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What is a Thunderbolt Audio Interface? Thunderbolt Audio Interfaces are devices that act as the conduit between an audio source (such as a microphone or DJ mixer) or destination (such as a pair of speakers or an external recorder) and your computer (connecting via a Thunderbolt port).
Basically it gets audio into and out of your computer, turning analogue audio signals into digital information (in) and digital information into analogue audio (out). One of the key components to any audio interface are the converters that handle this process, known as AD/DA convertors. This quality of these convertors varies from product to product and often has an influence on price.
Thunderbolt Audio Interfaces also vary according to what kinds and number of connections they have for getting audio in and out of the unit. Most audio interfaces will have a combination of different socket types for connecting all of your gear. These could include balanced and unbalanced sockets, ranging from XLR to TS/TRS and RCA. These sockets will accept signals from microphones, guitars, synthesizers, drum machines and DJ mixers, with outputs for mixers, speakers and recorders.
Thunderbolt audio interfaces offer very fast data transfer and are well suited to multitrack audio applications. We stock a wide range of Thunderbolt interfaces from manufacturers such as Universal Audio, Focusrite, Apogee, MOTU and Zoom.
At Store DJ we understand Thunderbolt Audio Interfaces and how the different models can integrate into your setup. Visit us to check out which one is right for you.