RME's distinguished do-it-all desktop interface just got even better.
The Babyface has been a winning formula for RME since it launched back in 2010 and was reviewed very favourably by our own Sam Inglis. The Babyface Pro came along five years later and Mark Wherry echoed Sam's sentiment of 'What's not to like?' Now we have the Babyface Pro FS, which is more of a refresh than an entirely reworked product, and it appears to keep all the things we like while stretching the technology to some new places.
What we like is the unassuming desktop form factor, the metering and that nice big dial that lends an effortless front end to the painstakingly achieved technical detail housed within. We also like that it comes in a hard plastic case reminiscent of a Bosch power drill, which would survive being run over by a tank. Mark mentioned in his review that he was surprised to find "A full printed manual! In 2016!" Well, imagine my surprise at finding one in 2020. And this is no quickstart guide in a dozen languages, this is 100 pages of detailed, pertinent information.
Physically, the Babyface Pro FS is almost completely unchanged from the earlier version. The same non-locking XLR microphone inputs and XLR main outputs on the back; two line and Hi-Z instrument inputs on the right side, along with parallel 3.5mm and quarter-inch headphone outputs. On the left side is the USB port, optional DC power socket when USB power is not...