Thunderbolt & USB-C Audio Interfaces

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About Thunderbolt & USB-C Audio Interfaces

Thunderbolt and USB-C interfaces are quickly replacing Firewire interfaces as the standard for studio quality audio interfaces. Offering faster transfer of audio than both Firewire and USB 2 and 3, Thunderbolt and USB-C have rapidly expanded the possibilities of what is achievable with a single audio interface.

Frequently Asked Questions about Thunderbolt & USB-C Audio Interfaces

Question: What's the difference between Thunderbolt 2 and 3?
It's not just down the shape of the connection. Thunderbolt 3 is roughly twice as fast as Thunderbolt 2. Thunderbolt 2 compatibility is available on Thunderbolt 3 computers with the correct adapter, however Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 connection isn't possible.
Question: Are Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C the same thing?
No. While they share the same style of connection, Thunderbolt 3 devices will only work with Thunderbolt 3 ports. Thunderbolt 3 ports do however offer support for USB and Thunderbolt 2 devices when used with a compatible dongle.