Generally speaking, we’d always say that quality is more important than quantity when it comes to interfaces. If you only need two inputs, get the best two inputs you can rather than being tempted to stretch to eight even though you might never use the extra six.
Having said that, it’s worth picking out a relatively affordable interface with lots of inputs for two reasons. Firstly, because some producers just need more inputs – if you’re working with lots of synced hardware, you’ll want to record lots of channels at once. Secondly, because it’s amazing to see just how much you can get for your money these days.
Focusrite’s Firewire/Thunderbolt-compatible Saffire Pro 26 offers the kind of features that you’d expect from a high-end interface: eight analogue inputs with four Focusrite preamps, eight outputs, ADAT and S/PDIF digital connections for an additional 10 inputs, front panel metering, basic monitor controller options and MIDI in/out.
If you need lots of connectivity to match the rest of your studio setup, the Saffire should fit the bill perfectly. Officially priced at just under £300 but easily available for £200, it’s also a huge bargain.