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User Review

RME Audio Fireface UC: A USB Fireface 400

Value For Money : Excellent
USB 2.0
ADAT / SPDIF / analog I-O / 2 mic inputs
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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.