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Audio Interfaces

An Audio Interface is an essential tool for anyone working with audio on a computer, whether for music production, podcasting, streaming, or any other purpose. It allows you to capture and play back high-quality audio, and provides a wide range of options for connecting and shaping the sound of your audio signals. See Sound On Sound's essential A-Z Guide To Audio Interfaces.

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    Expanding Your Audio Setup With ADAT

    Grow Your I/O

    Despite being over 30 years old, ADAT Lightpipe remains the number one way to add more inputs and outputs to your DAW.

    Techniques May 2023
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    Modular Interfacing

    CV & The Audio Interface

    Everything you need to know to get your DAW talking to your modular system via your audio interface.

    Techniques Sep 2020
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    USB, Firewire & Thunderbolt: Which Is Best For Audio?

    Making A Connection

    If you’re choosing a new audio interface or a new computer, what are the pros and cons of the many different connection protocols that are on offer?

    Techniques Aug 2015
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    Using Multiple Audio Interfaces Together

    PC Musician

    If you need more audio interfacing, do you really have to trash an interface that's otherwise perfectly satisfactory and buy a bigger one? Maybe not, as ways of using several smaller interfaces together are becoming easier to find.

    Techniques Feb 2006
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    Emu's Patchmix DSP Demystified...

    The Mixing & Routing Engine

    We demystify the powerful internal routing and mixing engine within Emu's recent popular range of computer audio interfaces.

    Techniques Nov 2005
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    Hardware Safety Guidelines For The PC Musician

    PC Musician

    The new PC interfacing standards of USB and Firewire brought with them the promise of 'hot-plugging' and easy interconnection. But some musicians have discovered, to their cost, that the reality doesn't always live up to the promise. We investigate...

    Techniques Oct 2005
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    Optimising The Latency Of Your PC Audio Interface

    PC Musician

    If you are tempted to go and make a cup of tea in the gap between pressing a note on your keyboard and hearing it play on your soft synth, you need help! Read on...

    Techniques Jan 2005
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    Choosing A PC Audio Interface: The SOS Guide

    PC Musician

    There are now so many sizes, types and formats of audio interface available that it can seem well-nigh impossible to find the one that best suits your needs. We sort out the spec features that are really important.

    Techniques Nov 2004
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    The Future Of MIDI & Audio?

    mLAN & Yamaha's 01X Music Production Studio

    With the recent announcement of Yamaha's keenly priced 01X Music Production Studio, it looks as though mLAN, the Firewire-based protocol for multi-channel digital audio and MIDI, might be about to come of age. We take an early look at the new system.

    Techniques May 2003
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    Rightmark's Audio Analyser provides a simple way to assess various aspects of the audio performance of your PC soundcard and compare it to others, and best of all, it's freeware.

    Testing & Improving PC Soundcard Audio Performance

    Clear Signals

    An hour spent fine-tuning the performance of your soundcard can yield permanent improvements in background noise, distortion levels and frequency response.

    Techniques Nov 2002
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    Getting Audio Into Your DAW

    The Pros & Cons

    Find out how to get the highest-quality audio into your computer music system.

    Techniques Apr 2002
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