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    Focusrite Red 4Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface
    Your Price $2,199.99
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    Focusrite RedNet D64R 64-Channel Bridge Between MADI And Dante Networks
    Your Price $2,299.99
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    Avid HD OMNI All-In-One Interface
    Your Price $1,495.97
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    Avid HD I/O 16x16 Analog Interface
    Your Price $3,299.00
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    Focusrite Red 8Pre Audio Interface
    Your Price $3,099.99
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    Focusrite RedNet 4 - 8 Channel Mic/Line A-D
    Your Price $2,199.99
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    Focusrite Rednet 5 - 32-Channel Pro Tools HD Bridge
    Your Price $479.99
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    Universal Audio Apollo x6 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface
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    Universal Audio Arrow Audio Interface
    Your Price $439.12
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    Universal Audio Apollo Twin USB with Realtime UAD Processing
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    Steinberg UR44 USB Interface
    Your Price $263.99
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    Apogee Quartet for Mac and iOS
    Your Price $1,315.60
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    Behringer U-Phoria UMC22
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    Behringer Podcastudio USB
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    Arturia AudioFuse Audio Interface
    Your Price $527.12
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    Antelope Audio Zen Tour Audio Interface
    Your Price $1,491.60
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    MOTU 8pre-es 24 x 28 Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface with 8 Mic Pres, DSP and Networking
    Your Price $1,051.60
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    Steinberg AXR4T 32-bit Premium Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface
    Your Price $2,463.12
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    Lynx Hilo Converter with LTTB
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    Line 6 POD Studio UX2 with POD Farm
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    Apogee ONE Audio Interface and Microphone
    Your Price $242.00
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    PreSonus Studio 192 USB Audio Interface
    Your Price $703.96
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    Zoom UAC-8 USB 3.0 Audio Converter
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    PreSonus Studio26 (2x4 USB 2.0 24-bit 192 kHz Audio Interface)
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    Resident Audio T4 Four-Channel Thunderbolt Interface
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    PreSonus AudioBox iOne
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    Tascam US-2x2 USB Audio Interface
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    MOTU 828mk3 Hybrid Firewire Audio Interface
    Your Price $597.97
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    Tascam US-1X2 Audio & MIDI Interface
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When you come right down to it, an audio interface is anything that lets you get audio signals in and out of your computer. The challenge in picking one is that there are so many ways of getting it done, and it will all depend on how you like to work and what you're trying to do. A very basic interface would be simply a box that converted analog audio to digital audio that the recording software in your computer can understand, and convert it back to analog audio when you want to hear it. Such converters are referred to as AD/DA (analog to digital/digital to analog) converters. Better quality converters have what's called "jitter correction" to compensate for small timing variations.

Most interfaces are far more than just converter boxes. They include mic preamps, multiple I/O (Input/Output) connections—balanced, unbalanced and digital—and even internal DSP (Digital Signal Processing) for effects, EQ and basic monitor or sub-mixing user. Some units can even act as a simple, stand-alone mixer without a computer attached for use as a basic live sound mixer.

One of the biggest determinants of overall audio quality in an audio interface is the quality of opamps (operational amplifiers) used in construction. Better systems will use lower-noise, lower-distortion components, or in some cases, discrete components rather than single-chip solutions. The number of I/O connections can be a deciding factor. The basic interfaces will be 2-in/2-out, able to handle a vocal and instrument together or a stereo pair of mics for capturing a live event. From there, you can expand as far as you need, depending on what you want to invest in your system. Interfaces with 18 inputs and 22 outputs are not uncommon and will handle most users needs, but you can go far larger with a full-blown Pro Tools HD rig, if that's what is required.

The final consideration is connectivity. There are multiple ways of connecting an audio interface to your computer—USB, FireWire, a PCI slot for desktop systems or Apple's Thunderbolt connection on newer Macintosh computers—all of which have different strengths and weaknesses. USB interfaces tend to be smaller, with most mobile interfaces using USB connections, but can be less robust when you need a lot of simultaneous ins and outs. FireWire, also called IEEE 1394, is fast and robust, but generally requires an external power supply. PCI cards are the fastest with the most bandwidth, but are tied to tower and desktop systems, so will be confined to a single studio location. Some of the more popular brands for interfaces are Akai, Apogee, Avid, Focusrite, M-Audio, MOTU, Presonus, Roland, Tascam and Yamaha, though there are many others. The best interface is the one you're going to use, so spend some time with the Pro Audio specialists at Guitar Center so they can help you find exactly the right one.

In addition to the mainstream audio interfaces described above, our GC Pro team of experts offers hands-on sales and support for professional solutions such as Avid HDX Systems and the Focusrite Rednet series. These solutions are typically used in recording studios, post facilities and other professional settings.

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