There has never been a better time to buy a great-sounding, flexible audio interface for your home studio. Thanks to the power and sound perfection offered in these devices, it all depends on how many inputs/outputs and what features you need. Here is a summary of some of the best audio interfaces for your home studio, organized depending on whether you need USB or Thunderbolt.
USB Audio Interfaces
Performing authors will appreciate all the functions of the 3rd generation Focusrite Scarlett Solo. Its high-performance mic preamp features a switchable Air mode that simulates the sound characteristics of the classic Focusrite ISA precision press. It also includes crystal clear DI for guitar, bass or keyboard. The high-performance transducers of this interface provide 24-bit / 192 kHz recording, and two balanced outputs without noise ensure accurate playback.
PreSonus AudioBox USB 96
PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 has 2-channel 24-bit / 96 kHz recording in an on-the-go package. Due to the presence of two microphone inputs with a gain of 60 dB, which double as 1/4? Inputs via combo jacks, switchable + 48 V phantom power, stereo output, and headphone jack, this compact USB 2.0 interface is a great way to achieve high levels. Enable mobile recording. It is less than 2? x 6 ?, plus it works on USB bus power, so you don’t need to carry a power source with you.
If you want high-quality sound at the highest level and the impression of a large-format console, the Audient iD14 deserves serious consideration. Audient mic preamps sound great on almost all sources, and JFET DI makes your guitar interface with amp modeling software enjoyable. Burr-Brown’s best-in-class conversion technology delivers impeccable sound quality. You also get control of the monitor in the console-style. Taking control of your DAW is easy, thanks to Audient’s ScrollControl model.
Recording guitarists have a particular set of needs, and Audient Sono delivers. This interface combines a 12AX7 preamplifier with Two Notes amplifiers and cockpit simulators, as well as a 3-band equalizer and powerful re-amplification capabilities, is your one-stop-shop for killer guitar tones. In addition to guitar-oriented features, Sono also boasts studio-quality recording with console-level preamps and the best-in-class AD / DA conversion.