This Interface KILLS IT.
I'm just starting out on making music and this whole audio engineering deal, and I needed a really cheap interface to start out with. You know, people recommend stuff they're familiar with; the Focusrite Scarlett stuff, Presonus, etc. But if you're like me, and you're budget for this stuff is virtually equivalent to zero, then this interface KILLS IT.
Now, I have no way to compare how the preamps sound to the way more "professional" preamps sound, but they sound great either way. The gain control is stable, and the pad feature is VERY handy. I'm starting making Rock and Metal music. Running my guitar through a DI Box then through this into my amp sim (Toneforge Ben Bruce) sounds fantastic. I haven't really recorded too much vocals, but so far the vocals, even without a normal preamp, sound great.
Since I program bass and drums, two inputs was all I needed. For $80! You're probably comparing this to the 2i4, which, now that the 2nd generation is out, is maybe a little bit better. But that $120 difference doesn't say so. For just $80, this is an absolutely killer interface. At the VERY LEAST, it's convenience is absolutely unbeatable for those with a low budget.
Not only is it budget-friendly, but it also absolutely destroys the stereotype of "cheap interfaces will always suck". It destroys it sonically, and, since it's metal, it doesn't feel as cheap as you might expect it to be. The knobs aren't loose, the inputs feel nice and tight, all the features on this thing will come in handy when you least expect it.
This thing is crazy good. If you're having doubts, throw them away because they don't deserve to exist. BUY THIS THING!