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RME Fireface UC vs Audient ID22/ASP800
Old 20th May 2019
Gear Head
RME Fireface UC vs Audient ID22/ASP800

I have an ID22 and a separate ASP800 unit. I'm very happy with them, but I need more outputs for reamping and outboard processing, and so I'm thinking about buying a single unit with 6-8 outs and 6-8 ins which are enough for my use case.

I was looking at RME Fireface. Would this be an upgrade in terms of sound quality to my Audient? I really dig the ASP800 preamps, and to my ears they are already pretty great. Especially compared to something like cheap Focusrite or M-Audio etc.

I do lots of A/D and D/A during outboard processing and while I cannot spend thousands of EUR on some mastering grade interface I'm still wondering if the RME is an upgrade in that sense.

What do you think?

Of course I'd take any other suggestions as an upgrade to my Audients with 6-8 outs and 6-8 ins in the 1000 EUR price range.
Old 21st May 2019
Gear Head
Old 21st May 2019
I have no expierence with Audient, but I can say that the Fireface UC is one of the most trusted parts of my set-up. Great sound, flexible routing and amazing driver support.
Old 21st May 2019
I used to use the UC...fantastic bit of kit. I've since upgraded to the Rme Fireface UFX II...which is even better.

Last edited by hello people; 21st May 2019 at 11:44 AM..
Old 21st May 2019
Gear Head
Soundwise, i doubt it will make a huge difference. I went from a iD22 to a Fireface 802, and i did not notice any big change in sound. Which i did not mind, as i was pleased with the Audient conversion.

Stability and features however, is a different story. IME, RME stands above most when it comes to driver stability, and TotalMix is extremely flexible.
Old 22nd May 2019
I have used different converters in the past, although not the Audient. I use a RME UFX with a UCX as ADAT (had the UCX for 6 years before upgrading to the UFX and kept it) and I have to say it just works. Never had to reboot it, never had weird glitches. I never had that luxury with other converters that I used on other systems than mine. They "might" sound a bit different, but I think RME is first class when it comes to sound and performance.
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