Behringer Xenyx302USB (mixer) vs Behringer U-Phoria UM2 (audio interface)

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by pedrorolo, Apr 30, 2020.

  1. pedrorolo


    Oct 4, 2010
    I am a bass player who is considering purchasing one of these. At a first sight, the Xenyx is just like a better UM2, with more channels a controls. Is there any reason why it would be better to get the UM2 instead?

    - Xenyx 302USB Mixer
    - U-Phoria UM2 USB Audio Interface

    pre-existing material:

    - two passive bass guitars
    - a Laney RBW200 amp, with a D.I. XLR out and an effects loop, but no headphones out.
    - a VOX AC1 Rhythmbox Bass mini amp, with a noisy output an with a very low volume headphones-out.
    - my cellphone, from which I use to play backing tracks and rhythm loops

    I plan to use the new acquisition for the following use cases:

    - the new acquisition as stand-alone headphone amp with backing track, with bass directly plugged in into one input and backing track into the other;
    - the same as before, but with my bass-amp (which has a XLR D.I. out) in between the bass and the new acquisition through an XLR cable.
    - recording the result of the last setup with few noise a good enough tone, without requiring pro quality tone

    - foreseeable future setups involving effects-pedals, with or without the amp (which has an effects loop)

    I know that the UM2 will limit my backing tracks to a mono input. The main thing I want to know is what do I get in exchange for abiding the stereo of the backing track; the physical EQ knobs and the additional inputs, namely:

    - Will I get less noise with the UM2?
    - Will I get a louder headphone out with the UM2?
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2020
  2. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    Having a little mixer is sure handy. You'll have some EQ controls for quick tweaking. You can always use it as a plane old mixers without the USB.

    A typical passive "Bass" guitar is between a Mic level and a Line level so you made need a pre-amp when you go straight into the mixer. If you have an active bass you'll be OK.
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