RME Babyface Pro FS USB Audio Interface
The RME Babyface Pro FS USB Audio Interface is a 24-channel USB audio interface. The Babyface Pro FS is a high-performance successor to the RME Babyface Pro with improvements across the board.
Four years ago the Babyface Pro again demonstrated RME’s 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 portable interface incorporated newly designed analog and digital circuits. Its innovative energy saving technologies provided supreme fidelity with no compromises in level, noise or distortion.
Whats new with the RME Babyface Pro FS
- +19 / +4 dBu switch on the bottom adds a direct way to reduce the output level, thus improves SNR for sensitive active monitors, avoids distortion / overload, and helps to keep TotalMix FX faders near 0 dB instead of high attenuations.
- Full SteadyClock FS circuit as in the ADI-2 Pro FS for lowest jitter and highest jitter immunity.
- 3.5 mm TRS phones output power rises from 70 mW to 90 mW. THD of both phones outputs improved by up to 10 dB. Uses same output op-amps as ADI-2 Pro now. Output impedance of 3.5 mm TRS lowered from 2 Ohms to 0.1 Ohms.
- Mic inputs SNR improved from 112.2 dB to 113.7 dB, TRS Line inputs SNR improved from 114 dB to 116.3 dB (120 dBA). THD Line inputs improved by 8 dB.
- 6 samples less latency on the AD side by new ADC (5 samples AD, 7 samples DA. It won't get quicker...).
- All the above improvements were achieved without raising the units power consumption.
- K-slot for theft protection.
ADI-2 Series Headphone Power
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. The 3.5 mm TRS phones output power rises to 90 mW. THD of both phones outputs improved by up to 10 dB. and uses same output op-amps as ADI-2 Pro now. Finally the output impedance of 3.5 mm TRS was lowered from 2 Ohms to 0.1 Ohms.
Full range capture - Improved Mic & Line Inputs
For the main I/O RME have designed a XLR socket, which integrates seamlessly into the housing and saves space. Two digitally controlled preamps provide individually switchable 48V phantom power. These circuits feature a gain range of 76 dB, adjustable in steps of 1 dB, including 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.
More Pro level Performance with SteadyClock FS
In digital audio, the clock frequency is an essential factor, as it creates the correlation between the audio bits and the time reference. Unfortunately, the clock frequency is not always as stable as desired. The Babyface Pro FS offers the full SteadyClock FS circuit as in the ADI-2 Pro FS for lowest jitter and highest jitter immunity. Excellent performance in all clock modes and High Quality Analog Conversion to hear your mix as it is. Digital format conversion in RME products are done without any loss or degredation,and SteadyClock FS ensures your sonic image will never experience degredation. This helps to optimize recordings and mixes because the soundstage has more depth and clarity.
Mixing & Routing with TotalMix FX & TotalMix Remote
Like all the latest RME interfaces, the Babyface Pro FS also includes the powerful digital real-time mixer TotalMix FX. It allows fully independent routing and mixing of input and playback channels to all physical outputs. Independent stereo submixes plus a comprehensive Control Room section offer unrivalled monitoring capabilities and unsurpassed routing flexibility. Babyface Pro FS 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 any situation. For example mixing your guitar and vocals to headphones has never been easier. The FPGA-based DSP mixer adds a flexible, 3-band parametric equalizer to all inputs and outputs. Reverb and delay FX are also available. Additionally RME’s latest software, TotalMix Remote, enhances the power of the Babyface Pro FS by enabling remote control via iOS, PC or Mac. With a straightforward set up process — simply enter the IP address of the computer you would like to control with TotalMix Remote and get going — users can quickly adjust any aspect of TotalMix FX on a host system while walking around the studio with their tablet, or from a control room located elsewhere in the facility.
RME USB - Transport audio with lowest latency and industry leading stability
As part of RME’s product philosophy, we always further develop and optimize our core technology. RME have paved the way for multichannel audio and were the first to deliver professional performance over USB 2.0. We place a high level ofattention on the development of reliable, stable, and regularly updated drivers for our products and an unwavering focus on audio quality. This guarantees your Babyface Pro FS will be never outdated and always updated. And because RME Audio develops its own interface core, it’s not dependent on 3rd parties for upgrades, modifications or bug fixes, so customers can use latest operating systems without interruption or delay.
RME Babyface Pro FS USB Audio Interface Features
- 4 x Analog I/O
- 2 x Phones Output
- 1 x ADAT I/O
- 1 x MIDI I/O
- RME USB 2.0
- TotalMix FX
- Class Compliant Mode
- 2 x Line/Instrument Input
- SteadyClock FS
- +19 / +4 dBu Switch
RME Babyface Pro FS USB Audio Interface Includes
- Babyface Pro FS USB Audio Interface
- USB Cable
- Software Bundle
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The size of the RME Babyface Pro FS is perfect. It also has some heft to it which makes it feel high quality. Every time I take it out of the included case, I think how much I love this thing. The fact that it runs off buss power makes it perfect for quick audio editing while on the go. I use it 70% of the time using it as a high quality DAC and headphone amp but it's nice having the inputs to record when needed. The headphone output sounds as good as anything I've tried. Often interfaces have weak headphone jacks but this is not the case for the babyface. I think the headphone output is the best feature of the device. Plug it in to my laptop and the totalmix software window automatically pops up. You can control the mic gain, phantom power and the onboard DSP effects all from that window. Pretty awesome unit.
Absolutely best bang for buck audio interface under $1,000 budget. Preamp is particularly amazing.
This audio interface is incredible. The drivers are unparalleled and the latency is the best in class. Audio quality is superb as well. You can never go wrong with RME
Recommended for use
Solid chassis, virtually noise-free inputs that are capable of driving an SM7b on their own (and likely many ribbons!), extremely stable drivers and excellent integration with their provided control software. Looks great, feels great to use, and is stable as reinforced concrete. Can't ask for anything more for the price. Verdict - highly recommend!
I use an i7 4770k Win10 desktop. I’m getting 2ms of RTL on the BabyFace Pro in 44.1khz sessions. This is awesome. No crackles or pops. Not only does it work great, it sounds amazing too.
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.
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.
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.