RME Babyface Pro 24-Channel 192 kHz USB Bus-Powered Audio Interface

RME Babyface Pro 24-Channel 192 kHz USB Bus-Powered Audio Interface

RME Babyface Pro 24-Channel 192 kHz USB Bus-Powered Audio Interface

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Product Highlights

  • 4 Analog Inputs, 4 Analog Outputs
  • 3.5mm and 6.3mm Headphone Outputs
  • FPGA Chip for DSP
  • Integrated XLR Socket
  • Class Compliant for Mac, PC, Linux, iPad
  • SteadyClock Jitter Reduction
  • TOSLINK I/O
  • MIDI I/O Via Included Breakout Cable
  • +76 dB Gain, Adjustable in 1 dB Steps
  • TotalMix FX Hardware Mixer
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The RME Babyface Pro 24-Channel 192 kHz USB Bus-Powered Audio Interface is designed for a wide variety of studio and live recording applications. Expertly crafted from a block of aluminum, this portable interface features a new XLR socket that integrates seamlessly into the housing. Parallel 6.3mm TRS and 3.5mm mini headphone jacks feature separate driver stages to match low and high impedance headphones.

The interface ships with the company's TotalMix FX, a software mixer available for Windows, Mac OS X and iOS on an iPad. When using the device with an iPad, an external power adapter must be used, as the iPad alone is unable to power the interface. The mixer software allows you to use the interface in a wide variety of situations, from simple mixing of signals to more complicated routing configurations.

The unit's FPGA-based DSP mixer adds a flexible 3-band parametric equalizer on all inputs and outputs. Combined with the unit's low latency AD/DA converters and the company's unique SteadyClock technology to reduce jitter, the interface offers a professional recording solution in a compact form factor.

FPGA Chip
Uses a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) which enables flexible DSP processing
Class Compliant
Enables native support by operating systems such as Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and hardware like Apple's iPad, without the need for proprietary drivers
SteadyClock
Uses a highly efficient jitter reduction circuit to allow the converters to operate as if they were working with an internal clock at all times
TotalMix FX
Provides fully flexible mixing/routing for both studio and live applications via the company's hardware mixer
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RME Babyface Pro 24-Channel 192 kHz USB Bus-Powered Audio Interface
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    RME BABYFACE PRO specs

    Connectivity 12x input channels
    12x output channels
    4x analog inputs (mic, line, instrument)
    4x analog outputs (2x XLR, 2x phones)
    1x ADAT I/O or 1x SPDIF I/O optical
    1x MIDI I/O
    1x USB 2.0 (USB 3 compatible)
    Digital gain control on all inputs
    Separate outputs for high and low impedance headphones
    Analog
    Microphone/Line Input AD, Microphone/Line Inputs 1-2
    Input: XLR, electronically balanced
    Input Impedance Balanced: 2 kOhm, 5.2 kOhm with PAD
    Input Impedance Unbalanced: 1 kOhm, 2.6 kOhm with PAD
    Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR): 113 dB RMS unweighted, 116 dBA
    Frequency Response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.1 dB: 18 Hz - 20.8 kHz
    Frequency Response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: 7 Hz - 45.8 kHz
    Frequency Response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: 5 Hz - 92 kHz
    With PAD Active: -0.1 dB 8 Hz, -0.5 dB < 4 Hz, -1 dB < 3 Hz
    THD: < -110 dB, < 0.00032 %
    THD+N: < -104 dB, < 0.00063 %
    THD @ 30 dB Gain: < -107 dB, < 0.0004 %
    THD+N @ 30 dB Gain: < -100 dB, < 0.001 %
    Channel Separation: > 110 dB
    Gain Range: -11 dB up to +65 dB
    Maximum Input Level XLR, Gain 0 dB: +8 dBu, PAD +19 dBu
    Maximum Input Level XLR, Gain 65 dB: -57 dBu, PAD -46 dBu
    Line Input Line/Instrument IN 3-4 as Microphone/Line 1-2, but:
    Input: 6.3 mm TS jack, unbalanced
    Input impedance: 470 kOhm
    Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR): 114 dB RMS unweighted, 117 dBA
    Frequency Response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.1 dB: 5 Hz - 20.8 kHz
    Frequency Response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: <3 Hz - 45.8 kHz
    Frequency Response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: <2 Hz - 92 kHz
    Maximum Input Level @+4 dBu, Gain 0 dB: +13 dBu
    Maximum Input Level @-10 dBV, Gain 9 dB: -5 dBu
    Line Out 1-2
    Dynamic Range (DR): 115 dB RMS unweighted, 118 dBA
    Frequency Response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.5 dB: 0 Hz - 20.8 kHz
    Frequency Response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: 0 Hz - 45 kHz
    Frequency Response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: 0 Hz - 89 kHz
    THD: - 106 dB, 0.0005 %
    THD+N: -102 dB, 0.0008 %
    Channel Separation: >110 dB
    Output: XLR balanced
    Output Impedance: 300 Ohm balanced, 150 Ohm unbalanced
    Output Level @ 0 dBFS: Balanced +19 dBu, unbalanced +13 dBu
    DC @ 0dBFS: 6.35 mm 4.8 V, 3.5 mm 2.4 V, XLR bal. 9.6V
    Headphone Out As DA Line Out, but:
    Output: 6.3 mm TRS jack, unbalanced
    Output Impedance: 10 Ohm
    Output Level at 0 dBFS, 1 kOhm load: +13 dBu
    Max Power @ 0.1% THD: 50 mW
    Output: 3.5 mm TRS jack, unbalanced
    Output Impedance: 2 Ohm
    Output Level at 0 dBFS, 1 kOhm load: +7 dBu
    Max Power @ 0.1% THD: 70 mW
    MIDI
    MIDI 1x MIDI I/O via breakout cable with 2 x 5-pin DIN jacks
    Galvanically isolated by opto-coupled input
    Hi-speed Mode: Jitter and response time typically below 1 ms
    Separate 128-byte FIFOs for input and output
    Digital AD/DA Performance
    Digital Clocks: Internal, ADAT In, SPDIF In
    Low Jitter Design: <1 ns in PLL mode, all inputs
    Internal clock: 800 ps Jitter, Random Spread Spectrum
    Jitter suppression of external clocks: >50 dB (2.4 kHz)
    Effective clock jitter influence on AD and DA conversion: near zero
    PLL ensures zero dropout, even at more than 100 ns jitter
    Digital Bitclock PLL for trouble-free varispeed ADAT operation
    Supported sample rates: 28 kHz up to 200 kHz
    Digital Inputs
    ADAT 1x TOSLINK
    Standard: 8 channels 24 bit, up to 48 kHz
    Double Speed (S/MUX): 4 channels 24 bit 96 kHz
    Quad Speed (S/MUX4) : 2 channels 24 bit 192 kHz
    Bitclock PLL ensures perfect synchronization even in varispeed operation
    Lock Range: 31.5 to 50 kHz
    Jitter when synced to input signal: <1 ns
    Jitter suppression: >50 dB (2.4 kHz)
    SPDIF 1x optical, according to IEC 60958
    Accepts Consumer and Professional format
    Lock Range: 27 to 200 kHz
    Jitter when synced to input signal: <1 ns
    Jitter suppression: >50 dB (2.4 kHz)
    Digital Outputs
    ADAT 1x TOSLINK
    Standard: 8 channels 24 bit, up to 48 kHz
    Double Speed (S/MUX): 4 channels 24 bit 96 kHz
    Quad Speed (S/MUX4) : 2 channels 24 bit 192 kHz
    SPDIF 1x optical, according to IEC 60958
    Format Consumer (SPDIF) according to IEC 60958
    Sample rate 28 kHz up to 200 kHz
    General
    Power Supply USB or external
    Power Consumption Typical: 2.9 W
    Max: 4.6 W
    Current At 5 V bus power operation: 600 mA (2.9 W)
    At 12 V external power: 240 mA (2.9 W)
    Temperature Range 41 to 122°F (+5 to +50ºC)
    Relative Humidity <75% non condensing
    Dimensions 4.25 x 1.40 x 7.10" (108 x 35 x 181 mm)
    Weight 1.5 lb (680 g)
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    Package Weight 3.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.575 x 6.221 x 3.307"

    RME BABYFACE PRO reviews

    Babyface Pro 24-Channel 192 kHz USB Bus-Powered Audio Interface is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 25.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Impressed with Sound and Build quality. I bought this as I recently got rid of my space consuming gear that included a giant desk, with a Mackie controller and a MOTU 828 MK-3 (which I loved) to go compact. The Babyface pro did not disappoint. The Total Mix/driver install was a breeze and worked perfectly with Logic on my new macbook 12. Using the baby face with the apple OEM USB C to USB adapter works flawlessly. Battery drain is not too bad. The babyface A/D converters are stellar (sound as good or better than the MOTU they replaced) and I love the 2 headphone jacks. The included carrying case is very effective. I must say the build quality is every bit as good as the macbook its beside - beautiful and solid. Thank you RME for a great product and also to B&H for great fulfilment of the order.
    Date published: 2016-01-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Powerhouse Pro Interface in a Small Package When my trusty Layla 24 8in 8out interface of 12 years finally bit the dust and I went searching for a replacement. I had already decided to 'downgrade' in terms of I/O as I never used all the extra ins and outs. What I really wanted was stable drivers and great converters - things RME are known for. Everything else I figured would be gravy. (spoiler: there's a lot of gravy) The Babyface Pro is a beautiful, solid block of aluminum with recessed, sturdy feeling ports all over it. I keep it on top of my PC tower, underneath the desk so the wires don't get in the way. Setup took a minute. I downloaded the latest drivers, plugged it in (I'm using it only connected to USB, not AC power) and it worked right away. Totalmix, the software that comes with it is terrific and extremely flexible but I had to watch a few videos to get my head around how it worked. Not a knock on RME, more of a knock on my head. I'm probably using about a tenth of Totalmix's features right now but I'm fine with that. There's more there if I need it. I especially like the loopback mode which allows me to record anything the babyface pro is playing. The mic pres are really really clean and seem to have plenty of gain for hard to drive mics. Recording guitars through the line-in input also sound terrific and are playable through amp-sims at very low latency. After purchasing the Babyface Pro I felt like both my headphones and my studio monitors got a sonic boost as well. Everything sounds so clean and tight.
    Date published: 2015-09-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small but mighty Absolutely unbelievable sound quality in a box small enough to put in your pocket. Don't be fooled by the size ,this is an incredibly powerful interface. Very easy to setup and use and the build quality is top drawer, drivers are very stable(as you would expect from RME, it was all up and running within seconds of unboxing and has not missed a beat since. If you need a small form factor(portability)for recording on the move this is the only way to fly. Its also very expandable due to the optical IN/OUT. Amazing interface that I would highly recommend.
    Date published: 2015-12-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great interface! The RME Babyface Pro is a great interface. It's a bit on the pricy side and it also has a bit of a learning curve, but the features, expandability are some of the best for this price. Most importantly the sound quality is a step above my old MOTU 8-Pre. At first I thought the Pres on the RME were a bit sterile, but actually comapred to the more brittle MOTU they were quieter and a bit warmer. Not as thick as a WA12 but, clean, with a very slight coloration. Drivers have been great so far, and Total Mix (again a bit of a learning curve) is pretty cool as well. I'm currently using my 8-pre for tracking drums through ADAT through the Babyface and its been a breeze. I bought it for use with a PC, but it will work with Mac or iPad, which I might use in the future so that's nice. One last thing, it does not come with a DC adapter, although it is USB powered (and it comes with the USB cable) and I haven't encountered any issues. As far as B and H is concerned, I ordered it and I got it within the week, that's all I can ask for!
    Date published: 2015-12-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from good interface, bad case The sound of the interface is great - beautiful sound, portability; that said, the hard case it comes with is pretty ugly.� For some reason, the latches don't open with a hand or a finger - you have to use a coin; for some reason, the case has a supremely convoluted insert for the USB cable that, if you don't get it right, will not close; for some reason the case has a compartment for the MIDI breakout cable which makes the case 20% longer, and the midi cable just dangles in it...� it just makes no sense. Otherwise, happy customer.
    Date published: 2018-01-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best I've finally resolved that I will use only RME interfaces for my projects. The drivers are the best and the hardware is second to none. The PRO version of the Babyface adds some welcome features, most of all XLR outputs on the box. Now, if only the headphone outputs were balanced... It's a very solid piece of gear and feels like a redesign from the original Babyface. It's well worth the price.
    Date published: 2016-03-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Second RME is better than the first I bought a RME UFC about five years ago and it has proven to be a excellent piece of kit. So when I needed a second DA/AD converter the choice was obvious. The Baby Face Pro is even better than the previous one that is now assigned to the video editing computer in the studio. This unit is being used for location sound work along with a Asus ROG laptop.running ProTools. The build quality is excellent and the Total Mix software has a superb reverb and echo. The travel case is bonus on a already great bit of kit.
    Date published: 2016-12-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top-quality and features Great flexible inputs and outputs for recording and mixing applications. Low-noise preamps and on-board DSP Fx and EQ. It's Low-latency drivers provide a much needed feature for VST instrument recording. What more do you need for home studio?
    Date published: 2017-02-24
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