  • Power consumption: 5W maximum
  • Dimensions: 198.8 mm (D) 92.3 mm (W) 42.7 mm (H)
  • Weight (main unit only): 310 g
  • *0dBu=0.775Vrms
  • Operation manual
  • Ableton Live 9 Lite software download code
  • USB Cable
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