So as it turns out, my wife/mother-in-law had purchased me a Behringer U-phoria UMC404HD. It had bang-on specs for me, and the price was right. 4 ins/outs, 192khz, CHEAP!.. I've seen/read absolutely NOTHING bad about these U-Phoria units, and the feature vs price compared to most in its class cost double or triple more.. Anyways, it's on an insane back-order at L&M, apparently won't ship for Christmas, and the staff "do not see it in the near future anytime soon." That aside, they turned the money spent into a gift card (approx. $175 CDN), and I plan on getting a different interface. Now, before I get into products, here's a bit about what I do at home. I play bass/guitar, only recording one track at a time, unless I'm recording acoustic guitar, which is run DI from its preamp, and mic'd at the same time. I make tracks of me playing along with my favourite artists songs, and the odd time I'll have a buddy over where I record two tracks simultaneously (2 guitars, 1 guitar/vox, etc) Bass is straight in, typically no effects. Electric guitar is also direct, run through a high-gain distortion pedal. I run instruments through a small Behringer tube preamp (my current vessel of connectivity to my PC) into the motherboard's sound card. I used to have an M-Audio Delta 2496 internal card which I used to record this setup through and it sounded good (to me). That's no longer the case, so now I NEED an interface again. I run this into either Mixcraft 7 (mostly) or Reaper (just started getting into it). I don't want to get hung up on brands or the like. I've used a TONNE of M-Audio stuff in the past, and I know that their products are good (apart from the occasional driver issue). I know the 2i2 is highly recommended, but as it stands, the 2i2 MK2 is about $210 new, and the 2x2m is $180 new. Obviously, based on price, the 2x2M wins. It also has MIDI support (I have no need for this.. yet..). I chose the 2x2M because the 2x2 only has one combi-jack, and lacks the midi. It's also USB-C compatible (my pc isn't yet, but this isn't a deal breaker). They both offer comparable specs, 2 ins (combi-jacks), 2 outs, direct monitoring, headphone out, etc. At this point for me, it's coming down to the M-Audio just for the fact it's cheaper (although I have no trouble spending the difference, I'd just rather not, daddy got a new car this week). So basically, I need some performance comparisons from any one who has used both, moreso the 2x2M. There's tonnes of stuff, reviews, etc on the 2i2, but not much for the 2x2M apart from the typical "awesome sound at an even awesomer price!" nonsense. I love the way the M-Audio looks, very industrial, and I love industrial... I just don't want to go with one and be let down because it's not what I expected. So, brands and price aside, based solely on specs/software and the like, which should I go with here? I'd like to hear some personal reasons if I could, more than just "the 2i2 is the best in its class" etc, as in, why did YOU choose XXX interface?