RME MADIface XT USB 3.0 & PCI External

£2,009.00

MADIface XT - The world‘s first USB3 audio interface

  • 196 Input / 198 Output channels
  • 2 x MADI I/O optical
  • 1 x MADI I/O coaxial
  • 2 x Analog Mic/Line Preamp Input (XLR/TRS)
  • 4 x Analog Output (Main XLR + Phones)
  • 1 x AES/EBU I/O via breakout cable
  • 1 x MIDI I/O via breakout cable
  • 3 x virtual MIDI I/O via MADI I/O

 

Overview

The RME MADIface XT is the world’s first USB3 audio interface - and the world’s smallest portable interface that provides access to hundreds of audio channels in such a small package. For highest usability and connectivity the XT can also be used with USB 2.0 (computer I/O limited to 70 channels). Its unique PCI Express port connects to External PCI Express cards as well as adapters to Thunderbolt, providing all the fastest interfacing technologies available for maximum channel count and lowest latency in one unit.

To bring together the most complete I/O set for live or studio usage, two digitally controlled high end mic/line preamps, two balanced line outputs and one stereo phones output are included. Full stand-alone operation with remote control over MADI plus TotalMix FX for unlimited mixing, routing and processing open an endless world of possible applications.


 
Features

The RME MADIface XT is capable of transferring digital audio data directly into a computer, from any device equipped with a MADI interface. Analogue sources can be connected to a stereo analog input, and 2 stereo analogue outputs add full monitoring connectivity. Installation is simple, even for the inexperienced user, thanks to the latest Plug and Play technology. The numerous unique features and well thought-out configuration dialogs put the MADIface XT at the very top of the range of digital audio interfaces.


 

Front Panel

The front of the MADIface XT has 2 XLR/TRS line and microphone inputs, a stereo line/headphone output, two rotary encoders with push functionality, four menu keys, a graphical colour display, and six status LEDs.

 RME MADIface XT Front Panel

Mic/Line Inputs. The Neutrik combo sockets of the two Mic/Line inputs provide XLR and 6.3 mm / 1/4" TRS connection. They have LEDs for Signal (SIG), Overload (Clip) and phantom power (48V).

Headphone Output. Channels 3/4 feed the headphone output, which also operates as high-quality unbalanced line output.

 

Display. The display main screen (Global Level Meters) shows the current state of interface mode (PCIe orange, USB 2 yellow, USB 3 blue), the sync state of MADI and AES inputs, and incoming and outgoing MIDI data.

 

The four keys, the two encoders 1 and 2, the high-resolution and clear colour display, and a well thought-out menu structure enable the user to quickly change and configure the device’s settings completely without a computer. Help notes and clear markers in the display guide the user through all functions. The rotary encoder 1 and 2 set the monitoring volume of the rear and front output directly at the device.  


 

 

Rear Panel

The rear panel of the MADIface XT has two balanced analog outputs, word clock I/O, MADI coaxial I/O, two MADI optical I/O, USB 3 port (compatible to USB 2), PCI Express connector, MIDI/AES I/O D-sub for breakout cable, the power socket and a power switch.

RME MADIface XT Rear Panel - Click to enlarge

 

Balanced Line Level Outputs. 2 balanced analogue outputs via XLR.

Word Clock I/O. BNC. In menu Options – Clock the input can be set to be terminated with 75 Ohms.

MADI I/O coaxial: Standard coaxial MADI ports.

MADI I/O optical: 2 x standard optical MADI ports.

Remote. Mini-DIN. Connector for the optional remote controls with Volume, Store, Dim and Recall functions.

MIDI I/O and AES/EBU I/O. D-sub connector for the included breakout cable with XLR for AES I/O and 5-pin DIN for MIDI I/O.

USB 3.0. USB socket for connection to the computer. USB bus power is not supported. Compatible to USB 2.0.

PCI Express. External PCI Express connector for Molex E-PCIe standard cables.

POWER (switch): Turns the MADIface XT on and off.

Socket for power connection. The locking type jack fits the locking type DC connector on the included power supply. After inserting the connector carefully turn it so that it locks.

The included hi-performance switch mode power supply operates in the range of 100V to 240V AC. It is short-circuit-proof, has an integrated line-filter, is fully regulated against voltage fluctuations, and suppresses mains interference.


 
TotalMix FX

The MADIface XT includes a powerful digital real-time mixer, the Hammerfall DSP mixer, based on RME’s unique, sample-rate independent TotalMix technology. It allows for practically unlimited mixing and routing operations, with all inputs and playback channels simultaneously, to any hardware outputs.

RME TotalMix FX - MADIface XT

From a company reknowned for innovative and rock-solid reliable products, the RME MADIface XT arrives!

We have shamelessly copied RME's text for this insertion, they have a much better grasp of the total capacity of this amazing box than we do. So here it is, an ergonomic miracle for the audio studio and another first for RME ........

Here are just a couple of typical applications for TotalMix FX:

Setting up delay-free submixes (headphone mixes). The MADIface XT allows for up to 99 fully independent stereo submixes. On an analog mixing desk, this would equal 198 Aux sends.

Unlimited routing of inputs and outputs (free utilisation, patchbay functionality).

Distributing signals to several outputs at a time. TotalMix offers state-of-the-art splitter and distributor functions.

Simultaneous playback of different programs using only one stereo output. The ASIO multiclient driver handles several programs at the same time, even identical playback channels. TotalMix provides the means to mix and monitor these on a single stereo output, even when originating on different playback channels.

Mixing of the input signal to the playback signal (complete ASIO Direct Monitoring). RME not only is the pioneer of ADM, but also offers the most complete implementation of the ADM functions. 

Integration of external devices. Use TotalMix to insert external effects devices, be it in the playback or in the record path. Depending on the current application, the functionality equals insert or effects send and effects return, for example as used during real-time monitoring when adding some reverb to the vocals.

Every single input channel, playback channel and hardware output features a Peak and RMS level meter, calculated in hardware (hardware output is Peak only). These level displays are very useful to determine the presence and routing destinations of the audio signals.

 

For a better understanding of the TotalMix mixer you should know the following:

As shown in the block diagram (in manual), the record signal usually stays un-altered. TotalMix does not reside within the record path, and does not change the record level or the audio data to be recorded (exception: loopback mode).

The hardware input signal can be passed on as often as desired, even with different levels. This is a big difference to conventional mixing desks, where the channel fader always controls the level for all routing destinations simultaneously.

The level meter of inputs and playback channels are connected pre-fader, to be able to visually monitor where a signal is currently present. The level meters of the hardware’s outputs are connected post-fader, thus displaying the actual output level.