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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Behringer UM2 OLD DRIVERS and differences with new ones.

For the ones that purchased a Behringer UM2 audio interface, you'll know it works without any drivers for basic recording. However, to make it fully operational (like enabling the second input), you need to install some software.

In the Behringer website, there used to be custom Behringer drivers for this particular device. Now the site just redirects to ASIO web, where you can download the standard ASIO drivers. As they're not custom, they don't work as good as the old drivers (keep reading).


Differences with new drivers

There is one major very important difference. 

With the new drivers the system install a generic USB audio driver and the PC sees the interface in Recording devices as a microphone input. When you try to record with a simple software like Audacity or simply you want the audio to sound through the Stereo Mix, you can only hear what is plug in the mic input of the interface. To use the second channel you have to use complex software like DAWs and mess with ASIO.

With the old drivers the system install a custom Behringer USB audio driver and the PC sees the interface in Recording devices as a line input. Now, all the inputs of the interface work without further trouble. You can capture the sound with the program you want and it will sound through the Stereo Mix as well. You don't need ASIO for anything.


It has been a hard job to find the old drivers in the internet for this model but here they are:

Behringer UM2 64-bits Windows 7/8 drivers, version 2.8.40.
(Sorry but I don't have any other version, OS, nor architecture).

https://mega.nz/#!fpF2RD6S!tdk6sCz1ePU77DMySDpJIsauvOCW-Zjxve_ixqq71UI

The 'Readme' file says they should work for
'UMA25S, UCA200*, UCA202, UCA222, UFO202, UCG102, iAXE393/624/629 and many more.

*bundled with UMX series, XENYX mixers, PODCASTUDIO USB


This driver does NOT support the following BEHRINGER hardware:
C-1U, BCD2000, BCD3000.
These models have separate dedicated drivers'

Enjoy, and if you need some help, let me know in the comments.

34 comments:

  1. Great!!! Thanks a lot!
    Interesting - why would they stop publishing them and started refer to ASIO4ALL?

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    1. Hi Michael, we'll never know, but I'd say, as this driver used to be the one for almost all Behringer audio interfaces, and now they use different drivers for each one, I think Behringer hasn't bothered in developing a custom driver for this cheap low range interface while it work with the standard ASIO.

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  2. I just bought this interface, and I came across your blog post, greatly appreciated.
    -mohan

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  3. Thanks a lot, man! I was thinking that my interface had some problem on the second input. That post was really helpful!

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  4. THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!

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  5. I am having the same problem except i am using the UM2 w/ my macbook . Could u help , it has been frustrating trying to get a answer from Berhringer .

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    1. Sorry mate, I don't work with Mac.

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    2. Hey ! Thank you for responding , i happened to stumble onto the answer & the UM2 is functioning , Cheers .

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  6. UM2 doesn't have a volume control knob for the headphones. So how do we control the volume of our headphone while on direct monitoring?

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  7. UM2 doesn't have a volume control knob for the headphones. So how do we control the volume of our headphone while on direct monitoring?

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    1. Hi Saptarshi, the right knob is for that purpose. If you want to control the volume of direct monitoring and what comes from the PC independently, as everything is output through the headphones, you can adjust the PC sound in Windows and then control the overall headphone output with the knob, that's what I do. Cheers.

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  8. i just bought a u-phoria um2 and cant get any sound, i just installed the driver from the link above but if i have windows 7 and a condensor mic, what do i have to do to get a sihnal and hear music?

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    1. Hi Jermel,

      in order to use a condenser mic properly you need to activate phantom power switch in the back and use a proper cable with XLR in both ends. Any kind of TRS XLR adapter is going to fail. First I'd input something simple like a MP3 player to make sure everything ir working.

      Not to mention, obviously, you need an audio recording software like Audacity to pick the sound. Trying to output the sound straight through the computer speakers is pointless because of latency problems, for real time listening you have to use the direct monitoring button, which is intended for that purpose.

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  9. Great, can't thank you enough for this. Not only does the Behringer site re-direct you, the link is not working most times (time out issues). The drivers you have hosted are exactly what I need. Thank you so very much. Cheers Wayne

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  10. Hey do you have any idea if this works with android? I'm currently using a behringer uca202 for a nexus 7 car install but never got the mic working becuase the uca202 requires line inputs.

    Also I can't find any specs on the UM2 to see what kind of mic input levels it accepts. I measured the factory mic in my car and it was 3000ohm

    And last question is the output control knob for the headphones only or for both headphones and rca output?

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    1. Hi Steeven,

      as for the Android question, sorry man, no idea about that. I neither have an Android phone to try.

      The specs on inputs levels and impedances can be found in the user manual, page 42. Here's in PDF:

      http://www.audiopro.cz/project/templates/default/pages/dokumenty/66_UMC404_UMC204_UMC202_UMC22_UM2_QSG_WW.pdf

      The output knob controls both the headphone and the rca outputs.

      Cheers.

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    2. Thanks a lot for that very quick reply. I may just get it from bestbuy and give it a shot to see if it works.

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  11. I got a UM2 yesterday and couldn't use the instrument input. Thanks to your efforts, I was able to install the drivers and now I have both inputs. Great job! Thanks.

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  12. hey i finally found a driver but wen I run the setup it says it failed twice help please

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  13. Hey, i clicked the link but the setup doesn't work do you have any idea what the problem could be ? Great post btw !

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    1. Is it because I'm using Windows 10 ?

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    2. Hi Yağmur,

      The setup is tested in Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. Yes, your problem can be W10.

      The only thing I can suggest is trying to install it in compatibility mode, selecting Windows 7. If you don't know how to do this check this out:

      http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/set-compatibility-mode-windows-10
      (Skip the beginning and jump straight to 'How to Run an App in Compatibility Mode').

      If this works for you, please reply so we can know.
      Cheers.

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  14. Any updates for windows 10? I need a driver for the um2 audio interface as the 2.8.40 one hangs about halfway through setup and eventually fails with a time out error.
    Using the mp3 player test we have verified device functionality.
    Thx a lot.

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    1. Hi mate, sorry, nothing so far. Another reason to stick to W8.1.

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  15. Do these drivers work with the UMC22?

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  16. I installed it but now it records everything in mono, even mic/line1. Why is that?

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    1. and if I uninstall the driver I can't use the interface as before, my laptop won't recognise it. wtf

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    2. Obviously it records in mono, because if you connect either a mic with a XLR plug or a line input with a jack, both are mono inputs. There is no way you can get a stereo recording from one input. In fact, if you try to record stereo, what you get is input 1 in the L channel and input 2 in the R.

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    3. Yeah but I assume the point would be to use the two line ins at the same time but since it records one line in to the left and the other to the right it's kind of useless. Can't I undo this whole stuff?

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    4. It isn't useless, you are supposed to split the L and R signal in your audio editor and you're done, you come up with 2 mono signals. I don't know what software you use, but in Audacity is dead simple.

      What they did was something very clever to keep it simple. If you want to receive the audio in your PC as 2 independent sources you can use the current drivers from the manufacturer website, but you'll need a good audio editor that supports it and ASIO. I tried, but I can't think of any advantage of doing this.

      To make your computer recognise the interface as the first time, I guess it'll do the trick if you uninstall the driver from the Device Manager. Plug the interface, go to Device Manager and find it (may be under audio or USB stuff), right click, uninstall. Then you may need to unplug and plug the thing or even restart the PC.

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    5. Yeah, it worked thank you! also rhcp ftw

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