RME has introduced its Fireface 400, a 19-inch, half-rack FireWire audio interface that will ship in May 2006. The Fireface 400 offers active jitter suppression, stand-alone MIDI functionality, direct device operation and a 648-channel matrix router with 42-bit internal resolution.
The bus-powered Fireface 400 includes two digitally controlled mic preamps, two balanced universal line/instrument inputs, 54 level meters displaying peak and RMS, and an identical feature set for Windows and Mac.
Its DSP-based mixers allow its 18 input and playback channels to be routed and mixed to any of its 18 physical outputs, with up to nine independent stereo sub-mixes possible. All mix functions can be remotely controlled via MIDI using any Mackie-compatible controller.
The eight channels from the Fireface 400’s ADAT optical I/O can be used simultaneously with the analog channels. The coaxial S/PDIF I/O is fully AES/EBU compatible and can operate at up to 192 kHz. The optical S/PDIF, alternatively provided via the ADAT I/O, also operates at up to 192kHz. Rounding off the Fireface 400’s feature set is a BNC word clock input and output (BNC) plus two low-jitter, high-speed MIDI inputs/outputs (using 5-pin DINs).