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TECH AWARDS 2016 BEST AUDIO INTERFACE

Great sound is essential in this day and age. Which box of delights will take centre stage?

M-Audio M-Track 2X2M


£99
Hype
A feature-filled, well-built portable desktop interface that is easy on the wallet.
Gripe
None, its under £100.
Summary
A good few years back M-Audio were the kings of hi-specced budget interfaces. They have returned with the new M-Track range that looks like they might get their crown back.
Tech Verdict
8/10

Universal Audio Apollo Twin


£682
Hype
Top-notch mic pre-amps and audio quality; UAD plug-in processing and a studio monitor controller, and now there is a version for PC users
Gripe
None now it is available to PC as well as Mac users.
Summary
Universal Audio's award-winning Apollo audio interface has been shrunk down into a compact all-in-one studio centrepiece that PC users can now enjoy complete with a tasty bundle of UAD plug-ins, all for a very modest price.
Tech Verdict
9/10

Apogee Duet2


£529
Hype:
One of the best performing portable soundcards we’ve seen and by far the easiest to use without compromising the excellent sound quality
Gripe:
None other than PC users are not included in this party
Summary
Apogee’s original Duet soundcard was welcomed into the recording world with open arms thanks to the pro performance it delivered. The Duet 2 surpasses this and takes it to a new level, not to mention the sheer simplicity of use. A must for DJs and producers who require the best quality sound for their portable, or even home based set-ups.
Tech Verdict
9/10

Focusrite Scarlett 2i4


£129
Hype
Bringing the acclaimed Focusrite Scarlett sound to a desktop audio card.
Gripe
None other than having to download instructions from the web.
Summary
A great quality card that offers a lot for your buck.
Tech Verdict
8/10

Korg Plugkey for iOS


£89
Hype
A feature-packed compact audio card for iOS devices giving pro-quality performance
Gripe
Only for iOS would be great to see same thing for Android devices
Summary
This little box of tricks offers users all the connection options needed to make music on iPhones or iPads.
Tech Verdict
8/10

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