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RME MADIface XT USB 3.0 Audio Interface

RME MADIface XT
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RME MADIface XT USB 3.0 Audio Interface

The RME MADIface XT USB 3.0 Audio Interface is designed to transfer digital audio data directly into a computer, from any device equipped with a MADI interface. Analog sources can be connected to a stereo analog input, and 2 stereo analog outputs add full monitoring connectivity.

The RME MADIface XT USB 3.0 Audio Interface is the world's first USB3 audio interface - and the world's smallest portable interface that provides access to hundreds of audio channels in such a small package. For highest usability and connectivity the RME MADIface XT USB 3.0 can also be used with USB 2.0 (computer I/O limited to 70 channels). Its unique PCI Express port connects to External PCI Express cards as well as adapters to Thunderbolt, providing all the fastest interfacing technologies available for maximum channel count and lowest latency in one unit.

To bring together the most complete I/O set for live or studio usage, two digitally controlled high end mic/line preamps, two balanced line outputs and one stereo phones output are included. Full stand-alone operation with remote control over MADI plus TotalMix FX for unlimited mixing, routing and processing open an endless world of possible applications.

For the most convenient desktop operation RME's Advanced Remote Control can be connected (option).

The RME MADIface XT is capable of transferring digital audio data directly into a computer, from any device equipped with a MADI interface. Analog sources can be connected to a stereo analog input, and 2 stereo analog outputs add full monitoring connectivity. Installation is simple, even for the inexperienced user, thanks to the latest Plug and Play technology. The numerous unique features and well thought-out configuration dialogs put the RME MADIface XT at the very top of the range of digital audio interfaces.

Front Panel

The front of the MADIface XT has 2 XLR/TRS line and microphone inputs, a stereo line/headphone output, two rotary encoders with push functionality, four menu keys, a graphical colour display, and six status LEDs.

Mic/Line Inputs: The Neutrik combo sockets of the two Mic/Line inputs provide XLR and 6.3 mm / 1/4" TRS connection. They have LEDs for Signal (SIG), Overload (Clip) and phantom power (48V).

Headphone Output: Channels 3/4 feed the headphone output, which also operates as high-quality unbalanced line output.

Display: The display main screen (Global Level Meters) shows the current state of interface mode (PCIe orange, USB 2 yellow, USB 3 blue), the sync state of MADI and AES inputs, and incoming and outgoing MIDI data.

The four keys, the two encoders 1 and 2, the high-resolution and clear colour display, and a well thought-out menu structure enable the user to quickly change and configure the device"?s settings completely without a computer. Help notes and clear markers in the display guide the user through all functions. The rotary encoder 1 and 2 set the monitoring volume of the rear and front output directly at the device.

Rear Panel

The rear panel of the MADIface XT has two balanced analog outputs, word clock I/O, MADI coaxial I/O, two MADI optical I/O, USB 3 port (compatible to USB 2), PCI Express connector, MIDI/AES I/O, the power socket and a power switch.

Balanced Line Level Outputs: 2 balanced analog outputs via XLR.

Word Clock I/O. BNC: In menu Options "" Clock the input can be set to be terminated with 75 Ohms.

MADI I/O coaxial: Standard coaxial MADI ports.

MADI I/O optical: 2 x standard optical MADI ports.

Remote: Mini-DIN. Connector for the optional remote controls with Volume, Store, Dim and Recall functions.

MIDI I/O and AES/EBU I/O: D-sub connector for the included breakout cable with XLR for AES I/O and 5-pin DIN for MIDI I/O.

USB 3.0: USB socket for connection to the computer. USB bus power is not supported. Compatible to USB 2.0.

PCI Express: External PCI Express connector for Molex E-PCIe standard cables.

POWER (switch): Turns the MADIface XT on and off.

Socket for power connection: The locking type jack fits the locking type DC connector on the included power supply. After inserting the connector carefully turn it so that it locks.

The included hi-performance switch mode power supply operates in the range of 100V to 240V AC. It is short-circuit-proof, has an integrated line-filter, is fully regulated against voltage fluctuations, and suppresses mains interference.

TotalMix FX

The RME MADIface XT includes a powerful digital real-time mixer, the Hammerfall DSP mixer, based on RMEs unique, sample-rate independent TotalMix technology. It allows for practically unlimited mixing and routing operations, with all inputs and playback channels simultaneously, to any hardware outputs.

Typical Applications for TotalMix

  • Setting up delay-free submixes (headphone mixes). The RME MADIface XT allows for up to 99 (!) fully independent stereo submixes. On an analog mixing desk, this would equal 198 (!) Aux sends.
  • Unlimited routing of inputs and outputs (free utilisation, patchbay functionality).
  • Distributing signals to several outputs at a time. TotalMix offers state-of-the-art splitter and distributor functions.
  • Simultaneous playback of different programs using only one stereo output. The ASIO multiclient driver handles several programs at the same time, even identical playback channels. TotalMix provides the means to mix and monitor these on a single stereo output, even when originating on different playback channels.
  • Mixing of the input signal to the playback signal (complete ASIO Direct Monitoring). RME not only is the pioneer of ADM, but also offers the most complete implementation of the ADM functions.
  • Integration of external devices. Use TotalMix to insert external effects devices, be it in the playback or in the record path. Depending on the current application, the functionality equals insert or effects send and effects return, for example as used during real-time monitoring when adding some reverb to the vocals.
  • Every single input channel, playback channel and hardware output features a Peak and RMS level meter, calculated in hardware (hardware output is Peak only). These level displays are very useful to determine the presence and routing destinations of the audio signals.

RME MADIface XT USB 3.0 Audio Interface Connectivity

  • 196 Input / 198 Output channels
  • 2 x MADI I/O optical
  • 1 x MADI I/O coaxial
  • 2 x Analog Mic/Line Preamp Input (XLR/TRS)
  • 4 x Analog Output (Main XLR + Phones)
  • 1 x AES/EBU I/O via breakout cable
  • 1 x MIDI I/O via breakout cable
  • 3 x Virtual MIDI I/O via MADI I/O

RME MADIface XT USB 3.0 Audio Interface Features

  • All settings can be changed in real-time
  • 8 Available buffer sizes/latencies: 0.7 / 1.5 / 3 / 6 / 12 / 23 / 46 / 93 ms
  • 100/102 Channels 96 kHz/24 bit record/playback
  • 52/54 Channels 192 kHz/24 bit record/playback
  • Automatic and intelligent master/slave clock control
  • Word clock input and output
  • DDS technology for free setting of the sample rate (E-PCIe)
  • TotalMix for latency-free submixes and perfect ASIO Direct Monitoring
  • SyncAlign guarantees sample aligned and never swapping channels
  • SyncCheck tests and reports the sync hronization status of input signals
  • 1 x MIDI I/O, 16 channels high-speed MIDI
  • DIGICheck DSP: Level meter in hardware, peak- and RMS calculation
  • TotalMix: 4096 channel mixer with 46 bit internal resolution
  • TotalMix FX: 3-band EQ, Low Cut, Reverb, Echo, Compressor, Expander, Auto Level
  • SteadyClock: Jitter-immune, super-stable digital clock
  • Quick Boot technology for immediate loading of the hardware settings
  • Full stand-alone operation including MIDI remote

RME MADIface XT USB 3.0 Audio Interface Specifications

  • Analog:
    • AD, Microphone/Line 1-2:
      • Input: XLR, electronically balanced
      • Input Impedance: 2 kOhm
      • Resolution: 24 bit
      • Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR): 108 dB RMS unweighted, 111 dBA
      • Frequency Response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.5 dB: 12 Hz 20.9 kHz
      • Frequency Response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: 12 Hz 45.3 kHz
      • Frequency Response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: 8 Hz - 90 kHz
      • THD: < -100 dB, < 0.001 %
      • THD+N: < -98 dB, < 0.0012 %
      • Channel Separation: > 110 dB
      • Gain Range: 0 dB, +9 up to +60 dB
      • Maximum Input Level XLR, Gain 0 dB: +12 dBu
      • Maximum Input Level XLR, Gain 60 dB: -48 dBu
      • CLIP LED: 0 dBFS
      • SIG LED: -52 dBFS
    • AD, TRS As Microphone/Line 1-2, but:
      • Input: 6.3 mm TRS jack, unbalanced
      • Input Impedance: 5 kOhm
      • Maximum Input Level TRS, Gain 0 dB: +24 dBu
      • Maximum Input Level TRS, Gain 60 dB: -36 dBu
    • DA, Line Out 1-2:
      • Resolution: 24 bit
      • Dynamic Range (DR): 112 dB, 115 dBA @ 44.1 kHz (unmuted)
      • Frequency Response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.5 dB: 10 Hz - 22 kHz
      • Frequency Response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: 10 Hz 45 kHz
      • Frequency Response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: 5 Hz - 80 kHz
      • THD: - 104 dB, 0.00063 %
      • THD+N: -100 dB, 0.001 %
      • Channel Separation: > 110 dB
      • Output: XLR balanced
      • Output Impedance: 150 Ohm
      • Output Level Balanced at 0 dBFS: +15 dBu
      • Output Level Unbalanced at 0 dBFS: +9 dBu
    • DA, Phones 3/4 As DA Line Out, but:
      • Output: 6.3 mm TRS jack, unbalanced
      • Output Impedance: 30 Ohm
      • Output Level at 0 dBFS: +7 dBu
  • Digital Inputs:
    • MADI:
      • Coaxial via BNC, 75 Ohm, according to AES10-1991
      • High-Sensitivity Input Stage (< 0.2 Vpp)
      • Optical via FDDI duplex SC connector
      • 62.5/125 and 50/125 compatible
      • Accepts 56 channel and 64 channel mode, plus 96k Frame
      • Standard up to 64 channels 24 bit 48 kHz
      • S/MUX up to 32 channels 24 bit 96 kHz
      • S/MUX4 up to 16 channels 24 bit 192 kHz
      • Lock range 25 kHz 54 kHz
      • Jitter when synced to input signal is < 1 ns
    • AES/EBU:
      • 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 is 27 kHz 200 kHz
      • Jitter when synced to input signal is < 1 ns
      • Jitter suppression is > 30 dB (2.4 kHz)
    • Word Clock:
      • BNC, not terminated (10 kOhm)
      • Switchable internal termination 75 Ohm
      • Automatic Double/Quad Speed detection and conversion to Single Speed
      • SteadyClock guarantees super low jitter synchronization even in varispeed operation
      • Not effected by DC-offsets within the network
      • Signal Adaptation Circuit signal refresh through auto-center and hysteresis
      • Overvoltage protection
      • Level range is 1.0 Vss 5.6 Vpp
      • Lock range is 28 kHz 200 kHz
      • Jitter when synced to input signal is < 1 ns
      • Jitter suppression is > 30 dB (2.4 kHz)
  • Digital Outputs:
    • MADI:
      • Coaxial via BNC: 75 Ohm, according to AES10-1991
      • Output Voltage: 600 mVpp
      • Cable Length: up to 100 m
      • Optical: via FDDI duplex SC connector
      • Compatibility: 62.5/125 and 50/125 compatible
      • Cable Length: up to 2000 m
      • Generates: 56 channel and 64 channel mode, plus 96k Frame
      • Standard: up to 64 channels 24 bit 48 kHz
      • S/MUX / 96k Frame: up to 32 channels 24 bit 96 kHz
      • S/MUX4: Up to 16 channels 24 bit 192 kHz
    • AES/EBU:
      • Type: XLR, transformer-balanced, galvanically isolated, according to AES3-1992
      • Output Level: Professional 4.5 Vpp, Consumer 2.6 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
    • Word Clock:
      • BNC:
      • Max. Output Voltage: 5 Vpp
      • Output Voltage @ 75 Ohm Termination: 4.0 Vpp
      • Output Impedance: 10 Ohm
      • Frequency Range: 28 kHz 200 kHz
  • Digital:
    • Clocks: Internal, MADI In, Word Clock In, AES In
    • Low Jitter Design: < 1 ns in PLL mode, all inputs
    • Internal Clock: 800 ps jitter, random spread spectrum
    • Jitter Suppression of External Clocks: About 30 dB (2.4 kHz)
    • Effective Clock Jitter Influence on DA Conversion: Near zero
    • Word Clock From the MADI Input Signal: Nearly jitter-free word clock
    • Input PLL: Ensures zero dropout, even at more than 100 ns jitter
    • Supported Sample Rates: 28 kHz up to 200 kHz
    • Compliant: With PCI Express Base Specification v1.1
    • 1-Lane: PCI Express Endpoint device
    • Line Speed: 2.5 Gbps line speed
    • Communication: Packet-based full-duplex communication (up to 500 MB/s transfer rate)
  • MIDI:
    • 1 x MIDI I/O via breakout cable
    • 3 x MIDI I/O via MADI
    • PCIe bus based hi-speed operation
    • Separate 128 byte FIFO for input and output
    • MIDI state machine in hardware for reduced interrupt request load
    • Invisible transmission via User bit of channel 56 (up to 48 kHz)
    • Invisible transmission via User bit of channel 28 (up to 96 kHz)
  • General:
    • Power Supply: external power supply
    • Typical Power Consumption: 10 Watts
    • Current at 12 Volt Operating Voltage, Idle: 720 mA (8.6 Watts)
    • Dimensions incl. Rack Ears, Full Depth (W x H x D): 265 x 44 x 159 mm (10.5" x 1.73" x 6.26")
    • Dimensions Without Rack Ears, Body Depth (W x H x D): 215 x 44 x 130 mm (8.5" x 1.73" x 5.1")
    • Weight: 1.0 kg ( 2.2 lbs)
    • Temperature Range: +5 up to +50 Celsius (41 F up to 122F)
    • Relative Humidity: < 75%, non condensing
  • System Requirements:
    • Windows OS: Vista or up
    • Mac OS: X Intel (10.6 or up)
    • CPU: At least Pentium Core 2 Duo
    • Ports: External PCI Express port, or USB 3 port, or USB 2.0 port

RME MADIface XT USB 3.0 Audio Interface Includes

  • RME MADIface XT USB 3.0 Audio Interface
  • AES/MIDI Breakout Cable
  • Cable USB 3, 1.8 m (6 ft)
  • External Power Supply With DC Locking Type Connector
  • RME Driver CD
  • User Manual

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Compact and powerful July 23, 2014
Reviewer: David Bowles from Berkeley, CA United States  
The RME MADIfaceXT is on the "computer end" of my recording chain: I am now able to monitor with headphones and speakers independently, and use the unit in standalone mode via saved presets. I've also used the analogue inputs to record in stereo. Highly recommended.

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