The 5 Best Audio Interfaces For Fl-Studio DAW
Written By James Quinn
Will you get different results when you use the same DAW software with different audio interfaces? Yes and No
There have been different artists who claim they noticed some differences when they changed their audio interface. While there could be different features that could be the cause, including drivers, settings, firmware, OS and laptop, sometimes an audio interface maybe the reason.
In this post, we have picked 6 of the audio interfaces for Fl-Studio music production software. It's good to note that all of these audio interfaces will work with other DAW software including ableton and logic pro x.
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#1. OUR OVERALL TOP PICK 2019
With 18 inputs and 20 outputs Focusrite 18i20 allows you to connect almost anything, making recording a breeze. On the front are 4 inputs featuring the natural sounding mic preamp.
Giving you more convenience are 4 more inputs to connects keyboards, mixers and synths. There are also 2 more inputs 3/PDIF inputs to record digital sources. It can work with any PC and DAW including FL Studio.
Among all other Scarlett interfaces, Scarlet Solo, Scarlet 2i2, Scarlett 2i4, Scarlet 6i6, and Scarlet 18i20, this is the most advanced.
With 18 in and 20 out, 8 mic pres, 8 analog in and out and 2 headphone outs. Other features include ADAT I/O. SDIF, MIDI I/O, Focusrite control software and comes With Pro Tools.
One of the reasons why we picked this device in our list of best audio interface is its ability to easily connect to computer device only taking below 10 minutes.
Other applications like Skype can be comfortably connected through the two front inputs. This makes it one of the best recording audio interface for pc.
With this device, it is possible to connect a mic while still listening to the audio from the left speaker output since it is a mono and not mix controls enabled. You may be worried how this is possible without getting any delays.
Internal software included in the scarlet and other routed abilities make it possible to monitor sound faster and effectively. We would recommend this device for multitrack live recording.
hi guys welcome to pro tools expert in this video review myself and James IV are going to be taking a look at the new second-generation Scarlett interfaces by focus right now I've got the - I - and the 6i6 here in my studio and James is going to be taking a look at the 18 I 20 the rack mount version over in his studio but first let's take a little look at the - I - now this is a very portable simple little device it has two combi inputs on the front there - game pots and two quarter inch jacks at the back a master volume here and also a headphone output with volume control now this is bus powered and a 6i6 isn't 6i6 requires a PSU 6i6 has to combien puts on the front similar to the - I - but it's got another four on the back in the forms of - extra quarter inch jacks and spit if now this also has six outputs as well and midi i/o so you get slightly more with the 6i6 they also get an extra headphone out which you can use this out extra headphone mixers in your da w which is really useful now let's talk design I think these things look absolutely stunning the housing is this brush red aluminium really rugged I don't think I'm going to worry about throwing these into a suitcase or a backpack when doing some location recording I think these things are just going to last for years and years preamps I think sound absolutely brilliant in both these devices and I can't hear any hiss or noise they're really clean the only area of these two interfaces I do have a few reservations about are the headphone pots I think they're a little bit lackluster when I was recording with these I notice I had the headphone out all the way to the top so it's a little bit of a shame so I you know if you find that you're struggling with that as well you might need to get yourself an extra external headphone amp so that about sums these two up James tell us more about the 18 I 20 the slightly bigger interface falls to me this is the scarlet 18 I 20:18 inputs 20 outputs the main reason I've got this one is because recording drums in there I need lots of mic pries and we get eight of those on the 89 22 Combee XLR jack inputs on the front these also double up as our instrument D is within have another six on the back we then have eight line outputs a pair of monitor outputs which are controlled by our lovely monitor put on here we then have s/pdif i/o stereo SP deaf and ada optical in midi word clock which is very very handy and we're thinking about syncing these up especially if we're using the ada optical input and my favorite feature on the back a proper three pin kit or style I call it power input I love the color of this thing they really have taken the whole scarlett thing on board it's a nice anodized aluminium I think red bezel thing going on very very sexy indeed all the pots feel really nice good and solid i like that I like dan agree the headphone amp is a little bit lackluster certainly when you're playing drums you've got this many mic pries you're going to be retracting a band or a full drum kit not really manly enough the guys that focus right we know have the technology to build some really lovely headphone amps because sat down there in the red for pre are two really very nice ones they need to up the game on these a little bit other than that it's a doddle to use a doddle to set up it just works these things are a serious step up from the mark ones the mark ii Scarlets really really nice for the price this is a serious contender and if you're wanting more inputs might praise line inputs line outputs maybe you're actually mixing to a small analog console who knows this could well be the solution for you have been moving around you following the south my life closes letter than my heart beats when a current is writing again yo if I slip River tryna go Oh don't be afraid me don't be afraid wait on me
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In our review of the best budget friendly USB audio interfaces Tascam US-2x2 USB Audio Interface and Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 emerged the winners selling around $150.
While these 2 can be used with FL Studio, we have another great deal interface from Tescam for about $500 and comfortably connect with Fl studio 12 and 10.
Compared to the Tascam US-2X2, US-4X4, and US-16X08, US-20x20 is the most advanced with 20 ins, 20 output, 8 mic preamps and 20W power rating, this assures maximum versatility and connectivity.
You can use as a standalone mixer, 8-channel mic preamp or as an audio interface.
With 8 Ultra-HDDA mic preamps and USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 supports you are assured of ultrafast and high quality recording. It also comes in with Built-in DSP for EQ for reverb and compression making mixing easier.
To give you control there are dual headphone outputs allowing you to independently monitor the outputs.
Recording qualities of up to 24-bit/192kHz and supports all operating systems and DAW software including FL-Studio. There is also a MIDI I/0.
Tascam celesonic is arguably among the best USB audio interface that can comfortably connect with Fl studio 12 and 10.
This is due to its great sound preamps that provide quality audio recordings and outputs.
We found this a good deal for live band musicians and stage performers. This is because of its ability to support over 2 inputs like the guitar and drums. This is unlike scarlet interface that doesn’t allow for mix control.
With this interface, you will be able to record a series of tracks without fear of delays.
Despite recording audios from different inputs, it is designed to deliver clear and impeccable output fast and conveniently.
hi everyone its James here for our modules expert now the last couple of weekend's my wife's had me on DIY duty and we've been up in the loft or the attic as it's known the other side of the pond and clearing up and clearing things out to get rid of some of my junk and and amongst that junk we found these some of you may recognize these as cassette tapes others amongst you might recognize this as some of the first multitrack media format that we all had available to us now personally I had a tascam Porter oh one now the relevance to this particular video is that force forward on a few years probably 20 odd and we get the toy that we're playing with today this is a tascam u.s. 2020 digital interface now this is the top of the range thing the tascam putting out at the moment in the kind of singer-songwriter recording studio space and it's awesome very very easy to use this thing is actually three solutions in one it's an audio interface 20 and 20 out very very cool it's a digital mixer so if you've got a laptop hooked up to it you can actually use it as a digital mixer with laptop control it's also a really nice mic pre a 2d digital mic pre and it's also very very cool price-wise it's incredibly competitive for the amount you're getting so let's have a look up close and personal on the UA 2020 and see how things have progressed from the old TAS camp or 201 so here we are round the front of the u.s. 2020 and you can see down here I've got the button that takes me between the three modes might pre audio interface and mixer I've got my USB indicator and the main power switch I've then got two controls to switch phantom power on for the first four or the second four might breeze might pre inputs over night trick combi XLR jacks which is really cool I've then got the eight of the world's smallest in pots with level indicator and clip indicator so this for me is the one little thing about this unit that holds it up but generally it's pretty damn good on the other end of things we have our two configurable headphone outputs with volume controls and our main volume control for the master output one and do round the back it is connectivity City we've got coax in and out for s/pdif we've then got the USB 2 or USB 3 connector depending on what you're connecting to I would go USB 2 to Mac and you must be 3 to PC we then have our optical outputs now that's either on ADA optical or the new s-max format which allows us to get up to 96 K on a single optical style connector midi i/o of course then we have very usefully work clock in and out with terminator then we have our 10 independent output line jacks and our last 2 9 and 10 line inputs giving us 20 in and 20 out now over in the task cam settings panel this is where things get interesting if I hit the button on the front of the US 2020 it takes me through the three modes digital mixer mic pre an audio interface and you can see here I've got various different grids and graphs show me my configurations for each mode which are kind of a little bit confusing to start with but actually all it is is a network grid to tell exactly what's going on we're in the mixer panel which is the same for the digital mixer and the audio interface I've got control over each of the ten input channels 8 might freeze of course so once I turn the channel on I've then got a four band fully parametric EQ which is really really cool turn the EQ on and I've got high mid low and key factor on high mid and low mid phase invert EQ and compressor on every single mic channel which is very very handy indeed hence this thing can be used as a full-featured digital mixer I've then got a really nice really smooth sounding compressor all the normal controls there and a full digital reverb loads of different settings loads of goodies in there to realize I didn't really dive too far into this but I have got my master reverb and three other auxiliary sends which it could be to my headphones or whatever very very handy and then got various different controls depending on if I mean interface mode or mic pre mode or mixer mode they're all pretty straightforward once you get your head around them so once again I've built a track up we've gone for five tracks of drums bass two guitar parts and a lead vocal we'll build it up what you're going to hear is the raw tracks no processing no reverb no nothing you'll just hear to start with the absolutely naked tracks as they went down what will then do is later on we'll play it back and I'll tweak it a little bit and mix it in inverted commas put some reverb compression EQ delay things like that on it so you can hear exactly how production value adds a little bit to it but still it sounds pretty damn fine in the raw format I think you'll agree Oh I'm Elijah kennel council so there you go that is the tascam you a 2020 audio interface mic pre and a 2 D converter and digital mixer very very cool indeed the converters sound amazing the mic pries sound really really nice this thing goes all the way up to 192 K this recording was done at 96 K 24-bit but to be honest I mean the A to D conversion sounds great at 96 K I'm pretty sure it was sound good at 44 one so let's space it we try often and see how far we can push these things it just sounds really really nice if I have one tiny little gripe it's that actually they've crammed an awful lot on to this front bezel and some of the pots do feel a little bit tiny but hey once you're up and running you're up and running we're not talking about having a faff through menus and things like that and indents and stuff like that it's just really simple that was always the thing I loved about the porter o1 and that's the thing I love about the ua 2020 it's really simple it took me two minutes up and running obviously it's fully USB 3 compatible it's USB 2 compatible it's just really really simple and that's what I like simple is what makes us and keeps us creative so I'm going to play the whole track back now hopefully you'll enjoy and I've added a bit of catalyst and pieces I'll show you exactly what I've done in the screen capture but yeah enjoy all y'all saying get you what you want but you got more in star whore where and that stop Oh let me light you come comes the mama imma show all to Hamlin oh yes around boy I'm going let me light your candle counsel mama imma show us around - Hana I've been James from proto's expert I'll see you again soon for some more gear talk
We ranked this among the best interfaces for 2018 as it is one of the best universal audio interface with world class level of audio conversion that can process tracks from different inputs without latency.
Some of the inputs supported include; mics, guitars, drums, tape machines, preamps etc.
Another propeller feature is the services contained in the software e.g. the drag and drop, mix control, resizable window and other plugins available in major DAWs.
We realized it is a good audio interface for desktop music production.
It is compatible to Mac and Windows, with few challenges noted in connectivity to advanced production software.
what's up guys you see boy l-train this done with this because your boy just caught the universal audio Apollo twin mark 2 let's unbox this bad boy alright so here it is Apollo twin by universal audio I got the dual core version we'll get into what that means later but um unfortunately somebody at Amazon dropped it or something so hopefully it's alright let's open it up though whoa damn that shirts clean let's peel this off hmm there she is Apollo twins there it is we got the guitar input headphones buttons to mic inputs cable inputs on and off switch optical in thunderbolt and the power alright looks good big-ass knob talkback mic right there what's in the box alright we got this thing alright what's this I'm guessing this is the power adapter alright yeah okay so yeah you got all that back there's no matter where you are in the world notice that's everything that was in the box so in order to get this running you're gonna need to buy your own Thunderbolt cable yeah that sucks this right here was pretty much a rack with Tex and they couldn't include a Thunderbolt cable yes but enough of that if you're like me and you have a MacBook pearl 2017 edition with USBC ports you're also gonna need one of these and these are like 50 bucks it's a Thunderbolt 3 to USBC adapter so 50 bucks 40 bucks thousand almost like, 11, hundred bucks but it might be worth it let's check it out I'll leave links to everything you need below so yeah you want to make sure this is on one side and this is on the other side thunderbolt USBC thunder - thunder all right I got all my necessary cables plugged in here bring that out as much as I can all the necessary plugs cut the Thunderbolt power speakers microphone power right here let's see hit that one and boom all right we got colors now what you're gonna want to do if you are looking to buy one of these now which is probably why you're watching this video act fast because now so June 30th they're doing a special promo where you can get there's three extra plugins they give you and one of them is the full an tars auto-tune real time advanced plug-in which is like a $300 plug in itself so when you bring that in mind that's something I've been wanting to buy but I'm just I just have it so when you factor that into the price of this $900 device that brings it down 300 dollars just because at this plugin when you purchased between now and June 30th it includes up to 896 dollars worth of plugins so whatever if you value that that definitely can make your decision easier I know I've been planning to buy the Apollo for a long time now but then once I saw that I'm like oh alright it's time they got me all you have to do is buy a brand new just click the link in my bio I'll have it there it's straight through Amazon super simple I bought this on Amazon yesterday and it came today free overnight shipping if you have Prime but yeah click the link in my bio purchase it right through there and then bye once you get it you just register it boom automatically you have all the plugins just like that easy as pie you only have until June 30th so honestly just watch this video make your decision if you're considering something else like this right here which I broke earlier this is solid if you're really on a budget this is will be fine if you're trying to feature proof for yourself this bro all the professionals use this it's pretty much the industry standard now so if you have the money just kidding I finally got a set up so basically what you're going to do is go to the website and then be registered just as you would do any other thing except with this you just plug it in and then they'll give you the download link to the software this is the console so this is separate it's a separate application and then so this little thing is gonna pop up so when you first install you need a note that one it's gonna make you restart in two you're gonna go you're gonna have to go into the system preferences cuz this at first for me it said that it didn't install correctly but you need to go into your words it where is it Oh Security and Privacy you need to go there and then click this little unlock button and then go to accessibility and you're gonna have to allow it in here there's another thing in you but it'll walk you through it and then you're just gonna have to hit allow so once you do that this will light up then they're gonna tell you to go to authorized plugins right here and then that's gonna authorize whatever plugins that you have and it comes with like a bunch but what I don't like and I would like to figure out a lot of these even though you don't have them they still show so let me show you when you go into here and you hit this is where everything's gonna be you hit plus you hit the insert it literally has all these plugins right all these plugins they're all ready to go you click one oh damn you don't have this do you want to go to try it out like no bro I want you to only show me what I have so that sucks but I'll figure out how to delete those I don't plan on getting any plugins anytime soon so let me you how I said I'm gonna be using ableton and logic with this but logic is my main go-to but pretty much once you do the installation like you're good it works you have it right here I don't know I don't know how your computer is setup but if you don't have the little sound icon up there you just go to the system preferences and go to sound and then it's there boom click it so play a little tune real quick you got the headphone control just hit that turn up and down the headphones monitor off headphones up simple oh also monitor mute buttons right there [Music] yeah so I mean it's pretty solid it works it sounds good so yeah as far as just using it as an audio interface it's super easy to setup just install it from the website register it and boom you're good plug it in and you're good you got the sound it's sounding good so where it gets a little tricky is when you get into your doll for the video right now I'm using Ableton cuz that's just why I produce most of my stuff but like for vocals I use logic but it should be the same exact process there's a few things you need to do to get it set up in your dog so first thing and you want to do this for Ableton it should be the same for whatever you use but you go to preference obviously core audio and then you select it for the input in the outfit but what you want to do is go to file folder and then go to VST plug-in custom folder hit browse and wherever you have your plugins just click that and that's how you'll be able to get access to all their plugins so pretty much you just have to rescan your plug-in folders you may think okay I need to go into my dog and I need to open the UAD plug-in but you don't so pretty much it's its own standalone app so it's gonna be in your dog pretty much what you would do is if you don't have two screens pretty much just have it like this something like this if you're really recording right now but usually most people have two screens if not this could work for you pretty much that's all there is to it so it's all connected already make sure you hit the right channels so you hit the preamp and you see the channel 1 and channel 2 then you just turn it on boom so that's this you're ready to record the idea of this is so it's a dual core processor which means it's pretty powerful right so everything is done within here so let's say you don't have good RAM on your computer it doesn't really matter because all the processing is being done through the Apollo so if you're running something like auto-tune which you really don't want latency to do because you want to use this real time that's the whole point of this new version is to do it real time so if you're trying to sing and you want to hear yourself in auto-tune while you're singing you just open it up on here you can do the same whatever other plugins they have you just put them on so you know I'm I'm new to this so I'm still learning as well but this is how I plan on using it so I will have auto-tune on and I'll just be singing or whatever whatever I'm doing have this singer sing and whatever preset they have I'll probably just save the preset let's say I boosted this I boosted that I took that down some and I change this whatever so I would just save this as a preset here and then when I'm finished recording and it's time to mix that's when I'll just have it on the track so what you can do is whatever track you're using you can still use all the plugins you go to plugins you go to VST and then you want to go to custom local it doesn't matter you want to go to power plugins and then these are all the plugins I don't know maybe I just have to delete all the ones I'm not using see yeah let's say I want to use autotune real-time events boom just have that open on the track and then whatever audio is there I can go ahead and mix it and I can just open up that preset down here you hit load preset whatever preset I made while the person was recording I just opened it up right there not just mixed like that simple as that so if you're using a compressor if you're using anything you can do it that way or you can record it directly so there's two different ways I'm definitely going to make another video diving into the plugins how to use it all more into detail but as for right now just to get you started up main thing is plug it in install it this is the interface everything if you're doing it with whatever dog you use everything will be connected to this whenever you record these are all your inputs it's really confusing if you're a beginner if you're not a beginner then you probably think I'm an idiot so that's pretty much it as far as the unboxing and the setup goes so especially if you're just using this as an audio interface it's pretty simple but it's a lot more complicated than something like the scarlett 2i2 where you just plug that in and you're good to go but here's one of the most confusing things while I'm on my search to get this piece of hardware here's the key differences between the solo duo and the quad version of the Apollo twin so pretty much all it boils down to you I'm gonna spare you all the technical mumbo-jumbo all right besides the huge price differences the only difference is just the power so let's look at it like RAM in a computer it's like let's say the solo that's only one gig of ram let's say the duo that's two gigs of ram and let's say the quad that is four gigs of ram which one has more power obviously the quad so that's pretty much it so it's like the hardware itself it has its own processing so it's not just like the focus right where you plug it in and that's it you plug it in and it has its own software that has its own power just like your laptop so pretty much all the plugins you want to use inside of the software it doesn't use up your CPU so if you have one of those computers where you're she's always freezing up or lagging at this latency you're not gonna have to worry about that with the twin if you get the duo or the quad but it also depends on how many of these plugins do you think you're gonna use me personally as far as the UAD plugins I don't plan on using any of them like obviously I will use the ones that were free that came with it cuz they're good plugin there's great reviews about them on the internet but the main reason why I got the duo over the solo is just a future-proof myself who knows when you know sometime in the future I might want to use all these plugins but if you're sitting there right now you're like no I don't need any of these plugins I might as well save a few hundred bucks and get the solo because I'm just using it for an interface just to record like one or two tracks or something like that then that's fine if it's not in your budget but if you want a future proof for yourself a little bit more then just go for the duo or go for the quad if you're balling but yeah for me I think the duo is fine it's all about the processing it's all about the amount of plugins that you're gonna be using within that actual software and how much of it can it handle so that's pretty that's the only difference so I don't know for some reason I could never get a clear answer on that everybody I hit up they'll just say but just get the duo it's more powerful but yeah that's the reason why it's more powerful and more expensive alright so that's it thank you guys for watching if you enjoyed this video make sure you hit that subscribe button and smash that like button it really helps out I don't know if it helps I don't know why people say that but everybody says that so I'm gonna start saying it too so go ahead and smash that like button for my honesty I'll leave the links below to all the products everything that I showed you in this video the connectors and everything you need to set this up and the link below see if you have any questions feel free to drop them in the comments so if you're planning on purchasing this my question for you is which version you're gonna get the solo the duo or the quad let me know in the comments below I'm LJ and I'll catch you later [Music] I feel like a idiot bro I think I really just broke my focus right yo bro bro I wasn't done with this I lied I don't think I had a warranty the you do you happens
One of the factors that stands out in UR44 is its good balance between connectivity and portability.
Despite having sound regulating and control features, it still balances on its net weight making it very portable.
This is fitted with compatibility drivers for mac OS and Windows making it able to support almost all audio recording software.
If you are planning to establish a recording studio, live band performance or even a home studio, you may find this more valuable as it allows for voice input through mics and other instruments like the keyboard, guitar and drums.
To sum it all, we found this as among the simplest audio interface to handle.
It is very simple to set as it only requires installation of drivers and software, a process that takes less than 10 minutes even without technical or other support staff.
the you are 44 is steinberg 6 in and 4 out USB audio interface with deep reme like preamps latency free monitoring with effects a class compliance mode studio-grade ad conversion with up to 24 bit 192 kilohertz quality and that in a practically indestructible metal case the front panel features 4 combo connectors that allow you to connect both XLR and TRS each equipped with the gain knob and a peak led when used with quarter-inch jacks the first two inputs feature high impedance attenuation allowing you to connect electric guitars with ease while inputs 3 and 4 there to handle line level instruments with the acclaimed D pre mic preamps these four inputs also deliver highly detailed sound for vocals and other microphone sources via XLR to phantom power switches enable additional 48 volts on two pairs of channels so you can connect dynamic or studio-grade condenser microphones as you wish the two headphone outputs tap into two separate buses for feeding 2 pairs of headphones with individual mixes both volume level controls are independent from the master volume level controls sitting right beside them now let's take a look at the rear panel of the you are 44 here you'll find two additional line inputs that allow connection of an extra stereo source like synthesizers or other gear providing line level the four individual line outputs and the additional stereo main output give you the possibility to connect two different monitor stereo configurations and external outboard equipment and the you r44 provides midi i/o ports for using midi controllers or other MIDI equipment USB 2 port connects to your computer and via Apple's iPad camera connection kit you are 44 connects seamlessly to your iPad for recording audio with cubasis for example our very own DAW running in the iOS environment so we now know the you are 44 can be linked to any iOS DAW but did you know that it also includes a copy of Cubase AI which runs on Windows and Mac OS 10 together with Cubase AI all aspects of i/o handling and DSP management are controlled directly from within the software once your you are 44 interface has been installed Cubase detects the device and automatically embeds it into the Cubase production environment and if you'd rather use another doll well the you are 44 is DSP mix FX mixer makes DSP based monitoring with FX absolutely latency free no matter what your choice of workstation may be and DSP mix FX provides access to additional functionality such as phase reverse and low cut on inputs one through four and a level selector for inputs five and six from here you can also edit the DSP power defect plugins the sweetspot morphing channel strip comprising a compressor and EQ and the rev X reverb with three types of reverb effects these are also available as VST 3 plugins in order for you to use when mixing down in your VST host application we've also added guitar amp classics a collection of guitar amp simulations together we christen this comprehensive set of effects plugins the basic effects suite if you're looking for a portable rugged interface that comes with advanced connectivity top audio quality latency free monitoring through effects plus an extensive software bundle Steinberg's you r44 interface is certainly your choice you
Another top contender for the best audio interface is Presonus. It has modifications to ensure balance of both input and output channels.
This ensures quality output free from unnecessary noises and vibrations.
When playing tracks on this interface, you are assured of no latency as you feel like you playing on an analogue mixer.
This is due to the software utilities that allow for control mixing.
We recommend this for small bands and home recording. This is due to is compatibility with computer devices.
You can therefore use the desktop mixing features.
hey what's up everybody Andrew Swift here and today we're going to take a look at the Presonus audio box 44 VSL this USB audio interface is mac and pc compatible and is capable of up to 96 khz 4 bit conversion rates for high quality audio on the front end the audio box 44 VSL comes equipped with four class-a xmax microphone preamps these are the same preamps found in the popular studio live series mixes and provide clean gain with a good amount of headroom the inclusion of phantom power makes it easy to incorporate condenser microphones into your setup on the faceplate you'll find for combo XLR quarter-inch inputs inputs one and two are designed to handle microphones or Heisey instruments sources like guitars and basses inputs 3 and 4 are designed for microphones or line level signals like keyboards each input also has its own gain control and led clipping indicator making it easy to set just the right amount of input level the front panel also offers main output and headphone volume controls by using the mixer control you can monitor directly off the inputs and achieve zero latency monitoring this eliminates the distracting delay commonly heard when recording with the computer on the back of the audio box 4040 SL you'll find a headphone output and stereo main outs for monitoring as well as four line outputs these outputs are useful for sending audio out throughout word processing or sending stems to a PA in a live performance situation there's also MIDI in and out for connecting compatible gear and USB 2.0 port for connecting your computer aside from having solid hardware features the audio box 44 VSL also comes bundled with great software tools the included virtual StudioLive software expands the functionality of the xmax preamps giving you access to many of the fat channel effects found in the Presonus StudioLive mixes this means that you can add effects like reverb delay EQ compression and gating to all of your inputs for useful you're recording in addition to helping you manage all of the internal processing the VSL software also provides a virtual 8 by floor mixer for creating monitor mixes for recording the audio box 44 VSL also includes Presonus in studio one artist software this fully featured door offers unlimited tracks full-featured mix automation virtual instruments and a collection of 32-bit plugins in an intuitive single window interface with powerful drag-and-drop functionality giving you the ability to start making professional sounding music right away the Presonus audio box 44 VSL offers a lot of functionality in an affordable package and with the included software tools represents a great choice for home studio users
About FL Studio DAW
FL Studio utility is in being customizable making it the most recommended DAWs for beginners. It therefore requires simple interface to ensure quick transition of playlist. You will agree with me that it is almost impossible to have best quality audio output without having a good audio interface. To get quality audio output therefore, you will need Audio interfaces that are compatible to the Fl studio.
Some of its pros are its free updates, drag and drop skill that is quick to learn and apply, piano roll which makes notes fast and conveniently (at a click of a button), possession of plug-ins to insert other music enhancing peripherals like mixers and its simplicity to learn for armature mixers.
Other outstanding features include stock plugins which makes it great for mixing and mastering visual learners, its scalable interface, and its Intuitive piano roll. It is however discredited for its possible crash and unavailability of its Linux versions (native).
You may want to know some of the features to consider when settling for an audio interface.
- Compatibility with the workstation operating system and software’s used.
- Number of the pc ports
- Portability (size, shape and weight)
- Number and type of input and output channels
You will agree with me that in whatever activity you may need to engage in, be it streaming, music recording, video gaming, live band performances, home parties etc., good sound is key. In this article we have brought your hustle for best audio interface for Fl studio as well those best for pcs close to an end
Best Audio Interfaces For Fl-Studio DAW - Buyers Guide
Regardless of where you belong within the diverse segments of potential buyers in this market, choosing the best audio interface for Fl studio could be a real challenge. For one thing, you and I know that no one enjoys return, replacement or refund headaches at all. But this is what happens most times when a wrong purchase is made.
Through this buying guide, we'll go through some of the most important factors that will help you narrow down your choices. In the end, an increased understanding of these salient points will make your purchase decision easier while saving you time in the process.
In addition to reading through the audio interface reviews above, you don't have to spend further time browsing from one page to the other, exploring this buyer guide.
Interestingly, knowing what is an audio interface is one thing. Understanding its usability within the context of your intended use cases is a different thing. Fortunately, the way we broke it down will prove helpful in the end. Let's jump into the main thing.
Intended Use Cases
The big question here is – what exactly do you want to record?
To a very large extent, this is the most important question that will make it easier for you to decide on every other factor in the buying process. For example, you need to decide what type of input/outputs you need in an audio interface. In addition to this, clarification of how many inputs that will match your current need is something you don't have to overlook.
Given the above facts, the needs of a hobbyist recorder, song writer-singer, music band, choir or professional DJ often varies from one context to the other. While a single microphone may serve well for some users, having multiple mic setups seems mandatory for others.
Practically, understanding these things will help you to determine the type of mic preamps and line levels that will serve your specific needs. The key point here is that you have to keep your specific needs front, right, left and center before picking any product.
If possible, consider putting down a list of your most important specifications on paper or digital notepad.
Number of Inputs/Outputs
Considering the role of an audio interface between your computer and other relevant recording equipment, being specific about input/output options is very crucial.
At this point, most of the devices you'll find in this market will have 2, 4 or 6 inputs and outputs. The exact number of inputs and outputs you choose will depend on the nature of your recording needs. Whether you are recording electronic keyboard, electric guitar or bass, you have to be clear about the number and type of inputs/outputs you need.
Depending on the specific context where you want to use it and the number of users, you have to take into account the number of instruments or recording equipment that needs to be present in the mix. For example, you have to clarify the drum machines, samplers, guitars and microphones that will be needed for desirable performance or recording output.
Moreover, if there is a need for using multiple microphones, it will be better to go for an audio interface with a built-in preamp. For a solo recording artist, a simple stereo and headphone output might be enough. Besides, there are some live performance contexts where multiple headphone outputs are required.
In case you have a written down list of most important specifications, having it in from of you while reading some of the best audio interface reviews above will be very helpful.
Based on the nature of this recording device, having a clear idea of how it connects to your computer and other instruments is another step in the purchase process. Even though most of the sellers in this niche will have some of these features listed on their product sales page, getting a pre-information from an audio interface buying guide like this remains useful for making a comparison.
In practical terms, you may not be able to make a good audio interface comparison if you are not informed enough. The main connection options you'll find on most of these devices include USB-C, USB3, USB 2 and ethernet.
The most important thing here is that you have to check the existing ports on your computer first. Having a sufficient level of clarity on this will help you to confirm compatibility with the exact audio interface you want to buy. Take note of the fact asking further questions on each product sales page will also be helpful.
This is the technical standard for the transfer of digital audio signals or content. The presence of this interface helps users to expand additional input channels through a digital cable. If you are buying for a large band, choir or group performances, having this feature in the device often proves very useful. Once again, you may have this indicated on each product sales page. Take this into account when making a comparison.
Operating System Compatibility
Since this device is meant to be connected to your computer, do not assume that all of the models you'll find in the market are compatible with your operating system. To save yourself some return, replacement or refund headaches, make sure to confirm the compatibility of the one you want to buy with your existing computer. In case this is not indicated on the product sales page, don't forget to ask either the seller or Amazon community for clarification.
The key point is that if you have a Mac, you should be looking into the best audio interface for Mac OS.
One thing I always remind potential buyers about is to avoid buying and keeping anything for future use. Please endeavor to test everything upon arrival. The instruction manual will be helpful in this regard.
Recording Software Compatibility
Just as it is important to confirm operating system compatibility regarding the computer you want to connect, recording software compatibility is another factor. There are many types of DAW software with different interfaces in the market. But in this case, our buying guide is focused on Fl studio.
At this point, you may be wondering why this is so important. Here is the thing. Most potential buyers in this market usually different levels of experience when it comes to buying and using audio interface devices. Besides the level of experience, they also operate within diverse contexts.
The question is – are you intending to make a collection of recording equipment from scratch or you buying for an existing studio?
If you are buying for an existing studio or use cases, your best option is to go for an audio interface that is compatible with the current DAW software you are conversant with. You don't want to spend your time struggling to learn or work with a different software interface instead of doing actual recording.
With a clear idea of the best recording software for you or your team, you'll be able to confirm its compatibility with any audio interface you want to buy.
Some other Fl studio alternatives you'll find in the market includes the following:
- Logic Pro
- Ableton Live
Audio Interface Price
Here is another interesting question that a lot of potential buyers often have in mind. How much is an audio interface? Perhaps, most of these people have a good idea of what they want. They just want to know the price. Depending on whether you are buying a bundle with other peripheral or not, the best audio interfaces for Fl studio are usually sold between $100 - $500.
Best Audio Interface Brands
Assuming you do not have any specific brand in mind, some of the best audio interface brands include Focusrite, PreSonus, Yamaha, Behringer, Steinberg, Apogee and Lexicon. For people intending to the best and cheap audio interface on Amazon, these are the top-rated brands. The sales stats and positive reviews from these bestsellers are very impressive.
What are others saying?
Best Audio Interface to Buy (in 2019)
what is the best audio interface to buy in 2019 let's talk about it [Music] [Music] hi I'm Stephen Mullen music composer educator and arranger helping you to build a successful composition career that makes a difference every Thursday we have music gear review videos just like this where we discussed the best gear so that you can maximize your budget and be equipped for a more successful career today let's talk about the best audio interface to buy in 2019 choosing an audio interface can be absolutely overwhelming because when you search online for audio interface there are dozens of options everything from focus right to behringer to sonís native instruments in audio steinberg and the list goes on and on of all the available choices out there so it can be very overwhelming to make a decision of all the audio interfaces on the market my favorite is the Scarlett series by Focusrite these guys have been on the market for several years but this series is still my favorite even in 2019 amongst all the competition I think that these have the best function for the price based on your needs there are three interfaces within the Scarlett series that I recommend depending on the size and functionality that you need for your studio the first is the Scarlett solo which only has one mic preamp and preamp basically just means an input that you can plug a microphone into and it gives you control with a volume slider the next biggest is the scarlett 2i2 which has two inputs to outputs and two mic preamps and the largest in this series is the Scarlett 18i 20 with 18 inputs 20 outputs and 8 mic preamps in my experience no other audio interface has the clarity functionality and simplicity of the Focusrite Scarlett series especially at its incredible price point the preamps in every Scarlett interface sound phenomenal and instantly make your recording sound cleaner and you can't ignore the beautiful red design on each box each box contains phantom power which stands for 48 volts which gives you access with just a push of button to power your microphones for starting musicians I recommend the scarlett 2i2 model because of its two inputs which allows you to leave two XLR or quarter-inch cables connected which usually means one mic for vocals and one for an instrument like electric guitar each of which you can conveniently set to a respective input volume level and also has two outputs which allows you to connect to studio monitors for playback which is essential for professional mixing if your budget is tighter or you only plan to use headphones for playback typical for mobile wargs the Scarlett solo should suffice for musicians seeking optimum control and efficiency at an incredible price the Scarlett 18i 20 is unbeatable boasting 18 inputs and 20 outputs you'll always have the capacity for an army of instruments and mics and even creativity strikes I personally use the 89 20 so I can leave all of my inputs set to my preferred volume levels for quick access the 89 20 also includes a convenient visual input level monitor that shows if a particular instrument is too soft or loud dim and mute buttons for instant volume control which is extremely useful when switching between mic talkbacks and playback through studio monitors and two headphone inputs which I think is essential for recording music or podcasts with others in a live setting this allows each musician to have individual volume control that's not enough each of these audio interfaces is bundled on Amazon with Pro Tools 12 first Focusrite creative pack Ableton Live light soft tube time and tone muddled focus ride red plug-in suite and 2 gigabytes of loop master samples this is a ridiculously good bundle don't pass it up so why do you need an audio interface in the first place well if you are hoping to record your music at 48 K which stands for 48 kilohertz which is the industry standard when delivering music to clients then you're gonna have to have an audio interface if you're just using headphones with your PC or your Mac you're not going to be able to produce at that high quality standard because the audio drivers within your computer just can't handle it furthermore you're not going to be able to use studio monitors which are speakers without having an audio interface so that's why I always recommend if you're going to be using speakers at all then you need to at least have those two outputs on your audio interface that way you can route them directly to your left and your right speakers you need at least one if not two inputs so that you can start to record instruments now for those of you who are just going to be using headphones and you're doing everything in the box okay fine you might be able to get away without having an audio interface but really it's not gonna be the same high-quality music as is the professional standard so is that really worth jeopardizing especially for such a low cost I don't think so for those of you who want to dive deeper into the film TV and video game world you probably aware that live recordings are a really paramount part of writing music so often I find myself picking up a guitar or mandolin or violin some kind of live instruments and recording it into the microphone which is plugged in directly to my audio interface and that's just a very important part of be able to capture live human emotions through live instruments and sounds having an audio interface is also incredibly important for controlling your volume there is nothing more annoying than having to constantly take your mouse and click on the little sound icon and drag it up and down with the slider just because you're switching applications and not to mention if you ever want to livestream as I encourage all of you to do in your personal branding whether it's on social media or on YouTube having live streams is a really important part and to be able to do that directly from your studio and not always to be on your phone that's a really huge advantage and so being able to control all of that from your audio interface is incredibly useful and it ups the production quality of everything that you create when I first started writing music professionally back in 2005 which is 14 years ago now back then there were not a lot of great audio interfaces on the market especially nothing like today so back then I distinctly remember purchasing an mo do mobile pre which at the time was great it had my two inputs my two outputs and that was all I needed starting off because I could use my studio monitors that I just bought and I could start recording with a microphone and that made a significant impact because of the 48 volts the phantom power within the audio interface it allowed me to record with a mic without having to do the USB nonsense and getting all the static in the compression and just bad sounding audio it was a game changer for me to be able to finally capture great sounding audio and to start to make youtube videos using better audio with a microphone and being able to actually set my input level to make sure I never peak at all pop when I talk or when I record instruments later in my college years as I was beginning to pick up professionally in my work I decided to invest in the scarlet 18 I 20 and since then that has been a game changer as well because I can now visually see my input monitor which allows me to see the volume levels of all of my microphones so whenever I'm talking into this microphone like right now I can actually see the different levels going up and down and I can twist my different knobs to make sure that before I ever hit a note of an instrument or talking to my microphone everything is working and this is paramount when I am live-streaming because I'm having to move all kinds of knobs with multiple screens and now I use my iPad and I have an audio mixer while working especially with film scoring and video games so to use all these things in conjunction the hub of it all is the audio interface investing in a quality audio interface needs to be at top of your priority list makes a world of difference to use the scarlet series where everything works it looks great it feels great I've never had any issues whatsoever to top it off these Amazon bundles include free dots that is absolutely incredible that is a deal I wish I had 14 years ago so take advantage of this bundle it really is incredible to recap the best audio interface for you to buy and 2019 is either the Scarlett solo the scarlett 2i2 or the Scarlett 18i 20 there is a link to each of those interfaces in the description below so click on your favorite if this video was valuable for you hit that subscribe button and give a thumbs up also consider joining the screen music Academy free for 7 days or we help composers just like you grow their composition business every day today's question of the day what audio interfaces have you use in your studio and what do you like or hate about them comment below and I'll see you next Thursday for another music gear review [Music] [Music] you
Which audio interface should you buy?
[Music] hey what's up YouTube universe this is Jake welcome to tech kitchen so today I want to talk about which audio interface I think you should buy in 2018 so you know interfaces they're kind of like cars right every single year there's a new model that's a little bit bigger and better than the previous models so gonna be a lot of selections to choose from but I really want to hear this video towards two different types of people out there one is the budget conscience consumer somebody that doesn't have a whole lot of money to spend but wants to get the best bang for their buck and to somebody that has that money to spend and is looking for a great all-around interface to get premium converters premium quality and just premium all the way around so without wasting any more time let's go ahead and get into the video and see what I chose [Music] you okay so let's get this video going so for my budget pic I am gonna go with the audience ID for this is a great little USB powered box you don't even need to plug it into the wall just connect to your computer and you're good to go if all you need is a microphone a set of monitors and a set of headphones this is it I mean it has the microphone input 48 phantom power of course it's got the TRS output so that you can connect a set of monitors it actually has two headphone outputs just in case you need that extra one and it has a DI input but for a lot of people I know they track hip-hop music they're never gonna need more than one input and for only $200 I really believe that this is the way to go if that's all that you really need definitely check this box out I really don't think that there's anything similar in the price range that's gonna be better than this if it is it's gonna be so minimal it's not even worth it just get the box get to making music and get going as far as my premium pick I'm gonna go with the universal audio Apollo twin duo mark 2 this is a awesome box I just heard this a couple of weeks ago at a French studio and I was so impressed I went out and sold my interface and my preamp to get this if you're not familiar with the Apollo products basically what they do is using the two preamps that are on the interface there called unison preamps it works in conjunction with the software to emulate specific outboard gear things like need preamps or SSL a channels compressors you know all those outboard gear those those big-budget pieces that cost thousands of dollars well now you can get them in this interface in the form of plugins and get that sound it may not be exact but the emulation is so close if you know what you're doing you can really get that sound that you're looking for and I highly recommend this thing it has premium converters premium preamps the it's got a headphone output a DI input it's dr. TRS outputs to connect your monitors it's got line outs it is a thunderbolt interface and it works just flawless for me and I really think if you have thunderbolt and you're looking for that premium product that this is gonna be the way to go you have to check it out demo these plugins it's a maze and there's no need for me somebody who's more geared towards YouTube videos and photography with a little bit of music on the side to go more than that unless you're gonna be spending thousands and thousands of dollars on outboard gear this is the way to go in my personal opinion and I really think you should check it out now one thing I do want to mention about all interfaces today this is 2018 technology has come so far from when I started recording and dabbling with music I remember starting out with a task cam for the studio mark - it's a small box that you pop a cassette in to press record and you can record on up to two tracks and I mean I'm talking I was recording with a probably a shure sm58 something of that light and we were recording tracks all the time even after that years later I was recording with a Audigy Sound Blaster card in a old yellow computer with a huge CRT monitor and another SM 5857 type of microphone and we were cutting albums with this stuff it may not have sound the greatest but the point I'm trying to make is that at the end of the day the quality with today's interfaces are gonna be there no matter which one you choose I think it is much more important that you get what you need to start recording and you start focusing on your mixing you start focusing on the talent and you start focusing on the music instead of the gear I myself from guilty of wasting a lot of time and money buying gear upgrading buying the next microphone the next thing now with mics I will say it's good to experiment and see what works for your voice but there's no need to spend all this money on all these different interfaces and preamps I mean find what works for you get to making the music and go from there and just focus on the music that's all I have to say on the subject I really don't think you can go wrong anywhere you go nowadays just get what you need and get going all right well there you have it so let me know what you think is there an interface out there that I should have recommended over the ones that I did if so let me know drop it in the comments is there anything that I left out you know I tried to get these videos done in a timely fashion so surely there's gonna be some information I didn't cover if so let me know drop it in the comments anything you want to add to the conversation let me know drop it in the comments so that I can learn and everybody else out there can as well as always be sure to check the description below I'm gonna have links to every item featured in this video and as always stay tuned plenty of content coming your way so again thank you for watching stay tuned and have a great day [Music]
Best Audio Interfaces for Music Production in 2019
hello YouTube welcome to review and shop today we will watch best sound cards for music production in 2018 number five audio and IV 22 the Audion 222 USB audio interface is an impressive piece of hardware which will make audio feels and sound engineers very happy it is packed to the brim with amazing features and a whole lot of customization into a compact body that is easy to store the desktop card has 10 ports for input and 14 ports for output in the desktop interface making it easy to connect as many instruments as you require to record them individually it also has 6 output and 2 input high performance ports besides the Solich fed instrument input the sound card also has class-a mic preamplifiers and works using USB 2.0 connectivity the analogue sound and gain control feel great to touch the product is solid and should last for a long time number 4 focusrite scarlett 2i4 second generation the focusrite scarlett 2i4 is a great interface for recording music DJs and music technicians it is compatible with both Mac and Windows platform and it is pretty lightweight and portable the focusrite scarlett 2i4 comes with two mic preamps and four analog inputs to make sure it can handle the seriously hot guitar pickups the focusrite scarlett 2i4 included two instrument inputs on the latest version you can expect the sample rate of up to 192 kilohertz / 25 bit on the focusrite scarlett 2i4 latency on the focusrite scarlett 2i4 is ridiculously low you can use this external sound card right out of the box thanks to the Ableton Live in the customized focus right created pack included in the package you can expect a quality output with this product and since it is really affordable it can serve as a great starter don't let that cheap price confuse you though the focusrite scarlett 2i4 is a solid gadget for professional music producers as well number three Steinberg you are 44 the Steinberg you are 44 offers for new trick analog combo inputs with switchable plus 48v phantom inputs to allow for versatility you can connect everything from an electric guitar to line level audio equipment to boutique condenser microphones the switchable high Z support allows you to hook up an electric guitar or bass without any additional line inputs there are two additional line inputs so that you can connect extra audio source in combination with four mic preamps this gives you a total of six input channels which allows for range of recording situations equipped with a midi i/o you can connect us in a drum trigger module or other MIDI device the included DSP mix fixed software to provide latency free monitoring so that you can record while listening to the feedback in real time this prevents any distraction while recording with a sampling rate of 192 kilohertz and a resolution of 24 bits the you are 44 delivers crystal-clear sound quality with no buzzing or hissing sounds users report that the you are 44 produces crystal-clear recordings it comes with free software to enhance your recording the preamps are good quality as well as all the other hardware on the device the metal casing as well as the knobs and buttons are solidly built and are durable enough to withstand life on the road it is easily portable as well the mic pray are very quiet both at low and high gain settings the volume knob and monitor button are very useful during recording the you r44 has low latency to allow for the best recordings number 2 rme babyface Pro there are plenty of portable audio interfaces out there but durable units with more than two inputs and outputs that's a tall order rme's babyface Pro is a robustly designed interface with plenty of input and output options the babyface Pro comes equipped with two XLR inputs and outputs on the backside and 1/4 ins on the side along with 1/4 and 1/8 headphone outputs the remaining side is optical inputs and outputs along with a MIDI input a MIDI cable dongle is included the sleek rugged metal casing is super heavy-duty the hard plastic case has cutouts to keep the cables organized as well as a cloth bag which is a nice touch the business end is the front surface the large well-lit meter display is easy to read and the set mix buttons allow a mix to be recalled want to drop the level the dimmed function drops things for quick reference rme does have an extra app that works with it their total mix interface is a virtual mixer and control layout now it can be used with a Mac or PC as well as iOS devices which makes it a really flexible little unit however it will require an adapter cable to connect a thunderbolt as it takes power from the device there is a separate power adapter not included to keep it from draining a battery it took a bit to get the totalmix FX and the USB setting applications all working nicely on our iMac the totalmix FX app is very powerful though with a 3-band EQ as well as reverb and delay latency is a forgotten term with this as the interface takes the load of monitoring off of the device forget all the extras if you'd like using it as a regular dot tool is super easy with no oddities or issues to speak of all those features don't add up if the sound quality isn't there thankfully the preamps are great sounding and quite musical overall the XLR is pair nicely with a variety of microphones and the 1/4 connections are excellent for plugging in an electric guitar or synth with no issues right off the bat the tone is big and rich sounding without any EQ or effects with MIDI functionality it makes for an excellent little production workstation a great way to use this could also be running in a stereo mix from a live mixer for recording live shows overall it well done unit width options lor for inputs and outputs and it does sound fantastic number one Focusrite Scarlett 18 I 22nd gen the second-generation Scarlett ranges packed full of upgrades Scarlett generation 2 features super low latency that will bring confidence to your performance letting you record and monitor with software effects in real time it's metal volume controls and a sleeker red metal chassis under scores improved industrial design built to go anywhere Scarlett USB audio interfaces also now operate at sample rates all the way up to 192 kilohertz and the input channels have evolved to the latest Scarlett my preamp features a more even gain structure so you can accurately set your levels and the instrument input has also been completely redesigned so it can handle seriously hot pickups for recording electric guitar the latest generation Scarlett e Teaneck 20 is an 18 in 20 out USB audio interface that can handle just about anything your band or studio can throw it in beautiful and rack mountable it gives you loads of i/o pristine sound quality separate stereo headphone mixes extensive expansion options and round-trip latency as low as 2.74 s all in a 1u rack space Focusrite interfaces are the perfect partner for Pro Tools so Scarlett 18i 20 comes with Pro Tools first recording software as well as Ableton Live light and a suite of software and samples so you can start recording straightaway as you'd expect it works flawlessly with all major DAWs on Mac and PC eight Scarlett mic preamps with exceptional Headroom low noise and minimal distort you - newly designed instrument inputs now with increased Headroom for seriously hot pickups class-leading digital conversion at up to 24 bit 192 kilohertz audit expansion ports allow you to add an extra eight analog inputs and outputs 10 balanced analog outputs including a dedicated stereo pair with anti thump circuitry and many more
How To Choose The Best Audio Interface For Your Home Studio
hey friends Graham here from the Recording Revolution comm and today let's talk about how to pick the best audio interface for your home studio now when it comes to gear this could be the most important decision you make for a couple of reasons I'll explain in a second and I want to make a preface before we jump into the three parameters you need to look for and a couple other things to watch out for and the preface is that today there is no more debate in my mind about quality of audio interfaces there will always be different price points and there will always be premium products with premium components made by premium companies and will be more affordable solutions made by really reputable companies but come in way way cheaper but inside those interfaces are amazing sounding preamps and converters and if you disagree then you just haven't gotten good enough on the budget stuff I am hearing records being made on very affordable interfaces that rival stuff that I've heard out of big studios because the song is better because the artist is more talented and because they use the equipment well and put it together in a beautiful way the gear that is made today in the budget realm sounds ten times better in my mind and I've said it again then the more expensive interfaces and converters I use ten, 15, years ago in big studios so the technology has just come so far moving yet again we are living in the most revolutionary most incredible time ever to be making music so it does not matter what you spend on the interface you can get professional results bank on it now start about the three things you need to look for and how to know how to pick your audio interface now the number one thing is really really important it is what kind of connection does your computer have so audio interfaces these days have different types of computer connections whether it's USB these days a lot of times it's 3.0 firewire is phasing out but still some firewire interfaces and some computers still have that connection whether it's 400 or firewire 800 or a thunderbolt is very very popular now both on traditional Mac's the now pcs you can get Thunderbolt cards or PCI cards on the PC that have Thunder both adapters things like that so what you need to look at first is what computer do you have and what connections does it have if it has thunderbolt that allows you to have a Thunderbolt interface if it has USB then you can use a USB interface if you have both you can choose but you have to start with what your computer has right so then when you go shopping for interface you start to sort it by connection type USB firewire Thunderbolt PCI etc number two thing on the checklist for you is number of simultaneous inputs now if you've seen my video on how to record a band in a home studio then you've learned about the concept of overdubbing you don't need 20 inputs to record 20 tracks or 20 people in your band if you can record them one at a time but it's important to know how many inputs you will need at any given time to record at once so for example if you're just a singer-songwriter and you're just going to play guitar and sing at the same time or play keyboard and sing at the same time or just do one of the other you only need two inputs to do that right to microphone preamps one for your vocal one for your guitar or one for the microphone in your piano one for the guitar or a line input for your keyboard and your vocal so two inputs simultaneous is all you would need and that is a great legitimate starting point because you can overdub later now if however you want to record multitrack drums maybe you want four mics on the drum kit a kick snare and overhead you're going to need four microphone preamps in that audio interface if you need eight microphones on your drum kit or you want to record a drum kit and a guitar player at the same time you sort of see where you're going with it how many inputs if you can imagine in the near future will you want to record at the same time and you'll need to look for that in an interface now something to keep in mind here is that some audio interfaces will say eight inputs but only have four microphone preamps built-in the other four inputs are line level inputs if you have keyboards or DJ equipment or if you have other microphone preamps that are external and you can run the outputs to those that will not help you if you don't have the extra preamps or you really need eight microphone preamps or eight microphones so make sure you not only check the channel count but the number of preamps in there that way you know how many microphones you can plug right into the interface the third thing you want to think about is potential future expandability all of our needs will likely change and grow over time if you think there is a chance that right now you're doing singer/songwriter stuff and you only need two inputs but you think in a year or two or three I'll probably be recording more inputs at once it might be worth considering an interface that has what you need now but some expandability Avaya and a DAT input on the back that allows you to put more Mike Frese into it with one cable or line inputs that are unused for now but you can get some extra Mike fries later and run into it if your audio interface only has two analog inputs period then you can never record more than two things at a time no matter how much nice gear you buy down the road it just physically only has two converters inside two channels of conversion so it's important to think ahead maybe some interfaces will only have two mic priests but they have expandability in the back it's hard to forecast what your needs are the future I get that and you don't want to always buy for future needs you need a buy for what you need now but it's worth considering do I think I will need expandability in the future it might be worth buying something that's a little bit more pricey that gives you that expand ability in the future otherwise you're going to have to sell that interface and get a whole new one down the road now a couple of things that you need to pay attention to when buying interfaces that I think people skip is one what is the experience from other users with the software that comes with that interface for example most interfaces have a software component that is controlling maybe your low latency headphone mix on the interface but you control of a software and it's kind of in between your interface and your da W or your recording software it's like another piece of mini software like a little mixer or something sometimes they have built-in effects sometimes it just controls the headphone routing sometimes it just controls your monitor mix either way what are people saying about that software because you're going to have to use that software in every session now it's not the same as your da W you want to spend forever with it but it's going to be part of your workflow and if it is a confusing piece of software it will drive you nuts and it'll slow you down in the middle of the session I've used a couple of interfaces over the years whose software component sort software mixer built in the software control center whatever it is was very cumbersome not well thought out very full-featured you could do a lot with it but not usable in a real session and it was confusing and always slowed me down I really want to know if I haven't used it personally what other people say about that software component so do a little digging in the reviews or ask a friend if they've used it what do they think about sort of the in between software that the interface comes with is it usable is it easy to use does it get in the way something people don't think about but it will really plague you or aid you in your recording sessions now another thing I want you to pay attention to is how many headphone outputs because this thing out it blows my mind that interfaces are still made today some they're still made today with one headphone jack this makes absolutely zero sense if you ever intend to record anybody other than yourself if you're just going to record yourself that's all you need you plug your headphones into that front Jack create your headphone mix and then you're good to go but if you will ever record even someone else in your band or a friend of yours where you want to listen to the mix as the engineer for that moment and they need to listen to a mix that's slightly different to perform then without the second headphone jack you're going to have to find so an extra pair of outputs on the back if there is an extra pair not all interfaces do have an extra pair and route it to a headphone amp or create a mono mix out of the heads the the output jacks and run into something that converts it to hit it just becomes a cumbersome way to work in some interfaces that's what they give you just one headphone jack and it makes no sense but there are plenty of interfaces that have two independently controlled headphone amps on the front and that's very very practical you're going to get stuck if you don't have those two so I would recommend interface that has two of those like I said before I personally think that the audio interface is the most important gear choice that you make because it's what you're going to build your whole studio around you can always swap out mics you can always swap out speakers you can always swap out software and da W and plugins but that is the hub with which everything flows through and you need to meet all the needs that you have needs to work with your computer it needs to work with your setup so it's worth doing a little bit of research and digging to find an interface that's good for you and it make things easier for you I have put together some of my personal recommendations on audio interfaces in my home studio gear guide just go to the link here below called studio gear guide comm go to studio gear guide comm it's a simple PDF you can download this will help you where I basically looked at every kind of piece of gear you need in home studio whether it's microphones audio interfaces software headphones to do monitors and I've listed my personal recommendations in different budgets so I don't know what you can afford to spend but if you figured out what computer connection you have how many inputs you need and if you need a future expandability then the only other question is how much can you afford to spend and you buy an interface in that range will I save you the trouble by saying if you can afford to spend this amount here are the top three interfaces I would recommend and why and I've links to them so you can get current pricing and all that kind of stuff this is all gear that I either personally own or have used or I like the companies and I trust the products they make so go to studio gear guide comm my little gift to you I think it will help save you some trouble and narrow down these two choices of interfaces for you and you can do some digging to see if it's going to be a good fit for you now remember your audio interface is so important you don't want to be swapping this out every year you want to rock this thing for many many years get a lot of life out of it you'll save you money and it takes time to learn your gear so it's an important decision do your research use the gear guide buy an interface and then make great music with it don't watch the commercials or don't read the ads for a new interface that comes out next year or the newest model you don't need it use the one you have if it still suits your needs and get better at making records with that interface remember the interface is not the thing it's not the difference maker it's you your talent and your ability to do this craft and that takes time to learn but that's why I'm here so hopefully that helps you pick and choose the perfect audio interface for your home studio leave a comment below this video and let me know what audio interface you have or you use if you already have one why you like it maybe it can be a good recommendation for someone else as well thanks for watching subscribe to the videos if they help you I'll see you on another video soon
FL Studio - How to Connect an Audio Interface
okay this quick tutorials going to show you how to connect your audio interface which is external of the software application into your ear da FL Studio in this one but they're all pretty much the same but in this one we're using FL Studio so we'll open that and now we're in FL Studio you can see I already have a vocal track linked where it is but I think it's on the master yeah anyway so for your audio interface you want to come in and choose audio settings okay now you would kind of think that you should have this audio settings set to your interface which in my case I have an inbox pro but that's not really the case you're going to set the mbox Pro actually in the mixer over here see how that's set the mbox Pro you're going to do it in the mixer in the audio settings you're going to keep it as core ASIO core a co the rest of these are kind of random I'm using them for streaming audio into my video editor so like sound flower I show you this sound flower to channel sound flower 64 and I show you and the multi output one those are ignore those and just look at the primary sound driver and n-box Pro the mbox Pro the mbox Pro is what I'm using as my audio interface but in these audio settings you're just going to keep it as core ASIO okay now in the mixer so when that said just exit out in the mixer you're going to want to set your tracks so whatever tracks that you're going to be recording into you say you're going to record an external guitar and you want to record an external vocal for example I have a microphone so on track five here I'm going to insert now like I said all these sound flower ignore these I'm using this for my video editing software but you probably won't have a whole giant list of channels from sunflower but the mbox down here in box channel zero channel one these correlate to what your audio interface has so on your audio interface you have multiple channels my microphones coming through channel one so use channel one and now you'll hear the audio kind of change because I haven't I have a compressor on the master but I'll take that off and the volume is a little quieter now and for vocal tracks you kind of want to always have a commute to bring up the game so you can bring the gain up there on a vocal track so now I'm recording this through track five and if I wanted to record a guitar you plug the guitar into a different channel on your audio interface and then you link it say it to track six so now channel two mbox pro channel two will be recording an external guitar but if I wanted to record this this microphone make sure you always record it with this one up here alright don't record it with this this is only recording what's in the step sequencer okay this is only recording what's in the step sequencer and what you're doing with MIDI you want to record it with this so into playlist or Edison but I prefer playlist because it gets put directly into this playlist so into playlist now we're recording this is like live recording right now and when you so turning it off now we're recording this is like live recording right now and when you so turning it off so yeah that's how it works there's a lot of recording it got both the master because I do have this link to the nasty but master shouldn't have any inputs the master should not have any inputs the master should have an output which in my case I'm using this multi output thing that I've had to make so I can so I'm sending the output the output of FL studio' is being sent into my video editing software which is recording the vocals so I'm channeling it through FL into OS OBS to record but you shouldn't have any inputs on the master you should have the inputs on the individual tracks so if you want to do that again you come back to track 5 where the recording is and you just do insert and now this is a live recording I'm recording this directly into the track and now this is a live recording I'm recording this directly into the track and now this is a so that's how you do it if you have any questions please comment below like and subscribe my name is epsilon 144 and have a great day peace out