Svelte and user-friendly interfaces that make digital recording a snap.

Putting together a simple recording rig that can yield stellar tracks has never been easier, more affordable, and less space-hoggish. We’ve rounded up a few interfaces that can help transfer your ideas between instrument and computer.

FOCUSRITE

Scarlet SoloA sleek, light, USB-powered interface with phantom power that’s small enough to fit in a gigbag or backpack and tough enough for travel.
$99

PRESONUS

AudioBox iTwoThis portable, bus-powered USB 2.0 interface for iPad audio and MIDI has a pair of combo mic/line/instrument inputs with class-A mic preamps.
$159

STEINBERG

UR12A compact, powerful, and portable interface featuring D-PRE mic preamps, 24-bit/192 kHz converters, and a loopback function for easy live-internet recording.
$99

TASCAM

UH-7000This 4-channel pro-level USB mic preamp/audio interface was designed for low noise and high-quality audio. It resides in a rugged, half-rack-sized enclosure.
$399

M-AUDIO

M-Track PlusThis compact, user-friendly bus-powered USB interface accommodates most input sources. It comes bundled with light versions of Cubase, Ableton Live, and Waves Audio plug-ins.
$149

UNIVERSAL AUDIO

Apollo Twin SoloThis 2x6 Mac Thunderbolt audio interface allows seamless tracking though Universal Audio’s Realtime UAD plug-in processing.
$699

GRIFFIN TECHNOLOGY

Studio Connect LightningThis audio/MIDI interface for iPad features a front-panel stereo headphone/monitor jack.
$149

IK MULTIMEDIA

iRig PROA pocket-sized yet full-featured audio/MIDI interface for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Also available: the new iRig HD-A for Android devices.
$150
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