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Interfaces, Clocks, and Converters

Antelope Audio
Universal Audio


There has never been a better time to buy an audio interface. Digital recording technology has advanced so much since it’s inception, and today there are a plethora of interface options on the market. With so many options, the choice can be overwhelming to make – which is where the experts at Westlake Pro come in!

Why Do I Need An Interface?

An interface is an essential part of any recording, mixing, or post-production environment. The audio interface is responsible for converting analog audio to digital into your computer, and then back again to analog to come out of your speakers or headphones. Mic preamps and line inputs, stereo and headphone outputs, DA/AD conversion, metering, and sometimes even DSP (digital signal processing) are common features on modern interfaces. In many studios, the interface is the centerpiece of the entire rig – it is the hub that all of your audio goes into and, ultimately, comes out of. Choosing the right interface for you depends on a number of factors: how many inputs and outputs you need (and what kind), the type of connectivity to your computer, whether or not you want onboard DSP, spatial limitations, and more.

Choosing the Right Interface

There are a number of different ways that interfaces connect to computers, so you can begin your search by narrowing down what the connectivity options are on your computer. If you have an older Apple computer, for example, your options might be limited to USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 (which run at the same speed), or FireWire 800 (which is twice as fast). Modern Apple computers have sacrificed FireWire for Thunderbolt, because it is an astonishing twelve times faster! This makes Thunderbolt a popular option, though Windows-based PCs typically do not have Thunderbolt ports; if a PC has a PCIe slot, there are PCIe cards available that run at similar speeds to Thunderbolt connections. While compatibility is a critical factor, speed is essential when tracking with lots of plugins or with a high track count, so it’s important to get the fastest interface that you can.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or putting together your first home studio, selecting the right interface is a big decision. Here at Westlake Pro, our knowledgeable staff of experts is on hand 9am-6pm PST, Monday – Friday to help you find the interface that’s right for you. We carry all of the leading manufacturers, including AVID, Universal Audio, Focusrite, Antelope, MOTU, Apogee, and more, and our Best Price Guarantee means that you won’t find a better deal – anywhere!

We will beat any price, anywhere. We aim to provide the best service possible, and our staff of experts is ready to get you the gear you need with industry-leading service and support at the best price, guaranteed.