The 5 Most Affordable Audio Interfaces for Home Studios

This article will showcase 5 of the most affordable audio interfaces available on the market in 2017.

Before we get stuck into the juicy stuff firstly I want to get a point across to all of the millennials that may not have been playing this game for as long others.

Can you guess what bedroom producers and sound engineers have in common?

A complete lack of income! After all, we’ve chosen an industry that very few make a successful career out of.

Owning equipment like what your learning on in college is not in arms reach just yet! having an expensive mixing desk and the best microphones can be great and give you a little bit of credibility! but in no way will it enhance the quality of your music.

Some of the most memorable songs in recent years are often made in small home studios that are much less costly than you might think.

Always remember and never forget, it’s you that creates great music! not your equipment.

Owning a great audio interface, In my opinion, is one of the most important aspects of running a home studio and minimising future issues.

Money may be tight and times may be tough! but right now some of the best audio interfaces are also some of the cheapest, price tags are getting smaller but functionality and reliable equipment couldn’t be more accessible.

When I think of home studio equipment the word “affordable” seems to mean different things to a lot of different people.

What are the most affordable audio interfaces?

What is the most affordable Condensor microphone?

These are just a few of the questions I get in my inbox on a weekly basis, let’s face it at the minute your as keen as hell and want to bypass a lot of b*llsh*t, so let’s tailor this list as if you’re were working a minimum wage job but want some high-end gear at a good price.

From a one middle-class person to another if I were to consider something affordable, in my opinion, it would fall into the region of between $80/£60 and $400/£320, so if you’ve been pulling your weight and racking up plenty of shifts at McDonald’s hopefully you’ve been saving your £7 an hour and have a reasonably modest budget.

Depending on your needs and preferences one of these audio interfaces should suit you down to a tee.

We have compiled this list of some of the most affordable audio interfaces on the market right now selling on Amazon, so if you’re new in the game or you’re an audio geek like me this should hopefully help most of you.

The Top 5 Most Affordable Audio Interfaces on The Market!

1

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2nd Gen

Main Features:

  • 2 great-sounding Scarlett mic preamps with generous even gain
  • 2 re-engineered instrument inputs accommodate the hottest pickups
  • Class-leading converters, sample rates up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • Headphone output with volume control
  • Vanishingly low latency lets you monitor with plug-ins, no DSP required
  • 2 balanced 1/4″ outputs accommodate pro studio monitors
  • Compact, roadworthy chassis goes where you go
  • USB bus powered — one cable does it all

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149.99 USD / 124.99 GBP

2

Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6

 

komplete audio 6Main Features:

  • 6-channel audio/MIDI interface plus sequencing, production, and instrument software
  • 4 analog inputs, 4 balanced analog outputs
  • Digital stereo input and output (S/PDIF / RCA) for lossless signal transmission
  • MIDI in/out for master keyboard, Maschine, or any third-party MIDI controller
  • Headphone output with independent level control and source switch
  • Completely USB powered, with an extra sturdy custom USB socket
  • Low-latency performance for using virtual instruments and effects
  • High-quality preamps with individual gain controls
  • Direct monitoring for live, latency-free recording
  • Mono input switch for recording vocals, guitar or other mono sources
  • 48V phantom power for using condenser mics and active DI boxes
  • 15 status LEDs provide visual feedback for all signals and indicate clipping
  • Includes Komplete Elements – over 3 GB of inspiring instruments and effects
  • Includes Cubase LE sequencer and recording software
  • Includes Traktor LE 2 DJ software

Buy it Now

389.30 USD / 179.00 GBP

3

Behringer U-Phoria UMC204HD

 

Behringer U-Phoria UMC204HDMain Features:

  • Quality 24-bit/192kHz 2-channel USB 2.0 recording interface for your Mac or Windows PC
  • Combo inputs with MIDAS preamp lets you plug in any mic-, line-, or instrument-level gear
  • +48V phantom power lets you use studio condenser microphones
  • Switchable input pads accommodate even extremely hot line-level signal
  • Tip-send/Ring-return 1/4″ insert points let you incorporate outboard processors
  • MIDI In and Out ports let you connect keyboard controllers and other MIDI gear
  • Stereo 1/4″, RCA, and headphone outputs with latency-free monitoring make tracking easy
  • Includes Tracktion DAW and 150 downloadable instrument/effect plug-ins

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79.99 USD / 80.05 GBP

4

ESI Gigaport HD+

 

ESI Gigaport HD+

Main Features:

  • 24-bit / 96kHz D/A converter
  • 8 independent output channels with RCA connectors
  • Different playback modes
  • 2 independent stereo headphone outputs
  • compatible with Windows XP and Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10
  • supporting ASIO 2.0, WDM, MME (using ESI’s EWDM driver technology)
  • compatible with Mac OS X and supported by the native CoreAudio USB audio
  • support from Apple, no special driver installation required
  • compact and portable design with around 12 cm x 7 cm x 2 cm
  • includes Deckadance LE from Image-Line Software

Buy it Now

199.95 USD / 116.00 GBP

5

Audient iD14

 

Audient iD14

Main Features:

  • 2 Class A console microphone preamplifiers
  • 2-in/4-out high-performance Burr-Brown converters
  • 1 discrete JFET DI instrument input
  • Separate headphone amplifier output stage
  • Console-style monitor control
  • 2 Neutrik combo connectors for mic/line inputs
  • 8-channel ADAT input lets you expand to a total of 10 channels
  • Balanced 1/4″ main outputs
  • Control your DAW and plug-ins with the iD14’s virtual scroll wheel

Buy it Now

299.00 USD / 197.00 GBP

We also recently published a guide for helping beginners set up their first home recording studio with discount products from Gear4Music, for more savings check it out here.

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