How to get the most from your RME Digital Interface

RME s one of the leading manufacturers of digital audio equipment. Digital interface boards from RME provide high quality pre-amp features for professional microphones, a variety of controls and recording frequencies and multiple channels for processing.

RME is a young German team of developers with a robust vision of creating innovative, user friendly, and high-quality digital audio solutions for less money. Founded in 1996, RME quickly earned their stripes as a premiere industry provider, expanding rapidly into mainstream international markets.

Each developer on the RME team is either a musician or sound engineer - besides being a specialist in hardware and software development. Additionally, to give their designs a persistent competitive edge in today's market, RME developers regularly network with other industry specialists to exchange knowledge and information - truly designing a line of products with superior quality, and affordable, mass-market appeal.

RME has had a consistent string of successful product releases, earning awards and accolades from the press and the public alike. The enthusiastic response and worldwide support the RME product line has generated ranks them one of the top audio device companies in the industry.

As usual, RME offer a host of sophisticated features and characteristics with the fastest Firewire technology. These include:

Two digitally controlled Mic Preamps in high-end quality

Two balanced universal inputs for line and instrument signals

SteadyClock for maximum jitter suppression and clock refresh

Simple stand-alone operation with rotary encoder and front panel display

54 Level Meter Peak/RMS, hardware-calculated

Full mobility by Bus Power support

DIGICheck, RME's unique meter and analysis tool

TotalMix: 648-Channel mixer with 42-bit internal resolution

FireWire audio by RME is seen as the reference by both users and editors.

It includes lots of features and capabilities not available from other manufacturers.

The DSP-based TotalMix mixer allows fully independent routing and mixing of all 18 input and output channels to all 18 physical outputs. Up to 9 totally independent stereo sub-mixes simply mean unrivalled monitoring facilities. Copy/paste of routings, ganging and group-based operation of faders, and the extraordinary Matrix window are just some of the mixer's unique features. The mixer can be completely MIDI controlled, even in stand-alone operation. Furthermore the DSP hardware calculates RMS and Peak levels for all 54 audio channels, without causing any significant CPU load.

A word clock input and output (BNC) plus two MIDI I/Os (breakout cable, 5-pin DIN) complete the analog/digital feature list and turn the Fireface 400 into a complete audio system of the highest quality.

The Fireface 400 excells as portable all-in-one solution when it comes to power supply. The included switching power supply accepts voltages from 100 to 240 V, thus can be operated all over the world. A rear panel switch enables Bus Powered operation, taking the power directly from the FireWire connector. To avoid potential problems, both the unit's internal power supply and the protective circuits at the FireWire port were specially designed and thoroughly tested.