If you want to record sound into Live using a microphone, guitar, or any real-instrument, you’ll want to eventually purchase an audio interface. An interface converts audio signals into a language the computer can understand. Choosing the right audio interface for your needs depend on 3 main things:
- Speed. There are different connection speeds with interfaces today that determine the time between playing your live instrument and the playback of what you’re hearing inside Live. Three common interfaces you’ll find today in terms of speed are (from fastest to slowest):
- Preamp Quality. The purpose of a preamp is to boost low level signals to the “standard” loudness of your recording gear. Audio interfaces already come with built-in preamps. And usually, they’re good enough to get you started.
- Number of Input Channels. Think about what you’re going to use the interface for. If you’re only wanting to track vocals or guitar, a 2-channel interface is all you need. If you’re wanting to eventually track live drums or a full band, you’ll want to consider at least 8 inputs, or purchase a mixing board.
CLICK HERE to read an article with interface recommendations, if you’re considering purchasing one. I personally enjoy Focusrite Interfaces, (check out the Clarett) they’re known for a very clean and transparent sound.
Most interfaces require you to download a driver for it to be recognized by your computer, which you should find on the manufacturer’s website.