Fireface 802

60-Channel USB & FireWire Audio Interface

Fireface 802

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Fireface 802

60-Channel 192 kHz USB/FireWire Audio Interface

The Fireface 802 renews RME’s reputation built on the legendary Fireface 800. 60 channels of audio, high-end microphone preamps, reference class converters, a complete effects section and operation at up to 192 kHz are the base for many more features

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Pegasus Musikproduktion

Berlin based company Pegasus Musikproduktion was founded in 2014 by Florian B. Schmidt and Aki Matusch. With first-rate mobile equipment they are producing premium music recordings all over europe.

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Connectivity and Features

Connectivity and Features

12 x Analog I/O

4 x Mic/Instrument

2 x Phones Output

1 x AES/EBU I/O

2 x ADAT I/O

1 x Word Clock I/O

1 x MIDI I/O

FireWire or USB operation

Class Compliant Mode

TotalMix FX

ARC USB

1 x USB 2.0

A legend Reborn

Ultra-low latency operation with USB or FireWire, combined with the legendary RME driver stability and maintenance. Active jitter suppression, individually switchable reference levels for all inputs and outputs, full stand-alone functionality, RME’s unique DIGICheck metering and analysis toolbox, and identical operation on Windows PC and Mac.

TotalMix FX, RME’s digital high-end mixer and signal router, driven by two powerful DSPs, with integrated EQ, Dynamics and Reverb/Echo effects at up to 192 kHz, plus a built-in monitoring controller. 


TotalMix FX

The full-blown feature set also includes optional Class Compliant mode and operation with TotalMix FX for iPad, RME’s app to fully control the 802 from the iPad, without any computer. The easy to use app includes metering for all 90 channels plus effects bus, different setup screens, and complete control of all features.

The Fireface 802 is a highly integrated pro audio solution, a full-blown studio, all within a 19” enclosure. An interface designed for users who don’t want to make compromises in sound, stability and ultra-low latency operation, and who long for an unrivaled professional feature set. Once again a milestone interface from RME, including the best of the best and even a bit more.

Inputs and Outputs

The Fireface 802 provides 60 channels of audio: 30 input and 30 output channels. All inputs and outputs can be used at the same time. Up to 12 analog and 18 digital channels can be recorded onto 30 tracks separately.

Available I/Os (channels) with various sample rates:

Sample Rate Analog AES/EBU ADAT Total In/Out
44.1/48 kHz 12/12 2/2 16/16 30/30
88.2/96 kHz 12/12 2/2 8/8 22/22
176.4/192 kHz 12/12 2/2 4/4 18/18

 

Analog I/O

The Fireface 802 has 12 analog I/Os.

12 Inputs

8 balanced TRS on the back and 4 XLR inputs with Mic/Instrument preamps on the front.

12 Outputs

On the rear: 8 balanced TRS. On the front: Two hi-power TRS stereo phones outputs provide high volumes even with hi-impedance headphones (playback channels 9/10 and 11/12).

Sound Quality

Like other RME products before the Fireface 802 combines excellent analog circuit design with latest digital conversion technology. All balanced TRS & XLR I/Os as well as the two phones outputs offer outstanding low noise and distortion values. In best RME tradition and product philosophy converters and preamps don’t produce “sound”, they do not add or remove anything from the source signal, just capture it as it is.

Equipped with the latest low latency A/D and D/A converter chips, all I/Os operate at up to 192 kHz and reach 118 dBA dynamic range on playback - even both headphone outputs. Their high power technology delivers high volume no matter if high or low impedance phones are used.

Due to its efficient jitter reduction, RME’s superior SteadyClock guarantees state-of-the-art AD/DA conversion, even when clocking to an external clock source.

Every input and output is individually switchable to these common professional studio levels: -10 dBV, +4 dBu, HiGain (equivalent to +2 dBV, +13 dBu and +19 dBu for digital full scale).

All outputs can be used for ASIO Direct Monitoring (ADM) purposes.

Preamps

For Microphones and Instruments with Low Latency Conversion. The 802 has four high-transparency preamps, also with low latency converters. Microphone and instrument preamps of the 802 use the classic technology of the OctaMic II, a high-end preamp for supreme sonic demands and critical applications, like the professional recording of classical concerts. The symmetrical preamp design impresses with extremely low distortion, excellent signal to noise ratio and a perfect linear frequency response. A premium solution for transmitting and amplifying any audio input truly unchanged, be it high-level stage or typical studio signals, lower level and high-impedance instruments, or dynamic, condenser and ribbon microphones.

The pot-controlled gain of up to 60 dB, adjustable over a range of 54 dB, is individually set for every preamp on the front of the 802.

The four inputs on the front use balanced XLR/TS combo sockets and operate alternatively as Hi-Z inputs. Directly plug in up to four guitars or other instruments - no other hardware required.

Each channel can be individually switched to 48V phantom power or instrument mode. LEDs for signal, clip, TS operation and activated phantom power provide overview on the unit's status.

The Fireface 802 follows RME's tradition of providing flexible and expandable audio systems. Adding additional preamplifiers or more analog inputs is easily done via the dual ADAT optical I/Os on the rear.

AES/EBU

The Fireface 802 has one professional AES/EBU I/O operating at up to 192 kHz.

ADAT

Two 8-channel ADAT I/Os allow for a connection of two additional AD/DA converters or the insertion of effects devices and mixing consoles. Both I/Os support sample rates at up to 192 kHz (S/MUX4). Like AES/EBU, these 16 ADAT channels are available simultaneously with the analog channels. Using two external converters like the ADI-8 QS, the 802 will provide 28 analog inputs and outputs, 20 with a sample rate of 96 kHz, and still 16 at 192 kHz.

SPDIF

The second ADAT I/O can be used as optical SPDIF I/O, making the Fireface 802 connections even more flexible.

Word Clock & MIDI

A word clock input and output (BNC) with switchable termination and a MIDI I/O complete the list of connections, turning the Fireface 802 into a professional audio system with universal usability.

Special features

SteadyClock

RME's unique jitter suppression technology guarantees perfect sound quality throughout, making the device completely independent from the quality of external clock signals. Due to the highly efficient jitter reduction, the 802 converters operate independently from the quality of the external clock signal, as if they are working with internal clock all the time - guaranteeing a pristine sound quality!

SteadyClock allows the Fireface 802 to control the sample rate freely on its own. The settings dialog includes a direct choice of the video and audio world's most often used sample rates.

ICC

Intelligent Clock Control not only displays every clock status, but will also retain the last valid input sample rate in case of failure of the external source. Other renowned RME technologies like SyncCheck offer a quick detection of clock problems.

DIGICheck

The 802 comes with RME´s unique software tool box for metering, testing, measuring and analyzing digital audio streams. It provides a multi-track recorder, calculates the level meters peak and RMS in hardware, and analyzes and displays audio in multiple ways, like stereo, multichannel, all channels, surround, spectral, and many more.

Power supply

The specially developed, internal hi-performance switch mode power supply lets the 802 operate in the range of 100V to 240V AC, thus can be operated all over the world. It is short-circuit proof, has an integrated line-filter, is fully regulated against voltage fluctuations, and suppresses mains interference.

Stand Alone Operation with Setup Recall

The Fireface 802 can be set up and configured directly via iPad, MIDI remote and ARC. Additionally 6 memory slots are present where the current configuration can be stored permanently. This way the 802 operates independently from a computer. In stand-alone operation it can turn itself into different devices by the simple push on a button.

Tech specs

Fireface 802

AD, Line In 1-8, rear

  • Resolution AD: 24 bit
  • Signal to Noise ratio (SNR): 113 dB RMS unweighted, 116 dBA
  • Frequency response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.1 dB: 5 Hz - 20.8 kHz
  • Frequency response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: 5 Hz - 45.8 kHz
  • Frequency response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: 5 Hz - 92 kHz
  • THD: < -110 dB, < 0.00032 %
  • THD+N: < -104 dB, < 0.00063 %
  • Channel separation: > 110 dB
  • Input: 6.3 mm TRS jack, electronically balanced
  • Input sensitivity: 8 kOhm unbalanced, 12 kOhm balanced
  • Input sensitivity switchable to Lo Gain, +4 dBu, -10 dBV
  • Input level for 0 dBFS @ Lo Gain: +19 dBu
  • Input level for 0 dBFS @ +4 dBu: +13 dBu

DA - Stereo Monitor Output Phones (9-12)

As DA, but:

  • Output: 6.3 mm TRS stereo jack, unbalanced
  • Maximum output level at 0 dBFS, High: +16.8 dBu
  • Maximum output level at 0 dBFS, Low: +2 dBV
  • Output impedance: 30 Ohm

AES/EBU

2 x XLR, transformer-balanced, galvanically isolated, according to AES3-1992

Microphone In 9-12, front

As AD, but:

  • Input: XLR, electronically balanced
  • Input impedance: 3.4 kOhm
  • Signal to Noise ratio (SNR): 112 dB RMS unweighted, 116 dBA
  • Gain range: 54 dB
  • Maximum input level, Gain +6 dB: +10 dBu

Instrument In 9-12, front

As AD, but:

  • Input: 6.3 mm TS jack, unbalanced
  • Input impedance: 800 kOhm
  • Signal to Noise ratio (SNR): 112 dB RMS unweighted, 115 dBA
  • Maximum input level, Gain +6 dB: +21 dBu

DA, Line Out 1-8, rear

  • Dynamic range (DR): 115 dB RMS unweighted, 118 dBA
  • Frequency response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.5 dB: 5 Hz - 20.8 kHz
  • Frequency response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: 5 Hz - 45 kHz
  • Frequency response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: 5 Hz - 89 kHz
  • THD: -110 dB, < 0.00032 %
  • THD+N: -104 dB, < 0.00063 %
  • Channel separation: > 110 dB
  • Output: 6.3 mm TRS jack, servo-balanced
  • Output impedance: 75 Ohm
  • Output level switchable Hi Gain, +4 dBu, -10 dBV
  • Output level at 0 dBFS @ Hi Gain: +19 dBu
  • Output level at 0 dBFS @ +4 dBu: +13 dBu
  • Output level at 0 dBFS @ -10 dBV: +2 dBV

ADAT Optical

  • 2 x TOSLINK I/O, format according to Alesis specification
  • Standard: 2 x 8 channels 24 bit, up to 48 kHz
  • Double Speed (S/MUX): 2 x 4 channels 24 bit 96 kHz
  • Quad Speed (S/MUX4): 2 x 2 channels 24 bit 192 kHz
  • Quad Speed Windows USB: 1 x 2 channels 24 bit 192 kHz


SPDIF optical (via ADAT2)

  • 1 x optical, according to IEC 60958

Word Clock

  • BNC, switchable termination

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Drivers

Fireface 802

Flash Update
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Mac OS Intel Flash Update Tool for Fireface UFX, 802, UCX, UC, Babyface/Pro

Update to version UFX: 359/163/344/28, 802: 14/9/7/9, UCX: 47/260/27/12, UC: 124/136, Babyface: 225, Babyface Pro: 101

Release date
2017-09-05
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Windows Flash Update Tool for Fireface UFX, 802, UCX, UC, Babyface

Update to firmware revision UFX: 357/163/344/28, 802: 13/9/7/9, UCX: 46/260/27/12, UC: 123/135, Babyface: 223, Babyface Pro: 101

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2016-12-15
Mac OS X
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Mac OS X driver for Fireface UFX / UFX+ / UFX II, 802, UCX, UC, Babyface, Babyface Pro, MADIface XT / USB / Pro, Digiface USB

Version 2.21. Compatible to 10.6 and up, 32/64 bit

Release date
2017-07-03
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macOS Sierra driver for Fireface UFX / UFX+ / UFX II, 802, UCX, UC, Babyface, Babyface Pro, MADIface XT / USB / Pro, Digiface USB

Version 3.03. Compatible to 10.12 and up

Release date
2017-07-03
Windows 10
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Windows 7 to 10 PnP driver for Fireface UFX, 802, UCX, UC and Babyface/Pro

Version 1.099

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2017-07-13
Windows 7
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Windows 7 to 10 PnP driver for Fireface UFX, 802, UCX, UC and Babyface/Pro

Version 1.099

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2017-07-13
Windows 8
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Windows 7 to 10 PnP driver for Fireface UFX, 802, UCX, UC and Babyface/Pro

Version 1.099

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2017-07-13
Windows XP SP2
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Last Windows XP SP2 PnP driver for Fireface UFX, 802, UCX, UC and Babyface/Pro

Version 1.093

Release date
2016-07-22
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Mac OS Flash Update Tool for Fireface UFX/UCX/802

Update to firmware 344/27/7. Currently UFX/UCX/802 are updated via USB only. Please install the USB driver, then use the USB flash update which updates the FireWire firmware as well.

Release date
2016-01-26
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Windows Flash Update Tool for Fireface UFX/UCX/802

Update to firmware revision 344/27/7. Currently UFX/UCX/802 are updated via USB only. Please install the USB driver, then use the USB flash update which updates the FireWire firmware as well.

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2016-01-26
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Mac OS X Intel driver for Fireface 400, 800, 802, UCX, UFX

Version 3.33. Compatible to OS 10.6 and up, 32/64 bit. This driver requires firmware 1.70 (FF 400) and 2.77 (FF 800) or higher.

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2017-07-17
Windows XP SP2
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Last Windows XP SP2 PnP driver for Fireface 400, 800, 802, UCX, UFX

Last Windows XP SP2 PnP driver for Fireface 400, 800, 802, UCX, UFX Version 3.118.

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2017-07-22
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DIGICheck 0.71 Mac

EBU R-128 Meter. Surround Audio Scope with ITU weighting. Stereo / Multichannel / Global Level Meter, Spectral Analyser, Vector Audio Scope, Correlation Meter, Bit Statistic & Noise. In this version a display of plaback data is not possible via Core Audio, only via hardware level. Supports all cards of the HDSPe, FireWire and USB series. (11/14/2016)

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2016-11-14
Windows 10
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DIGICheck 5.90

Differences to v 4.53: EBU R-128 Meter. Surround Audio Scope with ITU weighting. Simultaneous usage of multiple cards in all functions. Displays fully configurable (e.g. channel selection). Multichannel Level Meter freely configurable. MMCSS for Vista. Many improvements on surface and internal operation. Supports all current interfaces plus DIGI 9636/52. DIGI32 series and DIGI96 series are no longer supported. (11/14/2016)

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2016-11-14
Windows 7
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DIGICheck 5.90

Differences to v 4.53: EBU R-128 Meter. Surround Audio Scope with ITU weighting. Simultaneous usage of multiple cards in all functions. Displays fully configurable (e.g. channel selection). Multichannel Level Meter freely configurable. MMCSS for Vista. Many improvements on surface and internal operation. Supports all current interfaces plus DIGI 9636/52. DIGI32 series and DIGI96 series are no longer supported. (11/14/2016)

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2016-11-14
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DIGICheck 5.90

Differences to v 4.53: EBU R-128 Meter. Surround Audio Scope with ITU weighting. Simultaneous usage of multiple cards in all functions. Displays fully configurable (e.g. channel selection). Multichannel Level Meter freely configurable. MMCSS for Vista. Many improvements on surface and internal operation. Supports all current interfaces plus DIGI 9636/52. DIGI32 series and DIGI96 series are no longer supported. (11/14/2016)

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2016-11-14
Windows Vista
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DIGICheck 5.90

Differences to v 4.53: EBU R-128 Meter. Surround Audio Scope with ITU weighting. Simultaneous usage of multiple cards in all functions. Displays fully configurable (e.g. channel selection). Multichannel Level Meter freely configurable. MMCSS for Vista. Many improvements on surface and internal operation. Supports all current interfaces plus DIGI 9636/52. DIGI32 series and DIGI96 series are no longer supported. (11/14/2016)

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2016-11-14
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DIGICheck 4.53 (Works with all RME cards, except HDSPe RayDAT and AIO)

Stereo Level Meter, Multichannel Level Meter, Global Level Meter, Spectral Analyser, Vector Audio Scope, Correlation Meter, Totalyser, Bit Statistic & Noise, Global Record. ASIO support, multi-client operation, display of +dBFS levels, display of playback data, K-system, free reference/scale, third colour. New: Hardware Level Meter. RMS Slow and RLB weighting filter. Optional Correlator. Level meters vertical/horizontal. Presets with hotkeys. Support for Fireface 400, newer Fireface 800 drivers, HDSP series WDM driver. Record functionality Global Record. Compatible to HDSPe PCI and HDSPe MADI/MADIface

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2008-09-02
Windows XP SP2
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DIGICheck 5.90

Differences to v 4.53: EBU R-128 Meter. Surround Audio Scope with ITU weighting. Simultaneous usage of multiple cards in all functions. Displays fully configurable (e.g. channel selection). Multichannel Level Meter freely configurable. MMCSS for Vista. Many improvements on surface and internal operation. Supports all current interfaces plus DIGI 9636/52. DIGI32 series and DIGI96 series are no longer supported. (11/14/2016)

Release date
2016-11-14
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DIGICheck 4.53 (Works with all RME cards, except HDSPe RayDAT and AIO)

Stereo Level Meter, Multichannel Level Meter, Global Level Meter, Spectral Analyser, Vector Audio Scope, Correlation Meter, Totalyser, Bit Statistic & Noise, Global Record. ASIO support, multi-client operation, display of +dBFS levels, display of playback data, K-system, free reference/scale, third colour. New: Hardware Level Meter. RMS Slow and RLB weighting filter. Optional Correlator. Level meters vertical/horizontal. Presets with hotkeys. Support for Fireface 400, newer Fireface 800 drivers, HDSP series WDM driver. Record functionality Global Record. Compatible to HDSPe PCI and HDSPe MADI/MADIface

Release date
2008-09-02
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Manuals

Fireface 802

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Fireface 802

Latest manual for Fireface 802
version 1.3, 03/2016

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