The RME Fireface UFX USB and Firewire Audio Interface is an all-purpose preamp, signal processor, monitor controller, and headphone amp that belongs to be the heart of every studio. With 60 channels of audio available (30 inputs/30 outputs) across both analogue and digital connections that encompass a wide range of protocols including: AES/EBU, ADAT, SPDIF, World Clock, MIDI, balanced TRS and XLR, every device in your studio is catered to. Direct USB recording is available, with the ability to directly record every input and output simultaneously to an external USB hard drive, independent from a connected Mac or PC.
RME Build Quality
RME has gained a reputation for producing exceptional studio gear at highly affordable prices, and the Fireface UFX carries on this proud tradition. As with all of their products, RME has crafted this beauty with the high-grade AD/DA converter chips - which operate up to 192kHz and reach 118 dBA dynamic range -, which means that the balanced TRS & XLR I/Os and both phones outputs deliver outstanding low noise and distortion values. Therefore, you can rest assured that your original source signal will be captured with the utmost fidelity.
Preamps and Stereo Converters
RME borrowed the core technology from their coveted Micstasy - a high-end preamp that is widely employed in professional recordings of classical concerts. The superb preamp design guarantees low distortion, peerless signal to noise ratio, and a linear frequency response - essential components in capturing crystal clear recordings. Whatever signal you're capturing, from low to high impedance sources, or dynamic, condenser and ribbon microphones, the impressive gain range allows you to cover all bases. The Fireface UFX boasts four preamps, which are backed up by eight AD converters, which means that every mic input is equipped with its very own stereo AD conversion - hence the peerless signal to ratio.
DURec - Direct USB Recording
As well as providing a high-end interface for recording to a Mac or PC, thanks to the Direct USB Recording facility, the Fireface UFX can easily be used as a stand-alone recorder - making it perfect for on-location recording at live concerts, band rehearsals, and jam sessions. Using the integrated display, and the included TotalMix FX software, the desired channels for recordings can be selected with ease. Audio sources can be captured both pre- and post- FX, with EQ, Dynamics and Echo/Reverb included, without latency affecting your recordings.
The integrated TotalMix FX software provides a DSP-based mixer that offers fully independent routing and mixers of all inputs to all outputs. There are even up to 15 independent stereo submixes, a wide range of monitoring capabilities and wide-reaching routing flexibility. Across every channel there is a 3-band parametric EQ, as well as a selection of Dynamic controls including: adjustable Low Cut, Auto Level, Compressor, Expander, MS Processing, and phase reversal. Thanks to the two DSPs, the effects performance remains stable during the most demanding of recording sessions. However, to prevent unwanted overload, built-in automatic overload surveillance deactivates all effects that exceed the DSP’s performance.
Whether you’re an amateur or a professional, the RME Fireface UFX USB and Firewire Audio Interface is equipped with everything you need to capture your recordings precisely, with minimum fuss, both in the studio and on-location.
Manufacturer RME Model Fireface UFX USB and Firewire Audio Interface Dimensions (H x W x D) 127 x 559 x 305 mm Weight 2kg Drivers Windows 7 / Vista / XP SP2 (32 & 64 bit)
Apple Mac OS X 10.5 Intel or up (Core Audio)
Windows and Mac OS X drivers are completely identical in terms of features and functionality.
*Some features in DIGICheck are not yet available in the Mac version. Top
AD, Line In 1-8, rear Signal to Noise ratio (SNR) 110 dB RMS unweighted, 113 dBA Frequency response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.5 dB 5 Hz - 21.5 kHz Frequency response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB 5 Hz - 45.5 kHz Frequency response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB 5 Hz - 66.5 kHz THD < -110 dB, < 0.00032 % THD+N < -104 dB, < 0.00063 % Channel separation > 110 dB Input 6.3 mm TRS jack, electronically balanced Input sensitivity Switchable to Lo Gain, +4 dBu, -10 dBV Input level for 0 dBFS @ Lo Gain +19 dBu Input level for 0 dBFS @ +4 dBu +13 dBu Input level for 0 dBFS @ -10 dBV +2 dBV Microphone In 9-12, front As AD, but:
- Input: XLR, electronically balanced
- Signal to Noise ratio (SNR): 112 dB RMS unweighted, 115 dBA
- Gain range: 65 dB
- Maximum input level, Gain 0 dB: +12 dBu
Instrument In 9-12, front As AD, but:
- Input: 6.3 mm TS jack, unbalanced
- Signal to Noise ratio (SNR): 112 dB RMS unweighted, 115 dBA
- Gain range: 55 dB
DA, Line Out 3-8, rear Dynamic range (DR) 115 dB RMS unweighted, 118 dBA Frequency response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.5 dB 5 Hz - 22 kHz Frequency response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB 5 Hz - 45 kHz Frequency response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB 5 Hz - 80 kHz THD -104 dB, < 0.00063 % THD+N -100 dB, < 0.001 % Channel separation > 110 dB Output 6.3 mm TRS jack, servo-balanced Output impedance 75 Ohm Output level Switchable Hi Gain, +4 dBu, -10 dBV Output level at 0 dBFS @ Hi Gain +19 dBu Output level at 0 dBFS @ +4 dBu +13 dBu Output level at 0 dBFS @ -10 dBV +2 dBV DA - Stereo Monitor Output XLR (1-2) As DA, but:
- Output: XLR, balanced
- Outpt level switchable 24 dBu, Hi Gain, +4 dBu, -10 dBV
- Output level at 0 dBFS @ 24 dBu: +24 dBu
DA - Stereo Monitor Output Phones (9-12) As DA, but:
- Output: 6.3 mm TRS stereo jack, unbalanced
- Maximum output level at 0 dBFS, High: +17 dBu
- Maximum output level at 0 dBFS, Low: +2 dBV
- Output impedance: 30 Ohm
AES/EBU XLR Transformer-balanced, galvanically isolated, according to AES3-1992 ADAT Optical 4 x TOSLINK format according to Alesis specification Standard 2 x 8 channels 24 bit, up to 48 kHz Double Speed (S/MUX) 2 x 4 channels 24 bit 96 kHz Quad Speed (S/MUX4) 2 x 2 channels 24 bit 192 kHz*
* With Windows USB connection the ADAT channels 3/4 are not available at 176.4 and 192 kHz.
Word Clock BNC Switch for internal termination 75 Ohm Included Software TotalMix FX
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