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RME Starts Another Fire

USB Fireface UC offers multiple input and output options

You’ll be excused for being initially confused about the RME Fireface UC USB.

Its predecessors, Fireface 400 and 800, were FireWire devices; but the Fireface UC is a USB 2.0 device.

What it does offer in return is USB, ADAT, S/PDIF and 1/4-inch analog I/O, along with word clock and MIDI protocols. The front offers dual XLR 48 V mic/line inputs along with dual 1/4-inch instrument/line inputs and a headphone output and channel gain control.

Digital channels top out at 192 kHz.

The rackmountable Fireface UC is Windows and Mac OS X compatible and should work with major DAW programs.

RME is a veteran German company that makes its own branded pieces and once ghosted for other better-known brands.