When you need to record high channel counts at high resolution with ultra-low latency to your computer, a Thunderbolt audio interface is the way to go. Thunderbolt connectivity is based on PCIe technology, which means you'll be able to record and play back more tracks compared to USB interfaces. Many recording engineers at Sweetwater combine a Thunderbolt audio interface with a Thunderbolt-equipped laptop to create a pro-quality mobile recording rig for live recordings.
How many channels do you typically record simultaneously? You'll need a pair of outputs for your studio monitors, but do you also need more outputs to connect to signal processors and headphone amplifiers? You'll need to take this into consideration when searching for any audio interface, not just Thunderbolt audio interfaces. And consider how your needs will grow in the future: you may only need a few inputs and outputs if you're currently focused on tracking vocals, but you'll need more connectivity if you want to record a full band.
Also consider the options for digital connectivity. Many Thunderbolt audio interfaces offer a handful of analog inputs and outputs for mics and line-level gear, while offering digital inputs and outputs for expansion. This way you can add more input channels or output channels based on your needs. If you're not sure whether you should have lots of built-in connections or the option to expand later, give your Sweetwater Sales Engineer a call. We've designed countless recording systems here at Sweetwater, and we're happy to talk with you about the gear you use and how you plan to use it to help you find the best solution.
The good news is that practically any Thunderbolt audio interface available today offers high-resolution audio. As the heart of your recording system, your audio interface needs to suit your workflow and enhance your ability to produce great music. Start your search by considering how many inputs and outputs you need, and that will help you identify your best options. Learn More
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