HOW ABOUT SAMPLE RATE?

The latest audio interfaces sometimes have a sample rate up to 192 kHz and a bit depth of 24 bit. But is that what we need for recording?

For recording the best setting is 24 bit, which gives you higher dynamics and more headroom compared to 16 bit. You can record at lower levels and you do not have to worry too much about noise when boosting the signal.

The sample rate can best be set at 48 kHz, that gives you more quality than the 44.1 kHz that is used on a compact disc and will not really make the file sizes much bigger. If you use 88.2 kHz the audio file size will be twice as big as the 44.1 kHz.

You will probably not hear any difference using higher sample rates like 96 kHz or 192 kHz. But it will increase the file size of your computer and it will also make your computer work harder to manage this all.

 

USB AUDIO INTERFACES

Here you find a list of audio interfaces that are priced below 100 US$ (streetprice). Check the most recent prices at your local online shop. If you have any addition to this list, please let me know through our contact page on our website.

Most interfaces come with some DAW software, good to know!

Oh, and don't forget to check if they offer something like 48 V phantom power for your microphones. You really need that.

USB AUDIO INTERFACES

Behringer U-PHORIA UM2 1 input US$ 30
midiplus Smartface 1 input US$ 40
Behringer U-PHORIA UMC202HD 2 inputs US$ 60
midiplus Audiolink III 2 inputs US$ 84
Presonus AudioBox USB 96 2 inputs US$ 85
Focusrite Scarlet Solo 2 inputs US$ 99
Behringer U-PHORIA UMC404HD 4 inputs US$ 99

 

Check the latest prices for audio interfaces at Thomann

Prices are estimates and are subject to change.

 

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