If you're trying to decide between a computer interface and an iPad interface, why not get both? The PreSonus AudioBox iOne is a very affordable interface that allows connection to either device. Use it with your iPad to record fresh ideas quickly. Or, connect it to your computer for extended tracking and mixing sessions with more options and control. Best of all, when you record using the free Capture™ Duo app from PreSonus, you can send your recording wirelessly to PreSonus's included Studio One Artist software on your computer. Create a song on your iPad, and polish it on your PC before sharing with friends. Want to record up to 32 tracks on your iPad? Upgrade from Capture Duo to Capture ($9.99 from the app store).
Connect a microphone and a guitar
The AudioBox iOne includes an XLR input with a Class A preamp and phantom power for use with condenser or dynamic microphones. There's also a high-impedance instrument input, so you can directly connect an electric guitar or bass. To monitor your performance, plug your favorite 'phones into the headphone jack. There are also rear-panel stereo TRS outputs for connecting powered studio monitors for mixing and mastering. The iOne's monitor signals gives you a 50/50 mix of analog input signals and digital computer-returned signals to help combat latency.
Tough enough to take with you
Like all PreSonus interfaces, the AudioBox iOne is ruggedly built with an all-metal chassis. Its compact form fits beautifully in a desktop setup or a portable rig for taking to a friend's house for jamming or composing. Take advantage of its versatility, and use it for both.