Hi folks, this is your pal and best friend E3 DA Beast here to give you newcomers to the recording world, a heads up on audio interfaces. What is an audio interface? Well an audio interface is: “a piece of hardware that expands and improves the sonic capabilities of a computer. Some audio interfaces give you the ability to connect professional microphones, instruments and other kinds of signals to a computer, and output a variety of signals as well”. With that out the way, here are my picks for best (in my professional opinion) audio interfaces under a hundred bucks from 1 the lowest to 4 the highest.
iTrack Solo provides the best solution for recording your instruments and vocals using an iPad. Featuring a Focusrite microphone preamp and an input to record directly from electric guitars, iTrack Solo is the perfect companion for any singer-songwriter wanting to take their demos to the next level. Using the very best in digital audio technology, iTrack Solo will capture your sound with pristine quality. Simply plug in and press record. It couldn’t be simpler.
The PreSonus AudioBox USB 2×2 USB recording system is an excellent solution for achieving high-quality, professional-sounding recordings no matter where you are. The AudioBox USB is a USB bus-powered audio recording interface loaded with 2 microphone/instrument inputs with 48V phantom power, 2 balanced TRS outputs, and MIDI I/O so you can stay portable without sacrificing your sound. The AudioBox USB also comes with Studio One Artist music creation and production software which has the same platform and intuitive interface as Studio One Pro but with an unlimited track count so you can start recording right out of the box.
Focusrite Scarlett Solo $99.99
Scarlett Solo is a compact USB audio interface featuring one award-winning Focusrite mic preamp, one instrument input and precision digital converters. Scarlett Solo joins the top selling range of USB audio interfaces in the world and offers both a legendary Focusrite preamp for your microphone and a crystal clear DI / line input for your instruments such as guitar, bass guitar and analog synths.
Designed for singer/songwriters, Fast Track Solo comes with everything you need to turn your Mac, PC, or iPad into a portable, easy-to-use songwriting and audio recording system. Featuring a high-quality mic preamp, instrument input, and Pro Tools Express software, the studio-grade Solo enables you to sound your best, providing an easy entry into Pro Tools, the music industry standard.