Can you really buy a useful audio interface for £39$49?
Here we go, another pair of budget‑end audio interfaces that look as familiar as nearly all audio interfaces do. My first impression is one of incredible lightness; these hardly weigh anything. I frown a little at these lightweight plastic boxes and then check the press release for the pricing. Right, £39.99$49 for the Solo and £49.99$69 for the Duo; that puts a rather different perspective on things.
These remarkably priced audio interfaces are unsurprisingly made of plastic. Although they are very light in comparison to more expensive interfaces of similar function, they’re not flimsy and they have reasonably sticky feet to help keep them on the desk when being pulled about by cables. The build quality is not fabulous, but at these prices you think, yep, they’re OK. However, with an XLR cable and guitar cable plugged into the front and trailing onto the floor they do lift the back two feet off the desk. So, can these very affordable interfaces offer decent enough home recording quality or are they too cheap and too compromised?
I’ve been handling, installing and comparing audio interfaces for many years and,...