If you’re a fan of the brilliant RME Fireface 800, you’ll be pleased to know RME have announced the Fireface 802 at Musikmesse 2014. Not only has the only has the outside been given a redesign, its evolved under the hood too. The most obvious change is that the FireWire 800 port has been dropped and replaced by a USB 2.0 port with the FireWire 400 connection remaining. The 802 now offers up to 60 channels of I/O. Featuring 12 channels of analogue I/O including 4 top class mic pres with reference class converters, two banks of ADAT and a cohesive effects section at operation up to 192kHz.
Inputs & Outputs
There are 12 channels of analogue I/O made up of 8 balanced TRS inputs and outputs on the rear of the device. There are also 4 XLR inputs and 2 dedicated stereo headphone outputs on the front.
2 banks of ADAT increase the I/O by another 16 channels with AES/EBU and SPDIF connections bringing the total to 60 channels.
The 802 will offer switchable reference levels on all of its inputs and outputs, stand alone functionality and a revamped edition of RME’s powerful, TotalMix FX mixing and routing software. Plus, with TotalMix for iPad, the 802 has full remote functionality without the need for an additional computer.
If you’re in the market for a new interface, the 802 will bring RME’s core stability to a studio of any size, whether you’re set up through Firewire or USB. It looks like the 802 will continue the Fireface 800’s solid legacy when it ships later this year.