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RME Fireface 800 Professional Firewire 800 Audio Interface

SKU: FIREFACE800 MPN: Fireface 800

The RME Fireface 800 combines 4 premium mic preamps with world-class A/D converters for a portable audio interface that sounds great right out of the box. The FF800 has plenty of I/O flexibility to meet the demands of serious recording studios at a price point that is non-prohibitive to hobbyists. Sends up to 26 tracks of digital audio to your Mac or PC over FireWire 400/800 at sample rates up to 192 kHz.
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The Fireface 800 remains RME Audio’s flagship digital recording interface to date. This unit has 4 phantom-powered, natural-sounding premium mic preamps and world-class ADI-8 digital converters to provide a great recorded sound right out of the box. The Fireface 800 also has a host of additional in/out options to handle the sophisticated recording, mixing, and mastering demands of pro sound engineers.

Origin Story

First released in 2004, the current-gen RME Fireface 800 manages to squeeze even more discrete components and novel features into the same 1U rack chassis. The result is a quality recording interface that can stand up to the rigors of the road in your live recording rack while streaming up to 26 simultaneous tracks of 192 kHz digital audio (48 kHz concurrent) to your FireWire 800-equipped PC or Mac.

Recording I/O

The Fireface 800 provides up to 26 ins (8 analog, 18 digital) and 26 outs to accommodate complex recording sessions with large orchestras and ensembles. The onboard SteadyClock low-jitter word clock makes the FF800 a great master for the rest of your pro rig; SyncCheck and SyncAlign features ensure that all tracks are sample accurate as they arrive in your DAW, so you can feel confident that what you hear coming out of your monitor headphones is what makes it to tape.

Photo of the rear of the RME Fireface 800.

TotalMiX

RME’s included TotalMix software allows users to control mixer settings from the computer for fast leveling on the fly, and also, to save these settings for future use. Assign up to 14 stereo submixes without touching a single knob on the Fireface 800’s front panel.

Studio Quality on the Go

For mobile recording convenience, the FF800 has four (4) onboard microphone preamps for recording a full drum kit, a small ensemble, or stereo field material without packing your whole rig. Two of these inputs can also be used with electric guitar or bass for line recording without a direct box; integrated soft limiters keep your signal from clipping on the way in. See bullets for more details.

Overview of the RME Fireface 800 Mobile FireWire Audio Interface:

Image of the RME Fireface800 shown from an angle.
  • Quality compact recording interface from RME Pro Audio
  • Made for the studio, great for the road
  • Newest generation Fireface 800 sounds better than ever
  • Sends 26 channels of digital audio over FireWire 400/800
  • Compatible with PC and Mac
  • Includes 4 premium microphone preamps for portable audiophile recording
  • World-class A/D/A converters
  • SteadyClock low-jitter word clock
  • SyncAlign & SyncCheck provide sample-accurate track alignment
  • 26 ins / 26 outs
  • 2 Instrument inputs for guitar, bass, or keyboard
  • S/PDIF in/out + ADAT in/out
  • MIDI compatible
  • Low-latency monitoring
  • Rugged metal chassis
  • 1U rack size (19")
  • TotalMix software included for routing flexibility in the box