I am thinking about upgrading my homestudio. I have an Audiophile 24/96 soundcard, and as you probably know, there are only 2 analogue in and 2 out. Not quite enough for me these days!
So I was thinking about buying a soundcard with more analogue audio in/out but I really don't have a clue where to start. The only thing I know is that it has to be a low latency soundcard since I use a lot of softsamplers, and it has to be a 1U rack brakeout box.
It is important for me that the A/D converters are good! I'm a little dissapointet with the audiophile-sound, so Delta 1010 which basically has the same specs, I think would be out of the question. As for the soundcard I'm seekin; somewhere between 8 or 10 in/out would be fine!
The Fireface will put you a little over $1000, unfortunately, though I have heard nothing but glowing reviews. Might be worth it to pony up the extra $400-500.
Something like the Presonus Firebox might be a nice compromise, with solid converters and very good sounding pres for the money. I hear their drivers are still a bit sketchy, but their latest release cleans up quite a few issues.
The Edirol UA-1000 is pretty nice as well, and Edirol's drivers are absolutely rock solid.
If you like the sound from the M-Audio, why don't you check out the Project Mix I/O .....I haven't heard a lot about it yet, but I'm looking in that direction..You won't even have to give up a PCI slot !!... Midi, Motorized Faders, Plenty of mic pre's !!....WAHOO !!...Jim