Best Audio Interface for Voice over


An audio interface is an absolute requirement these days for voiceovers. You need one if you are going to use an XLR mic. The reason you would choose an XLR mic over USB is because of better sound quality. Interfaces have become quite affordable these days, and there really is no reason why you should forgo one as a voiceover artist.

When choosing an audio interface for voiceovers, the first thing you want to consider is the I/O config. Usually, a couple inputs are all you need if your use case is limited to voice-over acting. If you are streaming, podcasting or recording instruments, then you’ll need multiple simultaneous inputs, so make sure to pick an interface with a more elaborate I/O configuration.

An interface takes the analog signal from your mic, amplifies and converts it to digital (so it can go to your computer) and then back to analog for playback. This is why solid preamps and AD/DA converters are absolutely important, so you can get a high quality output with a lower noise floor.

Better interfaces will also let you directly monitor yourself as you are recording, allowing you to adjust the input gain on your mic to how you would like it to be.

Other things you want to consider are connectivity (USB or Thunderbolt) that aligns with your laptop, budget, and driver support (good manufacturers offer extended support).

Other than that, any extra money you have is better spent on a good mic and acoustic treatment for the space around your mic. Sound treatment is a very essential component of your entire setup, so make sure to not overlook that aspect.

Similarly, having a high quality mic will elevate your recordings, probably even more so than an interface. If you’re using a gain hungry mic such as an SM7B, then make sure your interface has the right gain, or you may need to get an external device such as a Cloudlifter to power your microphone.