Best USB Audio Interfaces

Updated October 2020
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Home recording studios often utilize a computer-based audio workstation instead of a multi-thousand dollar recording console. Since most integrated audio cards don't have the right inputs for recording microphones and instruments, you will need an audio interface that offers built-in effects, preamps, and cable jacks. To select a good audio interface for your recording needs, you will need the right amount of inputs and outputs. For recording individual instruments, a simple two-channel input/output configuration is more than adequate. To record more instruments at the same time, eight or 16 channels will give you more inputs to use with ensemble setups.

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