10 Best Audio Interfaces For Hip Hop Producers Home Studio

10 Best Audio Interfaces For Hip Hop Music Production 

When music workflow and Hip Hop production comes to mind, a audio interface is an essential piece of equipment that every producer should have; or be thinking about getting. I will sum up the 10 best audio interfaces for Hip Hop music production. My top 10 list defines the “best” based on a couple of crucial factors: price, quality, and the user rating/review. I willl start from the bottom (#10) and work the way up to the #1 audio interface for Hip Hop production.

 RME BabyFace Pro

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RME BabyFace Pro audio interface

This little fella is perfect for musicians who travel a lot, as it offers portability besides impressive pristine and transparent sound.One downside is it`s compact heavy construction (680g) which can be a bit nag to drag along with your other equipment. But a guitar players will be amazed by Babyfaces high-end 24-channel walk through sound deliverance. But if you`re on a tight budget, you may continue reading down a bit more.

Specs

  • 24 Bit /192 kHz
  • Total 12 in- and outputs
  • All inputs digitally controlled
  • 4 Analog inputs for microphones thomann (XLR), line level and instruments (6.3 mm jack)
  • Microphone inputs with up to 70 dB gain, pad, overload protection and 48V phantom power
  • 4 Analog outputs: 2x XLR and 2x output for high- and low-impedance headphones
  • Optical input and output – optional ADAT (SMUX supported) or SPDIF
  • MIDI input and output via thomann breakout cable
  • USB 2.0 (3.0 compatible)
  • RME TotalMix FX software including EQ, reverb and delay
  • AD / DA conversion with SteadyClock technology
  • Class compliant
  • Optimized drivers for PC and Mac
  • Stand alone operation possible
  • USB Bus poweredl
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 108 x 35 x 181 mm

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RME FIREFACE 802

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Fireface 802 audio interface

The guys from RME have really put their best work so far it seems, as their Fireface 802 stands in the top 10 most selling products this month. Super low latency and firm pre-amp power are just some of the awesome things about this baby.

Specs

  • 24 Bit, 192 khz
  • Incl. DSP mixer with EQ, dynamics and reverb
  • 4 Analog mic preamps with gain control
  • Remote control for inputs thomann via software
  • 8 Analog inputs and outputs bal. jack
  • Outputs 9/10 and 11/12 as headphone outputs and line outputs
  • 1 x AES/EBU I/O
  • 2 x ADAT I/O (or 1 x ADAT I/O plus 1x SPDIF I/O optical)
  • 1 x Word Clock I/O
  • 1 x MIDI I/O
  • 1x Firewire 400
  • 1x Firewire 800
  • 1x USB 2.0
  • TotalMix FX
  • Standalone function thomann with setup recall
  • DIGICheck
  • SteadyClock
  • Model: 19″ 1 U
  • System requirements: Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7 and 8, Apple OSX 10.6 or later
  • Incl. Opto-cable, USB cable and power cable

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BEHRINGER UMC1820

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Lowering our budged consumption, I run into Behringer`s new edition audio interface, dropped in May 2016. Clean sound that can eat the bad home environment features, making you that lavish studio feel in your ears. With 18 inputs and 10 outputs, it will be more than enough for your Hip Hop sessions, home and pro-corner both.

Specs

    • Midas-designed mic preamps deliver high-quality audio reproduction
    • 24-bit/96kHz resolution for professional audio quality
    • Ample I/O provides extensive connectivity
    • Simultaneous use of all signals allows for plenty of expansion
    • Direct monitoring for zero-latency cue mixes
    • Dual headphone outputs with individual level controls and monitor A/B source select for DJ-style cueing
    • High-quality components and rugged construction ensure long life

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TASCAM US-16×08

Clean, clear and crisp. In the same budget range as the previously reviewed interface, Tascam brings a model that is flexible in various place environments,  with also great adaptation to many different platforms.  Also one of the most selling items and most watched-for audio face this month.

Specs

        • 24 Bit / 96 kHz
        • 16 Inputs
        • 8 Outputs
        • 8x Mic-input XLR
        • 8x Line-input 6.3 mm Jack (2 of them switchable to Hi-Z) -10 thomann dB and + 4 dB
        • Usable as stand alone mic-preamp
        • 8x Line-input 6.3 mm Jack balanced
        • MIDI I/O
        • Stereo headphone output
        • Switchable +48 V Phantom power
        • DSP Audio mixer
        • Compressor and 4-Band-EQ in each input channel of the DSP mixer
        • USB Audio compliance 2.0 for the connection with iOS devices
        • For PC/Mac
        • Includes rack kit and power adapter

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RME FIREFACE UC

 

No doubt RME stands tall with its smashing products quality in the market. Another oftheir audio pieces made the narrow pick with it`s newest rating star. The older, but pretty much more expensive model Fireface UC has shown it`s skills on a professional level machinery. With zero latency, you can plugin as many instruments as you want, and still preserve that clarity of a pro sound. And that is if you a willing to give a slightly bigger fortune for it.

specs

      • 36-channel interface
      • 18x In- and outputs, simultaneously usable
      • 24 Bit / 192 kHz AD/DA Resolution
      • 2x Mic thomann preamps with digitally controlled gain and individually switchable 48V phantom power
      • Instrument input
      • 8x Analog I/O
      • ADAT I/O
      • SPDIF I/O
      • 2x MIDI I/O
      • Word Clock
      • Intelligent Clock Control
      • SyncCheck
      • SyncAlign
      • SteadyClock
      • DIGICheck and TotalMix
      • Design: 9.5”, 1 U

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UNIVERSAL AUDIO APOLLO TWIN DUO

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UNIVERSAL AUDIO APOLLO TWIN DUO audio interface

Apollo Twin Duo hits the knobs out of the respectful competitors with Unison pre-amp technology and superb audio converters, Universal Audio keeps it`s shine blasting, confirming they are still one of the best companies for supreme quality distribution.

Specs

      • Near-zero latency recording with UAD powered plugins
      • Includes Unison mic preamp modelling technologies
      • 24-Bit / 192 kHz
      • 2x SHARC DSP, all UAD plugins thomann are processed on the DSP without using CPU from the host computers
      • 2 XLR / Jack mic / line combo inputs
      • Hi-Z instrument input: 6.3 mm Jack
      • 4 Line outputs: 6.3 mm
      • Optical digital input: SPDIF / ADAT
      • Stereo headphone output: 6.3 mm Jack
      • +48V Switchable phantom power
      • Switchable low-cut and pad
      • LED Meter
      • Thunderbolt port
      • Sturdy metal thomann housing
      • Only for MAC OS, 10.8 or higher
      • Thunderbolt cable not included
      • Includes: Power supply and Realtime Analog Classics Bundle software (includes: UA 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ, Raw Distortion Plug-in, Softube Amp Room Essentials, 1176SE / LN Classic Limiting Amplifiers (Legacy), Pultec Pro Equalizers (Legacy), Teletronix LA-2A Classic Levelling Amplifier thomann (Legacy), Precision Mix Rack Collection and RealVerb Pro)

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UNIVERSAL AUDIO APOLLO 8P

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UNIVERSAL AUDIO APOLLO 8P audio interface

Not done with Universal Audio just yet. If you were impressed with Apollo Twin Duo, you haven`t heard anything yet. Back to that luxury life again this time dealing with much powerful gadget of Apollo 8P. Scratch that what I said earlier about the “probably most expensive” piece out there, because this baby right here takes of the crown easily. But before you get blinded by the extreme price on this super-interface, explore the specs first:

Specs

      • 18 x 24 Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface
      • 24-Bit / 192 kHz
      • Internal UAD Quad Core real-time processing
      • 8 Unison microphone amplifiers
      • Analogue thomann inputs: 8x Mic-/line in XLR/jack 6.3 mm combo input balanced, 2x DI
      • Analogue outputs: 6x Line out balanced, 2x monitor out, 2x headphones
      • Digital inputs and outputs: 2x ADAT I/O, S/PDIF, wordclock
      • Monitor functions on the front such as Alt Speakers, Dim and Mono
      • Up to four Apollo interfaces and up to thomann six UAD devices cascadable via Thunderbolt (Mac)

Includes Realtime Analog Classics Plus Bundle:

      • UA 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ
      • Softube Amp Room Essentials
      • Fairchild 670 (Legacy)
      • UA Precision Enhancer Hz
      • 1176SE/LN Classic Limiting Amplifiers (Legacy)
      • Pultec Pro Equalizers (Legacy)
      • Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveling Amplifier (Legacy)
      • CS-1 Precision Channel
      • RealVerb Pro

I mean, really not left anything more to be said, except to get shocked by the awesome price.

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Even though the price is super-high, I had to add it to the top 5 spot, because of it`s great ratings and believe it or not top 3 selling audio interfaces this month.

SCARLETT 18i20 2ND GEN

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SCARLETT 18i20 2ND GEN interface

Last year the Focusrite family dropped their 2nd Gen Scarlett 18i20 and swept the sound floors with supreme sound extraction. With the most exceptional preamp quality as their signature move, Fucusrite really put some extra accenting on this model. But on the other hand, at not the good one, seems like there are a few bugs in testing this interface to a various operating systems. But when it comes to affordable price against the sound quality, you don`t have to think twice.

Specs

      • USB 2.0 Audio-Interface
      • 18 In- and 20 Outputs
      • 8 Scarlett Mic-Preamps
      • 24 Bit/192 kHz; 8 ADAT & 8 Line-Outputs
      • 2 thomann Main-Monitor- and 2 Headphoneoutputs
      • Recording-Software incl.
      • System requirements: Windows 7, Windows 8.1 & Windows 10, Mac OSX 10.10 Yosemite & Mac OSX 10.11 El Capitan
      • Dimensions: (HxWxD) 4,4 x 48,2 x 28,6 cm
      • Weight: 3,27 kg

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STEINBERG UR22 MK2

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STEINBERG UR22 MK2 sound card

Down to first two, best audio interfaces for music production, which includes Hip Hop genre too, first of them being Steinberg`s UR22 MK2 interface. For the lowest budgets and home studio Hip Hop producers UR22 MK2 holds remarkable sound quality that can confirm over 100 satisfied customers. This baby came out in September 2015 and is one of the best selling and most watched items in this category. This will definitely be one of my picks when starting up.

Specs

      • 2-Channel USB 2.0 Audio Interface
      • up to 24-Bit / 192 kHz
      • 2x D-PRE Class-A Mic Preamp with +48V Phantom thomann Power
      • 2x XLR/TS 1/4″Jack Combo Line-Input (switchable to Hi-Z Input on Channel 2)
      • 2x Line-Out 1/4″ TRS balanced
      • Stereo Headphone-Out 1/4″ TRS
      • Class Compliant, MIDI I/O
      • iPad compatible
      • USB Micro Connection
      • USB bus-powered on PC/Mac
      • hardware based latency free Monitoring
      • Metal-Housing
      • compatible with Windows 7, Mac OSX and thomann iPad

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FOCUSRITE SCARLETT 2i2 2ND GEN

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FOCUSRITE SCARLETT 2i2 2ND GEN

Yes we all know it, if you just started doing music, or you are already a firmly established Hip Hop producer, you cannot not know about Focusrite`s Scarlett 2i2. 2nd Gen is here from June 2016 and of course, proudly stands on its first place throne with its extreme affordability. Looking out for all of you home recorders with thin budged, make no surprise, and do not underestimate the power of this seemingly light weighted champion, for its quality/budget character will make your ears hearts warm as summer in the winter. 

 Specs

      • 2 Inputs and 2 outputs
      • 2 Scarlett microphone preamps
      • 24-Bit / 192 kHz
      • USB bus powered
      • Dimensions (H x W x D): 4.8 thomann x 17.5 x 11.5 cm
      • Weight: 0.63 kg
      • Pro Tools | First and Ableton Live Lite recording software included
      • Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
      • Mac OSX 10.10 Yosemite and Mac OSX 10.11 El Capitan

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Hope this article narrows down and makes your search much better when picking your first, switching between goods or just adding up to your studio cabinet. Until the next one.

 

tanja cookbeat

Producer/Blogger/Music Critic

32-year-old self-taught artist (Hip Hop producer/dj, blogger/critic, quote writer/enthusiast photographer).... Certified Fitness Coach. Former Ryan Leslie`s "BPBC" member. Occasionally on a Composer Agreement with LA`s "Smash Haus Music Group". Owner of online personal label "CoCo Beatz Music Group". Certified Fitness Coach (has 17 years in recreational bodybuilding). Living for Hip Hop Culture.

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