Topic: What are my current RME options for Linux?
I am running Debian Jessie on a MacBook Pro 2010 (?) model, i.e. it has FW800 and USB, no ExpressCard slot. I've given up on my old MOTU 828 mk2, because the Jack firewire driver simply is unreliable, the beast starts to beep and make strange noises at random occasions, so it's unusable in a concert.
In my lab, we have multiple RME devices. While I had trouble getting FF400 to work without problems, the Fireface UCX works very reliable in class-compliant mode under USB. But I don't want to spend that much money if I can't get all I/O to work (i.e. also the ADATs).
Which are my RME options <1500 EUR for a contemporary LInux machine that gives me at least 8 inputs and outputs (and so that I don't have half of the channels inaccessible as in the UCX case).