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Impeccable A/D/A converters and lots of I/O.

The RME Fireface 800 FireWire Computer Recording Interface offers 8 balanced line I/Os with software-controlled switching of the levels in the analog domain. All levels are under software control except the mic pre-amps and the headphone outputs. High-level A/D and D/A converter chips, I/Os that operate up to 192kHz, and 119 dBA dynamic range on playback speak to the stellar level of sound quality.

The front features 4 balanced mic inputs with class-A stage, 48V phantom power and individual jack and XLR inputs, which can also be used as additional line inputs. 2 of the 4 mic inputs are available permanently as channels 9 and 10, while the other 2 can be used together with or instead of inputs 7 and 8 on the rear.

A hi-Z instrument input for guitar and bass includes a soft-limiter, custom-tuned for musical instruments, that affords overload protection of the A/D-converter. The limiter's harmonic distortion can be used for tube-like distortions. A special circuit delivers fuzz-box-type guitar distortions. A multi-stage filter hi- and low-frequency filter lets you clean up the sound as desired.

The FireWire 800's digital I/Os include 2 ADAT I/Os for connecting and inserting effect devices, mixers, or external converters. The 192kHz SPDIF-I/O works concurrently with 10 analog in- and outputs at the highest sample rate, plus 2 digital ones. All inputs and outputs are active at the same time. For example, the instrument input can be used either instead of, or together with, the line input on the back. The jack and the XLR sockets of the mic inputs can even be used simultaneously. To summarize, up to 35 signal sources can be connected to the Fireface 800 and recorded to 28 separate tracks.

The DSP-based TotalMix mixer derives from the popular Hammerfall DSP series, with all inputs and outputs having the ability to be freely mixed, distributed and routed. Up to 14 completely independent stereo submixes are possible. The internal flash memory enables all settings including TotalMix to be recalled on startup. The device also works stand-alone as a submixer, A/D and D/A converter, headphone mixer, format converter, instrument or mic pre-amp, and monitor mixer.

The SteadyClock sync and clock technology enable the unit to be used as a sync reference for your whole studio. SteadyClock refreshes clock signals and removes jitter. A time code option (TCO) for synchronizing to LTC, video and VITC can be added with the insert slot on the back.

The Fireface 800 has a second port for hub functionality, a bi-lingual mode for full FireWire 400 compatibility, and an additional FW 400 port. With the multi-ports, several Fireface 800s can be used in parallel and at the same time with no problems.

RME Fireface 800 FireWire Computer Recording Interface Features:

  • 8 balanced line I/Os with software-controlled switching
    Pristine 192kHz A/D and D/A conversion
    Up to 119 dBA dynamic range on playback
    4 balanced mic inputs on the front with 48V phantom power and individual jack and XLR inputs
    Hi-Z instrument input for guitar and bass with soft limiter
    Special guitar distortion circuit
    Multi-stage filter hi- and low-frequency filter
    2 ADAT I/Os
    Up to 35 signal sources can be connected to and recorded to 28 separate tracks
    TotalMix mixer allows all inputs and outputs to be freely mixed, distributed and routed
    Up to 14 completely independent stereo submixes
    Internal flash memory enables all settings to be recalled on startup
    Works stand-alone as a submixer, A/D and D/A converter, headphone mixer, format converter, instrument or mic pre-amp, and monitor mixer
    SteadyClock sync and clock technology
    Time code option (TCO) for synchronizing to LTC, video and VITC can be added with the insert slot on the back
    Includes a second port for hub functionality, a bi-lingual mode for full FireWire 400 compatibility, and an additional FW 400 port
    Several Fireface 800s can be used in parallel at the same time





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  • One of the best purchases I have made.

    As reviewed by Logicpro77 on 10/27/2006

    I have been using the Fireface 800 for about 2 months now, and it really is amazing! I needed a firewire (or USB) interface to use with my new Macbook 1.83, and was pretty set on the MOTU 828. I honestly did't really consider the FF800 at first, simply because of the price... but after taking a good look at all of my options, I decided to wait and save up my money. I don't think I will ever regret this decision! The sound quality of this box is incredible, you will hear things in your mixes you never knew were there, and it took me no longer than 10 mins to get it up and running with Logic Pro 7. I could talk for an hour about all the great features this thing has. Now for the few things I don't like about it... The guitar input on the front is OK. It has a built in limiter, speaker emulation, and a neat "drive" function, but overall I really don't like the sound of it. Even the HI Z inputs on my Aardvark Q10's sound warmer. There is no master level control on the front (it is only available in the software). Also the preamp gain has a strange curve to it, that takes a little getting used to. Overall this interface is marvelous... save up some money, and bring your music to the next level!

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  • College Degree?

    As reviewed by Brian on 4/23/2010

    I must say that I am happy with the quality of the RME fireface 800. It has more options on it than I need and it seems a little difficult to understand at first glance. I have joked to others that you need a degree in electrical engineering to get operate the 800. When it shipped it had a bad firewire cable. They sent a nice long 13 foot cable with it. I contacted the comnpany and they quickly sent me a replacement cable at no charge. I had a few small issues with setting this up to work with Sonar 8.5 producer with 24 bit recording in a windows 7 64bit environment. Between the support from RME and Cakewalk I had no problems. The pre-amps seem good and the A to D and D to A conversions are great. I was running everything through a mackie mixer and RCA into a lexicon lambda. There is no comparison. If you are looking for a great interface this is the one.

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  • Freaking Awesome

    As reviewed by Ryan on 5/26/2008

    Just picked the FF 800 up about a week ago and was amazed. I had been using Focusrite pre's and was not satisfied at all. As soon as I started using this I decided to start from scratch on my solo album. Works really well with cardiod condenser mics, and plugging in directly with a guitar sounds better than through a mic with most other units. You can get a great mix setup with the provided software. The only problem for me was setting up my defaults between windows, Cubase, and the preamp, but once if you've ever used firewire, that won't be a problem. I'm 100% satisfied with the sound - just as good as a pro studio.

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