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RME And Synthax Introduce Fireface UFX+ Interface

Features include MADI I/O (now with 188 channels of I/O), USB 3.0, Thunderbolt technology, and a new optional remote control.

Synthax, the Americas distributor for RME, introduces the new RME Fireface UFX+ Interface with Thunderbolt and USB 3 connectivity—the company’s new flagship audio production tool.

With the inclusion of DURec (Direct USB Recording), and RME’s low latency hardware and driver designs, the Fireface UFX+ is packed with features not found on its older sibling, including MADI I/O (now with 188 channels of I/O), a more powerful DSP, USB 3.0, Thunderbolt technology, and a new optional remote control.

The Fireface UFX+ offers flexibility in terms of connectivity and expansion. Analog, ADAT, MADI, AES, SPDIF. USB 2, USB 3, and Thunderbolt technology are all standard on the Fireface UFX+. The interface has a channel count of 12 analog, 16 ADAT, 2 AES, and 64 MADI for 94 channels input plus output equaling 188 channels total.

Thunderbolt technology gives the Fireface UFX+ real PCI Express audio performance under Mac and Windows, with low latency, low system overhead, and low CPU load. The Fireface UFX+ is fully Thunderbolt technology compatible under Windows, including hot-plugging.

RME’s Fireface UFX+ incorporates all new AD/DA converters, optimized analog I/O circuits, as well as improved SNR and THD values. A new PAD-free mic circuit design offers +18 dBu maximum input level and 75 dB gain range. Further, new phones outputs (2 Ohms) with +19 dBu maximum output level provide ample output power as well as volume on any headphones—high or low impedance.

MADI connectivity is another noteworthy aspect of the new Fireface UFX+. For example, 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 integrated hardware mixer TotalMix FX. Word Clock I/O (BNC) can be switched to MADI I/O (coaxial), and a special split mode even supports the use of both MADI I/Os simultaneously, with 32 channels each on optical and coaxial.

The Fireface UFX+ also includes DURec (Direct USB Recording), which is available on the front of the Fireface UFX+. It now offers second generation hardware with improved USB functionality and compatibility—providing greater reliability, even with slower or multi-partitioned USB thumb drives.

Mathias von Heydekampf, managing director at Synthax, shared his perspective on the new Fireface UFX+, “The new RME Fireface UFX+ offers unprecedented I/O capacity, flexibility and control—all in a compact 1RU form factor. With the incorporation of its many new features, I’m confident it will be very well received.”

The RME Fireface UFX+ Interface is slated to be available in August 2016. MSRP pricing is $2,999.00.


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