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Babyface returns

Babyface returns
Babyface Pro FS

Babyface returns

The new Babyface Pro FS adds a +19/+4dBu switch on the bottom of the device

Four years since RME Audio first released the Babyface Pro audio interface into the world, the German manufacturer has introduced the Babyface Pro FS, a 24-channel, 192kHz, bus-powered USB audio interface that offers several improvements over the original.

The new Babyface Pro FS adds a +19/+4dBu switch on the bottom of the device, providing a way for users to reduce the output level directly, therefore improving the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) for sensitive active monitor and avoiding distortion and overload. This helps in keeping TotalMix FX faders at almost 0dB.

A full SteadyClock FS circuit, as used in the ADI-2 Pro FS, is employed to ensure system immunity to lowest and highest jitter. Meanwhile, the 3.5mm TRS (tip, ring and sleeve) phones output sees power rise from 70mW to 90mW and the THD (total harmonic distortion) of both phones outputs has been improved by up to 10dB. This uses the same output op-amps as RME’s ADI-2 Pro and has an output impedance of 3.5mm TRS lowered from 2Ω to 0.1Ω.

The SNR of the mic inputs has also been improved from 112.2dB to 113.7dB, the TRS line inputs SNR from 114dB to 116.3dB (120dBA) and the THD line inputs by 8dB.

Latency is reportedly lowered by six samples on the AD side by the new ADC (analogue-to-digital converter), which offers five samples of AD and seven DA samples. RME also stated that all improvements were achieved without raising the power consumption of the unit and that a K-slot (Kensington Lock) is included for theft protection.


In other news, RME has updated the ADI-2 DAC ultra-fidelity PCM/DSD 768kHz DA converter. There is said to be an additional 2.5dB of headroom for the XLR, RCA and IEM analogue outputs, raising the undistorted intersample peak limit to +4dBFS. The ADI-2 DAC FS also comes with an extended infrared remote control, the MRC (multi-remote-control), which can control up to four different future RME devices. The MRC currently works only with the ADI-2 DAC, with more products in development.

In brief, RME has announced that its interfaces are now compatible with the latest macOS Catalina 10.15.x, which can be updated immediately if the apps are 64 bit and have ‘notarised’ drivers. Catalina is compatible with several RME devices including the Babyface Pro, Digiface AVB, Digiface Dante, Digiface USB, Fireface 802, Fireface UC, Fireface UCX, Fireface UFX II, Fireface UFX+, MADIface Pro, MADIface USB and MADIface XT.

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