Ok, so you’ve got Logic Pro X on your Mac, because you want to record your music. So, the next question you’ll be asking is, how do I record my guitar into my computer? or How do I connect my keyboard? or, How do I plug in my mic to record my voice?
Never fear, the answer to all of these questions is summed up in two words: Audio Interface.
An audio interface is a piece of equipment that connects to your Mac, typically via USB, that has inputs that enable you to connect your guitars mics, etc.
Why do I need an audio interface?
There are several reasons why you should pick up one of these puppies from Amazon or where ever you buy your musical gear.
- Though you have sound onboard your Mac, this is not of a high enough quality to produce professional sounding recordings.
- You can’t just take a standard jack lead and plug your guitar into your Mac.
- Your Mac doesn’t have facilities such as Phantom Power which you’ll doubtless need for your microphones.
- If your keyboard doesn’t sport a USB midi interface, then you’ll need some way of getting Midi into your mac.
How do I choose the right audio interface for me?
The first question you need to ask yourself is, how many things do I need to record simultaneously? If you’re just starting out, and you’re not recording full live drum kits or bands at the moment, then you probably only need an interface with 2 inputs.
Secondly, If you’re a keyboard player, does your audio interface have MIDI onboard? This can be quite important for those of us that are running a Mac with only 2 USB ports, because it means we don’t have to use both ports, one for the interface and the other for the keyboard. However, If your keyboard has a USB MIDI interface, then, you can obviously use that and it’s only one USB cable instead of 2 MIDI cables.
That’s basically it. For under a couple of hundred bucks, you can get yourself an Audio interface that will enable you to get killer recordings out of Logic.
If you’re looking for a recommendation, I love the Focusrite gear, I own the Scarlett 2i4 which lets me record 2 inputs at once, has Midi on board and has great instrument inputs for recording my guitars. You might also want to checkout the interfaces from Presonus.
What ever you plan on doing with Logic Pro X in the future, you’ll thank yourself for getting a decent audio interface for all your recording needs.