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RME FireFace UFX - USB and FireWire Audio Interface

You Pay: $1,999.00
Product Highlights
  • 30 Input/30 Output Channels
  • 12 Analog Inputs/Outputs
  • 4 Microphone Preamps
  • MIDI I/O
  • AES/EBU, ADAT and Wordclock I/O
  • TotalMix FX with Internal Effects
  • Metering
  • Standalone Operation
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7

The Fireface UFX from RME is a USB and FireWire audio interface that provides a total of 60 channels of audio, and includes digitally controlled high-end preamps, reference class converters and full 192kHz operation. It delivers ultra-low latency operation, combined with exceptional driver stability. Additionally, the unit includes active jitter suppression, professional reference level support, advanced stand-alone functionality, RME's DIGICheck metering and analysis toolbox, and nearly identical operation and features under both Windows and Mac OS.

TotalMix FX is the redesigned and integrated digital high-end mixer and signal router, driven by two powerful DSP processors, with integrated EQ, dynamics and reverb/echo effects, plus built-in monitoring control. The feature set is complemented by extraordinary usability. A bright multi-functional color display with full front panel metering for all 60 channels plus effect bus, delivers complete control of all key features directly from the front of the unit. RME's Fireface flagship interface is a highly integrated pro audio solution, designed for users who don't want to make compromises in sound, stability and ultra-low latency operation.

Inputs and Outputs
  • Provides 60 channels of audio - 30 input and 30 output channels
  • All inputs and outputs can be used at the same time
  • Up to 12 analog and 18 digital channels can be recorded onto 30 separate tracks
  • Combines excellent analog circuit design with high-grade AD/DA converter chips
  • All balanced TRS and XLR I/Os and both phones outputs guarantee low noise and low distortion values
  • The preamps don't produce "sound" - they do not add or remove anything from the source signal, just capture as is
  • All I/Os operate up to 192kHz and reach 118dBA dynamic range on playback - including both headphone outputs
  • High power technology delivers high headphone volume no matter if high or low impedance phones are used
  • Due to its efficient jitter reduction, RME's SteadyClock finalizes the state-of-the-art AD/DA conversion, even when clocking to an external digital source
  • Every input and output is individually switchable to common professional studio levels: -10 dBV, +4 dBu, Hi Gain (equivalent to +2dBV, +13dBu and +19dBu for digital full scale) - directly on the device or via TotalMix
  • The balanced XLR outputs provide a level of up to +24dBu
  • All outputs can be used for ASIO Direct Monitoring purposes

  • Analog I/O
    1. 12/12 @ 44.1/48kHz
    2. 12/12 @ 88.2/96kHz
    3. 12/12 @ 176.4/192kHz

  • AES/EBU I/O
    1. 2/2 @ 44.1/48kHz
    2. 2/2 @ 88.2/96kHz
    3. 2/2 @ 176.4/192kHz

  • ADAT I/O
    1. 16/62 @ 44.1/48kHz
    2. 8/8 @ 88.2/96kHz
    3. 2/2 @ 176.4/192kHz

  • Total I/O
    1. 30/30 @ 44.1/48kHz
    2. 22/22 @ 88.2/96kHz
    3. 18/18 @ 176.4/192kHz
Microphone/Instrument Preamps (Advanced Parallel Conversion)
  • Premium solution for transmitting and amplifying any audio input unchanged, be it high-level stage, or typical studio signals, lower level and high-impedance instruments, or dynamic, condenser and ribbon microphones
  • Four high-transparency preamps backed up by 4 stereo converters using RME's parallel converter technology
  • Every microphone channel uses a double, parallel AD conversion (the 4 preamps are feeding 8 AD converters at the same time) to reach exceptional signal-to-noise values and a performance not available with a classic converter design
  • Microphone and instrument preamps use the core technology from RME's Micstasy, a high-end preamp for supreme sonic demands and critical applications, like the professional recording of classical concerts
  • The fully symmetrical preamp design delivers extremely low distortion, excellent signal to noise ratio and a perfect linear frequency response
  • Digitally controlled gain of up to 65dB, adjustable in steps of 1dB over a range of 55dB, is individually set for every preamp by the display-supported controls on the front panel
  • All level settings are 100% reproducible and can also be adjusted comfortably within the TotalMix software on the host computer or by a MIDI remote controller T
  • he 4 inputs on the front use balanced XLR/TRS combo sockets and operate alternatively as Hi-Z inputs- directly plug in up to 4 guitars or other instruments
  • Each channel can be individually switched for +48V phantom power or instrument level
  • LEDs for signal, clip, TRS operation and activated phantom power give a complete overview on the unit's status
  • Adding additional preamplifiers or more analog inputs is easily done via the dual ADAT optical I/Os on the rear
Digital I/O, Word Clock and MIDI
  • Professional AES/EBU input and output working up to 192kHz on transformer-balanced, galvanically isolated, according to AES3-1992
  • Two, 8-channel ADAT I/Os (16 channels) available simultaneously with the analog channels and can be used to connect two, 8-channel AD/DA converters, mixing consoles, or to insert effects devices
  • Both I/Os support sample rates with up to 192kHz (S/MUX4)
  • Using two external converters, the unit will provide 28 analog inputs and outputs, 20 with a sample rate of 96kHz, and 16 at 192kHz
  • The second ADAT I/O can be used as optical S/PDIF I/O, making the UFX connections even more flexible
  • Wordclock input and output (BNC) with switchable termination plus two MIDI I/Os complete the I/O list and turn unit into a professional audio system with universal usability
TotalMix FX
  • DSP-based TotalMix mixer allows fully independent routing and mixing of all 30 input and playback channels to all 30 physical outputs
  • Two DSPs ensure an impressive performance even in extreme applications
  • Up to 15 totally independent stereo sub-mixes, plus a comprehensive Control Room section, offer unrivalled monitoring capabilities and routing flexibility
  • Every input and output channel comes with an extensive feature set, comparable to a full-scale digital console.
  • Effects per channel include 3-band parametric EQ, adjustable low-cut, auto level, compressor, expander, MS processing and phase reversal.
  • Reverb and echo effects unit is available for all channels via a stereo send and return bus.
  • All effects available even at 192 kHz operation
  • For example, at 48kHz, 60 EQs, 34 low-cuts and echo can be activated, while with reverb and echo activated, 46 EQs and 32 low cuts are still available
  • The FX-DSP uses automatic overload surveillance - as soon as no more effects can be added, the TotalMix surface will clearly signal this condition
  • When changing to higher sample rates the UFX automatically deactivates all effects that exceed the DSP's performance - the DSP will never be overloaded
  • The complete effects section not only adds a lot of flexibility to the recording chain, but makes latency burdened software obsolete
  • TotalMix can easily replace any external mixer, e.g. to create different latency-free monitoring mixes with EQ and reverb for the main studio monitors, and the headphone of the vocalist(s) in the recording chamber
  • The DSP hardware calculates RMS and Peak levels for all level meters, so there is zero CPU load on the host
  • The main functions of TotalMix can be remote controlled via MIDI with any Mackie Control compatible controller
  • Features/Differences to Classic TotalMix

    1. New design and improved usability
    2. Improved Control Room section for the main output (studio monitors) and phones
    3. Cue for quick listening to other outputs
    4. Separated monitor panel
    5. Four mute, solo and fader groups each
    6. Switchable mono and stereo channel view
    7. New channel options - stereo width, MS processing, phase L/R
    8. Trim Mode adjusts the volume for all routed signals of a channel - this option allows you to modify the volume of all sends of a channel simultaneously
    9. Unlimited Undo and Redo
    10. One send bus for every input/playback channel with reverb/echo
    11. Expandable channel view for channel settings, EQ and dynamics setup
    12. Slim channel mode for selected or all channels, to save space or give a meter bridge view
    13. 2-Row Mode reduces the height of the mixer to two rows for smaller displays
    14. Extended Matrix window with mono/stereo mode, undo/redo, display of phase and mute
Monitor Controller
  • The UFX is not only a perfect desktop level controller, but a monitor switcher and source selector with integrated talkback function for modern "mix-in-the-box" studios
  • As the UFX includes the usually externally added monitoring controller, it also preserves the original sound, as its hardware output stays directly connected to the studio monitors.
  • A big rotary encoder on the front of the unit maintains precise control of the three dedicated stereo monitor outputs - main out, phones 1 and phones 2
  • Turning the volume encoder displays the current gain value in big numbers
  • The small encoder buttons provide direct access to pan and reverb for the selected output
  • The gain (volume) settings work hand in hand with the Control Room section of TotalMix FX
  • Any physical output can be assigned to the 3, directly knob-controlled monitor outputs - e.g., assign the AES/EBU output as the main out or as phones out, or to any other output
  • Talkback, listen-back, mono and dim work automatically for the assigned outputs
  • Includes a connector for an optional RME hardware remote, with controls for volume, dim, level storage and recall
USB and FireWire
  • The UFX Combines USB and FireWire within one interface
  • RME does not use third party USB or FireWire audio technology, rather their own, self-developed Hammerfall Audio Core that provides outstanding performance and uncompromised pro audio features
  • USB 2.0 optimized for highest performance under Windows and Mac OS, using special customized firmware for every operating system
  • Delivers ultra-low latencies even with multiple channels
  • Compatible with the USB 3 chipsets
  • There is no FireWire chip inside the unit - the controller is completely programmed into the FPGA, capable of being updated by a simple firmware update if necessary
  • The completely redesigned FireWire core provides the UFX with the same exceptional compatibility and performance as RME's USB solutions
Usability
  • High-resolution color display is integrated into the front panel for exceptional usability experience
  • All important features of the unit can be manually controlled directly on the UFX itself using the 3 rotary encoders
  • When connected to a PC or Mac, TotalMix is synced to the interface controls and follows all changes automatically
  • The 4 keys, the 2 encoders, the high-resolution and clear color display, and a well thought-out menu structure enable the user to quickly change and configure all the device's settings, even without a computer
  • Help notes and clear markers in the display guide the user through all functions
Additonal Features
  • SteadyClock, RME's unique jitter suppression technology guarantees perfect sound quality throughout, making the device completely independent from the quality of external clock signals, and allows the Fireface UFX to control the sample rate on its own
  • Settings dialog includes a direct choice of the most often used video and audio sample rates Intelligent Clock Control not only displays every clock status, but will also retain the last valid input sample rate in case of failure of the external source
  • SyncCheck offer a quick detection of clock problems
  • DIGICheck is a unique software tool box for metering, testing, measuring and analyzing digital audio streams - it provides a multi-track recorder, calculates the level meters peak and RMS in hardware and is able to analyze and display playback data from any software, no matter which format the software uses
  • Internal switch mode power supply allows the unit to operate in the range of 100 to 240VAC, and is short-circuit-proof, has an integrated line-filter, is fully regulated against voltage fluctuations and suppresses mains interference
  • Using the3 rotary encoders and the clear color display, the interface can be configured and set up for use as a standalone operation with setup recall
  • Additionally internal memory allows for the permanent storage of 6 different states of the unit
  • When operating standalone, the unit can be transformed into totally different devices by the simple click of a button - examples include a 12-channel AD/DA converter, 4-channel microphone preamp, monitor mixer, digital format converter, or analog/digital routing matrix
  • In standalone mode, TotalMix FX can still be controlled via MIDI
Inputs Analog
4 x XLR/TRS Combo Microphone/Line(front panel)
8 x 1/4" TRS phone Balanced Line (rear panel)

Digital
1 x XLR AES/EBU
2 x TOSLink ADAT optical
1 x BNC Wordclock 1

Please Note:

Every input is individually switchable to all common professional studio levels

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Outputs Analog
2 x XLR Line (rear panel)
6 x 1/4" TRS phone Balanced Line (rear panel)
2 x 1/4" TRS phone Line/Headphone (front panel

Digital
1 x XLR AES/EBU
2 x TOSLink ADAT optical
1 x BNC Wordclock 2

Please Note:

Every output is individually switchable to all common professional studio levels

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MIDI 2 x 5-pin DIN MIDI In
2 x 5-pin DIN MIDI Out
Connectivity USB 2.0
FireWire 400
Sample Rate 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192kHz
Input Level Microphone
Maximum input level, gain 0dB: +12dBu

Line
0dBFS @ Lo Gain: +19dBu
0dBFS @ +4dBu: +13dBu
0dBFS @ -10dBV: +2dBV 3

Please Note:

Input sensitivity switchable to Lo Gain, +4dBu, -10dBV

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Gain Range Microphone
65dB

Instrument
55dB

Output Level Line
0dBFS @ Hi Gain: +19dBu
0dBFS @ +4dBu: +13dBu
0dBFS @ -10dBV: +2dBV

Stereo Monitor
0dBFS @ 24dBu: +24dBu

Stereo Monitor Phones
0dBFS, High: +13dBu
0dBFS, Low: +2dBV

Line
Output level switchable Hi Gain, +4dBu, -10dBV

Stereo Monitor
Output level switchable 24dBu, Hi Gain, +4dBu, -10dBV

Output Impedance Line
75Ω

Stereo Monitor Phones
30Ω

Dynamic Range Output
115dB RMS unweighted, 118dBA
THD Input
<-110dB, <0.00032%

Output
<-104dB, <0.00063%

THD + N Input
<-104dB, <0.00063%

Output
<-100dB, <0.001%

Signal to Noise Ratio Input
Line: 110dB RMS unweighted, 113dBA
Microphone: 112dB RMS unweighted, 115dBA
Instrument: 112dB RMS unweighted, 115dBA
Crosstalk >110dB
Frequency Response Input
5Hz to 21.5kHz, -0.1dB @ 44.1kHz
5Hz to 45.5kHz, -0.5dB @ 96kHz
5Hz to 66.5kHz, -1.0dB @ 192kHz

Output
5Hz to 22kHz, -0.5dB @ 44.1kHz
5Hz to 34kHz, -0.5dB @ 96kHz
5Hz to 50kHz, -1.0dB @ 192kHz

Power Supply Internal switching PSU, 100~240VAC, 50/60Hz
Power Consumption 30W
Drivers PC
Windows XP SP2, Vista, Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit)

Mac
OS X 10.5 or higher (Core Audio)

Dimensions 1U 19" rackmount
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
RME FireFace UFX - USB and FireWire Audio Interface
  • 1.8m USB Cable (71")
  • 4.0m FireWire Cable (158")
  • 2.0m TOSLink Cable (79")
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Two (2) Year Warranty
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    RMEFireFace UFX - USB and FireWire Audio Interface
     
    4.9

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Versatile (7)
    • Good audio (5)
    • Durable (4)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional recording (6)
      • Home studio (4)
      • Performances (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

      Reviewed by 10 customers

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      5.0

      Great and versatile interface

      By JimC

      from Richmond, VA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about RME FireFace UFX - USB and FireWire Audio Interface:

        I wanted an interface that could do everything I needed in one box. This one fits the bill. It sounds great playing music from my computer and will play CDs through the audio outs, Toslink (optical and coax) without turning on the computer and I can play to up to 4 locations (stereo) at the same time. It is also a fully functional small, very high quality digital mixer with 6 aux sends, EQ, dynamics and effects on each input and output. The main thing I got it for was to record classical music but this allows me to also have a few mics and line ins for PA while still recording directly from the inputs of each channel.

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        5.0

        Great sound

        By Rob

        from SG Valley

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

          Comments about RME FireFace UFX - USB and FireWire Audio Interface:

          One of the best unit in my studio, works well as standalone with iPad, in ad hoc wifi or hard wired through USB. Sound is of utmost quality. Hardcore users can look into upgrading with Black Lion, and reach the level of higher end RME products.

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          5.0

          Ahead of the rest.

          By La revue

          from LA CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • None so far

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about RME FireFace UFX - USB and FireWire Audio Interface:

          Why to buy. Go on their forum, read how they listened to the field although of small if not medium size. How they implemented class compliance for IOS products as a free update. So in short, UFX plus OSC plus iPad = Walk your mix with you! Add Auria, and you get a DAW for $50 and the quietest way to record. Expensive? Compare what you get, Totalmix is way cool! Welcome to the new age! And you can record direct to a USB stick or hard drive from the front panel. As a back up or as a cool quick set up. Built for pros, but so intuitive. Should I mention this will replace all these midrange preamps, small mixers and other stuff I accumulated over the years?

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          4.0

          Solid RME product

          By Deflator Mouse

          from Calgary AB

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about RME FireFace UFX - USB and FireWire Audio Interface:

            Good so far - have played with it less than a week so probably have a lot to learn yet. I have a Fireface 400 and a Multiface at home, so the TotalMix thing is familiar. Main outs are very clean - way better than those on my Mackie CFX16MKii mixer - I was attributing my previous (fairly minor, but present) noise to my Yorkville monitors, but if I send the UFX direct to them it's pristine. Aside from that, usual solid RME product. Was hoping for a bit more versatility from the standalone option than currently exists, but in real life i'm not going to be using this option that often (and if i were, i would/should have researched it up more beforehand). Don't expect this to be a full-featured standalone RME box for live gigs, in other words, unless you're prepared to do a fair bit of configuration work with your computer attached beforehand. Have had to contact RME for one hardware-related issue in the last decade, and their support was exemplary. Happy with this purchase.

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            5.0

            more expensive but worth it

            By Zach

            from Los Angeles

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about RME FireFace UFX - USB and FireWire Audio Interface:

                Although more expensive than other AI's of the same size but way better and definitely worth the extra cash.

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                5.0

                awsome product,real pro

                By flo percussion

                from passiac,Nj

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about RME FireFace UFX - USB and FireWire Audio Interface:

                  it has many inputs and channels,its a great interface its worth the price, hi end inputs,usb and firewire,makes awsome

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                  5.0

                  Fabulous Interface

                  By Nodak

                  from Upper Midwest

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Excellent build quality
                  • Excellent Effects
                  • EXCELLENT SOUND
                  • Low latency
                  • Stable

                  Cons

                  • Price

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about RME FireFace UFX - USB and FireWire Audio Interface:

                    I have used many interfaces in the past, including MOTU Traveler, Edirol FA-101, Apogee Emsemble and various M-Audio units. My experience with RME (both a PCI Multiface, and this UFX), have been stellar. Nothing in my experience has the rock-solid stability or ultra-low latency of the RME. I love the Neutrik connectors on the front of the UFX. The effects and dynamics are stunning. My monitors have come to life. I am thrilled with the unit.

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                    5.0

                    Sounds great, tons of features

                    By Steve

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Mic input trim strange

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about RME FireFace UFX - USB and FireWire Audio Interface:

                        excellent

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Wow.

                        By Shawn Snider Studios

                        from Tipp City Ohio

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                        • Easy to Customize
                        • Easy to Navigate
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about RME FireFace UFX - USB and FireWire Audio Interface:

                            I use this for remote recording applications. It is by far the most affordable, versatile, reliable, and best sounding unit I've ever used. Not only can I record via laptop/protools/logic, but onto a flash drive at the same time. Preamps are clean and accurate, and the "totalmix" software rocks. Just wish it had a few more xlr outs for easier surround sound connections.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Impressive piece of gear

                            By Celloman

                            from DC

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Excellent Sound
                            • Powerful
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about RME FireFace UFX - USB and FireWire Audio Interface:

                              An amazing and versatile interface. Great for live recording and CD productions. As a classical producer, I feel the quality is very good and proves an invaluable tool.

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