RME Fireface UC

36 Channel USB 2.0 Audio Interface

  • 18x In- and outputs, simultaneously usable
  • 24 Bit / 192 kHz AD/DA converter
  • 2x Mic preamps with digitally controlled gain and individually switchable 48V phantom power
  • Instrument input
  • 8x Analog I/O
  • ADAT I/O
  • SPDIF I/O
  • 2x MIDI I/O
  • Word Clock
  • Intelligent Clock Control
  • SyncCheck
  • SyncAlign
  • SteadyClock
  • DIGICheck and TotalMix
  • Design: 9.5”, 1 U
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  • Guitar Thru Mic Pre
  • Bongo Thru Mic Pre
  • Vocals Thru Mic Pre

Further Information

Recording / Playback Channels 18x18
Number of Mic Inputs 2
Number of Line Inputs 8
Number of Instrument Inputs 2
Number of Line Outs 6
Headphone Outs 1
Phantom power Yes
Number of S/PDIF Connectors 1
Number of ADAT Connectors 1
Numer of AES/EBU Connectors 0
Number of MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 0
Other Connectors No
MIDI interface Yes
Word Clock 1xIn, 1xOut
Max. sample rate (kHz) 192 kHz
Max. resolution in bit 24 bit
USB Bus-Powered No
Incl. power supply Yes
USB Version 2.0
Width in mm 265 mm
Depth in mm 165 mm
Height in mm 44 mm

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Solved problems with audio drop outs in Ableton Live
Stef Go, 05.02.2019
If you're experiencing audio drop outs in LIve, inspite of using a decently new laptop with Windows10 installed, this may solve your problems.

I used to own a Steinberg UR22 which did me good services for many years on a Win8 system. Then i recently replaced that 5 yr.old latop with a new laptop, Intel i7 8th generation and 16 MB RAM running withWin10 - which i assumed would speed everything up and be even more stable than my old system. But, lo and behold, i started experiencing audio drop outs with my UR22!

At first i assumed it's just a one-off glitch. BUt it was systematic, even on low CPU usage (<10%) i kept experiencing drop outs.
So i got frustrated enough to want to do something about it,.
I spent a full day reading through many many forums where other users reported similar problems, watched a dozen Youtube videos on how to tweak my system, tried different USB ports, installed LAtencyMon and DPC Latency Checker, changed power settings, tweaked my system in just about every way i could imagine, de-activated NVIDIA, Bluetooth, WLAN drivers etc. but still the problems persisted.

I had read somewhere that this RME Fireface soundcard had great latency performance. Didn't think that alone would solve my problems with audio drop outs because the USB data transfer seemed to be interrupted on the UR22 even at higher buffer size settings like 512 samples.

But then i read somewhere that the folks over at RME didn't just build their interface to work on normal Asio USB communication script, but re-wrote the USB driver script altogether. Data packages are not sent continously but rather in sequential "parcels". This seems to be the magic trick, to me at least. No interruptions in data transmission, so it appears : )

I've used this interface for 1 week now and have NOT HAD A SINGLE audio drop out.
Very very happy. : ) :)
Coincidentally, the system is so stable now, i don't have to deactivate half of Win10 settings in device manager which was just a complete drag to have to do every time before opening Live, according to friendly advice from otehr users.

If you're frustrated with audio drop outs in your DAW, give this a try. I cannot guarantee anything, but it certainly did the magic for me. Just wanted to let you know...!
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PS The software "RME TotalMix" that comes with the Interface is not too complicated to learn (I'm a novice and fairly apprehensive when things get too technical, but i was still able to wrap my head around how this works in 30 minutes); there a couple of instructional videos on the web - watch those.

PPS Thomann service friendly and great, as always!
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Very pleased
19.02.2017
I'm using this audio interface mostly for recording acoustic music, usually in pair with my Neumann KM 184.

Pros:

I must say that the sound quality is incredible, no self-noise or coloration, it's pure and clear.

The stereo picture is wide and realistic, even when listening on headphones you feel like you sitting in front of a performer, the level of detail is amazing. This also uncovers any recording problems and poor mic placement which you won't hear in consumer audio gear.

I've been using Fireface UC for a few months and never experienced any dropouts or any driver problems (running it on Windows 10), it's very stable.

Delay-free monitoring is a very useful feature when you're recording.

It might take a bit to get used to controls if you're upgrading from a less complex interface, but the manual book provides clear instructions.

Cons: none in terms of performance and quality.

I wish they'd add a possibility of using FX with delay-free monitoring, but unfortunately, it's not supported in this model, so you can only monitor dry sound without delay.

The only con I could find so far is a green light on power supply's cable, which is so strong that unintentionally functions as a night light, which can be a bit annoying.

All in all, it's a great product and I'm very satisfied.
Also, I would like to express my gratitude to Thomann for their great job on packaging, it came in a huge box filled with bubble packets.
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The most reliable interface out there.
PMSFX, 11.03.2021
I was looking for something reliable, with a fair amount or inputs and outputs. I work a lot with LCR and 5.1 and I need minimum of 4 (ideally 6) outputs. I also wanted a fair mot of inputs including instruments one and this one has it all.
At first, I thought USB2 might not be enough of speed, but RME drivers (macOS) are top notch and probably the most stable ones I've used (compared to Apogee and UA). Don't let the USB2 put you off. Market is indeed heading towards thunderbolt 3 audio interfaces, but this one is a solid. It has never crashed nor fail me in any other way.
Totalmix software might be a tad intimidating at first but once you get a hang of it you gonna love. Fader grouping, preset recalls/templates are perfect for what I am working with on a daily basis. You can group them in 5.1, LCR, Stereo or whatever you heart desires really.
Preamps sound nice and clean and I occasionally record some foley with it. It's not sound devices sound, but it really good.
Headphone output provides enough juice to power my 660s. DAC sounds great, on pair with Apogee and UA ones.
This thing is built like a tank. It once slipped of my hands and there's no scratches on it whatsoever.
Don't hesitate - get one for yourself!
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DigitalMonk, 20.09.2020
I was into this card for a long time.They we're saying about the drivers are the best, sound quality is guaranteed, transparent mic pre and easy routing handling.
Everything was true.Drivers installed easy, TotalMix was a bit confusing at the begging but you can find everything you need online.

Also you can get DIGICheck.It shows you Level meters, spectral analyser and also phase.
The build quality is solid, you can feel it when you hold it.
The sound difference from the saffire pro 26 which I was using for 3 years was huge I can say.The bass got its " own " room on the mix and a overall depth on mids.The highs are crispy clean.

Its a small super tool.With adat/spdif and wordclock if later I need more inputs this machine will get the job done flawlessly.
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