Behriger umc204hd maximum input voltage

Hi all,

so I´m trying to figure out, what is the maximum peak voltage, that is safe for the line input of my sound card. According to Quick start guide ->, the max input level is 20 dBu, which is almost 11volts, which seems quite a lot to me compared to other sound cards. Am I missing something or is this right?

Thank you :)


Paid Member
2003-06-12 7:04 pm
Maine USA
7.74Vrms. So 11V peak, so probably using standard +/-15V opamp circuitry.

Not that we should care, but.....

It is USB powered (the bigger 404 has wart option). While they could jack that to +/-15V, the ADC is probably low-volt, so why? Put an 11/2.4 pad in front to keep big inputs in range of a 5V ADC. Padding-down is the easiest thing in audio.
Behriger umc204hd
Sample audio ADC:

It "must" accept input from standard +/-15V studio gear. It doesn't have to use that level internally.

Another clue: the output is rated +3dBu! 1.55V peak! 3.1V p-p! Which strongly implies a 5V opamp.

(Yes, there is a "48V phantom", but deriving this from 5V USB is easier than deriving the whole shebang from USB.)

Here's a too-simple (no CMRR) pad to turn +/-11V inputs into 0.6V to 4.4V output for a 5V ADC.

EDIT-- the ADC chip I linked actually likes 3Vpp input not 3.8V. So pad a little more.


  • 11V-2_4V-42.gif
    23.4 KB · Views: 79
Last edited: