Audio interfaces are essential components in today's world of digital audio recording and monitoring. These devices allow computers (which run our streaming and digital audio workstation recording programs) to communicate with analog audio equipment (microphones,electronic instruments,amplifiers,headphones, etc.) Given the dominance of digital recording in the professional audio industry (and hobbyist audio culture,) these audio interfaces are vital. There are many companies that build audio interfaces for professional, project, home and mobile studios, and each has a somewhat different approach, offering different styles of inputs and outputs and sporting different accessories. However, the essential function of an interface–getting sound from a non-digital source into a computer–is at the heart of them all.
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