RME Babyface Pro USB 2.0 Audio Interface

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24-Channel, mobile, multi-format audio interface with high-speed USB 2.0 connectivity

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The RME Babyface Pro is a mobile, 24-channel, multi-format audio interface with high-speed USB 2.0 connectivity and TotalMix FX DSP routing and mixing software with effects

It’s the ones with the Babyface you have to watch out for, and the RME Babyface Pro is, you might say, a child prodigy that packs a prodigious amount of features. With continually evolving analog and digital circuit design, RME keeps raising the bar on compact, mobile interfaces. The USB-powered Babyface Pro features innovative energy technologies that provide no-compromise, high-fidelity audio. But it doesn’t stop there. Designed for the desktop musician, the Babyface Pro features two digitally controlled preamps that boast an incredible 76dB gain for the lowest of low-sensitivity mics, adjustable in 1dB steps. A study in efficient power management, it rarely requires an external power supply and is perfectly stable on USB 3 bus power and most USB 2 ports with no degradation whatsoever in performance—perfect for mobile recording, even with a pair of condenser mics.

RME Babyface Pro in one take:

  • Housing machined from a block of aluminum
  • Intuitive and efficient user interface
  • Mic stand thread on the bottom for free positioning
  • All settings can be changed in real-time
  • Buffer sizes/latencies from 48 up to 8192 samples selectable
  • 4 channels 24-bit/96kHz Record/Playback via ADAT optical (S/MUX)
  • Clock modes slave and master
  • Automatic and intelligent master/slave clock control
  • Unsurpassed Bitclock PLL (audio synchronization) in ADAT mode
  • SteadyClock: Jitter-immune, super-stable digital clock
  • DDS technology for free setting of the sample rate
  • SyncAlign guarantees sample aligned and never swapping channels
  • SyncCheck tests and reports the synchronization status of input signals
  • TotalMix for latency-free submixes and perfect ASIO Direct Monitoring
  • TotalMix: 288 channel mixer with 46-bit internal resolution
  • TotalMix FX: 3-band EQ, Low Cut, Reverb, Echo
  • 1 x MIDI I/O, 16 channels high-speed MIDI
  • 2 digitally controlled microphone inputs in reference quality
  • 2 balanced line outputs, level +19dBu
  • 1 x headphone output with separate driver stages for high and low impedance phones
  • DIGICheck DSP: Level meter in hardware, peak- and RMS calculation

INSIDE THE BOX—RME Babyface Pro

High-gain preamps with integrated XLR sockets

For the main RME has designed an innovative, space-saving XLR socket that integrates seamlessly into the Babyface Pro’s housing. It has both a TRS and mini-jack headphone output in parallel, each with completely separate driver stages to match low- and high- impedance headphones, guaranteeing high-fidelity sound regardless of headphone type.

Babyface Pro has two newly designed, digitally controlled preamps with individually switchable +48V phantom power. The preamps have a ribbon-mic-friendly gain of 76dB, adjustable in steps of 1dB, featuring exceptional EIN (Equivalent Input Noise) performance as well as line-overload protection. They also include a relay-driven pad.

The Babyface Pro’s prodigious set of features continues with an optical TOSLINK I/O, which can be used as either an ADAT port with SMUX support, or S/PDIF for sampling resolution up to 24-bit/192kHz. In combination with an external ADAT converter, the Babyface Pro supports 12 analog inputs as well as 12 outputs, making it ideal for both live and studio multi-track applications. You can plug any instrument, line or high-impedance, into inputs 3 and 4, and record guitar or keyboards without the need for additional hardware. MIDI I/O via an included breakout cable completes the package.

 RME’s latest AD/DA converters

For exceptional routing and mixing functionality Babyface Pro comes with RME’s TotalMix FX DSP control software, compatible with Windows and Mac OS X. An iOS version is available as well, which enables you to use an iPad as a touch control for mixing. This amazingly versatile software allows you to track with comfort effects at zero latency.

The DSP mixer uses FPGA (field-programmable gate array) technology, a user customizable integrated circuit with eight times the processing speed of ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits) commonly used in audio devices. The FPGA lets you track with near-zero latency (under 2ms), regardless of your audio software’s buffer size and without taxing your computer’s CPU. And because it acts like hardware it sounds better than code-based plug-ins. TotalMix FX adds a flexible, 3-band parametric equalizer to all inputs and outputs. Reverb and delay FX are also available.

To accommodate the needs of the most demanding audio professionals, Babyface Pro features RME’s latest generation of low-latency AD/DA converters. Along with TotalMix FX, you also get RME’s unique SteadyClock jitter suppression technology. Due to SteadyClock’s highly efficient jitter reduction, the converters operate as if they are working with internal clock all the time, guaranteeing exceptional audio.        

Getting Babyface Pro to talk to your computer is a breeze. A Class-Compliant interface, it’s natively supported by operating systems, such as Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Apple’s iPad. No proprietary drivers are required, the device will be instantly recognized.

TotalMix FX

RME’s latest iteration of TotalMix FX DSP software delivers hardware mixing and routing with loads of features and highly improved usability. Rewritten from the ground up, the DSP mixer not only matches the features of high-end digital consoles but also adds effects, such as a 3-band parametric EQ, plus low-cut filters on all input and output channels. The Babyface also provides a separate FX send bus for all inputs and software playback channels, feeding two effect engines: Reverb and Echo. Every output channel includes a FX return control for the FX output signal.

Unique features of TotalMix FX:

  • New design and improved usability
  • Control Room Section: Dedicated section for the main output (e. g. studio monitors) and other monitoring outputs (e. g. phones). All existing stereo output channels can be freely assigned as source for the control room section channels
  • Four definable groups for Solo, Mute, and Faders
  • Switchable mono and stereo channel view
  • Channel options: stereo width, M/S processing, phase L/R
  • Trim mode adjusts the volume for all routed signals of a channel. This option allows to modify the volume of all sends of a channel simultaneously, equaling hardware trim functionality
  • Unlimited undo and redo
  • FX Sends and Returns: One send bus for every input/playback channel with Reverb/Echo
  • Expandable channel view for channel settings and EQ setup
  • Slim channel mode for selected or all channels, to save space or give a meter bridge view
  • 2-Row Mode: reduces the height of the mixer to two rows for smaller displays
  • The DSP-based hardware calculates RMS and Peak levels for all channels without causing any CPU load.

TotalMix FX for iPad App

 

TotalMix FX for iPad adds full control over hardware mixer and DSP effects for Fireface UFX+, UFX, UCX, 802, Babyface, Babyface Pro and MADIface Pro in Class Compliant Mode. It lets you create, store, and load complete mixes directly from the iPad.

OUTSIDE THE BOX—RME Babyface Pro

Top-panel controls

The user interface is informative and clearly laid out, with access to every feature and configuration mode of the Babyface Pro, which enables it to be used in standalone. The top of the Babyface Pro features a hi-precision rotary encoder, 6 buttons, 4 LED bands and 6 status LEDs. Its four LED bands show gain, input and output level, and the channel to be set, all dependent on the current mode. The lowest LEDs signal phantom power (+48 V, orange) and DIM, the highest one overload (clip, red). The rotary encoder is used to change various parameters directly at the unit. The 4 buttons IN, A (SET), (MIX) B and OUT directly access the respective function.

Connectivity:

  • 12 Input and 12 Output channels
  • 4 x Analog Inputs (Mic, Line, Instrument)
  • 4 x Analog Outputs (2 x XLR, 2 x Phones)
  • 1 x ADAT I/O or 1 x SPDIF I/O optical
  • 1 x MIDI I/O
  • 1 x USB 2.0 (USB 3 compatible)
  • Digital Gain control on all inputs
  • Separate outputs for high and low impedance headphones
  • TotalMix FX (with EQ, Reverb, Echo)

Combining a huge feature set, sonic excellence, and intuitive control,  Babyface Pro is the most comprehensive and versatile compact audio interface RME has built. For more information, call or chat online with your Westlake Pro Sales Consultant today.

 

RME Babyface Pro specifications:

ANALOG 

AD, Microphone/Line 1-2

  • Input: XLR, electronically balanced
  • Input impedance balanced: 2k ohm, 5.2k ohm with pad
  • Input impedance unbalanced: 1k ohm, 2.6k ohm with pad
  • Signal to Noise ratio (SNR): 113dB RMS unweighted, 116dBA
  • Frequency response @ 44.1kHz, -0.1dB: 18 Hz – 20.8kHz
  • Frequency response @ 96kHz, -0.5dB: 7 Hz – 45.8kHz
  • Frequency response @ 192kHz, -1dB: 5 Hz – 92kHz
  • With Pad active: -0.1dB 8Hz, -0.5dB < 4 Hz, -1 dB < 3 Hz
  • THD: < -110dB, < 0.00032 %
  • THD+N: < -104dB, < 0.00063 %
  • THD @ 30dB Gain: < -107dB, < 0.0004 %
  • THD+N @ 30dB Gain: < -100dB, < 0.001 %
  • Channel separation: > 110dB
  • Gain range: -11dB up to +65dB
  • Maximum input level XLR, Gain 0dB: +8dBu, Pad +19dBu
  • Maximum input level XLR, Gain 65dB: -57dBu, Pad -46dBu

AD, Line/Instrument In 3-4 

  • As Microphone/Line 1-2, but:
  • Input: 1/4″ (6.3 mm) TS jack, unbalanced
  • Input impedance: 470k ohm
  • Signal-to-Noise ratio (SNR): 114dB RMS unweighted, 117dBA
  • Frequency response @ 44.1kHz, -0.1dB: 5Hz – 20.8kHz
  • Frequency response @ 96kHz, -0.5dB: < 3Hz – 45.8kHz
  • Frequency response @ 192kHz, -1dB: < 2Hz – 92kHz
  • Maximum input level @+4 dBu, Gain 0dB: +13dBu
  • Maximum input level @-10dBV, Gain 9dB: -5dBu

 DA, Line Out 1-2

  • Dynamic range (DR): 115dB RMS unweighted, 118dBA
  • Frequency response @ 44.1kHz, -0.5dB: 0Hz – 20.8kHz
  • Frequency response @ 96kHz, -0.5dB: 0Hz – 45kHz
  • Frequency response @ 192kHz, -1dB: 0Hz – 89kHz
  • THD: – 106dB, 0.0005 % • THD+N: -102dB, 0.0008%
  • Channel separation: > 110dB
  • Output: XLR balanced
  • Output impedance: 300 ohm balanced, 150 ohm unbalanced
  • Output level @ 0dBFS: Balanced +19dBu, unbalanced +13dBu
  • DC @ 0dBFS: 6.35mm 4.8V, 3.5mm 2.4V, XLR bal. 9.6V

DA, Phones 3/4

  • Output: 1/4″ (6.3 mm) TRS jack, unbalanced
  • Output impedance: 10 Ohm
  • Output level at 0 dBFS, 1 kOhm load: +13 dBu
  • Max power @ 0.1% THD: 50 mW
  • Output: 1/8″ (3.5 mm) TRS jack, unbalanced
  • Output impedance: 2 ohm
  • Output level at 0dBFS, 1k ohm load: +7dBu
  • Max power @ 0.1% THD: 70mW

 MIDI

  • 1 x MIDI I/O via breakout cable with 2 x 5-pin DIN jacks
  • Galvanically isolated by opto-coupled input
  • Hi-speed mode: Jitter and response time typically below 1ms
  • Separate 128-byte FIFOs for input and output 25.3

 Digital

  • Clocks: Internal, ADAT In, SPDIF In
  • Low Jitter Design: < 1ns in PLL mode, all inputs
  • Internal clock: 800ps Jitter, Random Spread Spectrum
  • Jitter suppression of external clocks: > 50dB (2.4kHz)
  • Effective clock jitter influence on AD and DA conversion: near zero
  • PLL ensures zero dropout, even at more than 100ns jitter
  • Digital Bitclock PLL for trouble-free varispeed ADAT operation
  • Supported sample rates: 28kHz up to 200kHz

 DIGITAL INPUTS

 ADAT Optical

  • 1 x TOSLINK
  • Standard: 8 channels 24-bit, up to 48kHz
  • Double Speed (S/MUX): 4 channels 24-bit/96kHz
  • Quad Speed (S/MUX4) : 2 channels 24-bit/192kHz
  • Bitclock PLL ensures perfect synchronization even in varispeed operation
  • Lock Range: 31.5kHz – 50kHz
  • Jitter when synced to input signal: < 1ns
  • Jitter suppression: > 50dB (2.4kHz)

 SPDIF optical

  • 1 x optical, according to IEC 60958
  • Accepts Consumer and Professional format
  • Lock Range: 27kHz – 200kHz
  • Jitter when synced to input signal: < 1ns
  • Jitter suppression: > 50dB (2.4kHz) 25.5

 DIGITAL OUTPUTS 

 ADAT optical

  • 1 x TOSLINK
  • Standard: 8 channels 24/bit, up to 48kHz
  • Double Speed (S/MUX): 4 channels 24-bit/96kHz
  • Quad Speed (S/MUX4) : 2 channels 24-bit/192kHz
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SPDIF optical

  • 1 x optical, according to IEC 60958
  • Format Consumer (SPDIF) according to IEC 60958
  • Sample rate 28kHz up to 200kHz

GENERAL:

  • Power supply: USB bus power or external power supply
  • Typical power consumption: 2.9 watts
  • Max. power consumption: 4.6 watts
  • Current at 5V bus power operation: 600mA (2.9 watts)
  • Current at 12V external power: 240mA (2.9 watts)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 4-1/4″ x 1-13/32″ x 7-3/32″ (108 x 35 x 181 mm)
  • Weight: 1.5 lb. : (680 g)
  • Temperature range: +5° up to +50° Celsius (41° F up to 122°F)
  • Relative humidity: < 75%, non condensing

Driver support:

  • Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP SP2 (32 & 64 bit)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.5 or up (Core Audio)

System Requirements:

  • Computer with at least Pentium Core 2 Duo CPU

Additional information

Sample Rate

192kHz

I/O

12 in x 12 out

Preamps

2

Pro Tools HD

No

Connection Type

USB

Headphone Jack

1

Phantom Power

Yes

Work Clock

No

Input Types

xlr, 1/4", ADAT, MIDI

Monitor Outs

2

Bit Depth

24-bit

Bus Powered

Yes

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