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RME Babyface Pro
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RME Babyface Pro USB Audio Interface

The RME Babyface Pro USB Audio Interface is a USB 2.0 Digital I/O System 24 Channels Analog / ADAT / SPDIF Interface with 24 Bit / 192 kHz Digital Audio capability, 24 x 12 Matrix Router, MIDI I/O, MIDI Remote Control, Stand-Alone Operation and Class Compliant Operation.

The exciting Babyface Pro once again demonstrates RMEs absolute commitment to superior craftsmanship, not only in audio circuits and driver development, but also in mechanics.

Created with the highest precision from a block of aluminum, this high-end yet portable interface incorporates newly designed analog and digital circuits. Its innovative energy saving technologies provide supreme fidelity with no compromises in level, noise or distortion.

Progressive Interface
For the main I/O RME have designed a completely new XLR socket, which integrates seamlessly into the housing and saves space. The two headphone outputs, offering TRS and mini-jack sockets in parallel, have completely separate driver stages to perfectly match low and high impedance headphones, guaranteeing pristine sonic results no matter what type of headphone is used. Two digitally controlled preamps provide individually switchable 48V phantom power. These brand new circuits feature gain of up to 70 dB, adjustable in steps of 3 dB, plus a relay-driven PAD, resulting in exceptional EIN (Equivalent Input Noise) performance as well as line overload protection, and enough gain for even the lowest level microphones.

Babyface Pro's incredibly efficient design almost never requires an external power supply - it's perfectly stable on USB 3 bus power, and also most USB 2 ports, with no degradation in any technical specification. This makes it perfect for mobile recording, even with a pair of your favourite condenser microphones. The comprehensive feature set continues with an optical TOSLINK I/O; use as either an ADAT port with SMUX support or SPDIF for sessions up to 192 kHz. In combination with an external ADAT converter, the Babyface Pro fully 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 Babyface Pro's jack inputs 3 & 4. Record your guitar on the go, with no additional hardware required. MIDI I/O via an included breakout cable completes the package.

Profound Technology
Babyface Pro ships with RME's TotalMix FX, available for Windows and Mac OS X. An iOS version is available as well. This amazingly versatile software allows you to use Babyface Pro in every situation. You can do something as simple as mixing together your guitar and vocal to headphones. The FPGA-based DSP mixer adds a flexible, 3-band parametric equalizer to all inputs and outputs. Reverb and delay FX are also onboard. Latest generation low latency AD/DA converters, combined with RME's unique SteadyClock technology, result in exceptional specifications that will satisfy the most demanding of professionals. This high-end interface incorporates newly designed analog and digital circuits. Its innovative energy saving technologies provide supreme fidelity with no compromises in level, noise or distortion.

RME Babyface Pro USB Audio Interface Features

  • Comprehensive Input / Output Faculties
    • 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
  • FPGA Chip:
    • A field-programmable gate array (FPGA) is an integrated circuit designed to be configured by a customer or a designer after manufacturing.
  • Class Compliant:
    • The Babyface provides RME's unmatched USB pro audio technology for revolutionary ultra-low latencies on Mac and PC, by using two different optimized firmware versions for both operating systems.
  • SteadyClock:
    • Due to the highly efficient jitter reduction, the converters operate as if they are working with internal clock all the time - guaranteeing a pristine sound experience!
  • TotalMix FX:
    • TotalMix FX is RME's superior hardware mixer. It delivers fully flexible mixing/routing with many superior features for studio and live work, still maintaining exemplary overview and usability.
  • Straight to the core without interference: the reference design of the Babyface Pro leaves nothing to be desired.
  • RME devices are designed to conserve music as it is. Audio signals are passed in their entirety, nothing added, nothing taken. For the new Babyface, the audio circuits have been improved to meet even highest gain levels with best dynamic range.
  • The clever user interface is informative and clearly laid out. It makes access to every feature and configuration mode of the Babyface Pro intuitive and easy to use.
  • Even in stand-alone mode, routing and mixing of inputs to outputs directly on the device opens a whole world of possible applications.

RME Babyface Pro USB Audio Interface Specifications

  • AD, Microphone/Line 1-2
    • Input: XLR, electronically balanced
    • Input impedance balanced: 2 kOhm, 5.2 kOhm with PAD
    • Input impedance unbalanced: 1 kOhm, 2.6 kOhm with PAD
    • Signal to Noise ratio (SNR): 113 dB RMS unweighted, 116 dBA
    • Frequency response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.1 dB: 18 Hz 20.8 kHz
    • Frequency response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: 7 Hz 45.8 kHz
    • Frequency response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: 5 Hz 92 kHz
    • With PAD active : -0.1 dB 8 Hz, -0.5 dB < 4 Hz, -1 dB < 3 Hz
    • THD: < -110 dB, < 0.00032 %
    • THD+N: < -104 dB, < 0.00063 %
    • THD @ 30 dB Gain: < -107 dB, < 0.0004 %
    • THD+N @ 30 dB Gain: < -100 dB, < 0.001 %
    • Channel separation: > 110 dB
    • Gain range: -11 dB up to +65 dB
    • Maximum input level XLR, Gain 0 dB: +8 dBu, PAD +19 dBu
    • Maximum input level XLR, Gain 65 dB: -57 dBu, PAD -46 dBu
  • AD, Line/Instrument In 3-4
    • As Microphone/Line 1-2, but:
      • Input: 6.3 mm TS jack, unbalanced
      • Input impedance: 470 kOhm
      • Signal to Noise ratio (SNR): 114 dB RMS unweighted, 117 dBA
      • Frequency response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.1 dB: 5 Hz 20.8 kHz
      • Frequency response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: < 3 Hz 45.8 kHz
      • Frequency response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: < 2 Hz 92 kHz
      • Maximum input level @+4 dBu, Gain 0 dB: +13 dBu
      • Maximum input level @-10 dBV, Gain 9 dB: -5 dBu
  • DA, Line Out 1-2
    • Dynamic range (DR): 115 dB RMS unweighted, 118 dBA
    • Frequency response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.5 dB: 0 Hz 20.8 kHz
    • Frequency response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: 0 Hz 45 kHz
    • Frequency response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: 0 Hz - 89 kHz
    • THD: - 106 dB, 0.0005 % THD+N: -102 dB, 0.0008 %
    • Channel separation: > 110 dB
    • Output: XLR balanced
    • Output impedance: 300 Ohm balanced, 150 Ohm unbalanced
    • Output level @ 0 dBFS: Balanced +19 dBu, unbalanced +13 dBu
    • DC @ 0 dBFS: 6.35mm 4.8 V, 3.5mm 2.4 V, XLR bal. 9.6 V
  • DA, Phones 3/4
  • AS DA Line Out, but:
    • Output: 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: 3.5 mm TRS jack, unbalanced
    • Output impedance: 2 Ohm
    • Output level at 0 dBFS, 1 kOhm load: +7 dBu
    • Max power @ 0.1% THD: 70 mW
  • MIDI
    • 1 x MIDI I/O via breakout cable with 2 x 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 25.3
  • Digital
    • Clocks: Internal, ADAT In, SPDIF In
    • Low Jitter Design: < 1 ns in PLL mode, all inputs
    • Internal clock: 800 ps Jitter, Random Spread Spectrum
    • Jitter suppression of external clocks: > 50 dB (2.4 kHz)
    • 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
    • ADAT Optical
      • 1 x TOSLINK
      • Standard: 8 channels 24 bit, up to 48 kHz
      • Double Speed (S/MUX): 4 channels 24 bit 96 kHz
      • Quad Speed (S/MUX4) : 2 channels 24 bit 192 kHz
      • Bitclock PLL ensures perfect synchronisation even in varispeed operation
      • Lock Range: 31.5 kHz 50 kHz
      • Jitter when synced to input signal: < 1 ns
      • Jitter suppression: > 50 dB (2.4 kHz)
    • SPDIF optical
      • 1 x optical, according to IEC 60958
      • Accepts Consumer and Professional format
      • Lock Range: 27 kHz 200 kHz
      • Jitter when synced to input signal: < 1 ns
      • Jitter suppression: > 50 dB (2.4 kHz) 25.5
  • Digital Outputs
    • ADAT optical
      • 1 x TOSLINK
      • Standard: 8 channels 24 bit, up to 48 kHz
      • Double Speed (S/MUX): 4 channels 24 bit 96 kHz
      • Quad Speed (S/MUX4) : 2 channels 24 bit 192 kHz
    • SPDIF optical
      • 1 x optical, according to IEC 60958
      • Format Consumer (SPDIF) according to IEC 60958
      • Sample rate 28 kHz up to 200 kHz
  • General
    • Power supply: USB bus power or external power supply
    • Typical power consumption: 2.9 Watts
    • Max. power consumption: 4.6 Watts
    • Current at 5 V bus power operation: 600 mA (2.9 Watts)
    • Current at 12 V external power: 240 mA (2.9 Watts)
    • Dimensions (WxHxD): 108 x 35 x 181 mm (4.25" x 1.4" x 7.1")
    • Weight: 680 g ( 1.5 lbs)
    • Temperature range: +5 up to +50 Celsius (41 F up to 122F)
    • 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.

RME Babyface Pro USB Audio Interface Includes

  • Babyface Pro
  • Cable USB 2.0 with right angle B plug, length 39 (1m)
  • MIDI breakout cable
  • Carrying box
  • Manual
  • RME Driver CD

Special Note

The RME Babyface Pro USB Audio Interface is designed as a USB-bus-powered device and therefore, does not include an AC power supply. However, it does have a port for a Locking Power Supply available through Front End Audio

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Average Customer Review 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 3

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excellent interface December 8, 2015
Reviewer: SG  
This is an outstanding interface. Ryan, as always, was great to work with and steered me right with RME. I have their 802 as well, which I bought from Ryan and Frontend Audio.

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Yup November 28, 2015
Reviewer: RMM from NY, United States  
I am stunned at how great this thing sounds, considering its size. Everything sounds so real, and it's so clear that a tremendous amount of thought went into every aspect of the design of this unit. Also own an Apogee Duet iOS, but for about $100 more the Babyface sounds so much better in every sonic respect, and has literally four times the channels, not to mention flexible routing/FX options in Totalmix.

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Great USB Interface! September 9, 2011
Reviewer: DJ  
The RME Babyface is a high quality USB audio interface. Build quality is solid. The DA converters are a huge step up from the Presonus Firepod that I had been using. The Babyface is very useful for traveling, or just leaving a smaller footprint on the desk! I've had several small issues running this unit on Windows XP, but the RME support forum is quick to diagnose any issues when they do arise. Bus-powered - so monitoring in the car with a laptop is a new and exciting way to listen to mixes! Super low latencies are possible, even with USB. Only gripe is the preamps cannot be completely by-passed, and the jog wheel is clunky. Overall, a great PC alternative to the Apogee Duet.

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