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 %
 13 reviews21 %
 1 user review2 %
 1 user review2 %
Value For Money : Excellent

backspace's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent selection of very high"

RME Audio Fireface 800
Purchased primarily for making digital sound in concert. Used with a custom made console with 6 inputs, microphones Neumann and Schoeps, MSI laptop with i5 processor, Seagate Barracuda 1TB external HDD and firewire connection via Express Card LaCie

Rating: 9


Excellent stability. Used with Samplitude 11.3. Few updates, with very low latency 256 samples. Max number of simultaneous recording tracks: 10.

Rating for this item: 9


No problem installing via the CD or to install RME website. No incompatibility. The manual English / German is very clear, but beware TotalMix can dérouter.Notation for this item: 8


How long have you been using: I used it for 15 months to my fullest satisfaction. I tried 2 other models before I decide, and Echo Audio Focusrite.

What is so special that you like most and least: the Firewire connection

Very good value for money, especially preamps built. If it again (and I did) I would buy the UFX rather for its USB connection.

Rating: 9

baselogic9's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" limpid"

RME Audio Fireface 800
What characteristics have motivated your choice?

equipment reliability but also the reliability of drivers, no problems on mac

With which instruments or systems (console, preamp, DtD ...) you use it and how connections? ...

be taken for recording outside sounds with ADL 600 preamp and RPQ ribbon, I also use the 4 inputs for microphones if needed and not natural color dimension that provides RME preamps.
and also in the studio with me, or I plug my synthes


The drivers are stable? solid!

Are they often updated?

is based on the evolution of different OS version, but it follows well, nothing to say

What software do you use most often? CUBASE 7 LOGIC9, STUDIO ONE

How many tracks you get to record / playback simultaneously? ...
say in recording situation classic 10


The installation is done it without problems?
no problems

Have you encountered any incompatibilities?

The general configuration is easy?
so clear and easy

The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
then yes there is a lot of info on the website RME


How long have you been using?

2 years

Did you try many other models before buying it?
yes I had a TC ELECTRONIC studio konnekt 48, horrible! the premps had not held
the road and I do the installation!

What is so special that you like most and least?
most, in general the clarity, confidence in the field, it will never let you down
the least? can be at the beginning of the use fireface mixer is a little difficult to understand at
routing, but it's going after

How do you rate the quality / price? With experience, you do again this choice? ..

great value quality / price no doubt, and YES I remake this choice or even even buy other RME

novator's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Eyes closed ........... ears feel!"

RME Audio Fireface 800
Without special knowledge and after reading the forum in the opinion of "experts" seem to be onboard components of quality. To the ear, the sound reproduction is identical to the sound that comes out of my synths.


Remember not crash except after installing an express card capricious. This is a crucial point to watch at the time of purchase of the Fireface 800 to connect it to the PC without any problem.
IT Chiset recommended and it is not rubbish!
Driver therefore very stable.
Digichek is capricious since I switched to Windows 7.A update is online .......... see for a correction.


Nothing special for who knows how to use his PC and also handle the installation from the Windows Program Manager.


Honestly just read the forum and chat with the audio connoisseur to understand that this interface is a very good quality / price ratio.
Make a purchase with your eyes closed if you want a homestudio equipped with a sound card at the border of the world pro. Attention, however firewire 800 port to install on the PC.

parker13's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

RME Audio Fireface 800
Reliability, ruggedness, the product motivated my choice.
Virtual Console is very easy to handle and routings for monitoring are at the top and without latency.
it is connected to an i mac Firewire and a presonus digimax Fs in ADAT.
no sync problem.


The drivers are stable and easy to install.
I use Studio Pro for recording. The card is supported directly and through matrix can route signals or desired. With my system I can record up to 16 tracks simultaneously.
it says it has 2 ADAT 8 channel inputs + 10. So we are on a more than adequate for the studio or home studio.
O latency with virtual console (monitor) Everything is managed by the card and takes no resource of the computer.


Installation eyes closed. Config ultra simple with clear instructions. That said when you worked with another card, it is not too homesick. operation is very logical.


I use it for 6 months.
I also have 2 presonus fire studio mobile. good products to begin. but I was a little just for inputs and outputs.
What I like most is that I could separate console 24 votes (it took up too much space in my studio). I therefore shorter in the digital chain.
The value for money is very interesting in Cygnus. I paid my 750 euros.
I remake the same choice without hesitation.

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

RME Audio Fireface 800
excellent audio quality digital interfaces / analogique...étant a fan of high fidelity, I needed a card that is rich in sound, a sound with material and shades ... I was served

I used a computer with virtual instruments and it was connected directly to be six solo.

for use with a home studio mac 13 '2009.


drivers are stable.
I use ableton live


not without worries
no incompatibility
manual clear


3 years
two models and c'' is the best ... but also the most expensive
the most is the quality at all levels,
least, I do not know
excellent value for money
I remake this choice or I will see if the same brand is most suitable products ... at the size ... but hey ... it is what!

g.dps's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Sure value"

RME Audio Fireface 800
Former user of a M-Audio Delta 1010 LT which was very good for its price, at some point he took a number of I / O more important.
RME my PC running with Windows 7 64 bit.
The board manages input a Nord Rack 2X, an Akai XR-20 and Novation Mininova.
The only audio output I use (so it remains free ... 6) is a NAD C315 BEE amp and speakers are B & W Solid backed by a small subwoofer Yamaha YST-SW45. See photo for an overview of the system.


The drivers are stable, no problem. They are updated one to two times per year by RME and their installation is easy.
I use a couple of VST in Reaper, and have not so far met with limiting the number of tracks ...
Working in 24-bit 48 kHz, the latency observed is 3 to 5 ms, imperceptible.


Installation is easy but you still need to look a little on the doc when we do not know. TotalMix and the routing matrix are powerful but a little difficult to grasp at first!
The manual is clear and fairly comprehensive.

Yes I met an inconsistency, but without the certainty of the origin of the problem on my configuration, RME does not get along at all with Pro Tools 9 that I used before. Crashes, noise, ... I had to give a sequencer yet I began to master and enjoy. Since I've been in Reaper, no problem.


I use it for 2 years. I have not tested other in the same category but as is my habit before a purchase I really searched the net to gather views and that is that ultimately the best fit for my needs.

Pros: Stability, converters and quality sound, low latency, the number and variety of I / O than enough in a home-studio approach, impeccable build quality.
The -: maybe some incompatibilities? But not sure so take with caution as it is my case and my opinion.

The price / quality ratio is good because in my opinion it is a quality card made to last.
With the experience I would do this choice, with means I would have perhaps turned into a FireFace UFX! (Most recent)

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" In the big ..."

RME Audio Fireface 800
The reputation of the brand and the use of RME cards from friends has greatly motivated the choice of sound card for my home studio.

I had a lot of entries for racks and micro synth, low latency software and a management processor to release a little computer.

And of course the highest quality sound to hear as clearly as possible faults mixing with my monitor speakers and have fun on all types of music.


I had problems on PC. Freezait sound after a few seconds randomly despite the precautions taken and the readings to anticipate forums! In short, this is the coup that gave me Mac. And then no problem, it works nickel. I'm running Mac OSX 10.6.8 Snow Leopard.

The card has been tested on different software Audacity, Cubase Le, Live 8, Sibelius 7, Harmony Assistant, Logic, Renoise. It is rather amazing as quality. Level latency, we do not even talk. I often rule the buffers between 128 and 256 according to the most ambitious projects without a crack and I do not have mac pro, just a single iMac.

On a project 16 tracks Audio + Midi, with 4 occurrences Kontakt open, 3 Eq and Reverb effects, I have a latency of 5 ms input and output because I usually work in 44 Khz to not take up too much space disk. But the higher the frequency the card, the more latency decreases. A 96Khz I drops below 3ms input and just above 3ms output. The processor is held at 10%.

The drivers are updated regularly even if it is not instantaneous. In the year, you are almost sure to have the update for the following operating system but it may take 3 to 6 months.


Worry-free installation. The drivers are easily found on the RME site and packages are installed easily on Mac.

I'm a little more reluctant about their software management card. It is probably improvable. Nothing to say about the "Fireface Settings" allowing you to choose different card options: SPDIF frequency, on / off the phantom power supplies on 4 XLR inputs on the front, on / off effect on the instrument input 1 facade (Drive, Speaker emulation and limit), choice of taking into account the inputs and outputs (eg there are two entries both 1.7 and 8, we suddenly chooses to activate the inputs 1,7,8 Facade or 1,7,8 entries from the rear of the rack or two).

on the other hand, their software "Fireface mixer" is not great in my opinion. I preferred instead of many I / O routing virtuellesun simplified its internal computer says "Playback", that is commonly known on the other cards, the "Full duplex". That is to say, its just consider the Internet or any player as INPUT and not as an output but nobody thinks to do that. So, it is necessary to use another kind Soundflower routing software ... In fact, it is quite possible but not very easy to do. Yet there is a matrix system which enables such entry as output (note the closures of its time!)

Proper and comprehensive manual, nothing more.


If this is the connection format, firewire which is rare now on the machines, this is an outstanding menu. I recommend choosing a rather fireface UFX is USB 2 and has just one remote control option that simplifies the setup I mentioned above. But RME is definitely a career choice. Nothing to do with MOTU about the quality, I can assure you having heard the difference. The real competitors would rather Digidesign ...

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" 9/10"

RME Audio Fireface 800
no time to write an expos on the subject I leave a simple note.







kalbat123's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Fireface 800, a faithful friend and quality"

RME Audio Fireface 800
The number of I / O ports with 2 + Adat word clock.
Very stable. OCTOPRE max config with two different brands of Adat ports.
Management Mac (Imac and MAc book pro) and Nuendo.
Two Fireface 800 is easily link.


Stability and efficiency.
Minimum latency of 3ms


Worry-free installation and configuration. Everything is clear


I migrated to RME UFX (port AES), otherwise I would have gladly kept.
It's almost plug and play. You must install and no longer mentioned.
That said, there is no obvious protection on connecting FireWire ports that remain fragile. For info and gained consciousness, I did change the ports 400 before selling.
Quality preamps is considerably very good.
The readability of the interface is not very intuitive at first but then it rolls.
The space of analog connections is a bit weak to join jacks of good quality.
This is a very powerful tool but not digital compatible with périphs analos, like all digital media.
Good investment.

Bear2Beer's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" We understand success"

RME Audio Fireface 800
I opted for the FF800 first for the number of converters RME board and for the fact that it corresponded exactly to my needs.

I use it for the tracking, mix, and everything that has to do with! It is planted in a Mac Pro 4 x 2.66Ghz, 8GB ram, all under OS 10.6.

I have a preamp / compressor AU 6176, RME convertos for him doing a very good job, nothing to say. Ditto on listening, listen with accurate (I tested on Adams, Yamaha, AKG headphones, Beyer, Audio-Technica, Sennheiser ..) it is in a category of material that the user enter in the world professional with a depth and precision that makes this tool very seriously.


The drivers are stable, the soft routing "-fireface mixer" is against confusing!

Protools, I get a huge lag, it is rather boring. I have tried in cubase.


I have not regretted Mac instalation problems, however I tried a PC, the executable will not even launch, so a PC, I do not know ...

Aside from the fact that it is necessary to wash the brain before using the fireface-mixer and sharpen the eyes, it is a tool that can take over quickly if we already have serious notions of computer music, without it I do not see how a nobody can grasp the intricacies of routing in this gas. The manual is clear, but expect a good training day to run the beast.


I use it for more than a year, and it is not obsolete in my config, again, this is a multiple inverter that can operate in stand alone for a ridiculous price, considering the number of channels conversion. Which converts an adi 8 8-channel AD / DA (ie 8 x 8 AD DA) costs € 1,300, the FF800 for the same price offers 10 concurrent AD and 10 AD (via ADAT and S / PDIF suddenly).

Unbeatable value for money, of course, given the conversion quality, stability and reliability of the clock.

I've never had artifacts with this interface, which was not the case presonus or alesis I had before.

Again this choice? Of course yes!