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RME Fireface 802

The Fireface 802 renews RME's reputation built on the legendary Fireface 800. 60 channels of audio, high-end microphone preamps, reference class converters and more.

Ultra-low latency operation with USB or FireWire, combined with the legendary RME driver stability and maintenance. Active jitter suppression, individually switchable reference levels for all inputs and outputs, full stand-alone functionality, RME's unique DIGICheck metering and analysis toolbox, and identical operation on Windows PC and Mac.

TotalMix FX, RME's digital high-end mixer and signal router, driven by two powerful DSPs, with integrated EQ, Dynamics and Reverb/Echo effects at up to 192 kHz, plus a built-in monitoring controller.

The full-blown feature set also includes optional Class Compliant mode and operation with TotalMix FX for iPad, RME's app to fully control the 802 from the iPad, without any computer. The easy to use app includes metering for all 90 channels plus effects bus, different setup screens, and complete control of all features.

The Fireface 802 is a highly integrated pro audio solution, a full-blown studio, all within a 19" enclosure. An interface designed for users who don't want to make compromises in sound, stability and ultra-low latency operation, and who long for an unrivaled professional feature set. Once again a milestone interface from RME, including the best of the best and even a bit more.

Analog I/O
The Fireface 802 has 12 analog I/Os.

12 Inputs . 8 balanced TRS on the back and 4 XLR inputs with Mic/Instrument preamps on the front.

12 Outputs . On the rear: 8 balanced TRS. On the front: Two hi-power TRS stereo phones outputs provide high volumes even with hi-impedance headphones (playback channels 9/10 and 11/12).

Sound Quality . Like other RME products before the Fireface 802 combines excellent analog circuit design with latest digital conversion technology. All balanced TRS & XLR I/Os as well as the two phones outputs offer outstanding low noise and distortion values. In best RME tradition and product philosophy converters and preamps don't produce "sound", they do not add or remove anything from the source signal, just capture it as it is.

Equipped with the latest low latency A/D and D/A converter chips, all I/Os operate at up to 192 kHz and reach 118 dBA dynamic range on playback - even both headphone outputs. Their high power technology delivers high volume no matter if high or low impedance phones are used.

Due to its efficient jitter reduction, RME's superior SteadyClock guarantees state-of-the-art AD/DA conversion, even when clocking to an external clock source.

Every input and output is individually switchable to these common professional studio levels: -10 dBV, +4 dBu, HiGain (equivalent to +2 dBV, +13 dBu and +19 dBu for digital full scale).

All outputs can be used for ASIO Direct Monitoring (ADM) purposes.
Preamps . for Microphones and Instruments with Low Latency Conversion. The 802 has four high-transparency preamps, also with low latency converters.

Microphone and instrument preamps of the 802 use the classic technology of the OctaMic II, a high-end preamp for supreme sonic demands and critical applications, like the professional recording of classical concerts. The symmetrical preamp design impresses with extremely low distortion, excellent signal to noise ratio and a perfect linear frequency response. A premium solution for transmitting and amplifying any audio input truly unchanged, be it high-level stage or typical studio signals, lower level and high-impedance instruments, or dynamic, condenser and ribbon microphones.

The pot-controlled gain of up to 60 dB, adjustable over a range of 54 dB, is individually set for every preamp on the front of the 802.

The four inputs on the front use balanced XLR/TS combo sockets and operate alternatively as Hi-Z inputs. Directly plug in up to four guitars or other instruments - no other hardware required.

Each channel can be individually switched to 48V phantom power or instrument mode. LEDs for signal, clip, TS operation and activated phantom power provide overview on the unit's status.

The Fireface 802 follows RME's tradition of providing flexible and expandable audio systems. Adding additional preamplifiers or more analog inputs is easily done via the dual ADAT optical I/Os on the rear.

Digital I/O
AES/EBU: The Fireface 802 has one professional AES/EBU I/O operating at up to 192 kHz.

ADAT: Two 8-channel ADAT I/Os allow for a connection of two additional AD/DA converters or the insertion of effects devices and mixing consoles. Both I/Os support sample rates at up to 192 kHz (S/MUX4). Like AES/EBU, these 16 ADAT channels are available simultaneously with the analog channels. Using two external converters like the ADI-8 QS, the 802 will provide 28 analog inputs and outputs, 20 with a sample rate of 96 kHz, and still 16 at 192 kHz.

SPDIF: The second ADAT I/O can be used as optical SPDIF I/O, making the Fireface 802 connections even more flexible.

Word Clock & MIDI: A word clock input and output (BNC) with switchable termination and a MIDI I/O complete the list of connections, turning the Fireface 802 into a professional audio system with universal usability.
  • 30 Input / 30 Output channels
  • 12 x Analog I/O
  • 4 x Mic/Instrument Preamp
  • 1 x AES/EBU I/O
  • 2 x ADAT I/O (or 1 x ADAT I/O plus 1 x SPDIF I/O optical)
  • 1 x Word Clock I/O
  • 1 x MIDI I/O
  • FireWire or USB operation
  • TotalMix FX
  • optional: Advanced Remote Control
  • Specifications
    AD, Line In 1-8, rear
    Resolution AD: 24 bit
    Signal to Noise ratio (SNR): 113 dB RMS unweighted, 116 dBA
    Frequency response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.1 dB: 5 Hz - 20.8 kHz
    Frequency response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: 5 Hz - 45.8 kHz
    Frequency response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: 5 Hz - 92 kHz
    THD: < -110 dB, < 0.00032 %
    THD+N: < -104 dB, < 0.00063 %
    Channel separation: > 110 dB
    Input: 6.3 mm TRS jack, electronically balanced
    Input sensitivity: 8 kOhm unbalanced, 12 kOhm balanced
    Input sensitivity switchable to Lo Gain, +4 dBu, -10 dBV
    Input level for 0 dBFS @ Lo Gain: +19 dBu
    Input level for 0 dBFS @ +4 dBu: +13 dBu

    Microphone In 9-12, front
    As AD, but:
    Input: XLR, electronically balanced
    Input impedance: 3.4 kOhm
    Signal to Noise ratio (SNR): 112 dB RMS unweighted, 116 dBA
    Gain range: 54 dB
    Maximum input level, Gain +6 dB: +10 dBu

    Instrument In 9-12, front
    As AD, but:
    Input: 6.3 mm TS jack, unbalanced
    Input impedance: 800 kOhm
    Signal to Noise ratio (SNR): 112 dB RMS unweighted, 115 dBA
    Maximum input level, Gain +6 dB: +21 dBu

    DA, Line Out 1-8, rear
    Dynamic range (DR): 115 dB RMS unweighted, 118 dBA
    Frequency response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.5 dB: 5 Hz - 20.8 kHz
    Frequency response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: 5 Hz - 45 kHz
    Frequency response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: 5 Hz - 89 kHz
    THD: -110 dB, < 0.00032 %
    THD+N: -104 dB, < 0.00063 %
    Channel separation: > 110 dB
    Output: 6.3 mm TRS jack, servo-balanced
    Output impedance: 75 Ohm
    Output level switchable Hi Gain, +4 dBu, -10 dBV
    Output level at 0 dBFS @ Hi Gain: +19 dBu
    Output level at 0 dBFS @ +4 dBu: +13 dBu
    Output level at 0 dBFS @ -10 dBV: +2 dBV

    DA - Stereo Monitor Output Phones (9-12)
    As DA, but:
    Output: 6.3 mm TRS stereo jack, unbalanced
    Maximum output level at 0 dBFS, High: +16.8 dBu
    Maximum output level at 0 dBFS, Low: +2 dBV
    Output impedance: 30 Ohm

    2 x XLR, transformer-balanced, galvanically isolated, according to AES3-1992

    ADAT Optical
    2 x TOSLINK I/O, format according to Alesis specification
    Standard: 2 x 8 channels 24 bit, up to 48 kHz
    Double Speed (S/MUX): 2 x 4 channels 24 bit 96 kHz
    Quad Speed (S/MUX4): 2 x 2 channels 24 bit 192 kHz
    Quad Speed Windows USB: 1 x 2 channels 24 bit 192 kHz

    SPDIF optical (via ADAT2)
    1 x optical, according to IEC 60958

    Word Clock
    BNC, switchable termination
    Jean-François Robitaille
    Gatineau, Qc
    October 7, 2016
    Superbe interace
    J'ai reçu ma 802, il y a un mois. Superbe machine. La qualité sonore dépasse mes attentes. Les préamps sont une bonne amélioration comparés à ceux de la 800. Beaucoup d'entrées et de sorties avec un "routing" très flexible. On peut faire de VRAIS albums avec ça. Le monitoring 0 latency avec Totalmix FX sonne super bien et même avec des sessions de fou loader sur mon DAW, je n'ai jamais de délai dans l'écoute quand j'enregistre. Le seul point faible de mon achat est que RME ont discontinué la remote de l'appareil avant que le nouveau modèle USB soit en vente. Ça rend l'utilisation du talkback, le switching et le control des moniteurs un peu désagréable. J'attend le nouveau remote avec impatience. Sinon, la 802 est une interface vraiment solide...
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