Logic Pro is one of the most popular digital audio workstations out there at the moment and for good reason. The overall function and capabilities it offers us is exceptional, especially at the affordable cost. If you’re already set on Logic being your DAW of choice, continue on and let’s get to picking our gear to work with our studio. We also outlined the best MIDI controller for Logic, so if you need help there as well check it out. Let’s check out the best audio interface in this article.
How to choose your Logic Pro audio interface
There are a few factors to take into consideration when shopping around. As we saw in our best audio interface article in general, the features you will be using is what comes down to picking your interface. Here’s a checklist to use:
- Your budget. This is an obvious one, but without the dough you can’t get what you need. There is a decent range when it comes to audio interfaces, but the more features you need the more the price will increase. We tried to provide all ranges.
- Ins and outs. How many tracks are you planning on recording at a time? The more inputs you need, the more it will cost you. However, if you will actually use the multiple I/O’s then it is worth investing more money.
- Connectivity. A lot of standard interfaces out there connect via USB, but there are some different (and more expensive) that use Fire Wire or even the fast Thunderbolt. USB isn’t slow, so if you’re not too concerned with this you’re fine — I’ve seen a lot of pro studios use USB connectivity with their interfaces and other gear. This article is pretty informative too: Fire Wire vs. USB (found Fire Wire to be 18% faster).
- Additional inputs. Will you be using a microphone or multiple mics? If you’re using more than one microphone, you can get by with 1 XLR input, but you’ll have to plug each one in and out as you need — getting an interface with more than one is just more convenient. Also, do you need to hook up your studio monitors with some balanced or RCA? Pay attention to these as it depends on what you plan on plugging into the interface.
- Add-ons of software\effects\sounds. A lot of the models we’ve chosen come with some nice effects and sound add-ons along with the interface, so if you’re interested in that, some of them have better packages as opposed to others. We made sure they work well with Logic, too. It shouldn’t be the make or break for you, but it is something to take into consideration.
Our picks for the best audio interfaces for Logic
Here are our choices for the best interfaces for logic. What’s nice about Logic Pro is that most of us are using a Mac, so we chose a few Thunderbolt connectivity interfaces as it is the fastest we’ve experienced thus far (albeit a little more expensive). We also chose some Fire Wire and USB, too. Let’s see what we’ve got.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
Many Logic Pro users around the net swear by Focusrite gear when it comes to audio interfaces and we honestly can’t agree more. We’ve used their Scarlett series numerous times and have had little to no latency whatsoever with their interfaces. They also come with a ton of options so you can choose which in and out model based on what you exactly need (and your wallet). We’ve chosen this particular model because it is the most popular. The 2i2 comes with two preamps built-in, made of a stable aluminum body, low latency and high quality sound of rates up to 24-bit\96kHz (the standard among most home studios), and it comes with some nice effects that seamlessly integrate with Logic. The plug-in suite has EQ, compression, gate, and reverb — just some little extra spunk to add to your mixes. This is one of the best audio interfaces out there so grab this as our first choice. There are other versions available we list below if you need some more ins and outs.
Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6
This is one the better audio interfaces in the market that is USB connectivity. It has a few more ins and outs than the 2i2 and 6-channels as well. It’s again USB powered and the audio quality is equal to the 2i2 at 24-bit\96 kHz. Two mic inputs with gain control, a dedicated monitor and headphone section with volume control and source switches. The top has a master knob with quite a few nifty indicator lights so you can see what you’re actually doing (a big plus for convenience) Extremely low latency with Logic Pro here and you’re also getting 48V (standard) of phantom power for your mics, guitars and other instruments. Just a solid audio interface in general that is backed up with a huge community of support and reviews. It also comes with some extremely high-quality sounds and effects with Komplete Elements ($45 value). It’s some of the best we’ve heard, so if you’re in for that and\or need some more ins and outs, you should grab this over the 2i2.
Focusrite Saffire Pro 24
This is Focusrite’s other prized interface for Logic but this time it comes in Fire Wire so it’s bit better quality in terms of connectivity (This article is pretty informative too: Fire Wire vs. USB which found Fire Wire to be ~20% faster). You can also hook it up via Thunderbolt but you’ll need an adapter that is sold separately. With the Saffire Pro models, you’re getting some more ins and outs, extra features and faster connection speed. The 24 here has audio quality of 24-bit\96 kHz, two high quality preamps, a total of 16 inputs and 8 outputs, a built-in low-latency DSP mixer\router (lower than 1.4ms latency — very slick), convenient level controls on the front, and MIDI in\out while you’re at it. Some better software and plug-in bundles than the Scarlett — a software called Xcite+ which gives you some rotalty freeloops and samples to play with, a soft-synth (decent) and Ableton Live Lite 8 (although we’ve got our Logic so no use for that). They also give us their plug-in suite of compression, reverb, gating and EQ which doesn’t hurt, either. Grab this for an even better solution.
This is a bit of a different spin when it comes to audio interfaces because it doesn’t come with many in and out options, but the overall quality is famous with users. No XLR inputs for your mics here but you can use the analog inputs (two of them) for that (48V phantom power, too). It’s also geared towards those of us who make music using the iPad or even your iPhone (can connect via lightning). This one is so expensive because the digital audio conversion is of very high quality, so if that’s one of your main concerns this is something to look into into. It’s also a nice small size for those who are traveling a lot or merely want to fit it in a nifty space for your studio\desk. Plugs in via USB to your Mac. Here’s a cool video on recording with Logic Pro and the Duet.
Universal Audio Apollo Twin DUO
This thing is a huge step up, but we wanted you to check it out before the remaining because it’s Thunderbolt is a popular option if you want to be on the next level as opposed to other musicians. In terms of Logic Pro, this is perfect for some extremely high audio quality and integration. It’s obviously for somebody who has some dough saved up because it’s almost a G in retail price. However, if you can still stomach that and want one of the best out there to really sit atop the gear tree, here’s what you get: UAD processing (DUO means double the processor) for extremely low latency (a whopping 24-bit\196 kHz conversion rate — compare that to others!). You also have very high quality preamps (tube and transformer-based) and the construction is built well. A huge knob sits atop the interface for levels and switching, and you also get LED visualizations along with the preamp options (input select, low cut filter, add phantom power, etc). It connects via Thunderbolt. Grab this if you’re the real deal.