Hi folks, got a budget of c£250 and at the moment it’s down to a choice of the above interfaces. Boxes to tick are: 4 mic pres (with inst/line options), outputs for an extra pair of monitors, and at least one extra input/output pair for hooking up external fx to Cubase. That they’ve all got 2 headphone outs is also good.
My thinking so far…The Focusrite 18i8 has come highly recommended. It only has one set of analog outs, which is a shame, but I’ve used FR for years (Saffire LE) and I’d be happy to buy another. On the other hand, shopping around for a monitor switchbox to compensate seems like another exercise in itself (apart from the extra cost) so I’m hoping for a better option.
The two I’ve come across so far I don’t know. Steinberg’s hardware seems popular enough round here so that’s got to be a good start, this SOS article even expressing a preference for it over the 18i8. The big unknown for me is the Presonus Studio 1810. Just where does the quality of their hardware - particularly preamps - fit into the general scheme of things?
Please dive in with your opinions.
Thanks for reading, C