> Forget about RME and MOTU, I need something cheaper.
I have to say that, IME, these are the only one that did not crash
within extensive touring conditions. The hardware, but also very
importantly their drivers, are almost flawless. All my friend who
bought other things (Firebox, Roland, M-Box) regretted it and spent
money later on a proper one.
I know it is not always the case, but this is my experience. An old
828 mk1 on the web is cheaper than all of these mid-range, is still
supported by the stable MOTU drivers, and sounds ok.
I have the Presonus FireStudio Project. I’m using it with Windows XP Home. I’ve used it live several times (running Max) and I use it for one of the classes (Max/MSP) I teach weekly. Its never caused any problems for me. I’d buy it again in a second.