The Best Audio Interface For Recording

Trying to figure out which the best audio interface for your needs to get can be one of the most confusing and overwhelming pieces of equipment to purchase for your recording rig depending on your background with computers.  We will do our best to help you in making your decision as to what audio interface is best for your needs.

What Is An Audio Interface


An audio interface is hardware that allows you to connect microphones to it and converts signals to something that your computer can read.  This is an essential part of your recording rig, and I like to think of the audio interface as the brain of your recording rig.  everything plugs into it, and it registers what is happening.

Tips For Getting The Best Audio Interface For You


When looking through the audio interfaces below, think of what you are wanting to record.  How many mic inputs will you need at a time?  If youThe Best Audio Interface Tips are recording a drum set, you will need several.  If you are recording a podcast, you may only need one or 2, depending if you will be speaking with someone else.  Other things to consider, is what your computer can do.  All of these audio interfaces will require a specific operating system that they will work with, and I do suggest to use a computer with at least 8 GB of RAM.  With that being said, let's take a look at some of the best audio interface options! (the following products contain affiliate links.  This means at no additional cost to you, I get paid if you click through and make a purchase)

The Best Audio Interface Suggestions


Focusrite Scarlett

The Focusrite Scarlett series features a USB connection to your computer and has sample rates of up to 24-bit/192kHz.  This interface series is compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 or later and PC Windows 7 or later.

Scarlett Solo

  • 1 mic preamp
  • 1 XLR input
  • 1 1/4" input

Last Checked Price: $109.99

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Scarlett 2i4

  • 2 mic preamps
  • 2 XLR inputs
  • 2 1/4" inputs

Last Checked Price: $219.99

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Scarlett 6i6

  • 2 mic preamps
  • 2 XLR inputs
  • 4 1/4" inputs

Last Checked Price: $249.99

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Scarlett 18i8

  • 4 mic preamps
  • 4 XLR inputs
  • 8 1/4" inputs

Last Checked Price: $379.99

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Scarlett 18i20

  • 8 mic preamps
  • 8 XLR inputs
  • 8 1/4" inputs

Last Checked Price: $549.99

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Focusrite Clarett

The Focusrite Clarett series has a USB connection to your computer and has sample rates to 24-bit/192kHz.  These include several Focusrite plug-ins for your recording software.  It is compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 or later and PC Windows 7 SP1 or later.

Clarett 2Pre

  • 2 mic preamps
  • 2 XLR inputs
  • 2 1/4" inputs

Last Checked Price: $439.99

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Clarett 4Pre

  • 4 mic preamps
  • 4 XLR inputs
  • 4 1/4" inputs

Last Checked Price: $759.99

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Clarett 8Pre

  • 8 mic preamps
  • 8 XLR inputs
  • 8 1/4" inputs

Last Checked Price: $869.99

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Universal Audio Apollo Twin

The Universal Audio Apollo Twin series has a thunderbolt connection to the computer and has sample rates up to 24-bit/192kHz.  It includes some of Universal Audio's state of the art plug-ins.  The Apollo Twin series is compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 or later and PC Windows 10 64 bit(will need a thunderbolt adapter if using on PC).

Apollo Twin SOLO

  • 2 mic preamps
  • 2 XLR inputs
  • 2 1/4" inputs
  • 1 SHARC processor

Last Checked Price: $699.00

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Apollo Twin DUO

  • 2 mic preamps
  • 2 XLR inputs
  • 2 1/4" inputs
  • 2 SHARC processors

Last Checked Price: $899.00

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Apollo Twin QUAD

  • 2 mic preamps
  • 2 XLR inputs
  • 2 1/4" inputs
  • 4 SHARC processors

Last Checked price: $1299.00

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Universal Audio Apollo 8 Quad

The Apollo 8 Quad has a Thunderbolt connection to the computer and has sample rates up to 24-bit/192kHz.  It includes some of Universal Audio's state of the art plug-ins.  The Apollo 8 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 or later and PC Windows 10 64 bit or later (Must have thunderbolt adapter for PC).

  • 4 mic preamps
  • 2 instrument preamps
  • 4 XLR inputs
  • 8 1/4" inputs
  • 2 1/4" Hi-Z

Last Checked Price: $1999.00

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PreSonus Studio

The Presonus Studio series has a USB connection to the computer and has sample rates up to 24-bit/192kHz.  The Studio Magic plug-in bundle is included.  The Studio series is compatible with Mac OS X 10.8.5 and up and Windows 7 Sp1 and up (Intel 2GHz multi-core processor or better).

Studio 2X4

  • 2 mic preamps
  • 2 XLR inputs
  • 2 1/4" inputs

Last Checked Price: $199.95

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Studio 6X8

  • 4 mic preamps
  • 4 XLR inputs
  • 4 1/4" inputs

Last Checked Price: $299.95

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Studio 1810

  • 4 mic preamps
  • 4 XLR inputs
  • 4 1/4" inputs

Last Checked Price: $399.95

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Studio 1824

  • 8 mic preamps
  • 8 XLR inputs
  • 8 1/4" inputs
  • 2 of the XLR and 1/4" inputs are Hi-Z

Last Checked Price: $499.95

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Audient iD

The Audient iD audio interface series has a USB 2.0 connection to the computer and has sample rates up to 24-bit/96kHz.

Audient iD4

  • 1 mic preamp
  • 1 XLR input
  • Mac: OS X 10.7.5 and up
  • PC: Windows 7 and up

Last Checked Price: $197.22

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Audient iD14

  • 2 mic preamps
  • 2 XLR inputs
  • Mac: OS X 10.7.5 and up
  • PC: Windows 7 and up

Last Checked Price: $298.80

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Audient iD22

  • 2 mic preamps
  • 2 XLR inputs
  • Mac: OS X 8 and up
  • PC: Windows 7 SP1 and up

Last Checked Price: $479.99

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Audient iD44

  • 4 mic preamps
  • 4 XLR inputs
  • Mac: OS 10.7.5 and up
  • PC: Windows 7 SP1 and up

Last Checked Price: $699.00

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Apogee Element

The Apogee Element series has a thunderbolt connection to the computer and has sample rates up to 24-bit/192kHz.  It is compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 or later and iOS, NOT compatible with PC.

Apogee Element 24

  • 2 mic preamps
  • 2 XLR inputs
  • 2 1/4" inputs

Last Checked Price: $595.00

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Apogee Element 46

  • 4 mic preamps
  • 4 XLR inputs
  • 4 1/4" inputs

Last Checked Price: $895.00

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Apogee Element 88

  • 8 mic preamps
  • 8 XLR inputs
  • 4 1/4" inputs

Last Checked Price: $1495.00

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Antelope Audio Discrete

The Antelope Audio Discrete series uses a thunderbolt or a USB connection to the computer and has sample rates up to 24-bit/192kHz.  These include the Basic FX pack from Antelope Audio.  The Discrete series is compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 and up and Windows 10 and up (8 GB of RAM minimum).

Discrete 4

  • 4 mic preamps
  • 4 XLR inputs
  • 4 1/4" inputs

Last Checked Price: $999.00

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Discrete 8

  • 8 mic preamps
  • 8 XLR inputs
  • 8 1/4" inputs

Last Checked Price: $1595.00

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