RME Multiface IIItem ID: Multiface2
24-bit/96kHz, 36-channel Audio Interface with 8 X Analog, ADAT, S/PDIF, 1 X MIDI , and WC I/O
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RME's Best Analog/Digital Interface Just Got BetterIf you've been longing for the ability to do high-quality recording on a laptop or need low latency for software instruments and multiple outputs for surround sound in a desktop or portable rig, the wait is over. RME has taken their highly successful Multiface and made it even better with the RME Multiface II. Talk about an audio interface that does it all!
The RME Multiface offered the best possible performance in terms of low-latency operation and CPU load, thanks to the PCI card solution, which still surpasses "slightly slower" technologies like USB 2.0 or even FireWire. That was reason enough for RME to apply the latest technological developments to the Multiface II, an update of the original Multiface, thus making a proven product even better. First of all, the new RME Multiface II is 100% compatible with the current model's firmware and driver. It offers the same set of features and settings and the same low-latency, zero-CPU-load performance. Some significant changes to the circuitry were made along with the incorparation of several features from RME´s award-winning Fireface including: Hi-power headphone output with volume knob and 119 dBA SNR - Analog input stages with improved CMRR, lower THD and increased S/N ratio by almost 10 dB - Analog output stages with significantly lower THD. RME´s more effective synchronized internal switching power supply was also added. The reference level (+4dB, -10dB) of the analog inputs and outputs can be changed by two independent switches on the front panel. Like the original RME Multiface, the RME Multiface II has to be combined with RME´s PCI-card for desktop computers or with RME´s CardBus (PCMCIA) card for portable computers, which ensures maximum transfer rates of up to 130 MB/s. The RME Multiface II is compatible with the Windows and MAC platform.
Other improvements of the RME Multiface II include the removal of the ADAT Sync interface (D-sub) on the back of the current Multiface (since it is hardly used any more). The added space allows the analog TRS jacks on the Multiface II to be moved further apart, so that eight Neutrik jacks now fit side by side. Additionally, a cable hook used to secure power and audio cables has been added.
Despite the improved quality and increased number of components in the new RME Multiface II, the price of the Multiface remains unchanged.
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Henry, Marion, IL
Reviewsbased on 3 reviews
great, great product!
by Mikey from Baltimore, MDi bought this system with the PCI-E card and the unit sounds great with top notch converters, routing and build quality. I have heard a lot about RME and their quality - this product is a great exampl... read more [+]e of wonderful RME quality. If you are looking for a sample of what this unit can do, refer to the live Kraftwerk album which was recorded with 4 Multiface 2 units through the laptop bus cards. Amazing sound! close [-]
December 12, 2007
Music Background: Musician, Student...
Excellent Sound Quality
by David F. from Cleveland, TNI wanted a main brain for a new project studio to compete with commercial studios. After talking with my sales engineer for several months we recognized this was the most cost effective way to build t... read more [+]he studio with room for expansion later on.
February 27, 2012
Music Background: Music Producer and Musician
But the sound quality on this is exceptional. I bought a Mic pre and ended up returning it because the pres off my mixer running through this RME was so pristine that it was not any better than going direct into the RME.
I like so many aspects of this buy, the word clock, the fact that I can add inputs through my digital mixer, this is a very well made product and I highly recommend it. close [-]
A hidden advantage
by Jurgen Frenz from Singapore, SE AsiaThe box 'just works' and it is an excellent mid-range product - more to the upper end of it (WC, ADAT, balanced analog I/O. MIDI...)
November 20, 2010
Music Background: Engineer, Pro Musician
There are more expensive interface that are actually better.... read more [+] But there is one powerful feature about the Multiface that very few people are aware of: There's an excellent Linux driver available for this interface. With the proper audio distribution (AVLinux, puredyne that I am sure of) drivers are part of the default installation so the Multiface works under Linux 'out of the box' - using the PCIe card as in my case.
I find that close to fabulous... close [-]
Not looking for preamps, but need an interface that sounds great, remains stable for your entire session, is cross-platform, has the best clock available for the price, changes latency on the fly, has ADAT, S/PDIF, Word Clock, MIDI and eight channels of analog I/O? The RME Multiface II is your solution!!
RME Multiface II
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