Hi, I am a “home recorder”, have been using the Roland Octa-Capture but finding it’s not very reliable and often needs to be rebooted. I am looking to move to a PCI-Express based board rather than USB/FW.
I can find some quite impressive RME cards boasting things like 384 channels of audio. But at home I just need 4 channels. 2 x XLR with Phantom power, and 2 x Jack/Phono to plug in a piano. Maybe I will get another 8 channel just to be on the safe side. But I really don’t need or want something with hundreds of channels.
What I am looking for is something of professional quality but not a huge amount of channels which would simply be wasted. Ideally a PCI card with then a proper rack mount or desk mount breakout box, rather than just cables hanging directly out of the back of the card. Does anything like this exist that isn’t ~10 years old?
Budget isn’t something I’m considering at this stage, I want something of high quality, and just don’t want to be paying for excess channels.
The RME Fireface 800 looks good, but I’d really want something hooked up via PCI-Express and not FW/USB. Plus that thing is 11 years old now. Help?