Celebrating 15 years of Premier Audio Evolution
RME’s legendary Fireface 800 recently celebrated its 15 year anniversary, and although now discontinued from production, its legacy lives on through the RME Fireface Series.
And despite RME continuing to provide updates for its iconic audio interface, which still powers plenty of studios and live shows around the world, things have certainly moved on in the last 15 years! The new breed of Firefaces boast improvements across the board, with additional features and connectivity options, state of the art DSP processing, and of course, vastly improved sound.
Future-Proof Your Studio For The Next 15 Years
The next generation of Firefaces embody everything we’ve come to expect from RME – pristine microphone preamps, detailed and transparent A-D/D-A conversion, unlimited routing and mixing control with TotalMix FX, industry-renowned rock-solid drivers, and equal performance on Windows, Mac and iOS (including the latest Mac OS 10.15 Catalina).
A number of I/O and connectivity options are available, extending up to 188 channels on USB and Thunderbolt, with unprecedented software control and routing capabilities offered by TotalMix FX. So whether you’re writing at home, recording a 12 piece band in the studio, or mixing a live stadium show, there is a Fireface that’s perfect for your pro audio setup.
RME continues to innovate and provide free additional updates to its customers, such as the TotalMix Remote app, a free download that allows for networked control over any RME audio interface, including wirelessly via an Apple iPad.
Relied on by top recording artists and live engineers around the world
RME’s reputation is built on consistently supplying high-quality, ultra-reliable equipment to professional engineers and musicians, who need an interface they can use day in, day out, for years at a time.
A selection of artists using RME both live and in the studio include The Who, Coldplay, Depeche Mode, The Voice, Elton John, Iron Maiden, Kasabian, Robbie Williams, Tinie Tempah, Rudimental, Imogen Heap, Katy B, Tricky, Disclosure, Pixie Lott, Lily Allen, Jagwar Ma, Enter Shikari, Example and Massive Attack.
Get a 5 Year Warranty on all RME Fireface Series (exclusive to UK dealers)
So if you’d like your next audio interface to be one you can trust will serve you for years to come, scroll down to see which RME Fireface is right for your studio or live setup. You’ll also find out how to claim an extended 5 Year Warranty absolutely free.
Which RME Fireface Series is right for you?
“The first thing I always do is put the existing interface in the skip
and start again with RME.”
Monitoring and Systems Engineer (Emeli Sandé)
"I always use TotalMix FX during all my recordings,
so the artist can enjoy a latency-free headphone mix."
TV Composer (Amazon/ITV)
"The quality of the converters is stunning, and the ability
to make a complete backup recording straight
onto the USB drive... It’s pretty life changing!"
Musical Director (Björk, The Prodigy)
"There used to be a saying that no-one ever got fired for buying IBM.
In the world of music computing, that role falls to RME."
Sound On Sound
RME Fireface UFX+ review
"Whatever I go for, I always look at RME products first."
Sound Recordist and Sound Supervisor (Top Gear, Geordie Shore, Single AF)
“RME has become a standard of sorts in classical music recording.
A lot of engineers in the industry are using RME.”
Classical Recording Engineer
"Three people in the band turned round and went
‘this sounds really good!'"
Playback Tech (Kasabian)
“[With TotalMix FX,] the sky’s the limit!”
Composer for TV & Radio (BBC, ITV, Sky)
“We have consistently found the reliability of RME products
to be second to none.”
Matthew Devenish (Mu-Mu Audio)
Nebula Artificial Reverb System
“Our bacon was well and truly saved
by the RME Fireface DURec backups!”
Classical Engineer and Producer
"All the things that RME strive for are
exactly the things that we need on stage."
"I've always chosen RME solutions because of their reliability."
(Lily Allen, Disclosure, Example)
"Having a UFX+ simply helps sell my studio to clients.
They know that they are going to get a pristine, professional sound."
producer and remixer
"It's just massive amounts of flexibility, and whenever I need
more in and out there's always a way of doing it."
Keyboard & Playback Tech (Coldplay)
"If a company still produces drivers for products which are
no longer in production, then that to me speaks volumes!"
Games Composer & Sound Designer (Tomb Raider, Assassins Creed, Watch_Dogs)
"Truly rock-solid drivers and control software... RME really delivers.
I have never once had this interface crash on me, on any platform."
Compare Features and I/O
RME Fireface 802
RME Fireface UFX II
RME Fireface UFX+
|Word Clock I/O|
|Word Clock I/O / MADI Coaxial|
|MADI optical I/O|
|RME ARC USB Support|
(via computer USB connection)
(via direct connection)
(via direct connection)
|Class Compliant Mode|
|DURec (Direct to USB External Drive Recording)|
|TotalMix Remote Support|
|PC, Mac & iOS Support|
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TotalMix FX is RME’s comprehensive routing, mixing and monitoring control software, included free with the RME Fireface Series.
The DSP-based TotalMix mixer allows for fully independent routing and mixing of all audio channels, essentially turning the Fireface 802, UFX II and UFX+ into full-blown digital mixing consoles (complete with independent EQ and Compression on every channel, plus Reverb and Delay effects sends).
Other special features include a comprehensive control room section; the ability to create fader groups for level control, soloing and muting; saving mixer states for easy recall; plus unique features like 'Loopback', which allows for direct routing of all output channels back in as inputs, with zero latency.
For a more detailed introduction to TotalMix FX, see the TotalMix FX for Beginners series of YouTube Videos.
TotalMix Remote is a free companion app for TotalMix FX that allows you to control your RME Fireface Series interface over a network.
This means you have the option of monitoring and mixing from a different computer to the one your interface is connected to, including over Wi-Fi.
You can even use an Apple iPad for wireless touch-screen control when you’re playing a venue or working in the studio.
Whether you're looking to mix from a remote location, provide musicians with the ability to control their individual monitor mixes, or simply need a separate display for metering for all inputs, outputs and software playback channels, TotalMix Remote opens up a world of new possibilities.
Download TotalMix Remote (under the Software tab) here.
A Free Suite Of Audio Analysis & Measurement Softare
RME's DIGICheck software is a sometimes overlooked feature of the RME Fireface Series, and a bit of a hidden gem.
Free to all RME users (you can download it from RME's website here), DIGICheck is a suite of highly accurate audio analysis and measurement tools for both Mac and Windows, and will be of benefit to anyone working in recording, mixing, mastering or broadcast.
The set of tools includes comprehensive multi-channel level metering (peak and RMS), plus a spectrum/frequency analyser made up of 30 bands that features freely adjustable rise and release times, customisable display modes, different filter types, and precise level information all the way down to -140 dBFS.
There’s also a correlation meter and vectorscope for checking the phase relationship of stereo signals (and for checking mono compatibility); a loudness metering tool for checking against the IT 1770 / EBU R128 standards commonly found in broadcast; and a Surround Audio Scope for surround sound level metering with extended correlation analysis, ITU weighting and ITU summing.
For more information about RME's DIGICheck, see the RME Fireface UFX II manual entry here.
Download DIGICheck for Mac and Windows here.
Multi-track Recording & Playback with USB Pen Drives
DURec is the name given to RME’s unique direct-to-USB recording feature, found on both the Fireface UFX II and Fireface UFX+. DURec provides advanced standalone recording and playback via a dedicated front panel USB port, enabling audio to be captured directly to an external hard drive or thumb drive without the need for connecting to a computer.
Alternatively, DURec can also be used for creating simultaneous multi-track backups during a recording session, in the event that a problem arises with any connected computer hardware.
“I was recording with Roxana Panufnik and the London Mozart Players in Croydon, and due to a technical error, half a session got deleted right at the end. Fortunately, our bacon was well and truly saved by the DURec backups!”
(Phil Rowlands, Classical Engineer and Producer)
For the Fireface UFX II, all 60 input and output channels can be recorded or played back simultaneously. For the Fireface UFX+, this functionality is extended to 76 channels, enabling the full MADI stream (64 channels), plus all analogue inputs (4 x mic/line and 8 x line), to be recorded simultaneously at 44.1 / 48 kHz.
Multi-channel recordings can also be played back via DURec, allowing engineers to create virtual soundchecks, or an archive of each night’s show during a live tour.
For more information on DURec, see the RME Fireface UFX+ manual entry here.
Industry-Renowned, Rock-Solid Drivers
RME's drivers are regularly proclaimed as the best in the industry, and with good reason. The Fireface Series feature incredible low-latency performance across USB, Firewire and Thunderbolt, with RME devices regularly topping the bill in independent latency performance tests.
What’s more, all RME drivers are written in-house, and unlike many other audio manufacturers are therefore not reliant on third-parties. This has enabled the company to consistently stay ahead of the curve, providing updates for the latest operating systems before any other manufacturer.
RME also has a well-earned reputation for providing support for long-discontinued devices (including products dating all the way back to 2001).
All of this adds up to a device that can be relied upon to perform day in, day out for years to come, and the reason the RME Fireface Series is loved by professional audio engineers the world over.
Advanced Remote Control For RME Audio Interfaces
"this is a must-have piece of kit for any RME interface owner" (Pro Tools Expert)
"streamlines studio workflow, making sessions a delight to produce and record" (MusicTech)
"a very worthwhile addition to any RME-based studio setup" (MusicRadar)
The RME ARC USB is an optional extra for the RME Fireface Series.
Providing quick access to all of the most used functions in TotalMix FX, with the ARC USB you can control mixer functions including;
• Volume levels (main and monitor mixes)
• Mic/Instrument gains
• Switch between speakers A/B
• Switch between Mono and Stereo
• Solo, Mute or switch all of all of your inputs On/Off simultaneously
• Toggle FX bypassing (EQ, Dynamics, Reverb & Delay)
• Load Preset Mixer states
• And more!
The ARC USB can connect directly to the Fireface UFX II and Fireface UFX+, via dedicated USB ports found on the back of each device.
Alternatively, the ARC USB can connect directly to a Mac or PC via a standard USB port, allowing for control over any other RME audio interface or soundcard (including the Fireface 802).
Get a 5 year warranty on all RME Audio devices
Since its inception in 1996, RME Audio has been supplying high-quality audio products to professional recording environments, including studios, live audio, broadcast and research facilities.
The company’s technically accomplished, no-fuss approach has found favour with professional engineers the world over, with RME devices in use day in, day out for years at a time without issue. In fact, one of the terms that we hear repeatedly to describe RME devices is “rock-solid reliability”.
For that reason, here at Synthax Audio UK we’re happy to offer a 5 year warranty on all RME devices, such is our confidence in their quality.
How do I claim my 5 Year Warranty?
It is important to note that the 5 Year Warranty is only available on RME Audio products purchased from an authorised UK dealer (linked below). Once you have purchased your unit, simply go to our Warranty Support Area and complete the form. You will then receive confirmation that you have been registered.