AUDIO INTERFACES

In order to get sound in & out of computers at studio quality the Digital Audio Workstation software has to work hand in hand with hardware. Audio interfaces come in all shapes & sizes to fit all budgets. Buy the best you can afford & decide how many inputs & outputs you will require. Below is an example of an audio interface that connects to the computer using firewire. There are others that connect via USB or PCI cards.

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On the front of the unit you can see 4 microphone inputs & also 4 line inputs. On the back you can see 8 x line inputs, 8 x line outputs as well as digital inputs & outputs & midi inputs & outputs. This interface could also be used by cueing software to play back the pre-recorded audio during a show.

This interface offers 8 analogue inputs, 10 analogue outputs, 18 digital inputs & 18 digital outputs. For balance, below is a picture of a much smaller interface that offers only 2 inputs & 2 outputs. This obviously would be no use to record 4 musicians simultaneously. Nor would it be a good choice for using cueing software where often you will require 6 or more outputs to feed 6 or more speakers in the auditorium.

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