Step-by-step guide for Behringer U-Phoria 404HD (2023)

I’m trying to get back to using a Behringer U-Phoria 404HD and Audacity to record three mics, and having a devil of a time at it. I’ve followed a variety of different instructions from other forum posts, including rolling the driver back to 3.29, switching to WASAPI, and trying to to pre-create tracks that match the Behringer sample rate (192K).

Everything is either giving me only 1 or 2 live mics, or error code -9997, Invalid Sample Rate.

I was wondering if anyone out there is successfully multitracking 3 or 4 mics with a Behringer 404HD, and could walk me through it…

  • What input type are you using? WASAPI gives me a -9997 error; MME and DirectSound allow me to record on channels 1 and 2 on the Behringer, with no input from channels 3 or 4. Channel 1 is left, Channel 2 is right. If I record in a mono channel, I only hear #1 and channels 2-4 are dead.
  • What is your input? Mine, with Driver 3.29, is Line (BEHRINGER UMC404HD 192k)
  • Is the sound coming in mixing the four tracks on the Behringer to mono or stereo (which is fine) or are you recording 3 or 4 tracks simultaneously?
  • Which Behringer driver are you using?
  • What sound output are you using? Still the Behringer driver? If I output to Behringer I don’t get any throughput, but it plays back through the Behringer if I play without recording.

Essentially the closer I can get to a step-by-step guide the better… a lot seems to have changed since this was last actively discussed circa 2019, and I don’t know if I’m getting things wrong or if the software itself has shifted in ways I don’t understand.

The only way I am aware of to be able to record more than 2 channels into separate tracks using an USB audio interface as of right now is to compile Audacity by yourself with ASIO support so you can use the ASIO driver of the interface.
ASIO cannot be included in Audacity because of licensing restrictions.

So that could be because Behringer driver for Windows only supports 2 channels on WIndows MME, DirectSound, or WASAPI. The Behringer driver supports 4 channels on MacOS, Linux and Windows ASIO. Unfortuantely Audacity does not ship with ASIO, so you are really SOL. If you stay with Windows, you will either have to switch to a DAW that supports ASIO or compile your own flavor of Audacity which is free, but a little (by which I mean a lot) tricky.

Is there any way I can just get the Behringer to consolidate its feed on the way to the PC, though? I’m not dead set on recording three mics / three channels; three mics coming in as a single mono or stereo track would be fine. It can output to a headphone jack no problem – it can’t output a single stereo track via the USB interface?

(I replied earlier, but the server crashed just as it was processing my post, and I don’t see it here, so here goes again:)

There is a USB control button on some mixers to select whether the computer sees the inputs or the outputs. The U-Phoria is not a “mixer” and I do not see any such button in the photo, so I suspect not. I think you will need different/additional hardware to do this. Some people have had success with a Behringer UFO/UCA/202/222 USB interface - you would also need a stereo 1/4" to RCA cable. Personally, I have been using an old Presonus AudioBox 44VSL which sends all 4 channels to Audacity under Windows, so I don’t have this issue.

For a software solution, you could use MacOS or Linux or you could compile your own version of Audacity w/ASIO support. You don’t need to do any coding, but you have to install a lot of development software and the whole process could take about a day. Or you could download a free Reaper demo or I think there is a free Cakewalk that supports ASIO.

Thanks for all the info and advice – yes, I think I’m’a head over to Reaper and see what I can do there. Audacity is a lot easier for me to use out of the gate, but it feels like the ASIO component is essential. The other option was going to be just to split the 1/4" monitor outs into a 1/8" cable and plug into the line in of my sound card and skip the USB entirely, but I’ll give Reaper a shot first.