RME Fireface UCX (Interface Only) Reviews5.0/5.0 based on 5 customer reviews
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April 20, 2013Music Background:
You need it!!I used to have the FF400 that i used with my MAC until I bought a PC laptop as I decided to use FL Studio to produce my music. but FF400 was only Firewire and my pc laptop was only USB...TATAMM and there came the FF UCX. it's definitely worth it. Just like the FF400 latency is next to 0. Plus this sound card is portable as i am mobile. Definitely recommend this soundcard to any PC or MAC user.
from Atlanta, GA
February 13, 2013Music Background:
A Great Step-upOkay here's the "Reader's Digest" version:
Started off with an AVID M-Box PT 8 LE which was okay for a newbie.
I then upgraded to a TASCAM 1800 (still using PT 8 LE) to get more I/O. This did the job until I upgraded my Mac to OS X 8 and they didn't have the drivers at the time. This unit was alright but I called my Sweetwater rep who recommended the PreSonus 1818VSL. Now that made the past interfaces appear to be so/so. This was my "Baby" for my home studio until it started having latency issues along w/popping sounds. After doing some research I found that I wasn't the only one. As of today I am still dealing w/intermittent issues... However, no worries thanks to Sweetwater's extended warranty and tech support I will have it resolved.
Now... with regards to my latest purchase of the Fireface UCX? This is a beautiful interface! The pre's are sweet! This by far blows away my other interfaces. I purchased it for portability, iOS interface with my iPad and its a great complement to Logic Pro/PT 10. I use this more than the other interfaces in my home studio.
So here's my humble opinion: it's a great pro-level 18 I/O Hybrid interface that has exceeded my expectations. What more can I say? If you're looking for a portable stand-alone or DAW integrated audio interface with sweet preamps... Look no further!
from Music City, USA
December 5, 2012Music Background:
Pro Musician, Producer
Maximization of Money SpentWhat to do when you're looking to take the step up from 'gets the job done' to 'can hang with the big boys'?
Want to increase your I/O but don't have a need for /that/ many?
On the road (or at a jam session) and thinking "We should record this ... grab your iPad"?
Everyone else can drool over the details, I'll just tell you that the sound is flawless, it is super versatile and (with expansion to multiple units possible) will be the centerpiece to my studio for a long time to come!
August 16, 2012Music Background:
Excellent productI do have lots of equipment and earned some rights to write a word or two. RME UCX is a great sounding unit, PRO stuff. It can compete with some big names is the industry and this is not a joke.
March 7, 2012Music Background:
musician,pro sound recordist
RME Fireface UCXThe mic pre's are robust and the recorded audio quality was stunning.
Using the RME with an i-pad was effortless.
What a perfect, and portable unit.
Good manual,detailed info on the RME website[support]
Thankyou to my helpful ,knowledgeable Sweetwater tech.
interfaces have long been known for their feature-heavy design, rock-solid drivers, low latency, and pristine sound quality. With the , RME has brought all of these qualities together into a compact, portable Mac-/PC-compatible interface that can connect via FireWire or either USB 2.0 or 3. And check this out: the Fireface UCX is class-compliant, so you can hook it up to your iPad using the Apple Camera Kit. How cool is that?
The half-rack Fireface UCX has eighteen inputs and outputs (eight analog, eight ADAT optical, and stereo S/PDIF). There are two mic preamps with phantom power, as well as word clock I/O. They even found a way to squeeze in MIDI input and outputs plus a connection for a remote control -- the Babyface-style remote is included, or you can upgrade to the RME Advanced Remote Control, which adds even more features.
The Fireface UCX comes with RME's TotalMix FX software for latency-free monitoring. In fact, there are two DSP chips built into the unit -- one for eliminating monitor latency and one for providing DSP-driven effects. TotalMix also includes a complete control room monitor-control section for handling your speakers.
In use, the Fireface UCX is a joy, getting out of the way so that you can make music. The array of I/O covers all needs, and TotalMix FX drives the whole thing transparently with a user-friendly interface. With its compact size, the Fireface UCX is the ideal laptop companion for location recording. The mic preamps deliver the goods, and the overall sound quality is clean and clear. And the iPad connectivity (via the optional Camera Kit) is a bonus that shouldn't be overlooked. I was able to get eight analog ins with my iPad 2, at resolution up to 96kHz/24 bits! I predict this will become increasingly important as the iPad comes into its own as a DAW host.
RME's reputation for building quality audio interfaces and drivers is well deserved. That reputation is enhanced even further by the Fireface UCX -- another great interface from a company that clearly "gets it" when it comes to understanding what recording musicians want and need.