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Zoom U-22 USB Handy Audio Interface

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  • Musicians, Songwriters, and Singers
  • USB Type-A Connectivity
  • 1 Mic / Hi-Z Preamp, 1 Stereo Line Input
  • 1 Headphone Output, Stereo Line Output
  • Up to 24-Bit / 96 kHz Resolution
  • Battery or Bus Power / Mac, Windows, iOS
  • Phantom Power, Zero-Latency Monitoring
  • User-Friendly Tactile Controls
  • Bicolor Clip/Signal LED Indicator
  • DAW Software and iPad App

The Zoom U-22 USB Handy Audio Interface makes recording one source at a time to your computer, mobile device, or tablet more simple than ever. The Zoom U-22 Handy Audio Interface with USB comes with high-resolution converters (24-bit / 96 kHz) and easy-to-use tactile controls which are designed to help you create quality recordings anywhere. With the Zoom U-22 Handy Audio Interface, you'll also receive access to the Steinberg Cubasis LE iPad app and Ableton Live Lite which provides all the tools you'll need to turn your music into a finished production. 

Innovative Handy Design

The U-22 can be bus powered via USB (USB Type-B to Type-A cable included), and its ultracompact form factor is perfect for use with a laptop or iPhone/iPad. The innovative design provides quick access to connectors, knobs, and controls for effortless setup and operation. A simple bicolor LED indicates signal presence and clipping to help you avoid distorting your recordings.

Proper connectivity and operation with an iPhone or iPad requires separately available accessories—two AA batteries or the Zoom AD-17 AC adapter for power, plus an Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit or a Lightning-to-USB Camera Adapter.

Pristine Recording and Playback

The U-22 features a single high-performance, low-noise mic preamp—the same pre found in the acclaimed H6 Handy Recorder with less than -120 dBu EIN, and 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 has switchable 48V phantom power, so it can be used to record a dynamic or condenser microphone. The combo jack's Hi-Z support allows direct connection of an electric guitar or bass. The U-22 is also equipped with a stereo 3.5mm mini-jack input to accept line-level signal from a mobile device, mixer, or other portable audio device. The U-22 can record one input at a time. The XLR/TRS combo input will be disabled when recording from the 3.5mm line input jack.

Power Your Live Performance

The U-22 is a great audio companion for musicians who incorporate digital audio processing or prerecorded sound elements into their live performances. Connect the U-22 interface to a Mac/Windows laptop or an iPhone/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.

Ableton Live 9 Lite

Bundled with the U-22, Ableton Live 9 Lite is a powerful DAW program that lets you record tracks quickly and intuitively, enhancing them with studio-quality effects like EQ, compression, reverb, delay, chorus, filter, and more. Plus, Ableton's performance workflows let you take your music to the stage where you can mix and record live.

Steinberg Cubasis LE

Cubasis LE, a 4-track audio recording/editing/mixing app for iPad with an intuitive touch user interface is also included with the U-22.
In the Box
  • Zoom U-22 Ultracompact 2x2 USB Handy Audio Interface
  • USB Cable
  • Ableton Live 9 Lite DAW Software (Download)
  • Steinberg Cubasis LE iPad App (Download)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
More Information
Product ConditonNew
Form Factor Desktop
Display None
Channels of I/O Analog:
2 Inputs / 2 Outputs
Maximum Sampling Rate 96 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Microphone Preamps 1 Preamp
Input Level Adjustment 1 x Knob
Expansion Slots None

Signal Processing

Pad None
Gain/Trim Range 0 to 43 dB
High-Pass Filter None
Solo/Mute None


Analog Audio I/O 1 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Mic/Hi-Z Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Unbalanced Line Input
1 x Stereo RCA Coaxial Unbalanced Line Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output
Phantom Power 48 V, Selectable On/Off
Digital Audio I/O None
Host Connection / USB 1 x USB Type-B (Class-Compliant)
Host Connection Protocol USB 2.0
USB (Non-Host) 1 x Micro-USB (Power Input)
Sync I/O None
Network I/O None
Wireless Connectivity None


Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz ±1.5 dB (at 44.1 kHz)
20 Hz to 40 kHz ±2 dB (at 96 kHz)
Maximum Input Level Mic Inputs:
-0.8 dBu
Hi-Z Inputs:
+8.7 dBu
Line Inputs:
+1 dBu
Maximum Output Level Outputs:
-0.8 dBu at 0 dBFS
Headphone Output Power 10 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
Impedance Mic Inputs:
2.6 Kilohms
Hi-Z Inputs:
484 Kilohms
Line Inputs:
22 Kilohms
Line Outputs:
1 Kilohms
Headphone Outputs:
10 Ohms
EIN Inputs:
-120 dBA (150-Ohm Source)

Digital Audio

Sample Rates 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 kHz
Sample Rate Conversion None
Bit Depths 24-Bit
Latency Zero-Latency Direct Monitoring
Sync Sources Internal

Audio Storage & Playback

Memory Card Slot None


OS Compatibility macOS 10.9.5 or Later
Windows 7 or Later (32/64-Bit)
iOS 7.1 or Later
*As of November, 2021: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Included Software Ableton Live Lite
Compatible Software (Not Included) Any Core Audio (Mac) Compliant Software
Supported Drivers/API & Plug-Ins macOS Class-Compliant (No Driver Needed)
Windows Driver Downloadable from Manufacturer
Processor Requirement Intel Core i3
Mobile Device Compatibility iPhone
Required Hardware Available USB 2.0 Port or USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen 1 Port 


Power Requirements AC/DC Power Adapter (Not Included), Battery, or USB Bus Power
AC/DC Power Adapter 5 VDC (Not Included)
Power Consumption 5 W (Maximum)
Battery Type 2 x AA
Approximate Battery Life 5 Hours (Phantom Off)


Dimensions 4.69 x 3.61 x 1.76" / 11.92 x 9.18 x 4.46 cm
Weight 5.3 oz / 151.0 g
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