My setup includes a Soundcraft Folio lite mixer, which I would like to get rid of. It's old and very noisy. Through various tests, I know it's him, producing this noise! My DAW has a Marian Trace Alpha, with S/PDIF coaxial input and output. I use VST's, but have also some external synths. I use a Roland JV-2080 and a (nerd alert!) Commodore 128D with Mssiah MIDI SID synth. All played by a Novation ReMote 61SL.

Now, I laid my eyes on a Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 to replace my Soundcraft. I connect the S/PDIF from my DAW as input (output from the Trace Alpha), together with my 2 external outputs and a mic (for foley and other sound recordings). Before I will invest in this, I would like to know if anyone of you would suggest an other setup. My doubt is, that the Scarlett are USB external soundcards, but to be honest, I don't need the USB recording functionality (do I?).

Would love to have some help on this.