You need the best audio interface that you can get your hands on, if you want to get maximum value out of your vocals. Why? Because aside from providing your microphone with phantom power, an audio interface actually affects the overall quality of your sound. No joke!
That’s because audio interfaces are also preamplifiers. They take the signals from your condenser mic, which are usually of a low voltage (i.e. very quiet), and amplify them so that they’re of a reasonable volume. After which, they assist with feeding this audio into your computer as a readable audio file that you can edit further via your DAW. Not only that but, if you plug in headphones, this nifty device will also give you audio playback in what’s essentially real-time.
Nowadays most interfaces have very little latency. All of which makes them great for monitoring your levels when recording. Question is though, which audio interface is best? Is there even such a thing? Read on and we’ll dissect the inner workings of the audio interface, as well as give you an overview of 16 audio interfaces that we think are some of the best in 2022.
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The best audio interfaces @ a glance…
15 of the best audio interfaces you can buy in 2022 (+ 1 to avoid!!)
A selection of the best professional audio interfaces…
1: Arturia AudioFuse Studio
2: Focusrite Clarrett+ 4Pre
3: Universal Audio Apollo Twin X MK II
4: RME Audio BabyFace Pro
Ideal audio interfaces for beginners…
5: Motu M2
6: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (3rd Gen)
7: Audient iD4
8: Solid State Logic 2+
9: Behringer U-phoriaUMC204HD
10: Apogee One
11: Presonus Studio 24C
12: Mackie Onyx Producer
13: Roland RUBIX22
Best budget audio interface (around £100)
14: Presonus Audiobox iTwo
Here’s the best audio interface for solo artists…
15: Focusrite Scarlett Solo
PC Users: avoid this audio interface at all costs!!
BONUS: Apogee Duet 3
Which is the best audio interface? Our editor’s choice…
Deciding on the best audio interface of 2022 wasn’t easy. In fact, it was such a task that we decided to narrow it down to two: one that’s the most beginner-friendly audio interface and another that’s our ‘go to’ for professional use. Although with that being said, professional and beginner audio interfaces need to have two things in common in order to be even be classed as ‘the best’.
Now obviously, while the best audio interface does somewhat depend on what you’re recording, all great interfaces share a balance of two things: functionality and value. Functionality being how flexible they are in terms of inputs, outputs and overall use. While value harks more towards the quality of the build and preamps in relation to price.
So bearing this in mind we’ve reached two conclusions. The first being that the best audio interface for beginners is the…
Motu M2 (best audio interface for beginners)
We’re particular fans of the screen, however the fact it also boasts an independent set of button for phantom power & direct monitoring, is equally useful too. Make no wonder that upon release the M2 was hard to get your hands on, because for the money, this interface really is a steal for any beginner! And for those after something slightly more professional orientated, we’d say that the
Arturia AudioFuse Studio – Best Professional Audio Interface
is the way to go. Now granted, for some the sheer portability of the Apollo Twin X may mean it pips the Audiofuse to the post, however we’d beg to differ. From a technical standpoint, the Arturia runs rings around the Apollo.
The Audiofuse is newer, feels more solid, has more inputs/ outputs and completely schools the Apollo when it comes to gain. So overall then, for any pro hunting for an interface that’s very much at home in the studio, the Audiofuse is by far one of the most capable out there. In fact, we’re so blown away by the Audiofuse that we’d even go as far as to say that it’s the best and most full-featured interface that we’ve ever come across.
Yep… it’s really that good.
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Or, if you’ve still got as burning question about audio interfaces, keep reading to discover even more about why audio interfaces are such valuable pieces of kit…