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 ZENTOUR
    • MFR # ZEN TOUR SYNERGY CORE
    • UPC # 853744004854
    $1,995.00
    Only 1 Left! — In Stock & Ready to Ship Order now! Limited quantity in stock! Most orders placed before 3pm MST ship same day (except weekends and holidays).
    • 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. Arturia AudioFuse 8Pre USB-C Audio Interface / ADAT Expander
    Arturia AudioFuse 8Pre USB-C Audio Interface / ADAT Expander
    • SKU # ATU AUDIOFUSE8PRE
    • MFR # 820101
    • UPC # 3760033531403
    $799.00
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    • 8 Discrete Pro preamps
    • Total of 16 ins and 20 outs
    • USB-C compatible with PC & Mac
    • Fully USB 2.0 compatible
    • Optical connectivity: interface and expander!
    • Double ADAT for 8 digital In & Out up to 24bits / 96khz
    • 2 analog balanced inserts on channel 1&2
    • 8 x analog outputs and Speaker outputs
    • Wordclock BNC In & Out
    • Swappable ears or feet
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  3. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2x2 USB Audio Interface (3rd Generation)
    Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2x2 USB Audio Interface (3rd Generation)
    • SKU # FOC SCARLETT2I23G
    • MFR # SCARLETT-2I2-3G
    • UPC # 815301005162
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    $169.99
    10 In Stock & Ready to Ship Most orders placed before 3pm MST ship same day (except weekends and holidays).
    • Up to 24-Bit/192 kHz
    • USB 3.0 Interface
    • 2x XLR-1/4" Combo Inputs
    • Line/Air Switch
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  4. Focusrite Scarlett 4i4 4x4 USB Audio Interface (3rd Generation)
    Focusrite Scarlett 4i4 4x4 USB Audio Interface (3rd Generation)
    • SKU # FOC SCARLETT4I43G
    • MFR # SCARLETT-4I4-3G
    • UPC # 815301005186
    $239.99
    9 In Stock & Ready to Ship Most orders placed before 3pm MST ship same day (except weekends and holidays).
    • Up to 24-Bit/192 kHz
    • 2x XLR-1/4" Combo's
    • 2x Line Inputs
    • 4x Line Outputs
    • USB 3.0 Interface
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  5. Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 8x6 USB Audio Interface (3rd Generation)
    Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 8x6 USB Audio Interface (3rd Generation)
    • SKU # FOC SCARLETT8I63G
    • MFR # SCARLETT-8I6-3G
    • UPC # 815301005193
    $319.99
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    • Up to 24-Bit/192 kHz
    • 2x XLR-1/4" Combo Inputs
    • 4x Line Inputs
    • 4x Line Outputs
    • SPDIF/MIDI I/O
    • USB 3.0 Audio Interface
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  6. Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 18x8 USB Audio Interface (3rd Generation)
    Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 18x8 USB Audio Interface (3rd Generation)
    • SKU # FOC SCARLETT18I83G
    • MFR # SCARLETT-18I8-3G
    • UPC # 815301005209
    $419.99
    Only 1 Left! — In Stock & Ready to Ship Order now! Limited quantity in stock! Most orders placed before 3pm MST ship same day (except weekends and holidays).
    • Up to 24-Bit/192 kHz
    • 4x XLR-1/4" Combo Inputs
    • 4x Line Inputs
    • 4x Line Outputs
    • SPDIF/ADAT/MIDI I/O
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  7. Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 18x20 USB Audio Interface (3rd Generation)
    Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 18x20 USB Audio Interface (3rd Generation)
    • SKU # FOC SCARLETT18I203G
    • MFR # SCARLETT-18I20-3G
    • UPC # 815301005216
    $549.99
    Only 5 Left! — In Stock & Ready to Ship Order now! Limited quantity in stock! Most orders placed before 3pm MST ship same day (except weekends and holidays).
    • Up to 24-Bit/192 kHz
    • 8x XLR-1/4" Input Combos
    • 10x Line Outputs
    • Word Clock Output
    • S/PDIF/MIDI/ADAT I/O
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  8. Antelope Audio Zen Go Synergy Core Desktop 4x8 USB Type-C Audio Interface
    Antelope Audio Zen Go Synergy Core Desktop 4x8 USB Type-C Audio Interface
    • SKU # ATP ZENGO
    • MFR # ZEN GO
    • UPC # 853744004878
    $499.00
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    • Artists, Musicians, & Home Creators
    • USB Type-C Connectivity
    • 2 Mic / Line / Hi-Z Preamps
    • 2 Headphone Outs, Mirrored Monitor Outs
    • Up to 24-Bit / 192 kHz Resolution
    • Bus Powered / Mac & Windows
    • S/PDIF I/O for Digital Expansion
    • Color LCD, Onboard DSP, & FPGA Chips
    • 64-Bit AFC Clocking Technology
    • Includes 37 Real-Time Effects
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  9. Focusrite Clarett 2Pre USB 10x4 USB Audio Interface
    Focusrite Clarett 2Pre USB 10x4 USB Audio Interface
    • SKU # FOC CLARETT2PREUSB
    • MFR # AMS-CLARETT-2PRE-USB
    • UPC # 815301008514
    $499.99
    Only 1 Left! — In Stock & Ready to Ship Order now! Limited quantity in stock! Most orders placed before 3pm MST ship same day (except weekends and holidays).
    • 2 Preamps Model the Classic ISA Design
    • Low-Noise & Low-Distortion Mic Preamps
    • 24-bit / 192 kHz Audio Resolution
    • Low-Latency Monitoring
    • 2 Monitor Outputs, 2 Line Outputs
    • USB, MIDI I/O, ADAT Input
    • Gain Halo Meters
    • One Headphone Output
    • Includes Software Bundle
    • Mac, Windows
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  10. Focusrite Clarett 4Pre USB 18x6 USB Audio Interface
    Focusrite Clarett 4Pre USB 18x6 USB Audio Interface
    • SKU # FOC CLARETT4PREUSB
    • MFR # AMS-CLARETT-4PRE-USB
    • UPC # 815301008521
    $699.99
    Only 1 Left! — In Stock & Ready to Ship Order now! Limited quantity in stock! Most orders placed before 3pm MST ship same day (except weekends and holidays).
    • 4 Preamps Model the Classic ISA Design
    • Low-Noise & Low-Distortion Mic Preamps
    • 24-bit / 192 kHz Audio Resolution
    • Low-Latency Monitoring
    • 2x Monitor Outputs, 2x Line Outputs
    • USB, S/PDIF, MIDI I/O, ADAT Input
    • Gain Halo Meters
    • 2 x Headphone Outputs
    • Includes Software Bundle
    • Mac, Windows
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