Just so you know the behringer unit is just a cheaper (but quite well regarded) version of the focuswrite version....
The only snag could be that I have heard (may not be true) that USB is not good at transfering this amoutn of audio due to the bandwidth, I certainly noticed an improvement when switching over to firewire, but it may be that I was going from a rather basic windows pc to a high end macbook pro, it may be worth consulting someone before spending your wedge on the set up you choose ...
Just for the record you can use multiple usb AIs.
I have used a Behringer BCA2000, a Fast track pro and a Behr' uca202 all at the same time.
The snag is that most DAW software does not allow it (and nothing will do it with ASIO drivers but this is just for track "grabbing" right?)
I used Samplitude SE8 (the freebie from C Music) but you can download a 30 day free trial of Samplitude Producer (then 30 days of Sam ProX !). You will need to use MME drivers I would think. Reaper might work, I shall see if I can ask!
What I DON'T know is how identical AIs will present themselves in the software! It might also be as well to feed the S/PDIF out of one to the input of the other and lock the second 800 to the first. I presently have 3 usb interfaces about the place but different ones tho' I might just buy another NI Ka6 soon before the rest of the world realizes how bloody good they are and the price goes up!
Jusfort! ESI make the Maya device that gives you 8 in and outs (I think) at line level.
Err? I have read many good reports of the ADA8000 over the years and many a "pro" uses one. I have NEVER read anything to suggest the they are a copy of anything else? Berrie's are prone I know but nOt in this case AFAIK.
Last edited by ecc83; 12th January 2013 at 02:22 PM.
I think I'll go with the ADA8000 and get something with ADAT input to link it up. Thanks for all the suggestions and clarifications. More important than the difference between the focusrite and the behringer - if there is any perceivable difference - is getting my hands on a good new mic. Getting the behringer means I can justify more money on a mic, which is always a good idea I think.