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RME Babyface USB 2.0 High Speed Audio Interface 10 in, 12 out

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  • Multi-format mobile USB audio interfaceSample rates up to 192kHz on all I/O.
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 10 x 4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004GXA41C
  • Item model number: Babyface
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,471 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 2, 2010

Product Description

The Babyface uses RME's Hammerfall USB audio core from the Fireface UC - another milestone in low latency audio interfaces, and will give you outstanding performance and top sound in an ultra-portable, nicely designed and attractively shaped enclosure.

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Latency has been great.
A. Pall
My only complain is that the cables appear to be very thin and fragile.
Andrew Toh
The sound quality is simply phenomenal!
Joseph Chakola

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B. Strom on November 14, 2011
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I wanted the silver Babyface but bought the blue as there had been reports of some "grinding" of the jog-wheel on the silver units. The blue model doesn't seem to have that issue and my blue's jog-wheel operates flawlessly. Unlike most, I am not using this to record, it's sole use will be as a (trans)portable DAC for FLAC and 320Kbps MP3 listening through itunes and VLC.

I also own the Duet2 and there is no comparison on playback; the BF is far more resolving and detailed. I have always believed that most DACs beyond the $500 datapoint suffered from the law of diminishing returns... but the BF is certainly a more detailed and balanced DAC when compared to anything I've listened to in it's price-class.

I can hear subtle differences between the RME BF and my Mytek DAC, but I would not term either better, rather it's simply different. The Babyface has become my "go to" DAC so I will likely be selling my Mytek as some point.

I recently heard a high-end component DAC ($10,000+) into my phones and couldn't believe how it rolled-off the highs. It reinforces my belief that I'll stick to pro gear over audiophile.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Pall on February 13, 2013
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I have been using this interface for a couple of weeks now. I had the original Apogee Duet that I used with my macbook pro. I built a DAW running windows 7 64 bit. I needed an interface with Windows compatibility, low latency, rock solid drivers, and I needed it to be portable.

The babyface delivers.

1. It is much quieter than the Duet....real world signal to noise ratio is excellent
2. I can move between my mac and PC and never miss a beat. Works great on both
3. I have had ZERO driver related crashes mishaps. Can't say that for the Duet.
4. Latency has been great.
5. It sounds better than the Apogee in my opinion.

I'm glad I got it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By metamorphis8 on January 10, 2014
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Even though this device is a few years old, it is the best portable interface available, despite newer products from its main competitors Apogee and Focusrite. It is not the sexiest device out there, though it's not bad to look at, but those of us who like to record music will trade looks for performance. The BF sounds great, both as an audio (and midi) interface and as a DAC. I use it for the latter more than the former, and it is as good as much more expensive DAC-only devices. The best thing without a doubt is the rock solid drivers that it comes with. I have never had a problem or a crash or any incompatibility when using it with Macs, and I gather that Window's performance is equally good. It works all of the time whenever you need it. My experience with a Focusrite Forte (I have a review on that product's site) was markedly different. It's drivers were quite unreliable. Earlier, I owned an Apogee Duet, and while it was great sounding, the sound was colored, and the software didn't work that well on updated versions of Mac OSX.

Unlike competing interfaces, the BF allows recording of multiple channels/sources up to 12, though you will need an ADAT link to take full advantage of this. The Duet2 and Forte only allow two channel recording. I own a Fireface UCX, and a simple toslink cable links all my inputs and outputs from that device into the BF if I choose.

The TotalMix software that comes with the BF is a fantastic piece of software, and I think, vastly under rated. It is enormously powerful and flexible, and with the built in DSP effects and the ability to route whatever input/output to any other input/output, it blows away any other piece of included interface software.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Earth life on June 3, 2011
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This is an amazing product for its price. The converters sound fantastic and the breakout cables make this perfect. It's now a permanent member of my mobile studio.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Henry on December 22, 2013
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I have been using this audio interface for a few months, and I have only good things to say about it. It may not look as cute as Apogee, but Babyface's software driver and its TotalMix interface are highly sophisticated. I especially like its "loopback" feature that allows you to record from one audio application into another on the same computer. There is a learning curve to use the TotalMix software, but for me it was worth it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on June 6, 2012
Flat out amazing. I've always been an RME fan (used their converters for years) and the Babyface is right on par with everything else they make. The TotalMix software is a little weird, but once you spend 10 minutes with it you'll be fine.

The unit is robust, the connectivity is great and it just WORKS. You won't be disappointed!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DM on April 3, 2013
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I switched to this interface from a DigiDesign 003 and my god the difference in sound quality! The A/D converters sound so much better, its like i was recording vocals through a wool sock before. The ease of having the unit be usb bus powered instead of a power supply is incredible. And its so portable and easy to install that i could just throw it in the padded case and go to anyone elses house and record in their space or on their computer. The pres sound great as well, so good that i havent even been using my great river pre at all. Best home studio decision ive made.
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