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Audio Interface Reviews

Digital Audio Interface

Audio Interface Reviews – The best ones available for your music studio, for various budgets and purposes.

An Audio Interface (professional soundcard) enables your Computer to record & playback audio. You will need it if you want to do serious audio work on your computer.


It provides you with all the inputs and output audio / midi connections you need for your work, provides low latency sound recording and playback, and gives a great sound recording and playback quality.


Digital Audio Interface

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Advantages of using an Audio Interface

Digital Audio Interface

Some of the features on a professional soundcard include:

  • Low latency sound recording and playback

  • Usually follows the ASIO protocol (suited for sound engineering and music software)

  • Comes as external rack-mountable units which can be connected using USB 2.0/Firewire

  • Large number of input and output connectors

  • Hardware support for multiple input and output sound channels

  • Higher sampling rates compared to a consumer soundcard

  • Multi-channel data recording and real-time audio mixer and processor


  • Choosing a Professional Audio Interface

    You will need to select a soundcard depending on what sort of studio setup you want to have. You will have to make sure that the soundcard has inputs/outputs to connect to most of your gear. In general, the following are some of the instruments that you will need to connect to your soundcard.

  • Microphones

  • Control surface (if you don’t have a mixer)

  • Audio speakers (AKA monitors)


  • If you are just getting started with music recording on your computer and are comfortable opening up your pc, then you may go a basic PCI audio interface. But if you want the connection to be simple, then go in for a basic USB audio interface.

    For better speed and response, and if your computer has a fire-wire port, you can consider a firewire interface.


    You may also need external Preamps to raise the level of your mic’s. Though most of the soundcards have built-in preamps, only the more expensive ones have really good preamps.

    Besides the above mentioned gear, most of the other things like compressors, gates, Reverb and other special effects can be used as software in your Computer. So you do not need connections for these.

    You can get started with music production on your computer with these budget audio sound cards. Choose either a PCI audio interface or the easy to connect USB audio interface or the faster firewire interface.


    Manufacturers

    Some of the major and popular manufacturers/brands of professional soundcards include M-Audio, RME, Tascam, MOTU, PreSonus, Digidesign, Onyx, etc.

    With an overview of what things to look for in an Audio Interface, I think you should be able to find an Audio Interface that suits your needs the best.

    Recommended Products



    PCI Audio Interfaces

    PCI Audio Interfaces connect to a slot on your computer’s hardware. So you will have to open up your CPU and connect these audio interfaces. You can get some good inexpensive ones.

    M-Audio Audiophile 2496 MIDI

    2-channel audio card, good for home recording. Read more…

    M-Audio Delta 1010-LT PCI

    Excellent card and sound, considering the price you pay. Read more..

    RME HDSP 9632 PCI audio interface

    High performance interface, you get Unbelievable Fidelity from a PCI card. Read more…


    USB Audio Interfaces

    USB Audio Interfaces are much easier to connect to your computer. Earlier versions of these interfaces were a bit slow to respond and had latency problems but the recent crop of USB audio interfaces are quite responsive.

    Behringer UCA222 U-Control

    Inexpensive and does the basics pretty well.

    Focusrite Saffire 6 USB Audio Interface

    East setup and works great. Serious product at amateur prices

    M-Audio Fast Track Pro

    Another serious but basic product

    Apogee Duet 2 for Mac

    Excellent audio interface for the Mac!

    FireWire Audio Interfaces

    FireWire Audio Interfaces are among the most responsive audio interfaces with almost no latency problems. Considered to be among the fastest in terms of data transfer!

    M-Audio Firewire Solo US35030

    Does the job, sounds good.

    Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 Firewire

    Excellent interface with great mic preamps

    PreSonus FireStudio Project

    Minimal latency, great option for budget or live recording

    M-Audio ProFire 2626 High-Definition

    Comes with eight preamps, quality product that works great with ProTools too.


    Audio Interface Accessories


    Mobile Edge Alienware Orion Bag / BackPack

    A handy bag to carry all your recording stuff, including your laptop. Read more…

    On-Stage Laptop Computer Stand

    Want to accommodate your laptop onstage? Here is an easy way to do that. Read more…

    SKB Studio Flyer Portable Laptop Studio Rack

    Want a sturdy case that will safely hold all your important recording stuff while on the go? Check out this Portable Laptop Studio Rack. Read more…

    iPad Stand, Kindle, Tablet, & eBook Holder

    A cool multi-purpose stand that can hold a book, e-book reader or tablet. Read more…

    MIDI Mobilizer

    Now you can easily manage all your MIDI files using this device and your iphone or iPad. Read more…






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