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RME Fireface UCX II USB Audio Interface
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- DC-Coupled Output Audio Interface and CV/Gate Voltage Contro
- Standalone Operation and Recording via DURec
- RME’s latest jitter rejection technology ‘SteadyClock FS’
- Software control – TotalMix FX, TotalMix Remote & DIGICheck
- RME ARC USB (Advanced Remote Control)
RME’s Next-gen UCX with Femtosecond Clock
RME Fireface UCX II
40-Channel Advanced USB Audio Interface
The Fireface UCX II 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 advanced interfaces, packing into a half-rack size unit that usually would be spread out over two or three 19-inch panels.
The most powerful & portable RME Audio USB Interface
This unique audio system is capable of transferring analog and digital audio data directly to Windows and Mac computers. The latest Plug and Play technology guarantee a simple installation, even for the inexperienced user. Numerous unique features like a well-thought-out Settings dialog and an integrated routing solution realize a quick, comfortable, and efficient operation of the Fireface UCX II.
The Fireface UCX II houses two mic/line preamps in XLR combo configuration on the front panel, along with two digitally controlled line/instrument inputs, followed by a headphone jack, various control buttons, a display, and the main volume knob. At the rear is a set of ten analog balanced line inputs and outputs, MIDI I/O, ADAT I/O, AES/EBU, SPDIF I/O, USB 2.0 as well as a switchable word clock I/O.
With the SteadyClock FS, the Fireface UCX II features the latest clock and jitter rejection technology from RME. Based on a femtosecond clock, SteadyClock FS reduces the intrinsic jitter when converting from and to analog overall digital formats to a new all-time low.
Full Stand-alone Functionality
Control all device states directly from the front panel for convenient, direct access to all features. Four keys and the encoder, the high-resolution and clear color display, and a well-thought-out menu structure enable the user to quickly change and configure the device’s settings. Additionally, internal memory allows for the permanent storage of six different states of the unit. Therefore the Fireface UCX II is able to operate fully stand-alone, without any connected computer. In stand-alone operation, it can transform into totally different devices with the simple click of a button. Furthermore, TotalMix FX can also be controlled via MIDI.
40-Channels ready for your Mobile Recording Rig
DURec is an integrated digital recorder for all inputs and outputs directly to USB memory devices via the rear USB port. It allows recording on USB thumb drives or hard drives with up to 2 TB capacity. The recording functionality is provided by the internal DSP and is therefore independent of a connected Windows or Mac computer. This USB port can alternatively be used for direct connection of RME’s optional ARC USB remote control.
The Direct USB Recording converts the Fireface UCX II into a stand-alone field recorder and a powerful multichannel live player for previous recordings, e. g. for virtual sound checks. Live concerts, band rehearsals, or spontaneous jam sessions can be directly recorded and played back from the medium – even completely stand-alone without a computer or software. All input and output channels can be individually chosen for recording and playback.
Powerful Applications for Mixing, Monitoring, and Measurement included
The Fireface UCX II comes with the TotalMix FX DSP mixer offering comprehensive routing and monitoring options, as well as the DIGICheck Analyzer allowing to measurement and analysis of the digital data feed in both directions with maximum precision. TotalMix FX can completely replace an external mixer, enabling the creation of multiple latency-free monitor mixes with EQ, Dynamics, Reverb, and Delay for any outputs, incl. main monitors and headphone mixes for musicians.
The additional TotalMix Remote is a remote control for TotalMix FX, to control the hardware mixer and effects in RME audio interfaces. TotalMix Remote mirrors the current state of the host system on the iPad and Windows/Mac computers – the entire mixing state, the complete routing, all FX settings, up to the level meters, and everything in real time. Easily adjust all the mixer and FX settings from a distance, via Ethernet and WiFi.
DC-Coupled Outputs – CV/Gate Voltage Control
Most audio interfaces are traditionally designed with what is called ‘AC-coupled outputs’, where capacitors are used to filter out any extremely low frequencies.
Whilst these frequencies are generally considered undesirable for audio – eating into headroom and potentially causing damage to other equipment – one instance where DC-coupling remains desirable is the world of modular synthesizers, where static or slow-moving signals are used for control over various parameters such as pitch note values or LFOs.
All of the Fireface UCX II’s line-level outputs are fully DC-coupled, allowing for the sending of control voltages (CV) or Gate information to modular synthesizers (such as the popular Eurorack and Moog/MOTM/Synthesizers formats) and other studio hardware.
Class Compliant Audio
The Fireface UCX II operates in two different modes: driver-based USB2 and Class Compliant. The Class Compliant mode is a standard that is natively supported by operating systems like Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux distributions. No proprietary drivers are required, the device will be directly recognized when the CC firmware is loaded. The natively available features will be limited in comparison to those provided by the RME driver for the UCX II.
Class Complaint Audio The Fireface UCX II operates in two different modes: driver-based USB2 and Class Compliant. The Class Compliant mode is a standard that is natively supported by operating systems like Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux distributions. No proprietary drivers are required, the device will be directly recognized when the CC firmware is loaded. The natively available features will be limited in comparison to those provided by the RME driver for the UCX II.
All of these can even be controlled wirelessly using TotalMix Remote, a free companion app for TotalMix that allows for network control over any RME interface or sound card.
This includes wirelessly via an Apple iPad.
RME ARC USB (Advanced Remote Control)
Whilst the UCX II can be fully controlled from both TotalMix FX and the device’s front panel, if you’re in the studio you’ll likely benefit from something more tactile.
RME’s ARC USB is available as an optional extra, offering a dedicated monitor controller alongside a set of user-definable buttons (shortcut keys for functions like Mute, Mono, Dim, Talkback, etc).
The ARC USB can be connected to any USB port on a Mac or PC, or directly via the Fireface UCX II’s DURec connection. Equally, an iPad, Fireface UCX II, and ARC USB can be combined to form a compact yet extremely powerful mobile recording setup.
- 20-in/20-out USB 2.0 audio interface
- Rugged, half-rack design has a great clean look but still offers deep control
- 2 digitally controlled microphone preamps enable reference-quality recording
- Ample analog, digital, MIDI, and word clock connectivity makes integration with your studio easy
- DC-coupled outputs permit sending CV/gate voltage control information to modular synths and other studio hardware
- SteadyClock/femtosecond technology yields ultra-stable clocking
- TotalMix FX gives you a fully flexible mixer with 20 input, 20 software playback, and 20 hardware output channels
- Each channel boasts latency-free processing, including a 3-band EQ, low-cut filter, echo, reverb, compressor, expander, and auto level
- Onboard metering with peak and RMS calculation for keeping an eye on your level
In the Box
- 1 x Fireface UCX II
- 1 x Cable USB 2.0, 1.8 meter (6 ft)
- 1 x Optical cable (TOSLINK), 2 meter (6.6 ft)
- 1 x B0968 Digital breakout cable (XLR/RCA)
- 1 x External switched power supply, lockable connector, DC 12 V 24 W
- 1 x Power cord
- Windows 7 or up, Intel Mac OS X (10.6 or up)
- 1 x USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port
- Computer with at least Intel Core i3 CPU