Messe 2010 : Part 3 (RME)
Paul White from Sound on Sound Magazine chats to Matthias Carstens from RME Audio about the newly announced Babyface - a 22-channel High-End USB audio
interface with TotalMix FX (which is shown towards the end of the clip).
RME presents the Babyface:
Equipped with the latest 192 kHz AD- and DA-converters and two reference
class microphone preamps the bus-powered Babyface delivers top sound in
a nicely designed and attractively shaped enclosure. The Babyface uses
the USB 2.0 high-speed bus and has been uncompromisingly optimized for
highest performance under Windows and Mac OS.
The Babyface combines excellent analog circuit design with AD/DA
converter chips of the latest generation. On top RME’s famous
SteadyClock ensures an AD- and DA-conversion of the highest reference
quality. Both digitally controlled preamps provide individually
switchable 48V phantom power. The extremely low THD+N values let these
preamps surpass those of other devices that cost several times the price
of the Babyface.
The incredible feature set includes an optical I/O, usable as ADAT port
with SMUX support or SPDIF for sessions at up to 192 kHz. In combination
with an ADAT converter, like the RME ADI-8 DS/QS or OctaMic II, the
Babyface provides an incredible amount of 10 analog input and 12 output
channels. The additional headphone output, driven from an extra DA
converter, provides full 192 kHz sound experience, and is available not
only directly at the unit but also on the breakout cable. Recording any
instrument is a breeze and does not require any other hardware. Directly
plug in your guitar or other instruments by switching one input to Hi-Z
With one main control knob and two single buttons the
elegant Babyface acts as perfectly designed direct desktop control for
all typical studio tasks: volume control, reference volume store and
recall, volume dim, input selection/switching, input gain control -
quick and easy access to all functions has been a major point during
design and development.
The next generation of TotalMix delivers hardware
mixing/routing with lots of new features and a highly improved
usability. The unbeaten DSP mixer now not only matches features of
high-end digital consoles but even adds effects like a 3-band parametric
equalizer, reverb and echo to the mix.
The DSP-based hardware calculates RMS and Peak levels for all channels
without causing any significant CPU load.
- 10 Input / 12 Output channels
- 2 x analog I/O with line and mic level, balanced or unbalanced
- Two digitally controlled Mic Preamps in high-end quality
- 1 channel alternatively usable as Hi-Z input
- 1 x ADAT I/O or 1 x SPDIF I/O optical
- 1 x Phones Out (separate DA conversion, dual output for two headphones)
- 1 x MIDI I/O
- Bus-powered operation possible
- TotalMix FX (High-End DSP mixer with effects)
- Sample rates up to 192 kHz on all I/Os
- SteadyClock(tm) for maximum jitter suppression and clock refresh
- Level Meter Peak/RMS, hardware-calculated
- TotalMix FX: Integrated High-End Mixer with effects + 42-bit int.resolution
The RME Babyface will be available in August 2010 & the production unit will look like the one pictured below.