RME Fireface UC by sata_fortuna
RME Fireface UC
i used to have the firewire version of this unit (fireface 400) and worked perfectly on my mac. i loved it, used mostly for field outdoor recordings.
I had to change to UC couse, due to compatibility issues with my felow filmmakers, i had switch to pc. The firewire is not a standar for pc laptop makers and the TI chipset expresscard i get just didn't worked quite well.
a snap to USB and problem solved immediatly.
The Driver works perfectly, very stable, never had an issue so far (had it for two months now).
The totalmix version working with this unit is a little different than the 400, is the new UFX version. The features and easy of use are mostly the same thought.
As my former one, the AD and DA converters are really clean, built quality and portability are perfect for recordings on the road.
the preamps get the job done, but since i generally record more than two channels and i prefered my mackie's preamps i always use it with the mixer.
The downside is that it can't be bus powered, but it doesn't really boder me since a power supply is allways at hand in my job.
A little time ago RME realized a new unit called UCX, wich adds firewire and usb posibilities along with dsp effects and remote control options.
its also more expensive and the extra features doesn't do it for me.
Features of the UC are mostly the same as the 400's series, but it can get lower buffer sizes due to USB, so a little lower latency is posible.