Making music is not as difficult as it once was. Musical equipment is much more affordable these days and most importantly, it’s really easy to procure. If you plan to build your own music studio, you need to know which type of equipment you need to buy. Setting your budget is an important piece, since most aspiring musicians have low finances. So, before going into the actual list and presenting you with the best interfaces for a home recording studio, I thought it would be a good idea to go over the complete equipment needed for your setup.
The condenser microphone is the first piece of equipment you should look for. You will find great mics in the price range of $100-$250. I would recommend Rode NT1a or AT2020. If you want to view better alternatives, you should check this list with the best microphones for a home studio. Don’t forget about the mic stand, the XLR mic cable and the pop filter. You can’t have a recording studio without monitors. I would recommend M-Audio or Yamaha products.
The best interfaces for a home recording studio
My first choice would be Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface, since Focusrite is known for creating devices with award winning preamps. You can’t go wrong with 2i4, but if you think it’s too expensive, you can check the cheaper version of it, the 2i2.
I can’t stay away from the Focusrite family. Although I actually liked the Saffire Pro 24 much more than 2i4, it works on Firewire protocol, so you need to have a special port in order to use it. With its 24 I/O channels, this interface is a state of the art product that will elevate your recordings to a whole new level. Just read the reviews of the users and you’ll understand why I’m praising it so much.
If you have not heard about the M-Audio manufacturer, you are definitely out of this world. Its established fame for creating exquisite products for musicians will convince you to check their M-Audio M-Track Plus 2 audio interface. The interface is not expensive, it has great features (24-bit / 48 kHz recording, low-power consumption, durable body, MIDI In/Out, Phantom Power) and it’s the perfect interface for a laptop. It’s also a wise choice if you plan to create a portable recording studio.
My dad always used to say that you need to think big in order to achieve big. If you plan to record multiple instruments at once on multiple tracks, the AKAI EIE is definitely the right audio interface for you. I had to include it in this list since its priced was cut down from $300 to $150. Be aware though, it only records in 16-bit, 44.1kHz sampling rate (which is perfect for music made at home).