In this article, we’re going to be discussing the top 12 Mac OS audio interfaces in 2021.
We felt that we really had to create this article, reviewing all of these audio interfaces suitable for Mac, as there seems to be minimal information on the topic, in a condensed, easy to read format!
We realize that everyone reading this will (more than likely) have or own a Mac, hence the reason you are looking for a compatible audio interface.
However, not everyone has the same budget, nor the same input/output requirements…
So we’ve structured the article in a very logical format, segmenting on the main criteria, which is the number of line outputs, and then sub-criteria which is budget…
All of this information is nicely condensed and summed up in the table directly below, but for you guys who want all of the information and videos to watch the audio interface in action, keep reading! If you aren’t necessarily looking for an audio interface for a Mac, or your just want the best of the best, look at our guide for the best audio interface overall!
So let’s get to it, what are the 12 best audio interfaces for Mac OS in 2021?
Includes DAW Software: Pro Tools | First M-Audio Edition, Ableton Live Lite, Eleven Lite, the Avid Effect Collection, AIR Creative FX Collection (20 world-class FX AU/VST plugins), 2 GB of sample content from Touch Loops, Strike, Xpand!2, Mini Grand, Vacuum, BOOM from Air MusicTech
High Quality ‘Crystal’ Preamps for professional audio recording
Low-Noise, Low Latency
+48v Phantom Power Switch for microphones which require it (condenser mics)
In a Complete Recording Bundle, for someone looking to have everything they need to record in one package; What exactly does this include:
Includes M-Track 2 x 2 USB Audio Interface: + Software Suite
2 inputs x 2 outputs USB audio interface with or without MIDI
24 bit /192 kHz resolution
Two XLR and 1/4 inch TRS combo inputs
Two 1/4 inch (Guitar/Bass) instrument inputs
Includes standard USB and USB-C connections
This Audio interface comes in two versions (all shown under the same Amazon listing), which are:
Without Midi functionality
With Midi Functionality
Although it was hard to find the perfect demo of someone using the M-Air 192, we were able to find this unboxing and demo video of the 192|8, which should give you some idea of the quality of the 192|4:
Mac (Mac 10.6.8 and onwards) / Connectivity via USB
Die-cast aluminum chassis
Legendary/World Class Apogee Hardware for incredible recording quality – Sounds Fantastic!
Very Low Latency
Not to mention, this device has a Truly Incredible in-built microphone, one that has turned heads and converted some of the Neumann & SHURE Audio fanatics to using the Apogee One’s built-in microphone instead.
2 inputs x 2 outputs audio interface
USB 2.0 connection with 24-bit / 96kHZ AD/DA conversion
Designed in California, Built in the USA.
Without further ado, it’s easier if you are able to hear an audible demonstration of the audio interface in action, which I have featured below!
There’s not too much to say here, besides the fact that Apogee creates really high sound quality audio interfaces.
However, from the research I have done, where Apogee lack, is in their customer service, which isn’t necessarily something you want, considering you may have questions regarding the interface if things were not to work!
On a more positive note, Apogee has a great website, with plenty of information, and video tutorials on how to set up the device and even recording tips & tricks.
Make no mistake, this audio interface is fantastic, it was one of the best, highest sound quality audio interfaces I’ve ever used.
If you’re looking for more inputs, let’s say 4, potentially to
an instrument from multiple angles at one time, this interface is the perfect
solution, offering high-quality hardware without breaking the bank.
Mac / Connectivity via USB
USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface
4 or 8 channel inputs (depending on the model you choose) and 4 outputs
Compatible with most recording software (Avid Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Steinberg Cubase, etc)
USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface
Audiophile 24-Bit/96 kHz resolution for professional audio quality
Compatible with popular recording software including Avid Pro Tools*, Ableton Live*, Steinberg Cubase*, etc.
Ultra-low latency audio recording
4 or 8 states of the art MIDAS designed Microphone Preamps
48 V phantom power
In the video demonstration below, they are reviewing the 4 input version. The hardware is still the same, and therefore the sound quality will be just as good!
Before talking about the features or specifications, this Scarlett 4i4 is very similar to the Scarlett 212, except it has 2 additional line intputs, and 2 additional balanced outputs… Not only does this make it an ideal, high-quality device for recording, but also live performance.
Mac [Mac 10.12 and onwards] / Connectivity via USB
A very popular & best selling audio interface on Amazon, with over 21,000 reviews, averaging 4.8 stars
Solid metal chassis for high-quality protection
Incredibly simple to use, with a clear display user interface
4 inputs (2 microphone and 2 instrument inputs),
Has a switchable air setting, which can give your vocal recordings a richer, brighter, more open sound
Comes with the following software Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack
Ableton Live Lite
Softube Time and Tone Bundle
Focusrite’s Red Plugin Suite
3 Month Splice Subscription
One free XLN Addictive Keys Virtual Instrument
Lowest latency of any audio interface on the market
The Focusrite Scarlett 4i4 audio interface is also available in a full recording equipment bundle, which includes the following:
Direct connection to iPad and IOS devices, including iPhone, iPad and iPad Touch – 30 pin cable is sold separately
The Apogee Duet is the Apple MacBook Pro of the Audio Interface industry, it’s sleek design is highly attractive, very durable and extremely portable for the professional musician who wants a device that provides high-quality recordings in the studio and whilst on the road.
The Apogee Duet is the perfect audio interface for anyone looking for more inputs/outputs than the Apogee One, and whilst it doesn’t feature the same in-built microphone that the Apogee One has, it has legendary status microphone pre-amps and internal circuitry, for that high-quality sound.
Below is a video demonstration of the duet in action, being integrated with a guitar and iPad: