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What is an Audio Interface? – Question of the Day

An audio interface connects external sound sources (e.g. microphones, guitars etc.) to your computer – it converts analogue signals into digital information that your computer can understand. Conversely, it also converts the information inside your computer back into electrical currents that your speakers (or headphones) can understand.

Most computers come with some sort of on-board audio interface (or “sound card”), but these are generally poor quality and offer extremely limited types of connectivity (i.e. there’s nowhere to plug your guitar in!).

If you take your music seriously, you will care about ensuring that the sound that goes into and comes out of your computer is not coloured in any way by the process. A good audio interface will provide a clean signal path which will ensure that this is the case.

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Dawsons Music is delighted to announce that the Red Dog Music brand is now part of the Dawsons family. This is an exciting opportunity to bring both communities together and create a stronger, wider network of people passionate about music gear. We both share a common heritage to support musicians throughout the UK and Dawsons want to support Red Dog Music customers in their continued musical journey.

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