At the Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt, RME (celebrating its 20th anniversary) has introduced four new products: the MADIface Pro audio interface, Fireface UFX+ Thunderbolt interface, ADI-2 Pro AD/DA converter, and ARC USB controller for TotalMix FX.
The new MADIface Pro is a variant of the company’s Babyface Pro audio interface, retaining its styling and integrated XLR I/O.
However, the 8-channel ADAT I/O has been replaced with MADI. The result is 64 channels of audio with a single cable on an interface that will fit into a laptop computer bag with your computer. It’s compatible with Mac and Windows.
The new Fireface UFX+ is RME’s first interface with Thunderbolt and USB 3 connectivity, able to handle up to 94 channels of I/O. It includes DURec (Direct USB Recording) capability and includes features not found on its older sibling, including MADI I/O, taking it to 188 channels of I/O (128 channels more than the Fireface UFX). It also offers more powerful DSP for latency-free routing as well as extensive processing of dynamics and effects for all channels.
In addition the Fireface UFX+ offers USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, and the new ARC USB optional remote control. This means it can be used both with Mac OS X and
Windows, even supporting hot plugging.
The new ADI-2 Pro is a high-end AD/DA converter, USB 2.0 DAC, USB 2.0 interface and headphone amplifier. Based on the specific connections, it will automatically switch to AD/DA converter, USB interface or analog preamp mode.
The ADI-2 Pro combines a USB DAC offering quality analog conversion to and from AES, SPDIF and ADAT, and a headphone amp with two separately controlled outputs. It supports sample frequencies of up to 768 kHz and includes a parametric 5-band EQ as well as low cut for all analog I/Os, allowing effective response correction for headphones and loudspeakers.
The ADI-2 Pro is designed for both mastering and measuring systems, and is also suited for mobile use in combination with an Apple iPad. An optional power bank offers up to five hours of mobile operation. The high-resolution IPS display also ensures clear overview over all parameters.
Finally, the new ARC USB is a control unit for the TotalMix FX as well as the new Fireface UFX+, providing intuitive control over the latter’s DSP-based
routing and effects section. The ARC USB can be connected via USB to a computer (Mac OS/Windows) or directly to the Fireface UFX+ when employing the stand-alone mode.
The control unit includes a jog wheel, 15 assignable, illuminated buttons, as well as a connector for a footswitch that can be assigned individually. The RME ARC USB will also simultaneously control multiple units.