Buying a USB Audio Interface

I'm looking at buying a usb audio interface but I'm not exactly sure what to buy. I don't want to spend more than about a hundred dollars and multiple inputs and outputs would be nice but it isn't necessary.

Any advice?


penguinpajamas 5 years ago | 1 comment

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  • david.barker
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    hi there

    There is a huge choice out there,best thing is do some research,work out the specs you need and as you mentioned have a budget in mind.

    the audio interface,as an example.Is to be powered by a transformer,plugged into the power socket at the wall or usb powered?

    Then look at how many devices you are going to connect to it,for the inputs and outputs,

    Phantom power is aways a good choice for Condenser mics,usually around 48 volts
    I have a Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 and I love it,great build quality etc,etc.

    Thats my choice ,I expect other people to answer your question too with their choice
    Good luck and hope you find something suitable

    5 years ago | 0 comments
  • penguinpajamas
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    Thanks for the reply.  I do have one quick question.  When audio interfaces have a headphone output, is this on a separate channel than the other outputs?  So could this be potentially used for cueing?

    5 years ago | 1 comment
  • Flatline Funk
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    That Depends!! The Behringer U Control has a headphone output, but is only a 2X2 (2 ins, 2 outs) soundcard, which means if you wanted to cue with it, you'd cue in mono, and pump only one channel into the speakers - this gets old quick. Make sure the card has at least 4 outs for proper cueing. Good Luck Penguin

    5 years ago | 0 comments

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