Many of you may have bumped up your track count by introducing an ADAT microphone preamp input to get another eight microphones into your compact interface in the past. This is the idea behind the Digiface USB, except it doesn’t bother with any of the common attributes of most interfaces; it just offers raw power and the ability to send 32 channels into your machine via the four ADAT connections. You can reduce the total inputs and achieve up to 192 kHz sample rates with this device if you want additional quality over track count, along with using each input for either ADAT or stereo SP/DIF. Like many multi-channel preamps with ADAT outputs, these offer you eight channels of A/D conversion that can be slaved off of the Digiface’s stunning clock and can be brought back to life as the front end to a very powerful DAW recording setup.
As with all RME interfaces, the Digiface USB comes with their TotalMix software to allow you to fully take control of your signal routing once it gets into the box. As a bridging software between your interface and DAW, TotalMix is second to none. It may seem complex at first, but once you understand its architecture, you’ll soon appreciate the program for all that it can bring to your mix. Consider the ability to bring bus mixing and effects to every input channel before it even hits your DAW for greater control of your signals levels and tone. Imagine this control over 32 inputs, with recallable settings for quick setup of big sessions and you’ll understand why the Digiface combined with TotalMix and your choice of preamps and converters makes a very serious audio recording solution. Got a big band or an orchestra that your need to record? The Digiface will help you get the job done fast.