In this video I take a close look at the what an audio interface is, what it does, and what to look for when you’re looking to buy your first audio interface.

Quick Answer: An audio interface is used to connect analog audio sources (microphones & instruments) to a digital source (PC, Mac, iPad, etc). An audio interface is a high quality sound card.

An audio interfaces gives you the ability to connect microphones, instruments and other inputs to a computer. Not only does it handle your computer’s inputs, but it can also handle all of your outputs (monitoring, headphones, etc.)

In addition to expanding your inputs and outputs of your computer, an audio interface improves the sound quality of your inputs and outputs compared to a typical sound card.

Audio Interfaces are used for recording music, voice over, and podcasts.

Equipment Featured In This Video

Topics Covered In This Video

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 0:18 – What Does An Audio Interface Do?
  • 1:10 – Scarlett 2i2 & Presonus Audio Interface
  • 1:49 – Inputs
  • 3:22 – Preamps
  • 4:04 – Midi Connectivity
  • 4:30 – Phantom Power
  • 5:51 – Monitoring Options
  • 7:13 – Headphone Jack
  • 7:40 – Monitor Outputs
  • 8:05 – Power Options
  • 8:55 – Bitrate / Quality
  • 9:30 – Final Thoughts

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Jordan Kettner

I consider myself to be half entrepreneur and half A/V geek. I am never content to settle for what is expected or determined by others to be the “industry standard”. Instead, I work extremely hard to break new ground and deliver value to whoever I meet.

My passion for the audio visual industry drives me to create content that will help others learn the best tools and techniques to learn how to setup their home studio.

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