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RME Fireface UFX

30-in/30-out, 192kHz USB/FireWire Audio Interface with DSP Mixer

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Product Description for the RME Fireface UFX

Sixty channels of audio! Digitally controlled high-end preamps, reference class converters and complete 192 kHz operation. Ultra-low latency operation with USB OR FireWire combined with the legendary RME driver stability and maintenance.

Including active jitter suppression, professional reference level support, advanced stand-alone functionality, RME´s unique DIGICheck metering and analysis toolbox and – of course – identical operation on Windows PC and Mac.

On top of it: TotalMix FX, the new digital high-end mixer and signal router, driven by two powerful DSP, with integrated EQ, Dynamics and Reverb/Echo effects up to 192 kHz plus built-in monitoring control.

The full-blown feature set is backed up by an extraordinary usability. At its heart is a bright multi-functional color display with full front panel metering for all 60 channels plus effect bus, and complete control of all key features - directly from the front of the UFX.

RME's new Fireface flagship is a highly integrated pro audio solution, a full-blown studio packed in a 19" enclosure. An interface designed for users who don't want to make compromises in sound, stability and ultra-low latency operation, and who long for an unrivaled professional feature set. Once again a milestone interface from RME, including the best of the best - and even a bit more.

Inputs and Outputs

The UFX provides 60 channels of audio: 30 input and 30 output channels. All inputs and outputs can be used at the same time. Up to 12 analog and 18 digital channels can be recorded onto 30 separate tracks.

The UFX provides 12 analog I/Os:

12 Inputs. 8 balanced TRS on the back and 4 XLR inputs with mic/instrument preamps on the front.

12 Outputs. On the rear: 6 balanced TRS and 2 balanced XLR - perfect for the direct connection of the main studio monitors. On the front: Two additional TRS stereo phones outputs providing high volumes even with hi-impedance headphones (playback channels 9/10 and 11/12).

Digital I/O

AES/EBU: The UFX provides a professional AES/EBU I/O working up to 192 kHz.

ADAT: Two 8-channel ADAT I/Os expand the UFX by 16 channels available simultaneously with the analog channels. They can be used to connect two 8-channel AD/DA converters, mixing consoles, or to insert effects devices. Both I/Os support sample rates with up to 192 kHz (S/MUX4). Using two external converters like the ADI-8 QS, the UFX will provide 28 analog inputs and outputs, 20 with a sample rate of 96 kHz, and still 16 at 192 kHz.

SPDIF: The second ADAT I/O can be used as optical SPDIF I/O, making the UFX connections even more flexible.

Word Clock & MIDI: A word clock input and output (BNC) with switchable termination plus two MIDI I/Os complete the I/O list and turn the Fireface UFX into a professional audio system with universal usability.

Sound Quality

When it comes to sound quality and price to performance ratio RME plays in its own league. The Fireface UFX is no exception. Like any other RME product it combines excellent analog circuit design with high-grade AD/DA converter chips. Therefore all balanced TRS & XLR I/Os and both phones outputs guarantee outstanding low noise and distortion values. In best RME tradition and product philosophy converters and preamps don’t produce “sound”, they do not add or remove anything from the source signal, just capture it as it is.

Due to its efficient jitter reduction, RME´s superior SteadyClock guarantees state-of-the-art AD/DA conversion, even when clocking to an external digital source.

All I/Os operate up to 192 kHz and reach 118 dBA dynamic range on playback - even both headphone outputs. Their high power technology delivers high volume no matter if high or low impedance phones are used. The balanced analog inputs are based on RME’s low-latency converter design from the high-end converter ADI-8 QS. The DA section is based on RME´s M-Series. Both designs guarantee excellent S/N and THD specs across a wide analog level range.

Every input and output channel comes with a luxury feature set, comparable to a full-scale digital console. The effects per channel include 3-band parametric EQ, adjustable Low Cut, Auto Leveler, Compressor, Expander, MS Processing and phase reversal. The Reverb and Echo effects unit is available for all channels by a stereo send and return bus. The UFX easily tops the competition by offering all these effects even at 192 kHz operation.

USB & Firewire

The UFX now combines USB and FireWire, Made by RME, within one interface and has been uncompromisingly optimized for highest performance under Windows and Mac OS. It uses a special customized firmware for every operating system. Like other RME interfaces, the UFX provides revolutionary ultra-low latencies even with multiple channels.

Preamps

The UFX provides four high-transparency preamps backed up by four stereo converters with RME´s new Advanced Parallel Converter technology. The fully symmetrical preamp design impresses with extremely low distortion, excellent signal to noise ratio and a perfect linear frequency response.

Mic and Instrument preamps of the UFX use the core technology from RME´s Micstasy – a high-end preamp for supreme sonic demands and critical applications, like the professional recording of classical concerts.

The digitally controlled gain of up to 65 dB, adjustable in steps of 1 dB over a range of 55 dB, is individually set for every preamp by the display-supported controls on the front of the UFX. All level settings are 100% reproducible and can also be adjusted comfortably with the TotalMix software from the host computer or via a MIDI remote controller.

The four inputs on the front use balanced XLR/TRS combo sockets and operate alternatively as Hi-Z inputs. Directly plug in up to four guitars or other instruments - it does not require any other hardware.

Advanced Parallel Conversion - All four UFX preamps are feeding not only four, but eight AD converters. Every Mic-pre channel uses a double, parallel AD conversion on two AD converters at the same time to reach exceptional signal-to-noise values and a performance not available with a classic converter design.

Monitor Controller

The UFX is not only a perfect desktop level controller, but a monitor switcher and source selector with integrated talkback function for modern Mix-In-the-Box studios which are based on software DAWs. As the UFX includes the usually externally added monitoring controller, it also preserves the original sound, as its hardware output stays directly connected to the studio monitors.

The control room features work hand in hand with the control room section of TotalMix. A flexible management allows you to assign any physical output to the three, directly knob-controlled monitor outputs. E.g. just assign the AES/EBU output as Main Out, or as Phones Out - any output can be used. Talkback, Listenback, Mono, Dim - all these features work automatically for the assigned outputs in the expected way. Convenience at its best.

Display

To maintain the best usability for this huge feature set, RME integrated a high resolution color display into the front panel. In combination with a trio of rotary encoders all features of the UFX can be manually controlled directly on the UFX itself. TotalMix, connected PC or Mac, is synced to the interface controls and follows all changes automatically.

TotalMix FX

The DSP-based TotalMix mixer allows fully independent routing and mixing of all 30 input and playback channels to all 30 physical outputs. Up to 15 totally independent stereo submixes plus a luxury Control Room section offer unrivalled monitoring capabilities and unsurpassed routing flexibility.

There is more: The next generation of TotalMix delivers hardware mixing/routing with lots of new features and a highly improved usability. For a seamless integration of the new features TotalMix has been rewritten from the ground up. The DSP mixer now not only matches features of high-end digital consoles but even adds the following effects on all input and output channels:

  • 3-band parametric EQ plus Low Cut (up to 24 dB/Oct)
  • Dynamics: Compressor/Expander
  • Auto Level

The UFX provides a separate FX send bus feeding two effect engines: Reverb and Echo.

All effects are available even at 192 kHz.

The complete effects section not only adds a lot of flexibility to the recording chain, but makes latency burdened software dispensable.

TotalMix can easily replace any external mixer, e.g. to create different latency-free monitoring mixes with EQ and Reverb for the main studio monitors and the headphone of the vocalist(s) in the recording chamber.

Features

Drivers

  • Windows Vista / 7 / XP SP2 (32 & 64 Bit)

Apple Mac OS X 10.5+

  • RME Fireface UFX Firewire and USB Audio Interface Features
  • 30 Input / 30 Output channels
  • 12 x Analog I/O
  • 4 x Mic / Instrument preamp with Advanced Parallel Conversion
  • 1 x AES/EBU I/O
  • 2 x ADAT I/O (or 1 x ADAT + SPDIF I/O optical)
  • 2 x MIDI I/O
  • 1 x Word Clock I/O
  • FireWire and USB operation
  • TotalMix FX with internal effects
  • Integrated Monitoring Control
  • Optional: Hardware Monitor Remote Controller
  • RME Fireface UFX Firewire and USB Audio Interface Specifications

AD, Line In 1-8, rear

  • Signal to Noise ratio (SNR): 110 dB RMS unweighted, 113 dBA
  • Frequency response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.1 dB: 5 Hz - 21.5 kHz
  • Frequency response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: 5 Hz - 45.5 kHz
  • Frequency response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: 5 Hz - 66.5 kHz
  • THD: < -110 dB, < 0.00032 %
  • THD+N: < -104 dB, < 0.00063 %
  • Channel separation: > 110 dB
  • Input: 6.3 mm TRS jack, electronically balanced
  • Input sensitivity switchable to Lo Gain, +4 dBu, -10 dBV
  • Input level for 0 dBFS @ Lo Gain: +19 dBu
  • Input level for 0 dBFS @ +4 dBu: +13 dBu
  • Input level for 0 dBFS @ -10 dBV: +2 dBV
  • Microphone In 9-12, front

As AD, but:

  • Input: XLR, electronically balanced
  • Signal to Noise ratio (SNR): 112 dB RMS unweighted, 115 dBA
  • Gain range: 65 dB
  • Maximum input level, Gain 0 dB: +12 dBu
  • Instrument In 9-12, front

As AD, but:

  • Input: 6.3 mm TS jack, unbalanced
  • Signal to Noise ratio (SNR): 112 dB RMS unweighted, 115 dBA
  • Gain range: 55 dB
  • DA, Line Out 3-8, rear
  • Dynamic range (DR): 115 dB RMS unweighted, 118 dBA
  • Frequency response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.5 dB: 5 Hz - 22 kHz
  • Frequency response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: 5 Hz - 34 kHz
  • Frequency response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: 5 Hz - 50 kHz
  • THD: -104 dB, < 0.00063 %
  • THD+N: -100 dB, < 0.001 %
  • Channel separation: > 110 dB
  • Output: 6.3 mm TRS jack, servo-balanced
  • Output impedance: 75 Ohm
  • Output level switchable Hi Gain, +4 dBu, -10 dBV
  • Output level at 0 dBFS @ Hi Gain: +19 dBuB
  • Output level at 0 dBFS @ +4 dBu: +13 dBu
  • Output level at 0 dBFS @ -10 dBV: +2 dBV
  • DA - Stereo Monitor Output XLR (1-2)

As DA, but:

  • Output: XLR, balanced
  • Output level switchable 24 dBu, Hi Gain, +4 dBu, -10 dBV
  • Output level at 0 dBFS @ 24 dBu: +24 dBu
  • DA - Stereo Monitor Output Phones (9-12)

As DA, but:

  • Output: 6.3 mm TRS stereo jack, unbalanced
  • Maximum output level at 0 dBFS, High: +13 dBu
  • Maximum output level at 0 dBFS, Low: +2 dBV
  • Output impedance: 30 Ohm

AES/EBU

  • XLR, transformer-balanced, galvanically isolated, according to AES3-1992

4 x TOSLINK, format according to Alesis specification

  • Standard: 2 x 8 channels 24 bit, up to 48 kHz
  • Double Speed (S/MUX): 2 x 4 channels 24 bit 96 kHz
  • Quad Speed (S/MUX4): 2 x 2 channels 24 bit 192 kHz

Word Clock

  • BNC, switch for internal termination 75 Ohm
  • RME Fireface UFX Firewire and USB Audio Interface Includes
  • USB cable: 1.8 m
  • FireWire cable: 4 m
  • Optical cable (TOSLINK) 2 m
  • Power cable
  • Installations-CD (WIN & MAC): Drivers DIGICheck Manual (PDF)
  • Printed manual
SKU RME-FIREFACEUFX
Brand RME
Weight 6.6000
Dimensions (WxHxD) No

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RME FIREFACE UFX: Awesome & Wow
Review by william
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The RME Fireface UFX is definitely one of the best piece of hardware gear i bought in quite awhile now .Although it doesn’t necessarily come with a cheap price tag on the market,this unit is one i can truly say it is 100% worth every dollar i spent in getting it, from a good deal ahight i got from PRO AUDIO STAR.
Here are just some of the reasons why i dig the Fireface UFX interface and just a few minor things i don’t dig about it.

I really like the high & pristine audio of the preamps and converters and just how flexible the unit is to integrate into my studio setup and mobile recording rig. The ability not only to record into your daw of choice BUT on standalone mode ,onto a usb stick or hard drive connected directly to the unit. Just that function made me like the unit a lot, i no longer had to worry if my laptop would freeze of crush during a live recording, for function provided backup. Being able link and control Total mix FX and logic at the same time,while using to my Maschine controller via midi is something i found really cool and awesome which kinda enhanced my workflow . These are just a few things i like out of so many cool things the unit has.

So what are the minor things that i don’t like about the UFX?
Well even though the UFX is a wonderful professional unit , mann i must say its rather not really a user friendly piece of equipment .You got to KNOW what you are doing especially when using its controller Total mix FX which is fabulous once you get going. You got to understand how to route stuff in /out and thru the software. The other thing i really wish RME would incorporate specially into their total mix software, concerning their midi capabilities, is a LEARN ASSIGNMENT FUNCTION just to make it easy & quick to assign parameters to any external midi controller.

Anyway besides these minor issues i have with the fire face ufx ,i would highly recommend anyone to get this serious piece of gear because for me and I’m sure for anyone that would use this gear, would say WOW. So to RME BRAVO (Posted on 5/5/14)
Fan-Flipping-Tastic
Review by AZA Prod
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The absolute cleanest, most transparent signal I have ever had to date.

Mic Pre's are phenomenal.

Routing is fast and easy.

The Fireface UFX is used for a minimum of 6 hours daily, sometimes up to 12-16 hours, and has yet to have its first hiccup.

I would recommend it to any professional audio producer, on sonic clarity alone. So far the very finest interface I have used.

Just from the experiences I have had with the UFX thus far, I would gladly purchase ANY product that carries the RME name on it.

I just can not emphasize enough what a difference this unit has made in my day to day studio life.

Just stinking excellent from top to bottom, front to back. (Posted on 1/19/12)
Excellent Audio Interface - RME Fireface UFX Rocks!!
Review by TNA
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This is by far the best audio interface that I\'ve used. In Pro Tools 9 my DIGI003 ran as low as 64 samples, the UFX goes to 48 samples using USB 2.0 and definitely runs smoother. Since I already owned RME\'s 2-channel converter, I expected converters on the UFX to be great.

What really surprised me was the quality of the four preamps. I ran a recording session the same day I received my UFX and was amazed by the clarity of vocals recorded through the pres. They were crisp, detailed, very clear, but high frequencies were not harsh. Vocals also had a slightly warm / kind of coloured sound. I\'ll be recording directly through these pres from now, unless I\'m looking for a much darker tube tone.

UFX has many connections. 12 analog ins, 8 analog out (plus 2 headphones), 16 ADAT IO and AES. The second ADAT port can also function as AES.
I\'ve not fully grasped Total Mix FX as yet, but it looks very promising and I hope to run all my monitoring in Total MIX.

What I don\'t like about the UFX?
There are only 6 TRS outputs at the rear and 2 XLR outputs. I had to use 2 female XLR to female TRS connectors for all 8 TRS outputs. This is obviously not a deal breaker, but I would\'ve preferred 8 stock TRS outputs.

Though it\'s not the average priced interface, I\'d say it yields great value for money spent. You get quality conversion, zero latency monitoring, a great 30 channel digital mixer with Total MX FX and a 30 channel hard disk recorder.

I\'ll gladly recommend the Fireface UFX to anyone looking for a high quality audio interface!! (Posted on 9/24/11)

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