Here's my setup: Steinberg UR824 Universal Audio Apollo 8p Presonus DIGIMAX FS (ADAT into UR824 or 8p) Audient MiCO (S/PDIF into UR824 or 8p) Chameleon Labs 7622 (TRS into the UR824 or 8p) MacBook Pro Retina 2.4GHz i7 Quad-core Cubase 5, 7.5, 8 SMPro Passive 1 Source Box Event 20/20 bas V3 Monitors Better treated control room than most (Assume everything is properly connected with balanced Mogami cabling, as it is) Hokay, so, I seriously thought that the Universal Audio Apollo 8p was going to be a tremendous upgrade to my rig here at the studio, so yesterday I recorded one of my drum kits in the studio with the UR824. Then with the same mic setup and routing, I recorded it again (same song, same parts) with the Apollo 8p after hooking it all up. It sounds..identical..on the way in AND the way out. Monitoring from both units, both parts, there was no difference that I or either of my assistants could hear (one actually mentioned that the UR824 sounded beefier in the kick and toms on a blind listen, but I attribute it to my possibly hitting a little harder yesterday? I don't know..) Oh yeah, being on Cubase 7.5, the UAD plugins had the weirdest glitches and freezing issues. Turns out there are a ton of complaints about this since last summer, but you won't find those threads when reading reviews on the unit itself.. I don't know, I feel it's a crap ton of hype when all of the internets are calling it one of the best interfaces short of a Symphony or Avid HD.. I get that the Thunderbolt destroys the USB 2.0 in terms of high mass data transfer (especially when running 16 channels of 96k), but I don't know if it is justifiable to spend $2,000 more just for that. I was truly expecting a world of a difference for that much pocket change, as I saved half of the year to get this thing, but in the end I just want to go back to my Steinberg and maybe buy another pair of MD421's or another C414 XLS to get some Blumlein action, maybe start building my Lunchbox with some 1073 or WA12 modules.. I don't know, man, maybe even build some more bass traps or something for my control room. Anyone else feel the same? Or am I the only one.. I saved a bunch of cash to spend on what I thought the weakest link in my rig was..