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Fireface UFX+

The new RME Fireface UFX+ is here. Could it be the best interface about? With its sublime sound and workflow, top producer Marc JB puts this stellar studio wonder through its paces…

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These days, there’s a bewildering choice of interfaces available on the market. We’re at a particularly fortunate time to have good-quality secondhand gear at bargain prices and the features of new interfaces are very high-spec. So what sets the RME Fireface UFX+ above the crowd – what makes this such a sublime and silky bit of kit and worth the price tag?

Let’s take a look at the specification, first of all – this is a monster of an interface, as it can handle 188 channels of inputs and outputs (yikes!), that’s mic’ing up 10 simultaneous drumkits with room to spare. Looking at inputs, on the front panel there are four mic/line inputs all with switchable phantom power; to the rear, we have eight line inputs, a MADI (Multichannel Audio Digital Interface, not Musical Analog Digital Input) which can handle 64 channels at 24-bit 48kHz, AES/EBU which gives up two channels, 2x ADAT Optical giving 16 channels, 24-bit up to 48kHz. Outputs-wise, we have 2x stereo headphone connections on the front panel, 8x balanced line outputs including two on XLR, 64x MADI, 16x ADAT and 2x AES; that is a pretty crazy channel count.

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