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Best Budget Audio Interfaces under $100

OK, so you’re ready to dip your toe into the water of recording, and we’ve rounded up a list of Budget audio interfaces.
Interfaces that, at under $100, will not only get you up and running, but will still deliver quality results even if the feature list isn’t as long as more expensive interfaces.

So let’s get right into the list.
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best budget audio interfaces
Number 5 – Presonus AudioBox 2×2

The Audiobox not only has 2 combo mic and instrument inputs, it also boasts midi in and out too !
With 24 bit resolution and the free Studio One 3 Artist software thrown in – this is a cracking bundle.

  • Bus-powered USB audio and MIDI interface
  • 24-bit resolution, 44.1 and 48 kHz sampling rate
  • 2 combo mic/instrument inputs with high-performance, low-noise, high-headroom mic preamplifiers
  • Zero-latency analog monitoring
  • Includes free download of Studio One 3 Artist DAW software and 6 GB of third-party resources after product registration
  • Compatible with almost all recording software for Mac- and Windows

 

 

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Number 4

The Behringer Xenyx 302 is not only a USB Audio interface – its also a mixer – how cool is that.
If you’re looking for an affordable interface but also need a mixer – look no further.
The 2 track input features an XLR & quarter inch combination socket, it also boast British style EQ as well.
Behringer have been super generous on the included content front here as well.

  • Ultra-compact and ultra-low noise analog mixer with USB/Audio interface
  • Powered through USB or external power adaptor (included)
  • Built-in stereo USB/Audio interface to connect directly to your computer
  • State-of-the-art, phantom powered XENYX Mic Preamp comparable to stand-alone boutique preamps
  • Neo-classic “British” 2-band graphic EQ for warm and musical sound

best budget audio interfaces

Number 3

The Lexicon Alpha 2-Channel desktop recording studio

This small usb device offers up the ability to record two tracks at once, and sports two TRS line ins, one XLR mic and One Hi-Z instrument input. Typically bundled up with Cubase LE and Lexicon’s Pantheon VST reverb plug in, this is a great addition to the musician just starting out with home recording, with just the right features but for a great price as well.

  • Record up to 2 tracks at once
  • 44.1kHz to 48kHz sample rates, 16-bit or 24-bit resolution
  • One XLR mic, two TRS line, and one Hi-Z instrument inputs
  • Two TRS and RCA line outputs
  • Software suite includes Cubase LE4 and Lexicon Pantheon VST reverb plug-in
  • Record up to 2 tracks at once
  • 44.1kHz to 48kHz sample rates, 16-bit or 24-bit resolution

best budget audio interfacesNumber two

Focusrite Scarlett Solo

Now in its second generation the Scarlett Solo is a reall workhorse, sporting rates up to 192 kHz and 24 bit.
Featuring the Scarlett mic preamp and a newly designed instrument input, the Scarlett also features Super Low Latency.
Focusrite also throw in a stack of software, A Bass station VST and a sounds and sample pack to help you get up and running, quickly.

 

  • One natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamp with plenty of even gain; one newly-designed instrument input, designed to handle seriously hot guitar pick-ups
  • Class-leading conversion and sample rates up to 192kHz / 24 bit
  • Super-low latency for using your plug-ins in real time without the need for DSP (measured at 2.74ms, working at 96kHz with a 32 samples buffer)
  • Stereo line outputs on RCA phono for connecting to home speakers; one headphones output with gain control
  • Includes Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack and Ableton Live Lite, Focusrite Control, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite’s Red Plug-in Suite, 2GB of Loopmasters samples, and monthly Focusrite Plug-In Collective offers

 

best budget audio interfaces
Number One

Mackie Onyx 2×2

This features the legendary Onyx Pre-Amps and zero latency recording – the blackjack 2×2 also lets both channels double as built in D.I.s for direct connection of guitars, basses etc all wrapped up in a very solid metal chassis. Phantom power and USB

bus powered – this built like a tank interface will last you a long long time, and despite its price, brings a real quality pre-amp to the party.

  • Two boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps with class-leading fidelity and dynamic range
  • High-headroom design with ultra-low noise and distortion
  • Includes Tracktion 3™ Music Production Software
  • High-end Cirrus Logic® AD/DA converters with 114dB dynamic range (A-weighted)
  • True analog hardware monitoring of inputs, in mono or stereo, for easy zero-latency recording

Any of these 5 budget audio interfaces offer great value for money and will have you recording in no time. The bundled software each of them includes are fantastic but in each of them, the Pre-Amps are all of decent quality, so you’ll be able to achieve some excellent results.

We hope this short guide has helped you with your music making and that you’ll enjoy Creating Tracks !

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