[LAU] RME Babyface on Linux

Brent Busby brent at keycorner.org
Tue Aug 1 20:57:44 UTC 2017

Fons Adriaensen <fons at linuxaudio.org> writes:

> I have a Babyface Pro, and I'm quite satisfied with it.
> With Linux it works in class-compliant mode. You have all the
> 12 inputs and outputs (4 analog + 1 ADAT), but no hdspmixer.
> Most things (sample rate, input and output gains, phantom 
> power), can be controlled from the unit itself. This includes
> mixing, but limited to the 4 analog I/O and the first two
> ADAT channels. Also no panning, only L,C,R.
> Audio quality is perfect. Just one thing to be aware of:
> the first two analog outputs are REALLY balanced, i.e. you
> get two antiphase signals on pins 2 and 3 of the XLR. 
> Which means that to connect to an unbalanced input you
> need a  non-standard cable, leaving pin 3 unconnected.
> And strangely enough, analog inputs 3 and 4 (on TRS) are
> *not* balanced. 

Thanks very much for the information.  I think I'd like to go ahead and
get a Babyface Pro then, because I'm used to RME quality.  Does
controlling your headphone/monitor mix from the hardware ever cause you
any difficulty in real usage?

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