RME Audio - Babyface Pro FS

24-Channel 192 kHz bus-powered professional USB audio interface
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Babyface Pro FS
ADK-RME-1330-00124
RME Audio
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$999.00

Four years ago the Babyface Pro again demonstrated RME’s absolute commitment to superior craftsmanship, not only in audio circuits and driver development, but also in mechanics. Created with the highest precision from a block of aluminum, this high-end portable interface incorporated newly designed analog and digital circuits. Its innovative energy saving technologies provided supreme fidelity with no compromises in level, noise or distortion.

 

In the new Babyface Pro FS even more improvements were implemented:

+19 / +4 dBu switch on the bottom adds a direct way toreduce the output level, thus improves SNR for sensitive active monitors,avoids distortion / overload, and helps to keep TotalMix FX faders near 0 dBinstead of high attenuations.

Full SteadyClock FS circuit as in the ADI-2 Pro FS forlowest jitter and highest jitter immunity.

3.5 mm TRS phones output power rises from 70 mW to 90 mW.THD of both phones outputs improved by up to 10 dB. Uses same output op-amps asADI-2 Pro now. Output impedance of 3.5 mm TRS lowered from 2 Ohms to 0.1 Ohms.

Mic inputs SNR improved from 112.2 dB to 113.7 dB, TRS Lineinputs SNR improved from 114 dB to 116.3 dB (120 dBA). THD Line inputs improvedby 8 dB.

6 samples less latency on the AD side by new ADC (5 samplesAD, 7 samples DA. It won't get quicker...).

All the above improvements were achieved without raising theunits power consumption.

K-slot for theft protection.

 

·       Connectivity and Features

·       4 x Analog I/O

·       2 x XLR Mic/Line

·       2 x Phones Output

·       1 x ADAT I/O

·       1 x MIDI I/O

·       RME USB 2.0

·       TotalMix FX

·       Class Compliant Mode

·       2 x Line/Instrument Input

·       SteadyClock FS

·       +19 / +4 dBu Switch

·       DC-coupled Outputs

 

 

ADI-2 Series Headphone Power

The two headphone outputs, offering TRS and mini-jacksockets in parallel, have completely separate driver stages to perfectly matchlow and high impedance headphones, guaranteeing pristine sonic results nomatter what type of headphone is used.

 

The 3.5 mm TRS phones output power rises to 90 mW. THD ofboth phones outputs improved by up to 10 dB. and uses same output op-amps asADI-2 Pro now. Finally the output impedance of 3.5 mm TRS was lowered from 2Ohms to 0.1 Ohms.

 

Full range capture - Improved Mic & Line Inputs

For the main I/O RME have designed a XLR socket, whichintegrates seamlessly into the housing and saves space.

 

Two digitally controlled preamps provide individuallyswitchable 48V phantom power. These circuits feature a gain range of 76 dB,adjustable in steps of 1 dB, including a relay-driven PAD, resulting inexceptional EIN (Equivalent Input Noise) performance as well as line overloadprotection, and enough gain for even the lowest level microphones.

 

Babyface Pro’s incredibly efficient design almost neverrequires an external power supply – it’s perfectly stable on USB 3 bus power,and also most USB 2 ports, with no degradation in any technical specification.This makes it perfect for mobile recording, even with a pair of your favouritecondenser microphones.

 

The comprehensive feature set continues with an opticalTOSLINK I/O; use as either an ADAT port with SMUX support or SPDIF for sessionsup to 192 kHz. In combination with an external ADAT converter, the Babyface Profully supports 12 analog inputs as well as 12 outputs, making it ideal for bothlive and studio multi-track applications. You can plug any instrument, line orhigh impedance, into Babyface Pro’s jack inputs 3 & 4. Record your guitaron the go, with no additional hardware required. MIDI I/O via an includedbreakout cable completes the package.

 

More Pro level Performance with SteadyClock FS

In digital audio, the clock frequency is an essentialfactor, as it creates the correlation between the audio bits and the timereference. Unfortunately, the clock frequency is not always as stable asdesired. The Babyface Pro FS offers the full SteadyClock FS circuit as in theADI-2 Pro FS for lowest jitter and highest jitter immunity. Excellent performancein all clock modes and High Quality Analog Conversion to hear your mix as itis. Digital format conversion in RME products are done without any loss ordegredation,and SteadyClock FS ensures your sonic image will never experiencedegredation. This helps to optimize recordings and mixes because the soundstagehas more depth and clarity.

Mixing & Routing with TotalMix FX & TotalMix Remote

Like all the latest RME interfaces, the Babyface Pro FS alsoincludes the powerful digital real-time mixer TotalMix FX. It allows fullyindependent routing and mixing of input and playback channels to all physicaloutputs. Independent stereo submixes plus a comprehensive Control Room sectionoffer unrivalled monitoring capabilities and unsurpassed routing flexibility.

 

Babyface Pro FS ships with RME’s TotalMix FX, available forWindows and Mac OS X. An iOS version is available as well. This amazinglyversatile software allows you to use Babyface Pro in any situation. For examplemixing your guitar and vocals to headphones has never been easier. TheFPGA-based DSP mixer adds a flexible, 3-band parametric equalizer to all inputsand outputs. Reverb and delay FX are also available.

 

Additionally RME’s latest software, TotalMix Remote,enhances the power of the Babyface Pro FS by enabling remote control via iOS,PC or Mac. With a straightforward set up process — simply enter the IP addressof the computer you would like to control with TotalMix Remote and get going —users can quickly adjust any aspect of TotalMix FX on a host system whilewalking around the studio with their tablet, or from a control room locatedelsewhere in the facility.

The FPGA-based DSP mixer adds a flexible, 3-band parametricequalizer to all inputs and outputs. Reverb and delay FX are also available.Latest generation low latency AD/DA converters, combined with RME’s uniqueSteadyClock FS technology, result in exceptional specifications that willsatisfy the most demanding of professionals. Combining a huge feature set withsonic excellence and intuitive control, whether for the studio or on the move,the RME Babyface Pro is the most comprehensive and versatile compact audiointerface ever built.

Easy to use and perfectly Stable

Straight to the core without interference: the referencedesign of the Babyface Pro leaves nothing to be desired. RME devices aredesigned to conserve music as it is. Audio signals are passed in theirentirety, nothing added, nothing taken. For the new Babyface, the audiocircuits have been improved to meet even highest gain levels with best dynamicrange. The clever user interface is informative and clearly laid out. It makesaccess to every feature and configuration mode of the Babyface Pro intuitiveand easy to use.

RME USB - Transport audio with lowest latency and industryleading stability

As part of RME’s product philosophy, we always furtherdevelop and optimize our core technology. RME have paved the way formultichannel audio and were the first to deliver professional performance overUSB 2.0. We place a high level of attention on the development of reliable,stable, and regularly updated drivers for our products and an unwavering focuson audio quality. This guarantees your Babyface Pro FS will be never outdatedand always updated.

 

And because RME Audio develops its own interface core, it’snot dependent on 3rd parties for upgrades, modifications or bug fixes, socustomers can use latest operating systems without interruption or delay.

Babyface Pro FS

ANALOG

AD, Microphone/Line 1-2

  • Input: XLR, electronically balanced
  • Input impedance balanced: 2 kOhm, 5.2 kOhm with PAD
  • Input impedance unbalanced: 1 kOhm, 2.6 kOhm with PAD
  • Signal to Noise ratio (SNR): 113,7 dB RMS unweighted, 117 dBA
  • Frequency response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.1 dB: 18 Hz 20.8 kHz
  • Frequency response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: 7 Hz 45.8 kHz
  • Frequency response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: 5 Hz 88 kHz
  • With PAD active : -0.1 dB 8 Hz, -0.5 dB < 4 Hz, -1 dB < 3 Hz
  • THD: < -112 dB, < 0.00024 %
  • THD+N: < -108 dB, < 0.00035 %
  • THD @ 30 dB Gain: < -115 dB, < 0.00016 %
  • THD+N @ 30 dB Gain: < -100 dB, < 0.001 %
  • Channel separation: > 110 dB
  • Gain range: -11 dB up to +65 dB
  • Maximum input level XLR, Gain 0 dB: +8 dBu, PAD +19 dBu
  • Maximum input level XLR, Gain 65 dB: -57 dBu, PAD -46 dBu

AD, LINE/INSTRUMENT IN 3-4

As Microphone/Line 1-2, but:

  • Input: 6.3 mm TS jack, unbalanced
  • Input impedance: 1 MOhm
  • Signal to Noise ratio (SNR): 116 dB RMS unweighted, 120 dBA
  • Frequency response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.1 dB: 5 Hz 20.8 kHz
  • Frequency response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: < 3 Hz 45.8 kHz
  • Frequency response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: < 2 Hz 92 kHz
  • Maximum input level @+4 dBu, Gain 0 dB: +13 dBu
  • Maximum input level @-10 dBV, Gain 9 dB: -5 dBu

DA, Line Out 1-2

  • Dynamic range (DR): 115 dB RMS unweighted, 118 dBA
  • Frequency response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.5 dB: 0 Hz 20.8 kHz
  • Frequency response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: 0 Hz 45 kHz
  • Frequency response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: 0 Hz - 89 kHz
  • THD: - 106 dB, 0.0005 %
  • THD+N: -102 dB, 0.0008 %
  • Channel separation: > 110 dB
  • Output: XLR balanced
  • Output impedance: 300 Ohm balanced, 150 Ohm unbalanced
  • Output level @ 0 dBFS: Balanced +19 / +4 dBu, unbalanced +13 / +7 dBu
  • DC @ 0 dBFS: 6.35mm 4.8 V, 3.5mm 2.4 V, XLR bal. 9.6 V

DA, PHONES 3/4

AS DA Line Out, but:

  • Output: 6.3 mm TRS jack, unbalanced
  • Output impedance: 10 Ohm
  • Output level at 0 dBFS, 1 kOhm load: +13 dBu
  • Max power @ 0.1% THD: 60 mW
  • Signal to Noise ratio (SNR): 114.8 dB RMS unweighted, 118 dBA
  • Noise level: -101.8 dBu
  • Output: 3.5 mm TRS jack, unbalanced
  • Output impedance: 0.1 Ohm
  • Output level at 0 dBFS, 1 kOhm load: +7 dBu
  • Max power @ 0.1% THD: 90 mW
  • Signal to Noise ratio (SNR): 114 dB RMS unweighted, 117 dBA
  • Noise level: -107 dBu

MIDI

  • 1 x MIDI I/O via breakout cable with 2 x 5-pin DIN jacks
  • Galvanically isolated by optocoupled input
  • Hi-speed mode: Jitter and response time typically below 1 ms
  • Separate 128 byte FIFOs for input and output 25.3

DIGITAL

  • Clocks: Internal, ADAT In, SPDIF In
  • Jitter suppression of external clocks: > 50 dB (2.4 kHz)
  • Effective clock jitter influence on AD and DA conversion: near zero
  • PLL ensures zero dropout, even at more than 100 ns jitter
  • Digital Bitclock PLL for trouble-free varispeed ADAT operation
  • Supported sample rates: 28 kHz up to 200 kHz


DIGITAL INPUTS

ADAT Optical

  • 1 x TOSLINK
  • Standard: 8 channels 24 bit, up to 48 kHz
  • Double Speed (S/MUX): 4 channels 24 bit 96 kHz
  • Quad Speed (S/MUX4) : 2 channels 24 bit 192 kHz
  • Bitclock PLL ensures perfect synchronisation even in varispeed operation
  • Lock Range: 31.5 kHz 50 kHz
  • Jitter suppression: > 50 dB (2.4 kHz)


SPDIF optical

  • 1 x optical, according to IEC 60958
  • Accepts Consumer and Professional format
  • Lock Range: 27 kHz 200 kHz
  • Jitter suppression: > 50 dB (2.4 kHz)


DIGITAL OUTPUTS

ADAT optical

  • 1 x TOSLINK
  • Standard: 8 channels 24 bit, up to 48 kHz
  • Double Speed (S/MUX): 4 channels 24 bit 96 kHz
  • Quad Speed (S/MUX4) : 2 channels 24 bit 192 kHz

SPDIF optical

  • 1 x optical, according to IEC 60958
  • Format Consumer (SPDIF) according to IEC 60958
  • Sample rate 28 kHz up to 200 kHz

GENERAL

  • Power supply: USB bus power or external power supply
  • Idle power consumption: 2.8 Watts
  • Typical power consumption: 3.7 Watts
  • Max. power consumption: 5.4 Watts
  • Current at 5 V bus power operation: 700 mA (3.7 Watts)
  • Current at 12 V external power: 313 mA (3.7 Watts)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 108 x 35 x 181 mm (4.25" x 1.4" x 7.1")
  • Weight: 680 g ( 1.5 lbs)
  • Temperature range: +5 up to +50 Celsius (41 F up to 122F)
  • Relative humidity: < 75%, non condensing
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