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System Science #6: Physical Features
When you’re choosing an audio interface, core features such as sound quality, driver performance and expansion potential will be your biggest concerns. When you’ve figured out your needs in these areas, however, you might well find that there are quite a few products that seem to meet them — at least on paper. In this situation, it will often be other factors that guide your decision-making. In this article, we’ll look at some of the most important of these.
System Science #5: Sound Quality & Specs
Your audio interface is potentially the most important piece of hardware in your studio, so it’s vital to choose one that is right for you. That means choosing an interface that will connect to your computer and work well with it. It means opting for a selection of analogue inputs and outputs that meets your current needs. It also means anticipating your future needs, and making sure you have the right digital inputs and outputs on hand to expand your system when the time comes. However, once you’ve looked around at what’s available, you’ll probably find that multiple interfaces from different manufacturers offer very similar features. For example, there are many USB 2 audio interface that feature eight analogue inputs, a similar number of outputs, and one or two ADAT optical ports for expansion. What makes one of these better than another? One factor that comes up again and again in Internet reviews and discussions is sound quality. You’ll find endless forum posts saying that this or that interface offers superior audio quality, or advising you to choose one interface over another because its mic preamps sound better. Unfortunately, what’s all too rare in these discussions is consistency and common sense, while misinformation and received wisdom is rife. This is not helped by some manufacturers who publish misleading or partial specifications to present their products in the best possible light.
System Science #4: Digital Considerations
Audio interfaces don’t only have analogue connections. They also have digital inputs and outputs. With a few exceptions, digital inputs can’t be used to directly record musical instruments or microphones; their primary purpose is expansion. The role of digital I/O is to allow additional recording hardware to be attached, increasing the capabilities of the audio interface.
System Science #3: Analogue Connections
When you’re deciding what audio interface to buy, it’s important that it can connect to your computer, and that its driver software will offer reliable, fast performance. But there’s more to the decision than that. Audio interfaces come in a bewildering variety of configurations, offering many different types of audio connector. You don’t want to waste money on features you’ll never use; and you don’t want to land yourself with an interface that can’t do what you need it to.
System Science #2: Drivers & Latency
Modern computers are fantastic recording devices. They can work with more audio and MIDI tracks than we’re ever likely to need. They allow us to manipulate audio in ways the engineers of 30 years ago could only dream of. They let us apply EQ, compression and effects to more channels than would be possible in any analogue studio. Yet it’s important to remember that computers are not built specifically for recording. There are challenges that have to be overcome in order for all this to be possible, and issues arising that were never a problem when we recorded to tape. The biggest of these issues is latency: the delay between a sound being captured and its being heard through our headphones or monitors.
System Science #1: Connection Methods
The audio interface might be the most important piece of kit in your entire studio. But with so many on the market, how do you know which one is right for you? This series of Web articles explains some of the key aspects of interface design, giving you the information you need to make an informed choice. First of all, we look at the different ways interfaces can connect to computers. What’s the difference between USB 3, USB-C, Thunderbolt and other standards, and which one is best for you? Here’s our guide through the maze of protocols and connectors.
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