Ultra-fidelity PCM/DSD 768 kHz AD/DA Converter
Last year RME celebrated their 20th year anniversary, with the German manufacturer announcing no less than four new products at Musikmesse 2016.
One of those new devices was the RME ADI-2 Pro, a feature-packed update to the RME ADI-2, featuring incredibly precise audio quality, powerful headphone amplifiers, plus a host of innovative features that will appeal to both mastering engineers and high-end audio aficionados alike.
With the ADI-2 Pro proving popular in both pro audio and Hifi circles, RME have chosen Musikmesse to unveil their new RME ADI-2 Pro Anniversary Edition.
Strictly limited to 500 units worldwide, the RME ADI-2 Pro AE features the same sound and functionality as its namesake, but comes decked out in an all-black housing, matching the style of audiophile-level HiFi setups.
Fireface UFX II
The unique Fireface UFX II is the premier solution to transfer analog and digital audio data directly to a computer from practically any source. Numerous unique features, well thought-out configuration dialogs, an industry-leading mixing engine and monitoring solution, professional DSP effects and class-leading analog circuits with latest digital converters put the Fireface UFX II at the very top of the range of computer-based audio interfaces.
Digiface USB - The Optical Box
This compact, portable and lightweight audio interface (only 220 g /0.49 lbs) transfers digital audio data in SPDIF and ADAT format to Windows and Mac computers. The latest Plug and Play technology guarantees a simple installation, even for the inexperienced user. Numerous unique features as well as RME's robust drivers enable a quick, efficient and comfortable operation of the Digiface USB.
ARC USB - The Advanced USB Remote Control
The ARC USB makes a terrific companion to the recently introduced Fireface UFX+ audio interface and the company’s acclaimed TotalMix FX routing and mixing software. Equally notable, the ARC USB works with any RME audio interface that is currently compatible to the latest drivers supporting TotalMix FX, and this includes interfaces that were released as far back as 2001. With an abundance of useful features, this Advanced Remote Control (ARC) offers intuitive control over the interface’s DSP-based routing and effects section.
RME released a firmware update for the OctaMic XTC (v47), and an updated MADIface series driver (v0.9573), which enable direct connection and usage with Windows computers. RME’s own Class Compliant driver adds special hardware support to reach the same legendary stability and performance as RME’s other audio interfaces. WDM and ASIO are controlled by a simple settings dialog, with options to control buffer size, sample rate, and the number and kind of WDM devices. Please note that TotalMix FX is not supported.
RME MADIface Pro
The RME MADIface Pro is a variation of the well established Babyface Pro audio interface. The MADIface Pro includes the original high-end 4 x analogue inputs (Mic, Line, Instrument) and 4 x analogue outputs (2 x XLR, 2 x headphones) found on the Babyface Pro, but the 8 I/O ADAT has now been replaced with 64 channels of MADI I/O, giving you a staggering 68 channels of I/O.
The MADIface Pro can be used in stand-alone mode when not connected to your Mac or PC. The control surface features dedicated tactile buttons and four level meter bars, along with independent storage of all current settings.
A MADI monitor feature has been included which offers a number of functions including the ability to listen to any incoming MADI channel pair.
RME ADI-2 Pro: High-end AD/DA converter
The ADI-Pro is a truly high performance AD/DA converter, USB 2.0 DAC, USB 2.0 class compliant interface and high-end headphone amplifier from RME. It’s unparalleled specifications and features deliver crystal transparency and a professional performance that makes it the right choice for mastering and measurement applications as well as the ultimate tool for audiophiles everywhere.
The ADI-2 Pro combines a high-class USB DAC with a multi-format converter (AES, SPDIF and ADAT) and a superb headphone amp that features two separately controlled outputs. It supports sample frequencies of up to 768 kHz, a parametric 5-band EQ as well as low cut for all analogue I/Os allowing effective response correction for headphones and speakers.
Thanks to the excellent SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio) and reference-class THD (Total Harmonic Distortion), the ADI-2 Pro is perfect for both mastering and measuring systems. It is also suited for mobile use in combination with an Apple iPad. You don’t even need a power outlet: An optional power bank offers up to five hours of mobile operation. The high-resolution IPS display also ensures perfect overview over all parameters.
RME Fireface UFX+
The RME Fireface UFX+ once again raises the standards of professional performance. This robust and beautifully designed 1U interface is fully Thunderbolt and USB 3 compatible with PCI Express audio performance under both Mac and Windows. The Fireface UFX+ offers a staggering 188 channels of I/O over analogue, ADAT, MADI, AES and SPDIF.
The Advanced DURec feature allows you to record up to 76 simultaneous channels via the analogue and MADI I/O, directly down to a compatible flash drive. Perfect for critical recording situations, both live and in the studio.
The Fireface UFX+ of course guarantees RME’s maximum performance, stability and ultra-low latency operation, and with all new AD/DA converters, optimised analogue I/O circuits, as well as improved SNR and THD values, which guarantee pristine, crystal clear and transparent audio.
The new optional ARC (Advanced Remote Control) USB is also available for the Fireface UFX+.
RME ARC USB (Advanced Remote Control)
The ARC (Advanced Remote Control) USB is RME’s new control unit for easy and tactile operation of TotalMix FX. It’s optimised to be used with the new Fireface UFX+ and offers intuitive control over the DSP-based routing and effects section.
The RME ARC USB can be connected via USB to your computer (Mac OS / Windows) or directly to the Fireface UFX+ when employing the stand-alone mode. The control unit features a jog wheel, 15 freely assignable, illuminated buttons as well as a connector for a foot switch that can be assigned individually. The RME ARC USB will also simultaneously control multiple units.
TotalMix FX for iPad Update
The latest version of TotalMix FX for iPad 1.30 is now available on the App Store. While the new version no longer supports the original (first) iPad, it runs perfectly well from iPad 2 to the latest iPad Pro. Version 1.30 adds support for iOS 9 and the iPad Pro. It is compiled for 64 bit operation, supports slide over and split view, and enables the full resolution on the iPad Pro. Version 1.30 also adds the options ‚Loopback’ and ‚EQ for record’ with Babyface and Babyface Pro. As usual the newer version also includes some small bug fixes and performance improvements.
App Store Link: http://rme.to/tmipad
Compatibility to Mac OS X 10.11
Due to the big number of incoming questions about compatibility of RME audio interfaces to Apple’s latest Mac OS X 10.11, also known as El Capitan, RME would like to point out that RME drivers work without known issues under 10.11 as well as 10.11.1. Also note that RME did not have to change or modify drivers for El Capitan, which is a statement in itself on RME’s code quality and driver design.
RME FireWire interfaces are also fully supported and continue to work with 10.11 and upcoming OS versions. There has been some confusion generated by Apple no longer supporting their own FireWire Core Audio driver, causing some well-known audio interfaces which relied on this driver to be no longer supported from 10.11. on. RME is not affected by Apple’s decision as RME develops their own drivers for all devices, and FireWire as such is and will stay supported from the operating system in the foreseeable future.
08/2015 Are RME interfaces ready for Windows 10 ?
The simple answer is Yes, RME have tested driver compatibility with the new Windows operating system and as you would expect, all audio interfaces are working correctly. And by the way, that includes interfaces such as the Multiface released back in 2001.
To make sure that you have the latest drivers for your interface, go to the RME download page.
Mixing/Routing with superior features for Studio and Live Work
Since 2001 TotalMix added unlimited routing and mixing to RME‘s audio interfaces. Its unique capability to create as many independent submixes as output channels available turned it into the most flexible and powerful mixer of its kind.
With supported hardware, TotalMix FX includes a complete effects system, which not only adds flexibility to the recording chain, but also makes latency saddled software solutions obsolete. TotalMix FX can completely replace an external mixer, enabling the creation of multiple latency-free monitor mixes with EQ, Dynamics, Reverb and Delay for any outputs, incl. Main monitors and headphone mixes for musicians.
RME presents: The next Windows and Mac OS X driver generation with TotalMix FX for ALL RME audio interfaces!
Level 1: A new PCI/PCIe Windows driver (4.x) offers outstanding new features for WDM operation under Windows 7 and 8.
Level 2: FireWire and USB drivers updated with new features and slightly improved performance, under both Windows and Mac OS X.
Divine level 3: All new drivers now include TotalMix FX also for all older interfaces. Yes, RME ported the latest TotalMix FX back to all devices released since 2001!
To repeat and clarify: Now TotalMix FX replaces the old TotalMix on all RME HDSP(e) cards, as well as the legendary FireWire audio interfaces Fireface 800 and Fireface 400.
That is TotalMix FX 4 All! And we're working on level 4 already...
The MADI Router is a compact device designed to link MADI devices of any manufacturer with unprecedented flexibility in signal routing.
It provides this flexibility by serving as a format converter between optical and electrical signals, as a signal repeater, and as a distributor and merger of several MADI signals, all at the same time... and it's available now!!!
60 channels of audio, high-end microphone preamps, reference class converters, a complete effects section and operation at up to 192 kHz are the base for many more features:
Ultra-low latency operation with USB or FireWire, combined with the legendary RME driver stability and maintenance. Active jitter suppression, individually switchable reference levels for all inputs and outputs, full stand-alone functionality, RME’s unique DIGICheck metering and analysis toolbox, and identical operation on Windows PC and Mac.
The 56th Grammys were held at the Staples Center in downtown LA on Sunday with performances from Stevie Wonder (who I am sure was at NAMM only last week), Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Daft Punk, Katy Perry and what has been described as a rather risqué contribution from Beyonce.
The Grammys are thought to be one of the biggest annual broadcast productions worldwide and requires comprehensive and quality I/O for their no-compromise audio output.
Our buddy Graham Kirk was working on the show and spied 3 x RME MADI Bridges and 2 x RME MADI Converters being used for a variety of MADI tasks on M3's Horizon Recording/OB truck. So, he quickly whipped out his trusty iPhone 5 and took a snap of the racked RME and sent it over.
RME strikes again!
After winning the last year's Tech Award with the the Fireface UCX at the NAMM show, we are very happy to obtain the this year's award with a really outstanding product:
RME MADIface XT
The world's first USB 3.0 audio interface
TotalMix FX for iPad is RME’s Windows/Mac software TotalMix FX ported to iOS. It gives control over the mixer and effects of the supported audio interfaces Fireface UCX and Fireface UFX, when these devices are in Class Compliant mode. TotalMix for iPad does not work wirelessly, and is no replacement for typical remote software (like Lemur / TouchOSC).
TotalMix FX for iPad runs on any iPad and all iOS versions from 5.0 up, using only low resources. As under Windows and Mac OS X it does not process audio, but acts as remote control for the calculations performed in the hardware. The app is fully compatible even when storing/loading Workspaces. Except MIDI/OSC remote control it includes all features of the desktop version.
Using the Fireface UCX with the iPad, TotalMix for iPad for the first time unlocks the device’s whole functionality, in a quick way, with full overview and lightning fast configuration.
RME's MADIface XT is the world's first USB3 audio interface - and the world's smallest portable interface that provides access to hundreds of audio channels in such a small package. For highest usability and connectivity the XT can also be used with USB 2.0 (computer I/O limited to 70 channels). Its unique PCI Express port connects to External PCI Express cards as well as adapters to Thunderbolt, providing all the fastest interfacing technologies available for maximum channel count and lowest latency in one unit.
RME OctaMic XTC has been nominated for a 29th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Award in the category of Microphone Preamplifier Technology. The TEC Awards was established in 1985 to honor outstanding achievement in professional audio production and product innovation. Voting will take place in December.
The MADIface USB is a compact device that provides MADI I/O via USB 2.0 while supporting the format's full 64 channels. Its sturdy and bus-powered design makes it as easy to use and reliable in your application. The MADIface USB is therefore both MADI portability at its best and a perfect desktop solution to connect MADI equipment to any Mac and PC.
RME proudly presents a new generation of microphone, line and instrument preamp, A/D converter, digital patchbay and format converter, monitoring device and even a flexible frontend for the iPad® - the OctaMic XTC!
With the OctaMic XTC eight microphone and line inputs, 4 switchable to Hi-Z mode, meet an unrivaled variety of digital connection protocols - from common ADAT and AES/EBU to sophisticated 64-channel MADI optical.
The world's first USB 3.0 audio interface
has four groups of three different MADI I/Os each and is used as patch bay and format converter between those. Apart from the fully transparent, stream-wise operation between its ports it excels the well-known MADI Bridge by letting users create output signals that combine audio channels from different MADI inputs.
The all purpose preamp
The OctaMic XTC is the swiss army knife among RME's interfaces. An advanced eight channel microphone/line/instrument preamplifier with 192 kHz/24 bit A/D conversion and AutoSet, four channel D/A conversion for analog or digital input monitoring, and full MIDI remote control via USB, DIN and MADI were not enough to stop RME's engineers. ADAT, AES and MADI optical operate as outputs as well as full-channel inputs, easily patched and routed with the comfortable TFT display - turning the XTC into a full blown digital format converter.
Quick access to all functions make the XTC extremely fast and easy to set up. Its complete state can be saved and recalled from internal presets.
MADI portability at its best
The MADIface USB is a compact device that provides MADI I/O via USB2 while supporting the format's full 64 channels. Its sturdy and bus-powered design makes it as easy to use as reliable in operation. SteadyClock as well as RME's well known MADI compatibility ensure hassle-free operation with other devices.
TotalMix FX App
TotalMix FX for iPad adds full control over hardware mixer and DSP effects for Fireface UFX, UCX and Babyface when in Class Compliant mode, and lets users create, store and load complete mixes directly from the iPad. Additionally hardware controls like phantom power for microphone inputs, mic/line/instrument switching and sample rate are supported.
The expected shipment date of all new products is Summer 2013.
This year at NAMM the RME Fireface UCX won the Rock oN Tech Award for its superior technology.
From 17th of December 2012 until the 9th of January 2013, Rock oN Company from Japan asked their customers - which are mainly professional musicians and sound engineers - to vote for their product of the yearin nine different categories. The RME Fireface UCX won the category "Tech Award" based on its superior high level of technology. This includes the professional implementation and ease of use of the Class Compliant mode, driver stability, Steady Clock and much more.
One year ago at NAMM RME announced the Fireface UCX. One of the reasons it draw so much attention was the included Class Compliant mode, which turned the UCX into the world's first professional audio interface for Apple's iPad™.
Now that Apple officially allows multichannel playback (since iOS 6), the latest iPads got more powerful, and more and more apps support more than 8 channels (or at least have announced to do so soon), RME extends the 8 channel CC mode of the UCX to all existing 18 channels by firmware 220/4. The UCX SPDIF and ADAT I/O can now also be used without limitations.
The OPTO-X is an alternative extension board for the HDSPe MADI FX triple MADI card with full functionality.
A few words about the HDSPe MADI FX card:
The HDSPe MADI FX marks a new milestone in the history of audio interface cards. Never before has such a high-performance multi-channel audio system existed. The HDSPe MADI FX features 390 audio channels, three MADI I/Os (two optical and one coaxial), unique low latency performance, redundancy mode and internal effects.
Like the standard extension board it comes with Word Clock I/O and a D-sub connector for MIDI and AES I/O.
The standard coaxial MADI I/O is replaced by an optical MADI I/O.
Using the OPTO-X the HDSPe MADI FX then has three optical MADI I/Os.
The latest update to RME’s ADI-8 series - the ADI-8 DS Mk III - is an 8-channel high-end AD/DA converter with a truly unique feature set. The device combines excellent analog circuit design with the latest generation of outstanding low latency AD/DA converter chips. Along with its integrated SteadyClock, the ADI-8 DS Mk III offers not only AD and DA conversion of the highest quality, but also digital format conversion and distribution features for full digital connectivity.
Like RME's successful predecessors ADI-8 Pro and ADI-8 DS the ADI-8 DS Mk III provides outstanding specifications, and delivers professional quality and features for a fraction of the budget you usually would have to spend.
The ADI-8 DS Mk III comes as a standard 19" one rack unit device offering Intelligent Clock Control (ICC), SyncCheck, SteadyClock, AES/EBU and ADAT I/Os, four hardware reference levels up to +24 dBu and 192 kHz sample rate, word clock I/O and double 8-channel level metering. The DS Mk III incorporates lowest latency conversion with less than 12 samples delay, which turns digital monitoring into analog-style monitoring.
In addition to the high quality AD/DA link to the analog world the ADI-8 DS Mk III interfaces all digital studio equipment with ADAT or AES/EBU in- and outputs, being the perfect match for RME's HDSPe AES and HDSP AES-32. It provides both cards with 8 analog I/Os in reference conversion quality at up to 192 kHz. Using multiple MK III the HDSPe RayDAT could be fitted with up to 32 analog I/Os via its 4 ADAT I/Os.
The new DS Mk III also includes a digital patchbay with free choice of source and destination setup. ADAT can be converted to AES, AES to ADAT, cross-converted at the same time, ADAT passed on to ADAT while monitored analog, and many more. The ADAT outputs also feature a copy mode for connection of two different ADAT devices. These powerful and easy to use modes add significant value to the already outstanding conversion quality.
RME surprises with an unconventional move, updating its two-year-old portable USB interface with two exciting new features: full USB Audio 2.0 Class Compliance for connection to the iPad™ and a stand-alone mode.
The update is free of charge and can be done by the user with a simple firmware update via USB.
RME already released the new firmware, which adds these two new modes to the unit. From now on the small yet ‘pro’ interface becomes a real all-rounder in both flexibility and features.
The new RME Fireface UCX gets the nomination for the best audio interface 2012 from the Resolution Magazine.
The optional accessory to the Fireface UFX and UCX starts shipping
The RME Advanced Remote Control is an optional accessory to the Fireface UFX and Fireface UCX.
The wired Advanced Remote Control (ARC) has been designed for direct access to the most frequently used actions and commands required in a studio's daily work. The ARC consists of a solid metal case with a main encoder dial and 8 push buttons, 6 of them equipped with LEDs. Seven buttons can be freely assigned via TotalMix FX to more than 36 different commands.
The Advanced Remote Control (ARC) can be used with the Fireface UCX. It can also be used with all Fireface UFX with a serial number 23241707 (built after June 2011) or higher.
At the Musikmesse 2012 in Frankfurt RME presents the new HDSPe MADI FX PCI Express card (Hall 5.1 B80).
The MADI FX marks a new milestone both in the history of audio interface cards and within the long series of outstanding RME devices. Never before has such a high-performance multi-channel audio system existed.
The HDSPe MADI FX features 390 audio channels! Three MADI I/Os - two optical and one coaxial - are accompanied by one AES/EBU I/O and one analog monitoring output.
The HDPSe MADI FX introduces a newly developed modular Hammerfall Pro Audio Core. The high-tech core will process three times as many channels as the channel count of the previous MADI flagship, while actually reducing the system load and enabling ultra-low latencies on modern computers.
The new core technology is accompanied by a special version of TotalMix FX, which allows using the enormous channel count efficiently, and a faster DSP. The integrated 192 kHz RME effects engine allows latency-free monitoring with numerous effects directly on the hardware of the card, independent from the DAW software in use.
The card can be used as powerful MADI router. Unlike most other router solutions, each channel can be routed individually - even with separate level settings for each routing.
With the new Seamless Redundancy Operation the card can operate as single MADI input device, recording up to 64 channels. As soon as the current input fails the audio data received from one of the other two inputs is used. The audio data is not interrupted when switching to another input - and the card can use not only one, but two more MADI sources for redundancy.
The shipping starts in summer 2012.
RME releases multi-channel WAV file batch processor software to split UFX recorded files
RME releases a free multi-channel wave file batch processor software that allows to process files generated by the Direct USB Recording (DURec) of the Fireface UFX.
Most digital audio workstations can import multi-channel wav files generated by the UFX directly into their projects. The need for the special RME tool arises from the fact that standard wave files can not be bigger than 2 GB to be fully compatible. With higher track counts and longer recording times DURec therefore uses multiple consecutive files. Importing these into typical DAWs requires the user to adjust and align the content of each file to the previous one.
The RME tool adds an easy way to combine and split multichannel interleaved files from the UFX into single or dual channel files. The content of consecutive files is automatically combined into a single file. In the rare case that these again exceed the 2 GB limit the tool automatically writes RF64 files. The Mac version can also write CAF (Core Audio Format) files.
RME's Multichannel WAV File Batch Processor' can also perform multiple conversions of different recordings. Once all the single tasks are set up the software will process them one after the other automatically, hence 'batch processor'. The software is available for Windows and Mac OS X and can be downloaded and freely used from the RME website.