Announced earlier this year at Musikmesse 2016, RME’s Fireface UFX+ and MADIface Pro interfaces are expected to be available any day now. See here the original report we made during Musikmesse 2016 about RME’s announcements. RME have just released update 1.32 for their TotalMix FX controller app, which adds support for the UFX+ and MADIface Pro ahead of their release.
RME TotalMix FX 1.32
Along with the usual bug-fixes and some performance improvements, this latest update for the TotalMix FX iOS app adds support for the MADIface Pro and Fireface UFX+ interfaces. These interfaces are highly anticipated and I believe the UFX+ in particular will be receiving some glowing reports. RME have earned the reputation as one of the finest interface manufacturers and I expect the UFX+ to raise that reputation further.
With this new app and these new interfaces, very high channel counts can be achieved on your iPad. The TotalMix FX app is of course only the controller for these units’ settings, including the on-board DSP mixing capabilities. The TotalMix FX controller must be connected directly to the units, and doesn’t support wireless use. For wireless operation, Lemur or TouchOSC apps can be used.
Both the MADIface Pro and Fireface UFX+, with their multiple audio connections including MADI, will offer very high channel counts. The Fireface UFX+ for example will be capable of 188 channels! With updated mic pre-amps and converters, plus Thunderbolt and USB3 connectivity, the Fireface UFX+ may turn out to be one of RME’s best offerings to date. RME are calling the UFX+ their ’20th Anniversary’ unit. With a similar price point and layout, the direct competition for the UFX+ will be Focusrite’s Red 4Pre. Whilst the UFX+ offers greater on-board DSP power, the decision for new buyers will ultimately come down to MADI vs Dante. Personally, I’m surprised RME haven’t invested more in Audio-over-IP technologies. Sonically, both units will probably be very similar. Having only heard the Focusrite so far of course, I can only comment how astonishingly good the Red 4Pre is.
For more information about the Fireface UFX+ interface in particular, check out our earlier story.
For more information about the TotalMix FX 1.32 update for iOS, visit the iTunes store.
To download the latest TotalMix FX software for desktop use, visit RME’s download page.
Here’s a YouTube video from the RME channel, which covers the main features of their highly anticipated Fireface UFX+ interface.