TotalMix FX

Mixing/Routing with superior features for Studio and Live Work

Since 2001 TotalMix added unlimited routing and mixing to RME‘s audio interfaces. Its unique capability to create as many independent submixes as output channels available turned it into the most flexible and powerful mixer of its kind.

With supported hardware, TotalMix FX includes a complete effects system, which not only adds flexibility to the recording chain, but also makes latency saddled software solutions obsolete. TotalMix FX (FX on supported cards) can completely replace an external mixer, enabling the creation of multiple latency-free monitor mixes with EQ, Dynamics, Reverb and Delay for any outputs incl. main monitors and headphone mixes for musicians.

TotalMix FX is included as part of the driver, so after you’ve downloaded and installed the latest driver and connected your interface, the mixer window will open automatically. If you’re new to TotalMix FX, you may find the number of options available to you somewhat overwhelming at first. Rest assured though, once you get to grips with the basics, you’ll find TotalMix FX to be simple, intuitive and incredibly powerful.

TotalMix FX for iPad™ App

TotalMix FX for iPad adds full control over hardware mixer and DSP effects for Fireface UCX, UFX, 802, Babyface / Babyface Pro, UFX II, UFX +, MADIface Pro when in Class Compliant Mode and lets users create, store and load complete mixes directly from the iPad.


TotalMix FX for iPad is available from the Apple App Store


RME’s Hardware Mixer Features:

  • Create Zero latency monitoring mixing
  • Create Cue mixes for multiple musicians
  • On Board Bus Effects - Reverb & Delay
  • On Board Insert FX - EQ and Dynamic
  • Built In Control room Section -Cue, flexible Talkback for all Outputs
  • Loopback Feature - allows custom input mixes to be recorded as separate input to your DAW
  • Configurable Mono and Stereo Channels
  • Improved Graphics including Zoom States and Brightness Control
  • Remote Control with OSC or Mackie Control
  • Multiple Client Remote Support
  • Mute, Solo and Fader Groups
  • Volume recall
  • External Input
  • Local and global TrimGains/Post support with Exclusion
  • Hide channels in Mixer GUI, Mackie control and/or OSC
  • 2 Row mode
  • Assignable F-key Commands
  • Mixer snapshot and workspace files
  • compatible with Mac and PC and iOS
  • Matrix with Mono/Stereo mode
  • PFL mode


TotalMix FX Effects

TotalMix FX DSP Effects

TotalMix FX comes with two types of effects: Insert effects, namely the EQ and Compressor, and Send effects like Reverb and Delay. While the Insert Effects are available on a per channel basis on all input and output channels, the Send Effects are on a separate effects bus.

Snapshots, Groups & Workspaces

TotalMix FX Snapshots

The Snapshots section of the right side control panel allows you to store the current mixer settings for recall.The area Groups provides 4 storage places each for fader, mute and solo groups. The groups are valid per Workspace, being active and usable in all 8 Snapshots.

Two different View Modes

TotalMix FX Matrix view

TotalMix FX has 2 different view modes, the mixer, which is default, and a matrix view. You can switch between the modes in the Function menu at the top of the screen or window. Alternately, you can hit the X key on your keyboard for the Matrix, and M key to switch back to Mixer view.

Control Room Section

TotalMix FX Control Room

If you have additional headphones outputs, you can assign up to 4 mixes as headphones. These will all receive the Talkback signal when activated. Or use advanced functions like speaker switching, cueing and front panel controls. If you use 2 sets of monitors for comparison, you can set this up in the control room.

Loopback Feature

TotalMix FX Loopback Feature

Loopback is a special and very useful feature in TotalMix FX. With Loopback, you can take output of one software program, and send this back as an input signal for a different software program. Or you can create a mix of input signals, playback signals, or both, and send this back as a stereo input for recording. It works just like plugging a cable from an output channel to an input channel, except it all happens inside TotalMix and therefore works completely transparent.

ARC USB Remote Control

TotalMix FX Loopback Feature

The ARC USB is a powerful and freely assignable remote for complete control over TotalMix FX. It is the successor of the ARC MK1 and thanks to its new layout and vastly expanded hardware controls you get quick access to the most common functions of TotalMix FX and RME Audio Interfaces.

TotalMix Remote


RME’s latest software, TotalMix Remote enhances the power of RME interfaces by enabling remote control via iOS, PC or Mac. With a straightforward set up process — simply enter the IP address of the computer you would like to control with TotalRemix Remote and get going — users can quickly adjust any aspect of TotalMix FX on a host system while walking around the studio with their tablet, or from a control room located elsewhere in the facility. The remote software mirrors the exact state of the host system, including the entire display of the interface, the current input and output routing, and all settings including level meters.

A quick and seamless network solution

Because TotalMix Remote is TCP-based, it minimizes the burden on both the remote client and the host and boasts a very low system load and minimal latency, besting browser-based network solutions in performance. Even using standard WiFi, TotalMix Remote works quickly and seamlessly, handling rapid fader movements without lag. TotalMix Remote is also compatible with RME’s popular ARC USB, a usb-based remote control with a rotary wheel and 15 freely programmable illuminated buttons.

A powerful way to control your RME system

On the move, manage multi-device, multi-host workflows, or even allow users to tweak their own monitor mixes, the possibilities of TotalMix Remote are numerous and further expand the functionality of the industry’s most capable recording interfaces.

Download for Windows

Download for MAC

Download the iOS Version from the Apple App Store


Additional Information on Network Remote Quick Guide to TotalMix Remote

TotalMix Remote is a remote control for TotalMix FX v1.50 and up, to control the hardware mixer and effects in RME audio interfaces. TotalMix Remote mirrors the current state of the host system on the iPad and Windows/Mac computers - the entire mixing state, the complete routing, all FX settings, up to the level meters, and everything in real-time. TotalMix Remote supports up to three hosts with multiple interfaces each, allowing Apple's popular iPad and Windows/Mac computers to adjust all the mixer and FX settings from a distance, via Ethernet and WiFi.

TotalMix Remote

Supported Hardware - Limitations

Supported hardware: TotalMix Remote communicates with TotalMix FX 1.50 or up. Any RME hardware that can be used with TotalMix FX is supported automatically.


• Mixer View & GUI - When connected the remote computer / iPad will immediately have the complete routing and FX settings of the host, including mono and stereo channels, but not the host's GUI setup, like panel states open/closed of Settings/EQ/Dynamic, FX panel visibility, 2-Row or 3-Row mode and channel width. Channel width states can be stored as usual per Snapshot and completely as Workspace, locally on the remote computer. They need to be loaded manually after loading a Workspace on the host in case a 100% identical view is required.

• Workspaces - the Remote shows the Quick Workspaces (hotkey W on Windows/Mac) stored on the host, and allows to remotely load them. It is not possible to save complete Workspaces with mixer state from the Remote, or on the Remote. The Workspaces saved locally include GUI information only (Channel state wide/narrow, Channel Layouts, window size and position) and further local settings, to be able to have personalized views on the remote computer, independent from the view on the host.

• Real-time behavior - can suffer when the network is overloaded or the WiFi reception is insufficient. Level Meters will stutter then and faders do not move smoothly.

• Background operation on iPad - is not possible. This should not be a problem as the Remote doesn't need to do anything in background, and when called up very quickly reconnects and synchronizes its state.

• State - is shown in the upper right corner (offline or connected), or the Mac/Windows title bar.

TotalMix FX Remote – Quick Start Guide

  1. Download and install TotalMix Remote on the Remote computer (or iPad) you want to control your interface from.

  2. On the Host computer (the one which your interface is connected to), open TotalMix FX and select Options from the program’s file menu, then select Network Remote Settings (on a Mac), or Host Connection Settings on Windows. This window will also provide you with the Host computer’s IP address.

  3. Check that the Enable TotalMix Remote Server box is ticked. On Windows, you will also see a Firewall warning – make sure you allow TotalMix Remote.

  4. Make sure that both the Host and Remote computers / iPad are on the same network, then open TotalMix Remote*. A dialog box should open automatically (for entering the IP address and port number), but if it doesn’t you can also click on the Search Connected Hosts option.

    *On an iPad, tap on the gear symbol in the upper right corner, then on Host Connection Settings.

  5. In the resulting dialog box, type in the Host computer’s IP address (e.g., and make sure that Activate is ticked. The port will usually default to 7009 (and should be left as this), however if the port is occupied for some reason an error message will show, in which case simply choose a different port. This will bring up an additional Firewall warning – again, allow TotalMix Remote to enable it.

  6. Click Done or OK, and TotalMix Remote will open within a few seconds. You are now free to control your audio interface from your Remote computer or iPad!



The remotes have the option Sync Channel Layouts active as default (in Preferences). This option transfers the Layout Presets and the current Channel Layout state from host to remote. Apart from the channel width state this option makes a mirror-style setup most easy. But when using the remote as individual setup, make sure to disable this option to have independent Layout Presets on the remote.


TotalMix FX for Beginners - Routing & Layout Basics

TotalMix FX mixer interface is very simple and straight forward. On the top row are the Hardware Input channels, the Middle row of faders are your software outputs.The bottom row faders are your hardware output channels. With the control room section in TotalMix FX you have advanced functions like speaker switching, talkback, cueing and front panel controls will work properly.


TotalMix FX for Beginners - Snapshots & Workspaces

Save your TotalMix FX Mixing Sessions with the Snapshots and Workspaces function. Snapshots allows you to store the current mixer settings for recall. With Workspaces you can save all settings as a complete backup, like routing modes, Snapshots or Fader groups.


TotalMix FX for Beginners - Customizing the Channel Layout

Like to customize your Interface to enhance your TotalMix FX Workflow? You can easily rename Audio Channels, minimize or hide Channels and save different Layout settings.


TotalMix FX for Beginners - Vocal Recording with RME Audio Interfaces

In this short beginners Tutorial you will learn how to setup an RME Audio Interface & TotalMix FX for Vocal recording.


TotalMix FX for Beginners - Headphone Mix

In this episode of the TotalMix FX beginners guides we take a closer look at headphone mixes.


TotalMix FX for Beginners - Recording FX

Check out how to recording the internal effects in TotalMix FX with the Loopback feature.


TotalMix FX for Beginners - Monitor Mix

In this episode of the RME Audio TotalMix FX beginners guides we will focus on monitoring in the control room section where all the monitoring takes place.


TotalMix FX for Beginners - Trim Gains

This time we will talk about trim gains in TotalMix FX.


RME Audio TotalMix FX - Channel Groups

In TotalMix FX we have these so called channel groups. With mute groups you can disable multiple audio tracks at the same time. Solo groups are great, if you want to solo a particular set of all the channels, while all the other audio channels are disabled. Last but not least fader groups let you move multiple channel faders at the same time.


RME Audio TotalMix FX - Free vs. Submix Mode

Find out the differences between the submix mode and the free routing mode in this episode of the TotalMix FX beginner's guide. Both routing modes have their pros and cons and depending on your workflow, one might suit you better than the other.


RME Audio TotalMix FX - Adding FX

In this episode of the TotalMix FX beginners guide, we will show how you can an add reverb or delay to your headphone mixes or main monitor mixes. The reverb and echo effects are send and return effects only and are available on DSP powered RME audio interfaces.


RME Audio TotalMix FX - Mono/Stereo

In this episode, we will talk about stereo and mono channels. For a variety of different instruments, we have mono instruments like bass, guitar and electric guitar and we have stereo instruments like keyboards and synthesizers. Find out how to change easily the channel settings in TotalMix FX and split up a stereo channel, into two separate mono channels.


TotalMix FX DAW Mode for RME Audio Interfaces

Since the release of Version 1.30 TotalMix FX comes equipped with an alternative operational mode called the „DAW Mode“. It is essentially a more streamlined and simplified interface for users who don’t need the full feature set of TotalMix FX. In contrast to the full mode, the DAW mode leaves the mixing and routing to your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), by only providing the input and output channels of your RME Digital Audio Workstation.


RME Audio TotalMix FX - DSP Effects Overview

TotalMix FX comes with two types of effects: Insert effects, namely the EQ and Compressor, and Send effects like Reverb and Delay. While the Insert Effects are available on a per channel basis on all input and output channels, the Send Effects are on a separate effects bus.

RME Audio TotalMix FX Tutorials


If you’d like a more detailed introduction to TotalMix FX, check out this Tutorial Series, where we go more in-depth into the many different functions available in this incredibly powerful mixing, monitoring and routing controller.