If money is no object, just consideration for space - I am looking for a small 8in/8out (or so) recording interface for my MacBook Pro -- I will be using it to record live piano, guitar, (various mics) as well as synths (line lvl) .. just wondering what the BEST is in this category .. or contenders.
I am currently looking at an Apogee Ensemble .. I have used Motu 828's in the past as well as a 24 I/O system .. I don't supposed you can get high def sample rates on these smaller devices just yet?
Motu ultralite (1/2 rack unit) is very stable on mac and has some nice features like near zero monitoring, built in dsp effects and recording up to 192khz. However you would need to use an external preamp and converter like a neve portico 5012 (1/2 rack unit) and a mytek steroe 192 adc (1/3 rack unit, able to run on batteries) which are also very portable.
So the the metric halo uln-8, or prism orpheus seem really solid, 8in/8out -- but I was also looking at running the neve portico 5012, and mytek steroe 192 adc digital into motu ultra light -- which would give me 2 chans of really awesome recording, and then 6 additional (directly into motu) that I can toss some additional instruments/synths in?
I'm a Fireface 800 user, and love it. Chose it over the Apogee Ensemble and other competition based on the sound of the built in converters, plus the featureset (TotalMix, I/O) and the stability (outrageously reliable so far!)