MADIface XT

394-Channel Triple MADI USB 3.0 Audio Interface

MADIface XT

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MADIface XT

394-Channel Triple MADI USB 3.0 Audio Interface

MADI to DAW

RME's 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.

Antony King

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Antony King

Front of house engineer Antony King mixing success was found in the MADIface XT and HDSPe MADI FX.

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How to record pure natural Sound in High-Resolution

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How to record pure natural Sound in High-Resolution

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KUNIKO – Recording Session #1 & 2

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KUNIKO – Recording Session #1 & 2

The recording sessions are for Kuniko's 4th coming global release from LINN Records titled Works for Bach vol.1 (tbd.). 

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Pegasus Musikproduktion

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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

2 x MADI optical I/O

1 x MADI I/O coaxial

2 x Mic/Line Preamp

2 x Analog I/O

1 x Phones Output

1 x Word Clock I/O

1 x AES/EBU I/O

1 x USB 3.0

4 x MIDI I/O

TotalMix FX

ARC USB

USB 3.0 for Maximum Channel Count

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.

TotalMix FX


Features

The RME MADIface XT is capable of transferring digital audio data directly into a computer, from any device equipped with a MADI interface. Analog sources can be connected to a stereo analog input, and 2 stereo analog 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.

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.

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.

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, the power socket and a power switch.

Balanced Line Level Outputs. 2 balanced analog 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.

Tech specs

MADIface XT

  • Interface for External PCI Express, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
  • Sample rates: 32 kHz up to 192 kHz, variable (Sync/word clock)
  • Analog input gain range: 60 dB
  • SNR input: 108 dB RMS unweighted, 111 dBA
  • SNR output: 112 dB RMS unweigthed, 115 dBA
  • 3 virtual MIDI over MADI I/Os, one external MIDI I/O
  • TotalMix: 4096-channel mixer with 46-bit internal resolution
  • SteadyClock™: super-stable digital clock, highest jitter suppression
  • Full stand-alone operation, including MIDI remote control
  • Comes with DIGICheck, RME's ultimate measurement, analysis and test tool
  • Please note: MADIface XT is not compatible with RME Rackmount 'RM-19'

Notes on USB 3.0 Operation

The special features and possible problems of using USB 3 are described in more detail in the manual.

Current Compatibility Information:

  • Fully compatible to Intel's USB 3 implementation, which - on current Windows and Mac computers - is part of the chipset. USB 3 sockets that are connected via an internal cable (not directly soldered onto the motherboard) can cause transmission errors. These are shown in the Settings dialog.
  • Fully compatible to AMD's USB 3 implementation. USB 3 sockets that are connected via an internal cable (not directly soldered onto the motherboard) can cause transmission errors. These are shown in the Settings dialog.
  • Fully compatible to Fresco USB 3. This rarely used chip can be found for example on the Sonnet Tango 3.0 PCIe card.
  • Compatible to NEC / Renesas USB 3. Real-world performance and error-free operation depend on the firmware version, driver version and the PCB layout of the respective extension card/motherboard.
  • ASMedia - not compatible.
  • Etron EJ168A - not compatible.
  • Texas TUSB7340 - not compatible.
  • Via VL800/805 - not compatible.

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Drivers

MADIface XT

Flash Update
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Mac OS X Intel Flash Update Tool for MADIface XT / USB / Pro, OctaMic XTC, ADI-2 Pro, Digiface USB, UFX II

Update to version XT: 187/56/42, USB: 22, Pro 68. XTC: 47/26. ADI-2 Pro: 149/83, Digiface USB: 12, UFX II: 16/10/6.

Release date
2017-09-22
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Windows Flash Update Tool for MADIface XT / USB / Pro, OctaMic XTC, ADI-2 Pro, Digiface USB, UFX II

Update to firmware revision XT: 183/56/42, USB: 22, Pro: 68. XTC: 47/26. ADI-2 Pro: 149/83, Digiface USB: 12, UFX II 15/10/6.

Release date
2017-09-22
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 MADIface XT / USB / Pro, Fireface UFX+ / UFX II, OctaMic XTC, ADI-2 Pro, Digiface USB

Version 0.9612

Release date
2017-08-25
Windows 7
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Windows 7 to 10 PnP driver for MADIface XT / USB / Pro, Fireface UFX+ / UFX II, OctaMic XTC, ADI-2 Pro, Digiface USB

Version 0.9612

Release date
2017-08-25
Windows 8
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Windows 7 to 10 PnP driver for MADIface XT / USB / Pro, Fireface UFX+ / UFX II, OctaMic XTC, ADI-2 Pro, Digiface USB

Version 0.9612

Release date
2017-08-25
Flash Update
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Mac OS X Intel Flash Update Tool HDSPe MADI FX & MADIface XT

Updates HDSPe MADI FX to firmware v 90 and DSP v 26. MADIface XT to firmware USB 3/2 171, PCIe 56, DSP 39

Release date
2016-06-13
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Windows Flash Update Tool HDSPe MADI FX & MADIface XT

Updates HDSPe MADI FX firmware to v 90 and DSP v 26. MADIface XT firmware to USB 3/2 171, PCIe 56, DSP 39

Release date
2016-06-13
Mac OS X
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Mac OS X Intel driver for HDSPe MADI FX and MADIface XT

Driver for 10.6 32 bit/64 bit or up. See readme.txt! Does not support other audio interfaces! Version 1.23

Release date
2017-07-17
Mac OS X
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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)

Release date
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)

Release date
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)

Release date
2016-11-14
Windows 8
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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
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)

Release date
2016-11-14
Driver
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
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
Driver
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

MADIface XT

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MADIface XT

MADIface XT manual
version 1.4, 03/2016

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