The HDSPe MADI
FX marks a new milestone both in the history of audio interface
cards in the past two decades and within the long series of outstanding RME devices. Never before has such a high-performance multi-channel audio
The HDSPe MADI
FX features 390 audio channels
! Three MADI I/Os - two optical and one coaxial
- are accompanied by one AES/EBU I/O
and one analog
monitoring output. To complete the feature set, a Word Clock
connection and four MIDI
I/Os were added. The complete technology and connectivity are highly integrated into the smallest possible amount of space - typical for RME. Only one PCIe slot is required on the motherboard, plus one free slot opening on the case.
To guarantee RME's unique low latency
performance with such a huge amount of audio channels
, the HDPSe MADI FX introduces a newly developed modular Hammerfall Pro Audio
Core. The high-tech core will process three times as many channels
as the channel
count of the previous MADI flagship, while actually reducing the system load and enabling ultra-low latencies down to 32 samples on modern computers.
A sophisticated new efficiency
technology will automatically deactivate currently unused channels
, so that they require no processing power
. A simple stereo
playback will not require any more performance than from a standard stereo audio
card - despite the use of a professional multi-channel
system with almost 400 channels
The new core technology is accompanied by a special version of TotalMix FX, which allows using the enormous channel
count in an efficient and practical manner. The addition of numerous performance optimizations ensures that the 4096-channel mixer
of the MADI FX responds just as smoothly as its 1800-channel
counterpart in the Fireface UFX. A new and faster DSP
allows for a greater number of EQs and compressors.
An innovative new layout of TotalMix enables ergonomic handling of the enormous number of channels
. A special option makes it possible to visually hide unused channels
. Complete "Hide setups" can be saved at any time, and switched with a simple mouse click, for example between the channel
view of the drum mix and the full band setup.
The 192 kHz
RME effects engine allows latency-free monitoring with numerous effects like EQs, Compressors, Reverb
, and Echo
rendered directly on the hardware of the card, independent from the DAW
software in use.
The integrated TotalMix matrix conveniently allows the use of the card as powerful MADI Router
. Unlike most other router solutions, each channel
can be routed individually - even with separate level
settings for each routing. The unparalleled flexibility of TotalMix can turn the most exotic applications into practical reality.
RME's unique Seamless Redundancy Operation uses the cards' 3 MADI receivers to provide professional users with state-of-the-art fail safe operation. In SRO mode the card operates as single MADI input device, recording up to 64 channels
. As soon as the current
input fails the audio
data received from one of the other two inputs is used. The audio
data is not interrupted when switching to another input - and the card can use not only one, but two more sources for redundancy. No relocking and synchronization to a different clock
source is required, and the interruption caused by the external failure is minimized to a few samples.
The card also features SteadyClock, RME's active jitter
suppression and the unique professional meter
and analysis toolbox DIGICheck - including EBU R128 metering - as well as nearly identical operation of the card under Windows
and Mac OS