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


A faithful recreation of the Germanium Mosrite Fuzzrite with a modern twist.

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Presets extend the flexibility of an already expansive and easy-to-use reverb.

Intuitive. Great range in all controls. Well-built.

Some digital artifacts at long decay times.

$229

Walrus Audio Slötvå
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Walrus Audio is a prolific builder, but, as the five reverb pedals in their lineup suggest, they have a real affinity for manipulating time and space. The beauty of the Slötvå reverb (which is derived from the company’s very similar Spin FV-1 chip-based Slö reverb) is how satisfying and simple it makes dramatic shifts between time/space textures.

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With such a flashy flame top, the Silvertone 1445 was built to catch the eyes of department store shoppers.

I don’t know what’s going on lately, but I’m breaking down all over and my shoulder is the latest to crumble. When I was a kid I would practice guitar in my bedroom near a radiator with an ungrounded amp plug and I’d get a zap right through my guitar and into my hands. Well, my shoulder pain is like that now, only without the cool story of rock ’n’ roll survival. I simply woke up one day like this. After a few weeks of discomfort, I figured I’d try out a new pillow, since mine are flattened like a wafer. I ventured out to the mall and, much to my sadness, saw the local Sears store shuttered, with weeds growing up from the sidewalks and concrete barriers blocking the large glass doors. I know I don’t get out much, but, man, was I sad to see the Sears store I’d known since childhood closed-up like that. My wife was laughing at me because apparently it had been closed for some time. But since I seem to exist on a separate timeline than most folks, it was all news to me.

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