MESSE06: Another Fireface From RME

Fireface 400 is a half-rack 36-Channel 24 Bit/192 kHz FireWire audio interface      30/03/06

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MESSE06: Another Fireface From RME


RME’s Fireface 800 FireWire audio interface has been a great success and now they have launched the Fireface 400 in Frankfurt. Rather than simply being a compact version of the bigger Fireface 800, the portable Fireface 400 is a newly designed product whose flexibility, functionality and performance, according to RME, sets it apart from other devices.
RME tell us that with their extensive FireWire performance and analog/digital circuitry expertise invested in its design, the Fireface 400 is the only device in its category to offer active jitter suppression, stand-alone MIDI functionality, direct device operation, professional quality I/Os, and an unsurpassed 648-channel matrix router.
Main Features
  • Support for up to 192 kHz
  • Two digitally controlled high-quality mic preamps
  • Two balanced universal line/instrument inputs
  • SteadyClock for maximum jitter suppression and clock refresh
  • Simple stand-alone operation via display and rotary encoders
  • TotalMix: 648-channel mixer with 42 bit internal resolution
  • 54 level meters displaying peak and RMS, calculated in hardware
  • Full mobility with reliable bus power support
  • Fully identical feature set on Windows and Mac
Thanks to the DSP-based TotalMix mixers, all 18 input and playback channels can be routed and mixed to any of the 18 physical outputs. This makes the Fireface 400 an indispensable tool for monitoring, with up to 9 completely independent stereo sub-mixes possible. Copy/paste of routings, fader grouping and the unique matrix window represent just some of the other outstanding features. All mix functions can be remotely controlled via MIDI using any Mackie-compatible controller.
The 8 channels from the ADAT optical I/O can be used simultaneously with the analog channels.
The coaxial SPDIF I/O is fully AES/EBU compatible (as always with RME) and can operate up to 192 kHz.
The optical SPDIF, alternatively provided via the ADAT I/O, also operates up to 192kHz.
There are also a word clock in- and output (BNC), plus two low jitter, high-speed MIDI in/outs (using 5-pin DINs).
Price and Availability
Available during May, the Fireface 400 will retail at a price below €900
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