Best Audio interface

  • One of the best performing mic preamps the Scarlett range...
  • High-performance converters enable you to record and mix at...
  • Quick start tool to get up and running easier than ever.
  • 2x2 USB audio interface for recording microphones and...
  • Audiophile 48 kHz resolution for professional audio...
  • Compatible with popular recording software including Avid...
  • 2x2 USB audio interface for recording microphones and...
  • Audiophile 48 kHz resolution for professional audio...
  • Compatible with popular recording software including Avid...
  • USB-C (USB 2.0) bus-powered, 2x2 audio interface for Mac and...
  • 24-bit resolution; 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192 kHz...
  • 2 mic/instrument/line inputs with XMAX-L solid-state mic...
  • Four of the best performing mic preamps the Scarlett range...
  • High-performance converters enable you to record and mix at...
  • Quick start tool to get up and running easier than ever.
  • Industry leading converters providing up to 32-bit/192 kHz...
  • Super speed USB 3. 1 Gen 1 with USB-C for fast and reliable...
  • Class-a D-PRE mic preamps to capture all the subtleties and...

Audio interfaces transfer audio signals from peripheral devices to PCs and vice versa. They do basically the same thing as a sound card, which is standard in most PCs, often integrated as “on-board sound” on the mainboard. This is often sufficient for streaming YouTube videos or occasionally listening to pure music with not very high demands on the sound. However, the limits of the application possibilities of a simple sound card are quickly reached if music is to be actively produced by the user. Then it turns out that the sound quality of a sound card is usually not sufficient. In addition, a circumstance often becomes disturbingly noticeable, which carries the designation “latency. This refers to the speed at which audio signals are input or output. Short latency is required when an external audio signal, e.g. from a keyboard, enters the PC and is output from there to loudspeakers. This should be done with an inaudible time delay to ensure smooth timing. Standard sound cards are often overwhelmed by this and, in addition, usually do not offer enough input / output channels

Our Top Audio interface Pick

Focusrite Scarlett Solo (3rd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools | First
  • One of the best performing mic preamps the Scarlett range has ever seen, now with switchable air Mode to give your recordings a brighter and more open sound. One high-headroom instrument input to plug in your guitar or bass. Two hum-free balanced outputs provide clean audio playback.
  • High-performance converters enable you to record and mix at up to 24-bit/ 192kHz.
  • Quick start tool to get up and running easier than ever.
  • Includes Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack, Ableton Live Lite, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite’s Red Plug-in Suite, 3-month Splice subscription, and your choice of one free XLN Addictive Keys virtual instrument, all available via download upon purchase and registration
  • LIMITED TIME OFFER: FREE Nugen Audio Monofileter Elements plug-in upon registration and download. Focusrite now offers a 3-Year Warranty on this and all other Focusrite products.

Computer, Notebooks & Tablets: Audio interface Video Guide

Audio interfaces are designed for use in the professional or semi-professional area and for high demands on sound quality and miscibility of audio signals. They usually contain flexible drivers, high-quality converters and a large number of connection options, whereby the number of audio inputs is usually higher than that of the outputs. Several external audio sources or audio output devices can be connected and operated simultaneously. With the help of the interfaces, sound signals can be recorded, processed, transformed, mixed and output.

In general, a distinction is made between internal and external devices. Internal audio interfaces installed in the PC are designed for direct connection to the PCI or PCI Express bus. However, most devices, especially in the high-quality segment, are external audio interfaces in their own housings. Data transfer to/from the PC or notebook/netbook is via standard ports such as USB, Firewire, PCMCIA- / PC-Card, and ExpressCard. Solutions with a Firewire connection are becoming more and more popular because this interface is suitable for large data volumes with good transmission stability. There are also Thunderbold connections to the computer. But they are rather an exception.

For peripheral devices such as keyboards, guitars, microphones, headphones and speakers, analog and digital connection ports are available. The latter are mainly found in professional equipment. Frequently encountered interfaces are for example:

– S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface)Interface specification for both electrical and optical transmission of digitized multi-channel audio signals.

– ADAT (Alesis Digital Audio Tape)Originally designed for magnetic tape recording, ADAT is now the standard in small and medium-sized recording studios for transmitting digitized audio signals over fiber optic cables.

– AES/EBU (Audio Engineering Society/European Broadcasting Union) is a specification for interfaces for the transmission of digital audio signals in stereo, dual-channel or mono technology.
– MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface)This interface is an industry standard for clocking musical control information. Main application is the connection of keyboards and synthesizers, a connection of other musical instruments is generally also possible, e.g. electric guitars, but is an exception.

The designs of the audio interfaces are diverse and advantageous or disadvantageous for different applications. Stationary devices are available in 19 inch dimensions for installation in a corresponding rack. Other devices are to be operated stationary in a box or box-like housing, which is also portable. Some interfaces have rotary potentiometers on the front and a display for level metering. In addition, there are also hybrid interface mixer designs that offer the advantage of often having multiple interfaces in a single enclosure. Similar can also be realized with single devices, since many interfaces are cascadable.

Some audio interfaces have their own processor and a hard disk integrated in their housing. For some devices stand-alone mixing is possible. If the number of input/output channels is not sufficient, the possibility of cascading can be used with many devices to expand the number of channels with several interfaces. With such a setup, however, you should first check whether the audio program on the PC is compatible, which is not always the case. In general, before purchasing an audio interface, you should also check whether the desired combination of interface, PC chipset, operating system and audio software is executable. Forum pages of the manufacturers often give information. Furthermore, you should pay attention to the required version of the frequently used ASIO driver (Audio Stream Input/Output).

TOP 5 Audio interface Bestseller

Focusrite Scarlett Solo (3rd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools | First
  • One of the best performing mic preamps the Scarlett range has ever seen, now with switchable air Mode to give your recordings a brighter and more open sound. One high-headroom instrument input to plug in your guitar or bass. Two hum-free balanced outputs provide clean audio playback.
  • High-performance converters enable you to record and mix at up to 24-bit/ 192kHz.
  • Quick start tool to get up and running easier than ever.
  • Includes Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack, Ableton Live Lite, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite’s Red Plug-in Suite, 3-month Splice subscription, and your choice of one free XLN Addictive Keys virtual instrument, all available via download upon purchase and registration
  • LIMITED TIME OFFER: FREE Nugen Audio Monofileter Elements plug-in upon registration and download. Focusrite now offers a 3-Year Warranty on this and all other Focusrite products.
BEHRINGER Audio Interface, 1x XLR/TRS 1x 1/4" 2X RCA USB, Black, 1-Channel (UM2)
  • 2x2 USB audio interface for recording microphones and instruments
  • Audiophile 48 kHz resolution for professional audio quality.Maximum Sampling Rate: 48 kHz
  • Compatible with popular recording software including Avid Pro Tools*, Ableton Live*, Steinberg Cubase*, etc.
  • Streams 2 inputs / 2 outputs with ultra-low latency to your computer, supporting Mac OS X* and Windows XP* or higher
  • State-of-the-art, +48 V-powered XENYX Mic Preamp comparable to stand-alone boutique preamps
Focusrite SCARLETT SOLO 3rd Gen 192kHz USB Audio Interface w/Pro Tools First
  • Focusrite SCARLETT SOLO 3rd Gen 192kHz USB Audio Interface w/ Pro Tools First
  • Focusrite SCARLETT SOLO 3rd Gen 192kHz USB Audio Interface w/ Pro Tools First. The best performing mic preamps the Scarlett range has ever seen, now with switchable Air mode to give your recordings a brighter and more open sound.
  • One high-headroom instrument input to plug in your guitar or bass. High-performance converters enable you to record and mix at up to 24-bit/ 192kHz. Two hum-free balanced outputs provide clean audio playback. With our Quick Start tool, it's now easier than ever to get up and running.
  • Focusrite have partnered with Splice to give 3rd Gen. interface owners a free 3-month Splice Sounds subscription when setting a new Splice account. Splice Sounds offers millions of high-quality, royalty-free one-shots, loops, and presets, with new releases daily from your favourite producers, sound designers, and artists. Creators use Splice to make all kinds of music, including chart-topping pop, Grammy-winning albums, underground mixtapes, and cinematic scores.
  • Connectivity: USB Type-C. Protocol USB: 2.0. Form Factor Desktop. Simultaneous I/O 2 x 2. A/D Resolution 24-bit/192 kHz. Number of Preamps 1. Phantom Power YES. Instrument Inputs: 1. Line Inputs: 1. Analogue Outputs: 2 TRS (Balanced). Headphone Outputs: 1. Bus Powered: YES.
Presonus Audio Interface 2|4 2x2, 192 kHz, USB-C Audio Interface
  • USB-C (USB 2.0) bus-powered, 2x2 audio interface for Mac and Windows
  • 24-bit resolution; 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192 kHz sampling rates
  • 2 mic/instrument/line inputs with XMAX-L solid-state mic preamps
  • 2 balanced ¼” TRS main outputs with front-panel level control
  • Studio One Artist and Studio Magic Plug-in Suite included
Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (3rd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools | First
  • Four of the best performing mic preamps the Scarlett range has ever seen, now with switchable Air mode to give your recordings a brighter and more open sound. Two high-headroom instrument inputs to plug in your guitar or bass. Eight balanced line inputs for connecting synthesizers, drum machine and other line-level sources. Four monitor outputs with anti-thump technology and speaker switching.
  • High-performance converters enable you to record and mix at up to 24-bit/ 192kHz.
  • Quick start tool to get up and running easier than ever.
  • Includes Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack, Ableton Live Lite, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite’s Red Plug-in Suite, 3-month Splice subscription, and your choice of one free XLN Addictive Keys virtual instrument, all available via download upon purchase and registration
  • LIMITED TIME OFFER: FREE Nugen Audio Monofileter Elements plug-in upon registration and download. Focusrite now offers a 3-Year Warranty on this and all other Focusrite products.