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How to Connect Audio Interface to a Computer?

A microphone feed and many more possibilities for recording various instruments can be made possible using an audio interface. This implies that you can record directly into a DAW using audio equipment that would not typically work with your computer. This post will explain how to connect an audio interface to a computer running either Windows or Mac OS.

The connection itself is typically quite simple, but you must also make sure that you are using suitable connections and the right drivers to ensure that the audio stream is correctly recorded. You can use our guide to obtain audio signal into your DAW.

What do I need to Connect Audio Interface to a Computer?

Naturally, depending on what you use, what you’ll need will change a little. You’ll need to determine the cords needed based on your interface and computer. However, the majority of audio interfaces only function with USB cords. Both the USB connection inside your laptop and the rear of your interface will be connected using the type A to type B USB cable. You will require:

Type A to B USB
XLR cable
Audio interface

How do I Connect Audio Interface to Computer?

Fortunately, most of the time it’s rather easy to connect an audio interface to your computer or laptop. This is especially true if you get a portable model because they are configured for ease of use rather than taking a lengthy time to connect. Following are the steps:

Connect the interface to your USB or thunderbolt input using your USB or thunderbolt cable.
Check sure the audio interface is receiving power, which is frequently indicated by a light, assuming it is USB powered.
Unless you plan to use a condenser microphone, make sure phantom power is off.
Lower the gain setting all the way.
Verify that your computer detects the interface in your DAW or audio inputs and output settings.
Using a jack cable or an XLR, attach your instrument or microphone to the interface’s inputs.
By progressively increasing the gain on the model, you can see if the input signal is coming through. A green light will typically flash while you play the instrument, sing, or use the microphone to signify this.
Set the volume of the audio such that it is clear and neither peaks nor clips.

You can start recording after setting the audio interface as the input in your DAW. There are a few additional factors. You might wish to see whether you need to install a driver if your computer or DAW doesn’t instantly recognize your audio interface. When you plug in an audio interface, many of them will automatically install the driver while some may require you to install one manually.