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RME fireface 800

Let me here everyones opinion on the fireface. One question i have is, do they have fans that are loud?


Scoobie Sat, 12/23/2006 - 20:38
There are no fan's on the fireface. It is silent but it gets alittle hot when on for a long time. But mine has worked flawless every since I have had it.

I have use RME products for awhile , never had any problems. I own the fireface and a multiface and two ADI-8 converters. They work and work well. The four mic pre's on the fireface are very good too.

TotalMix is a great software mixer that the RME use's. The perfect tool for headphone mixes. It makes it very eazy.


Pro Audio Guest Sun, 12/24/2006 - 05:26
I have to second that. Fireface is awesome. Its the only all in one (pre's converters sound card) that is on a pro level. Driver operation is extremely reliable. Sound quality is excellent. If your wanting a firewire interface this is the only choice in my opinion. If you do a search on this site you'll find alot of other recommendations. Matter of fact I can't recall ever seeing a bad review on the fireface ever. That says alot to me.

Scoobie Sun, 12/24/2006 - 16:06
For software Cubase would be find, it's kind'a what you like to use. These day's there is alot of very good software to choose from. It's a preference thing.

I use Samplitude and Sonar. Both work very well for what there designed to do.

I never mix with headphones. I guess you got the wrong idea about TotalMix. It's a software mixer that works with the Fireface. You can set-up as many headphones mixes as you have outputs. I'm not very good at describing how to do somthing. Do what I did and read the manual. learn all about TotalMix. That was a big reason why I went with RME interface's.


cfaalm Tue, 12/26/2006 - 17:12
pow420 wrote: Thanks since im recording in my parents house and will probably mix and master everything at night time would it be a good idea to get both good monitors and good headphones?

I just learned from my headphone question (what to buy?) that you don't mix with a headphones on and primarily use it for checking sounds if there's anything going on that your monitors won't reveal. So it is a point of reference.

So, I guess you will be mixing on a couple of nearfields and check it with your headphone and later enjoy the result on both. Your parents will be safe, because mixing is not done on high volume anyway.

I don't use a Fireface but I never heard anyone complaining about one either. If you want the FF800 make sure your have a FW800/1394b port to make the most of it.

rmeulen Fri, 12/29/2006 - 02:32
a quick look at the specs tell me there's only 8 (bal) LINELEVEL inputs (on the back) and just FOUR MIC inputs (on the front).

Presonus firepod has 8 bal mic inputs on FRONT
Focusrite saffire pro 26 has 8 mic inputs on the BACK which I prefer above all. (I only wonder if the saffire can be mounted in a 19" rack, there's no mounting brackets visibel on the specs. But I sure it there's a solution)

So I'd sure check out the presonus or focusrite. Altho RME has a good rep, I just don't like the inputs.

2 cents

Pro Audio Guest Sat, 12/30/2006 - 09:31
actually the fireface has 8 balanced inputs on the rear, while one can use the mic pres at the same time, spidif, and 2x ADAT lightpipe, so one could record 29 inputs at once. Personally, I have recorded 20 at once using the dual adat inputs plus 4 inputs on the rear with no pops or latency problems. :lol: The converters on the fireface sound great!!!!! The presonus and focusrite units are nice, but they dont sound nearly has warm and detailed. I have a buddy who has the presonus and I use the focusrite where I teach. No comparison in sound quality and the total mix program is truely unbelievable.

Scoobie Sat, 12/30/2006 - 17:24
You can record up to 28 tracks simultaneously with the Fireface . I record live sets, 24 channel (tracks)and have used as many as 26 before. You do have to use adat optical's I/O's , their is two.

Very fine firewire interface, JMHO the best in it's price range. Some people say bang-for-buck stuff!


Scoobie Mon, 01/01/2007 - 18:11
I have and it will record at 96k...........

But I don't have the need to record at that sampling rate. I do mostly live recording and that would eat up alot of hard-drive space.

FWIW, I didn't hear any difference . I'm sure it has alot to do with the room I was recording in.

If I was going to record at 96k, I would spend more money on my converters than the Fireface,JMHO. I have help mix some recording done at 24/96 that was truly awsome. But they were recorded with some top notch converters in a world class room.