After having countless issues with my old trusty Saffire sound card (Firewire!) I finally caved in and ordered a USB 2 based replacement and went all in on maximum number of ins and outs. I bought the cheap knockoff and wonder when that's going to bite me, but that was so much bang for the buck I couldn't resist, especially since B stock was available.

16 ins / outs plus MIDI. That should suffice for most of my hardware to become permanently attached.

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My colleagues would be very disappointed with me but even if I as a freelancer would get the employer discounts, I would probably not reach the price I paid...

That being said, there are actually things I like about the cheap knockoff: It's much simpler and comes with less software which means it's automatically more compatible with Linux (theoretically). We'll see.

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