RME 12Mic

12-Channel Microphone Preamplifier

  • Digitally controlled
  • Integrated AVB and MADI connectivity
  • SteadyClock FS
  • Gain up to 75 dB for signals up to +18 dBu
  • Signal-to-noise ratio 121.2 dB (A) on all channels
  • integrated routing matrix
  • LCD display
  • Design: 19"/ 1 U


  • 4 x Microphone / line / instrument combo input XLR / jack 6.3 mm
  • 8 x Microphone / line input XLR
  • 3 x ADAT output
  • MADI BNC input and output (MADI optical via optional SFP modules)
  • 2 x Gigabit Ethernet (802.3 compliant)
  • Word clock input and output
  • 1 x Stereo headphone output 6.3 mm jack
  • Connection for redundant power supply

Further Information

Channels 12
Number of microphone inputs 12
Instrument input Yes
Tubes No
Compressor/Limiter No
Equalizer No
De-Esser No
Phantom power Yes
Phase Reverse Yes
External effect loops No
Analogue Outputs None
Headphone connection Yes
Level Meter Yes
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The next generation of HA
East power, 10.12.2020
Recall returned due to initial lot defect. The store arranged DHL for free, but I had to pay import tax twice to Japanese customs because I didn't have an export permit.

Despite this disappointment, my enthusiasm for future work has risen with the new RME approach of AVB and MADI.

MADI is an LC connector. I'm using a reasonably priced optical receiver module that I found in a user forum.

At first I thought the audio interface function could be done with a USB port.
But I can't. Also, the Mac won't recognize the USB-c unless you use Sonnet's only AVB compatible adapter. However, even if it is recognized, audio input and output is not possible.

You have to buy a separate MADI face XT or something similar.
I'm using a MADI card in MOTU M64 or YAMAHA O1V96i.

Best of all, it has a DC input with a locking connector. I've been recording live classical music for over 20 years, so having AC and backup DC is a real relief. I have a mobile battery connected to it.

In addition to MADI, it's also great to have AVB to back up the line. However, it's hard to find a connection box like Presonus' NSB. I wish more companies would join the AVB market and make it a compatible standard.

I would like to see a peripheral device with more expandability, such as a box like the Presonus NSB to send analog signals to the video team from the 12mic AVB connector that is sent via MADI.

The light weight is also great. The sound quality is great, I've been using RME products for a long time so I don't have to worry about that.

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