RME FIREFACE UC
The Fireface UC is a high performance audio interface with 2 mic preamps and 6 dedicated line inputs. RME has long been considered a benchmark for their very high precision AD/DA conversion and transparency. Smaart users who intend to use their RME interface for critical recording and playback applications will find it to be a wonderful addition to their rigs. It offers a similar connectivity as the Scarlett 4i4, with an addition 2 line level inputs on the front panel. Inputs 5 to 8 on the rear feature RME's proven level references, -10 dBV, +4 dBu and Lo Gain can be selected in the settings dialog, equivalent to +2 dBV, +13 dBu and +19 dBu for digital full scale. The same applies to the balanced rear analog outputs 1 to 6.
Where the RME really punches above its weight class is the featureset found within the Total Mix control application, where users can access myriad well-designed features including digital loopback, input pad, and basic dynamics, FX, and equalization on each input, and equalization on each output. The two preamps have a discrete relay-driven pad which changes their maximum input level between +10dBu and +20dBu making either suitable for SPL measurement with high or low sensitivity microphones*. Each preamp also offers 65dB of gain, adjustable in 1dB steps. Users who wish to expand their channel count may do so via the optical TOSLINK I/O port, increasing the channel count fully by 12 in and 12 out at 96kHz sampling rate, with availability of 16 analog inputs at 48kHz. The RME Babyface is a fantastic device for users who require reference-grade conversion and additional functionality to augment their Smaart rigs beyond the most basic configurations it can achieve.
*As a rule of thumb, multiply the mic’s sensitivity in mV/PA by 200 to determine its voltage output at 140 dB SPL. For example, if your microphone has a sensitivity of 34 mV/PA, at 140 dB SPL it will bass a voltage of 6.8Vrms or +19dBu. As long as that number (in this case +19dBu) is less than the preamps maximum input level at minimum gain, you should be in the clear.
- 2 XLR/TRS combination preamps
- 6 line level inputs
- 6 line level outputs
- Lightweight, compact form that fits easily in a laptop bag or measurement kit
- 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz sample rate support
2 XLR/TRS combination preamps:
- Max. Input Level (XLR): +21dBu
- Max. Input Level (TRS): 24dBu (at minimum gain)
- Gain range: 76dB
Mac - OSX v10.12 (Sierra) or later
Windows - 7 or later
For full product specifications, please visit the manufacturers product page HERE.
Please note, we are only authorized to ship RME Products to customers within the United States.