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RME Fireface UFX III

Introducing the RME Fireface UFX III.  ·  Source: RME


Introducing the new RME Fireface UFX III multichannel audio interface. This new flagship in the range is a 188-channel 24-bit 192 kHz USB 3 interface built to become the center of any professional recording setup.


RME interfaces are known throughout the industry as some of the best in every aspect. From the sought-after high-end conversion to the quality of the preamps, even the built-in headphone amps are outrageously good.

The RME Fireface UFX III

The new version has all the features of the previous model, the UFX II. This includes the 4 XLR combo preamp inputs, dual headphones outputs, and MIDI I/O on the front panel, as well as the 8 TRS line inputs on the rear panel.

In addition, the balanced analogue outputs remain 2 XLR and 6 TRS outs. Meanwhile, you have AES I/O and a pair of ADAT I/O.


On the digital side, the new UFX III is now equipped with 64-channel MADI with connectivity via MADI optical I/O and Word Clock I/O / MADI Coaxial.

Fireface UFX III

Front and rear panels.

Also, the UFX III uses USB 3 which makes it possible to transfer up to 94 channels of audio. However, it can still operate in USB 2 mode if necessary with a maximum of 30 channels I/O (12 analog plus 16 ADAT plus AES).

Overall, the UFX III is one of RME’s most high-end interfaces, but it’s also one of the most compatible. This means the Class Compliant Mode will even support an iPad Pro with USB 3 (94 channels).

Pricing and availability:

The RME Fireface UFX III is currently available from Thomann.

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3 responses to “Meet the new flagship RME Fireface UFX III multichannel interface”

    Steve says:

    Nice! That’s definitely the interface I’ll end up with – as soon as I can save up enough of course.

    It’s a shame intel stopped making the Thunderbolt chips for the UFX+ (and other TB audio interfaces) but well done to RME for reacting so quickly and creating the USB only UFX3 as a replacement.

      John says:

      The USB3 transport modes of the MADIface driver do not allow for the pitch function. Only thunderbolt driver supports the pitch function. Do you see the RME III without TB as a negative because of this?

        Steve says:

        Hi John. Not at all, this function has not been available for Macs for years anyway (which is what I use) but I appreciate this is now no longer available for PC users.

        If I was going to start pitching things up or down during a session, I would use my DAW for it rather than the UFX, but your work flow might be different.

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