RME Fireface 400 - Firewire Audio Interface

RME Fireface 400 - Firewire Audio Interface

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Description RME Goes 24-Bit/192kHz FireWire!

The Fireface 400 is not just the little brother of the Fireface 800 it's a completely new design. The Fireface 400 is the only device in its class with active jitter suppression, stand-alone functionality, complete controllability from the front panel, highly flexible I/Os in professional quality, and an unsurpassed 648-channel matrix router at sample rates up to 192 kHz. RME's Fireface 800 revolutionized the world of FireWire audio interfaces. Now the revolution continues with the Fireface 400!

RME FireFace 400 At-a-Glance:

DSP-based TotalMix mixer Portable Flexible I/O

DSP-based TotalMix mixer

The DSP-based TotalMix mixer allows fully independent routing and mixing of all 18 input and output channels to all 18 physical outputs. Up to 9 totally independent stereo sub-mixes simply mean unrivalled monitoring facilities. Copy/paste of routings, ganging and group-based operation of faders, and the extraordinary Matrix window are just some of the mixer's unique features. The mixer can be completely MIDI controlled, even in stand-alone operation. Furthermore the DSP hardware calculates RMS and Peak levels for all 54 audio channels, without causing any significant CPU load. A word clock input and output (BNC) plus two MIDI I/Os (breakout cable, 5-pin DIN) complete the analog/digital feature list and turn the Fireface 400 into an entire audio system of the highest quality.

Portable

The Fireface 400 excells as portable all-in-one solution when it comes to power supply. The included switching power supply accepts voltages from 100 to 240 V, thus can be operated all over the world. A rear panel switch enables Bus Powered operation, taking the power directly from the FireWire connector. To avoid potential problems, both the unit's internal power supply and the protective circuits at the FireWire port were specially designed and thoroughly tested. Eight inputs and outputs (balanced, output 7/8 unbalanced) with software controlled switching of the reference levels (-10 dBV, +4 dBu, Lo/HiGain), of course realized discretely in the analog domain, guarantee highest dynamic range and highest fidelity.

Flexible I/O

The Fireface 400's front panel features 2 balanced microphone inputs with a digitally controlled input stage, individually switchable 48V phantom power, and Neutrik Combo connectors for XLR and TRS. These can also be used as additional line inputs. A pre amplification of up to 65 dB, adjustable in steps of 1 dB over a range of 55 dB, exceptional EIN performance even at low pre-amplification settings, and extremely low THD+N let these preamps surpass those of other devices that cost several times the price of the Fireface 400. All level settings are 100% reproducible and can also be adjusted by software comfortably. Inputs 3 and 4 are extremely flexible balanced universal inputs. Firstly, they operate exactly as inputs 5 to 8 on the rear and can be adjusted to accept standard studio input levels (+4 dBu, LoGain). Furthermore, the input impedance can be switched from Line (10 kOhm) to Instrument (470 kOhm). An additional analog input amplification of up to 18 dB (in steps of 0.5 dB) is also available. In short: There's no signal that these inputs can't deal with perfectly! Inputs 5 to 8 on the rear feature RME's proven level references. -10 dBV, +4 dBu und Lo Gain can be selected in the settings dialog, equivalent to +2 dBV, +13 dBu und +19 dBu for digital full scale. The same applies to the balanced rear analog outputs 1 to 6. The high power phones output offers high volumes even with low-impedance headphones, and represents playback channels 7/8. All outputs can be used for ASIO Direct Monitoring purposes. An ADAT optical I/O allows for a connection and insertion of effects devices, mixing consoles or external converters. Of course, these 8 channels are available simultaneously with the analog channels. Using an additional ADI-8 DS or OctaMic D, you'll get 16 analog inputs and outputs, which remain still 12 at 96 kHz. The coaxial SPDIF I/O , which is fully AES/EBU compatible (as is common for RME), also works up to 192 kHz, which means that at the highest sample rate, 8 analog and two digital inputs and outputs are directly available. SPDIF can also be accessed through the optical I/O, which also works up to 192k - a world exclusive RME feature.

Thanks to an internal flash memory, all settings including TotalMix are recalled during boot. The device can thus be configured and used as a stand-alone device, without being connected to a computer, e.g. as a submixer, A/D and D/A-converter, headphone mixer, format converter, instrument or microphone pre-amplifier, monitoring mixer and much more.

The Fireface 400 is equipped with SteadyClock, RME's unique sync and clock technology. With this, the device becomes a sync reference for the whole studio. SteadyClock refreshes clock signals, removes jitter, and takes permanent care of optimal conversion quality, thus guarantees a sensational sound quality, completely independent from the reference clock's quality.

SteadyClock allows the unit to control the sample rate freely on its own. The Settings dialog includes a direct choice of the video and audio world's most often used sample rates. Additionally, two faders can be used to set the sample rate freely and in real-time, within the range of +/- 4% and +/- 0.4%.

Fireface 400 uses RME's own FireWire techology, heavily optimized for audio purposes (RME is the only manufacturer not to use a third party FireWire audio technology). Minimum overhead, special hardware adaptations, and a new low-latency buffer concept allow a performance and compatibility considered impossible for FireWire audio until now. This includes changing latency in mid-operation, latencies down to one ms, or an immediate reaction to changes of the sample rate. Further optimizations and additional features can be added at any time by Flash Updates.

Of course the Fireface 400 offers a second FireWire port for hub functionality. Several devices can be connected to one FireWire interface and operated in parallel. The renowned Fireface 800 shares the same driver, allowing mixed setups.

SKU RME-FIREFACE400
MPN FIREFACE400
Features RME FireFace 400 Features:
  • Two digitally controlled Mic Preamps in high-end quality
  • Two balanced universal inputs for line and instrument signals
  • SteadyClock for maximum jitter suppression and clock refresh
  • Simple stand-alone operation with rotary encoder and front panel display
  • 54 Level Meter Peak/RMS, hardware-calculated
  • Full mobility by Bus Power support
  • Full hot-plugging
  • Up to 3 units operational
  • DIGICheck, RME's unique meter and analysis tool
  • TotalMix: 648-channel mixer with 42-bit internal resolution
  • Input AD: 6 x 1/4" TRS (4 x LIne, 2 x Line/Instrument), 2 x XLR/TRS Combo connector (2 x Mic/Line) all servo-balanced
  • Output DA: 6 x 1/4" TRS, servo-balanced, DC-coupled signal path. 1 x 1/4" TRS unbalanced
  • Input Digital: 1 x ADAT optical or SPDIF optical, SPDIF coaxial (AES/EBU compatible)
  • Output Digital: 1 x ADAT optical or SPDIF optical, SPDIF coaxial (AES/EBU compatible)
  • MIDI: 2 x MIDI I/O via breakoutcable (4 x 5-pin DIN jacks), for 32 channels low jitter hi-speed MIDI
  • Dynamic range AD: 109 dB RMS unweighted, 112 dBA
  • THD AD: < -100 dB (< 0.001 %)
  • THD+N AD: < -98 dB (< 0.0012 %)
  • Crosstalk AD: > 100 dB
  • Dynamic range DA: 110 dB RMS unweighted, 112 dBA (unmuted)
  • THD DA: < -100 dB (< 0.001 %)
  • THD+N DA: < -97 dB (< 0.0014 %)
  • Crosstalk DA: > 100 dB
  • Input/Output level for 0 dBFS @ Hi Gain: +19 dBu
  • Input/Output level for 0 dBFS @ +4 dBu: +13 dBu
  • Input/Output level for 0 dBFS @ -10 dBV: +2 dBV
  • Sample rate internally: 32, 44.1, 48, 64, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 128, 176.4, 192 kHz
  • Sample rate externally: 28 kHz - 200 kHz
  • Frequency response AD/DA, -0.5 dB: 5 Hz - 21 kHz (sf 44.1 kHz)
  • Frequency response AD/DA, -0.5 dB: < 5 Hz - 43.3 kHz (sf 96 kHz)
  • Frequency response AD/DA, -1 dB: < 5 Hz - 70 kHz (sf 192 kHz)
  • Windows 2000 SP4, Windows XP/XP64: Full ASIO multi-client operation of WDM, MME (not XP64), GSIF 2.0 and ASIO 2.0. WDM (DirectSound) with stereo and multi-channel support. .
  • Mac OS X (10.3. or up) and x86: Core Audio, Core MIDI.
Specifications
RME Fireface 400 Specifications:
Input AD
6 x 1/4" TRS (4 x Line, 2 x Line/Instrument), 2 x XLR/TRS Combo connector (2 x Mic/Line), all servo-balanced.
Output DA
6 x 1/4" TRS, servo-balanced, DC-coupled signal path. 1 x 1/4" TRS unbalanced
Input Digital
1 x ADAT optical or SPDIF optical, SPDIF coaxial (AES/EBU compatible)
Output Digital
1 x ADAT optical or SPDIF optical, SPDIF coaxial (AES/EBU compatible)
MIDI
2 x MIDI I/O via breakout cable (4 x 5-pin DIN jacks), for 32 channels low jitter hi-speed MIDI
Dynamic range AD
110 dB RMS unweighted, 113 dBA
THD AD
< -100 dB (< 0.001 %)
THD+N AD
< -98 dB (< 0.0012 %)
Crosstalk AD
> 110 dB
Dynamic range DA
110 dB RMS unweighted, 113 dBA (unmuted)
THD DA
-100 dB (0.001 %)
THD+N DA
-96 dB (0.0015 %)
Crosstalk DA
> 110 dB
Input/Output level for 0 dBFS @ Hi Gain
+19 dBu
Input/Output level for 0 dBFS @ +4 dBu
+13 dBu
Input/Output level for 0 dBFS @ -10 dBV
+2 dBV
Sample rate internally
32, 44.1, 48, 64, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 128, 176.4, 192 kHz
Sample rate externally
28 kHz - 200 kHz
Frequency response AD/DA, -0.1 dB
5 Hz - 20.4 kHz (sf 44.1 kHz)
Frequency response AD/DA, -0.5 dB
1 Hz - 43.3 kHz (sf 96 kHz)
Frequency response AD/DA, -1 dB
1 Hz - 80 kHz (sf 192 kHz)
System Requirements
RME Fireface 400 Requirements:
100-240 Volt Power
Package Contents
  • (1) RME FireFace 400
  • (1) Cable IEEE1394a (FW400), 4 m (13 ft)
  • (1) optical cable (TOSLINK), 2 m (6.6 ft)
  • (1) RME Driver CD
  • (1) Power supply
  • (1) Operating Instructions
Warranty Details Warranty Information
Product: Period:
RME FireFace 400 2 Year
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Description

Description RME Goes 24-Bit/192kHz FireWire!

The Fireface 400 is not just the little brother of the Fireface 800 it's a completely new design. The Fireface 400 is the only device in its class with active jitter suppression, stand-alone functionality, complete controllability from the front panel, highly flexible I/Os in professional quality, and an unsurpassed 648-channel matrix router at sample rates up to 192 kHz. RME's Fireface 800 revolutionized the world of FireWire audio interfaces. Now the revolution continues with the Fireface 400!

RME FireFace 400 At-a-Glance:

DSP-based TotalMix mixer Portable Flexible I/O

DSP-based TotalMix mixer

The DSP-based TotalMix mixer allows fully independent routing and mixing of all 18 input and output channels to all 18 physical outputs. Up to 9 totally independent stereo sub-mixes simply mean unrivalled monitoring facilities. Copy/paste of routings, ganging and group-based operation of faders, and the extraordinary Matrix window are just some of the mixer's unique features. The mixer can be completely MIDI controlled, even in stand-alone operation. Furthermore the DSP hardware calculates RMS and Peak levels for all 54 audio channels, without causing any significant CPU load. A word clock input and output (BNC) plus two MIDI I/Os (breakout cable, 5-pin DIN) complete the analog/digital feature list and turn the Fireface 400 into an entire audio system of the highest quality.

Portable

The Fireface 400 excells as portable all-in-one solution when it comes to power supply. The included switching power supply accepts voltages from 100 to 240 V, thus can be operated all over the world. A rear panel switch enables Bus Powered operation, taking the power directly from the FireWire connector. To avoid potential problems, both the unit's internal power supply and the protective circuits at the FireWire port were specially designed and thoroughly tested. Eight inputs and outputs (balanced, output 7/8 unbalanced) with software controlled switching of the reference levels (-10 dBV, +4 dBu, Lo/HiGain), of course realized discretely in the analog domain, guarantee highest dynamic range and highest fidelity.

Flexible I/O

The Fireface 400's front panel features 2 balanced microphone inputs with a digitally controlled input stage, individually switchable 48V phantom power, and Neutrik Combo connectors for XLR and TRS. These can also be used as additional line inputs. A pre amplification of up to 65 dB, adjustable in steps of 1 dB over a range of 55 dB, exceptional EIN performance even at low pre-amplification settings, and extremely low THD+N let these preamps surpass those of other devices that cost several times the price of the Fireface 400. All level settings are 100% reproducible and can also be adjusted by software comfortably. Inputs 3 and 4 are extremely flexible balanced universal inputs. Firstly, they operate exactly as inputs 5 to 8 on the rear and can be adjusted to accept standard studio input levels (+4 dBu, LoGain). Furthermore, the input impedance can be switched from Line (10 kOhm) to Instrument (470 kOhm). An additional analog input amplification of up to 18 dB (in steps of 0.5 dB) is also available. In short: There's no signal that these inputs can't deal with perfectly! Inputs 5 to 8 on the rear feature RME's proven level references. -10 dBV, +4 dBu und Lo Gain can be selected in the settings dialog, equivalent to +2 dBV, +13 dBu und +19 dBu for digital full scale. The same applies to the balanced rear analog outputs 1 to 6. The high power phones output offers high volumes even with low-impedance headphones, and represents playback channels 7/8. All outputs can be used for ASIO Direct Monitoring purposes. An ADAT optical I/O allows for a connection and insertion of effects devices, mixing consoles or external converters. Of course, these 8 channels are available simultaneously with the analog channels. Using an additional ADI-8 DS or OctaMic D, you'll get 16 analog inputs and outputs, which remain still 12 at 96 kHz. The coaxial SPDIF I/O , which is fully AES/EBU compatible (as is common for RME), also works up to 192 kHz, which means that at the highest sample rate, 8 analog and two digital inputs and outputs are directly available. SPDIF can also be accessed through the optical I/O, which also works up to 192k - a world exclusive RME feature.

Thanks to an internal flash memory, all settings including TotalMix are recalled during boot. The device can thus be configured and used as a stand-alone device, without being connected to a computer, e.g. as a submixer, A/D and D/A-converter, headphone mixer, format converter, instrument or microphone pre-amplifier, monitoring mixer and much more.

The Fireface 400 is equipped with SteadyClock, RME's unique sync and clock technology. With this, the device becomes a sync reference for the whole studio. SteadyClock refreshes clock signals, removes jitter, and takes permanent care of optimal conversion quality, thus guarantees a sensational sound quality, completely independent from the reference clock's quality.

SteadyClock allows the unit to control the sample rate freely on its own. The Settings dialog includes a direct choice of the video and audio world's most often used sample rates. Additionally, two faders can be used to set the sample rate freely and in real-time, within the range of +/- 4% and +/- 0.4%.

Fireface 400 uses RME's own FireWire techology, heavily optimized for audio purposes (RME is the only manufacturer not to use a third party FireWire audio technology). Minimum overhead, special hardware adaptations, and a new low-latency buffer concept allow a performance and compatibility considered impossible for FireWire audio until now. This includes changing latency in mid-operation, latencies down to one ms, or an immediate reaction to changes of the sample rate. Further optimizations and additional features can be added at any time by Flash Updates.

Of course the Fireface 400 offers a second FireWire port for hub functionality. Several devices can be connected to one FireWire interface and operated in parallel. The renowned Fireface 800 shares the same driver, allowing mixed setups.

SKU RME-FIREFACE400
MPN FIREFACE400

Features

Features RME FireFace 400 Features:
  • Two digitally controlled Mic Preamps in high-end quality
  • Two balanced universal inputs for line and instrument signals
  • SteadyClock for maximum jitter suppression and clock refresh
  • Simple stand-alone operation with rotary encoder and front panel display
  • 54 Level Meter Peak/RMS, hardware-calculated
  • Full mobility by Bus Power support
  • Full hot-plugging
  • Up to 3 units operational
  • DIGICheck, RME's unique meter and analysis tool
  • TotalMix: 648-channel mixer with 42-bit internal resolution
  • Input AD: 6 x 1/4" TRS (4 x LIne, 2 x Line/Instrument), 2 x XLR/TRS Combo connector (2 x Mic/Line) all servo-balanced
  • Output DA: 6 x 1/4" TRS, servo-balanced, DC-coupled signal path. 1 x 1/4" TRS unbalanced
  • Input Digital: 1 x ADAT optical or SPDIF optical, SPDIF coaxial (AES/EBU compatible)
  • Output Digital: 1 x ADAT optical or SPDIF optical, SPDIF coaxial (AES/EBU compatible)
  • MIDI: 2 x MIDI I/O via breakoutcable (4 x 5-pin DIN jacks), for 32 channels low jitter hi-speed MIDI
  • Dynamic range AD: 109 dB RMS unweighted, 112 dBA
  • THD AD: < -100 dB (< 0.001 %)
  • THD+N AD: < -98 dB (< 0.0012 %)
  • Crosstalk AD: > 100 dB
  • Dynamic range DA: 110 dB RMS unweighted, 112 dBA (unmuted)
  • THD DA: < -100 dB (< 0.001 %)
  • THD+N DA: < -97 dB (< 0.0014 %)
  • Crosstalk DA: > 100 dB
  • Input/Output level for 0 dBFS @ Hi Gain: +19 dBu
  • Input/Output level for 0 dBFS @ +4 dBu: +13 dBu
  • Input/Output level for 0 dBFS @ -10 dBV: +2 dBV
  • Sample rate internally: 32, 44.1, 48, 64, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 128, 176.4, 192 kHz
  • Sample rate externally: 28 kHz - 200 kHz
  • Frequency response AD/DA, -0.5 dB: 5 Hz - 21 kHz (sf 44.1 kHz)
  • Frequency response AD/DA, -0.5 dB: < 5 Hz - 43.3 kHz (sf 96 kHz)
  • Frequency response AD/DA, -1 dB: < 5 Hz - 70 kHz (sf 192 kHz)
  • Windows 2000 SP4, Windows XP/XP64: Full ASIO multi-client operation of WDM, MME (not XP64), GSIF 2.0 and ASIO 2.0. WDM (DirectSound) with stereo and multi-channel support. .
  • Mac OS X (10.3. or up) and x86: Core Audio, Core MIDI.

Specs

Specifications
RME Fireface 400 Specifications:
Input AD
6 x 1/4" TRS (4 x Line, 2 x Line/Instrument), 2 x XLR/TRS Combo connector (2 x Mic/Line), all servo-balanced.
Output DA
6 x 1/4" TRS, servo-balanced, DC-coupled signal path. 1 x 1/4" TRS unbalanced
Input Digital
1 x ADAT optical or SPDIF optical, SPDIF coaxial (AES/EBU compatible)
Output Digital
1 x ADAT optical or SPDIF optical, SPDIF coaxial (AES/EBU compatible)
MIDI
2 x MIDI I/O via breakout cable (4 x 5-pin DIN jacks), for 32 channels low jitter hi-speed MIDI
Dynamic range AD
110 dB RMS unweighted, 113 dBA
THD AD
< -100 dB (< 0.001 %)
THD+N AD
< -98 dB (< 0.0012 %)
Crosstalk AD
> 110 dB
Dynamic range DA
110 dB RMS unweighted, 113 dBA (unmuted)
THD DA
-100 dB (0.001 %)
THD+N DA
-96 dB (0.0015 %)
Crosstalk DA
> 110 dB
Input/Output level for 0 dBFS @ Hi Gain
+19 dBu
Input/Output level for 0 dBFS @ +4 dBu
+13 dBu
Input/Output level for 0 dBFS @ -10 dBV
+2 dBV
Sample rate internally
32, 44.1, 48, 64, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 128, 176.4, 192 kHz
Sample rate externally
28 kHz - 200 kHz
Frequency response AD/DA, -0.1 dB
5 Hz - 20.4 kHz (sf 44.1 kHz)
Frequency response AD/DA, -0.5 dB
1 Hz - 43.3 kHz (sf 96 kHz)
Frequency response AD/DA, -1 dB
1 Hz - 80 kHz (sf 192 kHz)

Sys Req.

System Requirements
RME Fireface 400 Requirements:
100-240 Volt Power

Contents

Package Contents
  • (1) RME FireFace 400
  • (1) Cable IEEE1394a (FW400), 4 m (13 ft)
  • (1) optical cable (TOSLINK), 2 m (6.6 ft)
  • (1) RME Driver CD
  • (1) Power supply
  • (1) Operating Instructions

Warranty

Warranty Details Warranty Information
Product: Period:
RME FireFace 400 2 Year

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