RME Babyface Pro FS Compact bus-powered 24 channel USB 2.0 audio interface

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Key Info

The RME Babyface Pro FS is a Compact bus-powered 24 channel USB 2.0 audio interface that features +19 / +4 dBu switch on the bottom adds a direct way to reduce the output level.

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 to reduce the output level, thus improves SNR for sensitive active monitors, avoids distortion / overload, and helps to keep TotalMix FX faders near 0 dB instead of high attenuations. Full SteadyClock FS circuit as in the ADI-2 Pro FS for lowest 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 as ADI-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 Line inputs SNR improved from 114 dB to 116.3 dB (120 dBA). THD Line inputs improved by 8 dB. 6 samples less latency on the AD side by new ADC (5 samples AD, 7 samples DA. It won't get quicker...). All the above improvements were achieved without raising the units power consumption. K-slot for theft protection.

ADI-2 Series Headphone Power The two headphone outputs, offering TRS and mini-jack sockets in parallel, have completely separate driver stages to perfectly match low and high impedance headphones, guaranteeing pristine sonic results no matter what type of headphone is used.

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

Full range capture - Improved Mic & Line Inputs For the main I/O RME have designed a XLR socket, which integrates seamlessly into the housing and saves space. Two digitally controlled preamps provide individually switchable 48V phantom power. These circuits feature a gain range of 76 dB, adjustable in steps of 1 dB, including a relay-driven PAD, resulting in exceptional EIN (Equivalent Input Noise) performance as well as line overload protection, and enough gain for even the lowest level microphones.

Babyface Pro’s incredibly efficient design almost never requires 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 favourite condenser microphones.

The comprehensive feature set continues with an optical TOSLINK I/O; use as either an ADAT port with SMUX support or SPDIF for sessions up to 192 kHz. In combination with an external ADAT converter, the Babyface Pro fully supports 12 analog inputs as well as 12 outputs, making it ideal for both live and studio multi-track applications. You can plug any instrument, line or high impedance, into Babyface Pro’s jack inputs 3 & 4. Record your guitar on the go, with no additional hardware required. MIDI I/O via an included breakout cable completes the package.

More Pro level Performance with SteadyClock FS In digital audio, the clock frequency is an essential factor, as it creates the correlation between the audio bits and the time reference. Unfortunately, the clock frequency is not always as stable as desired. The Babyface Pro FS offers the full SteadyClock FS circuit as in the ADI-2 Pro FS for lowest jitter and highest jitter immunity. Excellent performance in all clock modes and High Quality Analog Conversion to hear your mix as it is. Digital format conversion in RME products are done without any loss or degredation,and SteadyClock FS ensures your sonic image will never experience degredation. This helps to optimize recordings and mixes because the soundstage has more depth and clarity.

Mixing & Routing with TotalMix FX & TotalMix Remote Like all the latest RME interfaces, the Babyface Pro FS also includes the powerful digital real-time mixer TotalMix FX. It allows fully independent routing and mixing of input and playback channels to all physical outputs. Independent stereo submixes plus a comprehensive Control Room section offer unrivalled monitoring capabilities and unsurpassed routing flexibility.

Babyface Pro FS ships with RME’s TotalMix FX, available for Windows and Mac OS X. An iOS version is available as well. This amazingly versatile software allows you to use Babyface Pro in any situation. For example mixing your guitar and vocals to headphones has never been easier. The FPGA-based DSP mixer adds a flexible, 3-band parametric equalizer to all inputs and outputs. The Babyface Pro FS also provides a separate FX send bus for all inputs and software playback channels, feeding two effect engines: Reverb and Echo. Every output channel includes a FX return control for the FX output signal (Effects are not available for operation in stand-alone and iOS mode).

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 address of 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 while walking around the studio with their tablet, or from a control room located elsewhere in the facility.

Highlights

  • 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/Inst Input
  • SteadyClock FS
  • +19 / +4 dBu Switch
  • DC-coupled Outputs
  • Including FX

Technical Specifications

  • 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 / -2 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 122°F)

  • Relative humidity: < 75%, non condensing

SKU:
RME-BABYFACE-PRO-FS
Model Name:
Babyface Pro FS
Brand:
RME

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