USB audio interfaces

November 1, 2009

Tech Tips, Nov 2009

Henty Engineering USB Matchbox

Professional quality audio cards are expensive and many times you have no choice but to make do with the built-in sound interface from standard PC. One example is the Henry Engineering USB Matchbox II, a generic, stable USB interface with stereo professional level XLR inputs, outputs and even a headphone monitor. Windows PnP recognizes it and it provides error-free great sound for almost the same price as the old analog Matchbox. And the extra added bonus of a headphone is perfect for editing.

Several manufacturers provide similar interfaces, including Yellowtec, Tascam, Digigram, Musicam, SBS and Edirol. Some are extremely portable and can be tossed in a laptop bag.

Landry is an audio maintenance engineer at CBS Radio/Westwood One, New York.

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