If you want to record your music from your home there are a few things that you cannot go without. One item that is at the top of the list is your audio interface.
You need to be sure that you get the right interface, one that can support everything that you plan on running like your guitars, mics, keyboards and so on. The audio interface essentially transfers the sound from your instrument to your computer.
For those of you who are new to this concept here are a couple different options that would be a great way to go if you don’t want to have to upgrade within the first few months.
Audio Interface Options
The Scarlett Solo (2nd Gen) is a great audio interface for solo playing. Whether you need a totally portable interface or if you just want to practice alone. It has one mic plug and one guitar plug. Unfortunately this model does not have a MIDI port available for keyboards but with the right wiring there are ways around that, they just might not sound as clear. It runs straight to computer via standard USB and has monitor (speaker) options as well. As far as the knobs, the guitar pickup allows you to adjust the gain and there is a volume knob for the headphone plug in as well. This would be perfect for newbies who are ready to start recording their jam sessions.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Gen) is a more heavy-duty alternative to the Scarlett Solo. You will want to go with this audio interface if you know you are going to be playing with others. It has dual ports for guitar and mics with individual gain control knobs. On the 2i4 you will also find a playback/input knob and the MIDI port needed keyboards. The MIDI capability is important for those of you interested in creating your own tracks. This choice also has multiple monitor hook ups for more sound broadcasting options. This is the model I would chose between the two.
Lastly, I would recommend getting a different DAW software as well instead of using the one that it includes, there are bad reviews and if you’re just starting anyway you might as well start with something known. Something like PreSonus Studio One 3.2 Artist should help you get going with ease.
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