36-channel 24 Bit/192 kHz FireWire audio interface is in the shops 01/09/06
Synthax Audio AG have announced that RME is shipping the little brother of the highly acclaimed Fireface 800 â€“ the Fireface 400 - worldwide. RME say that, rather than simply being a compact version of the 800, the portable Fireface 400 is a newly designed product whose flexibility, functionality and performance sets it apart from other devices and sets new standards among 19-inch half-rack products in much the same way as its bigger brother has in the full 19-inch category.
RME say that the Fireface 400 is the only device in its category to offer active jitter suppression, additional stand-alone functionality, direct device operation, professional quality I/Os, and an unsurpassed 648-channel matrix router. And, everything is operational up to 192 kHz. Included in the Fireface 400:
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
For use with Windows and on Mac
Thanks to the DSP-based mixers, all 18 input and playback channels can be routed and mixed to any of the 18 physical outputs. This could make the Fireface 400 an indispensable tool for monitoring, with up to 9 completely independent stereo sub-mixes possible. Other features include copy/paste of routings, fader grouping and the unique matrix window. 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 and can operate up to 192 kHz. The optical SPDIF, alternatively provided via the ADAT I/O, also operates up to 192kHz. Rounding off the Fireface 400â€™s feature set is a word clock in- and output (BNC), plus two low jitter, high-speed MIDI in/outs (using 5-pin DINs). Pricing and Availability:
The Fireface 400 retails at $1199 USD and Euro 899 More information: