Review: Focusrite's Scarlett 212 3rd Gen USB Audio Interface is a great choice for new and experienced recording enthusiasts alike

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Considering that more than 50 companies offer USB audio interfaces, it can be very confusing to decide which one to buy. While the sound quality of today’s digital home recording products is significantly better than that of their analog counterparts from a few decades ago, all digital products are not created equal. 

The quality of components like A/D and D/A converters, preamps and filters can make the difference between a lifelike, dynamic recording and a flat, lackluster one. Usually it’s wise to select a product from a company with a long history of making pro audio products as a lot of their high-end expertise goes into every product they make. 

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.