RME M-16 AD :
RME's M-16 AD is a 16-channel high-end AD converter, easy to
operate yet having a comprehensive feature set.
The unit combines excellent analog circuit design with the
latest converter chips and RME's superior SteadyClock,
resulting in a state-of-the-art AD conversion - 16 times!
The unit's unique set of features includes analog limiters,
three hardware reference levels up to +24 dBu,
MADI and ADAT I/O up to 192 kHz, 6.3 mm TRS and D-sub inputs,
remote control via MIDI, and operation across a
wide range of mains voltages, all packed into a 2U enclosure. An
extraordinary limiter, conceived and optimised
for professional studio, stage, and broadcast applications,
offers essential operational safety with its capability
to limit an input's overload of up to 17 dB without audible
distortion (max. input level + 30 dBu).
The M-16 provides multichannel conversion in reference quality -
at an unbeatable price/performance ratio!
- 16-channel AD converter, fully symmetrical design, 116 dBA
- 19" enclosure with only 2 units height
- 1 x MADI I/O, 32 chanels @ 96 kHz, 16 channels @ 192 kHz
- 4 x ADAT Out, 16 channels @ 96 kHz, 8 channels @ 192 kHz
- Zero Delay MADI I/O: no delay compensation necessary when
- Analog limiter can be activated
- 32* LED level meters with 5 LEDs each
- 32* LEDs to display the Limiter state per channel
- SteadyClock(TM) - prestine sound quality independently from
the quality of the external clock signal
- SyncCheck® - unique technology to check clock
- All settings are stored permanently
- Fully remote controllable via MIDI and MIDI over MADI
FeaturesThe M-16 AD offers an outstanding AD conversion to MADI and ADAT
formats in a compact 19" unit with only 2U height.
The balanced analog inputs based on RME's reference design from
the ADI-8 QS guarantee excellent S/N and THD specs across a wide analog
Three different hardware levels are available. Using up-to-date
converter technology, the device not only works up to 192 kHz, but also
a real-world signal-to-noise ratio of 116 dBA - on all channels.
SteadyClock(TM) guarantees perfect sound quality through
efficient jitter suppression, making the device completely independent
from the quality
of external clock signals. Intelligent Clock Control not only
displays every clock status by means of flashing LEDs, but will also
retain the last
valid input sample rate in case of failure of the external
source. Other renowned RME technologies like SyncCheck allow quick
detection of clock problems.
All M-series converters are fully remote controllable and
configurable via MIDI. Each unit's complete status can be monitored,
including all the front panel's displays. Individual IDs can be
set for each unit, for separated control of multiple units via a single
Control software for Mac and PC is supplied and allows easy
remote control, also with MIDI transfer via MADI (MIDI Extender).
M-16 AD have optical and coaxial MADI inputs. In
case of failure of an input signal, the source is switched immediately,
if a valid signal is present on the other input.
The M-16 AD's four ADAT outputs provide simple connectivity with
other studio equipment. A combination with RME's HDSPe RayDAT makes a
allowing the transfer of 32 channels into a Mac or PC with
regular optical Toslink cables at an unbeatable price. The converter's
ADAT input only serves as an optional source for external
All settings are retained when the unit is powered off.
The MADI input serves as optional external clock source, but
also as MADI pass-through input. Since the M-16 AD uses only 16
of the MADI signal, unused channels of the input signal are fed
through to the output. This way, the signals of two or more units can be
combined into one MADI stream of 64 channels, with every unit
adding its channels to the input signal, resulting in one line at the
output of the last unit.
M-16 AD can be freely combined up to a total of
One M-32 AD can be combined with one or two M-16 AD, as can be
up to four M-16 AD.
Of course, the units can be synced with sample accuracy by word
The number of channels that can be achieved with MADI depends on
the sample rate range.
At 48 kHz there are up to 64 channels, at 96 kHz 32, at 192 kHz
16 channels. Therefore at 192 kHz the M-32 AD can only work as 16
The number of channels that can be achieved with ADAT depends on
the sample rate range. At 48 kHz there are 8 channels per port,
at 96 kHz 4, at 192 kHz 2 channels. Therefore at 192 kHz the
M-32 AD can convert only 8 channels via its four ADAT ports.
Input AD: 1/4" TRS jack and
25 pin D-sub, servo balanced, completely symmetrical audio path
Output AD: 4 x ADAT optical,
1 x MADI optical/coaxial
Dynamic Range AD: 113 dB RMS
unweighted, 116 dBA
THD AD: < -110 dB (<
THD+N AD: < -104 dB
(< 0.00063 %)
Crosstalk AD: > 130 dB
Input level for 0 dBFS: +24
dBu, +19 dBu, +13 dBu
Frequency response AD, -0.1
dB: 10 Hz - 23.2 kHz (sf 48 kHz)
Frequency response AD, -0.5
dB: < 5 Hz - 45 kHz (sf 96 kHz)
Frequency response AD, -1
dB: < 5 Hz - 80 kHz (sf 192 kHz)
Sample rates: 44.1, 48,
88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz, variable (Sync/WC)
Jitter: Typical < 1
ns for internal, Word Clock, ADAT and MADI input
Jitter sensitivity: all PLLs
operate error-free even at 100 ns
Jitter suppression: > 30
dB (2.4 kHz)
Power supply: Internal
switching mode PS, 100V - 240V AC, 60 Watt
Dimensions: (WxHxD) 483 x
88 x 200 mm