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  1. PreSonus - AudioBox USB 96 (25th Anniversary Edition) - Black

    Your price for this item is $99.99
  2. Focusrite - Scarlett 4i4 4th Generation Audio Interface - Red

    Model: AMS-SCARLETT-4I4-4G
    SKU: 6562569

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    Your price for this item is $279.99
  3. Focusrite - Scarlett 2i2 4th Generation Audio Interface - Red

    Model: AMS-SCARLETT-2I2-4G
    SKU: 6562567
    Your price for this item is $199.99
  4. IK Multimedia - iRig 2 Audio Interface - Black

    Model: IPIRIG2PLGIN
    SKU: 8650139
    Your price for this item is $49.99
  5. Focusrite - Scarlett Solo 4th Generation Audio Interface - Red

    Model: AMS-SCARLETT-SOLO-4G
    SKU: 6562566
    Your price for this item is $139.99
  6. PreSonus - AudioBox Studio Ultimate (25th Anniversary Edition) - Black

    Your price for this item is $299.99
  7. Focusrite - Scarlett Solo Studio 4th Generation Audio Interface - Red

    Model: AMS-SCARLETT-SOLO-STU-4G
    SKU: 6562568

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    Your price for this item is $249.99
  8. Roland - USB Audio Interface - Black

    Model: COMRUBIX24
    SKU: 6350503
    Your price for this item is $264.99
    The previous price was $274.99
  9. Apogee - BOOM Audio Interface - Purple

    Your price for this item is $249.99
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  11. TASCAM - US-2X2HR USB Audio Interface - Black

    Your price for this item is $199.99
  12. Focusrite - Vocaster One USB audio interface for solo podcasts - record broadcast quality with ease! - Black

    Model: AMS-VOCASTER-ONE
    SKU: 6505793
    Your price for this item is $99.99
    The previous price was $149.99
  13. Apogee - USB Audio Interface - Black/Silver

    Your price for this item is $179.99
  14. Focusrite - Vocaster Two USB audio interface for podcast duos - record broadcast quality with ease! - Black

    Model: AMS-VOCASTER-TWO
    SKU: 6505794
    Your price for this item is $149.99
    The previous price was $249.99
  15. PreSonus - USB Audio Interface - Black/Blue

    Your price for this item is $149.99
  16. PreSonus - Audiobox Go - Black

    Model: AUDIOBOX GO
    SKU: 6501650
    Your price for this item is $79.99
  17. Focusrite - Scarlett 4i4 3rd Generation Audio Interface - Red

    Model: AMS-SCARLETT-4i4-3G
    SKU: 6365342
    Your price for this item is $259.99
  18. Samson - MediaTrack Audio Interface - Black

    Model: SASM4U
    SKU: 6524076

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    Your price for this item is $199.99
  19. MXL - Mic Mate USB Audio Interface - Gold

    Model: MXL-MIC MAT
    SKU: 6412814

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    Your price for this item is $79.99

Buying an audio interface.

What is an audio interface and how do I choose one?

Audio interfaces convert analog sound from microphones and electric instruments into digital audio. If you want to use your computer to record and produce music, an audio interface will help you capture sound cleanly and accurately. While a computer’s sound card can create basic recordings, an audio interface will capture an entirely different level of sound. This sound can then be mixed to optimal levels on a tablet, desktop or laptop with audio editing software. Many, although not all, audio interfaces already include this software.

When deciding the best audio interface for you, the number of inputs is key. If you are working with a full band, you will want four or more inputs for vocals and other instruments such as electric keyboards and electronic drum sets. On the other hand, if you are recording only vocals and one or two instruments, you can get an audio interface with two inputs.
 

Using an audio interface in a recording studio.

When recording, an audio interface will convert the analog signal from microphones and instruments to a digital signal. You can then record additional parts as necessary and edit the entire recording. When using your audio interface for recording, you'll be able to play rough and final mixes over studio monitors if you want. If you are recording vocals, you may want to consider a condenser mic, as they are more sensitive than other types of microphones.

An audio interface for a PC will connect to your computer through the USB port. An audio interface for a Mac will use the Thunderbolt port, so if you are going to edit music on your MacBook, you will need a USB-C cable, as this cable will fit into the MacBook’s Thunderbolt port. Best Buy has an array of audio interfaces, musical instrument cables and other sound equipment to help you build your home studio.

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