Best Audio Interface for DJing


When you’re DJing, you’re doing multiple things. You’re getting out there and performing at clubs and parties, often producing and recording music, and sometimes even livestreaming. When you have so much going on, you want to focus more on your sound and to that end you are going to need an audio interface.

A lot of DJ controllers come with built in interfaces, however, they are almost never high quality. With how budget friendly audio interfaces have become in the last decade, it’s a good idea to invest in one and upgrade the way your rig sounds. Interfaces come with high quality preamps and converters that will help elevate your sound and take it to the next level.

When choosing an audio interface for DJing, you want to make sure that your interface aligns with all your needs. Account for as many inputs as you have speakers/monitors, mixers etc hooked up to your laptop. The I/O configuration is one of the most important things you must consider when purchasing an interface. The general rule is to get as many inputs and outputs as you can afford, since there will always be additional equipment that you want to connect to your interface later down the road.

Secondly, with an interface you have the option to use condenser mics which require Phantom Power. However, not all inputs on an interface will have that feature. Depending on how many mics your setup includes, look for as many inputs on the interface with the 48v Phantom Power functionality.

Always go for an interface by a manufacturer that has a good reputation for drivers. First make sure that the available drivers are compatible with your operating system, and then make sure that the manufacturer is known for offering good support. Most interfaces are natively supported if you have a MacBook, with Windows, things can sometimes become a bit tricky, but as long as the drivers are available you should be fine.

Finally, port selection is a huge aspect. Interfaces usually come with a USB or Thunderbolt port, and most budget laptops only offer USB ports. So make sure that your laptop/computer has the right ports to hook up the interface.