Do I need an interface?The ability to make production music at home has been made so much easier in the last 20 years with the very broad commercialisation of equipment and wide availability of software. But at it’s core – any kind of music production is ‘audio engineering’ and that, by definition, is difficult. So if you’re still trying to figure it out – don’t worry! It’s complicated and we’re here to try and make it a little easier. The question of ‘do I need an audio interface’ pops up every so often on the forums. The usual answers “yes”, and “if you want to record, you will” appear, but even those can be confusing answers because there’s no context. Because you can use your DAW without an audio interface and you can record without an audio interface, but you’re seriously limited in what you can do – might that actually might be ok!! So let’s look at Audio Interfaces for a second.
What is an audio interface?To over simplify – an audio interface does 3 main things:
- Provides Microphone, Jack and Instrument Inputs
- Provides Audio outputs
- Converts your analog audio to digital data