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RME UFX III Audio Interface review

Unbelievable work! Awesome review and so much information. Thanks a ton for verifying what I've already known for many years.

I'm a long time user of RME interfaces. I Have an original UFX in my studio, two Babyface Pro's, and one Babyface Pro FS for location recording and various other bits of things I do.

I'll just add to this incredible work a few other points.

- RME's drivers are the best in the industry. Rock solid drivers that never cause any problems and always just seem to work. Low latency and very low resource usage. Frequently updated and maintained.

- They also provide a free package called digicheck, that is incredible for metering and setting up levels on a big recordings with lots of inputs and mics.

- And all the interfaces come with TotalMix, which once you get your head wrapped around how it works is absolutely brilliant. Superb routing and options that allow you to do virtually anything.

- And world class support that is 2nd to none. They provide driver and firmware updates for their products even long after they are no longer sold.

I have never dealt with a better company on any level. I cannot give any higher recommendation, they are the best. As I said, I currently own 4 RME interfaces and when it comes time to buy another one I won't even shop around. I'll just go find the latest RME that fits my needs.

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Unbelievable work! Awesome review and so much information. Thanks a ton for verifying what I've already known for many years.
Thanks for the kind words :)

I currently own 4 RME interfaces and when it comes time to buy another one I won't even shop around. I'll just go find the latest RME that fits my neneeds.
I have a few myself.
it all started with Amir using the ADI-2 Pro for measurements...
Trying it myself, I came to realize how advanced and cleverly made it is. And to appreciate the mindset.

Now, I replaced most of my aging hardware with a 12Mic-D and the UFX III.
If need be, I'll add another 12Mic.

- And all the interfaces come with TotalMix, which once you get your head wrapped around how it works is absolutely brilliant. Superb routing and options that allow you to do virtually anything.
Well, almost.
I miss a few things.

Here is my wishlist ;) :
First, it would need to be multitouch to be able to really replace a physical mixer. (Maybe it is now ? I should try with an iPad.)
Ergonomically, the graphical interface could be more flexible, allow moving "widgets", like the dynamics or EQ, and allow zoom on a part (the room EQ is too small for my old eyes and doesn't zoom with the window, as an example).
Then I miss some functionalities, like the compressor trigger from another channel (Ducking), and (less important) a delay on inputs and a multiband compressor.
Finally, I'd like RME to now integrate them more together :
It should be possible to control the 12Mic gains from Totalmix, as an example.
Or, better even, to use Totalmix from the network through Dante or AVB and Madi ?

OK, I agree. I'm nit picking. ;)
It's pretty awesone and usable as it is.
 
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Thanks for the kind words :)


I have a few myself.
it all started with Amir using the ADI-2 Pro for measurements...
Trying it myself, I came to realize how advanced and cleverly made it is. And to appreciate the mindset.

Now, I replaced most of my aging hardware with a 12Mic-D and the UFX III.
If need be, I'll add another 12Mic.


Well, almost.
I miss a few things.

First, it would need to be multitouch to be able to really replace a physical mixer. (Maybe it is now ? I should try with an iPad.)
Ergonomically, the graphical interface could be more flexible, allow moving "widgets", like the dynamics or EQ, and allow zoom on a part (the room EQ is too small for my old eyes and doesn't zoom with the window, as an example).
Then I miss some functionalities, like the compressor trigger from another channel (Ducking), and (less important) a delay on inputs and a multiband compressor.
Finally, I think RME now have to integrate more everything together:
It should be possible to control the 12Mic gains from Totalmix, as an example.
Or, better even, to use Totalmix from the network through Dante or AVB and Madi ?

OK, I agree. I'm nit picking. ;)
It's pretty awesone and usable as it is.

Ah yes, fairly pointed out. I rarely use these types of functions because I'm mostly using the interface with a DAW. So I rarely use the EQ for much and certainly not for compressor ducking or integration as that's all done in the DAW.

I only use the onboard FX in the RME for tracking, to give a singer a bit of reverb or something on a monitor mix. Generally not critical so the controls are ok for that.

And of course for physical mixer I also mostly use the DAW as well and there are many controllers that work with that including touchscreen. But it would be nice if TotalMix worked with the touch screen, so good point there.
 
Can you show a system loopback of the RME ADI-2/4 Pro SE on the AP's bench mode screen at the measurement levels you picked?

As it stands, we have no idea how much is contributed from the A/D-D/A (instrument) and how much is contributed by the A/D-D/A (DUT).
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Here is what I'm able to measure.
  • The ADI-2/4 Mono is automatic. Just the RME ADI-2/4 alone.
  • The "manual" plot requires adjustment for each step (as the name implies), and uses various optimization methods.
    Absolute best is at 5V rms.

All those figures are actual loopback measurements.

I guess that could be considered "enough" ? ;)
 
Added EQ measurements

I also reversed order of the output ranges.
I've been told -and I agree- that it is more natural to see low levels on the left and high level on the right.
(Of course, for inputs, lower level means higher gain, so it makes more sense)

Tell me what you prefer.
 
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