RME MADIface XT
The MADIfaceXT is the world’s first USB3 audio interface, and the smallest portable interface that provides access to hundreds of audio channels. For those not familiar with the term MADI, MADI stands for Multichannel Audio Digital Interface and is an Audio Engineering Society (AES) standard electronic communications protocol that defines the data format and electrical characteristics of an interface that carries multiple channels of digital audio. A flexible and advanced interface, its can also be used with USB 2.0, connect to External PCI Express cards and can adapt to Thunderbolt.
The MADIface is capable of transferring digital audio data directly into a computer from any device equipped with a MADI interface. On the front panel, there are two stereo analog mic/line preamps with 48V phantom power and a stereo headphone output. There’s a display screen on the front of the interface that shows the current state of the interface mode, and and the states of digital input. The MADIface can process sample rates from 32 kHz up to 192 kHz and comes equipped with RME’s detailed D/A and A/D converters.
RME MADIface XT (back)
On the rear panel are all the outputs you’ll ever need, including: two analog XLR outputs, word clock I/O, standard coaxial MADI ports, 2 x standard optical MADI ports, a connector for the optional remote control, MIDI I/O and AES/EBU I/O, USB 3.0, PCI Express and a socket for power connection. The MADIface really does have it all, at least when it comes to options for connectivity.
The MADIface also includes a powerful digital real-time mixer, based on RME’s unique sample rate total mix technology. This digital mixer allows for creative mixing and routing options to any hardware outputs. The MADIface is a powerful interface that’s portable and well suited for producers who may be interested in upgrading to MADI in the years to come.