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                            [body] => What Is An Audio Interface? A Complete Beginner’s Guide (with Video …)An audio interface is used to make good quality home studio recordings. It's an external sound card with inputs for mics and instruments. This is our Recording 101 - with video guideNovember 15, 2020If you want to know what is an audio interface, then you probably mean how can I record my …. voice, guitar, keyboard, Ukelele, or anything else that makes a sound! So you know you probably need an interface … but you need to know more!Welcome to our complete beginners guide to audio interfaces. Here we explain all the basics so you can choose the best interface for your home recording studio.But first, check out my video, which features the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB audio interface, to get the basics.Because an audio interface is, quite simply, what you need to get sound in and out of your computer. If you want to make a good quality recording of your voice or any instrument and hear the results so that you can mix and master your recordings, you will need an audio interface. If that has answered your question, then you can hop straight to our post that lists all the most popular audio interfaces right now in 2020.You can make basic recordings with any modern computer, laptop or tablet as they all come with a built in sound card. You can improve the sound of your recordings to some extent, especially on phones and tablets, with a better microphone. However to really make a professional recording you will need an audio interface or a better sound card.Below is some detailed info about what is an audio interface, and what it is used for, then we also have a detailed post on how to choose the best audio interface for you.If you have a USB Mic, do you need an interface as well?Aha, this is such a common question and a source of much confusion! You tend to think of an audio interface as a box with various inputs for mics, instruments etc and outputs for speakers and headphones. But there are lots of other devices that are effectively “audio interfaces” too. A USB mic is a classic example.In fact, if you are confused you may find our article on a USB Microphone vs Audio Interface useful.Effectively a USB microphone is a mic that contains an audio interface. This means you simply plug the mic’s USB lead into a USB port and it will work. You don’t need any other equipment. It may just be a recording mic or it may also have a headphone output too and be a complete input and output device.There are other USB audio adapters that fit into this category. They work on their own and don’t need any other equipment. So you can get an XLR-USB cable to connect a mic up to your computer, and also guitar-USB, line out to USB etc etc.Is an audio interface the same as a sound card?Essentially yes, a sound card and an audio interface do the same basic job. To get sound in and out of your laptop, pc, mac, tablet so that you can process and edit it you need something that turns the sound into a digital signal and back again. That’s what the soundcard or interface does.Basically, an audio interface is an external sound card, perfect for laptops and tablets, and now widely used by people with desktop computers too. Gone are the days when the only way to improve your recordings was to fit a new sound card inside your machine.You can almost certainly already record and playback with your laptop, pc, mac or tablet, but buying an audio interface will take you one step towards sounding more professional. An audio interface is the equipment that sits at the heart of any home recording studio.Which Are The Most Popular Audio Interfaces?With so many to choose from, how do you decide which on is the best? Here are 5 of the most popular audio interfaces on sale right now. These are tried and trusted home recording studio solutions. SaleBestseller No. 1 Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen USB Audio Interface, for the Guitarist, Vocalist, Podcaster or... Pro performance with the finest pre-amps - Achieve a brighter and a more open recording thanks to the best performing mic pre-amps the Scarlett range has ever...Get the perfect guitar take - There’s no need to sacrifice your tone with the high headroom instrument input when recording your guitar and basses. Capture...Studio quality recordings for your music and podcasts - You can achieve professional sounding recordings with Scarlett’s high-performance converters which... Buy on Amazon Bestseller No. 2 BEHRINGER Audio Interface, 1x XLR/TRS 1x 1/4" 2X RCA USB, Black, 1-Channel (UM2) 2x2 USB audio interface for recording microphones and instrumentsAudiophile 48 kHz resolution for professional audio quality. Maximum sampling rate: 48 kHzCompatible with popular recording software, including Avid pro tools, Ableton live, Steinberg Cubase, etc. Buy on Amazon Bestseller No. 3 M-Audio M-Track Duo – USB Audio Interface for Recording, Streaming and Podcasting with Dual XLR,... Podcast, Record, Live Stream, This Portable Audio Interface Covers it All – USB sound card for Mac or PC delivers 48 kHz audio resolution for pristine...Be ready for anything with this versatile M-Audio interface - Record guitar, vocals or line input signals with two combo XLR / Line / Instrument Inputs with...Everything you Demand from an Audio Interface for Fuss-Free Monitoring – 1/4” headphone output and stereo 1/4” outputs for total monitoring flexibility;... Buy on Amazon SaleBestseller No. 4 M-Audio AIR 192|4 - USB Audio Interface with 2 In and 2 Out for Recording, Streaming and Podcasting,... Capture Every Detail: Premium component selection and 24-bit/192kHz resolution for professional recording and monitoring to your Mac to PCLow Latency: Hi-Speed USB / USB-C circuitry gives you the fastest connection, with a class-leading round trip latency of only 2.59ms; USB and USB-C connection...Pristine Studio Grade Capture: Transparent crystal preamps and ultra-pristine A/D converters for unsurpassed audio recording quality Buy on Amazon Bestseller No. 5 Apogee Duet 3 - 2 Channel USB Audio Interface for Recording Mics, Guitars, Keyboards on MAC and PC -... Legendary Sound Quality with 2 mic preamps, 48V phantom powerComes with Apogee Channel FX for ECS Channel Strip plugin on DSPApogee Control 2 Software for complete access to all Duet features and functions Buy on AmazonLast updated on 2021-12-20 / Affiliate links / Images via Amazon Product Advertising APIWhat is the purpose of an audio interface?Ease of use and high quality recording – one of the main advantages of an audio interface over on-board sound cards is that, because of the greater physical size and easier accessibility, a wider range of input types can be built into the unit. So, for instance, ¼” jack guitar inputs can be included, as can full XLR microphone inputs, meaning that the device can be capable of connecting to wide range of professional recording equipment. In addition to this, audio interfaces generally feature higher quality audio quality than standard on-board sound cards. Many also have MIDI if you want to connect a keyboard controller too.How do I connect an audio interface to my computer?Most audio interfaces are USB soundcards. As long as you have an available USB port or a USB adapter in the case of a tablet then you can connect one up (you will need to check the hardware specs to make sure it will be compatible). So USB audio interfaces are the most common and you should find one that will suit you. There are also a growing number of thunderbolt audio interfaces, and you can still buy firewire too. Thunderbolt and firewire have the advantage of being faster, but tend to be pricier. And of course you must have one of those ports available. As USB has got faster, most people with home recording studios find a USB recording interface is perfect for them.What is the best external soundcard or audio interface for music production?We have a sister article which looks in depth at how to decide which is the best interface for you. There is no one right answer! But briefly the audio interface that you will need very much depends on what kind of recording situations you would be aiming to use it in.A guitar playing, singer/ songwriter may find that a fairly straightforward audio interface with two mic inputs and two outputs (i.e. one stereo output) will be just fine, and enable recording on vocals and guitar on two separate tracks. A podcaster would look for one mic input – but if you ever plan to do interviews you might consider two so that you can each have your own mic. Take a look at the Scarlett SoloA band would, most likely, require something with more inputs, however, especially if they want to record all the instruments on separate tracks. The other option is just to record the main outs of a mixer, but this will not allow for individual editing of each player and singer. Maybe a USB mixer would be a good choice?A Laptop/ Computer DJ will need an audio interface with at least two stereo (or four mono) outputs. This allows the chosen DJ software to be configured with, for example, a separate cue mix via headphones and a main mix, which is sent out to the main speakers or PA. Alternatively, each ‘virtual turntable’ could be assigned its own output, and connected to a hardware DJ mixer, for more conventional mixing. Consider the PreSonus Studio 24c 2×2Finally when you know how many inputs and outputs you think you will need,  it is a case of choosing how you want to connect – USB, Firewire or Thunderbolt.Technical terms that you may see when looking for an audio interface. Latency: this is where there is a noticeable delay between the actual sound, and its playback in your headphones or speakers which can be very distracting. On modern computers, latency is not a bad as it used to be, but the standard sound cards built into computers are not great, and a dedicated interface will improve this to the point that you shouldn’t even notice any latency. So, if you’ve ever recorded a vocal part, and heard your performance delayed by fractions of a second in your headphones, or used a MIDI keyboard to play a software synthesiser, but encountered a delay between pressing a key and hearing the sound, then an audio interface will fix this problem.Zero Latency Monitoring (or Direct Monitoring): many audio interfaces have a switch to enable you to hear your sound source directly. So if you are recording your voice, you instantly hear your voice directly in the headphones, there is no annoying delay, and this is certainly a feature to look out for.Drivers: are pieces of software that enable an audio interface to communicate with the computer. Again, they will help to reduce latency to the point where you won’t notice it.Pre-Amps: Also known as the “mic pre”, this is the microphone preamplifier, which amplifies the generally very small signal from a microphone up to a suitable level for recording. If you want to make a good recording from a microphone you will need an interface with a suitable input and good pre-amp.48V phantom power: Some microphones need power, either to drive active circuitry, or, more usually, to polarise the plates of a condenser microphone. If you want to connect up a microphone that requires phantom power then you will need to purchase an interface with a phantom power switch. If you just have a dynamic microphone then this will not be an issue.MIDI: some audio interfaces also have MIDI in and out. Read our article all about MIDI to find out a bit more and decide if you need to look for an audio interface with MIDI. Most modern MIDI controllers work with USB so this is not as essential to have on an audio interface as it once was.Sample Rate: This is how many times per second that a sound is ‘sampled’ to create the digital signal. The higher the sample rate the higher the frequency range of sounds that can be recorded and processed. The standard sample rate is 44.1 kHz, which can record sounds up to about 22 kHz. We can’t hear above about 20kHz so you’d think 44.1kHz sampling was sufficient, and often it is. However sampling at higher rates (typically 88.2/96) allows the filters required in digital audio to be well outside the human hearing range, which will improve the quality. So when you are choosing an audio interface this is one of the ways of comparing them. For more information on this rather technical subject there’s a nice article here on sample rate and bit depth.Balanced/Unbalanced: Unbalanced outputs and inputs are made with ‘single-core plus screen’ cables whereas balanced outputs are ‘two-core plus screen’. (XLR and TRS inputs and outputs are balanced, whereas TS are unbalanced). Many budget interfaces are made to a price and have unbalanced inputs and outputs, which can lead to interference and what is called ‘ground loop’.If you choose balanced outputs and use balanced cables then any interference picked up by the cable is picked up equally by both cores and is cancelled out at the far end, and possible ground-loop problems also disappear because the screen connection is this time not part of the signal path. For simple one or two track recording you should be aware of these differences, but you should be able to make a good quality recording on a budget interface if connected up correctly. If you want to know a bit more about this, refer to our in-depth post on audio cables explained which demystifies this topic.More Information on Home Recording Studio Set-Up. There are some excellent step-by-step courses on how to set up and organise your home recording studio. Then learn the basics of audio production. Take a look on Udemy and LinkedIn Learning. There are courses on every facet of home recording. You may also want to read more of our beginner’s articles on home recording studio setup:Record Your Keyboard or Piano On Your Computer Step-By-StepHow To Choose An Audio Interface – Which Is Best For Your Recording Studio Needs?What is a USB Microphone? How Does a USB Mic Work?Best Selling MIDI Interfaces – The Ultimate Top 10 in 2020Best Audio Interfaces In 2020 For Your Home Recording StudioAnd don’t forget … now you know what is an audio interface, go and read which is the best audio interface – our bang up-to-date guide however and whatever you want to record. Happy hunting.Category: Audio Interfaces, Record, Video TutorialsTag: Audio Device, Audio Interface, Mobile Recording Studio, Recording StudioPopular Posts:. Home Recording Studio Setup For Beginners How To Connect a Microphone To Your PC Computer, Laptop, Mac or iPad MIDI Connection | How to Connect a MIDI Keyboard to a Computer Audio Cables Explained: A Complete Guide to Audio Cable Types For Home Recording Studios How To Record Guitar on a PC computer, Laptop, iPad or Mac[This content may contain affiliate links. For more information, read our disclosure policy here.]Previous Post: « The Ultimate Gear for Your Rock Band in 2021: Best Guitars, Drums + SynthsNext Post: How To Choose An Audio Interface – Which Is Best For Your Recording Studio Needs? »0 close We use cookies to optimise our website and our service. 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                                                    [source] => YouTube
                                                    [date] => 19 Apr 2019
                                                    [channel] => Lonely Rocker
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                                            [title] => Audio Interface Setup for Beginners
                                            [url] => https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vATI1NySpCo
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                                                    [source] => YouTube
                                                    [date] => 14 Jun 2020
                                                    [channel] => Audio Tech TV
                                                )

                                        )

                                    [2] => stdClass Object
                                        (
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                            [body] => Ultimate Guide To Audio Interfaces The business of recording has changed a great deal over the past 50 years. With such technological advancements, anyone can start recording; and you don’t need a fully kitted out professional studio or a tape engineer to do it! But what’s the best audio interface for you? Here's all you need to know about buying your first audio interface... Home≥ Audio Interface Guide Why You Need An Audio Interface. An audio interface is one of the most integral parts to your setup, whether you’re building a home studio or portable recording outfit. While you might mix and match a range of instruments and microphones, your audio interface is the constant piece of kit you will use to record. It is the central hub to all of your audio, converting your instrument’s sound from analogue to digital for your PC digital audio workstation (DAW) to process. It’s important you get the right one to suit your needs. Upgrade Your Studio With The Arturia AudioFuse Studio Interface! - Re-Amping Has Never Been So Easy! Before audio interfaces existed, everything used to be recorded in analogue on tape. By converting music to a digital format, it became easier to distribute via CDs and transfer from PC to PC. There's huge scope for recording interfaces to suit a range of applications. This beginner’s guide is here to remove the guesswork and help you find the best audio interface for your dream recording setup. Beginners Guide To Audio Interfaces Choosing your audio interface. In order to find the best I/O interface to suit your needs, you’ll need to consider a few things that'll quickly narrow your choices to a few options: Audio Interface Size PC Connectivity Inputs and outputs Recording Quality Brands and budget Desktop Audio Interfaces . 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The First thing to establish when choosing an I/O interface is the environment you are planning to record in. Are you hoping to set up an established project studio/producer setup in the spare room? Maybe you're after a desktop interface you can keep next to your computer. If you need something truly portable, you might be happy with a simple all in one device that’s discrete so that you can record at the press of a few buttons. Let's take a look at the different size interfaces on the market. The desktop audio interface is the perfect choice for a small project studio. Most desktop interfaces have a good range of inputs and the essential features you’ll need to record without going overboard on inputs. Rackmount interfaces are designed to fit into an audio rack so that you can combine lots of outboard gear without taking up too much space. The larger format provides room for more inputs and preamps. Ideal for larger studios. Connectivity. Interfaces contain a variety of connections. You need to make sure you can plug your interfaces into your laptop or PC. Simply check what inputs your device has before buying a new audio interface. USB - The standard connection every PC uses. Most modern wired gadgets connect to your computer this way, including phones, cameras and tablets. USB 2.0 has been out for a long time and has a relatively average connection speed - otherwise known as latency. However, new computers and the latest interfaces have USB 3.0 (USB-C) connections that offers wider bandwidth.   Thunderbolt - Created by Apple, Thunderbolt is the fastest easily obtainable audio interface connection. There are now a number of Thunderbolt Interfaces out on the market, which offer ultra-low latency and unparalleled performance. All the latest Macs come equipped with Thunderbolt inputs, but if you’ve got a Windows PC you might need to get an input specifically installed. This is the successor to Firewire. PCI Express - An internal card-based computer connection platform primarily found in desktop computers. Since these cards are plugged directly into the PC motherboard, they require an available PCIe slot for installation, which some computers may lack.The PCIe connection provides high data bandwidth and low latency, allowing audio interfaces that use it the ability to handle many simultaneous inputs and outputs. Ethernet - Extremely high-end. It's not needed for home use as the quality doesn't justify the cost. But it's the best option for professional studios and broadcast facilities that have tens of thousands to spend on recording equipment.  A/D/A conversion. The converters in your interface are another key element to the quality of your recordings. There are two different types: Analogue to Digital Converters (A/D) - this type of converter takes the analogue waveform coming from your preamp and converts it into a digital signal that the computer will understand and feed into your recording programme (DAW). It’s a key element of your recording path. Digital to analogue Converters (D/A) - these do the opposite to A/D converters. They take the Digital signal and convert it back to an analogue waveform that can be sent to your monitor speakers. This conversion doesn’t directly affect your recordings but it does affect playback, i.e. what you hear. Shop All Audio Interfaces Best Thunderbolt Audio Interfaces . 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Sound can be captured in a variety of different ways so it’s important to work out the quantity and type of inputs you'll need. Recording instruments or vocals through a microphone requires an XLR connection. These carry analogue signals. They're easily recognisable because they are the largest slots you'll see on the interface. You can alternatively plug your instrument straight into the interface to design sound using PC plug-ins, providing the interface has 1/4 jack inputs. An interface has TRS outputs so you can plug your headphones and speakers in to listen back to what you're recording.  If you’re a singer-songwriter you may only need a small interface with a couple of inputs for overdubbing. However, if you’re looking to record a 5 piece band all at the same time, you’ll need a mixture of inputs; including a number of microphone inputs for the drums alone. Listed below are the types of inputs available and what they're used for. Analogue I/O. Jack - Inputs used for guitars, bass, keyboards, synths and external gear. Stereo instruments like Keyboards will need 2 jack inputs for the right and left channels. Outputs are used for connection to monitor speakers and any analogue effects and other gear that you want to feed through an effects channel (bus). XLR - Balanced Microphone inputs. XLR mic inputs are combined with a microphone preamp that boosts the signal to a usable level. Each preamp comes with a gain knob so you can set the level of boost on the signal. Combo Jack XLR Inputs - Audio interfaces usually have a combination of jack and XLR so that you have the option of plugging in easily without having to reach to the back of the unit. 3.5mm Jack - Allows you to hear what you're recording through headphones or speakers. If you want an accurate representation of the sound you're producing, get some good full range FRFR monitors.  Digital I/O. S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) - This is the main input/output for any digital sources. Whether it’s a digital effects module, a sound box or a keyboard arranger, the digital input saves you from any noise that might come into the signal through an analogue input. S/PDIF comes in 2 different formats; Coaxial or Optical. Make sure that any devices plugged in have the right connection! MIDI - Used to plug in peripherals that can control the software in your computer. For example, a keyboard can be hooked up so to play software instruments hosted on the computer. Some modern dedicated controller peripherals have USB connections that plug directly into your computer. However with most keyboards, MIDI will be your only option. ADAT - An optical connection that allows you to transfer digital audio between different equipment. It can transfer up to 8 channels at 48 kHz/24bit. Quality. "Your signal chain is only as strong as your weakest link!" There are a number of key elements in an audio interface that will determine the overall quality of your system. The journey from microphone to computer (your ‘signal chain’), is only as strong as your weakest link. You may have the most expensive and legendary microphone that captures sound in incredible detail , only for it to run through a bad cable or into a poor interface. All that gorgeous detail can be lost or drowned out by background noise. Preamps . When recording with microphones, the preamp is the first element in your interface that will affect your sound. A microphone naturally captures sound at a relatively low volume level, so it’s the job of the preamp to boost it back up to its original level. Most I/O interfaces have in-built preamps so you can plug in and record straight away. However, external preamps contain more features and provide better quality in the vast majority of cases. A decent pre-amp will boost the sound with superb clarity, whereas a lower quality preamp will also bring in background noise and unwanted imperfections. Although some imperfections can be good. Top preamps aren’t just clear and crisp. They bring unique colouring to a recording. Whether it’s a bit of analogue warmth or what producers call “air”, the best mic preamps have their own signature sound and are highly sought after. An interface may also provide phantom power. This is needed for condenser microphones that won't work without an external XLR compatible power supply. Most I/O interfaces have a switch to turn it on and off. It'll run through the standard XLR chain the microphone uses to deliver the sound.   Sample Rate and Bit Depth. The converters on most good quality audio interfaces are capable of excellent sound. The main factors to take into account are the Sample rate and bit depth. In a nutshell, sample rate can be described as the amount of sound detail, and bit depth as the representation of the dynamic range (how many different volume levels between your quietest sound and loudest sound). Sample rates on interfaces can reach up to 192khz and to a bit depth of 24-bit, however it’s worth noting that standard CD quality is much lower at 44.1khz/16Bit. Part of the reason they're now outdated is because they don't provide an accurate representation of sound. When buying an I/O interface, it's worth thinking about what you are going to do with your music once created. Does it need to be the pinnacle of quality? Today, a good benchmark for “high resolution” audio is considered at 96kHz/24bit upwards. Better circuitry and more accurate clocking leads to a more precise, focused sound. The benefits of high end conversion are subtle and need high-end speakers to fully appreciate. Latency. Latency used to be a bigger issue than it is today, but still worth recognising. If you have ever recorded before, you may have noticed some lag between playing something and hearing it through your speakers/headphones, and the recording also appearing on your DAW. There is a small delay of a few milliseconds as it passes through the audio interface. This will never be completely eradicated, but USB3 and Thunderbolt's processing is so good, it's not really noticeable. The only downside is that these interfaces are pricier than USB and Firewire. But it makes such a difference to temper levels, it's probably worth it. DAWs. Most audio interfaces will work with all types of digital audio workstation, or DAW software. These are an essential part of recording music. A DAW is a PC suite that lets you edit your instrument tracks. If you're buying an interface for the first time, they will usually provide a DAW download to work with it anyway. Just in case, check the compatibility between the two. It's usually safer to pick a brand and stick with it, as you will also learn how to use the software as you go. Although they all look similar, recognising functionalities will save you a lot of time working out unfamiliar workstations. Some of the big names on the scene include Steinberg Cubase, Ableton Live, Presonus Studio 1, Cakewalk Sonar, Propellerhead Reason, FL Studio, Apple Logic Pro and Avid Pro Tools. Some are well-suited to electronic and virtual instrument musicians because of their built-in VST plug-ins like FL and Reason, while others are great for live instruments such as Ableton and Cubase. It's difficult to say any are suited to beginners, as the more you get to know them, the more familiar they become. However, the free DAW you get with most interfaces is a good place to start for the basics. Popular Brands. There are a lot of companies making audio interfaces, so it can be a bit difficult to work out who makes the best. Here are a few of the biggest names you should know and will probably see as you research what one you’re after.  Focusrite – one of the most popular brands at an entry level price range. Pretty much everyone has used the Scarlett USB interface at some point. Cheap, does a clean job, reliable and looks sleek on your desk. But that’s not all Focusrite do. They have a mid-priced Clarett range with MIDI connections and newer Pro models that comfortably challenge the very best in the world.   Universal Audio - if you’re looking to splash some cash UA are worth a look. Their entry level interface comes in over £400. However, these guys offer great plug-ins and great preamps. Not much comes close to their Apollo series of rackmount interfaces. Every type of I/O you could want, top A/D D/A conversion and Thunderbolt connection. Native Instruments – have a higher reputation for DJ controllers, plug-ins and the Komplete production suite, but make one interface that’s all-encompassing on a budget. Also named the Komplete, this desktop box has two mic inputs, MIDI compatibility and four analogue outputs. The biggest draw the included production package and the excellent and essential Cubase DAW. M-audio – a company focused on making beginner interfaces. The M-Track series comes with the Ableton Live DAW and the AIR Creative Collection FX, a popular plug-in package most known for its use on Pro Tools. At 24bit/192kHz you’ll have great recording quality at a cheap price.   PreSonus – one of Focusrite’s biggest rivals. They also offer a very cheap entry level point called the AudioBox that benefits from its simplicity. Naturally, as you move up the range they offer loads more I/O’s, talkback features, Class A preamps and the PreSonus Studio One DAW.  Summary. In an ideal world, we would all love to get the biggest and best audio interface out there for our studio. Unfortunately, high-end recording gear can easily run into the thousands, and won't bring you the leaps in quality you might expect. Generally, within the various price bands, the more you spend the higher the quality of interface. However, there is a delicate balance between better sound and number of inputs. That's why it’s important to consider how many inputs you’re realistically going to need, because if you’re a solo musician who records instruments one at a time, avoid buying an audio interface with loads of inputs and instead invest in a good preamp or converter. Most interfaces allow you to expand the number of inputs anyway, so your recording setup can grow when you’re ready. The best audio interface for you is one that has all the functionality you need within your budget. Choosing the right interface for you may seem daunting at first, but by carefully considering your requirements, you can very quickly narrow down your choices. FAQs. What is MIDI? MIDI or Musical Instrument Digital Interface is a way of controlling an aspect of your instrument (synth/keyboard/sequencer/DAW) through separate controller hardware. What is a Combo Jack? A combo jack combines both an audio signal directed to your headphones and the ability to send audio into an interface or PC. Ideal for headset use. Do different preamps have different sounds? Yes. Preamps from various manufacturers add slightly different characteristics to your microphone recordings. For example, some produce warmth, others create transparency. What counts as an I/O? Anything that receives analogue signal from an instrument, and anything that relays it to a PC, speaker, or headphones, respectively. What is latency? The delay between playing an instrument and a DAW recognising the digital source. Can be reduced easily through updating drivers. Why do I need an XLR or TS cable? Microphones require XLR cables to connect to a preamp. Plug your TS cable from guitar to interface to record direct into the DAW with plug-ins. What is phantom power? Phantom power allows your condenser microphones to function. Most preamps provide phantom power so simply plug in as usual. Shop Our Audio Interface range now! Recently Viewed Items. Recently Viewed Items Guildford Store Open. Mon-Sat 10AM-6PM Sun 11AM-5PM Contact Us On. 01483 456 777 Contact Form Sign up for our newsletter. Useful Info. Click & Collect Delivery Gift Vouchers Guitar Repairs & Servicing Loyalty Points Second Hand FAQ Competitions Customer Services. Account Contact Us Privacy Policy Returns Terms & Conditions Education & B2B Track Order About Andertons. About Us Careers Established 1964 Guildford Store Sitemap Trophy Cabinet Andertons Extra Buyer's Advice. 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                            [body] => The Beginners Guide to Audio Interfaces Contributed by David Jiang for the Roland Australia Blog So you’ve fired up your computer, chosen your favourite audio software and you’re ready to start making music. You set up a couple of MIDI Instruments and drag some loops in to form the backing. You’re now ready to record. You plug your instrument into the input of your on board sound card and start recording. However, you can’t hear your guitar over the backing. Figuring that you need more volume you get a mixer to plug into the sound card. Once again, you start your recording, get a couple of bars in and the backing starts to stutter. Then, a couple more bars in, the recording crashes. Why is this happening? The inbuilt sound card in your everyday computer has a processor designed to work with programs such as Windows Media Player and iTunes. They have basic microphone and line inputs designed for programs like Skype. However, they were never supposed to handle multiple tracks of high quality audio. You need a decent audio interface to make the best of your audio recording software (otherwise known as a digital audio workstation or DAW). An audio interface is exactly what the name implies. It is a piece of hardware designed to get high quality audio from your instrument into your computer. This used to be an expensive and complicated process as you would require separate interface cards. Input and output hardware and top end computers. However as technology has evolved, you can now pick up a quality USB interface for around $100 and connect it to a reasonably priced laptop computer. So now that you know what an audio interface is, how do you choose one? Roland has a wide range of models available and each has its own set of features. Let’s run down the A-to-Z of the most common audio interface features and what they do… THE A-TO-Z OF AUDIO INTERFACES. Audio Interface: Weren’t you paying attention? Bus Power: USB bus power allows some smaller interfaces to use their USB cable as a power source. This means that you do not need batteries or an AC power adapter.  USB bus power is a great feature if you are taking a laptop out to record away from your studio. Converters: Any audio interface needs to change the analogue signals it receives into digital signals so that the computer can read them. It also needs to turn the digital signals back to analogue so that your headphones or monitor speakers can play back. High quality converters will ensure that the audio that goes in sounds the same when it comes back out. Direct Monitoring: An interface with direct monitoring allows you to hear exactly what you are playing in real time without the signal having to travel in to your computer and back. If you are recording with a large amount of tracks and the software monitoring is throwing off your performance, this is a great feature to use. Driver: The software that allows your interface to work with your computer. For Windows computers the best option is usually ASIO drivers. Macs use Core Audio drivers. Roland interfaces come with drivers for both Windows and Mac Ground Lift: If you are experiencing hums or buzz in your signal, depending on where the hum is originating from, a ground lift switch can sometimes stop it. Hi-Z: A Hi-Z switch allows you to plug an electric or acoustic electric guitar or bass directly in to your interface without losing any high end frequencies. This is great for running your guitar in to amplifier software. If you don’t have this on your interface, a DI Box will do the trick. (See this post for more information on DI boxes) MIDI in/out: MIDI allows you to connect your controller keyboard, guitar synth, V-Drums kit or any other instrument with MIDI outputs to your interface to access the many virtual instruments in your DAW software. It also allows you to output the same data to any instrument with MIDI inputs to remotely play the sounds on that instrument. Phantom Power: an interface with phantom power allows you to plug in condenser microphones. Studio recordings commonly use condenser microphones for vocals, drum overheads, amp micing and acoustic instruments due to their clarity and sensitivity. This is a must have feature if you are planning on doing high quality voice over work or recording a band. Preamp: A microphone outputs a very low level signal. A preamp boosts microphone signals to a level that we can hear them. They can also give your instrument a volume boost if needed. Good preamps should give you a decent range of boost without adding much electronic noise. Sample Rate: CD quality audio has a sample rate of 44.1 kHz or 44,100 “snapshots” of the audio taken every second. Higher sample rates give you a more defined digital copy of the analogue signal. Good converters also give you options of sample rates higher than the normal 44.1 kHz rate such as 48 kHz (standard for video) all the way up to 192 kHz S1LKI: A new technology in the Roland MOBILE UA and SUPER UA that offers 1-bit Digital to Analogue conversion vastly improving dynamic range as well as offering sample rates of  352kHz to DSD64 5.8MHz. (a maximum of 128 times the sample rate of 44.1 kHz CD audio). Now that you know the language, all you need to do is find the right interface for your needs. SIX POINTS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING YOUR NEXT AUDIO INTERFACE. 1.) How many inputs and outputs you will normally require? 2.) Will you need a MIDI connection too? 3.) Do you also want to do quality recordings with an iPad? 4.) Do you want to record at higher sample rates than the CD standard? 5.) Do I need high quality conversion for use with PA or audio mastering systems? 6.) How portable does it need to be? So drop down to your local dealer and see what they recommend or for More information on the range of Roland audio interfaces, watch this video. Which Audio Interface Is Right For You? RELATED PRODUCT LINKS. Related Posts. 'How To' Articles Stereo vs. Mono – More than just Twice As Nice . Stereo vs. Mono – More than just Twice As Nice Asked how many ears you’d prefer most people would obviously say two so why are Read More » News & Views Command The Stage With The Roland RD-800 Stage Piano . The Roland RD-800 is an evolution of a classic line of stage pianos, an instrument with the artist and stage in mind. Read More » 'How To' Articles How to Integrate a Modular Synthesizer into Live Performance . The first modular synthesizers created were complex instruments that quickly found a place with studio engineers and more technically minded musicians. “Modulars” were so large Read More » Product Guides Which Audio Interface Is Right For You? . Choosing an audio interface that’s right for you can be hard work. Here’s a simple guide to finding the one that’s best for you! Read More » Or Keep In Touch. Facebook Twitter Youtube Instagram Pinterest Linkedin Boss Australia Roland Pro A/V Australia Roland NZ BOSS Tone Central AXIAL Roland Apps PRODUCTS. Featured Products Piano Organs Synthesizers Keyboards Guitar & Bass Drums & Percussion Production Amplifiers AIRA & DJ Pro Audio Pro Video Accessories Apps COMMUNITY. SUPPORT. Updates & Drivers Owner's Manual Support Documents Quick Start Video Power Adaptors Support News Warranty / Consumer Guarantee Repairs COMPANY. Company Overview Roland Australia Contact Us Corporate Strategy History Privacy and Cookie Policies Warranty / Consumer Guarantee Employment Opportunities Promotion DEALER LOGIN. Scroll to Top SIGN UP TO DOWNLOADTHIS TD-50 CUSTOM PATCHES. Created by Roland V-Drums specialist Simon Ayton, these patches were designed using the internal factory sounds and many of the techniques covered in the TD-50 guide. Enjoy exploring the possibilities!
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                            [body] => The Essential Guide To Audio InterfacesWelcome to the new MusicTech Essential Guide, designed for newcomers to the world of music production. In previous parts, we looked at different kinds of DAWs and their virtual instruments. Now, it’s time to look at how to get sound in and out of your setup via the audio interface… As we found out in […] by MusicTech.netWelcome to the new MusicTech Essential Guide, designed for newcomers to the world of music production. In previous parts, we looked at different kinds of DAWs and their virtual instruments. Now, it’s time to look at how to get sound in and out of your setup via the audio interface…As we found out in Part 1 of this feature, the computer is the central component to modern music production. However, it can take different forms: as laptop, as desktop, as phone or tablet. Each has software or apps available on it to make music. We looked at the main players for software music production, the DAW, and this time around, we’ll look at the hardware connection you may (or, indeed, may not) need to connect it to the outside world.Audio interfaces are designed to be that connection. They will take the music that you produce and play it through your speakers; they will take your singing and record it; likewise, they will record your acoustic strumming; they will even capture the playing of an entire band or orchestra and convert that recording into information for your DAW.But what about my existing connectors?Your PC might have audio inputs and outputs by way of a soundcard, and your Mac and iOS device a headphone socket (bar newer models), so why can’t you just use this for music making? The answer is that you can, but you won’t get the best results. The basic outputs are fine to hook up to external speakers for gaming or enjoying films, but the connections a computer comes with are generally only considered as ‘consumer grade’: that is, they are susceptible to interference and latency (which we’ll come on to). Generally, you won’t have multiple inputs to record what you need either, and interfaces can afford you all sorts of options and configurations in this regard.Cable Guide. A quick guide to the most common cabling you will use with your interface – a mic, or XLR, cable is the three-pin one. The ‘male’ end shown plugs into the mic input of the interface, while the female/other end goes into the mic. The two other cables are 1/4-inch jack cables.The one with a single ring is the mono one (or TS) and is typically used to go from a guitar amp or synth mono (or left or right) out to the line input of your interface. The other two-ring jack is a stereo (or TRS) jack and typically comes out of a synth’s headphone socket or is used as a ‘balanced’ mono jack: one that’s far less susceptible to noise.Ins and outs. On a basic level, your interface will need two outputs to go to your speakers – so the first question you’ll need to ask is: how many inputs will you need to take audio from the outside world into your computer? If you’re a singer/songwriter, you won’t need that many – two will serve you well, as you can record your guitar and vocals separately.A complete band can similarly get away with two for recording track-by-track, but if you want to record a live performance, you will need more depending on how many there are in the band. Don’t worry, though, there are great audio interfaces for pretty much every recording and studio situation that you can think of and we’ve listed the best ones across all price ranges over the next few pages.One thing to consider is the type of input connection you will require. Interfaces come with inputs with preamps and these are designed to amplify input signals from low level (or ‘mic level’) devices, such as dynamic microphones or acoustic pickups. (Note: when using condenser microphones with ‘phantom power enabled’, the output should be high enough to not require a preamp, or use an input with a phantom power option.)The preamp boosts the signal to what is called ‘line level’ – the signal strength required by your DAW to record. Preamps can also shape and improve your signal quality and come in many flavours and prices, so consider spending more money to get better quality – but remember, you may only need two inputs with preamps, if you’re happy recording track-by-track.Audio interfaces also come with line- and instrument-level inputs: that is, they take signals already at the higher level you require – from keyboards, synths, amplifiers and so on – or have a button for Hi-Z, which is designed to take and boost a signal from a guitar or bass. Suffice to say, don’t plug line-level instruments into mic preamps (you’ll get distortion) and don’t plug dynamic microphones into line level (you won’t get a high enough signal).Many interfaces also come with digital inputs and outputs. ADAT is common and allows you to increase the number of inputs and outputs in an audio interface by a count of eight, by linking an ADAT-compatible interface that has the additional physical inputs and mic pres. S/PDIF is another digital in-and-out, typically taking an input signal from a digital multi-effect device or, again, you can link another S/PDIF device with more inputs to increase your track count. There are other high-end digital connection options, including MADI (that enables up to 64 channels of audio) and Ethernet.Anatomy of an interface, front and back. A) line inputsMany interfaces have the inputs around the back, and some – like this one – feature a couple around the front, which is useful if you’re going to be recording different sources, and therefore constantly unpluggingB) Mix levelsIt’s useful to be able to alter the gain of your inputs on the interface, as this one does with four rotaries. Most often, the interface will come with software that allows you to do this via your computerC) MeterAlways look for an interface that gives you some kind of metering so you can check levels. While you should be able to hear a signal distort, it’s good to get visual levels right hereD) Output controlsAgain, the output to your monitors can be controlled via your DAW or interface software, but it’s useful to control it on the interface. This one has two headphone outs, so two people can monitorE) Mic inputsThese take your mic inputs via the male XLR connectors shown on the previous page. These will feature preamps, to take the signal to line levelF) Combination inputsThese accept both jack (line level) and mic-level connectors and input signals, and switch automatically to the correct level, depending on what is plugged into themG) Standard line inputsThese accept signals at line level, so would typically be used for outputs from synths or guitar ampsH) Multiple outsHaving multiple outs gives you a lot of flexibility – so you can, for example, send to two sets of monitors for monitoring in different roomsI) Optical inputThis ‘ADAT’ connector allows eight channels of additional input via a digital cable, which might connect to another unit which has the actual physical inputsJ) Computer connectorWhether your interface is FireWire (as in this case), USB or Thunderbolt, this is the connection point to your computer, so is where all the data flows in and outK) MIDI interfaceSome audio interfaces like this one feature MIDI connectors, which allow MIDI equipment like sound modules and synths to communicate with your computerL) S/PDIF in and outThese are high-quality digital connectors that might take a signal in from a digital guitar-effect unit or your complete mix, or parts of it out to an external deviceLatency. Now it’s time for a quick note on ‘latency’, which we mentioned earlier. When you’re sending audio through any interface via your DAW, it will be subject to delays (measured in milliseconds), simply as it passes through that circuitry into and out of your DAW software. In a worst-case scenario, for example, you might press a key on a virtual instrument in your DAW and be instantly irritated by a noticeable delay in hearing the sound come through your speakers. Not good.It used to be that you’d have to go into your DAW Preferences menu and mess around with buffer sizes and other parameters to try and reduce this latency figure. But luckily, as processor speeds have increased, latency has become less of an issue and, with the latest super-fast Thunderbolt interfaces, hardly an issue at all. Thunderbolt interfaces are among the more expensive options when it comes to interfacing, so let’s now look at all of the interface types and their advantages and disadvantages.Interface software. 1. You often get software with your interface that allows you to take charge of its routing. Here’s PreSonus’ Universal Control software.2. Focusrite’s Control software is its latest offering, and we tested it with the company’s Clarett interface… it’s very intuitive.3. Apogee has Maestro and, like a lot of software, there’s an iOS app version, so you can use an iPad to control your interface.4. RME has one of the best pieces of interface software in TotalMix, which really does bring a lot of functionality to its range.Interface types. We’ll start with USB interfaces, the most common ones around. You’ll know the USB connector, as it’s the same format which you use for memory sticks and to charge up things like phones and bike lights. The advantage with these is that they can be USB-bus powered, so don’t necessarily require an external power source.This means that they’re great for mobile music making. There are different versions – 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 – and it’s the higher the better; higher figures mean faster data transfer, so better audio performance. Some of the companies that produce USB interfaces include Focusrite, RME, PreSonus, Audient, Novation, iConnectivity, Steinberg, Yamaha and M-Audio.The FireWire format is a little more suitable for multi-channel options, so a better option if you’re considering band recording. However, the connection is less common on computers, so you might have to buy a conversion cable. Focusrite, RME, PreSonus, and MoTU are just some of the companies that produce them.Thunderbolt is arguably the best type of audio interface standard, at least in terms of cost-versus- performance. We’ve tested a few at MusicTech and they really do knock latency out of the park, because their performance is something like eight times that of USB 3. If you think you’ll need the power, they’re coming down in price, so are worth it. Focusrite, Universal Audio and Apogee are just three companies producing them.PCIe (or PCI Express) interfaces are cards that install on your computer and offer high performance. They replaced the PCI card format used in PCs. They often come with a bundle of software that makes use of their extra processing power. Universal Audio, SSL and ESI produce several models. Similarly, companies like UA also produce other interfaces, like the Apollo, which is a Thunderbolt interface that ships with their software and you’ll need the hardware to run it.Ethernet is a powerful multi-channel interface that sits at the super high end. It specialises in audio interfacing over networks and is used in multiroom recording studios, mastering houses, broadcast and post-production facilities. Focusrite and DiGiGrid both produce these more expensive options.Mixer and interface. Many audio interfaces do other jobs. They often feature MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) connections and act as the hub for a MIDI studio, so you can control and record MIDI sound modules via your DAW. Many mixers double as interfaces, too, so you might get a huge 24-channel digital mixer that connects via USB to your computer. It’s still an interface, so we’ve included a few of these options over the page, everything from the small four-channel options upwards.So while you can consider an interface as just the connection between your DAW and the outside world, they can do a lot more than that. They can improve your sound, let you mix and much more!Click here for a step-by-step tutorial to recording a bandClick here for our buyer’s guide to interfaces#Audio InterfacesTrending Now. Spitfire Audio Aperture: The Stack review: An unusual collection of super-sized electronic instruments. Best freeware of the month: January 2022. Best sample packs of the month: January 2022. 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                            [body] => Best audio interfaces 2022: 12 USB and Thunderbolt options for Mac and PC By MusicRadar published 18 November 21 In this guide to the best audio interfaces, we take a deep dive into top PC/Mac Thunderbolt and USB audio interfaces for music producers, songwriters and more Included in this guide:. 1Audient. iD4 MkII2SSL. 2+ audio interface3Focusrite. Scarlett 4i4 3rd Gen4Universal. Audio UAD Apollo Twin MkII5Native. Instruments Komplete Audio 26Audient. Evo 47Mackie. Onyx Producer 2.28Steinberg. UR22C audio interface9IK. Multimedia iRig Pro Duo I/O10Arturia. AudioFuse11Antelope. Audio Zen Tour Synergy Core12Steinberg. AXR4 (Image credit: SSL) Getting hold of one of the best audio interfaces is one of the most important moves you can make as a home producer. In most situations, an audio interface is integral to any home recording setup, and if you spend any time at all making music on a PC or Mac you’ll want to grab yourself one. Having one of the best audio interfaces will enable you to get high-quality audio in and out of your computer, and to connect other essential studio gear and instruments during your recording sessions.Once you’ve decided on the right audio interface, there’ll be no stopping you. You’ll be able to record electric and acoustic guitars, microphones, synths and any other musical equipment with an output, straight into a DAW of your choice. The market is awash with audio interfaces, all of which offer different features to turn your head. So, how do you choose the best audio interface for you and your studio? We'll tell you everything you need to know about what you need and why you need it, and we’ll also recommend some of the best audio interfaces you can buy right now. With options covering everything from multi-input Thunderbolt options, to great entry-level USB audio interfaces and great audio interfaces for Mac users, there should be something for you here. We’ve included some expert buying advice at the end of this guide, so if you’d like to read more about the best audio interfaces, hit the ‘buying advice’ tab above. If you’d rather get straight to the products, keep scrolling.Best audio interfaces: Our top picks. If you’re looking for the best audio interface on a budget, then our go-to is the  Audient iD4 MkII. It’s a simple, straightforward 2-in/2-out USB device that looks, sounds and feels great. It enables you to plug in microphones and instruments, and offers great value for money - so for those who’re buying their first audio interface, it’s a truly excellent choice.If two inputs and outputs seems a bit restrictive, or you’ve got a bit more cash to splash, we’d take a look at the third-generation version of the Focusrite Scarlett 4i4. A USB-C audio interface that gives you double the number of inputs and outputs of the Audient, and sounds great. Focusrite makes some of the best interfaces on the market for the money, so if you’re looking for something solid, durable and easy to use, then you can’t go too far wrong with the 4i4.Also consider the SSL 2+, a new 2-in/4-out audio interface that gives you at least a flavour of that magic 'SSL sound' at a remarkably low price.At the top end, consider Universal Audio’s UAD Apollo Twin MkII, a 2-in/6-out audio interface that also enables you to use UA’s range of excellent DSP-powered plugins.  Best audio interfaces: Product guide. Image 1 of 3(Image credit: Audient )Image 2 of 3(Image credit: Audient)Image 3 of 3(Image credit: Audient)1. Audient iD4 MkII. The best audio interface for smaller budgets. SpecificationsLaunch price: $199/£119/€133Connectivity: USB 2Audio resolution: 24-bit/96kHzAnalogue inputs: 2Analogue outputs: 2Digital connectivity: NoneMIDI I/O: NoReasons to buy+Great value for money+Excellent preamp+Well thought-outReasons to avoid-Not much to complain aboutArguably the best audio interface you can buy for less than $200, The iD4 MkII is a simple two-input/two-output offering featuring a mic preamp – complete with phantom power for using condenser mics – as well as an instrument level DI for plugging in your guitar or bass, plus a smart scroll wheel enabling you to tweak settings in your software. On top of this, there’s a main output for your speakers and dual headphone outputs.The whole thing is powered via USB-C and, with Apple’s camera connection kit, it can also work with an iPhone/iPad. However, the studio devilry is in the detail: Audient has really thought about everything with value and usability in mind, making what is a budget solution feel anything but inexpensive. The Audient iD4 MkII is, quite simply, the best USB audio interface we’ve seen at this price for a long time.Read the full Audient iD4 MkII reviewThe best Audient iD4 Mk II dealsImage 1 of 2(Image credit: Future)Image 2 of 2(Image credit: Future)2. SSL 2+ audio interface. Get 'that SSL sound' at an amazing price. SpecificationsLaunch price: $279/£200/€240Connectivity: USB-CAudio resolution: 24-bit/192kHzAnalogue inputs: 2Analogue outputs: 4Digital connectivity: NoneMIDI I/O: YeReasons to buy+Great signal path for the money+The 4k button does add a 'sound'+Solid build qualityReasons to avoid-You might not like the RCA outputsCompact interfaces with pro features and connectivity, the SSL2+ promises an affordable version of ‘the SSL sound’, bringing the feel of a gazillion recordings made in 7-figure recording studios within reach of everybody.This is the big brother to the standard SSL2, the main difference being that the 2+ adds two outputs to the 2-in, 2-out configuration of the 2, MIDI In/Out plus an additional independent headphone out (with both being able to monitor different mixes). There's also the 4k button which adds some extra presence and high-end zing (and, more importantly, makes you feel that little bit more 'pro').There are two combi mic/line inputs with Hi-Z (impedance) options for switching between guitar and bass signals or those from synths or drum machines. A +48v option also allows the connection of both condenser and dynamic mics.With great monitoring and recording quality and a flexible I/O configuration, the SSL 2+ comes highly recommended.Read our full SSL 2+ review SSL 2 vs Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd gen: head-to-head Explore the best SSL 2 and SSL 2+ dealsImage 1 of 3(Image credit: Focusrite)Image 2 of 3(Image credit: Focusrite)Image 3 of 3(Image credit: Focusrite)3. Focusrite Scarlett 4i4 3rd Gen. A great competitively-priced option with plenty of connectivity. SpecificationsLaunch price: $239/£200/€229Connectivity: USB-CAudio resolution: 24-bit/192kHzAnalogue inputs: 4Analogue outputs: 4Digital connectivity: NoneMIDI I/O: YesReasons to buy+New, improved preamp design+‘Air’ transformer stage emulation+MIDI I/O is usefulReasons to avoid-4 combination inputs would be greatFocusrite’s Scarlett USB interfaces have traditionally combined excellent sonics and audio flexibility at affordable price points, and the third generation units keep up the good work.All units in the range have received physical and technical upgrades, with improved preamps (now up to 56dB gain), balanced connectivity throughout, and the inclusion of Focusrite’s ISA transformer preamp emulation option (Air). On the bus-powered Scarlett 4i4 you get two mic/line/instrument inputs with gain, two line-level TRS inputs and four TRS outputs.The 4i4 supports Focusrite’s Control application, which means that a number of settings can only be made in the software. The app also handles low-latency monitoring.As we’ve come to expect from the Scarlett series, the sonics are neutral and the drivers reliable. The Air option tilts the frequency response towards high frequencies, and this can be great for taming undesirable proximity or adding high frequency lift.With a decent software bundle included, this is a solid upgrade and a great affordable audio interface.Read our full Focusrite Scarlett 4i4 3rd Gen reviewExplore the best Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen dealsImage 1 of 4Image 2 of 4Image 3 of 4Image 4 of 44. Universal Audio UAD Apollo Twin MkII. High-quality audio and DSP-powered plugins. SpecificationsLaunch price: From $899/£600/€699Connectivity: ThunderboltAudio resolution: 24-bit/192kHzAnalogue inputs: 2Analogue outputs: 6Digital connectivity: Optical ToslinkMIDI I/O: NoReasons to buy+Incredible audio quality+Superb UAD-2 pluginsReasons to avoid-Thunderbolt only at the moment-No MIDIStill a desktop-format 2-in/-6-out interface with 24-bit/192kHz capabilities, the Apollo Twin MkII would be almost indistinguishable from the original were it not now black rather than silver. It connects to your Mac or PC via Thunderbolt (there’s no cable in the box), but it has to be powered from the wall. The back panel and front edge house the inputs and outputs, while the top panel centres on a satisfyingly oversized knob. Also a DSP box for powering UAD plugin effects (you can choose from Solo, Duo and Quad options), the Apollo Twin MkII features the same game-changing Unison preamps as its predecessor, fed by the Mic/Line and Hi-Z ins. These enable a gradually expanding subset of UA’s classic hardware emulation plugins to be inserted directly into each input path. This is a musically empowering hardware/software hybrid that's capable of elevating even the humblest of home and project studios to genuinely professional-quality heights, and certainly one of the best audio interfaces you can buy.Read our full Universal Audio Apollo Twin MkII review Image 1 of 4Image 2 of 4Image 3 of 4Image 4 of 45. Native Instruments Komplete Audio 2. A compact, slick 2x2 audio interface at a competitive price. SpecificationsLaunch price: $139/£109/€129Connectivity: USB 2Audio resolution: 24-bit/192kHzAnalogue inputs: 2Digital connectivity: NoneMIDI I/O: NoReasons to buy+Super compact+Very slick and stylishly designed+Decent five-part input meteringReasons to avoid-No scaling on the controlsKomplete Audio 2 is a two-input, two-output design with two identical mic/line/instrument inputs. Connections are on space-saving combi XLRs with individual selector switches to select between line and instrument. 48V phantom power, meanwhile, is engaged globally via a single switch. In addition to the inputs, the front panel includes a hardware monitoring balance knob (Input/Host) and headphone output with independent control. The main output level is controlled from a large output level knob on the top panel. Here you’ll also find the input meters, alongside phantom and USB indicators. Round the back you’ve got the USB B connector, a pair of balanced outputs on TRS 1⁄4-inch jacks and a Kensington Security slot. It makes our best audio interface list because the performance of the Komplete Audio 2 is as slick as its looks, and though the features are basic, it does its job admirably. And when you consider the excellent software bundle, it's great value.Read our full Native Instruments Komplete Audio 2 reviewImage 1 of 2(Image credit: Future)Image 2 of 2(Image credit: Audient)6. Audient Evo 4. One of the best compact audio interfaces around. SpecificationsLaunch price: $129/£99/€119Connectivity: USB 2.0Audio resolution: 24-bit/96kHzAnalogue inputs: 2 x XLR-1/4" combo (mic/line)Analogue outputs: 2 x 1/4" TRSDigital connectivity: NoneMIDI I/O: NoReasons to buy+Great, clean sound+Single dial makes it simple to operate+You’ll like the Monitor Mix solution+Sturdy buildReasons to avoid-No angled frontThe compact Evo range was launched at the NAMM Show 2020 to much acclaim.You’ll find two combi mic/line inputs around the back of EVO 4, and one instrument level input at the front for connecting guitar or bass (which then overrides the first input around the back). Two speaker outs complete the connections and a central main dial controls the level of that output plus a number of other levels determined largely by which buttons on the top of the panel you press, these being 1 and 2 (for the input levels), and output (bottom right) plus a final button that means the dial adjusts the mix between the input and DAW. Using the headphone socket means the main dial controls this level.The one-dial solution is beautifully implemented and designed to help make EVO a clever, compact desktop solution that sounds great.Read the full Audient Evo 4 reviewImage 1 of 2Image 2 of 27. Mackie Onyx Producer 2.2. A hard-wearing 2-channel interface with high audio quality. SpecificationsLaunch price: $179/£129/€165Connectivity: USB 2Audio resolution: 24-bit/192kHzAnalogue inputs: 2Analogue outputs: 2Digital connectivity: NoneMIDI I/O: YesReasons to buy+Up to 24-bit/192kHz operation+Robust build quality+MIDI input and outputReasons to avoid-Zero latency control affects monitor outputWith high-quality Onyx mic pres, balanced analogue connectivity and operation up to 24-bit/192kHz, the bus-powered Onyx Producer 2.2 audio interface is more than capable of getting clean signals in and out of your DAW. There are two identical mic/line inputs with combination XLR/jack connectors. Each has a manual green backlit switch to select a Hi Z instrument, and there’s a global backlit switch for 48V phantom power. Input signals can be monitored with zero latency using the Input/DAW Mix knob, and rounding off the front panel are a large Monitor level knob and headphone output with level knob. Round the back you’ll find a pair of 1⁄4-inch jacks for the monitor output, and also a pair of MIDI connectors (In and Out), which is very handy. Throw in the robust metal case and you’ve got a compact workhorse device that should last for years. You also get a DAW, Tracktion T7, in the box.Read our full Mackie Onyx Producer 2.2 reviewImage 1 of 4(Image credit: Steinberg)Image 2 of 4(Image credit: Steinberg)Image 3 of 4(Image credit: Steinberg)Image 4 of 4(Image credit: Steinberg)8. Steinberg UR22C audio interface. A rugged 2-in/2-out audio interface with Yamaha preamps. SpecificationsLaunch price: $189/£160/€189Connectivity: USB-CAudio resolution: 32-bit/192kHzAnalogue inputs: 2Analogue outputs: 2Digital connectivity: NoneMIDI I/O: YesReasons to buy+Built to last+Yamaha preamps+Built-in DSP processingSteinberg has pimped-up its UR range of audio interfaces, introducing USB 3.0 models for PC, Mac and iOS. The UR22C is the most affordable of these.Each of the interfaces offers USB Type-C connectivity (or USB 3.1 Gen 1 SuperSpeed, to give it its official title) and operates at 32-bit/192kHz audio resolution. There’s MIDI I/O, too, as well as DSP that provides zero-latency effects that can be used when monitoring. These can be accessed via the dspMixFx mixer.Unsurprisingly, the UR22C is a 2-in/2-out audio interface. You get a couple of balanced Neutrik combo inputs, each of which sports a Yamaha D-PRE mic preamp, and two balanced line outputs.With its rugged metal casing, the UR22C is the best audio interface for you if you want something that can be slung in a backpack without fear.Read the full Steinberg UR22C reviewImage 1 of 2(Image credit: IK Multimedia)Image 2 of 2(Image credit: IK Multimedia)9. IK Multimedia iRig Pro Duo I/O. One of the best audio interfaces if you need a portable powerhouse. SpecificationsLaunch price: $199/£199/€199Connectivity: USB 2, Lightning, USB OTGAudio resolution: 24-bit/48kHzAnalogue inputs: 2Analogue outputs: 2Digital connectivity: NoneMIDI I/O: YesReasons to buy+Completely portable+Works with mobile devices+Record two channels simultaneouslyReasons to avoid-There are better options if you don't need portabilityThe follow-up to the original iRig Pro Duo, the new version offers two analogue combo inputs so that you can connect and simultaneously record your favoured combination of instruments and mics. These inputs come with updated Class-A preamps, adjustable gain (increased for this model) and phantom power. There’s MIDI I/O, too, along with two balanced 1/4-inch outputs and a headphone output.You can engage the direct monitor switch for latency-free monitoring of the incoming signal, and the iRig Pro Duo I/O comes with a USB-C cable for easy compatibility with modern devices (Lightning and USB-A cables are supplied, too). There are new dedicated PC drivers as well, along with a refreshed rubberised finish.The iRig Pro Duo I/O can be bus-powered or run on two AA batteries and ships with a large bundle of software. It’s compatible with iOS, Android, PC and Mac so could be just the thing if you need to record on the move and in your studio.Read the full IK Multimedia iRig Pro Duo I/O reviewImage 1 of 4Image 2 of 4Image 3 of 4Image 4 of 410. Arturia AudioFuse. A classy audio interface with a wealth of connectivity options. SpecificationsLaunch price: $599/£519/€599Connectivity: USB 2Audio resolution: 24-bit/192kHzAnalogue inputs: 4Analogue outputs: 4Digital connectivity: ADAT I/O and S/PDIF I/OMIDI I/O: YesReasons to buy+Great sound+Loads of connectivity+Stylish designReasons to avoid-Pricey compared to similar modelsAudioFuse is an attractive and portable Mac, PC and iOS-compatible interface with a raft of features. Despite its compact frame, there’s plenty of connectivity on offer. Along the front edge, you’ll find combi inputs and two fully independent headphone feeds. In turn, these can accommodate both mini-jack and 1/4-inch plugs. At the back, there are speaker outputs for two pairs of monitors, line level connectors, MIDI In/Out ports (which, due to size restrictions, have been replaced by mini-jack connectors, which you’ll find in the box) and - for digital interfacing - both S/PDIF and ADAT In/Out. There are also inserts for inputs 1 and 2, allowing you to track through hardware compressors or channel strips. AudioFuse connects via USB 2, but USB connectivity goes further; Arturia has built a USB hub into it, providing three extra USB ports. AudioFuse provides a beautiful and contemporary approach to USB audio interfacing with a great design, compatibility with a huge range of possible audio sources, a great sound and a highly tactile control set.Read our full Arturia AudioFuse reviewImage 1 of 3(Image credit: Future)Image 2 of 3(Image credit: Future)Image 3 of 3(Image credit: Future)11. Antelope Audio Zen Tour Synergy Core. A premium audio interface with onboard DSP. SpecificationsLaunch price: $1,995/£1,795/€1,995Connectivity: USB 2 and ThunderboltAudio resolution: 24-bit/192kHzAnalogue inputs: 8Analogue outputs: 8Digital connectivity: S/PDIF, ADATMIDI I/O: NoReasons to buy+Crystal clear discrete mic preamps+Excellent selection of onboard processing+Highly flexible routing+Compact desktop footprintReasons to avoid-ExpensiveAntelope Audio is one of a small group of manufacturers that produces premium audio interfaces with onboard processing. In 2019 it launched an improved architecture, Synergy Core, that uses both FGPA and DSP chips to deliver near-zero latency onboard processing during recording or mixing. Zen Tour is its 8-in/14-out compact desktop-style interface and this has now been upgraded to Synergy Core with 2 FGPA and four DSP chips delivering up to 256 FX instances.On the front you get four DI inputs (switchable to line level if required), two individually configurable HP outs and two handy transformer-based re-amp outputs, so you can send your DI back to a guitar amp input. On the back are four combi XLRs for mic/line ins, one pair of monitor outputs on 1/4” TRS jacks, S/PDIF in/out, ADAT in/out and eight line-outs on 25-pin D-type. Zen Tour Synergy Core comes bundled with 36 effects, including preamps, EQs, compressors, guitar amps and support for Antelope’s Edge and Verge modelling mics. The design of these is first class, with some classic hardware emulations.It also delivers fantastic fidelity, with discrete ultra-linear preamps and premium clocking courtesy of Antelope’s acoustically focused clocking. Zen Tour Synergy Core is an incredibly capable unit that is pretty easy to use and sounds fantastic.Read our full Antelope Audio Zen Tour Synergy Core reviewImage 1 of 2Image 2 of 212. Steinberg AXR4. Steinberg is offering a genuine high-end audio interface alternative. SpecificationsLaunch price: $2,799/£2,200/€2,499Connectivity: Thunderbolt 2Audio resolution: 32-bit/384kHzAnalogue inputs: 28Analogue outputs: 24Digital connectivity: ADAT, S/PDIF, AES/EBU I/OMIDI I/O: YesReasons to buy+Great performance and loads of I/O+Intuitive setupReasons to avoid-No Thunderbolt cable included-Front panel configuration is fiddlySteinberg has entered the Thunderbolt audio race with the the AXR4, a rack-mountable interface aimed at professional producers and engineers. This 28-in/24-out box offers latency-free DSP-powered monitoring and effects, stacks of I/O and plenty of routing flexibility. Up front you’ll find four Neutrik combo inputs and two headphone outputs, while the back panel houses eight TRS line inputs, eight TRS line outputs and two sets of ADAT I/O doubling as S/PDIF. The second pair provides an alternative AES/EBU Sub-D connector. MIDI I/O sits alongside word clock I/O, while two Thunderbolt 2 ports enable computer connection and daisy-chaining of up to three interfaces. The four hybrid mic preamps benefit from refined transformer circuitry and Rupert Neve Designs SILK processing, while DSP effects include the VCM 276 compressor, VCM EQ601, the Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip and the REV-X reverb. The Steinberg AXR4 oozes quality from every pore, making it a serious contender in the pro audio interfacing arena.Read our full Steinberg AXR4 reviewBest audio interfaces: Buying advice. (Image credit: Future)Do you need an audio interface?  . If you are a musician who wants to make great quality recordings and listen back to them on decent speakers, then you really need an audio interface. They allow you to record any audio into your computer or smart device – from strumming guitars and your singing through to a complete band or orchestra – and then mix that audio into a song in your DAW and hear the results back through pro-grade speakers.  How many inputs and outputs do I need?When choosing the best audio interface for your studio, the first thing you need to work out is the number and type of inputs and outputs you need. If you only want to plug in one microphone or instrument at a time – if you're a solo producer who generates most of their sounds inside the computer, this is probably you – just one or two inputs will be plenty, but if you want to record a live band, you’ll need to think about much more than that. Multiple outputs can also be useful if you want to set up separate headphone mixes (if you're a DJ, for example) or send audio elsewhere for further processing.What types of inputs and outputs do I need?On most audio interfaces you’ll typically find both XLR and 1/4-inch inputs, often combined into combo connectors so that you can plug mics, guitars, synths and the like into the same input. Many interfaces also offer a phantom power option, which is required if you want to use certain microphones.Some audio interfaces also have MIDI I/O on them, which could save you from having to buy a separate interface for external MIDI gear. If you only intend to use a MIDI keyboard, though, remember that this could plug into one of your computer's other USB ports, so MIDI I/O might not be an essential requirement.(Image credit: Future)How to connect your audio interface . Most audio interfaces connect to your computer by USB or Thunderbolt or by using a Lightning adaptor with iOS devices. The cable required for connectivity usually ships with the interface but not always with Thunderbolt 3 and Lightning, so do check what you get in the box. Most interfaces are class-compliant, so will work out of the box –  just plug them in and start using them straight away. Some come with extra software you will need to access some of their more detailed functions and routing. Many, especially mobile interfaces, are bus-powered so you don't have to plug a mains power supply into them.Specs always include the numbers of audio inputs (as XLR or 1/4-inch jack or a combination of the two) and audio outputs. Inputs indicate the number of instruments or microphones you can connect up to record simultaneously. Check the interface has a phantom power option if you want to connect up a condenser mic which requires external power. The number of outputs refers to the number of connections available to your studio speakers or other hardware boxes, including outboard effects. What is low latency recording? . You’ll find that most contemporary audio interfaces offer a low-latency recording option, which means you can stay in time with your project when you’re adding more tracks. Some interfaces also promise latency levels that are low enough to use effect plugins in ‘real-time’ on the input as you record, while others have their own DSP processing built into them. (Image credit: Mackie)What should I expect to pay for an audio interface? . In the end, the best audio interface for you will at least partly come down to price, so you’ll be pleased to know that our list of recommendations in this guide covers a broad range from beginner to pro. We’d also recommend reading our guide focused specifically on the best budget audio interfaces if you have less to spend.Interfaces are serious pieces of kit that should keep the audio signal quality high throughout the recording process, but you needn't pay serious money for them. If you are an in-the-box producer, you might only need one input at any one time to record, plus a couple of outputs to your speakers. Even a singer/guitarist can get away with just two inputs, and a decent 1 or 2-input/2-output audio interface only costs from around $/£50 up to $/£200. Add more inputs and better quality preamps on these  – which will give you a better quality audio recording – and you could pay anything from $/£200 to $/£700 for a medium-sized interface capable of recording all of the outputs from a band, for example.Pro grade interfaces with fast connectivity, the ability to power software (see Universal Audio) and digital inputs and outputs can tip into four figures – sometimes up to $/£2,000 – but you might not need any or all of the extras they offer. Many interfaces support an array of digital ins and outs like ADAT and S/PDIF, for example, two digital standards you only need to take into consideration if you have other audio gear with these inputs and outputs included.What are the most popular audio interface brands? . There are many companies making audio interfaces but some brands that score consistently well in our reviews and we stand by in terms of build quality, features and value for money are Apogee, Audient, Focusrite, Native Instruments, Steinberg, SSL and Universal Audio. Related buyer's guides. Our pick of the best laptops for music productionExplore the best budget studio monitorsRock out with the best guitar audio interfacesBest home studio mixers: analogue and digital mixing desksBest guitar VSTs: guitar plugins to supercharge your recordingsStore more audio on the best external hard drives for music productionThese are the best PCs for music productionOrganise your recording space with the best studio desks
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                            [body] => A-Z Guide To Audio Interfaces VIDEO FEATURE Audio InterfacesBy Sam Inglis Published September 2020 Video of The A-Z Of Audio Interfaces Whether you are setting up a bedroom studio or the next Abbey Road, choosing the right audio interface for your needs can be brain‑meltingly difficult. In his alphabet of helpful advice, Sound On Sound's Editor In Chief Sam Inglis breaks down everything you need to know into 26 bite-sized chunks! For further reading, check out Sam's related feature article 'How To Choose An Audio Interface' on the cover of our September 2020 editions. Analogue. A is for analogue. Sound is changes in air pressure. Microphones convert sound into a changing electrical voltage. That’s called an analogue signal because the voltage changes are analogous to the pressure changes. Getting sound into a computer involves converting that analogue electrical signal into a stream of numbers, and that analogue-to-digital (ADC) conversion is one of the most important things that an audio interface does. Bus power. B is for bus power. Some interfaces need a mains power supply. Some can get enough power from the USB or Thunderbolt socket. It’s more convenient but usually there’s only enough power available to drive a small interface. Clocking. C is for clocking. Two hundred years ago every part of the country set their clocks locally. And then the railways came along, and suddenly it was quite important that 10.30 was 10.30 everywhere, not 10.15 in Oxford and 11 o’clock in Norwich. Digital audio devices need a timing reference, and if you’re just running one of them, they can set that locally. But if you want to send audio digitally between devices, they all need a common timing reference. Driver. D is for many many things, including digital, D-Sub, Dante, direct monitoring, daisy-chaining, disco, drainage and DC coupling, but perhaps most importantly, D is for driver. An audio interface is only as good as the software that allows the computer to talk to it, and that software is called the driver. With good driver software you’ll get reliable and stable performance, you’ll be able to operate at low latency without overloading your computer’s CPU, and you’ll get support that’ll keep your interface working on tomorrow’s computers as well as today’s. Ethernet. E is for Ethernet. Computers have several types of expansion port: USB, Thunderbolt, PCI and so on. What these all have in common is that they’re not specifically designed for audio recording, so they all have their own issues that have to be worked around. One compromise is that most of them only allow interfaces to talk to one computer at once. The big plus of Ethernet is that it allows a whole load of interfaces and computers and mixers to talk to each other in a big network. FireWire. F is for FireWire, which used to be a popular way of connecting audio interfaces to computers until Apple made it obsolete and replaced it by Thunderbolt. Gain. G is for gain. When you plug a mic into your interface, you need to amplify the signal to get it up to a level where it can be converted to a digital signal. The gain is the amount of amplification that can be applied. Some interfaces don’t give you enough gain for quiet signals. Others don’t let you turn loud signals down enough. Headphone socket. H is for headphone socket. Which is a socket where you plug headphones in. Almost all interfaces have one. Many interfaces have two. No interfaces have more than two which is a bit of a shame. Things to watch out for… sometimes the headphone sockets can be addressed separately from other outputs in your DAW, sometimes they can’t. Sometimes they can drive headphones loud, sometimes they can’t. Insert. I is for Insert. When you’re recording, sometimes you want to use a piece of studio outboard like a compressor or EQ after the mic preamp. To do that you plug it into something called an insert point. These are available on some audio interfaces but not most. Jitter. J is for Jitter, which is a new dance craze that’s sweeping the nation. When we convert an analogue signal to digital, we measure its amplitude many thousand times a second. The more precisely we can time those measurements the more accurately we can recreate the signal. Any variation in the timing of those measurements generates a form of distortion called jitter. Probably you don’t need to worry about it. If it hadn’t begun with J there’s no way I’ve have put it in this list. Knitting (cable management). K is for knitting, which is a contrived way of talking about cable management. Not really a problem with small interfaces, but something to think about if you have a lot of things to plug in. Do you want all your sockets at the back of a rack unit, or would they be more useful on the front? Are you OK with having mic and line-level sources sharing a socket, or would you be better off with separate jacks and XLRs? If you need a lot of inputs and outputs, would it be neater to have them on a D-Sub connector? Latency. L is for latency. Which ought to begin with A, because it’s super important. When we record sound it has to go into the interface, through your computer and back out the other end, and that takes time. That delay is called latency and if it’s long enough that you can hear it, it’s a problem. There are two basic ways to deal with latency. One is to write really good driver software, which is difficult. The other is to create a separate monitor path that doesn’t go through the computer, which is complicated. And doesn’t work for soft synths. So do some research and find out in advance what the low-latency performance of your chosen interface is like. Monitor control / Metering. M is for monitor control, or what used to be called the master section. Most people who have an audio interface don’t also have a separate hardware mixer, because the audio interface has all the features they need. Except, does it allow you to switch speakers? Does it have mono and dim buttons? Does it have talkback? Can it handle surround sound? Sometimes yes, sometimes no, always worth thinking about. Noise. N is for noise, which can be an important consideration if you’re recording quiet things with microphones. In that case you’re looking for plenty of input gain on your mic preamps and a low Equivalent Input Noise level. Optical. O is for optical. Digital audio is a big stream of numbers, and if we want to transmit those numbers from one device to another, we can do that in lots of different ways. One common way is to encode them as pulses of light on what’s called a TOSlink connector. This can either carry a stereo audio signal in the S/PDIF format or eight channels in the ADAT Lightpipe format. PCIe. P is for PCIe, which is another way of expanding a computer. It’s good for things that need to shovel lots of data in and out very fast and with super low latency, like graphics cards and audio interfaces. So why don’t all audio interfaces use it? Two reasons. One, only tower and desktop computers actually have PCI slots, and laptops don’t. Two, there’s not really space on a PCI card for audio connectors, so you have to have a separate breakout box as well, and that makes it awkward and expensive. Quarter-inch jack. Q is for quarter-inch jack. Pretty much any interface with analogue inputs and outputs will have some quarter-inch sockets. They’re used for connecting line-level sources such as synths. They’re used for plugging in guitars. And they’re used to connect loudspeakers and other gear to the outputs. And they’re a quarter of an inch wide. Rackmount. R is for rackmount. For a long time professional audio equipment has used a standard format which is 19 inches wide and multiples of 1.75 inches high. Many audio interfaces still come in this format, but if you don’t have any other rackmount equipment you might wonder whether a different form factor is more convenient. Do you really want all the controls crammed onto a tiny rectangle at the front when they could be spread out over the top panel? Specifications. S is for specifications, which is a big list of numbers that manufacturers will try to dazzle you with in the hope that you’ll buy their product. Some of these are important. Some of them are practically the same for all interfaces. Some really important things are almost never mentioned in the specifications. Ones that might be important include dynamic range, maximum input and output levels, preamp gain range, equivalent input noise and headphone amp level. Thunderbolt. T is for Thunderbolt, which was created when Apple and Intel got together and said, hey, wouldn’t it be great if we could have a connector that was as fast and as powerful as PCI but didn’t require you to open up your computer and fit a hulking great card. And then we could charge 50 quid for a cable. So they did, and especially on Macs, Thunderbolt is probably now the preferred way of hooking up an audio interface. And now the cables only cost 40 quid, so that’s progress. USB. U is for Universal Serial Bus or USB, the most widely used and the most confusing connector on the planet. It’s widely used because it’s genuinely universal and that means it’s cheap, but compared with PCI or Thunderbolt there are some significant shortcomings. It’s harder to get good low-latency performance from a USB interface and you can’t usually connect more than one of them to a single computer. The cables are low-cost, though. Voltage control. V is for voltage, and specifically, control voltage (CV), which is relevant if you’re one of the millions of people who’s got into Eurorack synths as a substitute for making music. Some audio interfaces can be used to control modular systems, and the key here is that they need to be able to generate a stable voltage   that doesn’t change over time. That’s usually referred to as a DC coupled output. Word clock. W is for word clock. As I mentioned earlier, if you connect two devices digitally they need to have a common timing reference. Sometimes that can be embedded in the signal, but in more complicated systems we need a single clock source that can be distributed to multiple devices. That’s what word clock is, and it’s usually supplied on something called a BNC connector. XLR. X is for XLR connector. Universally used for microphone inputs. Sometimes also used for line-level audio. Also used for a digital format called AES3 and occasionally for supplying power. The L stands for latching, which means you can’t pull it out accidentally, and the R stands for rubber, which makes it flexible. The X doesn’t stand for anything at all but it’s quite useful when you’re compiling an alphabet. You. Y is for you and what you want. Unless you’re buying something totally bargain-basement, modern audio interfaces are generally all pretty good. From a sonic point of view they are unlikely to be the weak link in the chain. But if you buy one that doesn’t have the features you need, or doesn’t have very good driver support, or it has complicated control panel software that you can’t get your head round, those things are going to be major obstacles to your music-making. So think carefully about what’s actually important to you, and be aware that it’s often the things that aren’t listed in the specs that make the most difference. Z impedance. Z is for impedance. That’s technically true actually and not at all a contrived way of getting something beginning with Z into this alphabet. Many interfaces offer high-impedance or high-Z inputs, which are designed so you can directly plug in an electric guitar and have it not sound like crap. Except sometimes it still sounds like crap. Which may be because the person playing the guitar is me, but it’s also the case that not all of these high-impedance inputs are very well implemented. Ideally the impedance should be at least one Megaohm, that’s one million Ohms. Which compares with a mic input that would typically be two or three thousand Ohms. Conclusion. So that’s the A-Z of Audio Interfaces. 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                            [body] => The Ultimate Guide to Audio Interfaces Whether you’re starting a new home studio, or improving an existing one… There’s no single purchase more confusing than the audio interface. Because among the dozens of options… Each one is designed to meet the demands of a specific “type” of studio. For example… At one extreme, a small $100 interface might be perfect in a simple bedroom studio… If all you need is a single pair of outputs for your studio monitors. At the opposite extreme, a pro studio that requires dozens of INs/OUTs might need several interfaces, each costing $4000 or more. However, with the recently growing trend of “prosumer” equipment, the audio interface offer has greatly shifted in the past few years… And we’ve been seeing a multiplication Needless to say, matching the right interface with the right studio is tricky even for the experienced.  And for beginners, its 10x worse. Which is why for today’s post, I’ve created an in-depth guide to help you find the perfect option for your studio. So let’s get started.  First off… But before we dive right it, I’d like to address a recent phenomenon: the ever-growing rise of “prosumer” equipment. But how does one quickly defines a prosumer device compared to a consumer or fully professional counterpart? Well, according to Wikipedia it’s anybody who “consumes and produces”. By extension, this term started being applied to mid-range devices that are powerful enough for 99% of people. As it turns out, audio interfaces are no exception and as a proof of the prosumer success, more and more professionals actually use audio interfaces that are way cheaper an way smaller that professional models. Now that you know that, let’s move on. Next up… Why Should I Get an Audio Interface? I mean, let’s be honest here: if you’re a total newbie you’re probably wondering what an audio interface really is, and why you should get one. These are very wise thoughts, so let’s address them briefly by first looking at what an audio interface IS. An audio interface is a physical gate between your instrument and your computer. So why do you need it? Well, because it converts an analog signal that can’t be processed by your computer (your voice, guitar, bass, keyboard or anything else)… Into a digital signal that can be processed by your computer. This is done with an ADC (Analog to Digital Converter). Conversely, it also converts your digital signal into — you guessed it — an analog signal . What for? Essentially so you can hear your mix back into your headphones or studio monitors with as much accuracy as possible. Indeed, the — most likely — bad, low bit-rate built-in converter in your computer would lower your track’s quality DRAMATICALLY. The better the DAC (Digital to Analog Converter), the better the output. Pretty simple, right? If you want to learn more about digital sound in general, check out this article: The Beginner’s Guide to Digital Audio for Music Recording Now, let’s see what an audio interface ISN’T An audio interface isn’t a processing unit, meaning you can’t use it to offload some of your computer’s work on it… Unless you actually choose an interface with DSP (Digital Signal Processing)  built-in, which is basically its own CPU that will process sound without requiring your computer to do so. However and if you want my advice here, this is generally not an optimal idea unless you’re planning to record on a laptop, which are generally less powerful than desktops computers. If you want the smoothest experience, get a decently powerful desktop computer. Ok so now that we have this out of the way, let’s move on to the 5 key features you’ll want to look for in your audio interface. The 5 Key Features to Look For. Because of the fact that audio interfaces have so many features, it’s difficult to know which ones matter, and which ones don’t. So let’s talk about that now.  In particular, these are the 5 key specs to focus on: DAW Compatibility Interface Connectors Input/Output (I/O) Count Input Channel Types Form Factor Plug-Ins and Software Meter And here’s why: 1. DAW Compatibility. In general, most DAW’s work with most interfaces…but not always. If you don’t yet have a particular DAW that you are loyal to, then you need not worry here. Because 90% of the top DAW’s will be compatible with any interface you choose. However if you already have a DAW you want to continue using, be sure to verify compatibility on the company’s website.  And just to warn you, this info is often hard to find. You would think they would just post DAW compatibility in the interface’s product description, right?  But it rarely happens.  Usually it’s buried somewhere within an FAQ page. While it’s not clear why this is done, my best guess is that these companies prefer not to advertise their current DAW compatibility, because they have no guarantees of future compatibility. A particular interface might be compatible with your DAW today, but it may not be in a future release.  And while that’s not likely to happen, it’s always possible. Which is why personally, I prefer to use a DAW/interface combo made by the same company.  Later in this post I will give you some good examples of these. However, since there are only a few companies that make both, the downside to this solution is that it severely limits your options. Up next… 2. Interface Connectors. When connecting an audio interface to a computer… There are 4 cable options commonly used: USB – which is typically seen on cheaper home studio interfaces, and offers the slowest data transfer rate. Firewire – which is used on more expensive home studio interfaces, and offers a significantly faster transfer rate (nowadays these are becoming less common). Thunderbolt – which has recently become popular with newer semi-pro interfaces, and is way faster than either USB or Firewire. PCIE – which has long been the standard connection for professional interfaces, because it offers additional processing power and extremely fast data-transfer. While USB is by far the slowest of all 4 options, it is still more than fast enough to get the job done for the vast majority of home studios. So if you’re on a budget, USB is what I recommend. But whichever type you choose, remember to double-check that your computer has the appropriate connection. For example, Thunderbolt is — at least for now — only present on macs and Intel based computers… So if you’re using an AMD computer you won’t have this connection availble. 3. Input/Output (I/O) Count. On a typical interface, I/O counts can range anywhere between: 1-2 on a simple interface, to… 20+ on a professional one. And the number you need for your studio depends mainly on the number of tracks you plan to record/monitor at once. For example: Solo musicians – may need only 2-4. Songwriting teams – who work in small groups, want at least 4-8. Engineers who record bands – should have as many as possible (16 at least). Also…electronic drum kits alone can sometimes require 8 inputs if they offer separate channels for each part of the kit.  So take that into consideration if you plan on using one. 4. Input Channel Types. One thing recording newbies often fail to realize is… When counting the input channels of an audio interface, manufacturers could be referring to any number of different input types. However in almost all cases, it includes some combination of these 3: Mic Input – which allows you to connect a mic directly to the interface. Line Input – which requires the addition of an outboard mic preamp to be used as a mic channel. Optical Input – which is a type of “digital” input that requires the addition of BOTH an outboard mic preamp, and digital converter w/ “optical out” to be used as a mic channel. Now here’s what this means for you: If you want to use your interface “as-is” without adding a multi-channel mic preamp, you might have less available inputs than you think. Because as you’ll notice, interfaces often have 16 or more total input channels, but only 2-8 mic inputs. So without any additional gear, the “real” number of inputs on your audio interface is the mic preamp count, NOT the same as the  input count. Now that you know…make sure you actually have enough channels for your purposes.  Otherwise you will be sorely disappointed. Optical inputs such as ADAT are convenient for expanding your interface’s in and out total count, since one ADAT port can support as many as 8 channels. NOTE: Two other input types that you should also look for are DI inputs (if you play guitar/bass), and MIDI inputs (if you use any type of keyboards/MIDI controllers).   5. Form Factor. A fancy jargon term used by computer geeks… “Form factor” simply refers to the physical size and shape interface. The two form factor options are: Desktop Interfaces – which are smaller, and sit on your desk next to your computer. Rackmounted Interfaces – which are larger, and mount in a standard size rack unit. For beginners, I recommend starting with a desktop interface, because they’re cheap, easy-to-use, and require no special mounting or peripheral devices.  You just plug them in and start recording. With intermediate/advanced studios, rackmounted interfaces are typically better, as they tend to offer more I/O’s, as well as greater flexibility with signal routing and organization. 6. Plug-ins and Software. Plug ins replace your typical analog gear that you used to connect directly to your interface, back in the days when digital effects weren’t a thing. If you’re looking for a specific one, make sure your interface can work with it beforehand. Next up… 7. Meter. Most beginners don’t even think about it being a big deal… However, you might find it useful to monitor your signal level directly on your interface at a quick glance… And since many entry level interface don’t offer this feature, you’ll want to make sure you need it, or not. Advanced interfaces will often have a full size meter while some lower end models might only have a led — i.e. around the volume knob — that will turn red if your input level is too high. Now that you know what to look for, let’s check out some specific models. And so to skip directly to the type of interfaces you’re interested in, just click on these links: Best Desktop interfaces Best Rack-mounted Interfaces Best Professional Interfaces And so for the first category… Best Desktop Interfaces. For the vast majority of people reading this article, who only want a cheap interface that will allow them to record their music at home… I recommend a 2-6 channel USB desktop interface, which normally costs between $50-$300 on the low-end, and $500-1500 on the high-end. However, the audio interface landscape has changed a lot in the last decade and with the rise of “prosumer” products, the line between high end and low end devices is growing thinner and thinner… Meaning that nowadays you can get your hand on a powerful, small AND affordable audio interface that will most likely meet your needs. 1. M Audio AIR 192 Series. The cheap, but not TOO cheap interface with a powerful preamp Mostly known for their midi controllers, few people actually know that M-audio have been producing quality audio interfaces for over 20 years. But in what’s probably the MOST COMPETITIVE range of audio interfaces, they just never made it to the level of fame of the likes of PreSonus or Focusrite. However, their more recent products have been met with so many positive reviews and user opinions that ANYBODY who is shopping for an entry-level audio interface can simply NO LONGER ignore M-Audio. And for my first pick, I chose the AIR 192|4. Here’s why: Extremely quiet – It has one of, if not THE most quiet preamp of any interface in this price range 2 XLR/TRS combos – Ideal for solo artists. You can plug your mic and your guitar or line instrument and get recording rght away. Very low latency – beginners often disregard this feature but trust me, recording with a latency can become unbearable and your interface will end up literally unusable. Great for podcasters – Thanks to its powerful amp, this interface drives mics such as the SM7B nicely without the need of help (i.e. a Cloudlifter). You get all of this right out of the box for around $100. Trust me, it’s VERY hard to top that, and it’s also the reason why I chose this interface over the most sold interface ever, the Focusrite Scarlett Solo. The M-Audio Air series is available in 4 different sizes, all the way up to 14 I/O. Who do I recommend this interface for? You are a beginner on a budget looking for an interface that will allow you to record songs or podcasts with a powerful enough preamp to drive a typical podcasting dynamic mic. Check it out: M Audio AIR 192|4 – (Amazon/B&H/Thomann) M Audio AIR 192|6 – (Amazon/B&H/Thomann) M Audio AIR 192|8 – (Amazon/B&H/Thomann) M Audio AIR 192|14 – (Amazon/B&H/Thomann) For a similar interface with pocket size format and with a loopback feature added that lets you stream both your mic and computer sounds, check out the extremely compact Audient Evo 4: Audient Evo 4 : (Amazon/B&H/Thomann) And in case you’d still want to check out the Focusrite Scarlett Solo, here it is: Focusrite Scarlett Solo – (Amazon/B&H/Thomann) Next up… 2. Audient Evo 4. Here’s a small yet very powerful audio interface, aimed at beginners. In the sea of cheap and compact audio interfaces, the Audient Evo 4 has managed to stand out thanks to various neat features: Great instrument line-  in sound – if you’re planning on using your line instrument with this interface, rest assured it will deliver. This little thing sounds amazing on line instruments! Loopback feature – although this feature is spreading out more and more, it is still HIGHLY appreciated on an entry level audio interface and adds to the use cases of this device Powerful headphone preamp – pretty much unheard of on this range of audio interfaces, you’ll be able to drive very high impedance headphones such as the HD 650 without adding another device in between. Smart Gain feature – probably THE single most important innovation on this audio interface, forget about scratching your head while struggling to set up your gain correctly so you don’t clip or peak. So let me explain what this last feature is about: You press the green button and the Evo 4 will records your voice or the sound source for about 10 seconds. It will then take the loudest point of this sample and set it at around -12dBfs, meaning that after gain is automatically set, you will indeed peak at around this value… Which happens to work surprisingly well. Check it out: Audient Evo 4 – (Amazon/B&H/Thomann) If you need more inputs and outputs, check out the same model with 4 ins and 4 outs: Audient Evo 8 – (Amazon/B&H/Thomann) 3. Solid State Logic 2. Stepping up our game a bit, how about a manufacturer with an actual mixing console expertise? That’s right, SSL was founded back in 1969, so needless to say they are a very experienced company. As a matter of fact they are best known for their legendary 4000 SL and for being the first ever mixing console sold in the UK. To give you an idea of how big they are, Abbey Road studios are now equipped with a Solid State Logic Console. …But back to our SSL 2 audio interface. The unique feature of this interface is the 4K Legacy mode, which reproduces the sound of the classic 4000. More specifically , it emphasizes higher frequencies and produces an overall crispier sound, which can be very nice for darker mics like the SM7B (Amazon/B&H/Thomann) for example. Moreover, the SSL 2 offers: Extremely flat frequency response – this interface’s curve is impressively flat, and it guarantees a high fidelity sound. Very high dynamic range – dynamic range is the range between Low-noise preamp – with a low noise preamp you won’t need any additional device to shut the preamp’s noise down when recording Check it out: Solid State Logic 2 – (Amazon/B&H/Thomann) Now, if you’re charmed by the SSL2’s preamp and overall quality but you find it a bit lacking in terms of outputs, check out the SSL 2+ that offers double the output count, so you can add in another pair of headphones or monitors: Solid State Logic 2+ – (Amazon/B&H/Thomann) Next up… 4. Antelope Zen GO Synergy Core. For our next pick  I wanted to choose a “prosumer” interface. So let’s quickly recap the features of prosumer devices: Professional grade features and build quality Moderate price Easy to use Well, the Zen GO Synergy Core checks all those requirements… And much more. Now, the biggest strength of the Zen GO is probably its real time audio processing, the so-called Synergy Core feature. In short, it is a very powerful, real-time effect application powered by FPGA processors. These are essentially programmable little units that allow for highly customizable effects. The result is an extremely high-fidelity reproduction of very rare, old and expensive analog devices such as synthesizers or . Last but definitely not least, this feature actually doesn’t use any processing power from your computer since it uses the Zen GO‘s own 4 ARM CPUs. Other features include: Perfectly flat frequency response – the curve is actually perfectly flat, even way under and above the human hearing range Loopback feature – this allows you to route the monitoring mix back into your interface and computer. Very handy for streamers who want their audience to hear them and their computer for example High dynamic range D/A conversion – thanks to a very high dynamic range, the D/A conversion on the Zen GO produces an insanely high quality sound. Check it out: Antelope Zen Go Synergy Core – (Amazon/B&H/Thomann) And for our last pick in the desktop interface category… 5. RME Babyface PRO FS. The new “prosummer” standard You now how sometimes a product is so good it just becomes virtually impossible finding a single negative review on it? Well, that’s exactly the RME Babyface’s situation. In a nutshell, it is currently considered by many as the single best desktop interface currently available. Actually, RME has a pretty hardcore fanbase, and rightfully so. They consistently put out some of the best hardware coupled with the best software and drivers, on both Windows and Mac. There a many reasons for that, but here are the most important ones: Best pre amp Extremely sturdy and well built – SteadyClock FS Technology – as per their words: “this is the reason our audio interfaces have such a pristine sound”. Among multiple other features, this wordclock makes this interface “immune” to self jitter and provides a “FemtoSecond Accuracy”– which is essentially digital latency. Many different plugins included – Scuffham guitar amp simulator from Brainwox optical like compressor, you get over $100 worth of plugins. But the core strength of the Babyface PRO might actually reside  in TotalMix FX. This routing software essentially saves you the cost of buying a full-on mixing console. For an in-depth guide on how to use TotalMix FX, check out this article. Finally, the Baby Face PRO FS is also compatible with iOS devices and works thanks to a dedicated app. Check it out: RME BabyFace PRO FS – (Amazon/B&H/Thomann) For a similar model, both in  terms of features and popularity, chec out the Universal Audio Apollo Twin: Click here to compare prices – (Amazon/B&H/Thomann) Next up… 6. Antelope Zen Tour Synergy Core. The Ultimate desktop interface If you’ve been in the audio industry for some time, you might know Antelope as the biggest master-clock manufacturer. It turns out they also released what’s considered by many as the ultimate, best desktop interface. Now, this is an interface that’s more expensive than most rack interfaces, and pretty much priced the same as pro interfaces… And this is due to 2 main features: A massive amount of DSP-powered plug ins – Amp simulation, effects, you name it, this unit is PACKED with tons of plug ins, and really good ones at that. More connectivity capability than any other desktop interface – with 4 mic preamps, 2 headphones, 2 reamp boxes, this interface was definitely designed with collaboration and band practice in mind. Insane routing capabilities – thanks to the routing matrix, say goodbye to complex outboard routings. the possibilities are virtually endless. If you’re wondering exactly how the routing matrix works and how it can help you, check out this video. I linked it to where routing possibilities are explained and demonstrated: Now let’s be clear: this interface is NOT directed at newbies, unless they have unlimited budget. But the fact you can record up to 8 musicians simultaneously, reamp your guitars and perform powerful routings is a game changer for many home studio producers and musicians… ESPECIALLY in such a compact, desktop format. So if that sounds like something you’d find use out of, check it out here: Antelope Zen Tour Synergy Core – (Amazon/B&H/Thomann) Next up… Best rackmounted interfaces. 7. Behringer Euphoria UMC 1820. It would be hard not to start this category with the Behringer UMC 1820 , partly because it is after all the most sold rack format audio interface. Ok that’s nice and all but why is it actually so popular? Well, there are a few reasons: It’s the best value you can get – 8 channels with great sounding preamps in a rack format for $200? Yeah, that’s pretty hard to beat. It has a no frills design – it might be greedy in terms of features, but if you’re looking for a simple, super affordable, straight forward interface, this is the one. So all in all a great build quality, great sounding preamps and extreme ease of use: the perfect rack interface for home studios on a shoestring budget. Check it out: Behringer Euphoria UMC 1820 – (Amazon/B&H/Thomann) Next up… 8. PreSonus 1824c. Second on the rack category, the Studio One PreSonus 1824c is considered by many as the ultimate “bang for your buck” audio interface. Although not everyone will be a fan of its design, the fact is that for anybody looking for a reliable rackmounted interface, it’s hard to beat the 1824c. Its main feature sinclude: XMAX mic preamps – these preamps are appreciated for their high headroom, with a whopping 80dB gain and neutral coloring 8 XLR/TRS combo ins + 8 extra inputs through ADAT – for plugging your line instruments or mics StudioOne ARTIST included – PreSonus’ acclaimed DAW is included with this interface Who do I recommend this interface for? Home studio owners looking to gently up their game with a rack format interface offering crazy high gain, and who need lots of inputs so they can record many channels at the same time. Check it out: PreSonus 1824c – (Amazon/B&H/Thomann) Next up… 9. MOTU UltraLite-MK5. Rivals the professional interfaces Although it doesn’t have the typical rack format, the MOTU UltraLite-MK5 has separate brackets that can be mounted on it to fill in the gap. You can even mount 2 UltraLite-MK5 side by side for double the in and out count. On top of its really cool look, the UltraLite mk5 has a unique OLED screen. Although this is an uncommon choice as most competitors usually go for a regular LED screen… What this give you is a super detailed screen, perfect for monitoring input, output and headphone volumes. Priced well under the $1k psychological mark, the MOTU UltraLite-mk5 delivers unbelievable sound quality, that many professionals compare to interfaces 4 times as expensive. Its secret? Mainly 2 things: Huge preamp gain range: with a whopping +74dB gain, forget about any additional device to power even your most demanding dynamic mics (looking at you Shure SM7B). Possibility to connect further analog gear – thanks to its 10 line out ports you’ll be able to add an analog compressor, EQs, effects, preamps, you name it. Integrated DSP – remember we talked about DSP earlier? Well this interface has it, meaning you’ll be able to offload a significant amount of processing power from your computer to the interface. Powerful software – customize your DSP settings, mixes and much more directly from the software interface. Who do I recommend this interface for? Newbies with the budget that want to buy an audio interface they’ll be forgetting about for the next 20 years, but that’ll still allow them to upgrade their other equipment as they gain experience. OR Advanced sound engineers looking for a compact, scalable and powerful audio interfaces that will cover 99.9% of their studio needs. Check it out: MOTU UltraLite-MK5 – (Amazon/B&H/Thomann) And That’s It So there you have it, the very best Audio Interfaces currently available on the market. I hope you found the right one for you! ‘Til next time 🙂 FacebookGoogle+InstagramLinkedInPinterestTumblrTwitter
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The interface also routes audio from your computer out to your headphones and studio monitors. Interfaces typically connect to your computer via USB cables, though some use Thunderbolt, Firewire, or even ethernet. Interfaces range in price from well under $100 to several thousand dollars, and even the most affordable interfaces sound great and provide the basic features. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface. Mic, instrument, and headphone connections are on the front panel (left image) while the USB and speaker connections are on the rear (right image). USB Mic or Interface? If you use only one microphone and a USB mic works for you (see our blog post about microphones), then you may not need an audio interface. If you monitor on speakers or wish to use XLR microphones, then it might be time to explore purchasing a dedicated audio interface. The advantages of an audio interface are these: 1. You can use any XLR microphone; 2.You can use more than one microphone at a time (USB mics allow only one mic to connect); 3. The headphone output in a USB interface will sound better and louder than the headphone out of a USB mic or laptop ‘phone jack; 4. Most interfaces provide inputs for guitar/bass/keyboards as well as mics; 5. Interfaces provide volume control for at least one pair of speakers and some provide multiple headphone and speaker outputs.   Choosing An Interface. Here is a list of questions to ask yourself when deciding which interface is right for you: What kind of connection does my computer provide (USB, Thunderbolt, Ethernet)? How many mics will I want to use at one time? Do I need to control volume for headphones and speakers (or more than one pair of speakers)?   After you’ve answered these basic questions, here are a few more advanced questions to think about:  Do I need separate headphone feeds and talkback for an artist in another room? Do I want onboard DSP for plugins, like those from UAD or Antelope Audio? Do I want to record at high sample rates (96kHz or above)? Will I want to expand to more mic/instrument inputs in the near future? Do I need other features, like MIDI, digital connections, or reamping outputs?   The UAD Apollo Twin (L) and the SSL2+ (R)  interfaces provide a wide range of features, including onboard DSP for plugins, headphone outputs for the engineer and artist, excellent mic preamps, and MIDI connections. Entry-level interfaces . These interfaces provide the basic features with excellent sonic qualities. These low-cost models typically provide only one or two inputs and support only one pair of monitors and headphones. Companies including Focusrite, Audient, PreSonus, SSL, Behringer, and others make excellent, modestly-priced units. Behringer U-Phoria UM2 ($45) – provides one mic and one instrument input along with volume control for headphones and one pair of speakers.  PreSonus AudioBox USB96 ($99) – provides two mic/instrument inputs along with volume control for headphones and one pair of speakers and even MIDI connections. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 ($170) – provides 2 inputs for mic, line, or instruments, great-sounding mic preamps, headphone output, and speaker level control for one pair of speakers. Beyond Entry Level but affordable. Interfaces at this price range add useful features like multiple inputs, cue mixes, onboard DSP, and higher quality electronics. These devices may be USB, Thunderbolt, or both. Companies like UAD, PreSonus, MOTU, and others make interfaces in this price range. Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 ($320) – provides 2 mic inputs and 4 additional inputs, allowing you to use up to 6 microphones (with your choice of external mic preamps). Includes digital input and output, speaker and headphone control, and even MIDI connections. UAD Apollo Twin MKII ($799) – provides 2 mic/line inputs and 1 guitar/bass DI input. Comes with onboard DSP and includes plugins of classic compressors, equalizers, reverb. and amp simulators. Provides. Provides cue mix and talkback for artists and can be expanded for more inputs and outputs by cascading multiple UAD interfaces together as you grow your studio. PreSonus Quantum 2626 ($599) – provides 8 mic/line inputs plus 16 digital inputs, 8 analog and 16 digital outputs plus 2 separate headphone levels, and control for one set of studio monitors. MIDI i/o is also provided.   Pro Sound and Features. These interfaces provide professional quality converters and features. Avid, Apogee, Lynx, and Prism Sound, among other companies, make interfaces suitable for high-end studio recording with any DAW. Here are some of the least expensive, but professional interfaces. These devices may be USB, Thunderbolt, ethernet or they may have special connectors for ProTools HDX systems. RME Fireface UCX ($1500) Superior audio quality, 2 mic plus 6 line inputs and 8 outputs. Also provides digital i/o plus word clock connections plus MIDI. Also provides latency-free effects for tracking. MOTU 8M ($1500) 8 Mic preamps for large tracking setups and 16 additional digital inputs. 8 Analog and 16 digital outputs. Provides onboard DSP mixer for creating latency-free monitor mixes. Digital i/o, USB, Thunderbolt, and AVB (Ethernet) supported. Antelope Audio Zen Tour ($1500) Provides 4 mic and 4 line/instrument inputs, 8 analog outs, 2 separate headphone, and 2 separate speaker ouptuts. Provided digital i/o, reamp outputs, and onboard DSP for Antelope’s effect plugins.   Are you interested in learning more about Audio Engineering? Please visit MI’s Audio Engineering program page to learn how you can take your skills to the next level with MI. Musicians Institute is the leader in contemporary music education offering certificates to Masters degrees in programs spanning instrument performance, electronic production, music business, and everything in between. For more information on all programs offered, please visit here: mi.edu/programs/. For more information on MI Online programs, please visit here: mi.edu/programs/mi-online/. Pin It on Pinterest. Share This Facebook Twitter Blogger Pinterest
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                            [body] => Audio InterfacesBuying GuideHow to Choose an Interface for Your Recording Setup. Quick PicksKey ConsiderationsSmall FormatMore ChannelsUnless you’re going to record into your laptop’s built-in microphone or an old-school tape machine, you need an audio interface. These devices (which can also be called sound cards) connect microphones and instruments to your computer, allowing you to record into your recording software (or DAW) of choice. Audio interfaces are available in a huge range of configurations: with different inputs and outputs, different amounts (and kinds) of preamps, different ways they’ll connect to your computer, and additional features like included software as well. Some are best for guitarists, some for synth players, some for producers, and others for full bands or project studios. (You can even buy USB mixers that can also act as interfaces, but we’ll cover those specifically in another buying guide.) If you’re buying your first interface, it can be a tough market to navigate. This guide will help you make the right decision by answering some basic questions. We’ll offer many different options for all kinds of musicians and explain some key terminology. But first, here are some quick recommendations:Rachel breaks down audio interfaces and what to consider before you buy. Quick Picks. Solid Audio Interfaces and Who They're Ideal For. What to Consider When Buying an Audio Interface. How many inputs and outputs do I need, and what type? . Audio interfaces can include many different types of I/O (inputs/outputs) so it’s important to know exactly what you need. Ask yourself how many microphones, guitars, synths, samplers, drum machines, or other instruments you want to record at once. What kinds of inputs will you need to plug them all directly into your interface at any given moment?Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 with two inputsMany audio interfaces come with at least two inputs that will work for microphones, instruments, or line-level signals (like those coming from a mixer). As you look at interfaces with more options, you can find units with additional XLR/instrument/line-level inputs, additional inputs for instruments/line-level devices, USB inputs, full-size MIDI or mini MIDI inputs—all in various configurations.If you want to use a bunch of microphones at a time, you’ll need a lot of preamp-equipped inputs. If you have a synth rig and just need one or two vocal mics, you can use an interface with just a few preamp-equipped channels and six or more line-level inputs. Outputs will come in different configurations as well, but more times than not a solo artist will want at least stereo outs (to go to your studio monitors) and a separate headphone output. Production duos or full bands will want to find interfaces with additional headphone outputs for multiple performers (or you can buy an additional headphone amp).What are preamps, and how are they different from inputs? . Preamps are used for amplifying low-level microphone and guitar signals, and they are usually attached to each mic and instrument input. If you want to use condenser microphones with your interface, you’ll need to make sure at least some of your input channels have a phantom power switch. Remember: preamps are separate from inputs—an interface might have 16 inputs but only two preamps, or eight mic inputs all equipped with preamps. The quality of a preamp can have a huge effect on the sound of your recordings, but it can also influence price quite a bit. Therefore, buying an interface is often a balancing act between number of preamps and sound quality.How am I going to connect this to my computer? All audio interfaces connect to your computer in some way. Many connect via standard USB 2. Some promise quicker connections through Thunderbolt, USB3, USB-C, or even Ethernet, with many of these options found on newer or higher-end interfaces, but USB 2 will work just fine for most home studio or other beginning recording needs. But, it’s important that before you buy an interface, you make sure that your computer has the right type of ports to connect it.Universal Audio Apollo 8 Quad with four mic presWhat software will I need? At the very least, you will need recording software like GarageBand (which comes with Apple computers and phones) or Audacity (which is free to download). If you’re looking to get more serious, there are many professional DAWs available—Apple Logic, Avid Pro Tools, Ableton Live, and more. You may also want plugins or virtual instruments to enhance your sound. Many audio interfaces come bundled with recording software (usually intro-level versions of DAWs) and/or plugins. For example, PreSonus interfaces come with the intro version of PreSonus’ own DAW and a suite of software plugins like iZotope’s Neutron Elements. Native Instruments’ new line of interfaces comes with a bunch of its own software synths, effects, and sound design tools, plus an intro version of Ableton Live 10. Universal Audio interfaces don’t include a DAW of any kind, but they do offer industry-leading software plugins that can only be purchased and used if you have Universal Audio hardware.Shop All Audio Interfaces. Snag a Deal on an Audio Interface. Audio Interfaces for Solo Musicians. If you want to get straight to recording with minimum fuss, then something like the PreSonus AudioBox iOne or Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is the way to go. The AudioBox iOne has a single preamp with one mic input and one instrument input, while the Scarlett 2i2 has two preamp-equipped inputs that can handle mics, instruments, or line-level signals. Portable interfaces like the Universal Audio Arrow or Apogee Duet 2 are still built for solo recording needs, but have higher-quality preamps and, therefore, will be more expensive. The Arrow comes with UA effects and an onboard processor so that its equalization, compression, and more will not use your computer’s CPU. Interfaces for Electronic Producers. While most entry-level interfaces will allow you to connect at least a couple microphones or guitars, what if your rig is more likely to include some combination of synths, MIDI controllers, drum machines, and sequencers? While you may be able to plug everything in something like the Native Instruments’ Komplete Audio 6 or MOTU’s UltraLite MK3—which both have two preamp channels, additional line inputs, and MIDI in/out—there are also interfaces tailored more for modern instruments that connect through USB. For example, the Arturia AudioFuse will have two preamp channels, additional standard inputs, and a three USB inputs. If all you need are the USB inputs, then you can get the simple and straightforward Novation AudioHub 2x4, an interface with just three USB ins and nothing else. Interfaces for Small Ensembles. If you’re looking to record with a partner or a small group, there are many options available between the baseline two-channel interfaces and larger rackmount units. The Tascam US-4x4 will of four mic or line inputs (two of which can be switched to instrument levels), four line outputs for monitors, and two headphone jacks. The Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 also has four preamps, with two that can accept guitar-level inputs, four extra line inputs for synths or drum machines, and MIDI I/O. Interfaces for Full Bands/Project Studios. While you may be intimidated to buy a rackmount unit, these larger units are going to be a necessity if you want to record a band's worth of microphones at once. While professionals may scoff at this suggestion, you don’t need to secure rackmount interfaces in a rack. So long as you have a flat surface in your practice space (or even just a floor), you’ll be fine to record. The PreSonus Studio 1824c has eight preamp input channels, two of which can accept instrument-level signals. The Focusrite Clarett line—a step above the Scarlett series—offers the 8Pre, which, as its name suggests, also has eight preamp channels. Other interfaces with eight preamp channels are available from MOTU, Tascam, M-Audio, and Behringer. Shop Audio Interfaces by Brand. Learn More About Audio Interfaces. Read More Music Gear Buying Guides Explore our collection of buying guides across all instrument types. See All Editorial content by Dante Fumo Shop Gear. CategoriesBrandsShopsDeals and StealsPrice Drops0% FinancingNew and PopularHandpicked CollectionsSell on Reverb. Seller HubReverb Payments FAQResources. Reverb NewsPrice GuideBuying GuidesGift CardsRefer-A-FriendHelp & Tools. 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                                    [1] => Can I use my mic plugged into the H6 and then plug the H6 into my mac via USB and then use the mic with Skype (I record with call recorder)?
                                    [2] => When I try going on Skype no audio from my mic via the zoom H6 registers.
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                            [body] => A Handy Guide to Audio Interfaces for Voice & Podcasting What is an audio interface and why might you use one? We'll answer these questions and more in this handy guide. When it comes to recording a podcast, there are loads of equipment options available to you. You might simply plug a USB mic into your computer. Maybe you'd prefer to use a digital recorder. Or, how about an audio interface? If it's the latter you're considering, then you've come to the right place. I'm going to answer some frequently asked questions about audio interfaces in order to help you decide if it's the right option for you. I have likely purchased more audio interfaces than any other piece of equipment. Here, I'll attempt to pass on everything I've learned along the way. First up though… What Is an Audio Interface? So, what’s an “audio interface”? The term refers to any device that converts analog audio into a computer-readable digital format. Audio interfaces come in all shapes and sizes. There’s the built-in sound card inside your computer. There’s tiny little USB dongles. There’s the circuitry built into a USB microphone. And then there are breakout devices, ranging from a simple USB interface with a microphone input all the way up to the large rackmount interfaces found in many studios. The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 – The most popular USB audio interface on the planet! While the information below certainly applies across most audio interfaces, for this article in the context of a home studio, I am primarily addressing small two- and four-channel breakout devices that connect to your computer via USB, Firewire and other similar digital connection ports. Related ArticleFocusrite Scarlett 2i2 Review: The Best Selling USB Audio InterfaceThe Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is a USB audio interface, used and loved by complete beginners and industry veterans alike Find out more » Let Alitu Take Care of Producing Your Podcast. Alitu is a tool that takes your recording, polishes it up, adds your music, and publishes the episode, all automatically. Learn More about Alitu What About the Interface Within My Computer? There’s little that would compel me to recommend using the audio interface built into your laptop. They’re noisy, unbalanced and made of components with varying degrees of quality in order to keep costs down. This applies to the interface on smartphones as well. For most applications, I recommend recording away from your computer altogether. Without the benefits of a control room, fan noise and other computer sounds will bleed into the recording. In my studio, when we set out to record voices, I typically shut down any electronics and computer systems. I'll pull out a standalone recorder and record with a clean background, free of fans and mouse clicks. However, there are times when having the computer nearby is necessary to productivity or workflow. For that, we need an interface that will suit our needs. And that’s where things get tricky. Different sound devices are made for different applications. For example, I wouldn’t use a Presonus Audiobox to record sound effects. The mic preamps are too noisy for detailed sound recording and the device doesn’t handle the sampling rates I need. For voice, however, the Audiobox would likely suit many people’s needs. So, what are you looking for? Let’s take a look at the different features you’ll find, and what they mean. best usb audio interface [https://412924-1309603-raikfcquaxqncofqfm.stackpathdns.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Best_USB_Audio_Interfaces_for_Podcasting-1.jpg]Related ArticleWhat's the Best USB Audio Interface for Podcasters?Fed up with your USB mic? A USB audio interface will enable you to run an XLR mic into your computer.  Find out more » USB vs Firewire. I hear arguments regarding USB vs Firewire all the time. I don’t intend to rehash them, as most of them are highly subjective. The arguments are often weighted by whether the individual uses a Mac or PC, and they fail to look at the bottom line: both USB and Firewire are plenty fast enough to handle your audio signal. The most determining fact in whether to use USB or Firewire (or PCI, or Fireport, or Thunderbolt) is your computer. If your computer is not slotted with Firewire interfaces, there isn’t a compelling argument to purchase a separate firewire interface to make other hardware work. Analog vs Digital. Overall, the average user is going to be considered with analog inputs and outputs (I/O). Analog I/O refers to any signal where audio information is transmitted in the form of electrical pulses. In other words, if you plug a microphone, guitar or monitor into an input or output to transmit or receive sound. This becomes confusing, because the main purpose of an audio interface is to convert your audio to a digital signal. Or, to convert from digital back to analog in the case of outputs. An easy, if oversimplified, way to think of it is that if you can hear it with your ears, even if it is from a digital source, what you’re hearing is an analog signal. Digital Inputs and Outputs (I/O). Digital I/O ports include MIDI, SCSI, Timecode, optical, S/PDIF and other ports used to carry machine-readable digital information from one system to another without converting them to an analog sound source first. I cover digital inputs in the context of recording voice only because it’s commonly a feature on audio devices. If you use outboard mic preamps, digital mixers or other digital devices in your chain, it’s important to ensure your devices have compatible digital inputs. Otherwise, you can likely overlook this feature. Analog I/O. Analog Inputs and Outputs are one of the most important items to pay attention to. Typical external sound cards support both XLR and balanced TRS (¼”) cables, often in the same port (referred to as a combo connector). Ensure you use a balanced connection to avoid unwanted electrical interference. And make sure the audio connections on your interface match the connections on your microphones, monitors and other equipment. Another Analog I/O factor is the number of ports. Audio Interfaces typically have two inputs and two outputs (2×2). Some have four inputs and two outputs (4×2). It’s important to know how many devices you intend to connect to your audio interface in order to determine number of input and output ports. Multiple monitor combinations (5.1, quad, 7.1, etc) require an output for each monitor. Recording multiple actors requires enough inputs for each microphone you intend to plug into the device. For most podcasters and voice actors, a 2×2 or even a 1×2 recording device (like most USB microphones) are sufficient. MIDI Ports. MIDI is used primarily for communicating between sequencing software and digital instruments and equipment. MIDI can also be used to control external peripherals like rackmount reverb modules. Unless you are a musician, a sound designer or a lighting designer, you likely don’t need MIDI ports. Word Clock. Word clocks are used to synchronize digital playback and recording devices. Typically the internal clock from your computer hardware or software is sufficient. Again, unless you are heavily into creative audio production and design, a word clock is likely not a determining factor in an audio interface. Driver Support. There are a number of different audio driver types. The key here is to ensure your audio interface meets your hardware and software needs. PC computers typically run ASIO, WDM and MME. ASIO is low-latency. Core Audio is OSX’s low latency driver. Ensuring your audio device is ASIO or Core Audio compatible will allow the widest for compatibility. Check reviews for inherent issues between PC and Mac compatibility before you purchase. best computer for podcasting [https://412924-1309603-raikfcquaxqncofqfm.stackpathdns.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/What_s_the_Best_Computer_for_Podcasting-1.jpg]Related ArticleWhat's the Best Computer for Podcasting & Audio Production?Looking for the best computer for podcasting and audio production? Here, we lay out what specs you need, with a few recommendations. Find out more » Software Compatibility. I’ll be honest here. This is primarily a Pro Tools consideration. It’s also one of the reasons I’ve gone through so many audio devices. If you’re working in Pro Tools, this can be a frustrating bit of trial and error. Something as simple as the crystal used in the sync clock of your audio device can make Pro Tools choke. This is less an issue since version 11, and there are a number of workarounds using a go-between software audio interface like ASIO4ALL (PC) or Soundflower (MAC). Most podcasters don't need to use anything as complicated as Pro Tools for their audio production. Audition and Audacity are two popular choices, whilst Alitu is the easiest way to record, edit, and produce a podcast. Sampling Rate. Sampling Rates for most applications run from 44.1 to 192 kHz. Lower sampling rates are available, however they’re typically used for telephony, toys and other situations that do not require high-fidelity recording. In general, most studios record voice at 48 kHz. This allows some breathing room in the audio, and gives audio editors and designers a little room to stretch and pitch voices without losing audio fidelity. For most voice and interview podcasts, 44.1 kHz is sufficient to capture excellent vocal audio. For voice actors, I recommend sticking to the 48 kHz studio standards. If you do voice for creature effects, higher sampling rates may be desired. Bit Depth. Bit depth is important in determining your dynamic range for recording. Dynamic range is the difference between the softest signal your device can register above the noise floor and the loudest signal your device can reproduce without distortion. 16-bit is suitable for most podcast voice applications. For voice actors and studio professionals, 24-bit is standard. 32-bit is starting to become more common, but again these are typically used by folks like me who need to record loud engines, shotguns and jets without distorting. Battery Power. This is for those of us who use our audio devices in the field. Handheld devices, like the Zoom H5, often have a setting to operate as an audio device on most computers. This makes them more adaptable for recording interviews in that cafe, rather than being tied to the studio. Let Alitu Take Care of Producing Your Podcast. Alitu is a tool that takes your recording, polishes it up, adds your music, and publishes the episode, all automatically. Learn More about Alitu Technical Specs. In A Beginner’s Guide to Microphones for Voice, I covered a number of different technical considerations when comparing microphones. The good news is, most of that information applies here as well. Let’s review! Frequency Response. Frequency response refers to the range of frequencies your microphone can accurately reproduce at an equal level. Audio interfaces should record anything from 20hZ to 20kHz, the range of human hearing and I would be highly dubious of any interface that doesn’t record at a minimum of that range. Impedance. Impedance is a measure of your equipment’s resistance. Low-impedance, or low-Z, inputs allow long mic cable runs without introducing noise or reducing frequencies. Equivalent Noise Level. Also known as self-noise, the equivalent noise level is the electrical noise or hiss a microphone produces. In general, a self-noise specification of 28dB and lower is acceptable for quality recording. Signal to Noise Ratio (S/N). This is the difference (in dB) between the audio interfaces sensitivity and the equivalent noise level. 64dB and higher is good. Here's more on signal to noise ratio. Audio Interface Recommendations. As with microphones, the choice of an audio interface largely depends on your application. Here’s what to look out for depending on your recording purposes: best usb audio interface [data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==]best usb audio interface [https://412924-1309603-raikfcquaxqncofqfm.stackpathdns.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Best_USB_Audio_Interfaces_for_Podcasting-1.jpg]Related ArticleWhat's the Best USB Audio Interface for Podcasters?Fed up with your USB mic? A USB audio interface will enable you to run an XLR mic into your computer.  Find out more » Podcast Host:. Analog I/O: 1 or 2 input, 2 outputSampling Rate: 44.1 kHzBitRate: 16-bit This is a CD-quality setup. It's ideal for general voice applications where creative effects like pitching and time-stretching won’t be used. It converts well to mp3 and keeps storage size down. Battery operated devices will often last longer at lower sampling rates and bit depths Voice Actor:. Analog I/O: 1 or 2 input, 2 outputSampling Rate: 48 kHzBitRate: 24-bit A studio-compliant configuration that’s good for general recording but allows some headroom for pitching and time-stretching vocal performances. If you’re recording professionally for any studio, unless directed otherwise, these are the settings to heed. Remember, using an audio interface is just one podcast equipment setup. There are plenty more options out there, from simple USB mic setups, to mixers and digital recorders. Finally, if you're using your computer to record into then you might use a program like Audacity or Adobe Audition. Or, you might opt for Alitu, which is the simplest way to record, edit, produce, and publish a podcast. Try it free for 7 days and see what you think!
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                            [body] => Music Gear News At Gear4music.com we update our news channel daily to ensure you always get the latest and most important music news. A beginner's guide to audio interfaces/tips-and-advice/article/A-beginners-guide-to-audio-interfaces/81/2009-06-26. Focusrite Scarlett 2nd Gen Musicians who record at home to produce demos or professional quality recordings can build up a vast array of equipment to come up with their ideal sound. However, it is not just the instruments themselves that can determine how a recording turns out, as the engineering and production can potentially make or break a track. This is why many people choose to invest in an audio interface, which connects microphones and other sound sources, such as a guitar amp, directly to a computer. As a result, musicians are free to manipulate their recordings and convert analogue to digital without losing any sonic integrity. And this is the key reason why they invest in audio interfaces. Standard sound cards which are built into computers do not have high quality analogue to digital converters and can only support two channels of simultaneous audio. By contrast, a good audio interface will be able to cope with various frequencies, offering good dynamic range and signal to noise ratio. However, the type of device a person chooses to buy is dependent on factors such as how technically advanced they wish to be, as a small box such as a Presonus Firebox or Novation Nio can handle just two channels at the same time. Meanwhile, top-end devices such as the Focusrite Pro 40 or MOTU Ultralite MKIII are tailored to handle eight or more channels and are very much catered for the high end user. Indeed, the latter device includes features such as a 14-bus digital mixer, with features such as EQ, compression and reverb. As a result, users can connect a wide variety of studio gear, such as microphones, guitars, synths, keyboards, drum machines and effects processors and put it all down on numerous tracks in excellent sound quality. Other issues to consider include whether the user has highly specific requirements. For example, the Behringer UMA25S U-Control MIDI Keyboard is an instrument in its own right which contains a built-in audio converter, which means that it is far more niche and specialised than many alternative converters on the market. Similarly, the Vox JamVOX combines a mini-combo amp with Mac and PC software that can isolate guitar parts from other tracks, allowing guitarists to imitate the precise tone and record a version with them playing that particular section instead. But most multi-purpose interfaces are compatible with both Mac and PC and various softwares, making them useful in a wide variety of recording scenarios. Devices such as the Steinberg MR816X are notable for offering particularly high levels of integration and the production quality has in fact been hailed by some as breathtaking, as it fully exploits the flexibility and power of its Cubase Music Production System. However, some musicians could enjoy using the stripped down versions of quality software on some cards, as the Presonus Firebox for instance contains Cubase LE. Before investing in an audio interface, the issue of connectivity needs to be considered also, as musicians will regularly need to use their device in tandem with many other pieces of hardware, such as their computer and guitar amps. Fortunately, a USB 2.0 connection is widely supported on most computers and interfaces, which means that multi-channel audio signals can be easily exchanged between the two. In addition, many soundcards support the Firewire programme, which can be found on the majority of modern interfaces, while another option is to use a PCI card, which offers a high speed bandwidth solution to external audio interfaces and can also be fitted to most PCs on the market. But it is practical rather than technical factors which could sway the final views of prospective buyers, such as whether the interface is sufficiently mobile for their needs, and whether they need simultaneous or virtual inputs and outputs. Furthermore, a musician's home recording facilities tend to expand on a regular basis, and buyers may want to leave their options open to broaden their range of equipment at a future data, making a wide-ranging, flexible audio interface the most desirable option. Posted on 26 Jun 2009 17:18 to category : Tips and advice Related Music News. Vic Firth Drumstick Buying Guide. Don't leave it to trial and error. With a bit of research, you can find your perfect pair of drumsticks. 27 Jun 2019 10:57 Social Media Competitions | Terms and Conditions. Gear4music social media competitions | terms and conditions of entry 7 Nov 2018 10:12 Nord Electro 5 Update Available Now. Update available to improve performance and fix bugs. 15 May 2015 07:00 Recording Tips for Guitarists. Shure recently discussed how guitarists can achieve great results when recording at home or in a small project studio. We took a look and picked out our favourite points. 25 Jun 2014 14:15 How to Record Electric Guitar. Some people could find the prospect of recording an electric guitar quite daunting, but musicians and engineers in fact have many options open to them. 3 Sep 2009 16:01 A beginner's guide to audio interfaces. Musicians who record at home to produce demos or professional quality recordings can build up a vast array of equipment to come up with their ideal sound. However, it is not just the instruments themselves that can determine how a recording turns out, as the engineering and production can potentially make or break a track. 26 Jun 2009 17:18 Recent Music News. Thinking of going electric? Here are your best guitar choices... So, you're a master of the acoustic. What's the next step? Well, whether you learnt to play guitar with the aim of someday moving to electric or you're just now considering the transition, there's a first electric guitar out there for everyone. But there are some things to keep in mind... 14 Dec 2021 15:36 8 Gift Ideas for Guitarists this Christmas. Searching for the perfect present for a guitar lover? We've compiled a varied list of goodies that will delight any level of player for any budget! 8 Dec 2021 12:08 John Lennon & the Epiphone Casino - The History Behind the Legendary Hollowbody. The enormous rise and ruinous fall of a migrant's family-run instrument business, and how it put the ultimate songwriter's guitar in the hands of one of the most famous musicians of the modern era. 6 Dec 2021 16:18 12 Days of Shure: Christmas Competition. The bells are ringing out for Christmas time. And, to celebrate, we’re gifting a legendary Shure product to one lucky winner every day in our ’12 Days of Shure’ competition. But can you guess the prizes to win?... 1 Dec 2021 10:24 Steal the Sound: Sam Fender. A Northern god of indie rock, and a man that has covered tough topics through his music - we all know the legend that is Sam Fender. But how does one obtain such an iconic sound?... 25 Nov 2021 18:13 Focusrite - 10 Years of Scarlett. The Focusrite Scarlett audio interface is celebrating its 10-year anniversary of helping musicians achieve their dreams. 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                            [body] => Beginner’s Guide to… Audio Interfaces Posted on 17th April 2018 by Callum When using a computer for recording, producing or even listening to music, you’re sure to have come across audio interfaces. Rich Tone attempt to cut through the confusion and give you the lowdown on what these nifty devices do. We’ll look at why they are important and what to consider when buying! Also on the blog, check out our beginner’s guides to starting a home studio and reference monitors too! What do Audio Interfaces do? These are also known as soundcards or AD/DA converters, which helps to explain their function a little better. This stands for Analogue – Digital / Digital – Analogue. These boxes convert the digital information on a computer into analogue audio, and then back the other way around as well. Your computer will have an audio interface built in, although these are usually very basic. As soon as you start getting serious about producing or even listening to music you’re going to want to upgrade your soundcard! Audio interfaces not only provide you with professional-quality audio, but will often feature multiple inputs and outputs, as well as connections for MIDI devices to further expand your production capabilities. Analogue vs Digital Audio. What is the difference between these types of audio? You’ll likely have seen discussions (or arguments) online about which is better. We know that media like vinyl and cassette tape are analogue, whilst CDs and MP3s are digital audio, but what really is the difference? Essentially the difference is that analogue is continuous information, whereas digital is discrete. This means that analogue information can take any value, and digital is fixed to set values. Analogue information is what we experience in the real world, and digital data is how our computers can approximate it. A good metaphor to help explain continuous and discrete data would be a person’s height. Even though we would estimate to 180cm for example, we would need an almost infinitely accurate enough tape measures to pinpoint the exact height of a person down to the individual atoms. The actual height may be somewhere in between 180 – 181cm, but for normal requirements then 180cm is a sufficient approximation. This is exactly how digital audio works – it is a near enough estimation of an exact analogue audio signal. We could go into masses of detail arguing about the merits of digital or analogue audio, but essentially these days we need both. Analogue will always be more accurate, but you can’t exactly pop a vinyl record into your band’s dropbox to share a song demo can you? And this is the benefit of great audio interfaces – the perceptible difference between analogue and digital audio is always shrinking as technology moves forward! How does it convert the signal? It’s quite a straightforward process once you’ve got your head around it. For converting analogue to digital, the computer reads, or ‘samples’, the analogue audio at a particular moment in time. Doing this repeatedly traces an outline of the analogue signal. This data is then saved as binary digital information in the computer as a stream of 1s and 0s. And to go from digital to analogue it does the opposite; uses the binary data of sampled points and joins them together to create a “continuous” audio signal. In essence that’s all there is to it! As you can see form the diagram above, the digital signal is a collection of point samples taken from the analogue signal over time. These point samples then join together to re-create a close approximation of the analogue signal. The distance between the samples is known as the sample rate – see below. For a more detailed explanation of this, have a look at this blog post on l2pnet.com. Key Specs. Sample Rate. This is the speed that the computer takes a reading of the analogue audio signal. CD quality is sampling at 44.1 kHz, meaning that it reads the audio 44100 times a second! This figure is important as it determines the accuracy of the interface, and what frequencies can be detected. The Nyquist-Shannon theorem relates to sample rate, stating that the maximum frequency that can be detected is half of the sampling rate (great link from University of Indiana here for a more detailed explanation). So a CD can reproduce frequencies up to 22 kHz, above the upper limit of human hearing. This was long considered sufficient, until it was discovered that humans can perceive frequencies above this. Nowadays we see sample rates as high as 96 kHz in professional and home studios, which will be detecting frequencies up to 48 kHz. Essentially, the higher the sample rate the more accurate the audio approximation. There’s also more data, so your audio files will end up larger at higher sample rates. The graph above shows the first half with a low sample rate, and the second half with a higher sample rate. See how the samples become closer together, and are able to more accurately approximate the shape of the curve.  The bars represent the sample data itself. This contains both an amplitude and a time code, so that the computer can reconstruct a sound wave from them in the right order. See how many more samples you would need to get a completely smooth curve – this is why high quality audio files are so large! Bit Depth. This is the resolution of the sample, and determines the number of possible values that the sample can take. A good way to understand this is back to our example of taking someone’s height. This would be measuring in say metres, centimetres or millimetres. Millimetres is the most accurate as it gives us the smallest margin of error. A ‘bit’ in the digital world is a slot available for a 1 or a 0, which is the binary information that computers use. Below are the first few examples to help explain what this information actually means: 1-Bit: 0, 1 – 2 possible values 2-Bit: 00, 01, 10, 11 – 4 possible values 3-Bit: 000, 001, 010, 011, 100, 101, 110, 111 – 8 possible values 4-Bit: 0000, 0001, 0010, 0011, 0100, 0101, 0110, 0111, 1000, 1001, 1010, 1011, 1100, 1101, 1110, 1111 – 16 possible values See how adding just one bit at the front doubles the amount of possible values each time. CD Quality is 16-bit, meaning there are 65,536 possible values (hence why we stopped at 4-Bit!). As the resolution massively increases with each bit increase, today we see 24-bit audio interfaces which have 16,777,215 possible values! Again, the higher the bit depth the more faithful the audio reproduction, and the larger the digital file size. The diagram above shows some examples of using different bit depths on a single frequency. See how the higher bit depths result in a smoother line. This is because the resolution is larger, meaning smaller jumps to the next possible value, and resulting in a smoother and more accurate sample. Latency. This is the time that the computer takes to do all the processing required, and why you may hear a delay. You can adjust this using the buffer size, which is how long you’re giving the computer to do its processing. If the buffer size is lower, the computer works harder to process, but if it’s too low you will hear drop outs and audio errors. Finding the balance that your computer can manage is the trick here! Check out Focusrite’s support page here for more information on latency issues. Anti-Aliasing and Dither – Quantisation Error Minimisation. These are two useful settings you may see on audio interfaces and can help to reduce errors. Aliasing is the negative effect of sampling at too low a rate, and creates incorrect ‘ghost frequencies’ in the output audio. This goes back to the Nyquist theorem mentioned above. Anti-Aliasing is placing a filter that removes all frequencies above half the sample rate on the way into the converter. The diagram above shows aliasing in action. The blue line represents the original signal, and the blue dots indicate when the interface takes a sample. The red line is the resultant signal from the samples. As you can see, there aren’t enough samples to show all the peaks and troughs of the original sample, and this generates a frequency in error. To remedy this, the sample rate ought to be increased to capture more detail, however this isn’t always possible. Anti-aliasing simply removes all the audio frequencies where this would become a problem. Dither is another tool which may be useful to minimise errors. When the audio is sampled, it may fall in between two possible values. Remember our height example, they may be somewhere between 180 and 181cm. We could increase the bit depth, (ie measure in millimetres), but this may result in too large a file, or be above the capabilities of our interface. Dither is a small amount of random noise added to the signal which helps to nudge it closer to one of the values, reducing the possibility of an error. Have a look at this site from Maarten de Jager which features some great diagrams explaining this in more detail. Connections. Audio interfaces use a load of possible connections to go from the unit to your actual computer. The most common these days is USB, although audio interfaces can come equipped with FireWire and ThunderBolt connections. The consideration here is simply the speed that these connections work at, and what plugs you have available on your computer! FireWire was faster than USB 2.0, but USB 3.0 trumps this and is on a similar level to ThunderBolt. Macs tend to use ThunderBolt and Firewire, although will have USB ports too. The rest of the PCs out there are more likely to use USB ports. Just check this before you get your interface because different versions are compatible with different computers. Input + Output Considerations. Now away with all the complicated techy stuff, this is a more straightforward consideration. Audio interfaces will have a number of inputs and outputs, and what you need depends on what you want to do! Often the minimum is 2 inputs and 2 outputs. This means you can plug two things in, and send two channels to the computer. If you want to track multiple channels at once, for example a drum kit or a full band, you’re going to need more than 2 inputs and outputs! Above as an example we have three products from the Focusrite Scarlett range, the 2i2, 18i20 and the 2i4. The 2i2 on the left has two dual XLR/jack inputs and 2 jack outputs, as well as a headphone. The 2i4 on the right has the same dual inputs, headphone and jack outputs as well as stereo RCA outputs and MIDI in and out. The 18i20 in the middle has 8 dual XLR/jack inputs (2 on the front, 6 at the back), 2 headphones, 10 jack outputs, MIDI in and out, as well as SPDIF and Optical in and out. Often interfaces for home use will come with an onboard pre-amp, which takes an XLR input and boosts it up to a usable level. The quality of your preamps will do a lot for your recordings, so just be aware that the cheaper audio interfaces will have lower-quality preamps! Ideal Interface Suggestions. A great place to start (after reading this blog of course!) is over on the Rich Tone Music website. The Scarlett range from Focusrite are some of the most popular interfaces and for good reason. These are super-high quality (192kHz 24-Bit) audio interfaces and at a very reasonable price. There’s options ranging from the 2-channel Solo right up to the Scarlett 18i20, so you will find one that suits. Other brands to look at include PreSonus, whose Studio range comprises some great-quality pre-amps for the price. There are entry-level home-use interfaces available from M-Audio and Mackie, whose new Onyx range looks stylish and operates at a level of high performance. There’s also some great audio interface packages available, that will also provide software, microphone, and cables. This is brilliant if you’re getting started as it knocks a few things off your shopping list in one swoop! If you’re looking for something more serious, then check out the Focusrite Clarett interfaces. You will find these in professional recording studios all over the world! To Sum Up…. So there you have it, an in-depth look at audio interfaces. You can’t get away from them, you’re going to need one if you want to get recording at home. Fortunately you now have plenty of information informing your decision on which to buy, and a good understanding of what they actually do! Again, check out our related products below to pick one up today and get your home studio ball rolling.   Comments. Browse Related Products. 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                            [body] => The 8 Best Audio Interfaces for All BudgetsLet us help you find the perfect interface for your home studio, no matter your price range.By Daniel Martin-McCormickNovember 16, 2021FacebookTwitterPlay/Pause ButtonPauseGraphics by Callum AbbottWhen it comes to home recording, an audio interface is an essential tool. The digital intermediary between your laptop and the rest of your studio—your microphones, MIDI keyboards, DI boxes, mixers and outboard effects—a quality interface can be the difference between making a record or simply not. So how to pick the best one? The answer should be straightforward enough: find the most expensive unit with the most impressive-sounding capabilities, max out a credit card or two and call it a day. Just like the pros.But thankfully, it’s not that easy. There’s a wide variety of interfaces that address a multitude of needs. At their core, interfaces translate the analogue signal coming through an instrument or microphone cable and convert it into the digital information that lives on your computer. How that information is processed can vary—we’ll explore that more in short order—but even the most affordable units can accommodate high resolution specs that once seemed like a distant dream.“Honestly the cheap stuff sounds pretty good these days, sometimes even better than the expensive stuff of yesteryear,” says techno producer and renowned audio engineer Phil Moffa. That bodes well for ambitious artists on a budget, but does that mean the expensive stuff is all a con? Not quite. “You have to spend exponential amounts for a noticeable improvement. It's worth it if you can afford it, but I wouldn't let an inexpensive interface stop anyone from making music.”Tech TalkSo what exactly are you paying for? Moffa elaborates: “Mostly clarity.” Any modern interface will be able to translate your sound with accurate-enough fidelity but, depending on the unit, small distortions can pile up over the course of a session.This is as good a time as any to get into analog-to-digital/digital-to-analog conversion, sample rate and bit depth. You’ve most likely seen the latter two linked to “CD quality” sound or “high-resolution audio.” To start: in the purest sense, there is no such thing as digital sound. Everything we experience as sound is the result of something—our vocal cords, a strummed guitar, a speaker—vibrating and transmitting waves of compression and rarefaction through the air. Imagine ripples in a pond moving across the surface of the water with alternating peaks and valleys. In the air, there is no digital binary code, only infinitely supple undulations of pressure. This applies even to sounds produced by a digital source. Once the signal from your computer actually becomes audible, it is transformed from a series of digits into a wave.“Digital audio,” then, refers to the way these pulsations are represented in code. Quickly summed up: your computer, working with your interface, takes tens of thousands of snapshots of your sound source, the minimum typically being 44,100 Hz per second. This is the “sampling frequency.” The “bit depth” refers to how detailed each of those frames will be. “16 bit” means there are 216 possible values per snapshot. As these numbers go up, so does the potential accuracy of your audio capture, as well as the size of the file stored on your hard drive.Once again, inexpensive interfaces can work at rates well above 44.1kHz/16 bit, but the question is how well? If you’re recording a drummer, vocalist, and guitar player at the same time using eight microphones and capturing at 44.1kHz/16 bit, this means there are 352,800 snapshots being taken per second, each with a 65,536 possible values. This is a staggering amount of calculations, and cheaper equipment may ever-so-slightly flub the results. Add to that, it’s quite common today to record at 48k/24 bit (that’s 224!) or higher. And unlike the vintage tape machines and tube preamps coveted by audio engineers, inaccuracies in the digital realm offer no “warmth” or “mojo.”The quality of conversion, therefore, must be considered when purchasing an interface. “Nothing is more important to digital audio than data conversion,” writes Dennis Bohn of the pro audio company Rane. But there are other features that must be considered: how many inputs and outputs? A singer-songwriter or an electronic producer working mostly in-the-box may need only two of each, while a budding engineer will opt for more. Portability is also a concern for some. Does it have microphone preamps, and are they any good? What about other types of built-in audio processing? And does it send and receive MIDI? Finally, is it “good enough?” Audio specs have a way of inducing vertigo, of highlighting microscopic impurities in the sound that may not even be perceptible. No converter can destroy a solid performance of a savvy arrangement of a well-written song, but an interface nonetheless remains the single gate through which all your recorded sounds must pass. Sometimes the $150 unit is all you need, sometimes only top-of-the-line will do. With that in mind, here are some of the best audio interfaces on the market today.Small Wonders. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen ($170)The budding home recordist lives in a time of unprecedented access: Focusrite’s 2i2 is not only a quality 2-in / 2-out interface, but it comes bundled with free introductory software from Ableton and ProTools as well as Focusrite’s own plug-in suite. Limited though it may be, this is all you need if you only plan to track one or two sounds at a time. The preamps are solid, it has an “Air” button to add some top-end sheen, and it can manage 24 bit resolution at a sampling frequency of 192kHz. Best of all, Focusrites are eminently plug-and-play, and they’re now even compatible with iPad Pros. It’s no mystery why the Scarlett—affordable, portable, practical, and easy to use—is as popular as it is.All products featured on Pitchfork are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen. $170 at Amazon$170 at Guitar CenterSolid State Logic SSL2+ ($300)In the world of pro audio, SSL is one of those names that commands instant respect. The company’s consoles have been fixtures in studios since the 80s, revered for their sound, workflow, and compression. So when they offered a $299.99 interface, some were suspicious: Was this a cash grab or a legitimate addition to their legendary line? Thankfully, it’s the real deal, with two mic inputs, stereo outputs (plus two headphone outputs), MIDI compatibility, and an enticing “4K legacy button” which provides a nice high-end frequency boost. There’s some bundled software as well, and competitive conversion specs. It may not quite bring the console feel into your bedroom, but it’s a well-built, low-cost, pint-sized chip off the old block.Solid State Logic SSL2+. $300 at Amazon$300 at Guitar CenterUniversal Audio Apollo Twin X ($1,200)Universal Audio’s pedigree is uncontested in audio: the preamps and compressors they developed in the 1960s are some of the most coveted and emulated today. But at the turn of the millennium, the company returned to the market with software models of classic gear, followed by their famed Apollo interface series. On the face of things, the Apollo Twin doesn’t look so different from the SSL or Focusrite—a pair of mic/line inputs in the back, an extra instrument input in the front, and a small complement of outputs. So why does it cost almost four times as much? Well, the quality of the preamps and converters is quite high, but it’s mostly about the plug-in bundle: UAD plugins are some of the best in the game, bringing a convincing vintage warmth and power to your home recordings. The catch is you can’t just purchase them on their own; you need UAD hardware to run them. But the advantage is that the interface will handle the CPU load of those plug-ins instead of your weary laptop. And you can record through them, printing audio as if through a real Neve console with a Pultec patched in. Their Unison software optimizes your signal chain for the two built-in mic/line inputs—but there’s also the much-touted “10-in/6-out” feature: Turns out you’re also free to patch in up to eight extra preamps via the optical input in the back. If you’ve dreamed about traveling the globe with a world-class console in your backpack, the Apollo Twin is about as close as you can get.Universal Audio Apollo Twin X. $1,199 at Guitar Center$1,100 at B&HMore Inputs, More Options. MOTU UltraLite mk5 ($595)Despite its whimsical name (an acronym for Mark of the Unicorn), MOTU is the workhorse of digital audio. The company’s no-frills units have been the favorite of countless bedroom producers and small studios, offering up a lot of connectivity and excellent conversion at a competitive price. If you want to multitrack an ensemble but still need to make rent, the UltraLite mk5 gives you eight channels of crystal clear audio in, with 10 outputs for outboard processing or multi channel mixing. Like the Apollo Twin, it can accommodate extra inputs, allowing up to 18 in and 22 out simultaneously, and it comes with on-board DSP (digital signal processing): EQ’s, reverbs, compressors. It even sends and receives MIDI. MOTU doesn’t have the same drool factor as some of the competition, but there’s a reason you see it out in the field as much as you do. Intuitive enough for beginners, powerful enough for professionals, and versatile enough for almost any application, these units rule.MOTU UltraLite mk5. $595 at SweetwaterSoundcraft Signature 12 MTK ($525)If you’re looking for a mixer/interface combo, Soundcraft has a series—ranging from ten inputs to twenty-two—that allows you to track through the familiar channel strips straight into your computer. The dual functionality of these units is quite tempting: if you need a mixer for a gig, you’re ready to go. Meanwhile, if you prefer to track through analog preamps and EQs rather than meticulously dialing in plugins, you can close your eyes and turn the knob until it sounds right. Although its sampling frequencies don’t go as high as some of its counterparts—it “only” goes up to 48k, which, let’s be honest, is more than enough for most applications—the ease of use and workflow might inspire you to make better music.Soundcraft Signature 12 MTK. $525 at AmazonRME Fireface UCX II ($1,500)On the surface, the RME Fireface doesn’t seem to offer much more than the MOTU. So why does it cost almost $1,000 more? Feast your eyes on all of this digital connectivity: USB 2.0, MIDI in & out, ADAT in & out, AES/EBU, SPDIF, as well as RME’s signature DURec (which allows you to record audio directly to a USB stick, without a computer) — the Fireface outpaces its peers with a potential total of 20 simultaneous inputs and outputs. But it’s also worth noting just how good the unit’s onboard mic preamps are. Clean, transparent, and built to last, the Fireface has attracted a devoted following. If you’ve got the money to spend, it’ll give you the peace of mind that if your recording stinks, it’s not your interface’s fault.RME Fireface UCX II. $1,500 at Guitar Center$1,500 at B&HFully Fledged. Lynx Aurora(n) ($3,600)The Aurora (n) by Lynx has a way of making even the snazziest of its peers seem fussy. This is because it does only one thing, but it does it exceedingly well. Note that Lynx doesn’t even call it an interface, it’s an “AD/DA converter.” This box takes whatever you feed it and converts it with about as much accuracy and transparency as you can hope for. It has no microphone inputs—you’ll need to hook up your own mixer. It doesn’t send MIDI clock to your instruments. There’s no free software. Just 16 inputs and 16 outputs of pure conversion that you can trust absolutely. For many, it may be overkill. But when you’ve already obsessed about your guitar pickups, amp settings, drum tuning, preamps, acoustic treatment of the room, mic placement, and the acoustic treatment of the room, it might be time for a Lynx.Lynx Aurora(n). $3,600 at Guitar Center$3,600 at B&HBurl Audio B16-BMB1-8x8 Mothership ($6,097)$6,000 for eight inputs and eight outputs might seem like a lot, but when you consider Burl’s impeccable Class-A specs and transistors on every input, it makes sense. Burl products all seek to match the power and warmth of classic studios, with immaculate Neve consoles running into perfectly calibrated Studer tape machines. In a deviation from their peers, the Mothership sends your sound through an analog signal path, which changes character as your signal level increases. Similar to the Lynx, this box only functions as a converter, but while the Lynx guarantees unblemished clarity, the Burl promises beauty.Burl Audio B16-BMB1-8x8 Mothership. $6,097 at SweetwaterRead MoreLists & GuidesThe 11 Best Home Karaoke Machines for All BudgetsLet us help you find the perfect portable singing device, whatever your price range.By Patrick Sauer
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                            [body] => What Is an Audio Interface? A Beginner’s GuideSeptember 24, 2019byCharles HoffmanLearn what an audio interface does, why you need an audio interface, and which audio interface is right for you.  Share  Share  Share  Share An audio interface is a piece of hardware that’s main purpose is to extend the audio recording and playback capabilities of your computer. If you want to record a vocalist using a studio microphone or play audio from your computer using a pair of studio monitors, you’ll need an audio interface.More specifically, an audio interface performs analog to digital (A/D) conversion and digital to analog (D/A) conversion. A/D conversion is the process of converting an analog sound wave, such as the one picked up by a microphone, into binary code that your computer can understand. D/A conversion is opposite of A/D conversion, and converts digital audio files stored on your computer into analog sound waves that can be played back by headphones and speakers.Beyond capturing a vocal recording, which could potentially be done with a USB microphone like a Blue Yeti, a high-quality audio interface will allow you to record with multiple microphones at once, capture the sound of various instruments like guitars and synths, make use of multiple sets of studio monitors, and process your recordings through external audio hardware like compressors, delays, and reverbs.One of the biggest challenges when it comes to buying an audio interface is determining which audio interface is right for you. This guide will provide you with the information you need to make an educated purchasing decision based on your individual needs as a music producer.The primary features you should take a look at when browsing for an audio interface include the number/type of inputs and outputs, the quality of the preamps, the quality of the converters, as well as any additional features that the audio interface comes with.Audio interfaces can range in price from $99-3,500+, but a more expensive audio interface may provide features you don’t need. Knowing what you want to do with an audio interface before buying one will ensure you only spend money on features that you'll use.Inputs and Outputs. The more external hardware you want to integrate into your set up, the more inputs and outputs your audio interface will need to have. Professional studios full of analog hardware often require multiple audio interfaces daisy chained together. Home studios are a bit of a different story, since many people producing music at home run lots of their sessions using plugins.We’re going to take a look at some different types of inputs and outputs you’ll find on audio interfaces. Understanding what these inputs and outputs are meant for will allow you to determine whether or not they’re important to you.The inputs and outputs on the backside of Universal Audio's Apollo x8 audio interface.‍XLR Inputs. XLR inputs allow you to record audio captured by microphones. These types of inputs usually run into a microphone preamp, which boosts microphone level signal to line level signal. We’ll be taking a closer look at mic preamps later on in this guide.Hi-Z Inputs. Hi-Z inputs, also known as hi-impedance inputs, are used when plugging guitars directly into your audio interface. These types of inputs can be driven by very low power outputs, such as the instrument level signal produced by your guitar’s pickups. If you don’t connect your guitar to a Hi-Z input, and instead try to connect it to another type of input, the guitar signal will sound significantly different than it’s intended to.For Hi-Z inputs, you should use guitar/instrument cables with 1/4” TS connectors. Check out “How to Make Your Own Audio Cables” to save money by making your own guitar/instrument cables.1/4” Line Inputs and Outputs. Line inputs accept line level signal, while line outputs produce line level signals. Microphone signals need to be brought up to line level using a preamp, and if you’re not using a Hi-Z input, guitar signals need to be brought up to line level using a DI box.The number of line inputs you need depends on how many microphones and instrument you want to record at once. Many basic audio interfaces come with at least two inputs, many of which are mic/line/instrument combo inputs; they accept mic, line, or instrument signals.Your studio speakers require a line level input signal. Most audio interfaces will have at least two line outputs; one for your left speaker, and one for your right speaker. If you want to run audio from within your DAW through external hardware, you’ll need more line outputs.How to Create Punchier Songs Using Phase AlignmentLearn about the concept of phase and how you can use phase alignment to create songs that playback punchier.READ NOWIf you only have one set of speakers, and do all your mixing in-the-box, you probably don’t need more than two line outputs. However, if you have a second pair of monitors, or wish to incorporate hardware compressors, delays, or reverbs, you’ll want to make sure that your audio interface has enough line outputs to accommodate your situation.DB-25 Inputs and Outputs. A DB-25 input is a 25-port electrical connector that allows you to route patch bays into your audio interface using a snake cable. TRS snake cables and XLR snake cables are both available; the type of snake cable you require depends on the type of patch bay you own. DB-25 inputs allow you to connect up to 8 TRS or XLR outputs to your audio interface at once, while DB-25 outputs allow you to send up to 8 channels of audio to a patch bay via TRS or XLR cables. The best part is that DB-25 I/Os are small, which means they don't take up a lot of real estate on the back of your audio interface.S/PDIF Inputs and Outputs. Sony/Philips Digital interface (S/PDIF) is a digital audio interconnect used to record consumer devices via the use of a coaxial cable with RCA connectors or a fiber optic cable with Toslink connectors. S/PDIF is used to carry compressed digital audio for surround sound to home theatre amplifying receivers. Alternatively, S/PDIF can be used to carry two channels of uncompressed audio to an amplifying receiver.ADAT S/MUX Inputs and Outputs. Alesis Digital Audio Tape (ADAT) is another form of digital audio interconnect that uses fiber optic cables with Toslink connectors to carry information. While the cable that S/PDIF and ADAT use may be the same, the data streams of the two protocols are completely incompatible with one another. S/PDIF is mostly used to transfer stereo or surround sound data, whereas ADAT is used to transfer up to 8 channels of uncompressed 48 kHz, 24 bit audio.The company Sonorus developed something called sample multiplexing (S/MUX) that augments the abilities of ADAT; it allows higher sample rates to be transmitted using less channels. For example, ADAT S/MUX can transmit 4 channels up to 96 kHz, or 2 channels up to 192 kHz. When searching for an audio interface, make sure that the ADAT input is labeled as “ADAT S/MUX” as opposed to just “ADAT” if you want to make use of sample multiplexing.One ADAT input and output take up much less space on an audio interface than 8 line inputs and outputs. One situation in which you may use ADAT is if you have an additional audio interface that you wish to record through.Perhaps you want to use the second audio interface's unique preamps, but still wish to record using your main audio interface. You can use all the mic/line inputs on your main audio interface, while also recording up to 8 inputs from the secondary audio interface via your audio interface’s ADAT input.Word Clock Inputs and Outputs. Every audio interface has a built-in word clock that tells it how often to process one sample of audio. For example, your audio interface will process one sample of audio 44,100 times per second if you’re using a sample rate of 44,100. At a sample rate of 96,000, one sample of audio will be processed 96,000 times every second.In theory, you should be able to connect multiple pieces of digital processing gear together and have them process samples in sync with one another automatically. For example, you may want to connect multiple audio interfaces together, or use outboard digital effects like delay and reverb.The problem is that in practice, the internal clocks of different pieces of digital gear are rarely perfectly in sync, which results in an audio issue known as “drift.” When one piece of digital gear drifts ahead of another, the signal its processing will play back faster than the other; this can leave you with two audio files of different lengths.Instead of time stretching your audio files every time you want to use your digital gear, the solution is to use a master clock. A master clock tells other clocks, known as slave clocks, exactly when to process audio, which helps them stay in time with one another.If your audio interface includes a word clock input and output, you’ll likely be able to use your audio interface as the master clock, and your other digital gear as slave units. It may also be possible to make your audio interface the slave of an external master clock if necessary. The type of cable you'll need to sync digital devices with your audio interface's master clock is a digital coaxial cable with male BNC connectors.MIDI Inputs and Outputs. Musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) inputs and outputs allow you to record and send MIDI data via the use of MIDI cables. When you play a MIDI instrument, all of the key presses, button presses, knob turns, and slider changes you make are converted into MIDI data. This data includes note notation, pitch, velocity, vibrato, panning, and clock signals.Older MIDI enabled devices won’t necessarily be able to connect to your computer via the use of a USB cable. MIDI was developed in 1983 and it wasn’t until 1994 that the first USB technology began development.If you want to use an old MIDI keyboard to control a modern virtual instrument, like RealGuitar 5, you need to connect the MIDI keyboard to your audio interface using MIDI cables. Alternatively, you may want to get a MIDI cable to USB converter for around $17 on Amazon; this will allow you to connect to a USB port on your computer as opposed to a MIDI input on your audio interface.Headphone Outputs. Most audio interfaces are going to come with at least one headphone output. Headphone outputs are great if you want to work on music late at night without waking up your roommates, but they have a number of other applications as well.One of the biggest benefits headphones provide is that they allow you to monitor your mix while recording audio in your control room. You can’t play back audio through your main monitors while recording because it will get picked up by the microphones you’re using and create feedback. By muting your main monitors and auditioning your mix on a pair of headphones, you avoid audio feedback while recording.My Apollo x8 has two headphone outputs that allow me to seamlessly swap between my closed-back Audio Technica M50X headphones and open-back AKG K702 headphones. Check out “The Difference Between Open-Back and Closed-Back Headphones” for more information on why checking your mix using different types of headphones is important.Some audio interfaces will allow you to send a different mix to each headphone output. For example, you could create a mix unique for your vocalist that’s completely different than the mix for your drummer. With Universal Audio interfaces, this is done using the dedicated Console software.Preamps. Preamps are a huge selling point for audio interfaces; they bring your input signal up to line level and introduce their own unique color to your recordings. Some microphones, like the Shure SM7B, require lots of gain to produce a signal free of a significant noise. The more gain your preamps can provide, the further they’re able to separate the signal picked up by your microphones from the noise floor. Consider integrating a Cloudlifter CL-1 with your audio interface if you need more gain; it offers up to +25 db of gain for passive microphones.48V phantom power should be used to power condenser microphones; most audio interfaces come with the option to turn phantom power on and off. If you're using a condenser microphone and can barely hear a signal, you've probably forgotten to engage phantom power.Certain preamps put an emphasis on clarity, while others strive to achieve warmth. Every preamp is unique in the sound it provides, so make sure to A/B test the preamps in different audio interfaces before deciding on one. At the very least, look up some preamp shootouts on YouTube.The Scarlett 3rd Gen and Clarett line of audio interfaces by Focusrite contain preamps with a switchable Air Effect that provide a sweet, open, and clean sound. In comparison, the UR-RT2 USB Audio Interface contains D-PRE Class A preamps with switchable Rupert Neve Designs input transformers that deliver rich musical tones with enhanced harmonics.Music Mastering: DIY vs. AI vs. ProLearn about the pros and cons of mastering your music going the DIY route, using an automated AI mastering service, and hiring a pro mastering engineer.READ NOWA lot of top-end audio interfaces include software that allows you to model various preamps. For example, Universal Audio provides an assortment of preamp and channel strip emulations from Manley, Neve, API, Helios, SSL, and more. If you need access to an assortment of preamps, consider an audio interface that provides analog modelled preamp options, or look into standalone hardware preamps.Converters. You’ll be hard pressed to find an audio interface containing converters that produce digital