M-Audio, a part of Avid, makes a lot of budget gear for music and recording, such as microphones, MIDI controllers and so on. The Fast Track Ultra is an audio interface, the latest from M-Audio in the Fast Track range which also consists of Fast Track Pro and Fast track USB.
The Fast Track Ultra is a 8 x 8 audio/MIDI interface which connects via USB 2.0. It includes four preamps and features both analog and digital I/O. It’s able to record in 24-bit/96kHz fidelity (all channels at once). It also has an on-board DSP mixer for listening through effects while tracking (very useful when recording music, not so much for podcasts).