Essential Buyers Guide 2018
Today we take a look at the best audio interfaces 2018.
A Audio Interface is a device that connects your audio equipment (musical instruments and recording equipment, such as microphones and guitars), with a computer. Audio Interfaces allow musicians to record their source sound and convert it into data. Computers work with digital data (ones and zeroes). Guitars and microphones generally don’t generate digital data, so you need a way to translate their outputs into something a computer can understand.
Audio interfaces are the middlemen of the computer recording world, designed to sit between your instruments and your computer, taking the sounds made by your microphones, guitars and other instruments and converting them into digital information your computer can understand and store on its hard drive.
Which Audio Interface do I need?
The audio interface that you will need very much depends on what kind of recording situations you would be aiming to use it in, as this will dictate how many inputs or outputs you may need. 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) may suffice, allowing the guitar and vocal to be recorded to separate tracks at the same time. A band would, most likely, need something with more inputs, however. Once you know how many inputs you need, check whether your computer has a free USB or FireWire connection (not all PCs have FireWire connections, so always check before buying anything).
Key Audio Interface Features To Consider
If you’re in the market for an interface, there are several key considerations to take into account, depending on your recording requirements. First and foremost will most likely be how many inputs and outputs you’re likely to need.
Here is a list of the most important features:
- Number of inputs
- Number of outputs
- Phantom power
- Bit depth and sample rate
Our picks for the top 5 best audio interfaces 2018
The following is our list of the top 5 best audio interfaces 2018 for both Mac and PC.
We give you the retail price for your budget, the compatibility in terms of connectivity, how many inputs and outputs, as well as overall features for comparing. Let us know which one you ended up going with or which one you already have!
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PreSonus AudioBox (USB)
(Including Studio One Artist DAW)
This cheap audio interface is very good for beginners on a budget.
With this interface you get an amazing DAW (Studio One) and also a FREE Plug-in suite called Studio Magic, you will receive the Plug-in suite once you register your product which takes about 5 minutes.
Focusrite Scarlett (USB)
- Scarlett Solo (Amazon)
- Scarlett 2i2 (Amazon)
- Scarlett 2i4 (Amazon)
- Scarlett 6i6 (Amazon)
- Scarlett 18i8 (Amazon)
You should get this audio interface if you already have a DAW and if you are on a budget.
This interface is ideal for singers songwriters and guitar players.
If you register this product on the Focusrite website you get free vst plug-ins.
Universal Audio (Thunderbolt)
This is one of the best Audio interfaces 2018, you should get this if you are planing on running a professional Music Studio.
The microphone preamps on this device are crystal clear.
Focusrite Clarett (Thunderbolt)
The Focusrite Clarett is good for beginners who can afford the price.
The thunderbolt connection allows you to record with almost 0 latency.
Every expert will tell you to buy a Audient Audio Interface, it is the best budget Audio interface 2018.
It is good for beginners and professionals.
It has Class-A Microphone Preamplifiers which are used in professional recording studios.
Audient audio interfaces are also well-known for their low latency recording.
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