thanks for the replies.
Focusrite told me they have a new driver.
I hope it solves the problems...
I originally purchased the scarlett for a multitrack remote recording.
I managed to get 16 inputs using the scarlett and an apogee rosetta800.
here are the results: Water Bearer Pt. 1 (ft. Rico Pabon) from Act II of Great Integration: A Chamber Hip-Hop Opera - YouTube
That concert went great: 1 hour or more continuous recording of 16 tracks... on USB.
I believe it could work again... I assume it's just drivers...
that RME looks awesome though...