What is a USB digital interface?
A USB audio interface lets you convert your analog audio signals (i.e. your voice) into a digital signal for your computer. They can vary in quality, features, inputs & outputs, and more. They all have mic preamps built into the XLR inputs, and at least one output for monitoring speakers or headphones.
Can you record with a USB mixer?
Mixers are also used during live performance (not just recording sessions) as they can edit and mix sound in real time. In general, however, USB mixers and audio interfaces do now have a lot of overlapping functions – and you can technically live record audio with both entities.
Can a USB mixer be used as an audio interface?
As I mentioned at the beginning, a lot of mixers now have USB outputs, meaning the mixer can double as an audio interface and send audio via USB into your computer. For some people, having that flexibility to work at or away from the computer is ideal.
What is better than Focusrite?
If the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is unavailable, or if you need something with a built-in MIDI interface, the PreSonus AudioBox iTwo is a great alternative. It has the same iOS, macOS, and Windows functionality and portability as the 2i2, and its preamps have enough power to support condenser mics.
Do I need an audio interface?
Answer: Yes, you need an audio interface, even when you make beats or electronic music. The main reason is because of the audio quality which is needed for professional music production. This quality is lacking in most sound cards shipped in laptop and desktop computers.
Do USB microphones need audio interface?
If you only need to record one voice at a time, a USB mic will do what you need, and you likely don’t need an interface at all. If you’re fixed on a mic with an analog output, read on. Before choosing an interface you should consider the following: How many microphones do you need to record at once?