RME Hammerfall DSP RPM

Feb 17, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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RME has extended its Hammerfall DSP Series with an I/O-Box. The RPM is a portable, turntable/CD/Mic/MIDI interface that can be used to connect two turntables or two line sources (CD, DVD, sampler etc.) and a microphone to any computer. With TotalMix, RME's audio mixer, the five inputs and up to 12 computer playback channels can be freely assigned to two separate stereo outputs and a dedicated headphone out. External MIDI instruments and controllers can be integrated via a MIDI input and output.

The microphone input features a Neutrik XLR/phones combo jack and a discrete Class-A front end with gain ranging from 10 to 60 dB. Two pairs of low-noise phono inputs (cinch/RCA) are equipped with RIAA frequency-correction for moving-magnet cartridges. They can easily be reconfigured for the connection of CD/DVD players or any electronic sound source with line-level. To avoid clipping of the A/D converters and to improve the level alignment of connected devices, the input sensitivity can be changed within the settings dialog.

The RPM has three independent stereo outputs: Aux and main, located on the back panel, use RCA connectors. Main features an additional pair of balanced stereo TRS jacks, supplying the same signal with a level increased by 6 dB. The third output is a stereo jack on the front panel that also serves as a headphone out. High-quality AD/DA converters with a S/N ratio of up to 110 dB and a low-jitter clock provide 24 -bit record and playback quality at sampling rates from 32 to 96 kHz.

The RPM comes with a built-in hardware mixer based on RME's TotalMix technology. Its capability to route and mix any of the input and playback channels to any output provides the RPM with three independent stereo submix outputs.

Except for the microphone gain and the headphone level, all settings are done via the connected computer. Once the levels, input selections and signal routings are set, RME's Disconnect mode allows the RPM to be disconnected from the computer. A power and user-controlled hardware bypass switches the phono preamp's outputs directly to the line outputs.

Full ASIO 2.0, GSIF, MME (.WAV) and CoreAudio support on Windows XP and Mac OS X provide smooth operation with any professional DJ-tools such as BPMStudio, Traktor, Live or any other audio software. And, the RPM can use all of the functions of DIGICheck, RME's included software for audio analysis.

RPM is expected to ship this month with price TBA.

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