With one recording project complete, I'm obviously thinking about the next one. I've been quite pleased with what I can get out of a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 going into Ardour on Ubuntu, but for the next project I want something with a couple more mic inputs. The 8i8 therefore looks appealing, however, I understand that the more advanced Focusrite interfaces are controlled in part via proprietary software. Crucially, I hear, this includes switching between the preamp and line level inputs on the XLR sockets.
Has anyone else tried running one of these in Linux? Or can anyone recommend a decent competitor? (I see Tascam offer the 208i at a similar price, and that looks like it's fully hardware controlled - thoughts?)