I've had a Presonus Firestudio Mobile for years and it has suited me very well. The headphone volume is getting a bit dodgy and I am considering treating myself to an upgrade.
I'm a home noodler and only occasionally record stuff - either to practice or for youtube.
I originally bought the firestudio because I was wary of latency with USB interfaces. The firestudio has never given me a moment of problem with latency when using software amps etc. Given that firewire is generally on the way out, do I need USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt (I'm a mac user)? Thunderbolt interfaces are obviously more expensive, but is there any difference in the real world?
I need 3 stereo inputs permanently plugged in on the back of the device. (Kemper, Beatbuddy, Looper) and this gives me the ability to mix levels easily on screen. And just a pair on the front for occasionally sticking a mic or guitar in. All of the devices I look at either have hardly any 1/4 sockets on the back or a shedload on the front. I don't want front ones as it will just make my desk messy. Any ideas of products with at least 3 stereo inputs on the rear?
Should I just be looking at a really simple 2 socket interface and then a mixer separately (I know even less about mixers)? It all needs to be fairly small and controllable via software.
Overall, I'm looking for the apple solution, not the android one. i.e. it just works without a load of hassle.
Grateful for a steer on all this
PS will probably be moving to an M1 mac soon so needs to work with that.