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 %
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Value For Money : Excellent

ahriman06's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

RME Audio Fireface 800
I wanted some good preamps, the possibility of having a dozen entries, low latency, and a good conversion, on a budget: the Fireface was needed! This is a reference and an excellent choice.

It is connected to a computer controlled and core i7 with 4GB of RAM but only fit the bill!

I use it to save the black metal albums of my group, and sometimes other groups to repeat the headphone too.

I am not 10/10 because this material, although solid, has aged and USB connectivity seems more interesting today, and an interface and a more modern management. But cons, in terms of hardware, not a wrinkle!!


Drivers very stable, no problems or dropouts in Sonar.
I record and I read a dozen tracks simultaneously.


No major problems of installation, except for the firewire chipset to be branded as Texas Instruments for the Fireface works, I had to buy a FireWire expansion card for my computer.

Once installed, the Fireface works quite intuitively, not even really need the manual, everything is clear, but it takes some getting used to the interface of the Fireface mixer anyway.


Used for 2 years, bought used at the time, never any problem or incident.

I have not tried many other models before myself, but I had the opportunity to see alternatives rotate, and listen to the sound, including mixing consoles with converters who don ' did not look as robust as the Fireface.

It has a capacity of routing incoming signals to different outputs, which is extremely handy! But it is firewire ...

The value for money is unbeatable and in my choice I would do it again!

rossignol85's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Unavoidable"

RME Audio Fireface 800
I was looking for a sound card impeccable both preamps that Converting, after searching a lot I turned to the Fireface 800.

I use it with or without a Firewire extra preamp. Mic, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass. The sound is clean, precise.

I have a quad core PC running XP that I use to record on Samplitude 10 Pro Reaper and the last. Nothing to say, this is good. I really tried to sound cards, it propelled me into another world.


Nothing to say about the drivers. The virtual mixer sometimes gives me trouble but I'm not a beast in the routing. However, with Reaper, I'll make one discovery. The ability to route anything to anywhere, with the Fireface mixer and virtual monster.


Installation is no problem and the updates that are rare because the system tied. Apart from the mixer that requires learning, setup is easy. No conflict to date. Manual? Look, I do've never used!


I use it for at least 4 years. What I like most is the sound, the less I do not know. Value for money justified.

kohndo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" PRO CARD"

RME Audio Fireface 800
What characteristics have motivated your choice?
The number of inputs, the quality of the converters, the output dynamics.

- I'm mainly taking voice (that was for recording my 3rd album)
- I also am taking the guitar, bass and drums.
- I was on mac OSX 10.5 Power PC G5 2Ghz core duo and am CoreDuo 2.4 ghz macbook pro
- Logic Pro 8 and 9
- Preamp: LA610
- Rode Classic 2


The drivers are stable?
rarely planted (not in session)
How often are updated?
I hardly made (once only)
What you get lag?
Buffer to 64 or almost 128
How many tracks do you manage to record / play simultaneously? ...
Read my session up to 20 tracks
At max I did take the battery (5 Mics) + bass (2 Mic): 7 tracks in all
I was very satifait


The installation is done it without problem?
no problem
Have you encountered any incompatibilities?
The general configuration is easy?
The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
no because in German and English at the time. Honestly very intuitive to install and use


How long you use it?
6 years
What is so special that you love the most, least?
Accurate mix every move eq was heard near db (I also ASP8 event).
The dynamics are excellent. Depth and precision
Did you tried many other models before buying it?
Yes, Motu 828, then 2401
How would you rate the quality / price?
Good because this is a war machine. Worth.
With experience, you do again this choice? ...

Diego3's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Super sound card"

RME Audio Fireface 800
My choice was made following the opinion of someone more qualified than me on the subject, a good secondhand and I use it for almost 8 years with one or multiple PCs, all equipped with an Asus CM, 2 to 4G of ram and an intel mid-range (dual core) HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200tr / m su'il there anything more to standard.

A tube preamp and a small compressor, a guitar and you're done.
A remake, I make this choice without hesitation, I have never known instability problem to another ... except a firewire output that does not work, fortunately there are two ...


This card is very full in connectivity and allows very low latency, it's everything I asked him for the easy use of virtual instruments ...

It is used primarily with cubase ...


Worry-free installation, hardware pro


8 years of trouble-free.
I tried other lower-end model, this is disappointing ...

The +: connectivity, latency, updates,

The Cons: price

Note: 9 because nothing is perfect in this world.

Mikro38's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Neutrality foolproof!"

RME Audio Fireface 800
I bought this card when finally made Digidesign Pro Tools software is compatible with the most sound cards market.
So, after 8 years of use Pro Tools, it turned out to be a small revolution in the studio.

Basically the configuration consists of:
A MacBook Pro 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
8 GB DDR3 1067 Mhz RAM
And a stable operating system, the 10.6.8

I use this sound card live (to trigger a bass drum using Drumagog for example). But also and especially for home studio compositions or recordings album.
Not only, the card features four mic preamps, a DI preamp line inputs and 4 analog, 2 ADAT inputs but also allowing a multitrack recording of 26 lines! Very useful for recording a live!


The drivers are stable and work well since the acquisition of the card and if not to buy there was no reason to update.
I mainly use Pro Tools 9 and it works perfectly. I also use Live Logic Pro 8 or 9. The card is recognized by all software with no worries. Be the software used some latency is very low at the moment or you do not overload the CPU with plugins. According to the mix, we appreciate the new management function of latency for Plugins.
As said before, I just recorded up to 20 lines simultaneously with two racks of outboard preamps plugged in ADAT sound card. The sound card can be as master or slave clock. I recommend that it be master unless you are working with A / D converters type Rosetta 800.


The installation will do without any worries. There is no inconsistency encountered to date. The general configuration and more particularly the management of the card with the software FireMix is ​​rather complicated at first but got used to it very quickly and really understands the full scope of possibilities of the card.
When the manual, I admit to not having needs to get out very often, almost never see.


I use this sound card since 2010 and I made lots of recordings of any kind with.
This is not the product "ultimate" but he does what is asked of him and rather good value. The preamps are neutral so do not expect the color of a source. Work out your sources for your sound.
Before deciding to purchase the Fireface, I was the possessor of a Digidesign Mbox 1. I had also repeatedly work with a Digi 002 Rack from the same vendor. I was pretty happy with the Mbox but strangely not the DIGI. Having purchased the Fireface 800 threw me into another dimension!
I think the price / quality ratio is quite reasonable for this type of product and compared to other manufacturers. Of course, there are always better. But your wallet may become very thin ...

Will75*'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Awesome"

RME Audio Fireface 800
Enough said.
With a used Macbook Pro Logic and 2.4 GHz in 2011, connected in series after a WD 2TO Fireface. Patched at the moment, I use it with a BBE 882i and a TLA 5021 for transplanting old songs and to make the composition.


Stable drivers, used with Logic, I can go down to 12ms or less.


Nickel. A little hair pulling on the total mix, but everything is pretty simple assignment of tracks, turning on the power supply Fantom, etc.. The card software starts up when connecting and all parameters are accessible.


Already a few months. The sound is superb, a little cold but fine enough. The preamp save me life and convertos are more than honest. They catch their tone, put the warm and repel by keeping noise out. (This is a good metaphor eh, but there's a little idea. Looks like the card that focuses on the characteristics of its pleasant ... when there).
I went through an Alesis I/O2 after a Guillemot ISIS so good, day, night, coughed coughed ...
Solid in appearance, although an element wanders in without my having dared to open it or bring it back. But suddenly I avoid I also walk with me.

I would do that choice again if I had more, but I do not see why I should replace it.
In fact.


ouindel's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" great"

RME Audio Fireface 800
the number of e / s RME quality, and mobility. for studio and live concert recording, purchased with 2 + octomic a few preamps


yes and also very very very easily installed and it weighs nothing at all (given the flow rates that have been ridiculous here ... personally I do not search for updates, I just downloaded the latest drivers at time of acquisition that is in January 2011 and then after it works since I do not even ask the question


RAS on OS 10.6.8 64-bit and 64 bit seven


used for 1 year and trifles in the studio to record live, I have a whole slew of motu (2408 mk2, mk3, mk3 traveler ...) but also the RME (multifaceted), Digidesign (digi03 rack + mbox pro ...), FW Hercules16/12 ...
the least is the lack of preamp gain a bit like the octoprés, just a little to save a kora example if tt the rest is perfect
excellent value for money (for 56 th / s)

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

RME Audio Fireface 800
-What characteristics have motivated your choice?
Its number of channels. And system stability.

-With what instruments or systems (console, preamp, DtDs ...) use it and how you connect? ...

Park microphone (vocal, drums, Gratt, violin ...) Combined with a OctaMic D ADAT. Roland Fantom G6 Workstation, MPC 1000 ...

For what purpose?
Recording and multi-listening ^ ^

What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / RAM / Disk, ...)?
Asus V-P8Z68 Pro/GEN3
Proc. Intel Core i-7 3.50 ghz
Kingston 16 gb ram
Corsair SSD HDD 3120 GB sata Force 3 (system / project)
Velociraptor 320 GB SATA HDD (bank)
2 x 500 GB HDD (data)
Alim. Corsair HX 650
UAD Quad Core
TI FW card


-The drivers are stable?
There is not another question??

-What software do you use most often?
Cubase 6

How many tracks do you manage to record / play simultaneously? ...
I recorded something like twenty track at the same time without problems.
Read? lol 100 + ^ ^

-Are they updated frequently?
We speak of RME there or not??

What You Get-latency?
Input / output around 4/5 ms


-The installation is done it without problem?
I'll answer even to this kind of question!

-The general configuration is easy?
Yes as long as they do with the logic of TotalMix and after it's cake.

-Have you encountered any incompatibilities?
No, because when I took the card, I had anticipated Texas Instrument chipset.

-The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
Dou you spique angliche? Otherwise the French manual is in pdf on the net.


-How long you use it?
Good at the risk of sounding crazy, I had a FF800 ago it 7 years, I had sold it to pass on a Tascam DM-3200, I sold 2 years later ... RME FF800 for a ^ ^ What I have to sell because the sound is no longer part of my main activity:-S But I still wanted to redeem myself a little map to compose from time to time. And what I bought??? Well yes a UC RME!! The Crazy Gauls!!

-Did you tried many other models before buying it?
Uh .... Alesis I / O gizmo thing, does that count? ^ ^

-What is so special that you love the most, least?
All, quality preamp, Converto, stability, possibility of development, ease of routing etc. .... Everything, everything, everything!! Even the color ^ ^

-How would you rate the quality / price?
A Auvergne will tell you it is still too expensive! But here, the quality is really the appointment.

-With experience, you do again this choice?
No, I will take a RME ^ ^ (pissed off with these questions!)

fabamarie's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"simply, the quality"

RME Audio Fireface 800
number of inputs and outputs, ADAT, quality preamps, stability


really stable, works like a real virtual table thanks to a TotalMix that bears his name, I'm working on iMac and I never had any problems

TotalMix at first glance a bit complicated but really great, reinjection, etc. ....

good preamp, very transparent and superb converters, beautiful bass definition


no paper manual, the French is in pdf format (remember to ask)


at first I thought I was over-equipped, all these inputs and outputs and everything went well filled up quickly because I opted to work in hardware, the convertos are waiting for you, TotalMix is super to configure its parameters and I run some knob in midi through BCN44 (notably the speaker volume)

headphone jack super hi-Z input, nice, really a pro product 

good, since I have convertos mytek, superb, but the Fireface does not fall shy

benrault's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Attention"

RME Audio Fireface 800



hello all,
I just wanted to strongly advise you not to buy RME at musikia formerly playback. In fact I bought this sound card in late 2008. Then someone had mistakenly reversed the direction of the firewire cable (which apparently is possible). So this has burnt the power supply circuit card. It is party due to the SAV in April 2010. I recovered last September after six months!, This one still did not work. So I returned home in September and still I did not recovered.
They did not even offered an exchange or a loan.
In short, the service at musikia after selling is just deplorable !
good music to you all