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RME Fireface UFX+ USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt Audio Interface

BH #RMUFX188 • MFR #FIREFACE UFX+
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RME Fireface UFX+ USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt Audio Interface
Key Features
  • 94 Input/94 Output Channels
  • 12 x Analog I/O
  • 4 Mic/Inst Preamps, Digitally Controlled
  • AES/EBU I/O
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.
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RME Fireface UFX+ Overview

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

RME Fireface UFX+ Specs

Form FactorRackmount
Channels of I/O94 Input / 94 Output
Max Sample Rate/Resolution192 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Mic Preamps4
Gain/Trim RangeHi-Z Inputs:
42 dB
Hi-Z Inputs:
42 dB
Inputs:
0 to +12 dB
Line Inputs:
0 to +12 dB
Mic Inputs:
75 dB
Connectivity
Analog Audio I/O6 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Line Input
2 x XLR 3-Pin Balanced Monitor Output
2 x 1/4" TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output
Phantom Power48 V
Digital Audio I/O1 x XLR 3-Pin AES3 / S/PDIF Input
1 x XLR 3-Pin AES3 / S/PDIF Output
1 x BNC Coaxial MADI Input (S/MUX Support, Word Clock Support)
1 x BNC Coaxial MADI Output (S/MUX Support, Word Clock Support)
1 x Duplex SC-Plug Optical MADI In/Out (S/MUX Support)
2 x TOSLINK Optical ADAT / S/PDIF Input (S/MUX4 Support)
2 x TOSLINK Optical ADAT / S/PDIF Output (S/MUX4 Support)
Host Connection / USB1 x Thunderbolt/MDP (Thunderbolt 1)
1 x USB Type-B (USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen 1)
USB (Non-Host)1 x USB Type-A (Remote)
Sync I/O1 x BNC Word Clock Input (Shared with MADI)
1 x BNC Word Clock Output (Shared with MADI)
Network I/ONone
MIDI I/O2 x DIN 5-Pin Input
2 x DIN 5-Pin Output
Wireless ConnectivityNone
Performance
Frequency ResponseInputs:
5 Hz to 20.8 kHz -0.1 dB (at 44.1 kHz)
3 Hz to 45.8 kHz -0.5 dB (at 96 kHz)
2 Hz to 92 kHz -1 dB (at 192 kHz)
Line Outputs:
5 Hz to 20.8 kHz -0.5 dB (at 44.1 kHz)
5 Hz to 45 kHz -0.5 dB (at 96 kHz)
5 Hz to 89 kHz -1 dB (at 192 kHz)
Max Input LevelHi-Z Inputs:
+21 dBu (Min Gain)
-21 dBu (Max Gain)
Line Inputs:
+19 dBu
Mic Inputs:
+18 dBu (Min Gain)
-57 dBu (Max Gain)
Max Output LevelLine Outputs:
+19 dBu
XLR Outputs:
+24 dBu
Line/Monitor Outputs:
+19 dBu
Headphone Outputs:
+19 dBu at 0 dBFS (High Gain)
+2 dBV at 0 dBFS (Low Gain)
Headphone Output Power210 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
ImpedanceHi-Z Inputs:
1 Megohm
Line Inputs:
8 Kilohms (Unbalanced)
Line Inputs:
12 Kilohms (Balanced)
Mic Inputs:
3.4 Kilohms
Headphone Outputs:
2 Ohms
Dynamic RangeOutputs:
118 dBA
115 dB RMS
SNRHi-Z Inputs:
114 dB RMS
118 dBA
Line Inputs:
113 dB RMS
116 dBA
Mic Inputs:
115 dB RMS
118 dBA
THDLine Inputs:
< -110 dB / < 0.00032%
THD+NLine Inputs:
< -104 dB / < 0.00063%
Outputs:
< -104 dB / < 0.00063%
Channel SeparationLine Inputs:
> 110 dB
Line Outputs:
> 110 dB
Digital Audio
Sample RatesUp to 200 kHz
Bit DepthsUp to 24-Bit
ClockingWord Clock:
Input Termination: 75 Ohms (Switchable)
Memory Card SlotNone
Compatibility
OS CompatibilityWindows 7 or Later
macOS 10.6 or Later
Processor RequirementIntel Core i3
Required HardwareAvailable Thunderbolt Port, USB 2.0 Port, or USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen 1 Port
Power
Power RequirementsAC Input
AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Power Consumption19 W (Idle)
25 W (Typical)
Physical
Rackmount Size1 RU
Operating Humidity0 to 75%
Operating Temperature41 to 122°F / 5 to 50°C
Dimensions19 x 8.5 x 1.73" / 483 x 210 x 44 mm (with Rack Ears)
Weight6.6 lb / 3.0 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight12.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)22 x 12.4 x 4.6"

RME Fireface UFX+ Reviews

Lives up to the brand reputation

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-30

Beautiful sound and plenty of connectivity. What else could you ask for.

No gimmicks, just straight performance.

By Neil
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-12-03

RME isnt trying to flex on anyone, but this thing is a monster. Its kinda ugly, but gives you just what you need, nothing less. It gets hot too but Im not sure if that is a huge problem or just an observation and it seems universal to all UFX units. Ive yet to experience any issues stemming from the temperature. I cant stress enough how freeing it is to be able to route anything anywhere. Lemme repeat, route ANYTHING, to ANYWHERE. Total Mix FX does take a bit of studying but whats a couple hours to be able to do whatever you want within any fathomable home studio. you cannot go wrong with this. premium quality components, and no frills. There are no exagerrations of RMEs part when describing this unit, so you can take take that at face value.   Get a UFX II or this UFX+. if nothing else, its definitely enough for you, and is most likely overkill.

Excellent Sounding and Powerful Interface

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-04-17

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

Very Functional but the sound...

By Aurelio Penna
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2017-04-02

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

Great product for greater creative value !

By Salam
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-03-19

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.

Like Crystal.

By Lionel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-28

It took some time to save up. Well worth it. Found an interesting loop around myself. Biweekly purchases of B & H gift cards was the trick. It locked in my currency to meet my goal.

Working Great So Far

By David
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-07-15

I purchased this unit to replace my previous MADI interface and separate backup recorder unit in my remote recording setup. Being able to combine those 2 functions (and being able to record EVERYTHING as separate channels to my backup recording instead of bussing down to 16 channels) was the primary driver for me to order this. Having all additional the line/mic/AES/ADAT inputs is just a bonus :) So far, everything is performing as expected and I'm very pleased with how it's all working out. The only negatives are the small LCD screen and navigation buttons on the unit are clunky and hard to see/use in my rack. But, I can do every I need to do in the mix software, so not a big deal in my particular circumstances. Oh - and they send a REAL, detailed printed user manual in the box. What a nice and useful surprise in this digital day and age :)

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Does this interface work with Linux in USB class compliant mode? How many channels are available and how one can decide which channels to route to and from the USB?
Asked by: Philipp
Windows 7 or Later macOS 10.6 or Later
Answered by: David
Date published: 2021-10-24
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