The Fireface UCX is a highly integrated pro audio solution in an ultra-compact format for studio and live recordings.
It continues RME's long tradition of designing compact high-end interfaces, packing into a half-rack size unit what
usually would be spread out over two or three 19 inch panels.
In doing this the Fireface UCX marks a new packing record:
300 electronic components more than inside the already well-stocked
In a tremendous effort RME packed once again all the latest
technologies, introduced with the award winning flagship UFX,
plus a bunch of newly developed ones, into a half 19 inch
housing with full mobile usability.
The result is an awesome combination of RME's most successful products: Fireface UFX, Firefaces UC/400 and Babyface.
The Fireface UCX is not just a smaller version of the smash hit
UFX, with the HFX-core, the preamps and the complete effects engine. The
UCX continues the tradition of RME's tremendously successful compact
and combines it with the Babyface's usability through the
optional RME remotes.
With the Fireface UCX RME reinvented an already perfect product,
by improving existing features and characteristics plus adding
sophisticated new ones:
- Low Latency mastering grade converters with outstanding specifications.
- Two mic preamps with the premium technology from RME's
high-end recording bestsellers Micstasy and UFX, including the AutoSet
- A newly developed Hammerfall audio core, supporting USB and
FireWire with the maximum performance and ultra-low latency operation,
combined with the legendary RME driver stability and
maintenance, on both bus protocols.
- TotalMix FX with the complete Fireface UFX DSP engine, including all effects up to 192 kHz.
- Monitoring Controller: combining the impressive flexibility
of the TotalMix FX monitoring tool set and the optional RME Remote
- RME's unique DIGICheck metering and analysis toolbox for Windows PC and Mac.
- Plus support for RME's Advanced Remote Control, active
jitter suppression technology, professional reference level support,
advanced stand-alone functionality,
full 192 kHz operation, and last but not least two high speed
- On top of it: The Fireface UCX is the first professional audio interface with Class Compliant mode to work with Apple's iPad,
for perfect stereo up to 18 channel recording and playback, and the addition of truly professional I/Os.
So the UCX is a half rack unit, which is actually more
powerful, than most 19 inch units.
All in all the Fireface UCX is the new
compact-sized dream interface, created with care for every detail,
and a new premium solution for any desktop and live usage,
without compromises in sound, stability and ultra-low latency operation.
Inputs and Outputs
The UCX provides 36 channels of audio - 18 I/Os. All channels
can be used at the same time.
Up to 8 analog and 10 digital channels can be recorded onto 18
separate tracks. All outputs can be used for ASIO Direct Monitoring
Available I/O (channels) with different Sample Rates:
Overview Analog I/O
- Inputs 5-8 (TRS - balanced)
- Output 1-6 (TRS - balanced)
- Inputs: 1/2 (2 x XLR/TRS Combo - balanced)
- Inputs: 3/4 (2 x TRS - balanced)
- Outputs: 7/8 - Phones (TRS - Stereo)
The UCX provides 8 analog I/O in a very flexible combination:
8 Inputs. On the rear: 4 balanced TRS.
On the front: 2 XLR inputs with Mic/Line preamps (65 dB Gain) and 2 Hi-Z capable TRS Line/Instrument inputs..
8 Outputs . On the rear: 6 balanced TRS outputs.
On the front: One additional TRS stereo phones (playback channels 7/8).
The high power phones output offers high volumes even with high-impedance headphones.
Sound Quality . Equipped with a new 2011 A/D
and D/A high-performance converter design all I/Os operate at up to 192
The AD/DA conversion supersedes the outstanding technical
specifications of the Fireface UC/400 with an impressive 114 dBA dynamic
on both record and playback.
The advanced multi-bit converter architecture guarantees
excellent S/N and THD specs across a wide analog level range.
In the best RME tradition and product philosophy, the UCX
converters and preamps have no characteristic "sound" of their own.
They neither add nor remove anything, but capture the original
signal just as it is.
Due to its efficient jitter reduction, RME's superior SteadyClockTM finalizes the state-of-the-art AD/DA conversion, even when clocking to an external digital source.
Low Latency Converters . All analog I/Os use a low latency converter design with impressive 14 samples for the ADC, and 7 samples for the DAC,
independent of the used sample rate.
These values are about a quarter of the Fireface UC/400 (43/28), and even outperform much more expensive devices.
A technical breakthrough that reduces the overall latency of timing critical applications, in live situations,
and in computer-based recording studios. The converter latency is so low (0.4 ms at 48 kHz) that it can be ignored,
turning analog digital monitoring into real analog-style monitoring!
Professional Level Support . A great
converter needs to support the common studio levels for the perfect
adaptation to other analog equipment without loosing headroom.
Like all other RME devices the UCX supports the common
professional studio levels: -10 dBV, +4 dBu, Lo / HiGain.
The software-controlled reference levels, realized discretely in
the analog domain, ensure highest dynamic range and fidelity.
- Inputs 3 to 8: -10 dBV, +4 dBu and Lo Gain (adjustable in two groups - channels 3/4 and 5 to 8).
- Outputs 1 to 8: -10 dBV, +4 dBu and Hi Gain (adjustable in two groups - channels 1 to 6 and 7/8).
All outputs can be used for ASIO Direct Monitoring purposes.