RME Babyface Pro USB Audio Interface

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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 RME Babyface Pro USB Audio Interface is 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.

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

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 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.

The RME 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 RME 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 the RME 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

The RME 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 the RME 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.

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.

Combining a huge feature set with sonic excellence and intuitive control, whether for the studio or on the move, the RME Babyface Pro is the most comprehensive and versatile compact audio interface ever built.

Professional Features

Straight to the core without interference: the reference design of the RME 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 RME 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 RME 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.

TotalMix FX

The next generation of TotalMix delivers hardware mixing/routing with lots of new features and a highly improved usability. For a seamless integration of the new features TotalMix has been rewritten from the ground up. The DSP mixer now not only matches features of high-end digital consoles but even adds effects like a 3-band parametric EQ plus Low Cut on all input and output channels. The RME 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. The DSP-based hardware calculates RMS and Peak levels for all channels without causing any CPU load.

RME Babyface Pro USB Audio Interface Features

  • Housing machined from a block of aluminium
  • 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 96 kHz/24 bit 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 sync hronization 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
  • One MIDI I/O, 16 channels high-speed MIDI
  • Two Digitally controlled microphone inputs in reference quality
  • Two Balanced line outputs, level +19 dBu
  • One Headphone output with separate driver stages for high and low impedance phones
  • DIGICheck DSP: Level meter in hardware, peak- and RMS calculation

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:
    • Input: Microphone/Line 1-2
    • Type: 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:
    • Output: DA Line Out
    • Type: 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:
      • TOSLINK: One
      • 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:
      • Optical: One, according to IEC 60958
      • Format: 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:
      • TOSLINK: One
      • 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:
      • Optical: One, 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 (W x H x D): 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 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
    • Windows XP SP2 or up
    • Intel Mac OS X (10.6 or up)
    • 1 USB 2.0 port or USB 3 port

RME Babyface Pro USB Audio Interface Includes

  • RME Babyface Pro USB Audio Interface
  • Cable USB 2.0 With Right Angle B Plug, Length 39” (1m)
  • MIDI Breakout Cable
  • Carrying Box
  • User 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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  • 5
    Best bang for buck

    Posted by Surin Song on Dec 9th 2019

    Absolutely best bang for buck audio interface under $1,000 budget. Preamp is particularly amazing.

  • 5
    Best audio interface

    Posted by Mm on Jun 28th 2019

    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

  • 5

    Posted by Rama Chandra Sekhar Naraparaju Venkata on May 24th 2018

    Recommended for use

  • 5
    Ironclad interface - what RME is known for!

    Posted by Ryan D on Nov 6th 2017

    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!

  • 5
    RME Drivers are the best

    Posted by LeVarr Boyle on Oct 23rd 2017

    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.

  • 5
    excellent interface

    Posted by SG on Dec 8th 2015

    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.

  • 5

    Posted by RMM on Nov 28th 2015

    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.

  • 4
    Great USB Interface!

    Posted by DJ on Sep 9th 2011

    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.