MESSE10: A Cute 22-Channel 192 kHz Mobile USB Audio Interface

RME unveils the Babyface      25/03/10
MESSE10: A Cute 22-Channel 192 kHz Mobile USB Audio Interface

RME has introduced the Babyface which they describe as a 22-channel High-End USB audio interface with TotalMix FX. Here's what they have to say...
Equipped with the latest 192 kHz AD- and DA-converters and two reference class microphone preamps the bus-powered Babyface delivers top sound in a nicely designed and attractively shaped enclosure. The Babyface uses the USB 2.0 high-speed bus and has been uncompromisingly optimized for highest performance under Windows and Mac OS.
The Babyface combines excellent analog circuit design with AD/DA converter chips of the latest generation. On top RME's famous SteadyClock ensures an AD- and DA-conversion of the highest reference quality. Both digitally controlled preamps provide individually switchable 48V phantom power. The extremely low THD+N values let these preamps surpass those of other devices that cost several times the price of the Babyface.
The incredible feature set includes an optical I/O, usable as ADAT port with SMUX support or SPDIF for sessions at up to 192 kHz. In combination with an ADAT converter the Babyface provides an incredible amount of 10 analog input and 12 output channels. The additional headphone output, driven from an extra DA converter, provides full 192 kHz sound experience, and is available not only directly at the unit but also on the breakout cable. Directly plug in your guitar or other instruments by switching one input to Hi-Z input mode.
The next generation of TotalMix delivers hardware mixing/routing with lots of new features and a highly improved usability. The unbeaten DSP mixer now not only matches features of high-end digital consoles but even adds effects like a 3-band parametric equalizer, reverb and echo to the mix.
  • 10 Input / 12 Output channels
  • 2 x analog I/O with mic pres, line and mic level, balanced or unbalanced
  • 1 channel alternatively usable as Hi-Z input
  • 1 x ADAT I/O or 1 x SPDIF I/O optical
  • 1 x Phones Out (separate DA conversion)
  • 1 x MIDI I/O with 32 channels
  • Bus-powered operation possible
  • TotalMix FX (High-End DSP mixer with effects)
  • Sample rates up to 192 kHz on all I/Os (including two ADAT channels via SMUX4)
  • Two digitally controlled microphone preamps in high-end quality
  • Two balanced universal inputs for line and instrument signals
  • SteadyClock for maximum jitter suppression and clock refresh
  • Direct operation with rotary encoder and keys
  • TotalMix FX: Newly developed internal DSP high-end mixer
  • Full mobility by Bus Power support
  • DIGICheck, RME's unique meter and analysis tool
  • Peak and RMS hardware-calculated for all channels
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Steven Kruyswijk    Said...


25-Mar-10 09:22 AM

J.S    Said...

Very nice specifications! But why USB instead of Firewire?

25-Mar-10 09:37 AM

M.W.    Said...

Because Firewire sucks for laptops. That's why.

25-Mar-10 09:58 AM

A.K.    Said...

Because USB 2.0 is newer, more available as standard kit, thinner, FASTER (moves smaller packets of data much faster, end result is more stable long term use) and has less issues sending buss power... Not to mention far less issues with chipset compatibility.

25-Mar-10 10:41 AM

Koshdukai    Said...

uh... so... why aren't there any pics of the actual in/outs?

I tried the site, and avery photo only shows the front/right side of the device.

25-Mar-10 11:48 AM

59min    Said...

There is an optional (incl?) breakout cable ont hte back providing i/o. BO9632XLRMKH

25-Mar-10 11:59 AM

Koshdukai    Said...

ok... I've seen one video showing the hardware I/O's :)

25-Mar-10 12:06 PM

Hidden Driveways    Said...

Does this utilize the same idea behind the Fireface UC, where there is a dual transfer firmware in the unit that fully takes advantage of either the Windows or Mac OS it's connected to?

26-Mar-10 10:06 AM

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