but they have a solid reputation for converters
and drivers, and awesome software interfaces (like like level graphs and other audio analyzing tools), and EXCELLENT support for their products...oh, AND low latency, AND they design their hardware for so many different combinations of I/O methods it's truly like a swiss-army knife audio solution. I was in a simliar situation like you over a year ago and the RME Multiface was a little pricey for me, but so many pros with solid reputations kept recommending I save up and get it. I did and have been EXTREMELY happy with it
. People have been hearing roughly mixed tracks and saying.."wow that sounds really pro."
Okay, I don't work for RME, but I'm extremely satisfied and highly recommend them. I'm actually considering upgrading to the RME fireface to easily record a few more than 8 tracks simultaneously. Also, if your computer doesn't support firewire 800 you can always get a compatible firewire 800 PCI card to take advantage of all that bandwidth.
Lastly, my RME Multiface simply works...no driver issues or major problems/incompatibilities of any sorts. This is the way it's meant to be:
1. plug your stuff in
i might also add, i like the "cool" look of their software mixers and even they're hardware