10 years RME’s Fireface 800 has lead the field of professional audio
interfaces, won countless awards, is most probably the most famous
interface ever, has
built up a legendary reputation for its sound and low latency
operation, is used all around the globe, and will continue to be the
most reliable part in their studio for many customers.
these 10 years RME did not stop development and introduced the world’s
first professional USB audio interface, the Fireface UC, followed by the
and UCX, which both offer FireWire as well as USB for maximum
to rework the Fireface 800 and update it to the latest technologies and
innovations present in RME’s other, newer interfaces, but without
tampering the soul
and feel of the original Fireface. A legend reborn was RME’s
approach, and the Fireface 802 does exactly that with a clever mixture
of what people made fall in love with the original unit, adding
sophisticated features expected from an audio interface
released in 2014.
with the original unit the heart of the Fireface 802 are its 4
completely analog microphone preamps with manual gain setting. While
digitally controlled preamps
do have some advantages, the classic technology with pot-control is
still preferred by many users for several reasons, like lightning fast
access, quicker setup, no loss of settings by crashes or operating
errors in software menus and more. Some people may
claim that these kind of preamps sound better, but RME’s approach has
always been (and will always be) fully transparent, unchanged sound.
Therefore we can sympathise, but not confirm such views. The four inputs
on the front use balanced XLR/TRS combo sockets
and operate alternatively as Hi-Z inputs for direct recording of
guitars or other instruments.
Fireface 802 comes with two instead of only one headphone output on the
front. Otherwise the overall design of all elements found on front and
rear is very
similar to the Fireface 800, except for its new housing with the
modern, soft and clear look.
inside the unit SteadyClock maintains perfect sound quality independent
from any external clock source like before, nearly anything else has
and improved. Latest AD/DA converters with better SNR, per channel
reference level control, 2 more analog channels in and out, and support
for the Advanced Remote Control, to name a few.
support for FireWire 800 has been dropped in favor of USB 2 and because
there has been no gain in performance compared to FireWire 400, which
is still included.
To ease connection to modern computers with FireWire the 802 has both a
6 pin and a 9 pin socket.
the latest TotalMix FX the Fireface 802 not only enters the full
mixing, monitoring and effects processing world of UCX and UFX, but also
adds Class Compliant
compatibility. The Fireface 802 can therefore be fully controlled from
an iPad with RME’s TotalMix FX for iPad app.
Fireface 802 combines 60 channel super low latency conversion with low
latency operation via USB or FireWire and RME’s legendary driver
stability and maintenance.
It includes active jitter suppression, professional reference level
support and a complete stand-alone functionality with all core features.Equipped
with the latest A/D and D/A converter chips, all I/Os operate up to 192
kHz and reach 118 dBA dynamic range on playback - even both headphone
Their high power technology provides high volume no matter if high or
low impedance phones are used.
FX delivers a digital high-end mixer and signal router, driven by two
powerful DSPs, with integrated effects plus built-in monitoring control.
and output channel comes with a luxury feature set, comparable to a
full-scale digital console. The effects include 3-band parametric EQ,
adjustable Low Cut, Auto Level, Compressor, Expander, MS Processing and
phase reversal. The Reverb and Echo effects unit
is available for all channels. The 802 offers all these effects even at
192 kHz operation.
FX is also a perfect monitor controller with integrated talkback
function and much more. The control room features are available in the
software or via
the optional Advanced Remote Control. A flexible management allows to
assign any physical output as Main or Phones output. Talkback,
Listenback, Mono, Dim, Recall and External Input will then work
automatically and as expected on the assigned outputs.
new Fireface 802 lives up to its predecessor, being a highly integrated
pro audio solution, a full-blown studio, packed in a 19” enclosure,
with the feel
and look that made the Fireface 800 world famous, but with RME’s latest
technology inside that continues to rock musicians and producers around
the world. The 802 doesn’t make compromises in sound, stability and
ultra-low latency operation, and provides an
unrivaled professional feature set with identical operation on Windows
PC and Mac.
The Fireface 802 comes with RME’s unique DIGICheck metering and analysis toolbox.
- 30 Input / 30 Output channels
- 12 x Analog I/O
- 4 x Mic/Instrument Preamp, classic technology
- 1 x AES/EBU I/O
- 2 x ADAT I/O (or 1 x ADAT I/O plus 1 x SPDIF I/O optical)
- 1 x Word Clock I/O
- 1 x MIDI I/O
- FireWire and USB operation
- TotalMix FX