RME Fireface UFX+ USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt Audio Interface

RME Fireface UFX+ USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt Audio Interface

RME Fireface UFX+ USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt Audio Interface

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Product Highlights

  • 94 Input/94 Output Channels
  • 12 x Analog I/O
  • 4 Mic/Inst Preamps, Digitally Controlled
  • AES/EBU I/O
  • ADAT, MADI, Wordclock I/O
  • MIDI I/O
  • Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 Connectivity
  • TotalMix FX Software
  • Mac, Windows
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RME FIREFACE UFX+ overview

  • 1Description

The Fireface UFX+ from RME is an audio interface that combines analog, ADAT, MADI, AES, S/PDIF, USB 2, USB 3 and Thunderbolt connectivity, with the ability to handle up to 94 channels of audio I/O with ease. Also included are DURec (Direct USB Recording) and RME's renowned low-latency hardware and driver designs, making the interface especially suitable for situations where large amounts of data need to be moved about. For monitoring, low impedance Hi-Power headphone outputs provide ample power for driving any high- or low-impedance headphones.

Comprehensive MADI connectivity
In USB 2 mode, which is limited to 30 channels I/O (12 analog plus 16 ADAT plus AES), the MADI I/O is still available via RME's TotalMix FX digital mixer
Wordclock I/O (BNC) can be switched to MADI I/O (coaxial), and a special split mode supports the use of both MADI I/Os simultaneously, with 32 channel each on optical and coaxial
DURec, available on the front of the interface, offers second generation hardware with improved USB functionality and compatibility, providing greater reliability even with slower or multi-partitioned USB thumb drives
The maximum number of recordable channels has been raised to 76, meaning all 12 analog inputs plus 64 MADI channels can be recorded simultaneously
An internal Realtime Clock (RTC) delivers time-stamped files
TotalMix provides unlimited routing and mixing to the interface, with the capability to create as many independent submixes as output channels are available, and includes a complete effects system
TotalMix FX for iPad (available separately) adds full control over the mixer and DSP effects
In the Box
RME Fireface UFX+ USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt Audio Interface
  • AC Power Cable
  • 6' USB 3.0 Cable
  • RME Driver CD
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    RME FIREFACE UFX+ specs

    Clocking System Clocks: Internal, ADAT, AES, MADI, Wordclock
    Low Jitter Design: <1 ns in PLL mode, all inputs
    Internal Clock: 800 ps jitter, random spread spectrum
    Jitter Suppression of External Clocks: >30 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
    Analog Input A/D, Line In 1-8, Rear
    A/D Resolution: 24-bit
    Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR): 113 dB RMS unweighted, 116 dBA
    Frequency Response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.1 dB: 5 Hz to 20.8 kHz
    Frequency Response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: 3 Hz to 45.8 kHz
    Frequency Response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: 2 Hz to 92 kHz
    THD: <-110 dB, <0.00032 %
    THD+N: <-104 dB, <0.00063 %
    Channel Separation: >110 dB
    Maximum Input Level: +19 dBu
    Input: 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS, electronically balanced
    Input Impedance: 8 kOhms unbalanced, 12 kOhms balanced
    Input Sensitivity Switchable: Lo Gain, +4 dBu
    Input Level for 0 dBFS @ Lo Gain: +19 dBu
    Input Level for 0 dBFS @ +4 dBu: +13 dBu
    Variable Gain: 0 to +12 dB
    Minimum Level for 0 dBFS: +1 dBu, -1.2 dBV

    Microphone In 9-12, Front
    As A/D, but:
    Input: XLR, electronically balanced
    Input impedance: 3.4 kOhms
    Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR): 115 dB RMS unweighted, 118 dBA
    Gain Range: 75 dB
    Maximum Input Level, Gain 0 dB: +18 dBu
    Maximum Input Level, Gain 75 dB: -57 dBu
    Clip LED: 0 dBFS
    Signal LED: -60 dBFS

    Instrument In 9-12, Front
    As A/D, but:
    Input: 1/4" (6.3 mm) TS, unbalanced
    Input Impedance: 1 MOhm
    Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR): 114 dB RMS unweighted, 118 dBA
    Gain Range: 42 dB
    Maximum Input level, Gain 8 dB: +21 dBu
    Maximum Input level, Gain 50 dB: -21 dBu
    Analog Output D/A, Line Out 3-8, Rear
    Resolution: 24 bit
    Dynamic Range (DR): 115 dB RMS unweighted, 118 dBA
    Frequency Response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.5 dB: 5 Hz to 20.8 kHz
    Frequency Response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: 5 Hz to 45 kHz
    Frequency Response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: 5 Hz to 89 kHz
    THD: <-110 dB, <0.00032 %
    THD+N: <-104 dB, <0.00063 %
    Channel Separation: >110 dB
    Maximum Output Level: +19 dBu
    Output: 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS jack, servo-balanced
    Output Impedance: 75 Ohms unbalanced, 150 Ohms balanced
    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

    D/A, Stereo Monitor Output XLR 1-2
    As DA, but:
    Output: XLR, balanced
    Output Level Switchable: 24 dBu, Hi Gain, +4 dBu, -10 dBV
    Output Level at 0 dBFS @ 24 dBu: +24 dBu
    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

    D/A, Stereo Monitor Output Phones 9-12
    As D/A, but:
    Output: 2 x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS stereo jack, unbalanced
    Maximum Output Level at 0 dBFS, High: +19 dBu
    Maximum Output Level at 0 dBFS, Low: +2 dBV
    Output Impedance: 2 Ohm
    Maximum Power per Channel @ 32 Ohm load, 0.1% THD: 210 mW (2.6 Vrms, +10.5 dBu)
    MIDI 2 x 5-pin DIN MIDI I/O (front panel)
    2 x 5-pin DIN MIDI I/O (rear panel)
    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

    1 x MIDI I/O via MADI
    Invisible transmission via User bit of channel 56 (up to 48 kHz)
    Invisible transmission via User bit of channel 28 (up to 96 kHz)
    Digital Input MADI
    Optical via FDDI duplex SC connector
    62.5/125 and 50/125 compatible
    Coaxial via BNC (Wordclock input), 75 Ohms
    High-sensitivity input stage (<0.2 V p-p)
    Accepts 56 channel and 64 channel mode, plus 96k Frame
    Standard: Up to 64 channels 24-bit 48 kHz
    S/MUX: Up to 32 channels 24-bit 96 kHz
    S/MUX4: Up to 16 channels 24-bit 192 kHz
    Lock Range: 25 kHz to 54 kHz
    Jitter When Synced to Input Signal: <1 ns

    AES/EBU
    1 x XLR, transformer-balanced, galvanically isolated, according to AES3-1992
    High-sensitivity input stage (< 0.3 V p-p)
    S/PDIF compatible (IEC 60958)
    Accepts Consumer and Professional format
    Lock Range: 27 kHz to 200 kHz
    Jitter When Synced to Input Signal: <1 ns
    Jitter Suppression: >30 dB (2.4 kHz)

    ADAT Optical
    2 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
    Bitclock PLL ensures perfect synchronization even in Varispeed operation
    Lock range: 31.5 kHz to 50 kHz
    Jitter When Synced to Input Signal: <1 ns

    S/PDIF Optical (ADAT2)
    1 x Optical, according to IEC 60958
    Accepts Consumer and Professional format
    Lock Range: 27 kHz to 200 kHz
    Jitter When Synced to Input Signal: <1 ns
    Jitter Suppression: >30 dB (2.4 kHz)

    Wordclock
    1 x BNC
    Internal termination 75 Ohms switchable
    Automatic Double/Quad Speed detection and internal conversion to Single Speed
    SteadyClock guarantees super low jitter synchronization even in Varispeed operation
    Not affected by DC-offsets within the network
    Signal Adaptation Circuit: Signal refresh through auto-center and hysteresis
    Overvoltage protection
    Level Range: 1.0 V p-p to 5.6 V p-p
    Lock Range: 27 kHz to 200 kHz
    Jitter When Synced to Input Signal: < 1 ns
    Jitter Suppression: >30 dB (2.4 kHz)
    Digital Output MADI
    Optical via FDDI duplex SC connector
    62.5/125 and 50/125 compatible
    Cable Length: Up to 6562' (2000 m)
    Coaxial via BNC, 75 Ohms
    Output voltage 600 mV p-p
    Cable Length: up to 328' (100 m)
    Generates 56 channel and 64 channel mode, plus 96k Frame
    Standard: Up to 64 channels 24-bit 48 kHz
    S/MUX / 96k Frame: Up to 32 channels 24-bit 96 kHz
    S/MUX4: Up to 16 channels 24-bit 192 kHz

    AES/EBU
    1 x XLR, transformer-balanced, galvanically isolated, according to AES3-1992
    Output level Professional 4.5 V p-p, Consumer 2.6 V p-p
    Format Professional according to AES3-1992 Amendment 4
    Format Consumer (SPDIF) according to IEC 60958
    Single Wire mode, sample rate 28 kHz up to 200 kHz

    ADAT
    2 x TOSLINK
    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

    S/PDIF Optical (ADAT2)
    Format Consumer (S/PDIF) according to IEC 60958
    Sample rate 28 kHz up to 200 kHz

    Wordclock
    1 x BNC
    Maximum Output Voltage: 5 V p-p
    Output Voltage @ 75 Ohms Termination: 4.0 V p-p
    Output Impedance: 10 Ohms
    Frequency Range: 27 kHz to 200 kHz
    Operating Environment Temperature Range: 41 up to 122°F (+5 up to +50°C)
    Relative Humidity: <75%, non condensing
    Power Requirements 100~240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
    Idle Power Consumption: 19 W
    Typical Power Consumption: 22 to 25 W
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 19 x 8.5 x 1.73" (483 x 210 x 44 mm) - with rack ears
    Weight 6.6 lb, (3 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 12.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 22.0 x 12.4 x 4.6"

    RME FIREFACE UFX+ reviews

    Fireface UFX+ USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt Audio Interface is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Functional but the sound... Yes its great like any RME product. The most functional interface available arround (a trusted one). Totalmix is the coolest thing. And recording separated channels on a pen a driver without using computer is a killer featuring! But the on board pres isn,t that good and they easily peaking levels and the sound is kind of bright and a bit week on mids and low frequencies. USB 3.0 seems doesn't help much avoiding clicks, pops and crackles recording at 96 and 192khz. If you dont need an USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt interface and don't need 64 MADI channels, I'd consider take a good look on Grace 108, Apogees or Linxs for better converter. I'm not regreted but I'm saying that now a days I'd prefer sound quality over functionality. Pros: Totalmix Direct USB driver recording with Control room and honest onboard DSP dynamic, EQ, reverb and delay. 2 ADAT I/O x 8 channel AES MADI 8 balanced line in and out 4 mic pres 75db Cons: Week sound A bit harshness on highs USB 3.0 seems make no diference with pops and clicks. Maybe little dificult to seting up Doesn't have DB25 I/O
    Date published: 2017-04-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Sounding and Powerful Interface Pros: - ADC, DAC, and headphone amp is clear and detailed with precise bass, stereo imaging, and instrument separation--no perceptible noise. The conversion does not add any harshness to the sound at all which is very impressive. The DAC seems to add a slight analog character to the presentation, but overall neutral tonality without being sterile. I have not gotten any listening fatigue listening many hours through both monitors and headphones. -Even rough mixes recorded with this box are translating well to other systems, very very good separation of instruments/effects/elements in the mix when played back on different systems, cheap headphones, and even on built-in iMAC internal DAC and speakers. -I/O, lots of headroom, no audible noise, no ground hum, latency not an issue. -Stand-Alone recording--so handy -TotalMix is extremely practical, flexible, and scaleable up or down (down for me). Cons: -Not Plug in Play: There is a learning curve with this unit and Total Mix, but worth it. -Heat Buildup: The unit can run very warm, in my case I had to mount it in the bottom of my rack with one empty rack space below and above (the manual does warn of this). I had some trouble for a while before I put extra space in my rack--the unit would just stop playing audio. It wouldn't shut off, pop, or make any noise--thankfully--but just stop feeding audio signals through it. Addressing the heat issue solved this, I tested it for 24 hours--no issues now. MIDI Ports: I can't seem to get these to work properly with Logic X. The MIDI and Audio keeps getting out of sync. I went through the recommended fixes/settings in Logic which helped, but still not 100 percent. So I plugged my magic mt4 USB MIDI box back in, re-installed latest firmware and drivers for UFX+, restarted all devices, and everything works now recording or playing back MIDI and Audio for hours on end. I will just use the MIDI port for a future controller. Overall: Worth it
    Date published: 2017-04-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product for greater creative value ! I am using this beautiful product for creating 'music compose/arrange' with Logic Pro, It is really great product which is doubling my creative value in sound world ! I loved it and recommend to friends.
    Date published: 2017-03-19
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