RME 12MIC Preamp for Audio Networks
The RME 12Mic is a twelve channel remote controllable microphone preamplifier with no-compromise A/D conversion, integrated AVB and MADI connectivity, and a multitude of features designed to make it a perfect companion for any professional recording.
RME’s first preamp for audio networks
The RME 12Mic features twelve microphone and line level inputs with digital, no-compromise, studio-quality conversion; remote controllable gains; integrated MADI and AVB connectivity; plus a multitude of additional functionality, designed to make it the perfect companion for any professional recording setup.
Twelve transparent mic preamps for exceptional conversion performance
The PAD-free microphone input stages have a 75 dB gain range and accept signals of up to +18 dBu. On the conversion side, the extraordinary SNR values show an astonishing 121.2 dB(A) on all channels. All twelve front-facing XLR connections accept microphone and line level signals, whilst the first four connections also accept TRS connectors, with switchable high impedance (Hi-Z) for instruments.
MADI & ADAT for maximum flexibility
Both coaxial and optical (via an SFP module) MADI I/O is available for independent or redundant operation, and can be used for daisy chaining, merging and converting MADI signals at incredibly low latency. Three optical ADAT outputs provide up to 24 channels of audio at single speed (for example, a combination of microphone inputs, MADI signals and AVB signals), or 12 output channels at 96 kHz sampling rate, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of audio interfaces.
Additionally, the ADAT ports can also be used to send monitor mixes from the AVB or MADI inputs to existing DACs/headphone amps.
Two fully redundant network ports
For the first time, RME offers an AVB device with two fully redundant network ports, based on the recommendations of MILAN. The RME AVB Core has meticulously implemented the IEEE standards for audio- streaming, discovery and control, allowing RME devices to be both discovered and fully controlled by any AVB controller, and making vendor-specific control protocols a thing of the past. Any signal reaching the 12Mic can be routed and streamed over a network with fixed latency and guaranteed bandwidth - no switch configuration is required!
Plug 'n' play - rapid user interaction
Control all device states directly from the front panel for convenient, direct access to all features. RME AVB devices can also be fully remote controlled via a web-interface on any network link (including wirelessly over Wi-Fi), allowing for the rapid creation of gain groups, phantom power switching, and routing of signals to headphones for monitoring. The integrated routing matrix allows for quick routing of any analog inputs straight to the headphone output, as well as all digital signals and AVB streams. As such, problem-solving of signals, clocking, connectivity or other issues is both simple and straight-forward!
In digital audio, the clock frequency is an essential factor, as it creates the correlation between the audio bits and the time reference. Unfortunately, the clock frequency is not always as stable as desired. The 12Mic offers full SteadyClock FS performance for lowest jitter and highest jitter immunity. Excellent performance in all clock modes and High Quality Analog Conversion to hear your mix as it is. Digital format conversion in RME products are done without any loss or degradation, and SteadyClock FS ensures your sonic image will never experience degradation. This helps to optimize recordings and mixes because the soundstage has more depth and clarity.
- 1 x Phones Output
- 4 x Mic/Line Preamp
- 12 x Mic/Instrument
- 1 x Redundant power supplies
- 1 x Word Clock I/O
- 1 x USB connectors
- 1 x MADI I/O coaxial
- 3 x ADAT Out
- 1 x MADI SFP
- 2 x Gigabit Ethernet (802.3 compliant)
- SteadyClock FS
|Input Connectors||Analog XLR, BNC, Optical, XLR Combo Jack TRS|
|Output Connectors||BNC, MADI, Optical|
I purchased the RME 12Mic to add more analog inputs to my RME Fireface UFX+ audio interface, and I am very happy with my decision. While there are many other options out there, I have been an RME fan for many years because of the quality, versatility and stability of their audio interfaces.
Fireface UFX+ doesn’t support network connections, so I connected the 12 Mic to it via MADI coaxial and ADAT optical cables to test it out. Both were working fine, but I decided to go with the MADI coaxial. Setting up the 12Mic tracks in the RME TotalMix desktop application was very quick and easy.
I also connected the 12Mic to my PC via the USB connection to have the option to configure its internal connections via the web based interface. It was very intuitive as well. I don’t recall reaching out to the manual.
12Mic looks also great and the narrow 1U hight is a plus for saving space in your rack or on your desk. The OLED screen and the interface is also great, making it very easy to configure it without a computer.
So far all the recordings I’ve made through the different inputs sound as great as those through the analog inputs on the Frieface UFX+. Therefore, I highly recommend it!
I also want to thank to Brian Gross who has been always very professional and friendly. Vintage King Audio has been always on top of my list of stores selling professional studio gear.
Keep up the great work,
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