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What is an Audio Interface? (AI)

An audio interface is a piece of hardware that expands and improves the sonic capabilities of a computer. Some audio interfaces give you the ability to connect professional microphones, instruments and other kinds of signals to a computer, and output a variety of signals as well. In addition to expanding your inputs and outputs, audio interfaces can also greatly improve the sound quality of your computer.
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What is an Audio Interface? (AI)

Post: # 13Post Dana
Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:00 am

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An audio interface is a piece of hardware that expands and improves the sonic capabilities of a computer. Some audio interfaces give you the ability to connect professional microphones, instruments and other kinds of signals to a computer, and output a variety of signals as well. In addition to expanding your inputs and outputs, audio interfaces can also greatly improve the sound quality of your computer. Every time you record new audio or listen through speakers and headphones, the audio interface will reproduce a more accurate representation of the sounds.

They’re an absolutely essential component in computer-based audio production. They’re used for recording music and podcasts, and in video post production for recording voice-overs and sound design. Now with that being said, does this mean that you can not use a USB mic like the ATR 2100?

Of course not, it simply means that you will never get the same quality results if you took this same mic and used the XLR connection and ran it through a quality audio interface. The audio interface pictured above is a Tascam US 16x8 Audio Interface. I own this AI and it will allow me to record 16 tracks into Reaper at the same time.


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