I've got a cheap strat copy that I only used to learn how to work on guitars currently out on indefinite loan to a friend of mine who's learning to play.
I don't have high end gear, but what I do have I probably would loan out to a select group of people. That's only because I know that they...
The 2i2 comes with a software package that includes Ableton Live 9 Lite, which is a cut down version of their DAW. That's as good a program to use as any, and it has loads of easy to follow tutorials built in to get you up and running :)
I've got a 2i2 and I can't fault it at all. There's nothing wrong with the pre amps, from what I've read they're the same as on some of their much higher end kit.
EDIT: From the website
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