9 Best Audio Interfaces You Should Buy For Your Home Studio in 2020

This article will give you the insights of 9 best audio interfaces of 2020 which help you to buy the right one for your recording studio.

When it comes to the transformation of technology, the music industry is the most changing ones.

With every fraction of time, new hardware and software are introducing to this huge industry.

So there are tons of confusion when selecting the right equipment for studios, especially for newbies.

Recording Base always tries to get valuable information regarding music technology for our readers so that we could help them to choose the right ones for their studios.

Today I’m going to introduce 9 best audio interfaces of 2020 that will help you to get the right hardware to your studio without any confusion.

Read on this article to compare these 9 best audio interfaces that will boom 2020.

1. Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 (3rd Gen) USB

Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 best audio interface 2020
  • Phantom Power: Yes
  • Audio Resolution: 24bit/192kHz
  • Connection: USB
  • Midi In and Out: Yes

Focusrite 8i6, with its dual mic-pres, fixed-line I/O and MIDI and precise audio quality gives you the hardware quality music that you need for your tracks.

Here are some features of Focusrite 8i6 that will help you to compare it with other audio interface and make the right decision before buying anyone.

  • Focusrite 8i6 is equipped with Six balanced line inputs. With these high-quality inputs you can connect synths or other line-level audio, as well as there are four balanced outputs, for monitoring and effects sends.
  • Two high headroom instrument inputs to connect guitar and bass.
  • Two world-class Scarlett preamps for recording vocals.
  • The loopback feature gives it the ability to connect any combination of hardware inputs and software playback. Now no cables are needed to perform sampling, streaming or podcasting.
  • Focusrite 8i6 comes with whole range of recording software, sound samples and plugins such as Avid® Pro Tools® | First Focusrite Creative Pack, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Ableton® Live Lite™, Focusrite Red Plug-in Suite, Three Month Splice Sounds Subscription, Focusrite Plug-in Collective, XLN Audio Addictive Keys, Focusrite Control.

These features make it one of the best audio interfaces in 2020 for home studio owners.

2. Audient iD4 USB

Audient iD4 USB audio interface 2020
  • Phantom Power: Yes
  • Audio Resolution: 24bit/192kHz
  • Connection: USB
  • Midi In and Out: No

When it comes to recording on the go, we all need some mobile devices that can be carry without hassle.

Audient iD4 is one of those audio interfaces. But don’t underestimate this audio interface due to its mobility. With world-class pre-amps and audio engine, it can deliver stunning music quality.

You get 2 world-class inputs that can record your vocals, guitars and other musical instruments without losing quality.

As well as Audient iD4 supports iPad/iPhone so you can easily record your creations on the go.

Here are some features of this audio interface.

  • 2-in/2-out (high performance)
  • 1 Class-A Audient Console Mic Preamplifier
  • 1 Discrete JFET Instrument Input
  • High-Performance AD/DA Converters
  • iD ScrollControl Mode
  • Zero Latency Monitoring
  • Main Speaker Output
  • Class-AB Headphone Amplifier with 2 Outputs
  • Monitor Control Functionality
  • USB2.0 Bus Powered
  • 24bit/96khz
  • Windows, macOS and iOS compatible
  • Free plugins and software with ARC

3. BEHRINGER U-Phoria Audio Interface (UMC22)

BEHRINGER U-Phoria Audio Interface
  • Phantom Power: Yes
  • Audio Resolution: 24bit/48kHz
  • Connection: USB
  • Midi In and Out: No

Behringer U-Phoria UMC22 is another USB powered 2 channel audio interface.

However, it’s ideal for recording vocals and guitars on the go but it’s limited to record just 48kHz audio.

There is no option to record high-quality audio. If we see the overall features of the audio interface, it is ideal for songwriters and hobbyist musicians.

Let us see some features of Behringer U-Phoria UMC22

  • 2ins/2outs USB audio interface
  • Audiophile 48 kHz resolution
  • Compatible with all popular recording software.
  • Streams 2 inputs / 2 outputs with ultra-low latency
  • 48 V-powered XENYX Mic Preamp
  • Powerful Phones output with Level control and Direct Monitor selection
  • Status, Signal and Clip indications
  • USB powered
  • Free 150 instrument/effect plug-ins downloadable at behringer.com
  • 3-Year Warranty Program*

4. Universal Audio Apollo Twin MKII Duo

Universal Audio Apollo Twin MKII Duo
  • Phantom Power: Yes
  • Audio Resolution: 24bit/192kHz
  • Connection: USB
  • Midi In and Out: Yes

If you want to go little one step further, Apollo Twin MK II Duo is a great choice for you.

Apollo Twin MKII Duo is a professional audio interface for both Windows and Mac domain. There are several features that will attract you to this state of the art audio interface.

Let us see those features.

  • 2×6 Thunderbolt Desktop audio interface for Mac and Windows with 24-bit/192 kHz audio conversion
  • UAD-2 QUAD, DUO, or SOLO Core Processing for tracking through vintage compressors, EQs, tape machines, mic preamps, and guitar amp plug-ins with near-zero latency
  • Unison™ technology which offers stunning models of classic tube and transformer-based preamps, guitar amps, and stompboxes
  • Built-in talkback mic for communication
  • Improved monitor functionality
  • 2 premium Unison mic/line preamps and 2 line outputs
  • 2 analogue monitor outputs
  • 8 channels of additional optical/digital inputs
  • Realtime Analog Classics UAD plug-in bundle included

5. Focusrite Scarlett Solo (3rd Gen) USB

Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB audio interface
  • Phantom Power: Yes
  • Audio Resolution: 24bit/96kHz
  • Connection: USB
  • Midi In and Out: No

Focusrite Scarlett Solo is best for songwriters and instrument players. With it’s UltraLite form factor, it’s one of the best audio interfaces for individuals.

It’s manufacturer call it the simplest USB audio interface in the world. In their words,

If you want to start creating studio-quality recordings with your guitar, the 3rd Generation Scarlett Solo provides an easy way in

I really love it because of its compact design and high-quality audio processing. Here are some features of Focusrite Scarlett Solo that you will love to read.

  • Focusrite preamp
  • 1 DI/line input for guitar, bass or keys
  • 24-bit/96kHz audio quality
  • The dynamic range of over 105db
  • Direct monitor switch
  • Large volume dial
  • Aluminium chassis
  • USB 2.0
  • 1 XLR, 1 1/4″ inputs
  • 1 stereo RCA, 1 1/4″ outputs
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz +/-0.3 dB
  • Kensington Lock slot

6. Audient iD44 20in/24out

Audient iD44 audio interfaces 2020
  • Phantom Power: Yes
  • Audio Resolution: 24bit/96kHz
  • Connection: USB
  • Midi In and Out: Yes

Audient iD44 is fully made for large home studios. With it’s 20in/24out channel support, it’s one of the most versatile audio interfaces for studios.

I personally reviewed this audio interface that you can refer to get more information.

However here are some features of Audient iD44 for you.

  • 20-in, 24-out USB 2.0 24-bit/96khz audio interface
  • 4 Class-A Audient console mic preamplifiers
  • 2 ADAT ins & outs
  • 2 discrete JFET inst. ins
  • 2 balanced inserts
  • 2 independent stereo headphone outputs
  • Main and alt speaker outputs
  • Dedicated talkback, dim and cut controls
  • All-metal enclosure + hand-milled aluminium knobs
  • 3 user-defined function keys
  • Bundle of plug-ins and software

7. RME UFX+ Fireface

RME UFX+ Fireface best audio interface
  • Phantom Power: Yes
  • Audio Resolution: 24bit/192kHz
  • Connection: USB/Thunderbolt
  • Midi In and Out: Yes

RME is known as one of the most versatile manufacturers in the world. It has a wide range of world-class audio interfaces including RME Fireface UFX+.

It’s a high range audio interface that is an ideal solution for a big home and semi-professional studios.

With a wide variety of inputs and outputs and world-class AD/DA converter, it’s my favourite audio interface in 2020.

Let’s take a look in the features of this audio interface.

  •  12ins/12outs
  • 4 Mic Preamps
  • 2 headphone outs
  • 1 AES/EBU I/O
  • 2 ADAT IN/OUT
  • 1 Word clock Input Output
  • 1 MADI Optical
  • 2 MIDI I/O
  • 1 USB 3.0 Connection
  • Total Mix FX Software
  • ARC USB
  • DU Record
  • 24Bit/192kHz Audio Quality

8. IK Multimedia iRig PRO DUO 2 Channel

K Multimedia iRig PRO DUO 2 Channel
  • Phantom Power: Yes
  • Audio Resolution: 24bit/48kHz
  • Connection: USB/Battery
  • Midi In and Out: Yes

If you are just seeking for an audio interface that will help you in recording on the go with the great compatibility feature, IK Multimedia’s iRig Pro is the best option for you.

This Battery powered audio interface is widely compatible with most of the platforms including the iPad.

This tiny powerhouse has all the features that one recordist seeks in an audio interface including MIDI, phantom power, direct monitoring, signal metering, combi XLR/Hi-Z inputs.

Here are the features of this tiny mobile audio interface.

  • Microphone Input: 2x balanced, XLR. Pin 2: hot / Pin 3: cold / Pin 1: ground
  • Instrument Input: 2x unbalanced, Hi-Z, TS 1/4” Jack, Tip: signal / Shield: ground
  • Line Outputs: 2x balanced, TRS 1/4” Jack, Tip: hot / Ring: cold / Shield: ground
  • AD and DA Resolution: 24-bit
  • Sampling Rate: 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz
  • Power: USB bus power, battery power (2xAA – included), or DC power supply (9VDC, from 500mA up, positive outside – not included)
  • Metering: Multicolor LED)
  • Size: 75mm/2.95″ x 127mm/5″ x 37mm/1.46″
  • Weight: 197.2g/6.96oz (batteries excluded)
  • Battery Life:
    • Recording – Max load*: 3 hours, 30 minutes (NiMH rechargeable); 45 minutes (Alkaline)
    • Playback – Min load**: 10 hours (NiMH rechargeable); 3 hours (Alkaline)

9. Focusrite Clarett 8PreX Thunderbolt

Focusrite Clarett 8PreX Thunderbolt audio interface
  • Phantom Power: Yes
  • Audio Resolution: 24bit/192kHz
  • Connection: Thunderbolt
  • Midi In and Out: Yes

Thinking to upgrade your studio with something incredible audio interface?

Don’t worry…

Focusrite Clarett 8PreX is built for those guys who want a great solution to produce ultra-high-quality audio.

Focusrite launched this audio interface as their flagship project and got huge success as it really provides the ultimate audio quality and seamless recording experience.

Here are some features of Focusrite Clarett 8PreX.

  • 26-IN, 28-OUT
  • 8x Preamps Model the Classic ISA Design
  • 24-bit 192 kHz Audio Resolution
  • 116 dB A/D and 119 dB D/A Dynamic Range
  • Thunderbolt Latency Under 1 ms
  • 64-bit AAX, AU, and VST Plug-in Suite
  • ADAT, SPDIF, word clock I/O
  • Digital Expansion
  • Includes MIDI I/O
  • Detailed Metering

Final Verdict: Best Audio Interfaces 2020

So, here were the best 9 audio interfaces that are going to rock 2020.

I have compiled this list for all type of people including bedroom studios to fully professional studios. Now it”s turn, which one you are going to choose from this list.

I know, for any recordist or a music composer choosing an audio interface is very tough. I hope this list will help you with this.

Let me know in the comments which audio interface you have chosen.

Or if you already working with one of those please share your experience in the comment box so that other’s could get the right decision.

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4 thoughts on “9 Best Audio Interfaces You Should Buy For Your Home Studio in 2020”

  1. Hi, thanks for the great overview recordingbase! One question: why is the MOTU M2/M4 not mentioned in this list? And how do you judge regarding to the similar-priced Units like the focusrite ones? Thanks for your efforts! Dan

    1. Thanks for your comment Wouter. I will definitely test Komplete Audio 6 and if it’s eligible, will add it.

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