Every PC comes with a built-in “sound card,” or audio interface which is acceptable for basic media consumption, but they are not well equipped to handle studio quality recording and playback. Your production and recording will be only as good as your interface since it’s the basic block of the studio chain which processes all the recording from the mic as well as the output to your speakers for mixing and mastering.
Here are some key points you need to keep in mind while looking for an audio interface.
- Choose an interface with sufficient inputs and outputs to handle your current and future requirements. The market will be flooded with new products all the time but the basic usage and principle remain the same hence this is one piece of gear which you need not upgrade every now and then.
- Find out which interfaces is known to have good synergy with your DAW software depending on whether you are using a mac or PC.
Keeping that in mind here are some of the top choices for audio interfaces out there.
Developed by design legend David Dearden and optimized over 18 years of refinement, Audient is used by thousands of professional studios around the world. The Audient iD14 provides a pair of world-class Audient console mic pres, class-leading Burr-Brown converter technology, console style monitor control, JFET D.I and the revolutionary Scroll Control. Following from the success of the iD14, Audient proudly launched iD4 a compact and affordable audio interface, perfect for a singer,songwriters and on-the-go producers.
M-Audio and Presonus are both well-known brands trusted by musicians for decades. The M-Track interface from M-Audio® transforms your computer into a digital recording studio with plug-and-play simplicity. M-Track offers the right connections for any instrument, from an electric guitar to a professional condenser mic—phantom power is provided. The PreSonus AudioBox USB audio interface is an outstanding solution for small-format recording projects. With one Class A mic preamp and 24-bit/96kHz recording quality, you’re well equipped for podcasting, vocal or instrument recordings, and electronic music production.