Best budget audio interfaces 2021
Aug 09

Best budget audio interfaces 2021

Whether you are a home producer, musician or singer songwriter, there is a perfect low cost audio interface for your requirements.

Audient iD4

Price: £119, $199, €133 | Resolution: 24-bit/96kHz | Inputs: 2 | Outputs: 2 | Connectivity: USB 2

Pros

  • Great preamp
  • Flexible metering
  • Dual headphone outputs

Cons

  • Not the best lookinng interface but you won't care with the feature set at this price

Audient iD4 video review | Audient iD4 best price

 

Focusrite Scarlett Solo

Price (£99, $99, €??) | Resolution: 24-bit/192 kHz | Inputs: 1x mic, 1x line/inst  | Outputs: balanced TRS stereo pair, headphone | Connectivity: USB-C

Pros

  • Great sound quality
  • "Air" feature subtly enhances the mids on your recordings
  • Slick design with great build quality
  • Zero-latency direct monitoring
  • USB-C

Cons

  • Headphone and speaker volume controlled by same dial

Focusrite Scarlett Solo video review | Focusrite Scarlett Solo best price

 

Native Instruments Komplete Audio 2

Price: (£109, $139, €129) | Resolution: 24-bit/192kHz | Inputs: 2 | Outputs: 2 | Connectivity: USB 2

Pros

  • Compact design with good build quality
  • Easily visible input meters
  • Good software bundle

Cons

  • Some fo the front dials are slighly too close together

NI Komplete Audio 2 video review | NI Komplete Audio 2 best price

Verdict

All 3 of our recommendations deliver great quality audio at a low price. Home producers and musicians will be happy with any of these interfaces. Make your choice based on the details: if dual headphone outputs are important to you then go with the iD4, or if USB-C is required then the Scarlett Solo is for you.

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