Every now and then a product comes along that ticks all the boxes. This is certainly the case with the new Babyface Pro from RME.
When the original Babyface first came out I was extremely impressed with how good it sounded. It looked great, the build quality was solid and the Mac and PC audio drivers were second to none. The only thing I didn’t like was the breakout cable. It served a purpose, and at the time it was the best way of getting everything the consumer wanted in such a small format - it did look a bit like a squid though.
Enter the new upgraded RME Babyface Pro. The Pro looks hot! It’s essentially the same footprint of its baby brother, but no longer do we need to deal with the breakout cable. Additionally RME have included some very tasty metering on the front panel. Nice!
I/O is now completely internal. All up you get 12 input and output channels. This is broken up into analog and digital connection. Adat optical ports handle the digital connection. You get a pair of high quality microphone preamps VIA XLR connections. Monitoring is handled by a pair of fully balanced XLR connections plus a high volume headphone output. Midi is a nice addition. Hook-up any old midi equipped keyboard.
RME audio interfaces have always been synonymous with high quality DA/AD conversion and solid drivers. These audio interfaces are extremely reliable. This new Babyface Pro continues this grand tradition and adds a few nice little touches, like internal connections and front panel metering!
The Babyface Pro would be my pick for a high quality, reliable USB audio Interface that will be at home in both the studio or on the road as your mobile rig. Sure it's a bit more expensive than the original model but is it worth the extra dollars. My opinion is yes. The standard Babyface still proves to be the best interface under $1000, but if you want the next level up and don't need all the I/O of the UCX or UFX the Babyface Pro is certainly the best option just the $1000 mark.
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