Audio Recording Interface
I have an Intel MacBook Pro that I've been using to record our band live in the room, using an Blue Snowball. It's decent for what it is, but doesn't allow for any mix prior to final output. I've been trying to upgrade to a solution that would allow me to record at least eight analog inputs simultaneously into eight separate tracks. Along this line I've been doing a lot of research which is how I discovered Ardour. Without spending a lot of money I'm trying to find the perfect audio recording interface to use with my MAC and will communicate accurately with Ardour. There are a handful of hardware units that are most often sited at the low end and I'm trying to develop a consensus as to which is the best unit (or gamble) to work with the MAC OS and Ardour. The units most mentioned are Alesis iO 26, Presonus FirePod or Presonus Fire Studio, Motu 8PRE, M-Audio ProFire 2626, and Tascam 1641. I would welcome any experience or guidance in choosing the best option with Ardour . . . or, of course, any better ideas . . . thanks . . .