I took the plunge. A few months back, I had a mission critical recording session where I had custom designed several synths from Massive and syntronik, some sampled pianos, and a Vb3 organ that I planned to play into the session, hosted in GP. Normally, I’ll use stock pianos or the organ from my SKX organ; but, the modern EDM synth work required sound design. Since I was on location and not at my home studio, I used my work’s Yamaha Montage drivers to act as the interface… Normally I can get out of a session in an hour… this one was glitch after glitch, and reset after reset, and stable only around 265 samples, so sluggish.
That was the last straw. I went on Reverb and found a used RME Babyface Pro (gen2) for sub $600.
On windows… Drivers are, like everyone here says, absolutely critical. My old Roland Duo-Capture EX using ASIO4all or the Roland drivers was always glitchy; using the Montage… super glitchy. RME… I loaded up Pianoteq 6, played at 128 samples… no glitches. At all. 96 samples… same. I haven’t gotten it to glitch with Pianoteq until I pushed it to 64 samples, and glitch only happened when I was trying to push it with polyphony and something in the background launch location data… which idk what since WiFi was off. I blame the latest update. Again. This is on a 4 year old Lenovo Yoga laptop with 8GB of RAM, 512 GB NVME, and an 8th Gen Core i5 8250u. Not particularly strong, lol.
Bottom line, I can’t thank everyone on here enough for the recommendation. It took me a bit to save, and in the end, I bought a used unit; but, SO MUCH BETTER.