There’s never been a better time to buy a great-sounding, flexible audio interface for your home studio rig. With the power and sonic excellence offered in these units, it comes down to how many inputs/outputs and which features you need. Here’s a rundown of some of the best audio interfaces offered today, divided by whether you need USB or Thunderbolt.
The Focusrite interfaces have set a standard in the industry by offering great audio quality at affordable prices, and this second-generation Scarlett 2i2 is no exception. This dual mic/line-in USB-powered interface offers 24-bit sampling at up to 192kHz, super-low latency, and great Focusrite preamps, all packed in a rugged red chassis. It comes with the Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack, which is capable of 16-track recording and comes with 12 additional plug-ins.
The PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 features 2-channel 24-bit/96kHz recording in an on-the-go-sized package. With two mic inputs offering 60dB of gain that double as ¼” inputs via combo jacks, switchable +48-volt phantom power, stereo main outs, and a headphone jack, this USB 2.0 interface is a great way to get into high-resolution mobile recording (smaller than 2″ x 6″), plus it operates on USB bus power, so you don’t have to carry around a power supply. Not only does it offer MIDI in/out, but it also comes with Studio One 3 Artist DAW software and 6GB of bonus third-party content, including the Studio Magic Plug-in Suite. And it’s compatible with Mac or PC operating systems.
If you need digital I/O (S/PDIF), Lightpipe optical in, MIDI in/out, and four mic inputs or eight line-level inputs in a compact USB chassis, then the choice is clear — the Focusrite Scarlett 18i8! Superb Focusrite preamps, combined with low-latency 24-bit/192kHz-capable converters and a total of 18 simultaneous inputs, all controllable with a smart app on your iPhone or iPad, make this the USB interface of choice. Combined with the included Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack and the Focusrite software bundle (Red 2, Red 3, Softube Time and Tone Pack, Ableton Live Lite, 2GB of Loopmaster sounds, plus more), it’s an unbelievable value.
Thunderbolt Audio Interfaces
The Focusrite Clarett 2Pre brings the excellent Focusrite Clarett preamps and “Air” effect into a compact Mac/PC-compatible 10-in/4-out Thunderbolt interface. Two front-panel XLR mic/instrument inputs, combined with 24-bit/192kHz conversion, plus optical in and MIDI in/out, make this a great interface to use with your Thunderbolt-equipped computer. It comes with the Focusrite software bundle (Red 2, Red 3, Softube Time and Tone Pack, Ableton Live Lite, 2GB of Loopmaster sounds, XLN Addictive Keys, plus more).
With such a wide variety of features and prices, Industrie Music has the audio interface that will work best in your home studio. Call your Industrie Music Engineer at (02) 8123-4080 to find the best interface for your needs. Afterpay, Zipmoney Lay-buy, all avalible at checkout.