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  • January 2006: The ADI-642 is shipping. The first 8 units are immediately taken into operation at the italian television. With its unique and powerful single channel matrix the ADI-642 offers not only perfect AES/MADI/AES conversion, but also an outstanding handling of all audio data, even in multi-unit operation - and all this remote-controlled as well.
     
  • November 2005: The HDSP AES-32 begins to ship and causes exaltation at broadcast and television. The card offers AES/EBU I/O with alll typical RME features, from TotalMix via SteadyClock up to RME's famous drivers.
     
  • November 2005: And another world-wide unique feature: thanks to a new firmware the Fireface 800 can now be steered and remote controlled via MIDI even in stand-alone mode.
     
  • July 2005: Apple just announced their switch to Intel processors, when RME followed shortly with the release of the world's first x86 OS X audio driver. With this the Fireface 800 turns into a lonely reference - for half a year.
     
  • July 2005: The ADI-192 DD is more than just a worthy successor of the ADI-8 DD. With now triple format conversion but simpified operation, highest quality SRCs, SteadyClock, and an - as always - unbeatable price/performance ratio the unit is simply without competition.
     
  • May 2005: A new driver for the whole HDSP series comes as gift for all RME customers: Newly designed TotalMix witht Monitor section and MIDI Remote Control on PC and Mac - for free.
     
  • January 2005: Mix Magazine declares the Fireface 800 to be a 'Certified Hit'. Shortly thereafter it becomes nominated for the Technical Excellence & Creativity Award 2005 as well.
     
  • October 2004: By releasing a Mac OS X driver for the Fireface 800, the Fireface becomes the first and only FW-800 audio interface on the Mac, and immediately turns into a reference here as well.
     
  • August 2004: Microsoft cuts the speed of FW800 dowsn to 100 MBit/s in XP SP2. RME reacts immediately, releases a comprehensive Tech Info plus firmware and driver update, botht providing an elegant workaround.
     
  • July 2004: RME ships an exemplary and world-wide unique FireWire audio interface - the Fireface 800. No other one supports 56 channels I/O, 1394b, and is not based on third party FireWire technology!
     
  • July 2004: Once again RME releases a worl-wide unique Tech Info, uncovering hardware errors in devices with 1394b interface.
     
  • April 2004: 58 magazines around the world gave the HDSP 9632 the mipa 2004 and declared it to be the 'Best Recording Device I/O'.
     
  • March 2004: The mic preamps OctaMic and OctaMic-D, already introduced in March 2003, are finally shipping. But the wait was worth it. No other mic preamp offers ADAT and AES outputs, 192 kHz conversion, active jitter suppression (SteadyClock) and exemplary sound for so little money.
     
  • September 2003: RME ships the HDSP MADI, the world's most powerful digital audio I/O card. For a price that makes the MADI world go dizzy.
     
  • July 2003: TotalMix gains features not available in the audio interface world so far: Matrix view, Multiwindow view, Ganging, Copy/Paste operation, ADM steers faders and much more.
     
  • July 2003: RME's HDSP 9632 (introduced in March 2003) is the world's only PCI card with active jitter suppression for maximum sound quality in any clocking situation. RME's sensational SteadyClock technology will be implemented in all upcoming products.
     
  • June 2003: A free EPROM update adds SteadyClock and other useful features to the ADI-648.
     
  • May 2003: Mix Magazine nominates RME's ADI-648 for the Technical Excellence & Creativity Award (TEC).
     
  • April 2003: RME releases new drivers for the whole Hammerfall and HDSP range, which - worldwide unique - make all cards ASIO multi-client compatible.
     
  • March 2003: DIGICheck now operates as ASIO multi-client host, thus is the world's only program which can display the playback data of an audio software.
     
  • March 2003: For the second time RME wins the Keys Reader Award for the Hammerfall DSP System as 'Best Audio Hardware'.
     
  • January 2003: The Hammerfall DSP System wins the Electronic Musician Editors Choice Award 2003 in the category DAW/Audio Interface.
     
  • December 2002: The ADI-648, RME's 64-channel MADI/ADAT/MADI format converter, is shipping. And once again a device from RME not only offers formerly unavailable features, but, with regard of being a MADI device, also a formerly unavailable price/performance ratio.
     
  • June 2002: While other companies stop support for their cards even if they are still present in the shops, RME offers a Windows 2000/XP driver update for the discontinued (1999) DIGI32 series, which even includes some new features.
     
  • March 2002: RME receives the Keys Reader Award (German magazine) for the Hammerfall DSP as 'Best Audio Hardware'.
     
  • September 2001: The ADI-8 DD, RME's 8-channel AES/ADAT/TDIF Dual Format Converter, is shipping. The outstanding powerful and flexible device commands any other format or sample rate converter in the price-range up to $5.000 to their places - at a price of under $1200.
     
  • September 2001: RME's extraordinary Tech Infos about Laptos have caused world wide attention and discussions. Again the German magazine Keyboards decides to re-print RMEs documents (issue 10/2001.)
     
  • July 2001: RME's Hammerfall DSP System is the world's first audio system with complete ASIO Direct Monitoring (2.0.) Steinberg and Emagic use the HDSP system to implement ADM correctly into their programs.
     
  • June 2001: Digiface, HDSP CardBus and HDSP PCI are shipping. With this RME delivers the world's most flexible audio system.
     
  • June 2001: Prior to shipping the first HDSP systems, RME publishes several Tech Info documents covering Laptops and audio. Additionally the new system is tested with lots of currently available notebooks, and the test results are also published.
     
  • May 2001: RME releases two Tech Info documents about TotalMix. Instead of a fixed DSP RME again uses a completely self-developed circuit inside a FPGA - and delivers more performance as audio cards with a specific Motorola DSP.
     
  • March 2001: RME's Hammerfall driver offers a further improved MME behavior. As a result the Hammerfall is the only card allowing 1.5 ms latency under Sonar, while being fully compatible to all existing software (no WDM streaming.)
     
  • January 2001: At Winter NAMM in LA RME presents a working sample of the Hammerfall DSP CardBus plus Digiface. HDSP is the world's first audio system, which operates on both desktop and portable computers. And the world's first professional multitrack-system for Laptops at all.
     
  • November 2000: RME's GSIF driver is the world's only which allows to choose between several cards in the system.
     
  • September 2000: Because of numerous requests two new RME Reference PCs are added, an AMD Athlon and a Dual CPU version.
     
  • September 2000: On 23. September a demonstration of High Resolution Audio over the Internet takes place. Several Hammerfalls running under RedHat Linux are involved.
     
  • August 2000: The Analog Expansion Boards (AEB) transmute RME's digital cards of the DIGI96 and Hammerfall series into the most flexible audiocard series available. The AEBs add 4 or 8 analog inputs or outputs, and are a cost-efficient addition.
     
  • August 2000: RME releases the world's first and only unlimited Plug and Play (WDM) driver for Windows 2000, including full support for all features of all RME cards and (of course) ASIO 2.0.
     
  • July 2000: RME ships the ADI-8 DS, an 8-channel hi-quality AD/DA-converter with outstanding sound, unique features and unsurpassed price point.
     
  • July 2000: RME's Reference PC has hit the scene like a bomb. The German magazine Keyboards re-prints RME's Tech Info in issue 7.
     
  • April 2000: RME receives the Keys Reader Award (German magazine) in the category 'best price point'.
     
  • January 2000: Thanks to an ALSA driver the RME Hammerfall is the first professional digital audio card which can use its full potential under Linux, full number of channels and full resolution.
     
  • December 1999: Steinberg, world wide leader in music software, decide to bundle their software with RME products: Hammerfall, ADI-8 PRO and DIGI96/8 PST.
     
  • August 1999: RME releases the world's first ASIO 2.0 driver for Windows NT (DIGI9652.)
     
  • July 1999: RME releases a BeOS version of the control and visualization software Remote Control for the analog to digital converter ADI-96 PRO.
     
  • June 1999: RME releases the world's first ASIO 2.0 driver. It offers ADM (ASIO Direct Monitoring) for the DIGI96 series.
     
  • June 1999: RME's Hammerfall is the world's first ASIO 2.0 digital audio card, tested and approved by Steinberg, including sample accurate synchronization.
     
  • May 1999: RME ships a worldwide unique Mainframe system, the ADI-96 PRO, including 24 bit/96 KHz conversion, Constant Double Speed DSP processing, plus complete remote control and visualization software under Windows.
     
  • May 1999: RME releases the world's first NT ASIO driver, including all features also available under Windows 95/98, like 96 kHz/24 bit and mulitcard support.
     
  • April 1999: SEKD's Samplitude 5.21 is the first software to use RME's exclusive Track Marker Support (TMS.) This unique feature of the DIGI96 series allows to receive track markers and start-IDs when recording from DAT or CD.
     
  • March 1999: RME is the first professional digital audio card manufacturer to release blue/white G3 compatible Mac drivers.
     
  • March 1999: On the Frankfurt Music Fair RME introduces the world's first and only ASIO hardware: Project Hammerfall offers highest performance thanks to its unique '0% CPU Load' technology, and the worldwide unique SyncCheck for checking external clocks.
     
  • January 1999: RME ships the first ASIO driver with 24 bit/96 kHz support for the DIGI96 series.
     
  • December 1998: RME's Windows 95/98 driver for the DIGI96 series makes the DIGI96 series the world's first professional PCI digital audio cards with Direct Sound (DirectX) support.
     
  • October 1998: RME introduces and ships the DIGI96 series, the world's first 24 bit/96 kHz capable digital audio card series.
     
  • October 1998: RME presents DIGICheck, a worldwide unique software tool in its kind. DIGICheck is still the only tool which analyzes the complete digital audio data stream.
     
  • September 1998: RME develops the world's first ASIO driver for Windows NT. As there is (officially) no ASIO program available under NT this driver (for the DIGI32 series) is not released to public.
     
  • August 1998: RME's Windows 95/98 drivers make the DIGI32 series the first audio cards worldwide to support complete interrupt sharing under Windows 95/98.
     
  • July 1998: RME's NT driver makes the DIGI32 series the first audio cards worldwide to support complete interrupt sharing under NT.
     
  • July 1998: RME's NT driver makes the DIGI32 series the first audio cards worldwide to support complete interrupt sharing under NT.
     
  • February 1998: Thanks to Crystals new CS8414 RME ships the DIGI32 PRO as first 24 bit/96 kHz PCI digital audio card worldwide.
     
  • January 1998: RME's NT driver is the first worldwide to support more than 2 channels under NT (up to 24 channels when using three DIGI32/8.)
     
  • July 1998: RME's NT driver makes the DIGI32 series the first audio cards worldwide to support complete interrupt sharing under NT.
     
  • October 1997: RME introduces DIGI32 PRO, the world's first audio card with 24 bit/96 kHz digital playback and 20 bit/96 kHz analog output.
     
  • July 1997: RME's NT driver is the first worldwide to support up to three audiocards with only one driver.
     
  • June 1997: RME introduces AutoSync for the DIGI32, the world's first intelligent clock control found on a digital audio card. It operates dependent on the actual needs and given signals.
     
  • May 1997: RME presents the worldwide first NT audio driver with full 24 bit support and Full Duplex for the re-named DIGI32.
     
  • March 1997: At the Frankfurt Music Fair RME presents the world's first (and shipping!) 24 bit PCI digital audio card DIGI24.
     
  • September 1996: RME introduces the DAM-1, a worldwide unique device in its kind, a complete digital audio analyser including Windows software.

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