A game changing MicPre for the next decade.

MADI-powered preamps by RME: Since more than a decade the first choice for high quality orchestral recordings around the world. RME Micstasy and OctaMic mic preamps were used for countless high-profile classic orchestra recordings, winning numerous Awards worldwide, including several Grammies.

Finally, with the 12Mic the Next Generation Microphone Preamp with spectacular sound and reference specifications has arrived: Twelve remote controllable microphone preamps with no-compromise A/D conversion, integrated AVB and MADI connectivity, and a multitude of features designed to make it a perfect companion for next level, professional recording.

Next Level of Quality

12 Reference MicPres + ADC


+ Network Remote Control

Full Redundancy



All you need.

Combining 12 game changing MicPres & AD Conversion with Direct Headphone Monitoring, AVB MILAN and MADI/ADAT.
Including full network-powered Remote Control and USB updates.

Mic Preamps

or Line Level ADC

Instrument Ins

XLR/TRS Mic/Inst/Line

Headphone Out

Direct Monitoring

ADAT Out Channels


WordClock I/O


AVB/TSN I/O Channels

2 x RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet Port
(802.3 compliant / AVDECC controller)

MADI I/O Channels

Coaxial + Optical SFP (optional)
64 Channels in Redundancy mode

USB Port: Network connection & FirmWare Updates

When the device is connected with a USB 2.0 cable to a Apple macOS or Microsoft Windows computer, the 12Mic is automatically installed as a network device with an assigned IP number. The USB port cannot be used to stream audio signals.

Network Remote Control

RME AVB devices can be fully remote controlled via a web-interface on any network link (including USB and wirelessly over Wi-Fi), allowing for the rapid creation of gain groups, phantom power switching, and routing of signals to headphones for monitoring.

Routing Matrix

The integrated next-level routing matrix allows for quick routing of any analog inputs straight to the headphone output, as well as all digital signals and AVB streams.

Analog Specifications

XLR In 1-12

  • Input: XLR, electronically balanced•Input impedance: 3.4 kOhm
  • Gain range: 75 dB, 1 dB steps
  • Resolution AD: 24 bit
  • Frequency response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.1 dB: 8 Hz – 20.8 kHz
  • Frequency response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: 4 Hz – 29.2[1]
  • Frequency response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: 3 Hz – 43.7[1]
  • THD @ 30 dB gain: < -110 dB, < 0.00032 %
  • THD+N @ 30 dB gain: < -104 dB, < 0.00063 %
  • Channel separation: > 110 dB
  • Signal to Noise ratio (SNR): 118 dB RMS unweighted, 121 dBA
  • Maximum input level, Gain 0 dB: +18 dBu
  • Maximum input level, Gain 75 dB: -57 dBu

[1] optimized impulse response filter

TRS In 1-4

As above, but:

  • As above, but:
  • TRS jack, balanced•Gain range: 42 dB, 1 dB steps
  • Maximum input level, Gain 8 dB: +21 dBu
  • Maximum input level, Gain 50 dB: -21 dBu
  • Switchable high impedance (unbalanced TS): 1 MOhm

Phones 1/2:

  • Resolution: 24 Bit•Noise (DR): 115 dB RMS unweighted, 118 dBAFrequency response @ 44.1 kHz, -0.5 dB: 9 Hz – 22 kHz
  • Frequency response @ 96 kHz, -0.5 dB: 9 Hz – 45 kHz
  • Frequency response @ 192 kHz, -1 dB: 8 Hz – 75 kHz
  • THD+N: < -100 dB, < 0.001 %
  • Channel separation: > 110 dB
  • Output: 6.3 mm TRS stereo (unbalanced) or mono (balanced) jack
  • Maximum output level at 0 dBFS: +13 dBu (unbalanced), +19 dBu (balanced)
One more thing

AVB Tool

Basically a 4 Mic Pre version of the 12Mic with the same incredible specs, the all-new AVB Tool adds multi-channel AVB & MADI features with full routing to any setup.

Additionally to the headphone output, the ultra-compact AVB Tool provides an additional analog stereo monitoring output. This way it can work not only as frontend for a Mic setup, but as AVB & MADI monitoring device for FOH or Tonmeister recording rooms.

The flexibly design with the cost efficient Audio-over-IP AVB/MILAN protocol allows the building of complete communication infrastructures, e. g. for court houses, transportation or company facilities. Shipping Now!

12Mic vs. AVB Tool

Inputs & Outputs

12 MicPres 4

4 High Impedance TS (alternative) 4

4 Line TRS (alternative) 4

2 Analog Headphone Output Channels 2

0 Line TRS Output Channels (e.g. Monitoring) 2

128 MADI I/Os 48 kHz (coaxial + optical) 128

128 AVB I/Os 48 kHz (full redundancy) 128

24 ADAT Outs 48 kHz 0

12 Mic Preamps + AD Conversion

Simply Next Level.

The PAD-free microphone input stages provide 75 dB gain range and accept signals of up to +18 dBu.

All twelve front-facing XLR connections accept microphone and line level signals, whilst the first four connections also accept TRS connectors, with switchable high impedance (Hi-Z) for instruments.

The combination of RME´s new reference-class Mic Preamp design and Analog Conversion with SteadyClock FS simply capture all details in unmatched precision. A game changing Mic Preamp for the next decade.

121.2 dBA

SNR on all channels



SteadyClock FS

Pro Audio Clock featuring FemtoSecond Accuracy &complete JITTER Immunity

Clock + AD Conversion: The 12MIC and the AVB Tool provide RME´s highest quality analog conversion technology, like the industry-leading ADI-2 PRO FS – in every channel.

Audio-over-IP. Next Generation.

AVB. MILAN-powered

The 12Mic includes the new RME AVB Core implementing the IEEE standards for audio streaming, discovery and control meticulously. Like all other AVB devices, the 12Mic can be discovered and fully controlled by any AVB controller. Any signal reaching the 12Mic can be routed and streamed over deterministic networks with fixed latency and guaranteed bandwidth – no switch configuration required!

Different streams per device

In AM824 (legacy AVB) or high-performance AAF (MILAN compatible) format

Max. channels per stream

Each In and Out stream can be configured to contain 1-8, 12 or 16 audio channels in AAF or AM824 format

Total Audio channels

Across all streams (bidirectional)

The network ports support a link speed of 1 Gb/s for AVB are used to send and receive:

  • up to eight AVB audio streams when connected to AVB switches and endpoints,
  • remote status/control with AVDECC, and
  • remote status/control with HTTP over IP routed networks.

AVB Network Latency

All devices in an AVB network share the same time. This allows the sending device (talker) to specify the precise point of time when its audio samples should be played out at the receiver side (listener). This is achieved by adding an offset to the current time and sending the resulting timestamp with each sample transmitted. The timestamp is called “presentation time” and has nanosecond precision. For comparison, a single sample at 48 kHz has a duration of over 20800 ns.
The receiver compares the incoming presentation time of each sample to the current time and buffers the sample until the presentation time is has come.

Maximum Flexibility


The 12Mic provides a coaxial MADI I/O and a SFP port for an optional, second independent or redundant optical MADI port. Both ports can be used for daisy chaining, merging and converting MADI signals with lowest latencies.

In addition, three optical ADAT outputs for up to 24 outputs at single speed or 12 outputs at 96 kHz sampling rate offer compatibility to a wide range of audio equipment.

The impressive I/O array delivers a combination of microphone inputs, MADI, ADAT and AVB signals – which can be freely routed between the formats.

up to

192 kHz
up to 2000m / 20km





Single-mode or Multi-mode optical MADI

The SFP port can be optionally equipped with 125 MBit/s transceivers with LC connectors with multi-mode or single-mode cable support. The integration of an SFP port not only lowers the overall cost of the device, but allows an easy integration into any broadcast infrastructure with the possible switch to a single-mode module for transmission distances of up to 20 km. The MADI SFP modules can be purchased from Synthax USA.

MADI-powered RME preamps
Since more than a decade the first choice for high quality orchestral recordings around the world.


Full Broadcast Redundancy

Never miss a single beat, when your job is on the line.

Multiple layers of redundancy make the 12Mic a perfect companion for any kind of live sound application.

2x Power Supply
AC and 12V DC
Two fully redundant network ports with AVB/ MILAN specs.
The MADI ports support RME’s MADI redundancy.

Full Front Panel Control

High Resolution Display

All device states can be controlled directly from the front panel with convenient, direct access to all features. For example, all Mic Gains can be set with a simple selection of the channel and the big rotary control.

Other features:
– Headphone output – Source selection/Gain
– Standby mode
– Activation of Hi-Z Instruments inputs
– Phantom power
– Peakmeter

Full Front Panel Control

High Resolution Display

All device states can be controlled directly from the front panel with convenient, direct access to all features. For example, all Mic Gains can be set with a simple selection of the channel and the big rotary control.

Other features:
– Headphone output – Source selection/Gain
– Standby mode
– Activation of Hi-Z Instruments inputs
– Phantom power
– Peakmeter


Babyface PRO FS + PREMIUM PLUG-IN Bundle

RME teamed with S-Gear, state-of-the-art software guitar amplification by Scuffham Amps, to offer its software free-of-charge with the purchase of an RME Babyface Pro FS audio interface. Additionally, Babyface Pro FS users will also have free access to:
– Brainworx BX Opto
– Brainworx BX Masterdesk plug-ins.



Digicheck Next Generation – is a completely rewritten and newly designed version of RME´s highly professional audio metering and analyzing software for Mac OS.
DigiCheck NG is very easy to use, a simple right click provides all options for every measurement instrument, e. g. settings and appearance.



The AVB Tool is more than simply a four Mic Pre version of the 12Mic.
The RME AVB Tool combines MADI and AVB/MILAN with four high-precision microphone, instrument and line level inputs, plus headphone and separate line level outputs and rapid user interaction in an ultra-compact package.


RME Fireface Series Premium Plugin Bundles

Flagship Interfaces. Flagship features.
RME Interfaces are like high-engineered sports cars: No compromises. Optimized for speed – even in rough situations. Running fast and stable at ultra-low latencies – especially at the extremes. A high focus on cutting-edge interface technology meets the best latency in class – reliable up to the highest plugin load. Coming with now with the PREMIUM PLUGIN BUNDLE.