Need more channels...time to upgrade


I'm at the point where I need to upgrade my interface, currently an M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8r. I'm out of channels and the FTU8r is keeping me from updating to the current versions of osX and LPX.

My initial plan was to upgrade to two Focusrite Saffire Pro 40's chained together via ADAT, but now I'm wondering if some kind of usb mixer like a Behringer X32 might be better in that it would offer more channels, but then I lose DIN midi inputs. I'm not sure which way to go.

I'd like to have at least 10 preamp channels for band jams, and I also need some kind of DIN midi interface for my older synths.

One consideration is that I'm already running two usb expansion hubs to get all my usb stuff in, so usb space is a premium on my MBP.

Gear in use: 6 usb midi devices, two DIN midi, dj setup and a cassette deck. Ugh. I need channels man!


A good rack mount digital mixer can go a long way in recording and live use. That's the way I'd go but a dedicated recording device may be better.

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