The audio interface is an effective part of a computer-based home recording studio. It is therefore vital that you choose the best one so that you get the best result. The wrong choice of the audio interface will limit what you need to achieve with your music. The following are important factors for choosing an audio interface for your home studio.
Internal or external audio interface
As far as the budget is concerned, an internal sound card can be an effective option. Since you will not pay for controls and case but you will be limited in outputs and inputs because a sound card is not big. You also need some installation knowledge, and you have to know some things before the audio interface can appear on your computer. This unit is usually restricted to computer towers which limits your portability.
Outboard interfaces are easier to install and get running. You, however, need to pay more because you get a case with knobs and connection cables and some indications that the device is running is displayed on the panel. It is also easy to remove and connect to a laptop which has become a commonplace due to increased CPU speeds.
Type of operating system
Most interfaces work on both windows and apple systems, but there are some that will play nice with Linux. You need to check out the OS you are using to know if the interface will be compatible. USB 2.0 is a commonplace connector for most of the smaller interfaces and works quite well. Firewire is reliable but is less window friendly than Mac since not all the firewire cards installed in windows machines can operate but with problems.
You can get a good deal with bundled software that comes with hardware since most devices offer decent things. Most interfaces will cooperate with the major DAW programs on the market. Consider this if you have a specific software in mind and get an interface that will support it.
Type of recording
What you intend to record will play a big role in the choice of audio interface. If you want to plug a guitar then record the vocals afterward for creating a demo without track, you could go for a single channel USB audio interface with a basic light recording software. If however, you want to capture the whole band with separate microphones for drums and keyboard inputs, guitar and bass as well as vocals and feed them to the computer then a multichannel interface with 8 or 16 sound source plugging will be a suitable choice. Solo artists can go for a 2 or 4 channel device that would allow them to do everything they want.
Selecting an audio interface that suits your recording needs can save you frustration and time as you can to get started quickly and technical set up issues are solved before you start.DO some research before settling for a give audio interface.