What’s the best interface for recording synths and keys?

Synths and keys are powerful tools for both live and studio production and are flexible in the sounds they can create. They are also highly collectible — but even with one, you still need a good audio interface to keep everything connected. 

Easy expansion

When deciding on an audio interface for your synth and/or keyboard, you’ll need to consider how many inputs you need. There’s nothing more annoying than having to keep replugging synths and drum machines in and out. In most cases, your hardware synths will be stereo, so every synth needs two channels. For a basic setup, the Scarlett 8i6 is perfect, offering six mono or three stereo channels of line level input. 

If you’re still collecting synths, make sure you get an audio interface that grows with your synth collection. The Scarlett 18i8 offers considerable expandability with eight inputs — and it comes with ADAT expandability to enable you to connect up to an additional 18 inputs to your interface.

The Ins and Outs of MIDI

The second consideration when using hardware synths is MIDI. Both the Scarlett 8i6 and 18i8 offer MIDI in and out, making it easy to hook up your synths and keyboards to your computer for easy MIDI recording and playback.

No delays here

Latency can be a problem when recording virtual instruments with your synths and keyboards. The low latency performance of Focusrite audio interfaces ensures super-tight basslines and killer drum parts.

Plug-ins and more

Focusrite audio interfaces sound great right out of the box, but if you do want to use plugins, registration of your Focusrite interface gives you access to a growing resource of free virtual synths and plugins that you can use in your music production. In addition, there is an Easy Start tool included with every Focusrite interface, so you’ll be up and running with your synth or keyboard in no time, and with no stress.