RME Fireface UCX Audio Interface  From RME

RME's compact and incredibly versatile audio interface complete with 18 channels of I/O, two mic preamps, and RME's legendary high-quality converters now compatible with the iPad

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Fireface UCX - Overview

RME Fireface UCX. The low latency USB&FireWire Interface. 36 channels, 192 kHz, TotalMix FX with the complete UFX effects engine, including monitoring control - works with the iPad too. Latest generation AD/DA low latency converters with a quarter of the converter latency of other interfaces.

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    • RME Fireface UCX Audio Interface

Manufacturer's Description from RME

The Fireface UCX is a highly integrated pro audio solution in an ultra-compact format for studio and live recordings. It continues RME's long tradition of designing compact high-end interfaces, packing into a half-rack size unit what usually would be spread out over two or three 19 inch panels.

In doing this the Fireface UCX marks a new packing record: 300 electronic components more than inside the already well-stocked Fireface UC! In a tremendous effort RME packed once again all the latest technologies, introduced with the award winning flagship UFX, plus a bunch of newly developed ones, into a half 19 inch housing with full mobile usability.

The result is an awesome combination of RME's most successful products: Fireface UFX, Firefaces UC/400 and Babyface. The Fireface UCX is not just a smaller version of the smash hit UFX, with the HFX-core, the preamps and the complete effects engine, the UCX continues the tradition of RME's tremendously successful compact interfaces, and combines it with the great usability of the Babyface through the optional RME remote*. With the Fireface UCX RME reinvented an already perfect product, by improving existing features and characteristics plus adding sophisticated new ones:

  • Low Latency mastering grade converters with outstanding specifications.
  • Two mic preamps with the premium technology from RME's high-end recording bestsellers Micstasy and UFX, including the AutoSet overload protection.
  • A newly developed Hammerfall audio core, supporting USB and FireWire with the maximum performance and ultra-low latency operation, combined with the legendary RME driver stability and maintenance, on both bus protocols.
  • TotalMix FX with the complete Fireface UFX DSP engine, including all effects up to 192 kHz.
  • Monitoring Controller: combining the impressive flexibility of the TotalMix FX monitoring tool set and the optional RME Remote Control.
  • RME's unique DIGICheck metering and analysis toolbox for Windows PC and Mac.
  • Plus support for RME's Advanced Remote Control, active jitter suppression technology, professional reference level support, advanced stand-alone functionality, full 192 kHz operation, and last but not least two high speed MIDI I/Os.
  • On top of it: The Fireface UCX is the first professional audio interface with Class Compliant mode to work with Apple's iPad, for perfect stereo up to 8 channel recording and playback, and the addition of truly professional I/Os.

All in all the Fireface UCX is the new compact-sized dream interface, created with care for every detail, and a new premium solution for any desktop and live usage, without compromises in sound, stability and ultra-low latency operation.

* Special Remote Edition: the Fireface UCX was available in edition, including the RME Basic Remote Control.

RME

About Manufacturer

RME is a young German team of developers with a robust vision of creating innovative, user friendly, and high-quality digital audio solutions for less money. Founded in 1996, RME quickly earned their stripes as a premiere industry provider, expanding rapidly into mainstream international markets. Each developer on the RME team is either a musician or sound engineer - besides being a specialist in hardware and software development. Additionally, to give their designs a persistent competitive edge in today's market, RME developers regularly network with other industry specialists to exchange knowledge and information - truly designing a line of products with superior quality, and affordable, mass-market appeal. RME has had a consistent string of successful product releases, earning awards and accolades from the press and the public alike. The enthusiastic response and worldwide support the RME product line has generated ranks them one of the top audio device companies in the industry.

Specifications

AD, Line In 5-8, rear

Signal to Noise ratio (SNR): 111 dB RMS unweighted, 114 dBA
Frequency response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.1 dB: 10 Hz - 20.6 kHz
Frequency response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: 5 Hz - 45.3 kHz
Frequency response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: -1 dB: 5 Hz - 90 kHz
THD: < -105 dB, < 0.0005 %
THD+N: < -98 dB, < 0.0012%
Maximum input level: +19 dBu
Channel separation: > 110 dB
Input: 6.3 mm TRS jack, electronically balanced
Input sensitivity switchable to Lo Gain, +4 dBu, -10 dBV
Input level for 0 dBFS @ Lo Gain: +19 dBu
Input level for 0 dBFS @ +4 dBu: +13 dBu
Input level for 0 dBFS @ -10 dBV: +2 dBV

Line In 3-4, front

As AD, but:

Additional Gain stage: 0 up to +12 dB
Maximum input level, Lo Gain, Gain 0 dB:
Line +19 dBu, Inst +13 dBu
Maximum input level, -10 dBV, Gain 12 dB, Line:
-7,5 dBu, Inst: -13,5 dBu
Input impedance Inst: 470 kOhm
Input Gain Inst: +6 dB
Input mode: Line balanced (TRS), Inst unbalanced (TS)
CLIP LED: 0 dBFS
SIG LED: -60 dBFS

Microphone/Line 1-2, front

as AD Line In 5-8, but:

Input: Neutrik XLR/TRS Combo jack, electronically balanced
Input impedance: XLR 2 kOhm, TRS 8 kOhm balanced
Signal to Noise ratio (SNR): 112 dB RMS unweighted, 115 dBA
Low Roll Off -0.5 dB: 18 Hz, -1 dB: 12 Hz
Gain range: 0 dB, +10 up to +65 dB
Maximum input level XLR, Gain 0 dB: +10 dBu
Maximum input level XLR, Gain 65 dB: -55 dBu
Maximum input level TRS, Gain +0 dB: +21 dBu
Maximum input level TRS, Gain +65 dB: -44 dBu
CLIP LED: 0 dBFS
SIG LED: -60 dBFS

DA, Line Out 1-6, rear

Dynamic range (DR): 111 dB, 114 dBA @ 44.1 kHz (unmuted)
Frequency response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.1 dB: 5 Hz - 20.4 kHz
Frequency response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: 5 Hz - 45 kHz
Frequency response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: 5 Hz - 90 kHz
THD: -100 dB, < 0.001 %
THD+N: -96 dB, < 0.0015 %
Channel separation: > 110 dB
Maximum output level: +19 dBu
Output: 6.3 mm TRS jack, servo-balanced
Output impedance: 75 Ohm
Output level switchable: Hi Gain, +4 dBu, -10 dBV
Output level at 0 dBFS @ Hi Gain: +19 dBu
Output level at 0 dBFS @ +4 dBu: +13 dBu
Output level at 0 dBFS @ -10 dBV: +2 dBV

DA - Phones, 7/8, front

As DA, but:

Output: 6.3 mm TRS jack, unbalanced
Output impedance: 30 Ohm

Word Clock

BNC, switch for internal termination 75 Ohm

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RME Fireface UCX Manual