Winter NAMM 2017 is off to a fast pace of new product announcements, and to big smiles. Bringing in more great news, RME has announce new variants of two familiar (and loved) products.
First comes the Digiface USB. RME states this new iteration of the Digiface, "is an extremely compact & portable digital audio interface with 4 optical ADAT / SPDIF I/Os, and an analog high-quality line/phones output via 6.3 mm TRS jack. Continuing the legacy of RME‘s famous HDSP Digiface, a triple ADAT I/O interface with phones and PCI interface, Digiface USB simplifies connection with USB 2, does not need an external power supply, and even adds another optical I/O, resulting in 32 channels input and output each when using ADAT optical." With SMUX and SMUX4, sample rates at 192 kHz either 8 channels via 4 x SPDIF or ADAT are possible on both inputs and outputs. Clearly a small yet powerful device.
Secondly comes the Fireface UFX II Audio Interface. "This unique Audio Interface is the premier solution to transfer analog and digital audio data directly to a computer from practically any source. With exceptional flexibility and compatibility, the inclusion of DURec (Direct USB Recording), and RME’s famous low latency hardware and driver designs, the Fireface UFX II delivers a rich feature set that will appeal to users in both high end home studios and commercial audio production facilities. The Fireface UFX II also includes DURec (Direct USB Recording), which is available on the front of the interface. It now offers second generation hardware with improved USB functionality and compatibility - providing greater reliability, even with slower or multi-partitioned USB thumb drives."
As an RME users myself (my studio is based around their MADIFx PCI-E card), I can say with first hand experience - that RME always provides: power, flexibility, quality, expandability, and everything included on their devices makes sense. The return of the Digiface, and the upgrade of the UFX to the UFX II, keeps in line with that respected model. These are quite the exciting announcements from RME, and continued the instilled confidence in their great products.