As I am a student I don't have the largest amount of cash available to me, because of this when I purchased Pro Tools education I also purchased a cheaper audio Interface the M-Audio Mobilepre USB. I wish that I had not done that now. The moblepre does not function very well with max as it only allows for input but does not allow for output. It also ties up all the input and outputs so as to make it that even if I wished to play through computer speakers it will not allow it.
The proper question within this is what is the best audio interface for max but also the best price. I am looking to be able to work with multiple mic inputs but at the very least I would like to be able to run a guitar through in real-time and I don't think I am asking too much. I have borrowed by Profs. Motu 828 and found that it works great and have looked into the Motu Ultralite but it does seem just a tad expensive. Any recommendations or should I just suck it up and spend some money.