The Best iPad Audio Interfaces

iPad Audio Interfaces

Originally published on Feb. 18, 2016 and last updated on May 23, 2018.

With the release of more affordable models, the iPad continues its reign as the go-to mobile device for audio recording and music production. But to fully realize its potential, you'll need a compatible good quality audio interface.

This is where we come in with our list of the Best Audio Interfaces for the iPad - updated for 2018, featuring current market favorites that complement the iPad's portability, intuitiveness and reliability. We've separated the interfaces into those that work directly with the iPad's lightning connection and those USB interfaces that need to use Apple's Lightning to USB Adaptor which you buy separately.

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The Best iPad Audio Interfaces

Best iPad Audio Interfaces - Lightning Compatible

Below are the top audio interfaces for iPad that come with lightning connectivity. They allow for convenient out-of-the-box use, and save you some money by not having to buy Apple's Adapters.

IK Multimedia iRig HD 2 Guitar Audio Interface

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84 out of 100. Incorporating 175+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$100
IK Multimedia iRig HD 2

IK Multimedia are well known for the iRig, a line of pocket-sized audio interfaces for musicians. The iRig HD 2 exemplifies what this line is all about, with special focus on electric guitars and other stringed instruments. More than just a way to plug into your computer, it comes with an amp output jack for connecting your guitar to amplifiers, which expands your monitoring options in the studio, and makes it useful for live performances and jamming, when combined with its bundled software, AmpliTube. Like its predecessors, it maintains a compact profile and is bus powered, giving you one less cable to worry about.

Specifications:

  • A/D Resolution: 24-bit/96kHz
  • Connectors: Lightning, USB
  • Simultaneous Channels: 1
  • Inputs: 1 x 1/4" (Hi-Z Level)
  • MIDI: None
  • Power: Bus powered by iOS
  • Can charge IOS unit: No
  • Phantom Power: None
  • Bundled Software: AmpliTube 4

Convenience is the main reason why many commend and recommend the IK Multimedia iRig HD 2. Portability is its main strength, along with its sound quality and versatility - thanks to the bundled AmpliTube software. Extra output options add to its overall usefulness, which many users appreciate, along with its solid feel. It gets most of its commendations from those who use it for straight to computer recording be it at home or on the go with their iPad.

There are no noteworthy complaints when it comes to using the iRig HD 2 with the iPad. But there are a few who had compatibility issues with their Windows OS.

The IK Multimedia iRig HD 2 is ideal for those who prioritize mobility and convenience.

Focusrite iTrack Solo Lightning

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84 out of 100. Incorporating 60+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$130
Focusrite iTrack Solo USB Audio Interface

The Focusrite iTrack Solo Lightning is an iPad and iOS compatible audio interface that comes in mini-rack form factor. It's main selling point is its Focusrite mic preamps, which features the same quality as found on their more expensive models. Only this one is meant for the entry-level market, with its compact profile, streamlined features, and affordable price tag. As the label implies, this version comes bundled with a lightning cable, which connects it with the latest iPads out-of-the-box, in addition to connecting to Macs and PCs (via USB).

Specifications:

  • A/D Resolution: 24-bit/96kHz
  • Connectors: Lightning, USB
  • Simultaneous Channels: 2
  • Inputs:1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" Instrument input
  • Outputs: 1 x RCA Monitor Outs, 1 x 1/4" Headphones
  • Power: USB
  • Can charge IOS unit: No
  • Phantom Power: Yes
  • Bundled Software: Ableton Live Lite 8, Novation's Bass Station, Focusrite Scarlett Plug-in Suite, 1GB Loopmasters Samples.

For the price, this audio interface does everything it is supposed to do, and it does all of them really well, and this is well attested in the reviews. Most of its high scores are from users who do vocal/speech related recordings. Many users also commend it for its solid build and intuitive design.

There were a few who encountered clipping issues when recording guitars and other pickup-equipped instruments. Experienced users noted that gain adjustments can be a bit tricky at first, but should be a non-issue once you got the settings dialed in just right.

All in all, the Focusrite iTrack Solo Lightning is a worthy yet affordable audio interface that is highly recommended.

Shure MVi

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90 out of 100. Incorporating 30+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$129
Shure MVi

Shure retains a spot in this list with the MVi, a compact and versatile audio interface that works well with different sound sources. It owes its versatility to its switchable recording mode, which lets you fine tune its Class A preamp for use with singing, acoustic instruments, speech and loud instruments. The 5th mode tunes the MVi to a basic flat setting, in case you want to go the warts and all approach. This interesting ability makes it easier for beginners to get good sounding recordings. The built-in DSP also lets you dial in dynamic and EQ settings to your preference, in case you want more control over the sound. Finally, all these features are packed well inside a solid but compact profile, making the MVi a true grab-and-go recording interface that matches the portability and flexibility of the iPad.

Specifications:

  • A/D Resolution: 24-bit/48kHz
  • Connectors: Lightning (Micro-USB to Lightning)
  • Simultaneous Channels: 1
  • Inputs: 1 x XLR-1/4" Combo (Line/Hi-Z Level)
  • Outputs: 1 x 1/8" Headphones
  • Power: Bus Powered (by IOS or USB)
  • Can charge IOS unit: No
  • Phantom Power: 12V (when using iPad power), 48V when using standard USB power

The market has mostly good things to say about the Shure MVi, with many praising its good balance of portability and sound quality. Ease of use and its rugged all metal chassis also get a lot of thumbs up. Many like the MVi's form factor, saying that it is easy on the eyes, and on the pocket, both in terms of money and space. Satisfied users include singers, guitar players, podcasters, professional voice actors and more.

Note that the bundled Mini-USB to Lightning cable is not the same as standard USB to Lightning cables. This means that replacing the cable can be a bit of a hassle, thankfully there are specialized mini-USB to lightning cables available online which you can find with a bit of searching. Just make sure that you don't lose the cable and you won't have to deal with this minor issue.

If you want nothing but the best rated audio interface that can readily be used with your iPad, then Shure MVi is for you.

Apogee Jam 96K

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87 out of 100. Incorporating 250+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$129
Apogee JAM 96K Guitar Audio Interface for iPad / Mac / iOS

The Apogee Jam 96k is a compact audio interface designed specifically for guitarists and bassists - and their iOS devices. It converts your guitar signal to 24-bit/96kHz digital audio that can be sent to your iPad and other iOS devices. And since its preamp circuit is especially tuned for instruments, it provides the right amount of headroom and dynamic range that other multi-purposes interfaces may lack. Other features include built-in limiter for preventing signal clipping, discrete gain knob and LED monitoring. Aside from the mentioned features, the Apogee Jam 96K offers nothing extra, making it streamlined, compact and affordable. And since its from Apogee, sound quality and compatibility with Apple devices are already a given.

Specifications:

  • A/D Resolution: 24-bit/96kHz
  • Connectors: Lightning and USB
  • Simultaneous Channels: 1
  • Inputs: 1 x 1/4" Instrument
  • Power: Bus Powered by iOS or USB
  • Can charge IOS unit: No

Most reviewers agree that the Apogee Jam 96K sounds really good and clear. This clarity helped many guitarists achieve professional quality guitar recordings from their iPads. The simplicity that it brings was also mentioned multiple times, resulting in improved productivity.

The proprietary lightning cable that comes with the Apogee Jam 96K prompted a few users to deduct points in their reviews. The unit's plastic exterior and small gain knob also got a few users concerned.

If you're looking for a high-quality and portable way of interfacing guitar/bass straight to your iPad, then the Apogee Jam 96K is your best pick.

Best iPad Compatible USB Audio Interfaces

These are top rated USB Audio interfaces that can work with the iPad via Apple's Lightning to USB adapter, or Camera Connection Kit. These interfaces work with the iPad because they are USB audio Class Compliant which means they don't need proprietary drivers. The standard USB adaptors won't be able to charge your iOS device and generally won't supply enough power to these interfaces so they will need their own power supply.

Yamaha AG03

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90 out of 100. Incorporating 125+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$150
Yamaha AG03 3-Channel Mixer Audio Interface for iPad / Mac / PC

There's no denying Yamaha's reputation for quality and value for money, and the iPad-compatible AG03 is a great example. Far from being just another audio interface, this one comes with mixer-like functionality and multi-platform compatibility. The first channel features Yamaha's popular D-Pre mic preamp, while the second channel lets you switch between Hi-Z instruments or line level sound sources. It also comes with impressive control options including a dedicated fader for channel 1. Other features include built-in DSP effects (reverb, compression, filtering) and Loopback, which lets you broadcast via realtime online streaming platforms. Note that since the iPad cannot provide enough power for the Yamaha AG03, you'll need a USB 5V power adapter to get it running. Alternatively, you can connect the extra USB slot to a power bank for mobile use.

Specifications:

  • A/D Resolution: 24-bit/192kHz
  • Connectors: USB (Requires Lightning to USB Adapter)
  • Simultaneous Channels: 2
  • Inputs: 1 x XLR-1/4" Combo, 1 x 1/4" Hi-Z, 2 x 1/4" Line Input
  • Outputs: 2 x 1/4", 1 x Stereo RCA, 2 x 1/4" Headset
  • Features: 3-Channel Mixer Controls and i/o, DSP (EQ, Filtering, Reverb), Loopback
  • Power: Bus Powered (Requires USB Power Hub)
  • Phantom Power: 48V (Channel 1)
  • Bundled Software: Cubase AI (Mac/PC), Cubasis LE

The Yamaha AG03 is a great choice if you want a compact mixer / audio interface combo, and reviewers agree. Reviews show that it simplifies recording, podcasting and music production setups, and that it is useful in various situations, including video streaming, podcasting, recording, and more. Many also commend its clarity and zero latency operation.

There are a few who wish for extra features, but there are no notable complaints raised.

If you are in the market for a multiplatform audio interface that doubles as a mixer, the Yamaha AG03 is highly recommended.

Audient ID4

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95 out of 100. Incorporating 100+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$199
Audient ID4 USB Audio Interface 2-in/2-out

Thanks to Audient, you can have a premium portable audio interface for under $200. The ID4 packs their class A mic preamp and JFET DI circuit into a compact and lightweight metal enclosure. It is designed to be class compliant, so it works with the iPad and other iOS devices, just as it does with Mac and Windows based computers. Since this unit is bus powered, you'll need a powered USB Hub to get it working with the iPad. Thankfully, this slight inconvenience is minor compared to the benefits of utilizing Audient quality recordings on the go. Other features include zero-latency monitoring, mix and pan controls, 2 separate headphone outputs, and a console like interface.

Specifications:

  • A/D Resolution: 24-bit/96kHz
  • Connectors: USB (Requires Lightning to USB Adapter)
  • Simultaneous Channels: 2
  • Inputs: 1 x XLR-1/4" Combo (Mic/Line), 1 x 1/4" DI (Instrument)
  • Outputs: 2 x 1/4" Monitor, 1 x 1/4" Headphones, 1 x 1/8" Headphones
  • MIDI: USB
  • Power: Requires USB Power Hub or Power Bank
  • Phantom Power: 48V (Channel 1)

The Audient ID4 continues to get acclaim from users with different experience levels, including musicians, voice over artists, home studio owners and many more. Most reviewers not only praise its performance, but go as far as recommending it for small home studios, or for those who do onsite mobile recording. The sound quality received the most commendation, followed by ease of use and portability.

There are a few users who had qualms about the ID4 resetting its headphone output settings when turned off, but still praised the unit for its solid build and transparent sound.

Overall, the Audient ID4 is the ideal portable audio interface for those who want to take advantage of the iPad's mobility, without compromising sound quality.

Audient ID22

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93 out of 100. Incorporating 150+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$499
Audient iD22 10-Channel USB Audio Interface

The Audient ID22 is a 2-in / 6-out audio interface, with two Class A preamps paired with Burr Brown AD-DA converters that allow for 24-bit/96kHz resolution. And since Audient mic preamps are highly sought after, they are expected to improve the recording quality that you get from the iPad. But it's not just microphone recordings that will benefit, because it also comes with a dedicated instrument input with JFET DI circuitry. Finally, the Audient 22 comes with in a compact and stylish form factor that make it easy on the eyes and easy to carry around.

Specifications:

  • A/D Resolution: 24-bit/96kHz
  • Connectors: USB (Requires Lightning to USB Adapter)
  • Simultaneous Channels: 2 (Up to 10 via ADAT)
  • Inputs: 2 x XLR/TRS Combo, 1 x 1/4" DI (Instrument), 2 x 1/4" Return, 1 x ADAT/S/SDPIF
  • Outputs: 4 x 1/4" (2 Pairs of Stereo Output), 2 x 1/4" Send Headphones
  • MIDI: USB
  • Power: Requires AC Power Supply or Powered USB Hub
  • Phantom Power: 48V (When using AC Power Supply)

Clean and quiet are two words that nicely capture what most users feel about the Audient ID22. More importantly, there are no questions when it comes to sound quality, because almost everyone is in agreement that it makes their recordings sound better. Build quality and aesthetic appeal also scored them some high ratings, and even recommendations from experienced producers and musicians.

Other than a few who feel that the price is out of their reach, there are no consistent or noteworthy complaints.

If budget is not an issue, then you might as well check out the iD22 from Audient. If you have the budget and want nothing less than the best rated audio interface with the capacity to expand via ADAT, then get the Audient ID14 ASAP.

RME Babyface Pro

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93 out of 100. Incorporating 150+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$749

German manufacturer RME enters this list with its class compliant portable audio interface, the Babyface Pro. This unit comes with many interesting features that easily set it apart from the competition, most notable of which is its extended range of 76dB, which increments in 1dB steps. This extra gain allow for improved clarity and compatibility with low level microphones. Another noteworthy feature is the redesigned XLR socket, which saves space and better secures connection. Of course the ADAT toslink connection, which allows the addition of 8 input/ouput channels via an ADAT audio interface, is a key feature those who might want to expand beyond the 4 input channels initially on offer. Other features include 2 mic preamps, hi-Z (instrument) and lo-Z (line) inputs and MIDI input/output. All of these features are packed inside a compact yet solid aluminum housing that's equally at home in portable and home studio applications.

Specifications:

  • A/D Resolution: 24-bit/192kHz
  • Connectors: USB (Requires Lightning to USB Adapter)
  • Simultaneous Channels: 4 (Up to 12 via ADAT)
  • Inputs: 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4", 1 x ADAT toslink
  • Outputs: 2 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" Headphones, 1 x ADAT toslink
  • MIDI: In/Out via Breakout Cable
  • Power: DC Power Supply or USB Bus Powered
  • Bundled Software: TotalMix FX
  • Phantom Power: Yes

Market response to the RME Babyface Pro continues to be overwhelmingly positive, which is impressive considering its premium price tag. It gets most of its commendation from users who are impressed with its excellent headroom and clarity. And while many bought the RME for portable use with their iPads, it has been reported to be equally viable in home studios, especially with it premium look and space saving size.

The price tag is on the higher end for the average home studio enthusiast and mobile producer, but those who have bought the Babyface Pro found the premium cost justifiable. Having to use proprietary breakout cables were frowned upon by a few users, but they do understand that this is a necessary compromise to make the unit smaller and lighter.

Get the RME Babyface Pro if budget is not an issue, and you want a premium quality audio interface.

RME Fireface 802 USB Audio Interface

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94 out of 100. Incorporating 80+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$1999
RME Fireface 802 USB Audio Interface

The RME Fireface 802 is a premium audio interface meant for professional Firewire-based studio use, with up to 30 channels available for use along with built-in DSP features. It has 12 analog inputs, four of which feature RME's popular mic preamps, while the unit's instrument inputs add to its overall routing flexibility. As the name implies, this digital interface is primarily designed to connect to Firewire ports, but it is also compatible with USB devices like the iPad. Finally, the RME Fireface 802 allows for latency-free monitoring with built-in effects that include EQ, dynamics, reverb, and delay.

Specifications:

  • A/D Resolution: 24-bit/192kHz
  • Connectors: 1 x FireWire 400, 1 x FireWire 800, 1 x USB Type B
  • Simultaneous Channels: 12 Analog (Up to 30 via ADAT)
  • Inputs: 8 x 1/4" TRS, 4 x XLR-1/4" Combo, 2 x XLR ADAT, 1 x XLR (AES/EBI)
  • Outputs: 8 x 1/4" TRS, 2 x Optical (ADAT), 1 x XLR (AES/EBU)
  • MIDI: In/Out via Breakout Cable
  • Power: DC Power Supply
  • Bundled Software: TotalMix FX
  • Phantom Power: Yes

Overall market response continues to be positive, with users pointing to its clean and transparent sound as its best feature. A lot of users also appreciate the RME Fireface 802's connection options, which makes it viable for professional use. Satisfied reviewers come from different backgrounds, from DJs to musicians to recording engineers.

Still, the price tag is over the budget for many, but those who invested in it have nothing but good words to say about the value that it adds to their music production process.

If you have the budget and you're looking to expand your home studio equipment with premium gear then do check out the RME Fireface 802.

Budget Option

If you're looking to test the waters before taking a full dive at iPad recording, you'll want to look at this affordable audio interface.

Behringer U-Phoria UMC204HD

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87 out of 100. Incorporating 425+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$100
Behringer U-Phoria UMC204HD

Whatever music gear you're looking for, there's a good chance that Behringer has an affordable alternative. The U-Phoria UMC204HD is a great example, a highly rated audio interface that gives you more bang for your buck, without compromising features. For the price, it gives you quite a lot to work with, including two MIDAS designed mic preamps with optional 48V phantom power, switchable line/instrument inputs and even MIDI connectivity. These features should be enough for most home studio tasks, while extras like the switchable input pad and double insert jacks makes for even more flexibility. Note that you'll need a Lightning to USB adapter along with a powered USB hub to make it work with the iPad. Thankfully, the Behringer UMC204HD is very affordable, so you'll have enough change to get these two accessories. Since using a powered USB hub or battery also charges you're iPad, its cost is easily justifiable.

Specifications:

  • A/D Resolution: 24-bit/192kHz
  • Connectors: USB (Requires Lightning to USB Adapter)
  • Simultaneous Channels: 2
  • Inputs: 2 x XLR / TRS (switchable Hi-Z) Combo , 2 x 1/4" Insert
  • Outputs: 2 x Stereo, 2 x 1/4", 1 x 1/4" Headphones
  • MIDI: Input/Output
  • Power: USB Bus Powered
  • Phantom Power: Yes

While many use it for guitars, there are plenty of good reports of this interface working with different types of mics and instruments. Almost everyone agrees that it gives you the most features per dollar and that it is good enough for most recording purposes.

While not iPad related, it should be noted that there are reports of driver issues with Windows and Mac systems, thankfully many solved them by updating the drivers. There were also a few users who had to update the firmware to make it work with the iPad. The current production line should ship with updated firmware so this should be a non-issue for brand new units, unless a major iOS update has been released.

If you are looking for a budget recording interface that you can use with your iPad then do check out the Behringer U-Phoria UMC204HD.

What to Look for in an iPad Audio Interface

  • Lightning Compatible Audio Interfaces

    While many USB audio interfaces can work with the iPad via Class Compliant mode, they require certain accessories to work and is a bit complicated to setup. Thankfully, there are interfaces built to work directly that connect directly with the iPad, complete with Apple's proprietary Lightning Connectors. They are the best choice if you want to avoid the complications of having to buy adapters. Note that older iPads use older 30-pin connectors, so be sure to check whether the interface you're buying support these.

  • Class Compliant USB Audio Interfaces

    These are audio interfaces that utilize industry standard USB drivers to work, and as such they work seamlessly with multiple operating systems, including iOS. While being able to switch between your iPad and your computer is a good thing, they will require you to buy an Apple USB Camera Adapter to connect to the lightning interface on you iPad. The main accessory people use is the Apple's Lightning to USB Camera Adapter or the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (for older 30 pin devices). More recently the Lightning to USB 3.0 Camera Adapter has become available and although it's a bit pricier it does allow you to charge you're iPad while connected to USB which isn't possible with the other two. Note that USB interfaces generally won't be able to draw enough power via these USB adapters to operate so see the following section on power consumption.

  • Power Consumption

    The iPad is designed to limit the amount of power supplied to external devices, and while this can preserve battery life it also presents challenges for the said external devices. This is the reason why most audio interfaces made specifically for the iPad required their own power, a few are even capable of charging your iPad, making them ideal for long recording sessions. Those interfaces that are 'bus powered ' have to contend with the iPad's limited power so they tend to be small one channel interfaces and features like phantom power are scaled down, if not totally turned off. That said they are the most convenient and portable options you find.

    When it comes to compatible USB interfaces connected through a lightning adaptor, you will generally need another supply of power. Interfaces that are USB bus powered will usually not get enough 'bus power' via the lightning adaptor to function. This is where interfaces that can use their own power supply come in handy. The solution for interfaces that can only be USB 'bus powered' is to use a powered USB hub and although this works it does add another box and cable to your setup which can reduce the portability and convenience of the setup. Check out the video below on how to connect bus powered interfaces with the iPad:

  • Input Compatibility

    If you're planning to record vocals and other instruments, you'll want one that comes with both 1/4" and XLR inputs. Note that electric guitars, basses and other instruments require a higher impedance than line level inputs even though they use the same 1/4" connection. So look out for connections or switches labelled 'Instrument' or 'Hi-Z' to see if an interface can handle these properly. A workaround for this is to use a DI Box before going into the audio interface. Another important consideration is 48V phantom power capability, which is the standard when you're planning to use condenser microphones. Some interfaces also provide ADAT connections to allow you to add up to 8 extra tracks via a separate ADAT audio interface.

  • Mic Preamp Quality

    Thankfully, many of today's affordable audio interfaces come with the same mic preamps as their expensive counterparts. This means that even in the entry level market, you are getting really good sound quality. If you're looking for tried and tested preamps, brands like Focusrite, Audient, Yamaha and more have iPad friendly interfaces that provide top notch sound recording, worthy of being included in the final mix.

Best iPad Audio Interface Selection Methodology

For this update, we looked at best sellers and top rated iPad compatible audio interfaces, including those that are compatible with Apple's Lightning cable, and those that are class compliant - iOS compatible. We ended up with a slightly longer list of viable interfaces, which required us to gather around 6000 relevant data sources that include reviews, ratings, forum discussions and more. All these data were then fed to the Gearank algorithm to give us the scores that we used to identify the best audio interfaces that are worth recommending. For more information about this process see How Gearank Works. We divided the list into Lightning Compatible and iPad Compatible USB sections, and sorted the top rated ones by price. There is also a special section for a budget friendly audio interface that works with the iPad.

Comments

I'm noticing there arn't any

I'm noticing there arn't any two-channel bus powered interfaces on this list. Are there any out there? I'm at the end of my wits looking for one.

It might be the case that IOS

It might be the case that IOS does't provide enough power for a good two-channel microphone interface via the connection. A few years ago they reduced the power available to USB devices via the adaptor and they don't publicly specify how much power is available for lightning / 30 pin connector.

The only IOS bus powered interface on this list is the Shure MVi which is mono. The best option to get stereo may be to go for something that can be battery powered like the Roland Duo-Capture EX.

Yes, I tend to agree. The

Yes, I tend to agree. The iPad just doesn't have enough "juice" for bus-powering a stereo interface. Personally, I'd be too worried to rely solely on bus power during a recording. I always feel better knowing that I'm plugged into the "wall." If I needed to record something in the field where there were no electrical outlets I would probably use something like a portable "Zoom" recorder or something like that.

meanwhile there is a 'bus

Meanwhile there is a 'bus powered' apple usb camera adapter you can use in connection with audio interfaces. I do this. Works well.

I'd like to find out is if

I'd like to find out is if these audio devices allow song cueing for DJs. Many iPad DJ apps allow you to cue up / listen to song on the headphones separately from the main - but unfortunately it seems like lot of the good iOS compatible audio hardware doesn't support this feature.

(Mainly just need an audio interface without silly turntables on them)

Audio interfaces with three

Audio interfaces with three or more output channels should be compatible with cue mixing. Three because you need two channels for stereo output, and one (or two for stereo) for the headphones. This should work if the DJ app lets you send the cue and main audio to separate output channels.

The Behringer U-Phoria UMC204HD has four output channels and is very affordable. You can also look at our multi-channel audio interface guide for more options.

Hi.

Hi.
Any interface for iPad which offers 8 analog outputs?
Thanks,
Flavio.

Get the Zoom U-24. Works

Get the Zoom U-24. Works great as a USB/battery-powered 2-channel audio interface, and works great as a stand-along mixer, mic preamp and DJ cueing interface. It can't understand why it's not on this list. Best product I've ever bought.

The Zoom U-24 did not have

The Zoom U-24 didn't have sufficient ratings to make it onto our short-list when we did the research for this guide.

I've had a quick look at the latest ratings and written reviews are mostly positive so it might make a good DJ interface.

Have you seen the DPA d:vice?

Have you seen the DPA d:vice? That thing is 96k 24 bit and bus powered 2 condensers. And it’s DPA, their mics are the best in the world!

I know FocusRite doesn't make

Two questions:
1) I understand that FocusRite doesn't recommend the 'bigger' iPad Pro users connect to this via the adapter, but what defines 'bigger'?

2) If 9.7" is too big, I can't use this, which begs the question: What else out there is compatible AND pro-level quality for a 9.7" iPad Pro?

Have just bought the UMC204HD

Have just bought the UMC204HD and plugged it into my iPad Pro 10.5” using the Apple lightning to USB 3 adapter which has both USB and lightning sockets so you can supply power at same time. It powered up the UMC204HD and the iPad recognised it immediately, no warnings. Opened Auria Pro, all working perfectly (still had to set the iPad volume first, as reported). The iPad was charging as well. Don’t know if there’s anything different with the iPad 10.5 like if it has more power ability but this is perfect for me. Don’t need a powered usb hub, no mess of excess cables. Happy bunny, me!

I am wanting to do a Podcast

I am wanting to do a Podcast using
Garageband and want an option for a 3rd mic. Would the Behringer UMC404hd connect the same way? Also in Garageband would it be recorded as one track or separate for each mics I have? Thanks!!

Follow up question regarding

Follow up question regarding above mentioned products. Is there a way to connect a cell phone to the 404HD to do interviews?

I haven't done this myself,

I haven't done this myself, but cell phones typically have a jack for plugging in headsets, usually earbuds with a mic, and you could plug that into any audio interface including the UMC404HD.

You will need an adapter to convert the output from your phone, typically a 1/8" TRRS (Tip Ring Ring Sleeve) socket, to a 1/4" TRS (Tip Ring Sleeve) to plug into your audio interface. Different phones can have different TRRS configurations so you'll need an adapter that's specific to your phone.

Hopefully last question. I

Hopefully last question. I bought the UMC404HD, connected to iPad and use Garageband. Recording works well but I cannot hear what I have recorded on playback through the headphones connected to interface. Thoughts on how to correct?

Hello Lenny,

Hello Lenny,

Have you ensured that the Phones knob is set correctly on the interface? Also if you want to use the interface as your playback, you'll have to set the audio output accordingly within the app. Hope this helps!

I am actually irritated at

I am actually irritated at the lack of research and incompleteness of this article. None of Presonus’s iOS interfaces are represented here. In my opinion, they are hands down the best mobile interface. They are high quality I/O converters, lightning compatable, and will trickle charge. I do not represent, work for, or am endorsed by Presonus. I am a musician hobbyist, with a passion for great gear.

Hi Dan,

Hi Dan,

I can understand you making the mistake of thinking we haven't researched PreSonus audio interfaces in detail, because you probably didn't realize you could have looked that information up in our Music Gear Database.

Here are several PreSonus interfaces that have been placed onto short-lists for detailed analysis when we have researched various audio interface categories - as you can see the PreSonus AudioBox iTwo simply doesn't have high enough ratings for us to recommend it at this time.

Jason.

No mistake. Please allow me

No mistake, Jason. Please allow me to explain. Based on the Gearank article you sited, the iTwo is ranked 83 with over 3x the amount of sources as the top listed lightning compatable interface. The iOne is an even closer competitor, at a lower price point with more features. Furthermore, I don’t know where your “lack of ratings” is coming from. Gearank’s OWN RATING SYSTEM invalidate your statement. Since the inception of gearank’s article in early 2016, the Presonus ratings for their iOS devices have greatly increased on respectable user ranked based platforms, specifically the iOne which has more reviews than the top competitor. My position is firm. I continue to find fult in this incomplete article. I am simply stating the facts. This article calls for an update. I find the “update” earlier this year to be partial.

Hi Dan, you are clearly very

Hi Dan, you are clearly very passionate about interfaces from PreSonus and that's a good thing because if everyone had the same opinion on everything then life would be boring and music would be dull.

What I meant about the ratings was that the iTwo has lower ratings than the ones we recommended - that was the same for the iOne which didn't make it onto our short-list because a quick analysis showed the ratings would come out too low for us to recommend it before we did the extra work of publishing a rating for it.

Keep in mind that the ratings we publish are a statistical measure of the overall market satisfaction with a product and as a result some of the sources we have used will have higher ratings while others will have lower ratings for a single item. If you have written reviews, posted forum comments or rated those interfaces (on sites other than Gearank.com) then it's quite likely that your opinion has contributed to the ratings we publish.

Please feel free to post a follow-up and tell us what those respected sources are that you mentioned, and if by some chance they aren't already in our sample set, I'll ensure they are considered next time we update our recommendations.

I am thinking about to buy a

I am thinking about to buy a Behringer UMC 204HD but I would like to know if it can be connected to iPhone 6S instead of iPad. For example i would like to record a video from my iPhone Camera but audio from my condenser microphone MXL/990 plugged into UMC 204 HD and connected to iPhone via CCK cable. Because if it does not work I will buy a iRig pro Duo.

Tks

I ended up buying a Roland

I ended up buying a Roland Duo Capture EX, that works fine with ipad/iphone as well with PC.

Anyone tried connecting

Anyone tried connecting behringer umc204hd to iPad with lightning camera adaptor and made it work to send audio from interface to iPad in garage band?

In response to the power

In response to the power consumption part more specifically that video about how to using powered bus hubs. Couldn’t you in theory just plug the interface and wall outlet into the camera adapter. And then obviously the camera adapter into the iOS device. By passing or simply not using the usb powered hub?

I use the apple composite A/V

I use the apple composite A/V cable and a 30 pin/lightning convertor to run audio into my mixer. The A/V cable has L and R stereo RCA out that sends the line level audio to my mixer. It also has a USB in the same bundle. Connecting that to power via an AC transformer allows line level sound and charging simultaneously. Note that the ipad volume controls will not function in this setup. I adapt the cables to 1/4" for insertion into the mixer.

Nice work here, thank you.

Nice work here, thank you.

I imagine the list is missing iConnectivity's iConnectAudio4+ interface because of some bad reviews (~68% on amazon and sweetwater, though most are 5-star on both...) but wonder if should get an "Honorable Mention" or "YMMV" slot at the bottom of this list because of its particular feature set for iOS musicians. In addition to regular 4 channel audio and MIDI IO... It's Lightning Compatible. You can plug two iOS devices and a computer in at the same time. It will actually charge the iOS devices while in use. You can route audio and MIDI back and forth between any of the connected devices internally. It has a USB host port which can be connected to a hub allowing for up to 8 additional USB devices to be hooked up.

The preamps ain't Apogee or RME but they're plenty good and certainly on or above par with the other items listed here.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with iConnectivity in any way other than I gave them money and love the interface. :)

iConnectivity is very

Thank you Will for both your suggestion and for stating your reasons so clearly.

iConnectivity is a very reliable brand when it comes to MIDI and they dominate the recommendations in our guide to The Best MIDI Interfaces.

Also, the iConnectAudio4+ (rating info) has some serious supporters in addition to you including; Music Radar - Jono Buchanan and Ask Audio - Matt Vanacoro.

However, a vast number of individual users have given it a rating equivalent of well less than 4 stars in their reviews and comments and that has dragged down the overall rating for the iConnectAudio4+. Alexander, the lead researcher and author of this guide, informed me that his investigation showed there were a large number of plug-and-play / compatibility issues, meaning that if it worked it was great, but for those that had problems getting it working, well - they gave low ratings in response.

Thank you again for the suggestion, however until solutions to the compatibility issues are reflected in user experiences, we won't be comfortable giving it a featured position in this guide.

Does the new iPad Pro’s

Does the new iPad Pro’s rumoured USB-C connection make hooking up my audient ID4 an even more attractive option compared to recording separately with say the Zoom F4?

I'd say that's partly a

I'd say that's partly a matter of personal preference and what kind of recording you're doing.

For example the Zoom F4 is good for field recordings when you're shooting videos, would you be comfortable using an iPad Pro on location?

If you mainly intend to record music, then in the long run you'll find using a good interface like the ID4 in conjunction with software will make recording, editing and mixing both more convenient and flexible.

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