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From RME Fireface 800 to RME Fireface UFX

Hey gang !

I'm super exited to now own a brand new RME fireface UFX. Yes the one that is discontinued.
I found it at a fair price and since I was still running my Fireface 800 fine, I guessed the UFX would be a nice upgrade (with a the dsp and 2 extra input ports) Being discontinued doesn't worry me a bit because RME has been one of the best to make new drivers or firmwares when ever necessary, even for older units.

I've debated for a long time if I was going for another maker.. but I guess I wasn't ready to let go of Totalmix FX (the realtime mixer)

RME Fireface 800 vs. UA 4-710 converters

I did a test this morning.. I was wondering how different were the converters in my fireface 800 and my UA 4-710 (going to the RME with ADAT)

The setup : The 4-710 offers 4 preamps with line out and ADAT out.
I play strumming notes on a acoustic guitar, plugged in the Hi-Z input of the 4-710 and recorded both signals (line out and Adat).
I use Fabfilter Pro-Q matching EQ fonctions.

Alesis HD24XR, Fireface 800, track, mix, monitor

Looking to get some help regarding my setup. I currently have an HD24XR, the digital outs are connected to the digital ins of the RME and so are the Ins. Total Mix controls the RME. I want to be able to record onto the hd24. When its full. transfer the tracks to reaper and mix.
Issues I have.
The RME Fireface 800 has only 16 digital ins and outs but the HD24 has 24 digital ins and outs.
Right now I have 17 to 24 analog outs to the 8 analog ins of the RME to monitor.

FF800 & Stereo Headphone Sends

This is a problem I've been troublesooting for some time.
I'm trying to get sends that contain stereo mixes.
Sometimes the clients get one ear, which can be remedied by plugging any balanced cable in part-way. But it's not stereo.
There's been a host of other issues, most of which I've solved.

The mixes of the FF800/TotalMix are routed to Analog Outs 1+2, 3+4, 5+6, 7+8, and 9+10.
I use 1+2 for CR monitors, and the remaining pairs for headphone mixes.

My signal chain:
FF800 > Patchbay > snake returns > HP amp > Headphones

Audio Interface comparison MR816CSX vs. Fireface 800 vs. Sapphire Pro 40

Hi all
I about to replace my old Delta 66 with a more decent and professional device. As mentioned in the thread Steinberg MR816CSX, RME Fireface 800 and Focusrite Sapphire Pro 40 are on my list but I am having a hard time to decide which one would suit me better. Besides sound of course, integration into Cubase 6 is something to consider as well as latency. I alomost made a fundamental decision to go for firewire devices, as my PCIe slots are either used (UAD) or unavailable (hidden by a larger graphics card).