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RME Fireface 802 FS


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60-Channel 192 kHz high-end USB Audio Interface

The Fireface 802 FS is a highly integrated pro audio solution for live and studio use, all within a 19" enclosure. An interface designed for users who don't want to make compromises in sound, stability and ultra-low latency operation, and who long for an unrivaled professional feature set. Once again a milestone interface from RME, including the best of the best and even a bit more. 60 channels of audio, high-end microphone preamps, reference class converters, a complete effects section and operation at up to 192 kHz are the base for many more features.

Enhance Your Recording Setup - Discover Unmatched Flexibility
Ultra-low latency operation with RME USB 2 technology, combined with the legendary RME driver stability and maintenance. SteadyClock FS jitter suppression, individually switchable reference levels for all inputs and outputs, full stand-alone functionality and identical operation on Windows PC and Mac completes the package.

The Fireface 802 FS is based on a newly developed analog and digital board. While the analog board offers, for example, DC-coupled analog outputs as well as new AD and DA converters, the digital board also enables interesting new features thanks to updated high-tech components.

The front panel of the Fireface 802 FS provides four high-performance XLR/TRS combo inputs for microphone, instrument and line signals and two stereo headphone jacks with +17 dBu output level, to provide high volumes even with hi-impedance headphones.

The rear panel reveals the full connectivity of the Fireface 802 FS. Besides MIDI and Word Clock I/O, the two optical ADAT I/Os, an AES/EBU I/O, and eight balanced analog inputs and outputs with line level are available. With the new Multi-Mode, the two ADAT I/Os can be used as separate optical SPDIF inputs and outputs in addition to the AES I/O. Users will also find a USB A port for connecting directly the optional available ARC USB.

Powerful Applications for Mixing, Monitoring and Measurement included
The Fireface 802 FS comes with the TotalMix FX DSP mixer offering comprehensive routing and monitoring options, as well as the DigiCheck Analyzer allowing to measure and analyze the digital data feed in both directions with maximum precision. TotalMix FX can completely replace an external mixer, enabling the creation of multiple latency-free monitor mixes with EQ, Dynamics, Reverb and Delay for any outputs, incl. main monitors and headphone mixes for musicians.

The additional TotalMix Remote is a remote control for TotalMix FX, to control the hardware mixer and effects in RME audio interfaces. TotalMix Remote mirrors the current state of the host system on the iPad and Windows/Mac computers - the entire mixing state, the complete routing, all FX settings, up to the level meters, and everything in real-time. Easily adjust all the mixer and FX settings from a distance, via Ethernet and WiFi.

USB 2 Class Compliant Audio
The Fireface 802 FS operates in two different modes: driver-based USB 2 and Class Compliant. The Class Compliant mode is a standard that is natively supported by operating systems like Windows, Mac OSX and Linux distributions. No proprietary drivers are required, the device will be directly recognized when the CC firmware is loaded. The alternative CC mode can be activated via a recessed pushbutton switch directly at the back of the interface.

The Fireface 802 FS offers full USB 2.0 support in Class Compliant Mode. This makes all channels available in driverless operation for Linux, Mac and iPadOS. An iPad Pro with USB C can manage up to 60 channels for recording and playback in TotalMix FX for iPad and on system level.

DC-Coupled Outputs - CV/Gate Voltage Control
Most audio interfaces are traditionally designed with what is called 'AC-coupled outputs', where capacitors are used to filter out any extreme low frequencies.

Whilst these frequencies are generally considered undesirable for audio - eating into headroom and potentially causing damage to other equipment - one instance where DC-coupling remains desirable is the world of modular synthesizers, where static or slow-moving signals are used for control over various parameters such as pitch note values or LFOs.

All of the Fireface 802 FS line-level outputs are fully DC-coupled, allowing for the sending of control voltages (CV) or Gate information to modular synthesizers (such as the popular Eurorack and Moog/MOTM/Synthesizers formats) and other studio hardware.

ARC USB Remote Control - Plug'n Play Plus
The optional available ARC USB connects to your computer via USB, and talks to TotalMix FX directly. It has 15 freely assignable and illuminated buttons, one encoder wheel, and a TS jack to connect a foot switch.

The ARC USB is a USB 1.1 MIDI remote control for the Fireface 802 FS. Thanks to operating as a UAC 1 class device, it is natively compatible to Windows and Mac OS X. As soon as it is present in the operating system, TotaIMix FX will automatically detect the ARC USB, and communicate with it via simple MIDI remote commands to control the 802 FS.

Experience Uncompromising Audio Quality
Like other RME products before the Fireface 802 FS combines excellent analog circuit design with latest digital conversion technology. All balanced TRS & XLR I/Os as well as the two phones outputs offer outstanding low noise and distortion values. In best RME tradition and product philosophy converters and preamps don't produce "sound", they do not add or remove anything from the source signal, just capture it as it is.

Equipped with the latest low latency A/D and D/A converter chips, all I/Os operate at up to 192 kHz and reach high dynamic range on playback - even both headphone outputs. Their high power technology delivers high volume no matter if high or low impedance phones are used. Due to its efficient jitter reduction, RME's superior SteadyClock FS guarantees state-of-the-art AD/DA conversion, even when clocking to an external clock source.

Every input and output is individually switchable to these common professional studio levels: -10 dBV, +4 dBu, HiGain (equivalent to +2 dBV, +13 dBu and +19 dBu for digital full scale). All outputs can be used for ASIO Direct Monitoring (ADM) purposes.

Professional high-transparency Preamps
For Microphones and Instruments with Low Latency Conversion. The 802 FS has four high-transparency preamps, also with low latency converters. Microphone and instrument preamps of the 802 FS use the classic technology of the OctaMic II, a high-end preamp for supreme sonic demands and critical applications, like the professional recording of classical concerts. The symmetrical preamp design impresses with extremely low distortion, excellent signal to noise ratio and a perfect linear frequency response. A premium solution for transmitting and amplifying any audio input truly unchanged, be it high-level stage or typical studio signals, lower level and high-impedance instruments, or dynamic, condenser and ribbon microphones.

The four inputs on the front use balanced XLR/TS combo sockets and operate alternatively as Hi-Z inputs. Directly plug in up to four guitars or other instruments - no other hardware required. Each channel can be individually switched to 48V phantom power or instrument mode. LEDs for signal, clip, TS operation and activated phantom power provide overview on the unit's status.

The Fireface 802 FS follows RME's tradition of providing flexible and expandable audio systems. Adding additional preamplifiers or more analog inputs is easily done via the dual ADAT optical I/Os on the rear.

Stand Alone Operation with Setup Recall
The Fireface 802 FS can be set up and configured directly via iPad, MIDI remote and ARC USB. Additionally 6 memory slots are present where the current configuration can be stored permanently. This way the 802 FS operates independently from a computer. In stand-alone operation it can turn itself into different devices by the simple push on a button.

ICC - Intelligent Clock Control
Not only displays every clock status, but will also retain the last valid input sample rate in case of failure of the external source. Other renowned RME technologies like SyncCheck offer a quick detection of clock problems.
  • 12 x Analog I/O
  • 4 x XLR/TRS Mic/Inst/Line
  • 2 x Phones Output
  • 1 x AES/EBU I/O
  • 2 x ADAT I/O
  • 2 x SPDIF I/O
  • 1 x Word Clock I/O
  • 1 x MIDI I/O
  • 1 x RME USB 2.0
  • Class Compliant Mode
  • TotalMix FX
  • Including FX
  • SteadyClock FS
  • DC-coupled Outputs
  • Analog
    AD, Line In 1-8, rear
    Input: 6.3 mm TRS, electronically balanced
    Signal to Noise ratio (SNR) @ LoGain: 116 dB (AES17), 118 dBA
    Signal to Noise ratio (SNR) @ +4 dBu: 115 dB (AES17), 117 dBA
    Frequency response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.1 dB: 8.9 Hz " 20.4 kHz
    Frequency response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: 4.3 Hz " 45.2 kHz
    Frequency response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: 3 Hz " 89 kHz
    Filter: Short Delay Sharp, 5 / 5 / 6 samples delay
    THD @ -1 dBFS: < -120 dB, < 0.0001 %
    THD+N @ -1 dBFS: < -110 dB, < 0.00032 %
    Channel separation: > 110 dB ? Maximum input level: +19 dBu
    Input: 6.3 mm TRS jack, electronically balanced
    Input impedance @ 1 kHz: 10 kOhm unbalanced, 10.6 kOhm balanced
    Input sensitivity switchable between Lo Gain and +4 dBu
    Input level for 0 dBFS @ Lo Gain: +19 dBu
    Input level for 0 dBFS @ +4 dBu: +13 dBu
    Variable digital gain: 0 to +12 dB
    Minimum level for 0 dBFS: +1 dBu, -1.2 dBV

    Microphone In 9-12, front
    As AD, but:
    Input: XLR, electronically balanced
    Input impedance: 3.4 kOhm
    Signal to Noise ratio (SNR): 113 dB RMS unweighted, 116 dBA
    Gain range: 54 dB
    Maximum input level, Gain +6 dB: +10 dBu
    Maximum input level, Gain +60 dB: -44 dBu
    CLIP LED: 0 dBFS
    SIG LED: -42 dBFS

    Instrument In 9-12, front
    As AD, but:
    Input: 6.3 mm TS jack, unbalanced
    Input impedance: 1 MOhm
    Signal to Noise ratio (SNR): 113 dB RMS unweighted, 116 dBA
    Maximum input level, Gain +6 dB: +21 dBu
    Maximum input level, Gain +60 dB: -33 dBu
    Frequency response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.5 dB: 2.5 Hz " 20.8 kHz
    Frequency response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: 2.5 Hz " 25 kHz
    Frequency response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: 1.7 Hz " 36 kHz

    DA - Stereo Monitor Output Phones (9-12)
    As DA, but:
    Output: 2 x 6.3 mm TRS stereo jack, unbalanced
    Maximum output level at 0 dBFS: +17 dBu
    Max power per channel @ 32 Ohm load, 0.02% THD: 200 mW (2.5 Vrms, +10 dBu)
    Signal to Noise ratio (SNR): 116 dB (AES17), 118 dBA
    Output impedance: 2 Ohm

    DA, Line Out 1-8, rear
    Output: 6.3 mm TRS jack, servo-balanced
    Signal to Noise ratio (SNR) @ HiGain: 116.5 dB (AES17), 118.5 dBA
    Signal to Noise ratio (SNR) @ +4 dBu: 116 dB (AES17), 118 dBA
    Signal to Noise ratio (SNR) @ -10 dBV: 107 dB (AES17), 109 dBA
    Frequency response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.1 dB: 0 Hz " 20.2 kHz
    Frequency response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: 0 Hz " 44.6 kHz
    Frequency response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: 0 Hz " 77.5 kHz
    THD+N: < -110 dB, < 0.00032 %
    Channel separation: > 110 dB
    Output level switchable Hi Gain, +4 dBu, -10 dBV
    Output level at 0 dBFS @ Hi Gain: +19 dBu
    Output level at 0 dBFS @ +4 dBu: +13 dBu
    Output level at 0 dBFS @ -10 dBV: +2 dBV (+4.2 dBu)
    Output impedance: 75 Ohm

    1 x MIDI I/O via 5-pin DIN jacks
    Galvanically isolated by optocoupled input
    Hi-speed mode: Jitter and response time typically below 1 ms
    Separate 128 byte FIFOs for input and output

    Clocks: Internal, ADAT In, AES In, SPDIF In, Word Clock In
    Jitter suppression of external clocks: > 50 dB (> 1 Hz)
    Effective clock jitter influence on AD and DA conversion: near zero
    PLL ensures zero dropout, even at more than 100 ns jitter
    Digital Bitclock PLL for trouble-free varispeed ADAT operation
    Supported sample rates: 28 kHz up to 200 kHz

    Digital Inputs
    1 x XLR, transformer-balanced, galvanically isolated, according to AES3-1992
    High-sensitivity input stage (< 0.3 Vpp)
    SPDIF compatible (IEC 60958)
    Accepts Consumer and Professional format
    Lock range: 27 kHz " 200 kHz
    Jitter suppression: > 50 dB (> 1 Hz)

    ADAT Optical
    2 x TOSLINK, format according to Alesis specification
    Standard: 2 x 8 channels 24 bit, up to 48 kHz
    Double Speed (S/MUX): 2 x 4 channels 24 bit 96 kHz
    Quad Speed (S/MUX4): 2 x 2 channels 24 bit 192 kHz
    Bitclock PLL ensures perfect synchronisation even in varispeed operation
    Lock range: 31.5 kHz " 50 kHz
    Jitter suppression: > 50 dB (> 1 Hz)

    SPDIF optical (ADAT 1/2)
    1 x optical, according to IEC 60958
    Accepts Consumer and Professional format
    Lock range: 27 kHz " 200 kHz
    Jitter suppression: > 50 dB (> 1 Hz)

    Word Clock
    BNC, not terminated (10 kOhm)
    Switch for internal termination 75 Ohm
    Automatic Double/Quad Speed detection and internal conversion to Single Speed
    SteadyClock guarantees super low jitter synchronization even in varispeed operation
    Not affected by DC-offsets within the network
    Signal Adaptation Circuit: signal refresh through auto-center and hysteresis
    Overvoltage protection
    Level range: 1.0 Vpp " 5.6 Vpp
    Lock Range: 27 kHz " 200 kHz
    Jitter suppression: > 50 dB (> 1 Hz)

    Digital Outputs
    1x XLR, transformer-balanced, galvanically isolated, according to AES3-1992
    Output level Professional 4.2 Vpp, Consumer 2.4 Vpp
    Format Professional according to AES3-1992 Amendment 4
    Format Consumer (SPDIF) according to IEC 60958
    Single Wire mode, sample rate 28 kHz up to 200 kHz

    2 x TOSLINK, format according to Alesis specification
    Standard: 2 x 8 channels 24 bit, up to 48 kHz
    Double Speed (S/MUX): 2 x 4 channels 24 bit 96 kHz
    Quad Speed (S/MUX4): 2 x 2 channels 24 bit 192 kHz

    SPDIF optical (ADAT 1/2)
    Format Consumer (SPDIF) according to IEC 60958
    Sample rate 28 kHz up to 200 kHz

    Word Clock
    Max. output voltage: 5 Vpp
    Output voltage @ 75 Ohm termination: 4.0 Vpp
    Output impedance: 10 Ohm
    Frequency range: 27 kHz " 200 kHz

    Power supply: Internal switching PSU, 100 - 240 V AC, 30 Watt
    Idle power consumption: 15 Watt
    Typical power consumption: 22 Watt
    Dimensions including rack ears (WxHxD): 483 x 44 x 242 mm (19" x 1.73" x 9.5")
    Dimensions without rack ears/handles (WxHxD): 436 x 44 x 235 mm (17.2" x 1.73" x 9.3")
    Weight: 2.8 kg ( 6.2 lbs)
    Temperature range: +5° up to +50° Celsius (41° F up to 122°F)
    Relative humidity: < 75%, non condensing
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