RME OctaMic XTC 8-Channel Microphone Preamp
8-Channel 192 kHz Digitally Controlled Microphone Preamplifier
The OctaMic XTC represents a new generation of top-class microphone, line and instrument preamp, high0end A/D converter, digital patchbay and format converter, monitoring device and last but not least the most flexible frontend for Apple's iPad.
With RME’s OctaMic XTC eight microphone and line inputs, four switchable to Hi-Z mode, combine with an unrivalled variety of digital connection protocols - from typical ADAT and AES/EBU to sophisticated 64-channel MADI optical.
Analogue signals are translated with RME's latest converter technology. Preserving the superb sound and frequency response that RME converters are well reputed for, this preamp reaches peak performance in exceptionally low latencies and stunning EIN and signal to noise ratios.
With the support of the full colour TFT display, the speedily accessible setup options uncover another sincerely individual feature: all analogue 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 the Class Compliant USB 2.0 audio interface format.
When attached by MIDI (DIN, MIDI over MADI, or USB) to an RME audio interface operating TotalMix FX, the Octamic XTC can be remote controlled directly from the confines of the input channel strips of TotalMix. An instance is the grouping of the distinguished Fireface UFX with an XTC on top, connected via ADAT, adding 8 analogue inputs and 4 analogue outputs to RME's prize interface.
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.
Dedicated LEDs for present signal, overload, phantom power and PAD/instrument mode for every input channel are accompanied by detailed metering on the colour display.
Two high power TRS stereo line/phones outputs provide high volume operating with high and low impedance headphones. The source of these analogue outputs can be chosen between all signals handled by the XTC.
MIDI remote control is available via 2 standard MIDI DIN jacks, MIDI over MADI and USB.
Digital synchronisation is achieved through all digital inputs and Word Clock.
The XTC has all common digital formats on board: AES/EBU, ADAT optical and MADI optical, for inputs and outputs. The USB-port also serves as firmware updater tool under Windows and Mac. On Mac OS X and with the iPad it turns the XTC into a 24-channel audio interface.
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.
- 8 x Mic/Line Preamps, digitally controlled
- 2 x Stereo Analogue Outputs
- 4 x AES/EBU I/O
- 1 x ADAT I/O (2 x out S/MUX)
- 1 x MADI I/O optical
- 1 x MIDI I/O DIN
- 2 x MIDI I/O USB
- 1 x MIDI over MADI