Yeah I have seen that with PreSonus gear.
The thing is you are just setting up a soundcard at the end of the day. I have heard of gear having trouble talking to different DAWs but not the OS. Unless a new OS just came out. But then again I don’t know much about Mac, I’m a windows guy.
What are you recording? How meany inputs?
I know how you feel about needing gear that’s outside of your price range. A £3,000 Compressor would change my life but I will never have one. So I need to save more or just make do.