RME Audio Fireface 800
RME Audio Fireface 800

Fireface 800, FireWire audio interface from RME Audio in the Fireface series.

All user reviews for the RME Audio Fireface 800

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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 62 reviews )
 46 reviews74 %
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Value For Money : Excellent

theaudioandvideoguy's review"firewire is fast"

RME Audio Fireface 800
The Fireface 800 is a very powerful firewire interface, one of the reasons I chose to use it is because it has the fast technology for a firewire interface. It has real time sample rate lock and sample rat control during playback and recording. Most interface don’t have all of those features either, they mainly have one or the other. Also, I used it on a windows computer for service pack 2 and it worked great because they created an upgrade which fixed some of the lagging and not syncing problems.


The FireFace 800 has eight line inputs and outputs which was just enough for what we needed to use it for at the time. We used 7 of them though which left one open for something maybe we wanted to add on later down the road but at the time we only needed 7.


Another great feature is the Steady clock technology. You can synch reference everything for the whole studio and session with it, I havent had another interface that could do that so it was big for me to be able to do that on this. It includes a midi option as well for those who use a lot of midi set ups.


There are other versions of the FireFace like the 400 mode which is a step down from the 800 if you are really arent in need of all the inputs and it can basically do the same thing as the Fireface 800 and its cheaper so check that one out if you don’t need this much inputs and outputs. Actually the 400 might be a better fit for a home studio that the 800 is because at home you really don’t have the need for that many ins and outs. But all in all the FireFace 800 is one of the best firewire interfaces out.

ericthegreat's review"this is great!"

RME Audio Fireface 800
A completely professional grade interface. I track live instruments with Neumann M149 tube, AEA R84, RE20, Rode and modified Shure SM 57s , all in a real studio through high end tube pres and 1950s vintage mic pres etc... This interface has phenomenal sound quality even at 44.1.

The multiple connections allow me to connect a Lexicon hardware digitally via SPDIF. I also use all my vintage tube gear - not only to track- but to mix as well in Logic pro in the same way as you use plugins..except they are the real thing! and with the same flexibility as a plugin. So if you desire to be able to use all your analog gear to mix in the box alongside your plugins simultaneously, this interface makes it happen and Logic pro 9 is set up for it, so it is very easy.


The clock is so good it has become the master clock in the studio. Clocking makes an audible difference in terms of audible phase shift harshness. I have not yet used the mic pres, as I have plenty of amazing vintage ones by Altec, UA, UREI, and a Buzzaudio MA2.2.

The headphone monitor volume is very powerful and clean. The overall sound -if coupled with Logic pro 9- approximates the sweetness of 30 ips Ampex tape in general character and vibe (at 44.1). At higher rates it becomes more" Hollywood soundtrack" in detail level and vivid transient response as well as dynamic range perception.


getting started was simple, it actually suprised me with how easy it was.


Overall, I am shure it will sound very different depending on what DAW you have ( protools, nuendo, cubase all have their own sound character due to differing algorithms and design priorities.

But the great news is it's superb -smooth non ear-fatiguing- performance at CD quality 44.1.

I hope this gives an idea of how this unit performs in strictly professional circumstances (the studio has a IT 20 series II Furman balanced power supply conditioning) for very long hours at a time.

songboy's review"Best Interface I have ever heard/seen/used"

RME Audio Fireface 800
The main thing that motivated my choice was the High quality preamps, the amazing ad/da converters and the fact that it had both firewire 400 and 800 ports on it. I am currently using a macbook laptop but intend to upgrade to a Mac Pro desktop and having both the firewire 400 and 800 was a must. I use the Fireface 800 to handle all of my instrumentation. I run ableton live 8 with the fireface and I run everything (vocals, guitars, bass, Rhodes piano, synths, computer based synths/effects and outboard effects through effects loops) through the computer, through live in order to loop all audio at my bidding. As for connection types, you get it all; 4 XLR's, 8 analog in/outs, two adats, 1 firewire 400, 2 firewire 800's, word clock in/out, spdif in/out. I run this all on a macbook (2.2ghz 4gb ram, 320hdd).


I have not had the unit long enough to update again but the unit has been out for a few years and has been updated regularly. I can very easily use all of my inputs and tons of computer synths/effects and loop it all with the looper and set the buffer so it runs with less than 8 milliseconds of latency. Its quite remarkable especially compared to my former unit the Presonus Firebox. The drivers are extremely stable, as to be expected from RME. I use this mainly with ableton 8 but I also use it often with Logic 9. The most amount of tracks I have tried to record simultaneously is 8 and it performed perfectly. xpected from RME. I use this mainly with ableton 8 but I also use it often with Logic 9. The most amount of tracks I have tried to record simultaneously is 8 and it performed perfectly.


I have had no compatibility issues so far. The manual that came with the fireface is fairly indepth and I highly suggest reading cover to cover if you want to get the most out of this unit. It is a very well written manual and is more than sufficient. I guess I could say the general setup is simple, but this unit can do so much. If you want to use all its amazing options, then you better be ready to do your homework. Yes, the typical functions are accessible via the front of the unit and the software mixer/control panel that automatically loads on the computer when you connect via firewire.


What I love most about this unit is the pristine ad/da converters. I run my analog instruments (guitar/bass/rhodes/synths) into a Mackie Vlz3 mixer with the output going to a Fender Twin Reverb amp and a Peavey TNT 150 bass amp. I use the Alt Outputs on the mixer to send a "loop" to the RME then back into the mackie so I can "Loop" the instruments in Ableton 8. When I did this with the presonus, there was a little latency and the audio quality was significantly altered. With the the Fireface, the difference between the straight analog pathway and the computer pathway are virtually indistinguishable. I have even thought about getting rid of the Mackie and just running everything direct with the RME, its that good!!!! New these go for $1700 but I got mine used for $1250. Its a lot of money, no doubt, but if you want this kind of quality, you have to pay, and its worth every last penny. 10 out of 10 for sound quality (I'd give it an 11 if I could). I have used a Presonus Firebox, Firepod, Alesis Multimix, and a MOTU 828 mk2 and this blows them all out of the water. I would definitely make the same choice again. I highly recommend this unit.

Brubao's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good and complete"

RME Audio Fireface 800
cf. datasheet


stable even if some small bugs (solved by restarting) several years of intensive or use


no worries


Good extensive menu (I / S audio, midi, sync), possibility of very low latency, very convenient matrix interface to assign any input to any output, good workmanship, stable, ...

A good choice in this price range.

bibi796's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good choice"

RME Audio Fireface 800
Connected firewire 800 on macbook pro in cubase sx 3
Coupled with another Fireface 800.
Multitrack recording and mixing.
Connected to the console mitec Varydesk joker by patch, but happiness, the lime one (mitec), clean the other (rms).

The converters are really good.
The preamps have a good supply.
Adjustable gain headphone frontage ...


Reliable driver (except in early 2008)
I recorded with dozens of trails in all directions, input output, headphone and routing pushed, and it rarely fails to.
Almost zero latency.


Not really, at the time the pilot was outdated, conflict with the map of the computer etc. ... since everything is settled.


Excellent sound card starts dating but is staying on top of its class for a decade.
If interesting opportunity (700 euros) the user can only be satisfied because it is a gas plant.
Even today, the difference with the newer model will remain inaudible to 80 percent of users, unless you have a string of really high audio quality.
The internal routing is really complete and can replace a mixer for small studios if we branch a good control surface.

Only default it works with firewire now when most of his card can be used with a usb.

ulrichpecker's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Xcellent"

RME Audio Fireface 800


Driver nickel, nickel pdf doc, RME website regularly updated, unbeatable value for money




Used for 8 years without pb, I sold it for a UFX RME for a better headphone monitoring.

Smoutyboy's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Fine"

RME Audio Fireface 800
Manages audio / midi, multiple syncs, inputs, outputs, matrix top. One regret having sold it (I've only Geral audio 'Mac + bi-process logic pro)


no latency can live recording (battery included). Really top


configured my configurator apple "home studio" and then no worries


To be honest, I think has a buy!

jusou's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" ... A "must have" ..."

RME Audio Fireface 800
The RME quality, good value.
Simply used with a preamp / comp Joe Meek 6Q now for a home studio use for now, recording model of good qualities.
Config: firewire Macbook pro intel core 2 duo, 4GB DDR3 memory. listen Fostex MKII.


• The drivers are stable?
Very, nothing to say.
• What software do you use most often?
Cubase 5 with plugs
• Latency: almost zero.


• The installation is done it without problems?
A little complicated at first when a novice, but he just put his nose in it.
• The general configuration is easy?
• Have you experienced any incompatibilities?
Not with my config (or my old config: under Windows 7.
• The manual is clear and sufficient?
Yes very, just put his nose in it ^ ^


• How long have you use it?
4 years and intensively in the last two years.
• How would you rate the quality / price?
• With experience, you do again this choice? ...
For RME 800 I do not know regarding my simple desire to home studio: I've tried the RME babyface is still more convenient to render almost identical.
The 800 is a great sound card, a must have.

timsha's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"good pick"

RME Audio Fireface 800
I was looking for a pro or semi-pro interface to produce a CD and get into the sound processing. Musicians friends looking for a sound engineer without being too demanding. Passionate for many years by listening HiFi, I wanted a "universal" interface, can be used as DAC for listening 2.1, 5.1, 7.1, and making sound work. Having a limited budget, I tried almost 2 months the best quality / price for something that can get as close as possible to a pro quality, with at least 8 inputs 8 analog outputs, at least four preamp 'rights' and functional and a more stable and faster than FireWire connector usb at the time.

No budget for the console, or for preamps, it was necessary to simulate all that live in Logic. I fell in love with this interface after reading many reviews on the net and file Audiofanzine test.
A classic SM58 for voice, two AKG Perception 170 and Perception 120 battery (sold since ... hmmm ... 'cause bcp too far from a pro quality), guitar and bass output receptacles line amps.

Config MacBookPro FireWire 8goRam 750GoHD, LogicPro9 and Harrison Mixbus.
Listens Focal Focal Cube2 Solo6be + box (not very pro the box, but in my room of 12m2 treated crafted it does).

I use it for:

- Reference listening. With Audirvana and my listening, it buries many more costly audiophile chains, I sold mine with no regrets.
Attention management listening volume by the driver is 100% digital, without dithering and lose dynamics and details by using it, it better add a single knob type TC-VolumePilot or a real controller is monitoring .

- Recording, then there is a killer, it captures what goes with the character of microphones and game artists, it's a bit 'cold' some say, but I will rather precise details and the dynamics are there and coloring can be upstream or downstream. Never had bp gain knobs are linear (not everything is in the last millimeter). Routing capabilities of all to all (with ad-hoc branch cables there without headphones 5 bp each with a different mix). Expansion capabilities with two inputs 2 ADAT, SPDIF and WorldClock synchronization master or slave outputs. Everything is there.

- Sound: yes, I beeps in some concerts and I always ship, its latency is almost zero between inputs and outputs, making it a great DI with mass decoupling between the input / output (farewell buzz in many cases, excellent control level, asymmetric universal balanced inputs /, +4 dBu or line level, it's great) and I add 5 preamp quality my little Z10FX A & H (including 4 XLR with phantom power supplies independent).
Little more clear, there are many 8-track analog input, but you can connect up to 17 sources.
Input 1 is in front with high impedance, gain control, limiter and simulator HP detachable, but it is also present on the back, one can connect two jack that will be pre-mixed, the gain setting only affects the front entrance.
The entrance is 7 AND XLR jack on the front (with adjustable gain) and recovery in jack on the back, so there may have Premixer three sources.
Ditto for the 8.
Entries 9 and 10 are in front but they can also Premixer jack and XLR (gain setting applies to both simultaneously).
These features are explained bounce in the manual and not a hack, the driver enables or not the simultaneous intake front / rear).
All jacks are universal and accept the symmetric or asymmetric with auto detection of jack used.


Very stable in my driver (on OSX, not tested on Windows), never crash a few hundred (see thousands) of hours of use. Drivers updated regularly to adapt to system updates. The bomb.
The bad thing is, the two FW800 entries are fragile and tend to desoldering on intensive use. By dint of assembly / disassembly they are barred, I managed to reseal not without difficulty, but they are blocked again and I no longer use the FW400 waiting to put the hands dirty.


Everything went smoothly. Few hours to understand the flexibility of settings, especially in Matrix mode, the feedback mode where outputs can be returned to the inputs (internally and without wiring) and encoder / decoder M / S built. After that, it is a treat.
Difficult to find in French manual, I bought secondhand German with English manual /, and I finally found the French version in PDF.


I use it for 5 years, requiring compressors and low-latency DSP sound in my part, I'd go to the Fireface UFX, to keep the same flexibility / quality.
It is a bit expensive but I never had the impression of having been stolen by RME, quality is at the rendezvous.

ocigran's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" THE MUST!!"

RME Audio Fireface 800
Mac or PC Studio or Live ... she follows me around for 8 years.


Definitely the best drivers on the market.
Used with Live, Reaper, Reason, Protools ...
Very good support for RME.
2ms latency recording.




I use it for 8 years.

THE MUST!! Nothing to do with Motu or other Mbox ... I will never change creamery ;-)

Stability copy, internal routing super, excellent preamps, very good momentum.

A choice to make eyes closed.