Is audio interface a sound card? Does audio interface affect sound quality? The answer to these two questions is a big YES. The Audio interface is an external soundcard for a computer system. Today’s audio interface system, however, is a way more than just an external soundcard. They have lots of additional features and functions for ensuring high-quality audio recording on a computer system.

► Are audio interfaces necessary?

That depends on the nature of your recording and the configuration of your computer system. For YouTube voice-over, you do not need an audio interface if your computer system has a functional configuration. What I mean by a functional configuration is minimum Intel i3 Processor, 4GB RAM, and SSD main memory (not HDD). That is a basic system configuration for recording a high-quality voice-over. I do a voice-over for YouTube videos, and I do not use an audio Interface as I use an advanced system CPU with SSD main memory.

An audio interface, however, is must for recording audio in studio quality at home from musical instruments like Guitar, Tabala, Harmonium, Mridangam, and others. A computer system with high configuration should work fine, but that wouldn’t be enough to get a studio-grade recording.

Moreover, to record audio through a microphone with only XLR connectivity you need an Audio interface. You cannot connect an XLR microphone directly to your computer system. Alternatively, you can use an XLR to USB converter. That is not recommended by experts for HD recording, however.

Whatever I am discussing here is for professional recording at home. There are hundreds of Jugaad for somehow managing things. That wouldn’t produce the best results, studio-grade recording at home.

In this piece, you read about the best audio interface under 10000 Rupees in India market.  The recommended audio interface are products of globally rated brands.

With an audio interface, you need either a condenser or dynamic microphone. In this article, we covered the best condenser microphone for all purposes. Although before you decide to buy a condenser microphone, understand the difference between dynamic and condenser microphone. After learning the differences, I am sure you may end up buying a dynamic microphone instead of a condenser microphone.

► Focusrite Scarlett Audio Interface

The British brand Focusrite Scarlett is one of the best brands for the audio interface system in the global market. For your new audio interface, products of this brand are a default option. What is like best about this company is that it sells only the audio interface system. That means it is a professional brand for a best-quality audio interface.

This company has one audio interface at every price point, catering basic to advanced recording requirements. There is a considerable gap between capability and connectivity options of Scarlett audio interface at various price points. Therefore, estimate your requirement carefully and then decide which Scarlett audio interface model you need to buy.

Focusrite Scarlett SOLO USB Audio Interface

For instance, a significant difference between the Scarlett SOLO and Scarlett 2i2 is the number of XLR port. The SOLO audio interface variant has one XLR port limited the user to record either voice or Guitar (or any music instrument) at a time. The Scarlett 2i2 audio interface, whereas, has two XLR ports for recording a vocal (or vocals) with instrument together.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface

Therefore, which model should you buy today should be decided, based on the requirement now and in the future. Check this useful video tutorial on how to use an audio interface, withal.

Price 8900 Rupees for Scarlett Solo | 13500 Rupees for Scarlett 2i2
Features Computer System OS: {Windows 10 | Mac} | USB Powered
Sample Rates 44.1 kHz | 48 kHz | 88.2 kHz | 96 kHz | 176.4 kHz | 192 kHz
Input FR: 20 Hz – 20 kHz +0.5/-1.5 dB | Dynamic Range: 109 dB (A-Weighted) | Max Input Level: {Mic: +8.5 dBu | Line: +22 dBu | Instrument: +12 dBu}
Sales Box Audio Interface | USB Cable | Software | Documents
Warranty 12 Months India Warranty