Computer Audio Hardware

Computer Audio Hardware

Choosing Audio Hardware for Macs or PCs

Computer audio interfaces provide the connection you need to create audio or music productions on a computer. A variety of interface configurations are available, from simple 1 or 2-channel devices to larger multi-channel versions capable of recording multiple performers across several tracks, live or in a studio.

Devices range in quality from consumer-grade home studio production to fully professional multi-track audio solutions and studio recording rigs. There are also mobile recording solutions for artists, producers, engineers, and sound professionals in the field.

When choosing an audio interface for a Mac or PC, explore the many connectivity choices. Consider the number of channels or simultaneous inputs you will need, and what's compatible with your existing hardware. Some of the connectivity options for recording with computer audio interfaces include: USB, FireWire, Thunderbolt and PCI/PCIe Sound Cards.

Analog to Digital Audio Conversion

Many home and professional recording studios use hardware to convert analog signals to digital audio. Analog is the audio that comes from electrical signals and digital audio is processed and sampled using computers or digital audio equipment. Once your audio is in digital format and on your computer, you can arrange and use it in mixes, scores, and other projects.

Analog signals come from sources such as: 1/8" & 1/4" audio/TRS/instrument cables, XLR microphone cables, and RCA cables
Digital audio connections can include: USB, FireWire, Thunderbolt, ADAT/Optical, Coaxial

Many A/D and D/A converters (analog/digital audio converters) function well with any quality audio interface for Mac or PC. For instance, an A/D converter with RCA inputs and output to an audio interface would be useful to integrate with an analog audio mixer, allowing you to record musicians in a live mix.

MIDI Interfaces for Computers

MIDI isn't the same as audio, although you can convert its output to digital audio. MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. Many digital instruments, controllers, and other gear include MIDI inputs or outputs. Keyboard, drum machines, and sample pad devices are common instruments whose outputs can be translated with data, including: Note, Key, Velocity, Sustain, Modulation, Volume, Pan, and Pitch.

MIDI computer interfaces can control many types of software and hardware, including soft samplers, soft synths, digital instruments, consoles, arrangers, workstations, other digital instruments, plug-ins/effects, software instruments, and even video mixing.

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  1. Antelope Audio Zen Tour Synergy Core Thunderbolt 3 and USB Audio Interface
    Antelope Audio Zen Tour Synergy Core Thunderbolt 3 and USB Audio Interface
    • SKU # ATP ZENTOURSYNERGYCO
    • MFR # ZEN TOUR SYNERGY CORE
    • UPC # 853744004854
    $1,995.00
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    • USB & Thunderbolt Interface
    • 32-Channel AD/DA at 24-Bit/192 kHz
    • 4 Mic/Line Inputs and 4 Line/Hi-Z Inputs
    • Touchscreen Display
    • 2 Headphone Outputs and 2 ReAmp Outputs
    • Supports USB, ADAT, S/PDIF & Thunderbolt
    • Included Hardware Emulations
    • Included Digital Control Panel
    • Remote Control via Smartphones & Tablets
    • Portable Tabletop Construction
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  2. Aphex 141B 8-Channel ADAT to Analog Converter
    Aphex 141B 8-Channel ADAT to Analog Converter
    • SKU # APH 141B
    • MFR # 141B
    • UPC # 693714014113
    $399.00
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    • 44.1k & 48k Operation
    • Independent Output Level Trim
    • Plug & Play Operation
    • DB25 Analog Output
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  3. Aphex In2 Desktop USB Recording Interface
    Aphex In2 Desktop USB Recording Interface
    • SKU # APH IN2
    • MFR # IN2
    • UPC # 693714914215
    $359.00
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    • 24-Bit/192kHz Conversion
    • 2x Built-In Aphex Optical Compressors
    • 75Hz High Pass Filter Per Channel
    • 20dB Pad Per Channel
    • Built-In Headphone Amplifier
    • 2x XLR Inputs
    • 2x 1/4" Instrument Inputs
    • S/PDIF Digital I/O
    • 5-Pin Din MIDI I/O
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  4. ART MConnect USB to MIDI Cable
    ART MConnect USB to MIDI Cable
    • SKU # ART MCONNECT
    • MFR # MCONNECT
    • UPC # 840402019510
    $35.99
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    • USB Interface for any MIDI Device
    • Separate MIDI I/O Cables
    • LED Indicators
    • Plug and Play
    • Mac OS X
    • Windows
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  5. ART TConnect USB Guitar Cable
    ART TConnect USB Guitar Cable
    • SKU # ART TCONNECT
    • MFR # TCONNECT
    • UPC # 840402019497
    $35.99
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    • For any Electrified Musical Instrument
    • Plug & Play
    • LED Indicator
    • 16-bit, 44.1/48 kHz D/A
    • 10 Foot (3m)
    • Mac & Windows
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  6. ART USB Dual Pre Digital Audio Interface with Dual Microphone Preamps
    ART USB Dual Pre Digital Audio Interface with Dual Microphone Preamps
    • SKU # ART USBDUALPREPS
    • MFR # USBDUALPREPS
    • UPC # 840402019046
    $99.99
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    • 2 Input/2 Output
    • Phantom Power
    • Portable
    • 3 Powering Options
    • Mac & Windows
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  7. Audient iD22 USB Audio Interface
    Audient iD22 USB Audio Interface
    • SKU # ADN ID22
    • MFR # ID22
    • UPC # 5060374260009
    $499.00
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    • 2x Class-A Preamp & 1x JFET Instrument
    • 24-bit/96 kHz Burr Brown AD-DA Converter
    • Independent Class-AB Headphone Output
    • Low Latency DSP Mixer
    • Monitoring Hardware Control
    • ADAT Digital Expansion
    • USB 2.0 Class Compliant Connectivity
    • Fully Balanced INSERTS
    • Customizable Function Buttons
    • All Metal Construction
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  8. Audient iD44 High Performance USB Audio Interface
    Audient iD44 High Performance USB Audio Interface
    • SKU # ADN ID44
    • MFR # ID44
    • UPC # 5060374260306
    $699.00
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    • 4x Class-A Preamp & 2x JFET Instrument
    • 24bit/96khz Class Leading AD/DA
    • 2x Independent Stereo Headphone Outputs
    • 2x ADAT Inputs & Outputs for Digital Expansion
    • Main & Alt Speaker Outputs
    • Word Clock Output
    • USB 2.0 Class Compliant Connectivity
    • 2x Fully Balanced Inserts
    • 3x Customizable Function Buttons
    • All Metal Construction
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  9. AuviTran AVBx3/IS Audio ToolBox
    AuviTran AVBx3/IS Audio ToolBox
    • SKU # AUV AVBX3IS
    • MFR # AVBX3/IS
    $547.20
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    • Fixed Installation
    • 19" Frame
    • 3 Slots, 1U
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  10. AuviTran AVBx3/ISM Audio ToolBox
    AuviTran AVBx3/ISM Audio ToolBox
    • SKU # AUV AVBX3ISM
    • MFR # AVBX3/ISM
    $844.44
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    • Fixed Installation
    • Matrix Routing
    • 19" Frame
    • 3 Slots, 1U
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