An Introduction Into Home Recording- Audio Interfaces

By: Dan   On: 4 January 2018 

For those wanting to take the next step in home recording, this blog post might interest you!

Mobile phones and tablet devices provide a quick and relatively inexpensive way to record your ideas and demos from the convenience of home, but lack the ability to capture the more finite details of your performance. This is where the Audio Interface comes into it's own. Audio Interfaces allow the user to plug in their microphone and/or instrument to record directly to a computer via recording software known as a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). 

At Somerset Music we offer a wide range of Interfaces from Audient and Focusrite to suit your recording needs. However, the question you might be asking yourself is which one is right for me? The main consideration when deciding which interface will suit your needs is the question of what instrument/s you are looking to record? And furthermore, if you are wanting to record them simultaneously or not?

A great place to start for the Vocalist/ Guitarist or Instrumentalist is the Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio set, which offers a set of Headphones, an XLR (Microphone) Cable, a Condenser Microphone, ProTools Lite Digital Audio Workstation, and ofcourse the interface itself. This Scarlett Solo Interface comes with one 1/4" TRS input, suitable for guitars, and one dedicated XLR input which allow for the simultaneous recording of both vocals and Guitar, all at a budget price of $332!

 

Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio

 

For the Keyboard/ Synthesiser player, the Focusrite Scarlett 2I4 Interface gives you the option to plug in any MIDI capable instrument such as a keyboard or and expand its possibilities. Using a DAW gives you the ability to turn your MIDI device into a digitalised version of any conceivable instrument, opening up a whole world of exploration and sounds. The Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 is available at $319.

 

Focusrite Scarlett 2I4

 

If you're in need of more inputs for more instruments and greater flexibility and features, simply jump up to the next interface in the series! 

Happy Recording!

-Dan

 


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