RME Fireface 800Item ID: Fireface800
FireWire Audio Interface/MIDI Interface with 24-Bit/192kHz Audio, ADAT and S/PDIF I/O
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RME Goes 24-Bit/192kHz FireWire!RME presents the Fireface 800, a 56 channel 24 bit / 192kHz high-end, high performance and high speed FireWire audio interface. The Fireface 800 combines the latest proven technologies of previous RME products with the fastest FireWire technology. The Fireface 800 offers the some of the best instrument input implementation to be found anywhere in an audio interface plus a high power headphone output and signal-to-noise ratios of 119 dBA - typically RME!
RME Fireface 800 At A Glance:
Balanced I/O at 192kHz and 119dBA Dynamic Range
RME's highly successful Multiface was the basis for the development of the Fireface 800. The Fireface 800 features 8 balanced line I/Os with software controlled reference level switching (-10 dBV, +4 dBu, HiGain), to guarantee highest dynamic range and fidelity. Apart from the levels of the Fireface 800's microphone pre-amps and the headphone outputs, all device settings are software controlled. The RME Fireface 800 is equipped with the latest A/D and D/A converter chips and all I/Os operate up to 192kHz with a dynamic range of 119 dBA on playback.
Direct ASIO Headphone Monitoring
The Fireface 800's headphone output delivers high volume with low-impedance headphones and mirrors playback channels 9/10. In contrast to the Multiface, the Fireface 800's headphone output is capable of direct ASIO monitoring .
4 Phantom Powered Mic Pres
The RME Fireface 800 has 4 discrete balanced microphone inputs with Class A stage, 48 V phantom power and separate TRS and XLR inputs, which can also be used as additional line inputs. Two of the Fireface 800's four mic inputs are permanently available as channels 9 and 10 while the other two can be used with inputs 7 / 8 on the back panel.
Built-In "Tube Sound" Limiter For Guitar And Bass
The FireFace 800's hi-Z instrument input offers an unprecedented fidelity and flexibility for guitar and bass. A soft-limiter, specifically designed instruments, provides overload protection for the A/D-converter and deliberately creates harmonic distortion to emulate tube sound. Due to a soft transition and creation of harmonics, the Fireface 800's limiter can emulate tube saturation. A 'fuzz' circuit, which can be activated in addition, deliversguitar distortion. A multi-stage filter can remove low- and high-frequency disturbances and guarantees a optimal sound even when recording directly into the computer or when monitoring through a mixing console. Signals from guitar or bass can be recorded clean for optimal plug-in processing in your DAW.
The RME Fireface 800 has two ADAT I/Os and 1 S/PDIF I/O. When combined with two additional ADI-8 DS', you can have 26 analog inputs and outputs at 48kHz or 18 at 96kHz. The SPDIF-I/O works up to 192kHz, allowing 10 analog inputs and outputs at the highest sample rate, plus two digital ones.
Simultaneous TRS and XLR I/O
All inputs and outputs can be used at the same time. E. g., the instrument input can be used either instead of the line input on the back, or together with it. Even the jack and the XLR sockets of the microphone inputs can be used simultaneously. In this way, up to 35 signal sources can be connected to the Fireface 800 and recorded onto 28 separate tracks!
Thanks to the DSP-based TotalMix mixer from the Hammerfall DSP series, all of the Fireface 800 inputs and outputs can be freely mixed, distributed and routed. With the Fireface 800, up to 14 completely independent stereo submixes are possible. Thanks to an internal flash memory, all of the Fireface 800's settings including TotalMix are recalled during boot. After making all desired settings, the Fireface 800 works in stand-alone (without computer) as a submixer, A/D and D/A converter, headphone mixer, format converter, instrument or microphone pre-amplifier, monitoring mixer and much more.
The Fireface 800 is equipped with SteadyClock, RME's latest sync and clock technology. With SteadyClock, the Fireface 800 becomes a sync reference for the whole studio. the Fireface 800's SteadyClock refreshes clock signals, removes jitter, and takes permanent care of optimal conversion quality, thus guarantees a sensational sound quality.
Optional LTC and VITC Sync
Via an insert slot on the back of the Fireface 800, a time code option (TCO) for synchronizing to LTC, video and VITC can be added. Thanks to SteadyClock, the Fireface 800 does not only extract absolute positions, but also a very clean low-jitter word clock.
Latest Multi-Port Firewire Technology
RME offers the latest technology giving the Fireface 800 unprecedented power to provide FireWire 800 ports as well as SteadyClock, ADAT and SPDIF digital PLL, TotalMix and stand-alone mode. Using an integrated 32 bit RISC processor, the Fireface 800 is flexible, reconfigurable and one the first Giga-FW interfaces available, optimized for audio with latencies down to 48 samples. The Fireface 800 has a second port for hub functionality, bi-lingual mode for full FireWire 400 compatibility, and an additional FW 400 port. Thanks to the multi-ports, several Fireface 800 can be used in parallel and at the same time on one FireWire port without any problem.
The RME Fireface 800 - Audiophile quality in a FireWire interface!
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Reviewsbased on 29 reviews
by Jerry Martin from Va Beach, VA USARUNNING AVALON 737 pre x RME 800..WOW!! Switched from 003 and there is no comparison.. Highly recommended
October 9, 2012
Music Background: Pro Mixing Engineer
by Z from UkraineThe Best interface if you want highest quality!
April 6, 2012
Music Background: Composer, Sound Artist
Professional quality, home affordability
by Cameron Bashaw from Manteca, CA USAI've been running a small service studio out of my home for quite some time now and grew up on Presonus gear which was nice, but the quality in all the components of the Fireface 800 trumps all the lo... read more [+]wer priced recording interfaces out there. On windows 7 there is no support for Firewire 800 but unless you plan on daisy chaining a couple of these you'll never run into a bandwidth issue even at 96k / 24bit ! I immediately noticed a much crisper cleaner more transparent sound in the Preamps and AD/DA converters with this unit compared to my Presonus units from the past. I've used just about every routing options available on this and having the flexibility of the built in matrix to control live throughput for doing shows is amazing! This interface is really so flexible, and now with Pro Tools 10 going native and unlocked to 3rd party hardware I can easily see getting a second one of these puppies to ramp up my rig for doing live sessions! close [-]
November 15, 2011
Music Background: Recording Engineer, production manager, co-owner Neologic Studios
RME + ADL 600 + Earthworks?
by Ryan Ward from Burlington,NCI finally, in my studio got to get rid of my digi 003 rack. My other engineer was telling me about RME after reading reviews I got it in today. Unboxed it. pluged in. installed drivers. hooked it up t... read more [+]o all my pre amps. it blew me away the clarity of the converters in this unit. THEN! I ran a pair of Earthworks TC30's though a PreSonus ADL 600 in to this. UNBELIEVABLE!!! I thought i was in a multi million dollar studio!! (running Pro tools 9) close [-]
September 30, 2011
Music Background: Producer, Recording Engineer
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RME Fireface 800
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