Wishing to become a musician and make a career out of it means you need to record your music. The only way to truly record your own music and make it sounds professional is through the use of an audio interface. An audio interface has come a long way over the past several years, making it more compact and much more affordable so that just about anyone can have their own studio.
If you want to record your music, you can plug an audio interface USB interface directly into your computer so that you can download what you have already recorded. The interface itself is very small and contains storage on the machine so that you can take it everywhere you go. If you want to record a live session at a night club, you can also use the audio interface.
Getting home, you can use the USB audio interface to plug into your computer and download your jam sessions. Most of the interfaces come packed with their own software to make the downloading very easy. After you have downloaded your music, you even have the option to modify the sound waves, adding techniques, voice-overs and much more to customize the sound.
You can also designate what kind of file you want to save the music to make it easier to share on the Internet, burn to CDs or send to potential music agents. The audio interface can go anywhere you go. It’s a fairly small device in most cases – smaller than a shoebox. This allows you to keep it in your backpack, set it in your garage or take it anywhere that you plan on making music. You can plug microphones and instruments directly into it or have the device record from the amp or speakers.
Types of the USB Audio Interface.and Features
We have many USB interface systems available in the marketplace, you need to determine which one is right for your music career. Some of the interfaces will give you a screen so that you can do playbacks right from your interface without plugging into a computer while others depend on the computer for playback. You may also be able to adjust pitch and other parts of the music with controls directly on the interface.
You will need to determine how much you want to do with the USB audio interface. If you plan on tweaking the sound in the field, then you will need to spend more money on one of the higher-end interfaces that will give you more control. This does not affect the size much, but it will give you more controls and a screen to be able to adjust your settings easier.
Features of the USB Audio Interface
Boutique-quality Onyx Preamps: Found on most expensive studio consoles, Onyx pres are designed to meet or surpass expensive, esoteric standalone mic pres in terms of fidelity, headroom and transparency as well as improved radio frequency (RFI) rejection and ultra-wide dynamic range. And with a full 60dB of available gain, would-be competitors are left in the dust.
High-Quality AD/DA Conversion: The Onyx Blackjack uses Cirrus Logic® converters offering 114dB dynamic range (A-weighted) – a specification other companies sometimes charge thousands of dollars to achieve. The preamp circuitry is aligned precisely with the onboard analogue-to-digital conversion to always provide you with the most headroom and the lowest noise and distortion possible.
Zero Latency Recording: Featuring a true analogue monitoring path directly from the preamps to your studio monitors and headphones means you can track while listening in either mono or stereo to the direct analogue source with zero routings. Not only that, but it also means you can adjust your buffer settings to maximize your computer’s processing ability.
Professional Tools: Both channels deliver 48V phantom power, so you can use studio-quality condenser mics with no problem. The studio monitor and headphone outputs have independent level controls for maximum flexibility. Plus, the Onyx Blackjack is bus-powered via USB, so there’s no power supply to lose or another cable cluttering your workspace. It also comes with Mackie’s Tracktion Music Production software, so you can get started recording right away.
No Direct Box Needed: Both channels double as built-in Dis which is perfect for direct connection of guitars, basses, keyboards, drum machines, etc. Having a built-in DI is great when you just want to plug in to record a quick riff or synth sound without the fuss of dealing with a traditional DI, and not having to carry a DI or two can make a big difference if you need to pack light.
Ergonomic: Onyx Blackjack features a sleek, powder-coated all-metal chassis that is truly “Built-Like-A-Tank” and sits with a 25-degree inclination, allowing for a full view of all controls at all times, meaning more recording time and less hassle.
The USB audio interface can help you with all of the digital changes that you’ll do from the computer, too. The software bundled with the interface should be stand-alone, meaning that you don’t need to buy additional software. Read through the features of each software program to make sure that you are getting everything you need to produce the right kinds of sounds. Some of the audio interfaces feature background tracks and synthesizers to adjust your recorded sound as needed.
Once you have the USB audio interface of your choice, you can start to record the sounds that you or your band are capable of. The only way you can improve your chances for success in the music career is if people hear what kind of music you are playing. You will be able to create electronic files to share across the internet and send out to anyone so that you can be heard.
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