RME Babyface Pro 24 Channel Audio Interface for iPad / Mac / PC - 4 Analog Inputs (Discontinued)

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96 out of 100. Incorporating 250+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$899
RME Babyface Pro

Specifications

  • A/D Resolution: 24-bit/192kHz
  • Connectors: USB (Requires Lightning to USB Adapter)
  • Simultaneous Channels: 4 (Up to 12 via ADAT)
  • Inputs: 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4", 1 x ADAT toslink
  • Outputs: 2 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" Headphones, 1 x ADAT toslink
  • MIDI: In/Out via Breakout Cable
  • Power: DC Power Supply or USB Bus Powered
  • Bundled Software: TotalMix FX
  • Phantom Power: Yes

Overview

Note: This has been superseded by the RME Babyface Pro FS.

This unit comes with many interesting features that easily set it apart from the competition, most notable of which is its extended range of 76dB, which increments in 1dB steps. This extra gain allows for improved clarity and compatibility with low level microphones.

Another noteworthy feature is the redesigned XLR socket, which saves space and better secures connection.

Of course the ADAT toslink connection, which allows the addition of 8 input/ouput channels via an ADAT audio interface, is a key feature those who might want to expand beyond the 4 input channels initially on offer.

Other features include 2 mic preamps, hi-Z (instrument) and lo-Z (line) inputs and MIDI input/output.

All of these features are packed inside a compact yet solid aluminum housing that's equally at home in portable and home studio applications.

It found use with many people using it as a mobile recording solution to go with their iPads.

While listed as capable of 12 in, 12 out, many users were disappointed that only 2 xlr preamps are present. To use the full capacity of the Babyface Pro, you will need an external preamp via ADAT.

If you're going for a premium audio interface that's portable, the RME Babyface Pro is a great pick that's not only easy to bring to your next recording session, jam, or gig, but also looks at home next to your minimalist home recording setup.

Get the Babyface Pro if you alternate between mobile and home setups with additional inputs and need MIDI I/O. The software has a learning curve to get over but after that you're golden.

Hands On Reports

Website Source *Rating Value
Sound On Sound Mark Wherry 96/100
Gear Gods Alex Nasla 94/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm's adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.

Gearank Recommendation

The Babyface Pro appeared on our recommended list for USB Audio Interfaces from December 2019 through October 2020.

It first appeared on our recommended list for USB Compatible iPad Audio Interfaces in May 2017 and remained there until October 2020 when it had been superseded by the RME Babyface Pro FS.

Unfortunately this is no longer available new in stores - for alternatives look at our recommended lists in our guides to The Best iPad Audio Interfaces and The Best USB Audio Interfaces.