Discover the Best Audio Interfaces

1. Focusrite Scarlett Solo (3rd Generation)

2x2 USB Audio Interface
Focusrite Scarlett Solo (3rd Generation) review
391,921 ratings
94%
91%
Sound quality
The percentage is calculated based on 186,771 reviews
91%
Easy to use
The percentage is calculated based on 179,018 reviews
89%
Value for money
The percentage is calculated based on 172,209 reviews
91%
For beginners
The percentage is calculated based on 133,748 reviews
91%
Volume control
The percentage is calculated based on 87,755 reviews
94%
Quality of material
The percentage is calculated based on 56,676 reviews
89%
Tech Support
The percentage is calculated based on 51,974 reviews
90%
Sheerness
The percentage is calculated based on 45,165 reviews
98%
Style
The percentage is calculated based on 35,634 reviews
90%
Durability
The percentage is calculated based on 35,523 reviews
92%
Sturdiness
The percentage is calculated based on 22,484 reviews

Excellent value - best selling budget interface for a reason

Reviewed by Earl Michael on B&H Photo Video

I have just gotten into recording music and didn't want to invest too much into the equipment. I have been familiar with the Focusrite brand for a long time, and knew that a lot of my musician friends use their interfaces for their own professional recordings. I checked a lot of reviews and validated those assumptions. I bought this and have loved using it. Just having it plugged in constantly is a huge source of inspiration. I can fire up my DAW and start playing immediately knowing that I am getting a very clean and crisp instrument signal with negligible latency. I only use this with a guitar and a violin so I don't have firsthand experience with using a mic. I also do not have studio monitors so I just monitor with a pair of Audio Technica m50x'. I could not be more pleased with the performance of this interface. My only gripes with it are the lack of a direct / USB blend knob and a usable signal meter. For the former, there is a button that switches from the direct signal to the USB one, but having the ability to blend the two would help if you need to play along to a backing track. For the latter, I get that the glowing ring is cool looking, but it's not actionably useful if you're trying to monitor your gain levels. By the time you see the red ring, you're already clipping making it difficult to adjust in real-time. Otherwise this is a GREAT interface and incredible value for money. I can't recommend this enough for beginners in home recording or even for pros who don't need more than two inputs. ... More

The simplest one but I like it

Reviewed by Kaz on Guitar Center

This interface soved a lot of problems for me expectedly and unexpectedly. What I expected was: I can connect my condenser microphone to my PC via this devise. I can stream my Zoom/Skype conversation from my android phone to my PC via this devise. This set-up allowed me to make podcast interviews. Unexpectedly... I can now listen to whatever is happening on my PC via. the devise though direct monitor. Before this my computer had a mind of its own and I lose sound often and had to experiment with the sound setting. Now connected to this, the sound always comes out without a problem. Also unexpectedly, this device allows me to do two projects without moving things. The device sends sounds to my PC though a cable, which allows me to record a video using the webcam. The device also send sound to my iPad to record a podcast using a customized app for podcasting. I can do both without moving the cable around. When I record a podcast interview, I want to make sure my voice and the guest's voice are balanced. This can be easily achieved with Scarlet Solo. This replaced my ICICLE connector (Blue ICICLE XLR to USB Converter/Mic Preamp), which was a lot simpler way to connect a condenser mic to a PC. However, I feel like I liked the sound quality of ICICLE SLIGHTLY better than Scarlet Solo. Both are good, though, and this probably is just my personal preference. ... More

2. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (3rd Generation)

2x2 USB Audio Interface
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (3rd Generation) review
352,979 ratings
94%
91%
Sound quality
The percentage is calculated based on 170,111 reviews
92%
Easy to use
The percentage is calculated based on 155,344 reviews
89%
Value for money
The percentage is calculated based on 148,539 reviews
91%
For beginners
The percentage is calculated based on 117,858 reviews
93%
Volume control
The percentage is calculated based on 82,000 reviews
93%
Quality of material
The percentage is calculated based on 64,206 reviews
89%
Tech Support
The percentage is calculated based on 51,970 reviews
90%
Sheerness
The percentage is calculated based on 45,165 reviews
84%
Durability
The percentage is calculated based on 22,484 reviews
92%
Sturdiness
The percentage is calculated based on 22,484 reviews
100%
Style
The percentage is calculated based on 22,474 reviews
94%
Versatility
The percentage is calculated based on 15,327 reviews

Simple to use, great sounding audio interface!

Reviewed on B&H Photo Video

IMO the one of the best things about this audio interface is its ease of use. On a Mac, it's plug and play using the built in core audio driver. The sound is detailed, clean and hiss free and the pre-amps sound great either with a mic or a guitar/bass direct in. But my favorite thing about this unit is everything is operated by real knobs and switches. No software virtual mixer needed. No one knob that controls 20 different functions. And the round trip latency (7ms on my 2012 MacBook Pro) is low enough that I don't even bother with the direct monitor switch. Probably the best thing I can say about the 2i2 is I can focus on making music and not on troubleshooting why it doesn't work. ... More

Good fit for high-quality mic-ing for Zoom meetings

Reviewed by Jason on B&H Photo Video

I needed to connect my Sennheiser wireless mic to the computer. I bought a $15 usb sound card that provides separate line-in and line-out 3.5mm ports and it works fine for the price. The 2i2 allows for greater control of the gain and provides a really valuable visual cue: clipping. When I speak, the gain knob lights up. Green is good, yellow is warning and red is bad clipping. What I've learned is that when I test my mic setup before a Zoom call that I'll be teaching on a topic, I can get the gain set just right so it's always green with an occasional blip of yellow (I can't hear any distortion with a brief blip of yellow). However, once I'm on the Zoom call, I notice I put on my teacher's voice and I usually talk much louder than normal, so having immediate visual feedback that my audio is clipping is super helpful so I can turn it down then and there. I've had one complaint/problem with the 2i2. I'm an amateur with this audio equipment, so I don't know if this is common knowledge amongst pros or if it's a feature of the 2i2. I'm also not 100% sure what is exactly causing the problem, but here's my thoughts. At any gain level, I can get crackling, distorted noise. Not super bad, but very annoyingly so, especially for the hundreds of dollars I've now spent on higher end gear. Here's what I think may be causing the problem and how I fixed it: * If I turn the gain up so high that it clips into the red range at all, then when I turn the gain back down, it seems the 2i2 introduces some noise. Turning the gain up or down will change the overall volume (and the noise) but the noise doesn't go away. * Using the app Voicemeeter seems also to produce this noise, but I'm still not totally convinced it's the app at all and not just the 2i2. * The FIX is to go into the Focusrite Control software and Restore Factory Defaults under the File menu. The device will reboot itself in about 10 seconds and the noise is gone. It took me a while of trial and error to find the solution to this. Finally, I also had volume problems. I had good volume in Audacity and Zoom, but in OBS I could barely hear the mic recording. Something to to with ASIO and/or WASAPI low-latency source vs. MME in Windows. Audacity by default (at least in my installation) selects MME, which had no audio problems, but apparently can introduce more latency, which hasn't been a problem for me so far. When I switched to WASAPI source in Audacity, then I got the same low-volume problem as OBS. The fix was to turn up the Sensitivity on the Sennheiser G4 transmitter from -24 to -12dB. Finally I chose the 2i2 over the SOLO version (which is about $60 cheaper) because on the SOLO version you can only output from channel 1 *or* channel 2...not both at the same time. Since my wife and I plan to co-teach some classes on Zoom, we need to be able to have two live mics at once. ... More

3. Focusrite Scarlett 4i4 (Gen 3)

USB Recording Interface
Focusrite Scarlett 4i4 (Gen 3) review
304,707 ratings
94%
91%
Sound quality
The percentage is calculated based on 153,292 reviews
91%
Easy to use
The percentage is calculated based on 143,799 reviews
90%
Value for money
The percentage is calculated based on 135,220 reviews
90%
For beginners
The percentage is calculated based on 98,357 reviews
93%
Volume control
The percentage is calculated based on 76,632 reviews
93%
Quality of material
The percentage is calculated based on 56,995 reviews
89%
Tech Support
The percentage is calculated based on 52,278 reviews
90%
Sheerness
The percentage is calculated based on 45,435 reviews
85%
Durability
The percentage is calculated based on 24,338 reviews
90%
Sturdiness
The percentage is calculated based on 22,618 reviews
100%
Style
The percentage is calculated based on 22,611 reviews
88%
Versatility
The percentage is calculated based on 1,720 reviews

Good clean signal for recording

Reviewed by Sage Avalon on Musicians Friend

Idk what that one star review is about....you knew this was USB-C when you bought it... I personally like the USB signal and I use this interface to record clean electric guitar signals and demo vocals. This interface is not powerful enough for a complicated mic setup but it works great for its purpose. I have tried using this with my Shure SM7B (with 48v and a cloudlifter) and it sounds good for demo vocals and background vocals but I would recommend an interface with a more powerful preamp or a condenser mic if you plan on recording main vocals with this. It has very low latency and you can basically directly monitor your input with this interface. Another big PRO: focusrite scarletts, when registered, come with a bundle that includes some plugins. You can get any one of 4 Addictive Keys plugins for free (Grand, Upright, Mark One or Rhodes) ... More

Works good

Reviewed by Ross S. on Musicians Friend

I bought this card for my Mac. Just turned it on and working. I like that the volume of monitors and headphones is separately regulated. But it is a pity that the output is only one type of connector, although this problem was quickly solved by a new cable.   I have been using it for less than a month, but so far I have not revealed any clicks, freezes or other problems. The programs in the set are a little upset. I had to go through a lot of registrations, but not so much really useful. ... More

4. Rode Rodecaster Pro

Podcast Production Studio
Rode Rodecaster Pro review
24,488 ratings
96%
87%
Value for money
The percentage is calculated based on 6,519 reviews
92%
Sound quality
The percentage is calculated based on 3,344 reviews
94%
Easy to use
The percentage is calculated based on 2,275 reviews
90%
Touch Screen
The percentage is calculated based on 1,214 reviews
92%
Durability
The percentage is calculated based on 1,062 reviews
100%
Versatility
The percentage is calculated based on 1,052 reviews

Simple and Effective

Reviewed by David on B&H Photo Video

I've knocked out a handful of episodes with this Rodecaster Pro (RCP) in the last few weeks. The sound is clean. Using the RCP is simple. I'm coming from a Behringer mixer, manual mix-minus, single-channel output, etc. I thought I would miss the control I had. I don't. In fact, I've been surprised by how easily this RCP fit into my workflow - and how effortlessly it has expanded it. I'll explain. Moving from a manual mixer to this unit feels like moving from a stick shift to an automatic. The preamps are clean (noticeably cleaner than the ones on my previous mixer). The presets built-in actually feel like they do a slightly better job shaping my own voice. This unit is smaller and has fewer inputs, but realistically, the times I would use those extra inputs on my full mixer were... never. I typically record solo from my studio and bring guests in via Skype, Ringr, or Squadcast. All of that still works great - better, actually, because mix-minus is automatic for the TRRS, USB, and Bluetooth inputs. That, by the way, is a dream & worth every penny. I use every input available on the RodeCaster and feel like it's just enough + three extra mic inputs for mobile shows. I've recorded shows from this thing in the car - literally. A little inverter + a microphone, earbuds, and pre-loaded sound pads is all I needed. It sounded great. The built-in sound gate was a must and I needed to adjust it (and my technique) more aggressively for that noise environment, but I was surprised at how well it worked. I could have even brought in a guest - in the car - if I simply plugged my phone into the TRRS or connected via Bluetooth. I could not figure out how to get Bluetooth to connect to my car Bluetooth system, but to be transparent, I didn't spend a lot of time on that. Regarding the sound pads, I didn't think I would use them, but the opposite is true. I have no need for my additional Sound Byte (great software from Black Cat) effects if I keep things simple on the road. I can still use Sound Byte on an iPad or my iPhone when I have a more complex program. The build quality is sound --pun appreciated. The sliders and pads feel solid. The weight and size is just right for my desk and my car's front seat. This unit is growing on me each week. Cons: first, it doesn't come with a good case. The packaging is fine, but it won't last if you're a traveler. I purchased a case separately for roadshows. For me, a good case is necessary. I didn't find many options for cases. The case I purchased, the SKB iSeries RODECaster Pro Podcast Mixer Case, is great except that it's precut for Rode microphones and not easily adjustable for my RE320, Shure, or ATR portable mics - though the Shure SM58 or ATR 2100 would fit. They would just bang around a bit (not that those mics can't handle a little banging around). I'm not a fan of the fact that I can't label the pads. I produce more than one show and the sound deck for each is different. I'd like to know what I have in front of me without having to remember. Of course, with only 8 pads, it's pretty easy to remember what's on them. Loading the pads with new sound clips is a fairly easy process - either through the board itself or using the free software you can download, but there is no way to easily switch between load-outs. Ideally, I'd like virtual pages of sound clips I could flip through. Like virtual page 1 would contain my basic clips for Show 1, virtual page 2 would contain my basic clips for show 2, etc. With the current firmware, it takes additional prep time to make sure I have everything I need. I'm positive I will make a mistake one day, forget to load a clip, and introduce some wrong sound into my show. I would prefer XLR inputs that also accepted a mono 1/4 inch. That would expand the functionality of this unit, but only if the quality of the input wasn't compromised. Pros: The ease of use is a big one. Prep time for my show is down. Complexity is down. I get to focus more on content and technique than on technology and audio engineering & things still sound great. Post-production time is cut down. It does take a little practice and forethought, but getting those pads properly loaded beforehand makes a more live experience possible. I added a lot to post when I was using my single channel output mixer. I didn't want to risk wrecking a recording with a bad setting or wrong selection. With 14 multi-tracks, I can record relatively worry-free. I know I can level or treat audio from any channel individually in post if I need to. Auto mix-minus is so cool... I didn't realize how much I wanted that as a feature until I really started using it. I can't imagine the spaghetti wire and finger-crossing I used to deal with before. My guests can come in via any of three channels (or all of them) and it just works like magic. My guests have not complained about audio on their end - though I found I do get a cleaner signal when I use the hard-wired TRRS connection over the Bluetooth connection. Setup could not be easier. It took me much longer to disassemble and stow my nest of cables from my old mixer than it did to have the RodCaster Pro setup, sound pads loaded, and my first recording sent to micro-SD. I literally use this board for everything audio now. When I'm recording screen share-type instructional videos, it runs through this unit. I can listen to music in the background through my earbuds or headphones as I work. Talking on the phone when I'm in my studio runs through this unit (and I get to throw the buzzer in for shock and amusement from time to time). Streaming video works. The RodeCaster Pro has become a seamless extension to my workflows in just a few short weeks. Advice: Buy a good case if you're going to be mobile, a larger SD card, and have a refreshing drink nearby. You're going to enjoy recording with the RodeCaster Pro. ... More

Professional Features, Ridiculously Low Price

Reviewed by Jim on B&H Photo Video

The first audio board I ever ran was a Gates 16 input board in a 500watt AM radio station- in 1967. Ive run all manner of radio and broadcast gear since then, but nothing has been as simple, integrated or as high quality as this $600 RODECaster Pro. You can be an old hand or a brand-new podcaster and put together a podcast that sounds like you had a sound engineer running a console for you. Take your time, watch Ryan @ Rodes video tips on how to make the RODECaster Pro work, and youll be in business in no time. Ive seen people ask why this piece of high-tech gear still uses those outdated XLR inputs. Theyre probably the same people who think video on a phone looks exactly the same when its projected on a 60 4K monitor. Instead of jazzing over why something doesnt look the way you think it should, give the pros at Rode some credit- they know what theyre doing. Use good mics, isolate your mic stands and be prepared to sound like you know what youre doing -even if youre learning on the fly. Cant beat a system thats this simple, incorporates effects and features that used to only be available in consoles costing hundreds of times as much money. Embrace simplicity - Ive already used it to cut network voice overs, full radio spots and, yes, even my own podcast. For the first time-ever- I can put together a segmented show as simply as a live broadcast. Thats hard to beat. ... More

5. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Studio (Gen 3)

2x2 USB Audio Interface with Microphone and Headphones
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Studio (Gen 3) review
163,265 ratings
93%
90%
Sound quality
The percentage is calculated based on 83,222 reviews
91%
Easy to use
The percentage is calculated based on 79,605 reviews
89%
For beginners
The percentage is calculated based on 75,349 reviews
93%
Quality of material
The percentage is calculated based on 59,904 reviews
88%
Value for money
The percentage is calculated based on 58,705 reviews
90%
Volume control
The percentage is calculated based on 35,653 reviews
85%
Tech Support
The percentage is calculated based on 33,475 reviews
97%
Comfort
The percentage is calculated based on 3,944 reviews
90%
Sheerness
The percentage is calculated based on 3,348 reviews
90%
Versatility
The percentage is calculated based on 3,303 reviews
90%
Style
The percentage is calculated based on 3,303 reviews

This is an amazing bundle for the price

Reviewed by Stephen on Guitar Center

This is an amazing bundle with everything to get you started with your home studio. The other review stating the USB doesn't stay in is 100% user error.

Perfect for the novice

Reviewed by Jeff on Guitar Center

During all this stay-at-home time (spring of 2020) I have been messing around with a ton of my gear and I needed a way to send things to my bandmates. It's only been a week, but the actual recording aspect has been very simple to nail down (mixing is a whole other animal!). Focusrite's start-up videos walk you step-by-step through how to set up your recording. It couldn't be any easier, and I am NOT very tech savvy at all. I have been recording myself playing bass guitar by directly plugging in--no DI box or amp--to the interface and I'm amazed at how crystal clear my tone is. I would recommend this to anyone thinking about dipping their toes in the pool with home recording and I'm already thinking of ways to set up a rudimentary "home studio". ... More

Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio (Gen 3) review
122,860 ratings
93%
89%
For beginners
The percentage is calculated based on 75,423 reviews
91%
Sound quality
The percentage is calculated based on 73,753 reviews
91%
Easy to use
The percentage is calculated based on 71,978 reviews
93%
Quality of material
The percentage is calculated based on 56,995 reviews
89%
Value for money
The percentage is calculated based on 50,835 reviews
88%
Volume control
The percentage is calculated based on 34,534 reviews
85%
Tech Support
The percentage is calculated based on 32,809 reviews
90%
Sheerness
The percentage is calculated based on 3,348 reviews
90%
Versatility
The percentage is calculated based on 3,303 reviews
90%
Style
The percentage is calculated based on 3,303 reviews
100%
Comfort
The percentage is calculated based on 3,278 reviews

Great piece of equipment!

Reviewed by Dunkin on Guitar Center

I use the product to play the beats I've created. It's also great at catching sound from my raps to my vocals.

Wasn't Sure if I was making the right choice, I am now.

Reviewed by TuscoraTim on Musicians Friend

I've never used a product like this before. It was easy to setup, and the setup of all the included software was made ease also. Very fine tuned and well streamlined. This is the flagship product line for a reason and it is done well.

7. Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (Gen 3)

18x8 USB Audio/MIDI Interface
Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (Gen 3) review
48,402 ratings
95%
91%
Sound quality
The percentage is calculated based on 35,189 reviews
88%
Value for money
The percentage is calculated based on 33,229 reviews
88%
Easy to use
The percentage is calculated based on 32,148 reviews
89%
For beginners
The percentage is calculated based on 31,146 reviews
92%
Quality of material
The percentage is calculated based on 29,186 reviews
83%
Tech Support
The percentage is calculated based on 3,139 reviews
94%
Style
The percentage is calculated based on 1,475 reviews
92%
Versatility
The percentage is calculated based on 1,095 reviews

Great Audio Unit and superior quality.

Reviewed by Paolo Z. on Reverb

In 2018 I decided to buy my first audio interface; before taking the decisive step, I did a lot of research on the subject. I am absolutely satisfied that I chose Focusrite because the quality of the product is far superior when compared to the price at which it is sold. In fact, the 2i4 was a faithful and well-used travel companion. This is the second unit I buy and this time I needed a bigger unit because of the audio inputs I use. Easy and intuitive, it has a sound performance that is formidable and, if combined with the right microphones, fully highlights the sonicity of the recording source. The only drawback in my opinion, is the fact that it must be controlled through the app via computer (the line / inst selector and the pad button that was present in the younger sister are missing), for this reason it deserves 4.5 stars. Anyway, I absolutely recommend it to anyone who doesn't want to compromise with the recording audio quality. ... More

Excellent

Reviewed by Matt on B&H Photo Video

We bought this pipe audio from a lavalier to our iMac running Audacity, our use case for lecture recording. We had to return it because the monitor knob would only work if you pressed it in but hiccups like that are normal for hardware purchases. The new one has worked flawlessly for over a year and we have had zero complaints. One particular oddity is that the gain on the input channels tends to get exponentially higher the more we go. I noticed it to see if I could get more sound into Audacity (that program normal input range seems to be rather small, huh). This isn't a problem as much as it could be a noobish understanding of how to do a recording with Audacity. the particular feature I love is how you can plug either the normal TRS connectors or the balance mic connectors into the same input; that gives you much freedom on your setup. ... More

8. Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 (Gen 3)

18x20 USB Type-C Audio/MIDI Interface
Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 (Gen 3) review
46,690 ratings
95%
90%
Sound quality
The percentage is calculated based on 34,001 reviews
88%
Value for money
The percentage is calculated based on 32,516 reviews
88%
Easy to use
The percentage is calculated based on 32,148 reviews
89%
For beginners
The percentage is calculated based on 31,053 reviews
92%
Quality of material
The percentage is calculated based on 29,186 reviews
83%
Tech Support
The percentage is calculated based on 3,139 reviews
94%
Style
The percentage is calculated based on 1,475 reviews
86%
Durability
The percentage is calculated based on 382 reviews
94%
Versatility
The percentage is calculated based on 382 reviews

Excellence!

Reviewed by Ale on B&H Photo Video

I used the MAudio Profire 2626 Highdefinition Firewire Audio Interface in my studio for several years. Recorded a couple of albums with it, and I was relatively satisfied. Then I updated my studio computer, which did not have a Firewire port. In addition to that, M-Audio had not produced a driver for Windows 10. I realized it was about time to upgrade my audio interface. I did a very extensive research. I read reviews, asked colleagues, etc, and everything started to point to the Scarlett 18i20. I then purchase it, and so far it has exceeded all my expectations. The sound quality is crystal clear; the configuration software included works perfectly in real time. Not the most important thing, but its look is spectacular, and the position of every knob, input, and output is in the right place. The two headphone outputs in the front come handy when there are two musicians recording at the same time. As I use this interface I get the feeling that I am working with an appliance 100% professional. With Sonar it blends really good, no audio drops or audio engine error messages at all. So far I haven't noticed anything negative about it. ... More

Best USB Interface on the market!

Reviewed by SoundSpot71 on Musicians Friend

I upgraded from a 1st Gen 2i2. With that said, this thing is a beast! First, I'd like to address the answers to the questions about this product below. YES, this product comes with Rack Ears. YES, you can use your iPad with this item but only for Focusrite Control. YES, this item has word clock. I wish Musicians Friend would do a better job policing some of the answers these people give that know nothing about the product. I use this item for 2 things. 1 - To record full band and 2 - I produce a radio program with music and spoken word. The first thing I noticed with this item over the 2i2 was the preamps. There is +6db over the 1st and 2nd Gen models. (I think) They are super hot. It opens the door for more versatility. The on-board 2 channel headphone amp is basically useless. It does not have enough power to run even the lowest imp. headphones. I use AKG K240 headphones and it barely pushes them. However, I use one of the outputs via Focusrite Control to my 6 channel headphone amp and now no problems with that. One thing I really liked on the 2i2 was the large volume knob on the front of it. The 18i20 doesn't offer that, rather having a volume knob the same size as the headphone knobs. Not cool. Midi works as advertised. Focusrite Control (FC) is very cool. Mine is switchable thru my iPad. This allows you to switch any ins or outs without unplugging certain items. The 18i20 also has PAD. You can use this at the flick of a finger via the front of the rack or on FC. The item is built well and the buttons are smooth and heavy feeling. It does have a 5 light digital UV meter on the front that I have not found to be useful as I use my DAW for most of that. That's about it. Yes, I would buy this item over and over again! ... More

9. PreSonus Studio 24C

2x2 USB Type-C Audio/MIDI Interface
PreSonus Studio 24C review
34,740 ratings
93%
87%
Value for money
The percentage is calculated based on 15,515 reviews
91%
Sound quality
The percentage is calculated based on 15,093 reviews
92%
Easy to use
The percentage is calculated based on 11,072 reviews
88%
Volume control
The percentage is calculated based on 3,943 reviews
91%
For beginners
The percentage is calculated based on 3,824 reviews
74%
Tech Support
The percentage is calculated based on 2,113 reviews
90%
Quality of material
The percentage is calculated based on 2,113 reviews
96%
Sheerness
The percentage is calculated based on 1,999 reviews
100%
Durability
The percentage is calculated based on 1,944 reviews
90%
Versatility
The percentage is calculated based on 1,938 reviews
96%
Style
The percentage is calculated based on 1,938 reviews

Yes, Yes and Yes I would buy this product AGAIN!!!

Reviewed by Lance on Guitar Center

I love this product use to own a older presonus vsl audio box and i decided I wanted to give focusrite a try and that did not last long so I went back presonus and I am really happy I did. The sound is sharp clear and the pre amp is awesome also the way it was built and the color they chose is great I love everything about it and so much so that I am soon and I do mean really soon going to upgrade to the presonus 1824c which offers more and better connections and options for a great price for my studio setup. Thanks presonus for doing me and others proud great job on the new line I'm really thrilled.The set up process was easy although I do feel that their should or could be an easier way to install all of the plugins besides that I have absolutely no complaints. ... More

Great intro to recording with digital audio interfaces.

Reviewed by Low Brass Rules on Guitar Center

I bought the Presonus Studio 24C because it seemed to be a cost-effective way to create quality audio recordings in my home studio, and I have not be disappointed. As a trombonist who recently retired from his day job and has taken up serious study of the instrument again, I needed a way to record myself during practice sessions in order to analyze and help improve all aspects of my playing. I found this interface to be plug and play perfect as to the connections and setup using my MacBook Pro, Shure mics and "vintage" Yamaha YS200 midi keyboard, and the bundled PreSonus StudioOne 4 Artist DAW is such a vast improvement over Garage Band that it's well worth a bit of study of the excellent documentation to get it set up for recording. I'm very happy with the quality of the recordings I'm getting, and will probably take this unit "on the road" to create simple two mic stereo recordings of small ensembles that I perform in. So far I'd call it a winner. ... More

10. Presonus Studio 26c

2x4 USB Type-C Audio Interface
Presonus Studio 26c review
31,507 ratings
92%
88%
Value for money
The percentage is calculated based on 17,218 reviews
91%
Sound quality
The percentage is calculated based on 15,450 reviews
92%
Easy to use
The percentage is calculated based on 11,405 reviews
91%
For beginners
The percentage is calculated based on 5,468 reviews
88%
Volume control
The percentage is calculated based on 3,963 reviews
74%
Tech Support
The percentage is calculated based on 2,123 reviews
90%
Quality of material
The percentage is calculated based on 2,123 reviews
96%
Sheerness
The percentage is calculated based on 2,008 reviews
100%
Durability
The percentage is calculated based on 1,955 reviews
90%
Versatility
The percentage is calculated based on 1,947 reviews
96%
Style
The percentage is calculated based on 1,947 reviews

Works when Scarlett 2i2 doesn't

Reviewed by Jeremy on B&H Photo Video

I went back and forth with FocusRite CS about my 2i2 that would just start digitally garbling the output after 0-90+ minutes and require unplugging/replugging USB to reset the driver. (Brand new top of the line Dell Precision laptop as well as 3 y/o Dell Precision laptop exhibiting same issues). Super frustrating and never was able to get the driver to play nicely with Windows 10. Contrast that with the PreSonus 26c which worked as soon as I plugged it in, quick driver download, and has zero issues/failures. Beyond that, the features are very similar but just implemented slightly differently. (24c is closer to the 2i2 but was on backorder at the time) Works flawlessly with Ableton, MS Teams, Webex, USB cameras on same bus, Premiere Pro, Zoom, browsers, etc. Sound quality is excellent for in/out. One happy customer here. ... More

Great upgrade

Reviewed by Jonathan on B&H Photo Video

Purchased the Studio 26c to upgrade a much older PreSonus Firebox which requires 2 dongle adapters to connect to my 2018 MacBook Pro. The USB-C connection is direct and now supplies power to the device whereas the Firebox needed A/C power. Instrument and mic settings are now lower to achieve decent input signal allowing much more headroom if I need it. The bundled Studio One software is a plus, but I rely on Apple's Logic Pro X for audio recording and the Studio 26c is recognized immediately. I'm very satisfied with the Studio 26c. ... More

11. Presonus Studio 1810c

18x8 USB Type-C Audio Interface
Presonus Studio 1810c review
26,303 ratings
93%
88%
Value for money
The percentage is calculated based on 8,035 reviews
89%
Sound quality
The percentage is calculated based on 8,035 reviews
93%
Easy to use
The percentage is calculated based on 6,080 reviews
88%
Volume control
The percentage is calculated based on 3,963 reviews
74%
Tech Support
The percentage is calculated based on 2,123 reviews
90%
Quality of material
The percentage is calculated based on 2,123 reviews
96%
Sheerness
The percentage is calculated based on 2,008 reviews
100%
Durability
The percentage is calculated based on 1,955 reviews
90%
Versatility
The percentage is calculated based on 1,949 reviews
96%
Style
The percentage is calculated based on 1,949 reviews

SO SICK!

Reviewed by CheapGearGuy on Musicians Friend

I owned a Phonic Firefly 302usb. With time Win10 just stopped supporting it after an update (just use it with my laptop, now). Had to upgrade...and I needed SPDIF IN/OUT for my POD XT. To say this interface is amazing is an understatement! It has an app for iOS or Android which let's you control EVERYTHING...REMOTE! In the vocal booth? Behind the kit? In another room? It came with Studio One 4 Artist...which works PERFECTLY with this interface...like, it FULLY uses every bit of the 1810c capabilities! So much so, that since it was missing VST support I decided to upgrade to 5. 5 Artist has VST/VSTi support...but there was an AWESOME sake, so I bought Professional... I've been using Cakewalk for decades...I've tried switching DAWS so many times with little success or even enjoyment/progress...Studio One opened, asked ifvi wanted to use shortcuts from another DAW. I chose Cakewalk...haven't hardly opened Cakewalk since! IT'S THAT GOOD...combined with this interface, you have a MONSTER. You can add a light pipe Mic Preamp and add 8 inputs at 24bit/44,1khz...or 4 @ 48! 16 channels of MIDI...8 regular inputs...plus SPDIF? You can build this up to WHATEVER your needs are! Home studio? Upgrade to a 16 track interface? Run an e-kit, keyboard, foot controllers, all MIDI (and with SPDIF, you still have used NONE of the 8 inputs! With the multiple outs, I can run to my mixer, my near field monitors, AND my far field monitors! No rewiring or problems... IF THIS FITS YOUR NEEDS, it is TOTALLY worth it! Comes with Studio One Artist and LOTS of built in and free plug-ins and instruments...plus MORE CAN BE BOUGHT! If I didn't already have a BUNCH of VSTs and BFD 3 (and every expansion...way too much money to "just switch"), I wouldn't have upgraded. ... More

I love this audio card to death

Reviewed by Zaturdayz on Guitar Center

As a start up dj/musician I have been looking and looking for the best equipment to record my vocals/synths/drum machines, etc. and I have found that this audio card is one of my favorites. The versatility of its use's (whether it'd be the 4 outputs/inputs, the power of its internal processes, etc) makes it a great addition to my home studio. I only wish there weren't so many wires to power it and I wish it would be a bit smaller as one of my studio monitor has to sit on top of it, but I don't care, I love it. ... More

12. Presonus Studio 68c

6x6 USB Type-C Audio Interface
Presonus Studio 68c review
23,841 ratings
92%
86%
Value for money
The percentage is calculated based on 13,830 reviews
91%
Sound quality
The percentage is calculated based on 13,830 reviews
92%
Easy to use
The percentage is calculated based on 8,245 reviews
91%
For beginners
The percentage is calculated based on 4,074 reviews
88%
Volume control
The percentage is calculated based on 3,963 reviews
91%
Versatility
The percentage is calculated based on 2,177 reviews
74%
Tech Support
The percentage is calculated based on 2,123 reviews
90%
Quality of material
The percentage is calculated based on 2,123 reviews
96%
Sheerness
The percentage is calculated based on 2,008 reviews
100%
Durability
The percentage is calculated based on 1,955 reviews
96%
Style
The percentage is calculated based on 1,949 reviews

Absolutely Flawless!

Reviewed by Jeremy on B&H Photo Video

This is yet another excellent audio interface from PreSonus! With a sleek design and USB-C connectivity, this thing is a powerhouse for at home recording or streaming.

13. Presonus ioStation 24c

2x2 USB-C Audio Interface
Presonus ioStation 24c review
22,348 ratings
93%
86%
Value for money
The percentage is calculated based on 9,789 reviews
91%
Sound quality
The percentage is calculated based on 8,021 reviews
93%
Easy to use
The percentage is calculated based on 5,899 reviews
88%
Volume control
The percentage is calculated based on 3,963 reviews
74%
Tech Support
The percentage is calculated based on 2,123 reviews
90%
Quality of material
The percentage is calculated based on 2,123 reviews
96%
Sheerness
The percentage is calculated based on 2,008 reviews
100%
Durability
The percentage is calculated based on 1,955 reviews

Next level peice of gear

Reviewed by Jacob on Guitar Center

Pros : • you can control Two tracks at the same time even though there is only one motorized fader. • also compatible with other DAWs (Pro Tools, Logic, etc) Con: It seems delicate compared to the other audio interfaces Presonus offers like the AudioBox 96 and The studio C series. Not a dealbreaker but it's worth noting.

14. Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Generation)

USB Audio Interface
Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Generation) review
23,152 ratings
92%
90%
Value for money
The percentage is calculated based on 9,600 reviews
88%
Tech Support
The percentage is calculated based on 3,100 reviews
95%
Sound quality
The percentage is calculated based on 3,100 reviews
92%
For beginners
The percentage is calculated based on 3,059 reviews
90%
Easy to use
The percentage is calculated based on 1,921 reviews
86%
Sturdiness
The percentage is calculated based on 1,905 reviews
92%
Durability
The percentage is calculated based on 1,905 reviews
92%
Versatility
The percentage is calculated based on 1,905 reviews
92%
Style
The percentage is calculated based on 1,899 reviews
92%
Quality of material
The percentage is calculated based on 1,179 reviews
98%
Volume control
The percentage is calculated based on 1,179 reviews

Works really well, best value for money

Reviewed by Marty on B&H Photo Video

I've had the 2i4 for six months now. Having plugged and unplugged it innumerable times, recorded with it innureral times, tested it repeatedly, I cdan say it's about as close to bug-free as you'll ever get in a hi-tech product. The sound quality is excellent, very liquid-sounding. I can concentrate on the sound of the mics instead of the USB interface. When I plug in a pair of Rode NT1A, which have a self-noise of only about 5 db A weighted, I don't really hear hissing at all coming from anywhere. OK, you're probably wondering if there is any downside. Well, let's see. I wish it were easy to open up from above and also obtain the service manual, so I can modify it for even better sound (I'm sure some capacitors and stuff can be upgraded, such is the audiophile that I am). Also, once in a blue moon, I hear a sudden glitch in the sound, a sudden instantaneous drop-out. Not sure if it's my laptop (I have both a Vista and Win 8.1 laptop with SSDs on board) or the USB. I'm using the best USB2.0 cable I can find, with ferrite bars on both ends, fully shielded throughout. But it only happens maybe once in a one-hour recording, and you have to be listening to appropriate material to hear it. So all in all I'm happy with my purchase, and don't feel any need at this point to buy something new. I can concentrate on mics and mic technique instead. I've only used condenser mics. Not sure if the preamp is quiet enough for a dynamic mike like an SM57. ... More

great sound quality and unique features

Reviewed by Peter on B&H Photo Video

I am using the Scarlett to digitize LP's and record guitar/vocals. Previously I would use a mixing panel and do the analog-digital conversion in my PC. Current laptops/desktops (even Apple) contain a very inexpensive A/D converter chip and the electrical noise generated inside a PC affects the analog signal and is audible. I used to buy a SoundBlaster PCI card but they are expensive and drivers are sometimes an issue. The Scarlett which performs A/D conversion outside the PC is audibly better. It distinguishes itself by a solid build quality, a wide range of signal levels (guitar to line level) it can handle and the useful clip indicator (ring around the level knob turns red). As expected, LP's are recorded as clean as possible but require a small preamp with RIAA correction. It is also bundled with a Lite version of Ableton Live, so all in all a great value. ... More

15. Behringer U-PHORIA UMC202HD

Audiophile 2x2 USB 2.0 Audio Interface
Behringer U-PHORIA UMC202HD review
225,060 ratings
89%
87%
Easy to use
The percentage is calculated based on 118,736 reviews
81%
Sound quality
The percentage is calculated based on 103,306 reviews
85%
For beginners
The percentage is calculated based on 84,729 reviews
87%
Value for money
The percentage is calculated based on 74,761 reviews
84%
Volume control
The percentage is calculated based on 41,810 reviews
84%
Durability
The percentage is calculated based on 27,899 reviews
91%
Versatility
The percentage is calculated based on 15,175 reviews
86%
Light weight
The percentage is calculated based on 14,595 reviews
74%
Tech Support
The percentage is calculated based on 14,374 reviews
78%
Noise Level
The percentage is calculated based on 13,070 reviews
96%
Quality of material
The percentage is calculated based on 2,184 reviews
98%
Sturdiness
The percentage is calculated based on 2,184 reviews
92%
Style
The percentage is calculated based on 1,262 reviews

Surprisingly solid little interface!

Reviewed by htcmicah on Musicians Friend

So, I'll start with my only complaint, and it's not much of a complaint at all. I wish there were more connections on the back. It has plenty of space back there that is just unused, so it just seems like maybe something else should be there, MIDI connections possibly. But, that's not a knock against this unit at all. There is another model that is exactly the same but with extra connections, so when I find the need for them I can just pick one of those up. This interface is shockingly good for the price. I ran it with a variety of mics this week and even recorded my Kurzweil through it. It was every bit as good as any interface I've had at double the price. The preamps perform well. The hardware itself feels solid enough. The headphone output was more than adequate. Overall, it's just a great little unit for the price. Sure, you can get better stuff, but you won't get as much value for your money as you do with this one. I'm honestly considering buying the 4 preamp model now just to carry with me when I travel. If it's anywhere as good as this unit is, it'll be well worth the money. Get one. ... More

Suits my purpose

Reviewed by solosaxman on Musicians Friend

I use the UMC202HD in a live performance to play backing tracks from my laptop. I have used the USB output from computers under Windows, Linux, and Android. No special software or drivers are needed. Left and right speakers are driven from the main outputs and a stereo stage monitor is driven from the headphone jack. This works for me because the headphone output has a separate volume control. I also use a microphone for announcements using the direct monitor feature. Notice that the microphone will play through only the left or right speaker. There is no "mono" button as on my Focusrite or Lexicon interfaces. I suppose I could buy or make a "Y" adaptor cable to run the mic into both preamps. ... More

16. Presonus Studio 1824c

18x20 USB Type-C Audio Interface
Presonus Studio 1824c review
23,743 ratings
92%
86%
Value for money
The percentage is calculated based on 7,989 reviews
94%
Sound quality
The percentage is calculated based on 7,989 reviews
92%
Easy to use
The percentage is calculated based on 4,131 reviews
91%
For beginners
The percentage is calculated based on 3,846 reviews
74%
Tech Support
The percentage is calculated based on 2,123 reviews
90%
Quality of material
The percentage is calculated based on 2,123 reviews
90%
Volume control
The percentage is calculated based on 2,008 reviews
96%
Sheerness
The percentage is calculated based on 2,008 reviews

Easy to Set Up, Easy to Use, and Easy on the Eyes

Reviewed by DHarvell on Musicians Friend

As a user of Presonus' Studio One and owner of a Presonus Studio Channel Tube Preamp / Compressor / EQ, I had high expectations that the Presonus Studio 1824c would continue the brand's high quality and ease of use. I certainly was not disappointed. Setup was as easy as mounting the Studio 1824c in my rack, connect the ins and outs, as needed, select the Studio 1824c as my Studio One audio source, and I was running. The graphs on the front of the Studio 1824c make setting mic/line/instrument levels a snap, while the volume knobs for the studio monitors / headphones makes mixing and monitoring a simple, pleasant, and convenient experience. The quality of the audio that the Studio 1824c records (and plays back) is top notch. Presonus continues to impress with their line of high quality and reasonably priced studio gear. ... More

Perfect interface for a home studio, best quality in the price range

Reviewed by Nicholas G. on Reverb

As close to industry standard gain range, conversion quality etc. as you can get for $500 or less (higher quality hardware by the numbers than even the Focusrite 18i20). Perfect interface, and easily the best sounding and looking one I've ever owned. Great monitoring controls built in right up front which is huge for a smooth workflow and eliminates the need for another box taking up space on your desk. Every knob and button is smooth and responsive. You'll notice the difference in quality immediately if you're coming from a lesser/older interface as I was. As a side note, I purchased a demo unit, and you'd never know it's not brand new. I had a hard time believing mine was ever even removed from the box. Definitely worth mentioning as you can save up to 20% that way. ... More

17. Behringer U-PHORIA UMC1820

Audiophile USB Audio/MIDI Interface
Behringer U-PHORIA UMC1820 review
165,304 ratings
89%
87%
Easy to use
The percentage is calculated based on 98,203 reviews
82%
Sound quality
The percentage is calculated based on 70,996 reviews
87%
Value for money
The percentage is calculated based on 70,582 reviews
85%
For beginners
The percentage is calculated based on 55,484 reviews
87%
Volume control
The percentage is calculated based on 29,056 reviews
84%
Durability
The percentage is calculated based on 28,031 reviews
86%
Light weight
The percentage is calculated based on 14,665 reviews
76%
Tech Support
The percentage is calculated based on 13,123 reviews
78%
Noise Level
The percentage is calculated based on 13,123 reviews
92%
Versatility
The percentage is calculated based on 12,876 reviews

Great price, Feature Rich, Expandable, Great headphone amps

Reviewed by Artoocrazy on Musicians Friend

I have had this 3 months and love it. I have waited to review this to see how I really felt. I use Studio One and wanted multiple inputs. The inputs are very clear and have no noise, even when cranked up. I like the fact that all inputs have - Iine/inst and Pad. There are two independent headphone jacks that can be assigned to outputs 1/2 or 3/4, with separate volume control. The headphone outputs have a lot of power. Even when playing acoustic drums I barely turn them up halfway. It can be expanded by another 8 ins/outs using ADAT. I added a used Behringer ADA8000 Pro-8 using an optical cable and it worked perfectly. This allowed me to set the units across the room from each other with just one optical and headphone cable. I am running an windows 10 desktop with an I7 and 32gb of ram. I haven't had any driver or compatibility problems at all. I was able to set the buffer as low as 64 with no problems. I have several older 2 input interfaces and this sounds so much better. I was considering several different interfaces. I felt that the Focusrite and Presonus would have been reliable, but were out of my price range. The Tascam interfaces were appealing, but there were so many concerns about the drivers. I have several Behringer products and feel that they are a good brand despite the feelings many have. Unlike a couple other interfaces I have, I am able to adjust the settings and allow my DAW, chrome and the media player to share the interface at the same time. This makes multi-tasking possible. I think there was a code for Tracktion included in the purchase, but I think Traction may already be free. When I registered there was a link to download some vst effects and instruments. I think most of these were also free items. I didn't set it up since I already use Studio One. The only complaint is that the bundle of software might not be as much as comes with other interfaces. For the price and features of the device I feel that extra software isn't needed. ... More

Brilliant results, easy to use.

Reviewed by Jim1340 on Musicians Friend

I have gone through a large number of audio interfaces over the years in my home studio. I thought I had landed on a winner when I bought a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40. Unfortunately, that unit was flaky every time I had to unplug it from my computer, making it ill suited to mobile recording. As I've always had good luck with Behringer equipment, I bought a UMC 1820 thinking at this price I have nothing to lose. Within a month I had sold the Focusrite, and bought a small UMC 202HD to use as well (it sits on my desk and runs my studio monitors, and records small projects that don't require me to bring the big box out). The 1820 is rock solid. It performs well every time. There is almost zero setup. I keep it in a road case, along with a Focusrite Octopre and a headphone amp. I have no trouble setting up and recording eight to sixteen tracks simultaneously into my laptop. The sound quality is amazing. Maybe I've heard slightly better mic preamps, but not for less than twice this cost, and even then it's a minute improvement. At this price point I couldn't ask for a better sounding or easier to use audio interface. I have been working in my home studio since 2000, and in that time I have never discovered a better interface than this device. ... More

18. MOTU UltraLite-mk5

USB Type-C Audio/MIDI Interface
MOTU UltraLite-mk5 review
251 ratings
98%
94%
Volume control
The percentage is calculated based on 24 reviews
96%
Sound quality
The percentage is calculated based on 24 reviews
96%
Tech Support
The percentage is calculated based on 24 reviews

Powerhouse

Reviewed by Thomas on B&H Photo Video

Very versatile, great sounding and compact. Definitely my favorite portable audio interface. Comes with Performer lite - a pro level but very straight-ahead sequencing program. Really nice sounding converters, essentially zero latency, and a lot of options for input. One of my favorite aspects about the way the new MOTU interfaces work is that they can be networked and routed. It can be connected directly to an iOS device (and of course computer - mac or PC), and can output audio while recording for studio or live use. I could not be happier with this unit. ... More

solid piece of kit!

Reviewed by Kenneth on B&H Photo Video

you don't even need to download a driver for the interface to operate! Preamps and latency all within acceptable range for traveling recording capable of professional quality results. using with mac m1 laptop without issue! considering purchasing a second.

19. MOTU M2

2x2 USB Type-C Audio/MIDI Interface
MOTU M2 review
13,608 ratings
92%
93%
Sound quality
The percentage is calculated based on 2,829 reviews
76%
Value for money
The percentage is calculated based on 2,827 reviews
89%
Easy to use
The percentage is calculated based on 2,141 reviews
82%
Tech Support
The percentage is calculated based on 762 reviews
98%
Quality of material
The percentage is calculated based on 762 reviews
100%
For beginners
The percentage is calculated based on 694 reviews
72%
Durability
The percentage is calculated based on 688 reviews
100%
Volume control
The percentage is calculated based on 685 reviews
72%
Versatility
The percentage is calculated based on 683 reviews

Found my dream audio interface

Reviewed by Raizuly on B&H Photo Video

Hi, I'm from Singapore. Been looking around for something that fits my needs. Finally, i found it. First of all, I am impressed by the shipping method B&H used. Got it in less than a week. That was really fast! Shipping rate offered is also affordable unlike other online shopping websites. B&H website design gives me smooth shopping experience. Easy to navigate, uncluttered and concise, which is important. Ok, about the product. Good call for MOTU to implement USB-C on the M2. It is the way to go. I'm using Linux Mint 19.2 with Bitwig 3.1 on my Thinkpad X230 and it detected the M2. However no sound. I think it's got something to do with appropiate drivers. Sadly, it's non-existent for the M2 in the linux world. I wished MOTU would have some solution to this. If anyone reading this get to work it in Linux, let me know. Well, i got to switch to Windows 10, installed the driver and it works. Nice touch having the on/off switch at the rear panel. Audio meter display is pretty to look at. Solidly built sturdy metal chassis. Just loved the looks of it. The sound? It's impeccable. Now i'm thinking i should have gotten the M4. Haha. Thanks B&H! ... More

Best experience

Reviewed by Yuichi on B&H Photo Video

from Japan. I was very surprised because the time between BackOrder and shipping was much shorter than I had imagined in a situation where inventory was hard to find. Overseas shipping is very reasonably priced, and in addition, the Japanese shipping company was in charge from the middle in this time. I think that the arrangement of B&H is wonderful because I have a bitter experience that the purchase I ordered at eBay was broken by the carelessness of the shipping company. There is also an iOS app, and I'm grateful to be able to check the status of the order. It's good for me where I don't have to open the PC and log in with a browser to see it in many times. The arrived MOTU M2 is connected to macOS 10.15 and used. I like it very much because it goes well with the Blue Spark SL microphone I'm using. It's compact and light anyway. The touch of the switches is comfortable. Compared to other products, having an LED indicator is very convenient. Low latency is also a good point. The appearance is simple and neatly organized, giving a clean impression. But you can do exactly what you need to do. With B&H, I suppose I can still get the MOTU M2 in a shorter period than anywhere else in the world in now. ... More

20. Shure X2u

XLR-to-USB Microphone Adapter
Shure X2u review
7,753 ratings
92%
86%
Sound quality
The percentage is calculated based on 876 reviews
91%
Value for money
The percentage is calculated based on 876 reviews
96%
Quality of material
The percentage is calculated based on 467 reviews
96%
Easy to use
The percentage is calculated based on 467 reviews
96%
Volume control
The percentage is calculated based on 467 reviews

Best USB adapter I've bought

Reviewed by Richard on B&H Photo Video

I wasn't expecting much out of the USB; all I wanted was to use a microphone with my computer to talk to people online, without having to use a headset. And to my surprise, I didn't expect the USB adapter to be like a size of a car charger!It's got dials for mic gain, volume, and monitor. Really nice to have dials you can adjust on the fly without using a voice program. I love the fact it has a headphone port too, if you ever need to use it. I'm just amazed how robust the USB adapter is, because I've never seeing it of this size with dials.As far as the microphone itself that came with the bundle, very clear microphone for what I want to use it for. Mainly to talk online or to record speeches. Voice comes out very clear with no background noise. Even when I crank the speakers up, the microphone doesn't pick the sound up, even when it's in front of my speakers. Really good at blocking out noise. I've even tested the microphone by putting my lips right up to the microphone, and it's very loud and clear, even when I whisper to it. I almost feel like I'm in my own recording studio by the quality of it, or how people sound in professional podcasts.Barely can hear any breathing from it, which is great, even when I have my lips near the microphone. Very loud and clear. I am very satisfied by this.I think the only cons I have about the bundle is that the usb adapter is big, and might get in the way of some objects I have on my desk. But it still has amazing features. The microphone might not have enough deepness to your voice if you ever want that bass-y voice that some other microphones have, but I'm not too concerned about that, as I wanted to have a natural sounding voice when talking to people like you're on a phone. ... More

Excellent little device!

Reviewed by Jason Cooper on B&H Photo Video

This is an excellent little device. I needed to send air staff out to the field with the best mix of simplicity and quality for recording air breaks. We previously tried several other options, but the X2u was the perfect fit. TIP: The noise floor was virtually non-existent on my MacBook Pro, but quite noticeable on a business grade Dell Latitude due to jagged DC from the Dell's internal power supply (even on battery). I realize this is an issue with the PC. We attempted choking the USB cable with ferrite cores and had no real success. Users may want to consider an option that isolates power from USB connector and then lets you use an external power supply if you are using a lesser grade PC. ... More