What is an Audio Interface?

Audio interface is a device that improves the quality of sound. This device can convert analog signals to digital signals and vice-versa. In your recording studio, your microphones and instruments are connected to this device and the out put is given to the studio monitor. An audio interface processes your sound in your music in a fast rate. This is an absolute essential device for your home recording studio.

why is an audio interface necessary

You can do your production without this device, but the sound is worst because your computer cannot process sound well. We can notice a huge different of sound with and without using an audio interface.

sound card vs audio interface

Your computer has an internal VGA card that comes with the motherboard, but when you play games with higher graphics, your internal VGA is not sufficient for the game. So, you put an external VGA card to improve your graphic quality. Likewise, an audio interface acts as an external sound card which can improves your sound quality than internal sound card. So, as a gamer uses an external VGA card a music producer uses an audio interface for their purpose.

how to connect an audio interface to a computer

Audio interface brands comes with different kind of ports. Some comes with USB ports, FireWire ports, ExpressCard slots and others comes with PCMCIA slots. So, you need to consider which kind of audio interface is compatible with your computer. Many comes with USB ports.

The hierarchy of bandwidth speeds from lowest to highest goes from

USB < FireWire < PCMCIA / ExpressCard < PCI

Best budget audio interfaces

This is the most common audio interface that being used today. This is best for beginners because its simplicity.

One instrument input, one microphone input, RCA stereo outputs, USB connection

Mic input has phantom power if you are using condenser microphone.

And has a superior build quality. Build in mental.

24-Bit resolution, Up to 192KHz sample rate

This is the most common audio interface that being used today. This is best for beginners because its simplicity.

Combinational inputs, RCA stereo outputs, USB connection

Mic input has phantom power if you are using condenser microphone.

And has a superior build quality. Build in mental.

24-Bit resolution, Up to 192KHz sample rate

Comes with minimal design.

Build from plastic. Light weight

One instrument input, one microphone input, RCA stereo outputs, USB connection

Mic input has phantom power if you are using condenser microphone.

24-Bit resolution, Up to 192KHz sample rate

Different between Komplete Audio 1 and this is, instead of having one mic and one instrument like in Komplete Audio 1, you get two combination inputs. What does this mean? you can record two mics or two instrument or one mic and one instrument.

24-Bit resolution, Up to 192KHz sample rate

Have combination audio inputs.

One instrument input, one microphone input, RCA stereo outputs, USB connection

Mic input has phantom power if you are using condenser microphone

And has a superior build quality. Build in mental.

24-Bit resolution, Up to 96KHz sample rate

And has a superior build quality. Build in mental.

 

cheapest audio interface

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