Best guitar audio interfaces 2024: our top picks for every budget

Three Focusrite Scarlett audio interfaces stacked on top of one another
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Home recording has been gaining popularity exponentially over the last few years. Thanks to massive advances in amp and effects modeling tech, it’s now easier than ever to get great tones at home, and with drum VSTs crafting entire songs from scratch is absolutely possible. Before you start that though, you’ll need one of the best guitar audio interfaces to become the central hub of your home studio.

An audio interface serves as the middle man between your guitar and your computer, translating that real-world audio into 1s and 0s before your DAW turns them back into audio. You can plug your guitar directly into the interface and use plugins to get your tones, or do it studio-style and mic up your guitar amp before sending that signal to your interface. However you choose to do it, the only limitation nowadays is your creativity.

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Chris Schwarten

Chris is a contributor to Guitar World and MusicRadar with around 20 years of guitar playing experience – including writing for and recording various projects for around 15 of those. Outside of practical experience, he’s studied music throughout his life, with a particular focus on composition at university. He’s something of a 90s tragic and a sucker for anything with a groovy, metallic edge or psych and stoner vibes. Outside of music, he’s an avid cook, gardener, and rugby league lover.

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