An audio interface unit is one that helps connect devices like the microphones and speakers to your computer to produce high-quality sound. A laptop comes with an already installed internal sound card. This serves the fundamental purposes like listening to music, watching a series and even playing games but is limited in giving a connection that is multi-purpose. One has to consider other factors to improve the quality of sound produced.
How to choose audio interface for your home studio:
Mobility of the interface
The interface should be small enough to fit in your bag to allow you move freely with it for any performance or recording. It must also be robust enough to withstand any mishandling act when not in your control while performing on stage. As you placing it into your bag, ensure it fits well to avoid damaging it.
Inputs and Outputs needed totally
Where you start as a musician is not your end point. A good audio interface needs to have extra provision for the ports to cater for your current needs as well as your future needs when you will need to connect more devices to your performance.
Connecting an audio interface to your laptop: You need to check on these ports on your laptop to be sure of your connectivity: the USB (Universal Serial Bus), Thunderbolt and a Firewire port. These can handle a tremendous amount of input and output audio data while giving you good performance.
Bit depth and Sample rate consideration
Bit depth is about the smoothness of sound. The sample rate is about the production of a separate signal from a series of short signals. As cost goes up, so does sound quality go up. At the climax, price becomes irrelevant as the sound produced is more than enough. One needs to strike a balance between cost and quality so that within your limited means you can still get quality sound and an interface that is worth its price. For CD audio, the recommended bit is 16. Digital Analog Converters are suitable for reproducing recorded work, Analog to Digital Converters are used when recording analog hardware in large numbers, both being ideal for the shifting artists.
Your audio interface comes with all the required computer connectors but not with microphone cables and other equipment cables. One needs to buy these extra cables for the connection to be complete. Each additional accessory has its unique purpose for enhancing sound production. The microphone is essential for any performance in amplifying the sound from the artist or the drums while recording performance.
Speakers also serve the same purpose in magnifying sound and making it more clear. Depending on the area surrounding the audio production zone, be well equipped with every necessary accessory to enhance quality sound production.
In as much as one may be having a real laptop/computer, it is not enough to produce a quality sound on its own. There needs to be done an audio interface connection. For the interface to be successful, factors like having the additional accessories, knowing how to connect the interface to your computer, the bit depth and sample rate and mobility of the interface unit come in handy for a successful relay of sound.