What are the best USB Audio Interfaces for an XLR microphone?

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    #1Tascam US-2x2

    Tascam US-2x2

    Tascam US-2x2 is a USB Audio/MIDI Interface designed by Tascam. It features 2 Ultra-HDDA mic preamps, 2 XLR/TRS (MIC/LINE) inputs w/ full +48V phantom power, USB bus-powered for mobile recording, and optional AC adaptor for iOS devices.

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    Frances Cox
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This is exactly what I was looking for. Great power and all the features I want."
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    #2Mackie Onyx Blackjack

    Mackie Onyx Blackjack

    Mackie Onyx Blackjack is an audio interface with true analog hardware monitoring of inputs, in mono or stereo and a high-headroom design with ultra-low noise and distortion.

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    Jose Baker
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Recently I found myself needing an USB Audio Interface for an XLR microphone. I did not really know which product was the beset in this category but the salesman at the store assured me that the Mackie Onyx Blackjack was the top of the line."
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    #3M-Audio M-Track

    M-Audio M-Track

    M-Audio M-Track is a audio interface with a maximum sampling rate of 48 kilohertz (kHz) and a maximum bit depth of 24-bit. M-Audio M-Track has 2 XLR mic inputs and 2 balanced 1/4" inputs.

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    Yan Xiong
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This thing is trash. Many physical defects. It has too many problems to deal with. Definitely not worth the price."
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    #4Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Gen)

    Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Gen)

    Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Gen) is an audio interface with four analog inputs and a class-leading conversion. Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Gen) features sample rates up to 192kHz/24 bit and super low latency.

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    Elizabeth Peña
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "If you are looking for a USB interface for an XLR microphone then the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Gen) should be right up your ally. I've been using it for a few months now and it's got an amazing sound. It does everything that I need it to."
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    #5Universal Audio APTWD

    Universal Audio APTWD

    Universal Audio APTWD is an audio interface with real time UAD DUO processing. Universal Audio APTWD runs UAD Powered Plug-Ins via Audio Units, VST, RTAS & AAX 64 in all major DAWs.

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    Andrea Bishop
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "I got this for my son who is an aspiring musician. He loves it so far especially since this has a USB interface that is compatible with his laptop. It is a bit pricey, but the quality is fantastic!"
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    #6Behringer XENYX X2222USB

    Behringer XENYX X2222USB

    Behringer XENYX X2222USB is a 22-Input 2/2-Bus unpowered recording mixer with XENYX Mic Preamps Compressors, British EQs, 24-Bit Multi-FX Processor and USB/Audio Interface.

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    Juan Lopez
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "The Behringer XENYX X2222USB sound mixer is a professional sound recording device made in England. It can compete with high-quality soundboard used by professional studios. It has a 24 multi-FX beat processor and USB/Audio Interface that is required to hook up to your computer and make professional audio and sound recordings."
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    #7Behringer XENYX 1204USB

    Behringer XENYX 1204USB

    The Behringer XENYX 1204USB is a 12-Input 2/2-Bus unpowered recording mixer with XENYX Mic Preamps & Compressors, British EQs and USB/Audio Interface. The unpowered recording mixer weighs 8.38 pounds.

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    Evelyn Romero
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This board is pretty decent. The price is great, so I wasnt expecting too much,but I was pleasently surprised. It's easier to use then I expected, and the sound quality is really good. It comes with it's own USB cord which is nice. There are better boards out there for sure, but for the price, this one is pretty good."
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    #8Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP

    Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP

    Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP is an audio interface with an onboard DSP chip and features 24 channels of I/O (16 in, 8 out). Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP also has 2 unique loop-back virtual chanels.

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    Eric Jiang
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Drivers are clunky and a big problem for some, myself included. I read tons of positive reviews but I had to jump through some serious hoops to get this working properly and I would have been better off returning it and trying something else entirely."
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    #9Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (1st Generation)

    Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (1st Generation)

    Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (1st Generation) is a 2 in/2 out audio interface with a direct monitor function. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (1st Generation) is housed in an anodized aluminum unibody.

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    Dong Zhou
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "As far as USB audio interfaces go, this one is okay at best. The sound quality isn't amazing, but it's on par with what you would expect for the price. I wouldn't turn it down if someone offered to give me one, but if I had the option to choose my own I probably would spend a little more and get something higher quality."
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    #10Apogee ONE-IOS-MAC

    Apogee ONE-IOS-MAC

    Apogee ONE-IOS-MAC is an audio interface for iPad and Mac devices that features built-in omnidirectional condenser microphone with mic stand adapter. Apogee ONE-IOS-MAC is made in the USA.

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    Austin Howell
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "If you want a better microphone than what comes stock on most laptops these days this is a good solution. The USB connection makes it plug-and-play. It also works for Mac."

Summary

Best What are the best USB Audio Interfaces for an XLR microphone
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Tascam US-2x2Electronics 24 Paid
2Mackie Onyx BlackjackElectronics 21 Paid
3M-Audio M-TrackElectronics 16 Paid
4Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Gen)Electronics 16 Paid
5Universal Audio APTWDElectronics 14 Paid
6Behringer XENYX X2222USBElectronics 10 Paid
7Behringer XENYX 1204USBElectronics 7 Paid
8Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSPElectronics 5 Paid
9Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (1st Generation) Electronics 3 Paid
10Apogee ONE-IOS-MACElectronics 2 Paid
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