I am looking for a good audio interface for recording, but I don't really know what features I am looking for on an interface. I will be using it for field recording, so I don't know if it would be advantageous to use a field recorder instead of an audio interface. I know I want an XLR input, but besides that I don't know what else I want/need. I am also on a somewhat tight budget, so I'm looking for something preferably $200.
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It comes down to how much control you think you need and how many inputs. If you get a Marantz 660 or Zoom H4n style recorder you get two XLR inputs and control over the levels. If you need more inputs then you need to put a mixer in front of it. Another thing to consider if if you need phantom power to your mics, or if you even need mics and want to use what is on the recorder.