You've got your guitar tone nailed, now you gotta figure out a way to get it into your preferred DAW....

Interfaces are the beating heart of our home-recording efforts, and they continue to get better, smaller, and easier to use—opening the doors to songcrafters of all abilities and experience. Here, with a wide range of prices, are 10 varied interface options, all of which can take your tunes to the next level.

UR24C

This compact interface features class-A D-PRE preamps, latency free monitoring with DSP effects, MIDI input/output, and a loopback function for live-performance streaming.

STEINBERG
$249

Model 12

This all-in-one recording/workflow station features a multi-track recorder, USB audio/MIDI interfaces, DAW control functions, and podcasting capabilities including smartphone inputs.

TASCAM
$599

ioStation 24c

Featuring a pair of XMAX class-A analog preamps and high-definition 24-bit, 192 kHz analog-digital converters, this ergonomically designed interface provides loads of control in a compact package.

PRESONUS
$299

M4

This 4-in/4-out USB-C interface provides 120 dB of dynamic range, an ESS-driven headphone out, and the same converter technology found in interfaces costing thousands.

MOTU
$219

AudioFuse Rev2

Designed for project studios to professional productions, this interface features stout construction, DiscretePRO mic preamps, ultra-low latency, and a host of connectivity options.

ARTURIA
$599

Go Twin

This pixie-sized interface still packs in two high-quality preamps, real-time signal- and peak-level indicators, 48V phantom power, and oversized gain dials for precise control.

TC-HELICON
$149

Babyface Pro FS

Sleek and powerful, and boasting onboard metering with peak and RMS calculation, this 12-in/12-out low-profile interface allows deep control over levels, sub mixes, and gain structures.

RME
$899

AIR 192|14

Featuring low-noise Crystal preamps and specially designed gain and impedance stages, this 8-in/4-out interface covers everything one needs to craft 24-bit/192 kHz studio-quality tunes.

M-AUDIO
$299

Symphony Desktop

This most affordable Symphony series interface still boasts the company’s cutting-edge components and circuit design, plus features like Apogee’s Alloy mic-preamp emulation.

APOGEE
$299

Apollo Twin X

With high-end A/D and D/A conversion technology from UA’s Apollo X rackmount interfaces, this desktop unit features Unison mic preamps for impressive models of classic preamps and guitar amps.

UNIVERSAL AUDIO
$399


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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.

Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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