I come across this question a lot: “What is the best interface for recording?”
Not just about interfaces, but other audio equipment as well.
“What’s the best this…what’s the best that…?”
And frankly, it’s hard to say. It depends on so many factors.
I have an Apogee Duet Duo in my home studio. It’s the best thing for me and my uses. But if you were recording a whole band it would be a terrible choice.
How to find the best interface for recording?
I recommend seeing what everybody else is buying. Don’t just take one person’s word for it. Go see what’s popular and gets good reviews.
Other people’s reviews and opinions are valuable for making a decision. They tell you exactly what they think about what you’re looking for and it’s hard for bad gear to rank high in popularity and rankings.
The first place I start is usually Amazon. It’s the easiest place to see what’s popular and gets good reviews. They also often have discounts on a bunch of audio gear which is nice for the wallet.
For instance, I went to this list of Best Selling Audio Equipment and saw a few things that looked good. But it didn’t include the types of interfaces I wanted so I needed to dig down a little further.
By going into the ‘Musical Instrument’ section, and narrowing my selection all the way to USb Interfaces with 4 stars or above I get to this page.
It shows me the best selling, popular and most favorably reviewed interfaces on Amazon. Now I see some familiar interfaces that I like, such as the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 interface which could be a cheaper substitute for my Duet. There’s even a complete Focusrite recording package available that’s great if you’re just starting out.
However, if you’re recording a full band, a drum set or just need more channels, then you need to modify your search query.
More channels usually means more money so you can increase your budget in the search in order to filter all the entry level and dual channel interfaces out. Then you get interfaces that have eight mic inputs, such as the Tascam US2000, the Presonus Audiobox 1818 or even the ultra high-end RME FireFace UFX.
All those choices are great for when you need extra inputs. And once you’ve found a few potential choices it’s time to read the reviews and see which one interests you the most. There’s a ton of value to be had in reading those reviews, and they can often set you on the right path towards the best interface for you.
If you have no need for an interface since you’ve already got all the gear you need, maybe you should go check out Dueling Mixes.
They have a new song out this month so you can go vote on which mix you like the best. And best of all, you get to know all of the secrets behind their mixes.
Check it out here: www.audioissues.com/duelingmixes