RME Fireface UFX
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Ultra-low latency operation with USB and FireWire, combined with the legendary RME driver stability and maintenance. Including active jitter suppression, professional reference level support, advanced stand-alone functionality, RME's unique DIGICheck metering and analysis toolbox, and - of course - nearly identical operation and features on Windows PC and Mac.
On top of it: TotalMix FX, the new digital high-end mixer and signal router, driven by two powerful DSP, with integrated EQ, Dynamics and Reverb/Echo effects up to 192 kHz plus a built-in monitoring control.
The full-blown feature set is backed up by extraordinary usability. At its heart is a bright multi-functional colour display with full front panel metering for all 60 channels plus effect bus, and complete control of all key features - directly from the front of the UFX.
RME's new Fireface flagship is a highly integrated pro audio solution, a full-blown studio packed in a 19" enclosure. An interface designed for users who don't want to make compromises in sound, stability and ultra-low latency operation, and who long for an unrivalled professional feature set. Once again a milestone interface from RME, including the best of the best - and even a bit more.
RME Fireface UFX Features:
30 Input / 30 Output channels
12x Analog I/O
4x Mic/Instrument Preamp, digitally controlled
1x AES/EBU I/O
2x ADAT I/O (or 1 x ADAT I/O plus 1 x SPDIF I/O optical)
1x Word Clock I/O
2x MIDI I/O
1x FireWire 400
1x USB 2.0
|Short Description||The Fireface UFX is the new flagship of RME's audio interfaces. 60 channels of audio! Digitally controlled high-end preamps, reference class converters and full 192 kHz operation.|
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- Flagship RME delivers excellence Review by Laurence Rapaccioli (Posted on 11/07/2014)
After spending a week with the RME UFX I can safely say that I am extremely happy with the choice. After using an Emu 1820m for many years I decided it was time for a serious upgrade to a high end interface. I'd always read about RME's reliability and rock solid drivers so was hoping for something that would allow me to maximise my computers processing power to its full potential as well as giving me a more neutral balanced sound.
The RME certainly did not dissapoint in this regard. Installation is an absolute breeze, simply download latest driver from the RME website, install it, plug the RME in, power it up and the software mixer pops up on screen straight away. The large mixer can seem a little daunting at first but, a quick scan of the manual and it all makes sense pretty quickly. The routing inside RME TotalMix is as good as it gets. Any kind of input to output audio routing you can imagine is possible, I particularly like the way every software input channel can have assigned totally independent levels to all the hardware output channels from each other.
As for the sound quality, it is absolutely stellar. I was a little worried prior to purchasing as I had previously tried out an RME Multiface II many years ago and felt that whilst its sound was very focused and detailed, it just felt a little too upfront and dynamically flat. My concerns soon vanished however as I auditioned the UFX for first time and was immediately blown away by the quality of the sound in all areas. Once again exceptional detail and focus, but this time the send of depth and width were greatly improved. It's easy to see why this is RME's flagship audio interface. I use a seperate Lavry DA11 (also purchased from KMR) to feed my monitors and I have to say this thing comes extremely close. In terms of line and mic inputs are very transparent sounding with low noise levels and are capable of boosting very low level signals with ease.
I haven't tried using the UFX in standalone mode yet but the controls are nice and clear with a large knob acting as main volume control for main analog outs as well as both the headphone outputs. Plugging my Sennheiser HD600 headphones directly into the unit I found that the UFX headphone out easily handles driving them with excellent sound quality again, to the point that I may just ditch my dedicated headphone amp as the UFX does as good (if not better) job.
So overall extremely happy with this unit. It just has this rock solid feel about it,both in terms of hardware and software. I can run it via USB at its lowest 48 sample latency without a single glitch, something most other USB interfaces would struggle to achieve. The hardware also doesn't get too hot to the touch either, feels like the internal compoments are very well laid out to provide maximum long term reliability.
I would highly recommend this interface for anyone looking for high end top quality conversion with software stability you can rely on.
Video1: RME UFX Display Controls
Video2: TotalMix Overview
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