I hope it is not too general question.
I am planning to have very minimal home studio with good quality sound recording into MacBookpro iOS 10.6.x. With friends we just need to connect a stage piano, 1 or 2 guitars and a phantom powered Mic. I would not need a MIDI atm but I feel like it is just a matter of time I will be using MIDI, either.
My favourite options is Focuserite Scarlett 6i6 for £199.99. It seems to have what I'd need. It has 6 inputs, 2 phantom powered XLR mic inputs, 4 Line Inputs, MIDI In/Out, work with Apple comps, good sampling freq 96kHz and 24 bit audio resolution. It also has 2 monitor outputs, two headphone outputs but it needs external power. The latter would not be really an issue for me.
The only problem is that a guitar or two guitars and a mic would be a problem when there's only 2 mic inputs. What do you think? Can I plug an electric / acoustic guitar to line-in?
I am open to any suggestions :)