Originally Posted by Jamb1093
i'm pretty new at this but lately i've been hearing a lot about the importance of having an audio interface...
can somebody tell me in normal terms what i need this for and make some suggestions on what modestly priced preferably smaller audio interfaces might be suitable for me.
No offence, but a) I'm not sure you're asking the right question and b) I don't think anyone is going to be able to give you a suitable answer based on the information provided.
Firstly, are you really at the stage of trying to decide which
audio interface you should get? From your message it sounds like you're not really sure why you need one or how you'll use it. The first question should probably be "do I have a use for an interface?". If no - save your money.
Secondly, re: the information provided: you don't say what kind of music you're making, how you're producing it, what your setup is, etc. Are you on a PC or a Mac? Do you have any external hardware or are you doing everything 'in the box' (presumably in Ableton)? Why do these things matter? If you haven't got any external analog hardware then you haven't got much need for AD converters... yet.
I guess what I'm saying is "don't rush out and buy something just 'cause you keep hearing that it's important". If you don't understand what it does or how you'll use it (and forgive me, this isn't a criticism - I'm just paraphrasing you) then there's not much chance of it improving your production. It sounds to me like you'd be better advised to save your money until you have a clearer idea of what you
need - that way you won't buy something now and then have to trade up in a few months when your needs develop.