RME OctoMic XTC - eight microphone
and line inputs, four switchable to Hi-Z mode, meet an unrivaled
variety of digital connection protocols - from common ADAT and AES/EBU
to sophisticated 64-channel MADI optical.
Analog signals are converted with RME's newest converter technology.
Maintaining the excellent sound and frequency response that RME
converters are known for, this preamp excels in an extraordinary gain
range, extremely low latencies and stunning EIN and signal to noise
With the help of the full color TFT
display, the quickly accessible setup options reveal another truely
unique feature: all analog and digital inputs, including up to 64 MADI
channels and 8 AES/EBU audio channels, can be freely patched to any
output - including the 24 channels of its Class Compliant USB 2.0 audio
When attached by MIDI (DIN, MIDI over
MADI, or USB) to an RME audio interface running TotalMix FX, the
OctaMic XTC can be remote controlled directly within the input channel
strips of TotalMix. An example is the combination of the renowned
Fireface UFX with an XTC on top, connected via ADAT, adding 8 analog
inputs and 4 analog outputs to RME’s flagship interface.
Full remote control support allows the unit to be as close to the
analog signal source as possible while important settings and
configurations can be modified, as well as stored and recalled, not only
on the unit itself, but also from a larger distance.
With 24 channels I/O in Class
Compliant mode the XTC is also the most flexible and advanced interface
ever built to work with the iPad (needs Apple Camera Connection Kit).
The OctaMic XTC is a full range hi-end preamp and
AD/DA-converter in reference quality, fully remote controllable. In a
standard 19" box with 1 unit height the device offers numerous
extraordinary features like Intelligent Clock Control (ICC), SyncCheck,
SteadyClock, QuickGain, AutoSet, MIDI over MADI, and remote control via
USB, MADI and MIDI. It includes 8-channel 192 kHz / 24-bit AD conversion
with eight high class microphone and line/ instrument pre-amplification
inputs in excellent RME quality. Lowest distortion, excellent signal to
noise ratio and perfect linear frequency response allow for unchanged
transmission and amplification of the microphone signals.
OctaMic XTC provides 8 balanced XLR mic/line inputs. 4
balanced line inputs via TRS and 4 unbalanced line/instrument inputs via
TS were realized by using Neutrik XLRs/TRS combo jacks. Frontside keys
give quick and direct access to the most often used functions, perfectly
visualized on an easy to read TFT-display.
The XTC's 8-channel AD- and 4 channel DA-conversion operates
at up to 192 kHz. The digitized signal is available simultaneously at
the double ADAT output (S/MUX), a D-sub 25 connector (4 AES/EBU outputs)
and MADI optical. Using Mac OS X or an iPad™, up to 24 I/Os can also be
used via USB.
RME’s outstanding SteadyClock™ ensures perfect
AD/DA-conversion, as jitter on the external sync sources is nearly
completely removed. The digital inputs and outputs can be used
simultaneously to the AD/DA conversion. Sophisticated routing options
turn the OctaMic XTC into an AD/DA-converter with multiple digital
outputs of different formats, as well as a digital format converter
between ADAT, AES and MADI, and also a signal inserter/extractor for
serialized MADI setups.
Equipped with the latest professional AD-converters, the OctaMic XTC
excels with super low noise, super low THD, and super low latency
conversion (< 0.28 ms).
QuickGain. Each input channel pair features a
direct select button for quick access of the input gains, which can
then be set immediately with the encoder knobs 1 and 2.
AutoSet. Prevents overload by automatically
reducing the gain when the input level gets too high. Can be used
individually per channel or for groups.
Groups. Channels can be freely assigned to up to four groups. The gain can be changed individually or for the whole group.
Clear State. Dedicated LEDs for present
signal, overload, phantom power and PAD/instrument mode for every input
channel are accompanied by detailed metering on the color display.
Monitoring. Two high power TRS stereo
line/phones outputs provide high volumes with high and low impedance
headphones. The source of these analog outputs can be chosen between all
signals handled by the XTC.
High Resolution Color Display. In
combination with two rotary encoders operating the XTC is quick and
easy. The display shows level meters for all inputs, menus and pages for
all settings and functions, input gain values, digital routing,
monitoring and much more.
MIDI remote control is available via 2 standard MIDI DIN jacks, MIDI over MADI and USB.
Digital synchronization is achieved through all digital inputs and word clock.
Digital I/O. The XTC has all common digital
formats on board: AES/EBU, ADAT optical and MADI optical, for inputs and
outputs. The USB port allows for firmware updates under Windows and
Mac. On Mac OS X and with the iPad USB turns the XTC into a flexible
24-channel audio interface.
Analog Inputs. The XTC has eight high end,
digitally controlled microphone preamps. Four of them feature PAD for
input levels up to +32 dBu. The other four can be switched to Hi-Z mode
to directly connect instruments. All TRS connections are phantom
power-free. The outstanding design of the input circuits provides a
stunning gain range of 85 dB, making the XTC compatible to whatever
source is attached to its inputs.
• SNR AD: 113 dB RMS unweighted, 117 dBA
• THD: < 0.0003 %, < -110 dB
• Frequency response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: 8 Hz - 94 kHz
• SNR DA: 115 dB RMS unweighted, 118 dBA
• Frequency response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: 8 Hz - 75 kHz
• Supported sample rates: 28 kHz - 200 kHz
• Sync Sources: AES/EBU, Word Clock, MADI, ADAT, internal
• SteadyClock™ ensures best sound quality even when synched to jittery external clocks.
8 balanced XLR microphone/line inputs, 4 TRS line, 4 TRS instrument inputs
85 dB gain range: Analog input level from -53 dBu up to +32 dBu
Hi-end circuit design with relais and lowest noise mic preamp
Nearly noise-free gain changing
AutoSet: automatic gain reduction with multiple linking
Latest generation super low latency AD-converters
2 unbalanced hi-power stereo outputs line/phones
Unit's current state can be stored on 6 memory slots
Completely remote controllable
Word clock input and output
MIDI I/O via DIN, USB (2x) and MADI
4 x AES/EBU out via D-Sub, 8 channels @ 192 kHz
2 x ADAT out, 8 channels @ 96 kHz
MADI I/O (64 channels @ 48 kHz)
Phantom power: +48 Volt switchable per channel
Internal wide range switching power supply 100-240 Volt AC