RME has premiered the Babyface Pro, a 24-Channel / 192 kHz, bus-powered USB 2.0 computer audio interface. RME devices are designed to provide a clean and clear signal path without colorization. Audio signals are passed in their entirety, nothing added, nothing taken. For the new Babyface, the audio circuits have been improved with latest generation low latency AD/DA converters, combined with RME’s unique SteadyClock technology
For the main I/O, RME has designed a completely new XLR socket, which integrates into the housing to save precious space. The two headphone outputs, offering TRS and mini-jack sockets in parallel, have completely separate driver stages to match low and high impedance headphones. Two digitally-controlled preamps provide individually switchable 48V phantom power. These brand new circuits feature a gain range of 76 dB, adjustable in steps of 1 dB, including a relay-driven PAD, resulting in solid EIN (Equivalent Input Noise) performance as well as line overload protection, and enough gain for low level microphones. Babyface Pro’s efficient design almost never requires an external power supply, due to its stability on USB 3 bus power, and most USB 2 ports, with no degradation in any technical specification. This makes it a great choice for mobile recording with a pair of your favorite condenser microphones.
» 12 Input and 12 Output channels
» 4 x Analog Inputs (Mic, Line, Instrument)
» 4 x Analog Outputs (2 x XLR, 2 x Phones)
» 1 x ADAT I/O or 1 x SPDIF I/O optical
» 1 x MIDI I/O
» 1 x USB 2.0 (USB 3 compatible)
» Digital Gain control on all inputs
» Separate outputs for high and low impedance headphones
The Babyface Pro also contains optical TOSLINK I/O; use as either an ADAT port with SMUX support or SPDIF for sessions up to 192 kHz. In combination with an external ADAT converter, the Babyface Pro fully supports 12 analog inputs as well as 12 outputs, making it ideal for both live and studio multi-track applications. You can plug any instrument, line or high impedance, into Babyface Pro’s jack inputs 3 & 4. Record your guitar on the go, with no additional hardware required. MIDI I/O via an included breakout cable completes the package.
Babyface Pro ships with RME’s TotalMix FX, available for Windows and Mac OS X. An iOS version is available as well. This versatile software allows you to use Babyface Pro in a variety of situations. The FPGA-based DSP mixer adds a flexible, 3-band parametric equalizer to all inputs and outputs. Reverb and delay FX are also onboard.
RME’s Babyface Pro costs $749 and will be available shortly.