RME was showing off the new FireFace UFX interface. Using what appears to be the same LCD screen as the JoeCo BlackBox (and probably a lot of digital cameras…), the UFX sports a really slick, high resolution display right on the front panel. Featuring a significant 30 channels of I/O, and the very slick TotalMix FX software, the UFX gives you more options for routing your audio around than almost any interface I can think of. There are 4 high quality pre-amps, 16 channels of ADAT I/O, AES/EBU and 12 channels of balanced line I/O. It interfaces with FireWire 400 and USB 2.0, and as you can see, occupies a single rack space.
RME has always been known for extremely high quality conversion and interfaces, and I expect this one to be no different. We’ve been using the MADIFace for six months, and it’s been absolutely rock-solid.
Announced at InfoComm and now shipping, we also saw production models of the BabyFace. This is RME’s answer to the Apogee Duet, only with more features. Whereas the Duet offers a 2×2 analog I/O, the BabyFace 10 input and 12 output channels! You get 2 analog inputs, 4 analog outputs, 8 channels of ADAT (or 2 channels of S/PDIF) I/O plus MIDI I/O. There are two high-quality mic pres plus a dedicated line input. Most of the I/O is handled by a breakout cable, though there are headphone and line in jacks on the side of the unit. Like everything else RME makes, it’s very well made, and while not cheap, is a good value. Expect to pay about $750 street.