PL+S 2016: Four new offerings from RME11 April 2016
RME had an eventful Prolight + Sound this year, unveiling four new products and celebrating its 20th anniversary.
The first of these new arrivals is the MADIface Pro, a variant of the Babyface Pro interface, retaining the housing and integrated XLR I/O, but replacing the eight-channel ADAT I/O with MADI. The result is 64 channels of audio with a single cable on an interface that will fit into a laptop bag with the computer. As well as being ideal for remote, live, broadcast and industrial applications, the MADIface Pro is also a ‘complete solution for the studio’ with both Mac and Windows.
The second is the Fireface UFX+ (pictured), the first RME interface to offer Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity. Designed to sit at the the heart of any multitrack studio, it is able to handle up to 94 channels I/O with ease, and includes DURec (Direct USB Recording), a new ARC USB optional remote control – meaning it can be used with both Mac OS X and Windows, even supporting hot plugging – and RME’s low latency hardware and driver designs.
It also has features not found on its older sibling, such as MADI I/O – taking it to 188 channels of I/O (128 channels more than the Fireface UFX) – a more powerful DSP for latency-free routing as well as extensive processing of dynamics and effects for all channels.
Next up is the ADI-2 Pro AD/DA converter, which combines a high-end USB DAC (AES, SPDIF and ADAT) and a headphone amp equipped with two separately controlled outputs. Its design, unique specifications, user features and transparency make it ‘perfect for mastering and measurement applications as well as the ultimate tool for audiophiles everywhere.’ Based on the connections, the ADI-2 pro will automatically switch between AD/DA converter, USB interface or analogue preamp modes.
The device also supports sample frequencies of up to 768 kHz, a parametric five-band EQ as well as low cut for all analogue I/O, allowing effective response correction for headphones and speakers, and it is also suitable for mobile use in combination with an Apple iPad. Finally, there is an optional power bank offering up to five hours of mobile operation and a high-resolution IPS display for overviewing all parameters.
Completing the lineup is ARC USB, RME’s new control unit for easy and tactile operation of TotalMix FX. It’s optimised to be used with Fireface UFX+ and offers intuitive control over the DSP-based routing and effects section. The ARC USB can be connected via USB to a computer (Mac or Windows) or directly to the Fireface UFX+ when employing the stand-alone mode. The control unit features a jog wheel, 15 freely assignable, illuminated buttons as well as a connector for a foot switch that can be assigned individually. The RME ARC USB will also be able to simultaneously control multiple units.