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The Best USB Audio Interfaces Under £100 For 2018

The Best USB Audio Interfaces Under £100 For 2018

In this article Music Matter round up 5 of the Best Home Recording USB Audio Interfaces for 2018 under £100.

So why USB? Well USB is found on almost every computer in the world and even some tablets, so there are unlikely to be any issues with compatibily when it comes to interfaces that use it.

A USB audio interface is great for recording multiple tracks simultaneously and will generally have input connections for microphones, instrument level signal (such as electric or semi-acoustic guitars) and line level equipment such as keyboards and synths.

Most of the interfaces listed below do supply +48v phantom power, all the interfaces below are USB bus-powered which means they draw the power they need from the computer rather than requiring a sepearate power supply. This makes them an ideal choice for portable audio recording.

Key Points To Consider Before Buying A USB Audio Interface


1. Presonus AudioBox USB 96 Audio Interface

Presonus Audiobox USB 96  Audio Interface Front

The PreSonus Audiobox 96 is a professional-grade audio interface boasting a sample rate ranging up to 24-bit/96kHz for exceptional audio quality.

The result is high-quality audio performance, capturing every nuance from your source inputs. The built-in +48V Phantom Power also allows you to use condenser microphones for studio-grade recordings.

The two front-panel combination inputs allow you to capture both vocal and instrument recordings with immense detail.

While the AudioBox USB 96 works with virtually all Mac and Windows audio-recording software, it comes with a free license for PreSonus’ Studio One® Artist DAW, giving you a complete recording solution.

Presonus Audiobox USB 96  Audio Interface Back
   
Input / Output 2 In / 2 Out
Connection  USB 2.0
Bit Depth / Res  24-Bit / 96 kHz
System Windows, Mac
Features 2 Mic Inputs, +48v Phantom Power
Software Presonus Studio One V3 Artist

Music Matter Recommends:

The Presonus Audiobox USB 96 provides excellent quality audio with up to 96K plus some newly designed high quality Mic preamps in a really well thought out compact design & at such a low price this represents fantastic value. 

Get started straight away with the included Presonus Studio One V3 Artist DAW software. 

  1. Best Seller
    Presonus

    PreSonus AudioBox USB 96

    2-Channel USB Audio Interface

    PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 is a 2-Channel USB Audio Interface that features Individual channel-trim controls with 0 to +35 dBu mic gain range

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    Excl. Tax: £60.83 Incl. Tax: £73.00
    RRP £95.00 Save £22.00 (23%)
    2 years warranty

2. M-Audio M-Track 2X2M Audio Interface

M-Audio M-Track 2X2M Audio Interface Front

With the M-Track 2X2M, you can create 24-bit/192kHz studio-quality recordings with an intuitive and easy-to-use audio interface.

Boasting an elegant pro-grade metal chassis with a large central volume knob, the M-Track 2X2M features all-new transparent low-noise pre-amps and pristine A/D converters that deliver the highest audio performance in its class.

The M-Track 2X2M enables you to record up to 2 channels at once with its 2 dedicated XLR+¼” balanced combo inputs, and 2 all-new ¼” instrument inputs that have a specially designed gain and impedance stage to provide the most accurate representation of a guitar or bass plugged directly into the interface.

M-Audio M-Track 2X2M Audio Interface Back
   
Input / Output 2 In / 2 Out
Connection  USB 2.0
Bit Depth / Res  24-Bit / 192 kHz
System Windows, Mac
Features 2 Mic Inputs, +48v Phantom Power
Software Air Music Software, Cubase LE

Music Matter Recommends:

The M-Audio M-Track 2X2M provides incredible build quality for its price range, with a higher rate of 192 kHz and a MIDI in/out you'd usually be paying much more for an interface with this feature set. 

Get started straight away with the included Steinberg Cubase LE DAW software. Plus Air Music Plugins such as: Strike! Xpand! & Mini Grand.

  1. Best Seller
    M-Audio

    M-Track 2X2M

    2-In/2-Out 24/192 USB Audio/MIDI Interface

    M-Audio M-Track 2X2M is a 2-In/2-Out 24/192 USB Audio/MIDI Interface that features Hi-Speed USB connection with USB/Direct balance knob for zero-latency monitoring

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    Excl. Tax: £82.50 Incl. Tax: £99.00
    RRP £119.00 Save £20.00 (16%)
    1 year warranty

3. Focusrite Scarlett Solo (2nd Gen) Audio Interface

Focusrite Scarlett Solo Audio Interface Front

With the Scarlett Solo USB audio interface, your recordings will sound just how you want them to. Plug straight in to record your guitar and vocal simultaneously on independent channels so they can be mixed separately.

The super-low latency* brings confidence to your performance, letting you record and monitor with software effects in real time. Connect your headphones and home speakers or studio monitors, turn up the volume and totally immerse yourself in sound.

The second generation Scarlett range is packed full of upgrades. New super-low latency* brings confidence to your performance, letting you record and monitor with software effects in real time.

New metal gain controls and a sleeker red metal chassis underscore its improved industrial design, built to go anywhere. The Scarlett range also now operates at sample rates all the way up to 192kHz.

Focusrite Scarlett Solo Audio Interface Back
   
Input / Output 2 In / 2 Out
Connection  USB 2.0
Bit Depth / Res  24-Bit / 192 kHz
System Windows, Mac
Features 1 Mic Inputs, +48v Phantom Power
Software Ableton Live Lite, Various Plugin Extras

Music Matter Recommends:

The Focusrite Scarlett Solo (2nd Gen) is the most iconic of the audio interfaces - a main stay for many a recording artist or producer. This updated 2nd generation features upgraded mic preamps and super low latency making your workflow...flow.

Get started straight away with the included Ableton Live Lite DAW software. Plus Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite's Red Plug-In Suite, 2GB of Loopmasters samples. You can also opt in to their Plugin Collective.

  1. Best Seller
    Focusrite

    Scarlett Solo (2nd Gen)

    2 in / 2 out USB 2.0 audio interface

    Second generation 2 in / 2 out USB 2.0 audio interface with one Scarlett mic preamp and one instrument input, 24bit/192kHz & USB bus powered.

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    Excl. Tax: £78.33 Incl. Tax: £94.00
    RRP £94.99 Save £0.99 (1%)
    2 years warranty

4. Apogee Jam 96K (Windows & Mac) USB Audio Interface

Apogee Jam 96K Interface Front

JAM is a premium digital converter and instrument preamp featuring Apogee’s PureDIGITAL technology. PureDIGITAL means no noise, just great guitar tone.

Its special circuitry is optimised to make the amps and effects in any guitar or music creation app sound their best. You will notice the sonic difference between JAM and other similar products immediately.

Apogee Jam 96K Interface Gain Control
   
Input / Output 1 In / 1 Out
Connection  USB 2.0
Bit Depth / Res  24-Bit / 96 kHz
System Windows, Mac
Features 2 Mic Inputs, +48v Phantom Power
Software -

Music Matter Recommends:

The Apogee Jam 96K is the easiest and quickest way to get your guitar playing down onto a computer, exteremely straightforward set-up & premium audio quality for its price bracket. 

Its class Discrete, Class A input delivers punchy, tube amp tone.

  1. Best Seller
    Apogee

    Jam 96K (Windows & Mac)

    Guitar USB Audio Interface

    Apogee Jam 96K (Windows & Mac) is a Guitar USB Audio Interface that is now available to Windows users.

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    Excl. Tax: £73.33 Incl. Tax: £88.00
    RRP £119.00 Save £31.00 (26%)
    1 year warranty

5. Steinberg UR-12 Audio Interface

Steinberg UR-12 Audio Interface Front

With a 24-bit/192 kHz sample rate the UR22 Mk2 provides incredibly high audio quality whilst the innovative latency free hardware monitoring means you can monitor your performance in real time without any latency.

Additionally the two class-A D-PRE microphone preamps offer a transparent and detailed sound perfect for capturing dynamic and natural vocal performances.

The UR12 offers a Class Compliant mode for connectivity with Apple’s iPad. Combining the UR12 with an iOS audio application like Steinberg’s Cubasis gives you a remarkably intuitive music production experience. If you’re running your UR12 with an iPad, just add a portable USB battery or any standard USB power supply to provide the interface with the required current.

Steinberg UR-12 Audio Interface Back
   
Input / Output 2 In / 2 Out
Connection  USB 2.0
Bit Depth / Res  24-Bit / 192 kHz
System Windows, Mac
Features 2 Mic Inputs, +48v Phantom Power
Software Cubase LE

Music Matter Recommends:

The Steinberg UR12 is a 2-In / 2-Out USB 2.0 Audio Interface that features 24-bit/192kHz with phenomenal analog and digital circuitry. Coupled with 1 x Steinberg's D-Pre Class A discrete mic preamp with +48V phantom power and latency-free hardware monitoring for perfect audio recreation, there's also Cross-platform compatibility for Mac OS X and Windows that includes Cubase AI music production software.

  1. Steinberg

    UR-12

    2 in / 2 out USB & iOS Audio Interface

    Combining an extremely compact design, extraordinary build quality, full iPad connectivity and the outstanding D-PRE mic preamp, the UR12 redefines qu...

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    Excl. Tax: £74.17 Incl. Tax: £89.00
    RRP £99.00 Save £10.00 (10%)
    2 years warranty


Audio Interfaces Under £100 Comparison Chart

Focusrite Scarlett Solo M-Audio M-Track 2X2M Steinberg UR-12 Presonus AudioBox USB 96 Apogee Jam 96K
Input / Output 2 in / 2 out 2 in / 2 out
2 in / 2 out
2 in / 2 out
1 in / 1 out

Connection

USB 2.0 USB 2.0
USB 2.0
USB 2.0
USB 2.0
Bit Rate / Res 24 Bit / 192 kHz 24 Bit / 192 kHz
24 Bit / 192 kHz
24 Bit / 96 kHz
24 Bit / 96 kHz
System  Windows PC, Mac OSX Windows PC, Mac OSX
Windows PC, Mac OSX
Windows PC, Mac OSX
Windows PC, Mac OSX
Phantom Power Yes Yes Yes
Yes
No
Mic Inputs 1 2 1 2 0
Analogue Inputs 1 XLR / TRS Combo 2 XLR / TRS Combo 1 XLR / TRS Combo 2 XLR / TRS Combo 1 TRS
Digital Inputs NA NA NA NA NA
MIDI Inputs NA 1 x 5 Pin Female NA 1 x 5 Pin Female NA
Analogue Outputs 2 TRS (Balanced L+R) 2 TRS (Balanced L+R)
2 TRS (Balanced L+R)
2 TRS (Balanced L+R)
NA
Digital Outputs NA NA NA NA NA
MIDI Outputs NA 1 x 5 Pin Female NA 1 x 5 Pin Female NA
Headphone Outputs 1 x TRS (6.3mm) 1 x TRS (6.3mm) 1 x TRS (6.3mm) 1 x TRS (6.3mm) 1 x TRS (6.3mm)
Bus Powered Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DAW Software Ableton Live Lite Steinberg Cubase LE Steinberg Cubase LE Presonus Studio One V3 Artist NA
Additional Software Scarlett Plug-in Suite, Softube Air Music Technology NA NA NA