my 2 cents...
i'm in love with the interface, so i'll try to perform live with it. context : i'll play mainly percussion.
i've been trying to set the lightest and power free set. so, i bought a UCA 202 from berhinger, as well as a special cable to plug one or two mics on it : http://www.thomann.de/fr/cordial_cfu_3_fc.htm
i'm pretty a newb about sound devices as i mainly play percussion i acoustic situations.
i wanted to build a very minimalist setup but be able to record loud and tiny soundz, as well as very low frequencies.
my standard mics (shure SM 57 & 58) are not giving enough signal for the soundcard in this setup.
i had an old minidisc lying around, so the second experiment was to plug its special battery powered mic on the soundcard : still not enough signal
i ended - for nom- using the minidisc as a DI, record/pause enabled, then i had a line level signal to put into the UCA.
not bad, still cheap, stereo mic, low frequencies are correct. can be autonomous without power plug.
to be improved : how can i perform live with my output amplified, knowing that this kind of mic is acting like a static mic, and i'll have a lot of feedback ("repisse" in french) when recording various tracks.
has anyone tried this soundcard with a powered DI and a standard microphone ?