RME has unveiled the Babyface Pro FS, an updated version of the compact USB audio interface, Babyface Pro, which was released four years ago.
The new RME Babyface Pro FS is created from a single block of aluminium with specially designed analogue and digital circuits. Technical development includes the addition of the SteadyClock FS, which uses the same digital clock technology found on RME’s ADI-2 Series of AD/DA converters.
Accurate clocking is an essential element in digital audio, with digital audio signals reliant on the clocking frequency for correct representation of audio bits and sample time reference. Unfortunately, the clock frequency of many audio devices can be unstable, which in turn has a negative impact on sound quality. SteadyClock FS is designed to provide high-quality AD and DA conversion. With RME’s jitter-suppression and filtering technology, self-jitter has been reduced all the way down to the range of femtoseconds (FS).
The two parallel headphone outputs (3.5 mm and 6.3 mm) of the Babyface Pro FS feature the same output op-amps found on the RME ADI-2 Pro FS, and two digitally-controlled microphone preamps provide a clean signal. Its front panel controls allow for swift access to input and output selection and recalling mix settings, and a large encoder wheel provides smooth and accurate control over levels and gains.
Like its predecessor, both mic pres can be used simultaneously with 48v even when powered solely via USB bus-power. Further connectivity includes two Instrument/Line inputs for instrument recording; one MIDI I/O via an included breakout cable; and optical ADAT I/O for expanding the channel count with up to eight additional I/O, when connected to an external AD/DA converter or microphone preamp.
To round off the new additions, the Babyface Pro FS features a +19 / +4 dBu switch on the underside of the interface, for reducing the output level (and improving SNR values) when using sensitive active monitors, and a Kensington lock port provides a level of security against theft.
Like all RME audio interfaces, the new Babyface Pro FS features the powerful FPGA-based digital mixer TotalMix FX. Controllable via a dedicated software interface, TotalMix FX provides all of the same functionality usually reserved for digital mixing consoles, complete with a three-band parametric EQ on every channel, as well as Reverb and Delay effects.
Additionally, the free companion app TotalMix Remote enables remote control of RME audio interfaces over any standard IP based network. With TotalMix Remote installed on a Mac, PC or iOS device, the Babyface Pro FS can be controlled directly from another computer on the same network, including over Wi-Fi.
Wireless touch-screen control is therefore possible when using the Babyface Pro FS with an Apple iPad, allowing engineers to control the interface from anywhere in a studio or live venue.