Right now, I have a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40, and while it’s served me quite well for a few years, it’s time to make an upgrade, while I’ve got the cash. I’ve heard great things about the MR816, but have seen that the UR824 has come out since the last time I checked on them, and it’s quite intriguing.
The thing that concerns me right now is, can the UR824 record low latency with 8+ tracks, through USB? I’d love to buy the UR, especially right now, while Steinberg is offering a $100 off coupon, and the fact that I’d get the channel strip DSP included with it, which I’d have to pay $300 more for, if I went with the MR series (which isn’t really worth it to me at that point). With the coupon, it’d come out cheaper than the MR816X, and I’d get more features; but if latency, stability, etc. are a concern when recording high track counts, it’s not really going to be usable for me.
FWIW, I’m using Windows 7 Pro x64, though I plan on dual booting OSX Lion soon. My current setup can record 12 tracks at once (haven’t tried more) - Expanded through ADAT with my Behringer ADA8000 - with fairly low latency.
Which would be the better choice?