RME Fireface UCX - 36-Channel USB/FireWire Audio Interface

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The Fireface UCX from RME is a USB/FireWire digital audio interface that provides thirty-six channels of audio (eighteen inputs and outputs) with all channels available simultaneously. It features two, low distortion, digitally controlled microphone preamps with up to 65 dB of gain, excellent signal to noise ratio, and a flat frequency response. Each channel can be individually switched to deliver 48V phantom power.

Two front panel TRS inputs can operate as Hi-Z inputs for plugging in up to two guitars or other instruments with no other hardware required. LEDs for signal, clip, and activated phantom power give a complete overview of the unit's status. AutoSet allows for digitally controlling the gain in the event of impending overload to prevent clipping the A/D converter, while simultaneously not degrading sound quality that would occur if using additional analog circuitry.

The included DSP-based TotalMix software mixer supports full independent routing and mixing of all eighteen inputs and output channels to all eighteen physical outputs. Up to nine independent stereo sub-mixes, plus a comprehensive control room section, offer excellent monitoring capabilities and routing flexibility. The software includes a complete effects engine with all effects available at all sample rates.

The per channel effects include three-band parametric EQ, adjustable low cut filter, auto level, compressor, expander, MS processing and phase reversal. Reverb and echo effects are available for all channels via a stereo send and return bus. The effects section not only adds a lot of flexibility to the recording chain, but makes latency burdened recording obsolete. The main functions of TotalMix can be remote controlled via MIDI with any Mackie Control compatible controller.

Features:

Low latency mastering grade converters
Two microphone preamps using technology from RME's Micstasy and UFX interfaces, including the AutoSet overload protection
Newly developed Hammerfall audio core, supporting maximum USB and FireWire performance and ultra-low latency operation, combined with excellent driver stability on both bus protocols
TotalMix FX software with the complete Fireface UFX DSP engine, including all effects up to 192 kHz
Monitoring Controller combines the flexibility of the TotalMix FX monitoring tool set and the optional remote control
Support for the Advanced Remote Control
DIGICheck metering and analysis toolbox for Windows and Mac
Active jitter suppression technology
SteadyClock allows for controlling the sample rate freely with a comprehensive choice of video and audio sample rates
ICC (Intelligent Clock Control) displays clock status and will also retain the last valid input sample rate in case of failure of the external source
SyncCheck offer a quick detection of clock problems
Coaxial S/PDIF input/output at up to 192 kHz sample rate
ADAT input/output expands the interface by eight channels, available simultaneously with the analog channels, or used as optical S/PDIF
ADAT supports sample rates of up to 192 kHz (S/MUX4)
Wordclock input and output (BNC) with switchable termination
Two high speed MIDI I/Os on breakout cable
Functions stand-alone •Full 192 kHz operation
Class compliant mode works with Apple's iPad for up to eight channel recording and playback
Half rack unit

TotalMix FX UI features:

Improved usability over previous version
Improved control room section for the main output (studio monitors) and phones
Cue for quick listening to other outputs
Separated monitor panel
Four mute, solo and fader groups each
Switchable mono and stereo channel view
Channel options including stereo width, MS processing, L/R phase
Trim Mode adjusts the volume for all routed signals of a channel and allows for modifying the volume of all sends of a channel simultaneously, equaling a hardware's trim functionality
Unlimited undo and redo
FX sends and returns - one send bus for every input/playback channel with reverb/echo
Expandable channel view for channel settings, EQ and dynamics setup
Slim channel mode for selected or all channels, to save space or give a meter bridge view
Two-row mode reduces the height of the mixer to two rows for smaller displays
Extended matrix window with mono/stereo mode, undo/redo, display of phase and mute

Includes:

RME Fireface UCX - 36-Channel USB/FireWire Audio Interface
External Power Supply
6 ft (1.8 m) USB 2.0 Cable
6.6 ft (2 m) TOSLink Cable
Driver CD-ROM
Two (2) Year Warranty

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