There's a lot of hardware that goes into a recording studio or pro audio system - and in today's music industry, a lot of software as well. But not every piece of gear works with everything else out of the box. Microphones and instruments are mostly analog, as well as some sound units, drum machines and other equipment. On the other hand, software is obviously digital, and so are many standalone components. M-Audio audio interfaces are right at home in the middle of all these, where they translate signals from analog to digital and back again so your entire setup can work together. And since M-Audio makes an interface for just about every kind of use, it's easy to find the right one for your needs.
Searching for the absolute fastest way to make a portable recording studio out of your laptop? In that case, the answer is the M-Audio M-Track Plus, hands-down. It works with Mac or PC and comes bundled with Avid Pro Tools Express and AIR Music Technology Ignite, so you're ready to get started within minutes of opening the box. And when you're ready to take your masterpiece to another studio for some fine-tuning, you won't have to worry about converting your files since audio mastered in Pro Tools Express is totally compatible with the professional versions of Pro Tools.
If you're working with a bigger studio setting that demands more channels from an interface, just step up to the M-Audio M-Track Quad 4 Channel Audio Plus USB MIDI Interface. This versatile unit plays well with anything from a phantom-powered mic to an electric guitar, and it supports add-on effects through it "insert" jacks. Need even more channels than that? No problem - the M-Audio MTRACK Eight has you covered, with eight channels ready to take on full bands and ensembles, packed into a slim chassis that mounts easily in a single rack slot.
Before music went digital, an interface wasn't even a thing. Today, no studio can do without at least one. It's amazing how much things have changed in the past three decades, and there's no sign that they'll slow down anytime soon. The good news is that, with M-Audio audio interfaces in your setup, you'll be well-prepared to ride the wave and keep up with the latest digital trends in audio production for years to come.