RME Audio Fireface 800
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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 %
 13 reviews21 %
 1 user review2 %
 1 user review2 %
Value For Money : Excellent
dweezil3606/30/2013

dweezil36's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Nothing to say this is good stuff"

RME Audio Fireface 800
The characteristics that motivated my choice are quality preamps, stable drivers and possible extension with ADAT.

I use it with a mac book pro, and four additional amps Fireface Quadmic

I use it for recording (up to 12 tracks for the moment) and mix (routing the 10 tracks on a Soundcraft M12)

UTILIZATION

The drivers are stable, no problems in 2 years of intensive use. Nothing to say about updating drivers, RME clearly does not seem to be the kind of box that abandons its customers once the paid invoice.
I use Logic in macosx and it is stable nothing to say, that my not let go once during the same live recording of two continuous hours 12 tracks.

At the latency .... I usually drive directly through the internal mixer of the card feeder for returns, and a priori the latency is very close to 0. For routing through the DAW .... I do not know I do not use.

GETTING STARTED

Easy installation, easy config general, damn good, and really complete.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 2 years, I test PreSonus interfaces (digimax 8 and Focusrite) and stability level, overall quality, and quality preamps Fireface than justifies the additional investment. With the experience I do it again this choice without hesitation.
damien00706/24/2013

damien007's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good interface"

RME Audio Fireface 800
Taking sound studio management adat channels.

UTILIZATION

Very good frequency response, ultra stable drivers, the best on the market, table mix of ultra complete channels (but somewhat complex to first).
If the budget allows, I would take his big sister ufx (new converters, opportunities to add effects ds virtual mixer) resolutely turned towards the future (but expensive .......

GETTING STARTED

Easy install. Complicated by a simple configuration needs audio routing

OVERALL OPINION

I have since switched to a Lynx Aurora converter, powered by a RME card RAYDAT
Lo_Fi06/24/2013

Lo_Fi's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A classic"

RME Audio Fireface 800
I have 2 connected in ADAT.
I use it connected to my instruments (BAR, synths, samplers ...) and go out into a summer.
A classic, now in ALL home studios producers electro pro that I've seen.

UTILIZATION

Used with Logic Pro 8.
HYPER stable drivers.
Never had a problem of latency.

GETTING STARTED

RAS
The manual (in English, but can be downloaded in French) is clear.
It just takes a little practice to set the matrix if you have other devices (SPDIF / ADAT ...).

OVERALL OPINION

I RME Fireface since 2004 (400 and 800).
An obvious choice for me.
finger iguana06/23/2013

finger iguana's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Unbeatable quality / price"

RME Audio Fireface 800
The converters have weighed very heavily in the selection. I hesitated with an apogee together. I use a Neve 1073 DPA, an Aphex 107 and Avalon U5 (in addition to four preamps RME).

UTILIZATION

No problem with the drivers. There is no latency. I make pieces that contain about 24 tracks in cooperation with 3 UAD-1 on a G5.

GETTING STARTED

I have often thought to take more powerful, but why. It works perfectly like that in Logic 8 and Mac OS 10.4.11.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for over a year and it is a joy. I had FIREPOD (nothing), a 9632 with RME cards in and out (much less ergonomic). Now, this is happiness, as soon as I turn it works without tangles. I'm not about to change my configuration.
Tixu Oty05/15/2013

Tixu Oty's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" My great friend for life?"

RME Audio Fireface 800
To effectively started, I bought this new interface in January 2007 for € 1,270.
I was attracted by the FF800 by the quality of its converters, preamps quality, the number of input / output, integrated DSP, its format and internal routing.
My concern was to find a bcanne able to record with high quality and great different types of neutrality group (Finally I record almost thirty ranging from Jazz, through variety, Raggae, and Hiphop Rock the cutest most HardCore). So at the preamp neutrality 'is the Top!

The FireFace always turned on my laptop is a Sony Vaio VGN-FE28B (which does not break bricks but that has always been enough and always present) in Windows XP. I must admit that the card communicates Firewire, which forced me to buy a PCMCIA card to connect with my computer .. Apart from that, everything works perfectly.

UTILIZATION

Drivers side, everything is very stable, I have never had a bad surprise.
The Soft supplied with RME FF800 are simply ultra-efficient, things are done very quickly and accurately, especially with the Soft FireFaceMixer that turns your sound card exeptionnel patch incorporating a very well thought matrix which gives us a crazy imagination After routing. We believe in possession of a modular machine without limit, which is a comfort and avoids patch / unpatch the connectors on the card.

I also always made my recordings Cubase4 on this side either, I've never had a single glitch. But I was very busy projects in number of audio and MIDI tracks with a lot of VST plug-ins. It's not complicated, I've never stuck because of hardware related performance FF800.

Also very strong, non-perceptible latency for musicians. Ability to track routed to a live output without treatment (if you use a computer a little weak for such calculations).

GETTING STARTED

Nothing special to say about the installation, this is classic. General side configuration, it is not difficult but obviously need to put a minimum in and be patient and in the manual, and it's a big problem: They are not fucking give in French and they do not want not that users transmit them via the web. I remember the number of forum topics that have been closed by the admins of different sites (including AF). Aside from the annoying details when we have, it is very clear and detailed.
Anyway, if you have a glue, the AF community or else you always respond quickly!

OVERALL OPINION

Since the time I use it, I do not see the point to find something else at my level.
I have preferred certe 8 inputs / outputs additional lines instead of 8 inputs / outputs ADAT, it will have been more convenient to me, but it is a detail view of the performance and (I repeat) the comfort of use of FIREFACE 800. Value / strong price RME.
Nico_B04/10/2013

Nico_B's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent interface!"

RME Audio Fireface 800
Technique?
Portability, high capacity in terms of connectivity, the 4 pre-amp with phantom power class A.
The possibility of extending digital (ADAT) but also the fact that you can stacker up to 3 fireface as simply as you plug an effects pedal.
Flashable ROM to store a config (even stand alone without computer)
Instruments?
This is the perfect interface that allows you to save up to 12 sources without flinching (including 4 supplied) and a little more if you use the SPDIF IN.
Drums, amps, any type of microphone for all types of recorded sources.
What purpose?
Home recording studio or mobile at concert.

UTILIZATION

drivers are very stable, RME is a very serious club that relies heavily on the user community to improve its products and drivers if they are defective.
Used with Cubase and Logic Pro but Garage band.
The drivers are properly updated and follow the evolution of large OS (Mac and Winblows)
Extremely low latency (I have not measured but I do not perceive nor any musician with whom I worked)

GETTING STARTED

The installation consists of a few seconds.
The general configuration gr ^ TotalMix this application is a breeze.
No known incompatibilities so far
The manual is clear (I got it in English because I bought the machine LONDON)

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for almost 8 years to record or play music and I'm very satisfied
I have not tried many other models but guys I know have tried Edirol, Presonus and others ... I confess that I had the budget at the time and that this purchase is one of the best possible technical choices.
What I like most: simple, practical, transparent is the best friend of the musician or engineer in the studio or concert (though FF 400 half-rack is smaller and no doubt easier to transport ).
The default few extra buttons or knobs would not have failed but when you look good, there is absolutely no way that this is a false regret because it would not be so compact to finish.
Excellent value for money: € 1000 LONDON bought while she was in 1150, € 1,200 elsewhere in France.
dOhm03/15/2013

dOhm's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Ergonomics, quality and durability ..."

RME Audio Fireface 800
What characteristics have motivated your choice?
I need at least 9 inputs / outputs for the scene, you can send stereo files (. Wav) while playing over virtual instruments ... in peace. At the time (early 2007) reviews the reliability were all very good (this is still the case I guess). Here is the main reason for the time.

With which instruments or systems you use it and how connections?
* Currently on an i5, 8GB Ram, 2 "small" 250 GB HDD ..
* The entries bah ... microphones, preamps additional instruments ... with an ancient Receptor (Muse Research) which gives me two analog inputs + 6 outputs internal host (Receptor) via a cable adat
* The noon one of my keyboards in EnergyXT password, host plugins in the pc, then soft thru the receptor. Basically, I change by changing vsti midi channel.
* In outputs (balanced) a console for controlling the front ... Here for example are grouped all my synths - whether hard or soft - a stereo pair manageable for the sound technician. Microphones have preamps 4 of the rm and out separately.
* Because of this live recording (up to 12 physical inputs in the state) becomes transparent ...

UTILIZATION

Drivers ultra stable ever since 2007, a plant that side. I use an "old" cubase (sx3) but I think reaper ... I'm recording at max of 20 simultaneous tracks but with hardware extensions and see how the map is no doubt that it would turn out as well with 28 physical inputs over ten generated by the host (PC). Reading with twenty tracks the LED of hard disk resource remains in the 2 or 3% ... But I've never had more audio tracks for now ... Regarding the latency is no such concern is also that instant the internal sounds of my Nordstage.

GETTING STARTED

The installation is done it without problems? No

Have you encountered any incompatibilities? But it was not advisable for Texas Instruments chipset firewire interface. Moreover about it is its disappearance signing the judgment of the fireface 800 (and the appearance of its big sister, who despite retains the usb firewire ... ;))

The general configuration is easy? Yes as soon as we understood the workings of TotalMix: 28 inputs 28 inputs + physical host independently routable to all 28 physical outputs with the possibility of closure ...

The manual is clear and sufficient? ... Yes

OVERALL OPINION

How long have you been using? 6 years

What is so special that you like most and least? Of the ball ... With still a downside, the standards war to which manufacturers deliver that firewire has disappeared from new machines ... For laptops and proposed solutions do not really inspire me confidence level connectivity (and therefore reliability)

Did you try many other models before buying it? Vaguely focusrite, it works but it is less intuitive, and I could not compare the sound for a different system, but I am sure that dynamic converters are better on the ff800. If not before I had a emu 1212M (even on another pc) the sound is very nice but hey it is so much smaller than it is hardly comparable.

How do you rate the quality / price? Occaze today, and knowing that it connects firewire is a great value.

With experience, you do again this choice? ... I have it working, I care! With a bigger wallet I revendrais to buy his "little" sister ... If I win the lottery (I noted nothing 10/10) I invite a sound engineer at the restaurant and maybe I asked him to assist me in planning my new home studio ... Then maybe I would change brand ... And if it falls in a carafe, I would look at the state of the market that day, but now that I had a rm I know also have a more critical eye ... :)
soundcurve02/10/2013

soundcurve's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A reference that is"

RME Audio Fireface 800
Hello everyone.

In order not to add to the already numerous posts that say what it is - well -! ....
Nothing to say about this card.
When I bought it, I was looking for a card without problem, offering the ultimate in features and technical possibilities (Adat etc etc) with minimum 4-6 entries with minimum 2-3 pre-outs, serious pre-amp and an ultra-low latency. (The Fireface-400 did not exist at the time). I was looking for a card with external rack, willing to work on mac (not necessarily immediately or only on Pro-Tools).
This card - like any soundcard with 8 input channels simultaneous recording - which is useless does not need all the inputs (or who do not have the infrastructure that allows place- such records). But if you're drummer example ... there is on.

UTILIZATION

I use it almost daily since, in all situations. Nickel. Usually with Logic and Nuendo.
Drivers hyper-stable.
Latency-office is less than 6 msec, easily reducible to zero by playing just the size of the buffers.

GETTING STARTED

Install without any problem. Just at the beginning, on Mac OS 10.5.8, the core-PM should be updated by connecting to apple. That's it.
The manual is not available in French to my knowledge. The manual is very clear English.
No incompatibility. (We just hope that one day ... Digidesign opens next RME interface and map). Because in my opinion, surpasses the RME Pro-Tools, by its pre-amp.

OVERALL OPINION

Previously, I worked with a little map on the acclaimed forums: the Hoontech; surprised to read at the time of driver problems and latency, and mottled because I found a driver who was driving ASIO2 hell (latency of 3 at 0 msec). But the quality was not meeting my expectations.
When we know that, under warranty, purchased in stores in Belgium anyway, RME will replace automatically the card to any problem is to say the seriousness of this brand.
The pre-amp is one of the strongest points (next to a series of points that are all the same).
Solid and efficient. I've never had a single crash linked to this card. The possibilities that can be drawn are far-reaching.
Apart from other RME products are well designed and associable 'Note half-rack version Fireface 400, which may be enough for some users.
The price is justified. This material is top. Almost 6 years of use. You know, that kind of stuff as it was "time" without planned obsolescence!
I am I still RME.
If I had to buy a map, yes it would be the same or his successor later.
noj01/17/2013

noj's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

RME Audio Fireface 800
See overall opinion.

UTILIZATION

See overall opinion.

GETTING STARTED

See overall opinion.

OVERALL OPINION

I had a 800 for FF qques months. I've never driven into her entrenchment, so I can not testify intelligently on its technical characteristics.

The only thing I can say: pay attention to the FireWire interface that you take. I first took a low-end in Conrad failure, the card was not running (200 ms latency in Cubase ...). I took a Texas Instrument chipset, and then everything changed.

I sold and have opted for a Focusrite, who does the same job for half the price.

The Fireface is a safe bet, even if it is an older generation (therefore less optimized at prices that Focusrite has rightly).
yohannabbou12/29/2012

yohannabbou's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

RME Audio Fireface 800
I travaiille logic on a mac pro and I needed at the time to record 20 tracks simultaneously. This card was the best value I found at the time. With some additional purchases (2 OCTOPRE focusrite and clock) I piu reach my goals.
This is a good Swiss army knife audio level, stable with 4 preamps correct that color the sound slightly but it is very clean.

UTILIZATION

The drivers are very stable, I've had no problems with. We must dive in to understand their system, but once it is understood ca roule alone. This is also in my opinion a future standard interface with their MADI RME uses the same software.
I was able to record up to 23 tracks simultaneously in 24 bits/44.1khz
Be careful if you want to save in higher frequencies is no longer access to the same number of tracks ...

GETTING STARTED

the manual is clear, easy installation, no incompatibility problem ...

OVERALL OPINION

I used more than 5 years, I had tried edirol, value for money and motus I found much more interesting fireface 800 for the needs I had at the time.
What I liked most usability, compatibility, a small laboratory vra audio walking.
What I liked least not much ...
If I changed it to improve the quality of analog / nnumérique not on this model at the level of systems digidesign or metric halo apogee but obviously it is not in the same budget ....