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Audio Interfaces

Audio Interface is simply another name for Computer Sound Card ... except that the term usually refers to high quality units that are most often connected to a computer externally (via USB, Thunderbolt, Firewire, Ethernet etc). In a nutshell, an audio interface converts analog audio signals (eg from a microphone) to digital audio (so the computer can use it in relevant software) and then from digital audio back to analog audio (so you can hear it through headphones/speakers).

All computers have built-in sound cards these days, but are relatively basic and have limited connection options. All will have headphone/speaker outputs, but generally only basic inputs such as small jack for a low cost mic only ... or, in the case of Macs, no input option (only the built-in microphone). Built-in sound cards also use the drivers that come with the computer operating system (Windows or Mac OSX). In the case of Windows this will mean you will most likely have unacceptable latency (delay) when trying to monitor in real time while recording or playing virtual instruments.

Audio interfaces here are professional level devices that have high speed processing (meaning very low latency/delay) as well as a range of input and output options. They are recommended for all computer music and digital audio workstations (DAWs) when using sequencing/recording software ... in fact they are essential for connecting professional microphones and instrument sources (keyboards, electronic drums, DIs etc). All will use high-speed digital connections for the computer ... most are USB2.0 or USB3.0 these days, although there are Thunderbolt options (higher cost) and a small number are now able to connect via Ethernet and utilise the newer developments of high speed, multi-channel digital audio networks.

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