RME Fireface UFX Audio Interface Review | Pro converters


The Audio Tech Swiss Knife

Fireface UFX closeJust like all the smartphones and tablets of today, RME’s Fireface UFX may be made for USB and Firewire.

But it’s true intention lies on being a Swiss knife of sorts that you could go MacGuyver with, with exponential results.

It truly is a versatile type of device for your studio.


Features

RME UFX in RACKOne of the most remarkable things from RME’s Fireface UFX is that it’s not just an audio interface complete with four combi inputs for both quarter inches and XLRs.

It may have some very good build in signals processor with some of those DSPs really having lots of power, but it was made for the studio!

Think about it, having 30 x 30 inputs/outputs (with 12 analogs and 18 digitals at 96kHz) is quite surprising, but throwing a controller for monitoring and headphone amplification.

You even have some talkback-microphone switch and routing capabilities onboard the rack.

Note also that it’s made of some very tough metal and plastic combination.

You could hook it up to a Mac using its Firewire port usable with Firewire 800 interfaces using a normal converting cable, or you could use its USB 3.0 ports.

RME also boasts some of the lowest latency hammerfall-drivers and Steady-Clock active suppression of jitter tech to help you focus on your recording.

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Excellent Audio interface Swiss Knife

RME UFX screen lcdYou’ve probably owned a Swiss Knife, right? That’s a foldable knife with lots of knives and each knife has an efficient use.

That’s how the RME Fireface was for me.

It has its own Digital Checking Meter and analysis tools within the software, the TotalMix FX app, which is a 42bit digitized mixer and signal router and its own arsenal of plugins, which has a three frequency band equalizer with a high-pass filtering, astounding dynamics, a reverb component and an M/S processor capability for every physical input and output.

It takes lots of thought and innovation in designing Swiss Knives.

It wouldn’t be a military and engineering classic if it weren’t one. It’s safe to say that the RME Fireface UFX is one really good Swiss Knife, but how does it sound?


Workflow

UFX Fireface RME RACK LAPTOPAs soon as you install the drivers, the UFX can be configured using a setup application that allows you to set the buffer size and to configure the secondary ADAT ports as optical S/PDIF connections.

Each input has an individual sample rate and lock/sync status.
So I plugged in a guitar…

I must say it’s not as great as some of the great A/D converters out there, but you don’t really have to pay a high price for a pure sound with this one.

It has lots of detail, transparency, neutrality, resolution and depth. For its extremely affordable price, you get something that’s useful in a studio without having to pay for something with a skyrocketed price.

Stereo tracks sound as if my studio speakers were farther apart. They were smooth and they had a natural tonality without any harshness whatsoever. By being an A/D converter itself, RME has outdone itself with this one.


Final Words in the Fireface

Paying premium bucks for something that’s half the price of its competitors while being innovative and thoughtful about the design and efficiency makes the RME Fireface UFX Audio Interface one of the biggest hardware that you’ll need for a studio.

Even if you’re a mobile audio engineer, this is quite portable and useful, to be honest!

If you just want to record a high quality studio sound without fuzzing over too many details, this is the interface just for you!

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