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!!
great, great product!
i 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 example 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!
Excellent Sound Quality
I 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 the studio with room for expansion later on.
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.
A hidden advantage
The 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...)
There are more expensive interface that are actually better. 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...
Awesome sound and options, but not user friendly
I like all the routing options, but the virtual mixer is more difficult to use than my last interface. I'm relatively new to mixing in the box, so take that into account. Otherwise, awesome sound. The virtual mixer is just not very intuitive and the manual is just as confusing.