The best USB audio interfaces under $200 to record/produce music in 2020

You don’t need a studio to record your music anymore, it’s 2020! We’ve got you sorted for the top recording interfaces at the best value for money.

The barriers to recording high quality channels of your instruments and voice have been broken down. Recording studios are still great, but you can get a quality, multi-track recording all from the comfort of your home for just a few hundred dollars and a little mixing know-how.

Here we’ve compiled our list of the best audio interfaces which you simply plug in through USB to start recording with high quality sound. If you’ve got a favourite that we didn’t list below then share the love in the comments and tell us why you think it’s great!

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 – $159

Focusrite are often touted as the best audio recording device-makers at their low price for their great sound and build.

The 2i2 is the middle child of the Scarlett range packing 2 mic preamps/inputs. The little box has 24-bit, 192kHz converters packed inside to offer high quality recording via a simple USB connection in a portable package.

The Scarlett interfaces are the most popular in the world and for good reason. Each purchase also comes with a bunch of software to get you making music including Avid Pro Tools, Ableton Live Lite and 3 months of Splice Sounds. Find out more here.

Yamaha AG06 – $199

It’s been a few years since Yamaha launched their AG series and they’ve stood the test of time, even as many new alternatives launched.

The AG06 is a 6 channel mixer with 2 track, high resolution audio recording and playback. With phantom power built-in you can record a range of microphones and the flexible Hi-Z input allows for recording from any instruments. Studio quality D-PRE mic preamps will ensure that any recordings sound professional.

The mixer comes with built-in effects that can be applied with 1 touch for compression, reverb and tube amp simulation. Just plug in and go using the bundled Cubase AI music production software to record into. Find out more here.

Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 – $189

The best of Native Instruments new line of audio interfaces, the Komplete Audio 6 offers a serious bang for its buck. There are 6 inputs that record in 192 kHz / 24-bit audio making a professional sound well within reach.

With high-definition recording, ultra-low latency, and a wide range of inputs and outputs the Komplete Audio 6 offers a wide range of possibilities in a small cheap package. Whether you’re recording instruments, microphones, synths, MIDI, drum machines, or anything else you are sorted.

For the price this is easily one of the top audio interfaces out there. Ready for recording at home, on the go, or at a gig in a size that can slip in a bag pocket. They also offer a cheaper version with less inputs at $79 if you don’t need as many capabilities. Find out more here.

PreSonus Studio 24c – $159

PreSonus offer a simple and highly capable solution to recording at home or on the go with their Studio series.

The 24c features a 2-in and 2-out audio interface with phantom power for high quality microphone recording. A built-in MIDI interface means you can connect up keyboards and modules faithfully and record them straight in to your computer with full control.

The recording interface comes included with PreSonus’ award-winning Studio One recording software to set you up with all you need to get recording. Find out more here.

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