RME Fireface 802

30-in/30-out Hybrid USB/FireWire Audio Interface with 12 x 12 Analog I/O, ADAT/SMUX and AES/EBU Digital I/O, and DSP-driven Onboard Mixing with Effects
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The Perfect Core for Your Professional Studio!

Loaded with four pristine preamps, 60 channels of killer low-latency I/O, powerful DSP mixing, and an amazing remote control, the RME Fireface 802 hybrid USB/FireWire audio interface is the perfect cornerstone for your studio. Between its ultra-clear microphone preamps, integrated instruments inputs, balanced signal paths, and reference-class converters, the Fireface 802 lets you capture any sound source in exquisite detail. A full complement of digital I/O makes integration with the rest of your studio gear easy too. Speaking of easy, the Fireface 802 is fully compatible with RME's Advanced Remote Control (optional), so can get full desktop access to its latency-free, DSP-driven monitoring and effects.

RME Fireface 802 Hybrid Audio Interface at a Glance:
  • Pristine analog signal path meets top-quality digital conversion
  • DSP-driven TotalMix FX mixer provides latency-free effects and routing
Pristine analog signal path meets top-quality digital conversion

Ask anyone at Sweetwater, and they'll tell you that RME is pretty much synonymous with top-shelf audio quality. So we weren't at all surprised by how fantastic the RME Fireface 802 hybrid audio interface sounds. It all starts off with the I/O. First, there's the set of eight balanced TRS analog inputs and outputs, in addition to which you get two independent headphone outputs and four front-panel XLR/DI combo preamps taken straight from the OctaMic II. In case you're not familiar with these low-distortion, fully symmetrical mic pres, they're the ones location recording professionals use to track full orchestras and other critical applications. A set of amazing AD/DA converters with jitter suppression provide you with up to 192kHz resolution audio that features a staggering 118dBA of dynamic range, so every bit of that detail will make it to and from your DAW. And on top of its 12 x 12 analog I/O, the Fireface 802 provides you with an extra 18 channels of digital I/O on optical and AES/EBU connectors.

DSP-driven TotalMix FX mixer provides latency-free effects and routing

Low-latency converters are one thing, but when it comes to accurate monitoring, your whole signal path has to be as free of latency as possible. RME's solution was to outfit the Fireface 802 with their amazing TotalMix FX DSP mixer, which we're sure you'll appreciate. This high-end signal routing tool lives in front of your DAW and even your computer itself, allowing you to setup mixes that bypass the vast majority of latency in your system as you track. Naturally, that cuts out your plug-ins, which is why RME includes a selection of integrated DSP processing, which includes EQ, dynamics, and reverb/echo effects that you can use for tracking and monitoring. And you can control all of the routing, effects, and processing onboard the Fireface 802 right from your computer or your iPad, making it easy to design complex setups for any application.

RME Fireface 802 Hybrid Audio Interface Features:
  • An impressive 30-in/30-out hybrid audio interface with high-speed USB and FireWire connectivity
  • 12 analog inputs include TRS line jacks and 4 combination DI/XLR microphone preamps based on the acclaimed OctaMic II
  • RME's top-shelf converters with active jitter control deliver extreme clarity and superb stereo imaging
  • Optical and XLR digital I/O support up to 18 channels including ADAT, SMUX, and AES/EBU protocols
  • DSP-driven mixer offers latency-free monitoring with EQ, dynamics, reverb, and delay
  • Setup mixes and complex routing from your computer or iPad
  • RME's Advanced Remote Control (NOT INCLUDED) offers full monitor control and custom commands to enhance your workflow
Build your studio around the amazing RME Fireface 802 hybrid audio interface!

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Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity 1 x FireWire 400, 1 x FireWire 800, 1 x USB Type B
Form Factor Rackmount
Simultaneous I/O 30 x 30
A/D Resolution 24-Bit/192kHz
Built In DSP/FX Yes
Analog Inputs 8 x 1/4" TRS, 4 x XLR-1/4" combo
Analog Outputs 8 x 1/4" TRS
Digital Inputs 2 x Optical (ADAT), 1 x XLR (AES/EBU)
Digital Outputs 2 x Optical (ADAT), 1 x XLR (AES/EBU)
Number of Preamps 4
Phantom Power Yes
MIDI I/O In/Out
Clock I/O In, Out
Rack Spaces 1U
Manufacturer Part Number FF802

Customer Reviews

5/5
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5/5

Don't let the USB scare you away!!!

Let me start by saying I had the Focusrite 8Pre before this interface. The 8Pre was amazing and did everything I needed it to before I started having issues with it. Latency was low and awesome even with VST's. I use AmpliTube every time I use guitar. I sometimes use guitar rig but I prefer the sound of my effect board, have eventide, strymon pedals, the works... really rocking some awesome gear.The 8pre started making pops and clicks and supposedly wasn't compatible with my particular iMac. I have the 27 inch 5k I Mac from mid 2014. 24gb of memory... So focusrite contacted sweetwater to allow me to return the 8pre and choose something else. My sales engineee Devin suggested this RME. I knew that Rme is a solid brand but the whole USB thing bothered me especially coming from thunderbolt. Well if your computer can handle it, this USB interface latency gets lower than thunderbolt in some respect. I currently run 96k at 64 buffer with 2.88 roundtrip latency. On the 8Pre I was at 3.35 latency... I also record stereo into 2 tracks using AmpliTube from my pedal board... which uses even more CPU and so far very smooth. Also just Incase you are wondering what I am getting at higher buffer settings in 96k 128 buffer on Rme roundtrip is 4.20 and 256 buffer is 6.88... at 48k 64 it is 4.20 and buffer of 128 is 5.70... so can definitely see the difference if you can run 96k smoothly. At 192 I couldn't run anything less than 256 buffer which was 4.20... keep in mind that is using two amp sims for 2 tracks before hearing clicks and pops. If you can run 192k At 64. The roundtrip will had 2.25... which isn't that much better than same setting at 96k which is less taxing on CPU. However, with 44.1 and 48k with buffers around 64 the 8Pre had slightly better roundtrip latency. I prefer to record in 96k. My MacBook Pro can't handle 96k at 64 but could be that I need to reinstall operating system and clean install everything. That's what I did with the Rme on my iMac. Still have to reinstall a lot of software but it's so far worth it because performance is much better.I also reinstalled it as El Capitan 11.4... idk if that makes a difference but figured the more specific I am the easier it may help someone know what to expect with similar setup. Anyway, so the totalmix software is a bit of a learning curve but once you get it you are set. You can turn the 4 inputs in the from to Hi-Z by expanding the input view on total mix and selecting "inst" or else the volume will be very low and suck. Once you do that and play a nice Fender strat or tele... OMG what a beautifulllllll sound. I really didn't think it could get any better than 8pre which already sound amazing. Big quality difference, the depth of sound and clarity is just like playing into an amp especially with AmpliTube 4's Fender 65 deluxe amp sim. As far as if you want to hear just your Daw... the 2nd row will have the meters going and that you will want to double click to bring the channel to "unity" ..- 0. Also, keep all the levelers from inputs on totalmix down at the bottom or you will hear the dry signal behind whatever you are doing. Keeping them down at the bottom will allow you to adjust the volume in the Daw instead of total mix(unless you want the direct monitor the dry signal). May sound confusing now but will make sense when you use it. If you run into an issue with the main speakers having the Daw sound but not headphone, go to options then do total reset. Set up again, make sure your daw is on and then you'll be set. Again once you get past those things you are good to go. No need to set up again. It remembers and you can save settings Incase you want to switch up the routing. Perhaps a Daw one and one for live monitoring.MIDI is solid, can hear the dept of of my Roland drum pads while using EZdrummer. If I use a USB MIDIsport uno or something, the lack of sensitivity is terrible and the sound is weak. Directly into the midi of the Rme the sensitivity is so much more accurate. The 8pre did awesome as well. Rme may be a little better or maybe the latency being a little Lower makes the hits more accurate. Overall very satisfied with it. Hope my review helps anyone debating!
5/5

Fantastic

I bought this in hopes of making at least a lateral move from my Silverface Apollo Duo since I needed better latency with long term support. I ABed the units and to my pleasant surprise, the 802 just sounds better. Specs are one thing but the ears don't lie. The sound is more natural and less hyped, there is better depth of field and the stereo imaging is wider than the Apollo. The Apollo sounds brighter but that doesn't mean more detailed, which seems odd I know but it is what it is. My latency on the 802 is running 3.7ms at a 64buffer on USB compared to 7.6ms on the Apollo FireWire 800. Since I use lots of VST instruments and amp sims this is critical for me. I am very pleased with my purchase and look forward to long term no frills usage.
Music background: Worship Pastor, Musician, Engineer
5/5

More than expected!!

Heard some people stating that the RME CONVERTERS were good , so I gave it a try...Night and day to my last interface. RME 802 sounds fantastic . more detailed and clean. Get you mics set up proper and hardly any eq in mix, The mix software is so easy to use and very powerful for getting custom headphone mixes.
Music background: Everything Music
5/5

Very Good Interface

This is a great interface. The converters are very good and the onboard preamps are very clean and accurate. The setup was easy and it works perfectly. The RME Mixer took a little messing around to understand, but only a very little. I think the software is very well written and the hardware is obviously of very good quality. I like it. A lot. I use some 60's Telefunken V376, Neve Clones and Focusrite preamps through this and I can attest that if you have some good mics and know what you are doing the RME 802 will not hinder you in any way on the journey to stellar recordings. This is an excellent product by a very fine company. I highly recommend the 802 to anyone - pro or not. You will not be disappointed, it's well worth the cash. I use this with Cubase 5 (sorry Cubase, I don't like the newer versions) on a WIN 7 HPZ400 Workstation and haven't had a single problem.
Music background: pro
5/5

Worthy Upgrade

I hate it when a product come along that has enough new features and upgrades over your current gear that you just have to have it. I have used the RME 800 Fireface for years and was so happy with it, no need for anything else right? I had a chance to spend some quality time with the people from RME at their booth at NAMM 2016. After seeing the new features and hearing the wonderful preamps in this this I could not have wanted something more. The sound quality that comes from the 802 is amazing. The new software mixer is so user friendly and has some great well thought out tools to make your tracks sound great. As good as my old 800 Fireface was this is a nice step up over that unit. The videos detailing this 802 do a much better job then me describing how good this interface is. If you own a Fireface 800 or looking for a fair price high quality converter seriously consider upgrading to this 802. Great piece of gear and the heart of my studio, well worth it.

Sweetwater Advice

Carson McClain

The RME Fireface 802 is the new incarnation of the world-famous RME Fireface 800. The 802's new preamps, convertors, and heaphone amp all sound better on than those on the 800 (which was ALREADY touted as being one of the best audio interfaces ever made!). Plus, with added DSP compressor, EQ, reverb, and delay, we now have the added bonus of offloading processing to the interface, giving our computers even more power to use additional plug-ins!
See also: FireWire Interfaces, RME, RME FireWire Audio Interfaces, RME USB Audio Interfaces