Today I have “invested” a reasonable amount of money in the Terratec DMX 6Fire USB witch seems to be a very cool toy! It’s engine runs at 24 bits / 192 kHz and promises crystal-clear sound with a with switched 48V phantom power, a -20 dB pad switch and separated gain controls.
Now I just have to find the best software for starting recording. I am very used to Magix Samplitude, but my last recordings with the open source tool Ardour2 under Linux were not bad at all! I hope I can use it easily with Ubuntu Studio.