Best Audio Interfaces

  • Focusrite Forte USB Interface

    PROS: Wonderful preamps, plenty of features, easy to use. CONS: None. PRICE: $499 Focusrite was founded in 1985 by Rupert Neve, and although he’s no...

  • Performer’s iPad Essentials for Musicians

    Tablet schmablet. You can have the fanciest lookin’ device on the planet, but if there are no killer apps for it, it’s just a useless...

  • Apogee Duet 2 USB Interface

    PROS: Great sound quality, simple design and functionality. CONS: Mac only. PRICE: $599 Home recording has become more common now than 4-tracks were back in...

  • FLASHBACK: Vintage Teletronix LA-2A

    “Legendary Vocal Compressor from the ’60s” YEAR 1962 HISTORY The LA-2A is considered one of the most legendary vocal compressors in recording history. I first...

  • GEAR FLASHBACK: API 550 EQ

    “Hand-Wired, Simple Design Minimizes Phase Shift” YEAR: Late 1960s HISTORY: The API 550 EQ was designed by Saul Walker in the late 1960s and was...

  • Review: iConnect MIDI

    Pros: Seemingly magical feature set, low latency, solid construction and utilitarian design. Cons: Won’t charge connected iOS devices, no support for Android devices, not bus...

  • Review: PreSonus BlueTube DP V2

      Pros: Small size, simple to use, real tube tone, affordable. Cons: None. Price: $229 Digital recording keeps refining itself with software, but the analog...

  • GEAR GUIDE: Control Surfaces

    Make Your DAW Work For You Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) are great, there’s no questioning that. Every once in a while, though, staring at a...

  • GEAR GUIDE: Home Mixers

    While many programs have integrated mixers that can entail hours of clicking away to make the perfect mix, there are physical mixers that can be...

  • GEAR GUIDE: USB and Firewire Interfaces

    It is easier (and cheaper) than ever to record professional quality audio, and with the added convenience of recording gear becoming smaller with each passing...