#1
The title says it all. If I get the Focusrite 2i4 instead of the Apogee, I still have some $$ left over for other gear like mics and stuff, but my question is whether the Apogee One THAT BIG of a step over the 2i4?

The only reason I might want to get the 2i4 (having previous owned the 2i2) is for the outputs; to connect speakers, MIDI and the "Pad" function that I've seen the whole recording forum mention.
#2
Moderate to big step quality wise, but is it worth losing one input and two outputs? I love my apogee stuff to death, but be honest with yourself - is one input enough?

Spoiler alert: No it's not. It's not enough.

Also, the One will have a pad function, it's in the software though, not a button on the device.
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#3
I got the One in the end...it has a XLR/internal mic + 1/4" instrument input which can be recorded at the same time. I figured it's best for me as my table doesn't have room for monitors and it's not really feasible to mic up my amp and record since I live in an apartment and don't finish work until 7ish...

Plus since I travel a lot, all I need is an iPad and I can bring it for travels and work on my vocal!