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RME Fireface UC

36 Channel USB 2.0 Audio Interface

  • 18x In- and outputs, simultaneously usable
  • 24 Bit / 192 kHz AD/DA converter
  • 2x Mic preamps with digitally controlled gain and individually switchable 48V phantom power
  • Instrument input
  • 8x Analog I/O
  • ADAT I/O
  • SPDIF I/O
  • 2x MIDI I/O
  • Word Clock
  • Intelligent Clock Control
  • SyncCheck
  • SyncAlign
  • SteadyClock
  • DIGICheck and TotalMix
  • Design: 9.5”, 1 U
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Recording / Playback Channels 18x18
Number of Mic Inputs 2
Number of Line Inputs 8
Number of Instrument Inputs 2
Number of Line Outs 6
Headphone Outs 1
Phantom power Yes
Number of S/PDIF Connectors 1
Number of ADAT Connectors 1
Numer of AES/EBU Connectors 0
Number of MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 0
Other Connectors No
MIDI interface Yes
Word Clock 1xIn, 1xOut
Max. sample rate (kHz) 192 kHz
Max. resolution in bit 24 bit
USB Bus-Powered No
Incl. power supply Yes
USB Version 2.0
Width in mm 265 mm
Depth in mm 165 mm
Height in mm 44 mm

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Solved problems with audio drop outs in Ableton Live
Stef Go, 05.02.2019
If you're experiencing audio drop outs in LIve, inspite of using a decently new laptop with Windows10 installed, this may solve your problems.

I used to own a Steinberg UR22 which did me good services for many years on a Win8 system. Then i recently replaced that 5 yr.old latop with a new laptop, Intel i7 8th generation and 16 MB RAM running withWin10 - which i assumed would speed everything up and be even more stable than my old system. But, lo and behold, i started experiencing audio drop outs with my UR22!

At first i assumed it's just a one-off glitch. BUt it was systematic, even on low CPU usage (<10%) i kept experiencing drop outs.
So i got frustrated enough to want to do something about it,.
I spent a full day reading through many many forums where other users reported similar problems, watched a dozen Youtube videos on how to tweak my system, tried different USB ports, installed LAtencyMon and DPC Latency Checker, changed power settings, tweaked my system in just about every way i could imagine, de-activated NVIDIA, Bluetooth, WLAN drivers etc. but still the problems persisted.

I had read somewhere that this RME Fireface soundcard had great latency performance. Didn't think that alone would solve my problems with audio drop outs because the USB data transfer seemed to be interrupted on the UR22 even at higher buffer size settings like 512 samples.

But then i read somewhere that the folks over at RME didn't just build their interface to work on normal Asio USB communication script, but re-wrote the USB driver script altogether. Data packages are not sent continously but rather in sequential "parcels". This seems to be the magic trick, to me at least. No interruptions in data transmission, so it appears : )

I've used this interface for 1 week now and have NOT HAD A SINGLE audio drop out.
Very very happy. : ) :)
Coincidentally, the system is so stable now, i don't have to deactivate half of Win10 settings in device manager which was just a complete drag to have to do every time before opening Live, according to friendly advice from otehr users.

If you're frustrated with audio drop outs in your DAW, give this a try. I cannot guarantee anything, but it certainly did the magic for me. Just wanted to let you know...!
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PS The software "RME TotalMix" that comes with the Interface is not too complicated to learn (I'm a novice and fairly apprehensive when things get too technical, but i was still able to wrap my head around how this works in 30 minutes); there a couple of instructional videos on the web - watch those.

PPS Thomann service friendly and great, as always!
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Amazing drivers for windows, otherwise disappointing.
Tamtamtam, 19.07.2021
I am performing with Ableton Live running on a windows laptop so stable drivers with low latency are very important to me, and that is why I bought this product. The drivers are amazing and very solid, the latency is also very low. It has a lot of inputs and outputs for its small size.

The unit feels well built, but the power supply feels suuuper cheap and when connecting to the unit it feels very very flimsy. I am going to have to buy a backup already since I don't trust it will last very long when touring. I have a 9 euro electric razor with a power supply that feels much more beefy than this does.

Having just one encoder to control everything without using the software would be ok if there was something more than the seven segment display to help you navigate. Now it is very unintuitive. And since the gain of the inputs is digitally controlled I ran into the problem that I couldn't set a low enough gain for some of my instruments when in high impedance mode, even with the low gain setting they are clipping. From what I understand this product has had its input circuit revised and there used to be an option for applying a pad to the input level that doesn't exist anymore. This is really disappointing.

The Totalmix software has lots of nice routing options, and using this for my in ear monitor mix has reduced latency a couple of milliseconds compared to doing the same monitor routing in Ableton, so I am very happy about that. But the Totalmix software is not very intuitive or well designed.

This is a 12 year old product by now, and I appreciate that RME are keeping the drivers up to date. Considering how much this interface costs though there were too many dissapointments for me to ever recommend it to anyone unless they really needed the stable drivers.
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This thing is just very, very good!
lavidaesuncinema, 26.06.2021
I've been doing research on audio interfaces for a few months before buying the RME UC. I previously owned a MOTU M4. As some new jobs started coming in, I decided to upgrade. This is what I needed:

- Ultra-low latency for going through my laptop during live shows, with no dropouts, crackles, noises, instability. No need for DSP, I have a my own plugins for that;

- A large number of I/O, including MIDI, in order to adapt to any future configuration of my studio if I buy more gear, or need to work with 5.1 surround;

- No 19" rack size, cause I'm not the Coldplay and I want to travel light, and I don't want to buy two interfaces for studio and show applications;

- Industry standard preamps and conversion. I don't need to obtain subtle musical textures (I hire an external engineer for that!), I just need to be sure that - when I'm tracking at home - I can then use the material in professional contexts without having to re-record anything.

Some Apogee, UAD and MOTU products made it into my shortlist, as well as some 500-Series preamps like the SSL Six, but eventually all of them had some limitations with regards to I/O or flexibility.

I bought a full RME rig including a Fireface UC, QuadMic and ARC Usb, with an expense of approximatively 1,6k€ including studio grade cables, and I'm very happy with my choice.

I'm aware the UC is a 15 years old project. However, if your needs are similar to the ones I described, my opinion is that the RME UC is still a great and cost-effective solution.

PS. I bought the UC before the UCX II came out. However, I don't think I would have got the new model as the price difference is significant.
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Decent product
rearear, 15.06.2021
I'm using Fireface UC both with a Macbook pro and a PC with Windows 10. It works very well with both systems. Unlike my previous audio interfaces, RME gives confidence while using it. It just works. Only thing with Windows 10 is that, when I return to regular use after working in Ableton with the ASIO driver, it randomly makes a bit crusher like effect. When I re-apply some settings in Fireface USB settings it gets normal again. This hadn't been a big issue for me until today.

Totalmix software is an incredibly flexible environment that allows you to route anything to anywhere. In my work I have been using softwares like Jack and Soundflower to internally route signals between softwares. However, I am not using virtual audio devices anymore since I can use digital ADAT channels to route anything to anywhere. Thats a big step in my practice.

The device gets hot which made me stress, however when I made a research I learned that all other devices gets hot like mine and its not an issue.

Overall, I am really happy that I purchased RME Fireface UC. It has a very good sound and features which took my working practice to another level.
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