So I've spent most of today reading up on the different types of interfaces (i.e. firewire, PCI etc) and sound cards to try and figure out exactly what I need for my home studio setup.
To put it bluntly, I currently have no plans to record directly into my machine, i.e. through a microphone. All I really need to do is ensure that I can use my DAW, as well as connect up a pair of studio monitors.
I'm using the ASIO4ALL driver at the moment but it's pretty restrictive in that I can only listen to one audio stream at the time. For example, I can't use my DAW and watch a YouTube video at the same time.
Would I be right in assuming that I just need a decent external soundcard (I have a mac) rather than an audio interface? And if so, are there any 'obvious' picks for a beginner setup that would suffice?
Appreciate the advice in advance. Cheers all!