What Do the Audio Interface Connections Look Like?

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The audio interface was a huge struggle for me when first starting up. I’d do research trying to figure out the connections and set up.. and there wasn’t much info on how to actually set one up!

Once you know, the connections are pretty simple though.

Reference Monitor Speakers and an Audio Interface,

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When I first got into making music I was using my computer Logitech speakers that my computer came with. These are all good to start out with, but down the road when you want to start hearing your music “accurately” (for mixing purposes). These speakers are called Reference Monitor Speakers.

In order to use these kind of speakers with an audio interface, audio interface. An audio interface also makes things really easy to record vocals through high quality microphones, plus gives you easy access to turn up and down the volume of your speakers.

I had lots of trouble understand what kind of cables to buy, what an audio interface actually is/how it works, and how it plugs into your computer!

Cables Needed for an Audio Interface,

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Depending on your situation, I’d recommend TRS 1/4″ cables.

If you are doing a lot of DJ stuff, RCA might be easiest for you, as a lot of DJ mixers work best that way. On most Reference Monitor Speakers, there are also options to plug in XLR cables, but many audio interfaces don’t have XLR outputs for the speakers! So again, going with TRS 1/4″ is usually the best route!

Is XLR Better than TRS 1/4″,

I don’t think so.. I have some super affordable TRS 1/4″ cables from Monoprice.com and I’ve produced all my beats, and iTunes albums through them. They definitely get the job done! 😉

What is an Audio Interface, and What Does it Do?

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An audio interface is an external soundcard. It’s as simple as that. They are the same thing that you would buy to plug inside your computer, but since it’s external, it has some added benefits to the home studio.

First is that it plugs in USB to your computer. This allows you to record high quality audio, and takes a bit of a load off of your computer.

Second, it allows for DAC conversion, which allows for high quality audio to be heard, rather than just your motherboard soundcard.

Third, it’s very easy to adjust volumes of your speakers, and microphone recordings etc.

If you want more information on how an audio interface can benefit you, check out What is an Audio Interface?

Hope you enjoyed the video!