The audio interface isn't the first thing people think about when they think about building their own studio.
After all, there is nothing sexy or exciting about audio interfaces. Even the best interface is just a dumb box that sits on your desk. It doesn't make for the most Instagram-worthy purchase – you can't jam out tunes on it, after all.
But if there is a single piece of equipment that has a massive impact on your studio performance, it is your audio interface.
As the conduit between your computer and external gear – MIDI keyboards, guitar, mics, etc. – the quality of the audio interface impacts the quality of your overall sound.
Get an audio interface with poor latency and sketchy fidelity and the entire recording will suffer. The gap of a few milliseconds in latency or a tiny bit of noise will transform a joyful production experience into a frustrating one.
The good news is that audio interfaces are becoming frighteningly competitive, even at low prices. A decade ago, you would have had to shell $500+ to get something that was worth recording on. Now, you can get extremely competent interfaces for under $200 – and still have change.
On this page, we've compiled all our articles about audio interfaces. Use this page to find the right audio interface for you based on your needs, budget, or DAW.
Best Audio Interfaces: By Features
From USB interfaces to low latency offerings, here are the best audio interfaces on the market right now, sorted by features:
Best Audio Interfaces: By Use Case
Whether you want an audio interface for your home studio or live performance, our roundups below have you covered:
Best Audio Interfaces: By DAW
If you're looking for the best audio interfaces for a specific DAW, refer to the articles below:
Best Audio Interfaces: By Price
If you're looking for interfaces below a certain price, refer to these guides:
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