RME (Booth 14702) is officially launching the new Babyface Pro FS at NAMM 2020 next week in Anaheim. It incorporates the company’s proprietary SteadyClock FS technology in addition to being outfitted with a variety of upgrades, including increased headphone power as well as plugins from Scuffham Amps, Gig Performer, and Brainworx via the Plugin Alliance.
The new Babyface Pro FS offers the SteadyClock FS circuit designed to deliver low jitter and high jitter immunity in all clock modes as well as quality analog conversion. Two digitally controlled preamps provide individually switchable 48-volt phantom power, and they’ve been upgraded to provide a gain range of 76 dB, adjustable in steps of 1 dB, including a relay-driven PAD designed to enhance EIN (Equivalent Input Noise) performance as well as line overload protection.
For main I/O, an XLR socket is integrated into the housing and saves space. The feature set also includes an optical TOSLINK I/O to be used as either an ADAT port with SMUX support or SPDIF for sessions up to 192 kHz. In combination with an external ADAT converter, the Babyface Pro FS supports 12 analog inputs as well as 12 outputs. Users can plug a guitar, line or high impedance into the unit’s jack inputs 3 and 4 and record with no additional hardware required. A MIDI I/O via an included breakout cable is also part of the package.
The Babyface Pro FS incorporates newly designed analog and digital circuits. A +19/+4 dBu switch on the bottom of the unit adds a direct way to reduce the output level, designed to improve SNR for sensitive active monitors, avoid distortion/overload and help to keep TotalMix FX faders near 0 dB instead of high attenuations.
For mobile users, a K-slot can be used with a variety of locking solutions for theft protection. Also, the unit remains bus-powered for mobile operation.
Babyface Pro FS comes with RME’s digital real-time mixer TotalMix FX allowing for independent routing and mixing of input and playback channels to all physical outputs. TotalMix FX is also equipped with DSP reverbs, delays, EQ, and a headphone mixing system for tracking and overdubbing. It also allows users to expand their Babyface Pro FS into a 10 mic input unit using the Octamic II or XTC with digital control of the preamps.
“We are excited to release the third generation of the Babyface at the 2020 NAMM Show,” states Derek Badala, director of sales Americas Synthax, distributor of RME. “Now featuring our industry-leading SteadyClock FS technology, the Babyface Pro FS boasts an ultra high-end audio performance to optimize users’ recordings and mixes. From a strictly hardware point-of-view, RME has improved the mic preamps, AD/DA converters and now included the same headphone circuit as the award-winning ADI-2 Pro series making this one of the most advanced portable audio interfaces on the market.
“The unit will also ship with both a USB 2 and USB C cable, making it easily compatible for users of all computer types,” he continues. “On the software side, the Babyface Pro FS includes the following plug-ins: Scuffham Amps S-Gear guitar amp simulator, Gig Performer Brainworx BX Opto, Brianworx BX Masterdesk mastering tools, Pianoteq 6 by Modartt and Blue3 by GG Audio. With all of the hardware and software enhancements, the value to the customer in this portable-but-mighty interface is unprecedented.”