RME MADIface XT- is the world's first USB3 audio interface - and the world's smallest portable interface that
provides access to hundreds of audio channels in such a small package. For highest usability and connectivity the XT
can also be used with USB 2.0 (computer I/O limited to 70 channels). Its unique PCI Express port connects to External
PCI Express cards as well as adapters to Thunderbolt, providing all the fastest interfacing technologies available
for maximum channel count and lowest latency in one unit.
To bring together the most complete I/O set for live or studio usage, two digitally controlled high end mic/line
preamps, two balanced line outputs and one stereo phones output are included. Full stand-alone operation with remote
control over MADI plus TotalMix FX for unlimited mixing, routing and processing open an endless world of possible
For the most convenient desktop operation RME's Advanced Remote Control can be connected (option).
The RME MADIface XT is capable of transferring digital audio data directly into a computer, from any device equipped
with a MADI interface. Analog sources can be connected to a stereo analog input, and 2 stereo analog outputs add full
monitoring connectivity. Installation is simple, even for the inexperienced user, thanks to the latest Plug and Play
technology. The numerous unique features and well thought-out configuration dialogs put the MADIface XT at the very
top of the range of digital audio interfaces.
The front of the MADIface XT has 2 XLR/TRS line and microphone inputs, a stereo line/headphone output, two rotary
encoders with push functionality, four menu keys, a graphical colour display, and six status LEDs.
Mic/Line Inputs. The Neutrik combo sockets of the two Mic/Line inputs provide XLR and 6.3 mm / 1/4"
TRS connection. They have LEDs for Signal (SIG), Overload (Clip) and phantom power
Headphone Output. Channels 3/4 feed the headphone output, which also operates as high-quality
unbalanced line output.
Display. The display main screen (Global Level Meters) shows the current state of interface mode
(PCIe orange, USB 2 yellow, USB 3 blue), the sync state of MADI and AES inputs, and
incoming and outgoing MIDI data.
The four keys, the two encoders 1 and 2, the high-resolution and
clear colour display, and a well thought-out menu structure enable the user to quickly change and configure the
device’s settings completely without a computer. Help notes and clear markers in the display guide the user
through all functions. The rotary encoder 1 and 2 set the monitoring volume of the
rear and front output directly at the device.
The rear panel of the MADIface XT has two balanced analog outputs, word clock I/O, MADI coaxial I/O, two MADI optical
I/O, USB 3 port (compatible to USB 2), PCI Express connector, MIDI/AES I/O, the power socket and a power switch.
Balanced Line Level Outputs. 2 balanced analog outputs via XLR.
Word Clock I/O. BNC. In menu Options – Clock the input can be set to be terminated
with 75 Ohms.
MADI I/O coaxial: Standard coaxial MADI ports.
MADI I/O optical: 2 x standard optical MADI ports.
Remote. Mini-DIN. Connector for the optional remote controls with Volume, Store, Dim and Recall
MIDI I/O and AES/EBU I/O. D-sub connector for the included breakout cable with XLR for AES I/O and
5-pin DIN for MIDI I/O.
USB 3.0. USB socket for connection to the computer. USB bus power is not supported. Compatible to
PCI Express. External PCI Express connector for Molex E-PCIe standard cables.
POWER (switch): Turns the MADIface XT on and off.
Socket for power connection. The locking type jack fits the locking type DC connector on the
included power supply. After inserting the connector carefully turn it so that it locks.
The included hi-performance switch mode power supply operates in the range of 100V to 240V AC. It is
short-circuit-proof, has an integrated line-filter, is fully regulated against voltage fluctuations, and suppresses
The MADIface XT includes a powerful digital real-time mixer, the Hammerfall DSP mixer, based on RME’s unique,
sample-rate independent TotalMix technology. It allows for practically unlimited mixing and routing
operations, with all inputs and playback channels simultaneously, to any hardware outputs.
Here are some typical applications for TotalMix:
- Setting up delay-free submixes (headphone mixes). The MADIface XT allows for up to 99 (!) fully independent stereo
submixes. On an analog mixing desk, this would equal 198 (!) Aux sends.
- Unlimited routing of inputs and outputs (free utilisation, patchbay functionality).
- Distributing signals to several outputs at a time. TotalMix offers state-of-the-art splitter and distributor
- Simultaneous playback of different programs using only one stereo output. The ASIO multiclient driver handles
several programs at the same time, even identical playback channels. TotalMix provides the means to mix and
monitor these on a single stereo output, even when originating on different playback channels.
- Mixing of the input signal to the playback signal (complete ASIO Direct Monitoring). RME not only is the pioneer
of ADM, but also offers the most complete implementation of the ADM functions.
- Integration of external devices. Use TotalMix to insert external effects devices, be it in the playback or in the
record path. Depending on the current application, the functionality equals insert or effects send and effects
return, for example as used during real-time monitoring when adding some reverb to the vocals.
Every single input channel, playback channel and hardware output features a Peak and RMS level meter, calculated in
hardware (hardware output is Peak only). These level displays are very useful to determine the presence and routing
destinations of the audio signals.
Interface for External PCI Express, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
Sample rates: 32 kHz up to 192 kHz, variable (Sync/word clock)
Analog input gain range: 60 dB
SNR input: 108 dB RMS unweighted, 111 dBA
SNR output: 112 dB RMS unweigthed, 115 dBA
3 virtual MIDI over MADI I/Os, one external MIDI I/O
TotalMix: 4096-channel mixer with 46-bit internal resolution
SteadyClock™: super-stable digital clock, highest jitter suppression
Full stand-alone operation, including MIDI remote control
Comes with DIGICheck, RME's ultimate measurement, analysis and test tool