RME Fireface 802 Audio Interface
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RME’s Fireface 802 is a complete studio packed into a 19” rack unit; it features 30 inputs and 30 outputs. All inputs and outputs can be used simultaneously, with 12 analog and 18 digital channels that can record separately onto 30 tracks. It is an improved version of the original Fireface 800, that had been the industry leader and first firewire audio interface. It improved preamps, better FireWire performance, and USB 2.0 for greater compatibility with Windows and Apple Computers. RME is the only manufacturer not to use a third party USB or FireWire audio technology, but their own proprietary engineered core.
TotalMix FX offers you a powerful digital mixing experience, with effects on every channel that matches that of a full-scale digital console, and powerful monitoring capabilities.
- 30 Input / 30 Output channels
- 12 x Analog I/O
- 4 x Mic/Instrument Preamp
- 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 or USB operation
- TotalMix FX
Preamps . for Microphones and Instruments with Low Latency Conversion. The 802 has four high-transparency preamps, also with low latency converters.
Microphone and instrument preamps of the 802 use the classic technology of the OctaMic II, a high-end preamp for supreme sonic demands and critical applications, like the professional recording of classical concerts. The symmetrical preamp design impresses with extremely low distortion, excellent signal to noise ratio and a perfect linear frequency response. A premium solution for transmitting and amplifying any audio input truly unchanged, be it high-level stage or typical studio signals, lower level and high-impedance instruments, or dynamic, condenser and ribbon microphones.
The pot-controlled gain of up to 60 dB, adjustable over a range of 54 dB, is individually set for every preamp on the front of the 802.
The four inputs on the front use balanced XLR/TS combo sockets and operate alternatively as Hi-Z inputs. Directly plug in up to four guitars or other instruments - no other hardware required.
Each channel can be individually switched to 48V phantom power or instrument mode. LEDs for signal, clip, TS operation and activated phantom power provide overview on the unit's status.
The Fireface 802 follows RME's tradition of providing flexible and expandable audio systems. Adding additional preamplifiers or more analog inputs is easily done via the dual ADAT optical I/Os on the rear.
The DSP based TotalMix mixer allows fully independent routing and mixing of all 30 input and 30 playback channels to all 30 physical outputs. Up to 15 totally independent stereo submixes plus a luxury Control Room section offer unrivalled monitoring capabilities and unsurpassed routing flexibility.
Every input and output channel comes with a luxury feature set, comparable to a full-scale digital console. The effects per channel 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 by a stereo send and return bus. The Fireface 802 offers all these effects in all sample rates, including 192 kHz.
The two DSPs ensure an impressive performance even in extreme applications. As usual with RME, TotalMix is available with all channels (90) at all sample rates, completely unlimited. The second DSP calculates the effects only, therefore has sufficient resources. For example, at 48 kHz 60 EQs, 40 Low Cuts, 8 Dynamics, Reverb and Echo can be activated.
The FX-DSP uses automatic overload surveillance. As soon as no effect can be added anymore the TotalMix surface will clearly signal this condition. When changing to higher sample rates the 802 automatically deactivates all effects that exceed the DSP's performance - the DSP will never be overloaded. This also prevents the user from destroyed loudspeakers.
The complete effects section not only adds a lot of flexibility to the recording chain, but makes latency burdened software dispensable. TotalMix can easily replace any external mixer, e.g. to create different latency-free monitoring mixes with EQ and Reverb for the main studio monitors and the headphone of the vocalist(s) in the recording chamber.
USB & FireWire
With the release of the Fireface 800 in 2004 RME stirred up the FireWire audio market, setting the benchmarks and providing a superior solution with a unique feature set. It is no surprise many customers and testers see RME as reference and technology leader for FireWire audio interfaces. In 2009 RME released the Fireface UC, a USB solution which again provided an exceptional performance, previously not available from USB audio interfaces, once more becoming the technology leader.
The secret of success: RME is the only manufacturer not to use a third party USB or FireWire audio technology, but an own, self-developed audio interface core with outstanding performance and un-compromised pro audio features.
Like already known from the Fireface UCX and UFX (and indeed using the same matured driver family) the Fireface 802 combines USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 within one interface.
USB 2.0 . The Fireface 802 has been uncompromisingly optimized for highest performance under Windows and Mac OS. It uses customized firmwares for every operating system. Like Fireface UCX and UFX, the 802 provides revolutionary ultra-low latencies* even with multiple channels, comparable to those of PCI and PCI-Express solutions.
* Minimal latencies are not guaranteed as they depend on the specific computer and application.
FireWire . RME's FireWire core offers exceptional compatibility at highest performance. 10 years of experience with FireWire guarantee optimal and undisturbed operation with any computer having a FireWire port.