Five of the Best Audio Interfaces For Beginners
Welcome to the buyer’s guide, where we roundup some of the best products for beginners to start
producing music. This buyer’s guide looks at the best audio interfaces for your home studio.
Focusrite Scarlet Solo (2nd Gen)
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools | First
The Focusrite Scarlet series has become the flagship for what an audio interface can do with a limited
budget. And is the best selling USB audio interface in the world for a reason: it’s is simple and intuitive.
You get a 2 in / 2 out interface with mic/instrument preamplifiers and 24bit recording quality. The scarlet
is bundled with Ableton Live Lite recording software and a stack of plug-ins and samples so you can
start recording from the moment you get it.
Behringer UCA202 U-Control Ultra Low Latency
Behringer UCA202 U-Control Ultra low-latency 2 In/2 Out USB/Audio Interface
The Behringer UCA202 is the most affordable audio interface on our list. But don’t let that fool you. The
UCA202 is an ultra-flexible high-resolution interface that gets the job done. No setup is required and the
interface comes bundled with free recording and editing software.
Roland Duo-Capture Ex
Roland DUO-CAPTURE EX USB Audio Interface
You can’t really ask for more. Two phantom powered preamps, Road tough aluminum case and
compatible with pc, mac and iPad. The Duo-Capture is marketed as an interface for recording home
and away. If you are a touring musician who likes to record in the back of a tour bus then the Roland
Duo-Capture Ex is the perfect audio interface for you.
Alesis CORE 1 USB
Alesis Core 1 USB Audio Interface
Like the Roland Duo-Capture Ex, the Alesis CORE 1 is an ultra portable high quality device designed
for the modern music. Compatible with pc, mac and ipad it’s as simple as plug in and record. The CORE
1 offers pristine 24-bit audio recording quality and comes with a version of Cubase LE so you can start
recording straight away.
Presonus Audio Box
PreSonus AudioBox USB 2x2 USB 2.0 Recording System
The Presonus Audio Box is a simple and convenient audio interface. 24-bit recording quality gives lets
you capture fantastic sounding vocals and instruments sounds. The two phantom powered inputs
makes the audio box a great choice for any singer songwriter who wants to record voice and acoustic
guitar or piano at the same time. The Presonus also has MIDI In/Outs providing connectivity to
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