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RME Fireface UCX Mini-Review

An RME On My iPad On the first day of winter NAMM RME launched its new audio interface: the Fireface UCX — RME UFX's little brother. The Fireface UCX includes iPad support. Here is a snapshot review of the Fireface UCX. read more…

RME FireFace UFX Review

Weapon of Massive Recording Six years after the FireFace 800, RME hits the external audio interface market again with a new flagship product: the FireFace UFX, which doesn't really replace its big brother — it outright and blatantly outclasses it. Focus on what could be the ultimate interface. read more…

User reviews on RME Audio Fireface products

A USB Fireface 400 (RME Audio - Fireface UC)

By chamb's, 04/02/2014
USB 2.0
ADAT / SPDIF / analog I-O / 2 mic inputs
More info on their site

UTILIZATION

Very reliable drivers. Both on Mac and PC.
Very short latency for a USB card

GETTING STARTED

Easy installation.
The RME routing utility is a real pain, but once you understand how it works, it's very powerful.

OVERALL OPINION

I needed a compact soundcard with USB (FireWire is disappearing), good AD/DA converters and a good clock. So, given my budget (less than $1000), I went for RME.
I knew pretty well the products (400/800/Micstasy/MADI bridge/ADI2 and 642) and manufacturing quality of the brand, so I opted for a Fireface UC (after hesitating between this one and the UCX).
The UCX works with 32bit floating-point, that's the main difference.

I use it specially with Protools and Smart. The analog I/Os allow me to use two or three devices.

It's a pity it doesn't have AES, but given its size...

Good value for money. Typical RME sound. A no-brainer at this price point.
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axet82's review (RME Audio - Fireface UC)

By axet82, 03/02/2014
Pro connections and manufacturing, the aluminum rack is very good.

UTILIZATION

Mac and PC drivers very good, latency OK.

GETTING STARTED

Problem-free installation, it works with all software programs (cubase, protools, sonar), the only problem is when you want to switch from mac to pc, you need to look very deeply in the documentation since this card has different drivers.

OVERALL OPINION

Very good soundcard, but it's very expensive compared to similar products, it lacks an input limiter, Roland has less expensive and better performing units, like Motu.
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A German sedan (RME Audio - Fireface UC)

By kopas, 19/08/2014
Which technical specifications motivated your choice?
The good converters for recording, a good clock.

Do you use it with other instruments or systems (mixing console, preamp, DtD, ...) and what's your setup? ...
Preamp into an XLR, MPC into a jack.

What do you use it for? What's your setup (motherboard, CPU, RAM, hard drive,...)?
For everything! To record vocals and separate tracks of the MPC, composing/mixing.
Setup: PC 4GB RAM, Windows 7 32 bits.

UTILIZATION

Are the drivers stable?
Very stable.

Are they up to date?
Yes.

Which software do you use?
Cubase 5 and FL Studio 11.

What's the latency of your system?
8 m/s

GETTING STARTED

Did you have any problems during the installation?
No, it's done pretty fast.

Is the overall configuration complicated?
Yes. And the virtual mixer is easy to get to grips with.

Did you have any incompatibility problems?
No.

Is the user's manual clear and comprehensive? ...
Yes.

OVERALL OPINION

How long have you been using it?
For over 3 years.

Did you try any other models before buying this one?
An M-Audio FastrackPro.

Which feature do you like best?
The sound fidelity, the single knob to browse inputs/outputs, the XLR converters, the virtual mixer.

Which feature do you like least?
Not enough inputs on the rear! I'll have to take the model just above as a consequence. Maybe a small reverb or an EQ.

How would you rate its value for money?
Maybe a bit expensive.

Based on your experience, would you buy this product again? ...
Without hesitation! If I had more money, I'd take the 800 to have more inputs/outputs.
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julien.stazma's review (RME Audio - Fireface UCX)

By julien.stazma, 23/09/2014
I use this soundcard as the core of my home studio where I produce my music and mix and master songs for other people.
I also use it as MIDI interface for my synths, an also to record them with Live.
I use Live 9 to produce my music and Reaper for mixing and mastering and this card works fine in any situation with my two workstations.

I chose it specially for TotalMix FX, which allows you to do complex routings and access a very good EQ and compressor without using the PC's processor.

UTILIZATION

Very stable drivers, both with Live and Reaper. The overall latency of 7ms is imperceptible (for example, playing a guitar plugged directly into the card and using headphones to not disturb the neighbors, hahaha).

GETTING STARTED

Very easy installation, as well as the overall setup, no incompatibilities. The TotalMix software might make you scratch your head in the beginning, but you'll get it fast enough.

OVERALL OPINION

I have been using it for a bit over a year now (I used to have an FA-66, a Native Instrument Audio Kontrol, which I still use live because it's super sturdy, and also a MultiMix 8) and it is perfect for all my needs, besides having an excellent performance (compared to the other soundcards I mentioned, the difference in terms of audio quality is flagrant).

TotalMix FX is a big plus due to its routing prowess and its quality DSPs.

It's not cheap, but you know what you are getting.
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News RME Audio Fireface

New drivers for the RME Interfaces

Published on 03/19/14
RME announces the availability of new drivers for some of its external audio interfaces.

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