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Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56  

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A FireWire interface with authentic preamp emulations, seamless software integration, and excellent routing flexibility.

Liquid Saffire 56 is Focusrite's flagship 2U multichannel FireWire audio interface. Liquid technology combines with Saffire PRO FireWire interfacing to deliver a host of authentic preamp flavors, seamless software integration, excellent routing flexibility and future-proof, rock-solid driver stability.

In addition to six of Focusrite's legendary mic pres, two of Liquid Saffire 56's preamps use the third generation of Focusrite's Liquid Preamp, providing the choice of ten different preamp emulations. These include emulations based on the Neve 1073, the Pultec MB-1, Telefunken V72 and seven more. A harmonics dial on each Liquid preamp lets you account for variance in vintage originals of the same model, or use levels of 2nd, 3rd and 5th Harmonic distortion creatively to shape your sound.

Liquid Saffire 56 doesn't just offer preamp variety; sonic integrity is also guaranteed throughout. Both the Liquid and Saffire preamps ensure low noise and distortion; while quality digital conversion and JetPLL jitter elimination technology ensure pristine audio quality as your audio flows between the analog and digital domains.

Alongside the two Liquid- and six Saffire preamps, are a host of options; 10 analog outputs, 16 channels of ADAT, stereo SPDIF, MIDI, and 2 virtual loopback inputs for routing digital audio between software applications - ideal for capturing audio playback within your computer. Mic, Line and Instrument inputs all utilize independent connectors, with the input type for each channel selectable via custom control software. Consequently, all the inputs can remain permanently connected, ready for whatever your recording session demands. In addition, word clock is provided on BNC connectors, allowing Liquid Saffire 56 to act as either a master clock for your studio, or as a slave to an existing clock. Every channel features an independent phantom power and a high pass filter, switchable from the front panel, with the two instrument channels also featuring -9dB pads for additional headroom. Front panel 5-LED metering for all inputs, including ADAT and SPDIF, offers accurate viewing of all levels.

Saffire Mix Control, the zero-latency 18 x 16 DSP Mixer/Router software provided with Liquid Saffire 56 features unparalleled output routing and monitoring. It also provides intuitive one-click set-up solutions, a clear and concise mixing layout, large on-screen metering for inputs, outputs and sub mixes and control over the choice of liquid emulation.

Two independent headphone buses are provided, each with their own level controls available on the front panel. A dedicated stereo monitor mix output features pads for improved sound quality when connected to active monitor speakers. An 'anti-thump' circuit protects your monitor speakers from spikes during boot-up or shut down.

Main Features


Two Liquid Pre-amps
The marriage of a hugely flexible analog front end with cutting-edge dynamic convolution DSP, each Liquid Preamp lets you choose from ten different classic preamp emulations, with an eleventh 'flat' option.

Six High Quality Award-winning Focusrite Pre-amps

Six award-winning Saffire preamps complement two Liquid pre-amps. All eight preamps demonstrate the same wide bandwidth philosophy behind the early vintage Focusrite units.

High Quality 24-bit/192kHz FireWire Interface
Professional digital conversion and JetPLL jitter elimination technology; pristine audio quality and reliable synchronization are guaranteed.

Total count of 28 Inputs and 28 outputs
A host of options are provided*, including a unique loop back facility for routing audio between software applications via Saffire Mix Control.

Suite of Focusrite VST/AU plug-ins
Upgrade your standard sequencer effects and bring a touch of class to your session with Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins.

Two separate headphone buses
Two artists can receive independent and fully customized monitor mixes. Each output has an independent level control available on the front panel.

Saffire Mix Control Zero-latency DSP Mixer/Router
Routing flexibility and intuitive one-click setup solutions; Saffire Mix Control provides an 18 x 16 DSP mixer with excellent output routing and monitoring capabilities.

Front panel 5-LED metering
LED metering for each of the analogue, ADAT1, ADAT2 or S/PDIF inputs offers accurate viewing of levels direct from the front fascia.

The Focusrite Preamp

Focusrite has, over the past decade, built a reputation as the market leader for high quality recording equipment, with is mic pre technology as the cornerstone of that enviable reputation. The original mic pre, as featured in the early Focusrite Forte console, used rotary-switched gain controls and high quality audio transformers. This mic pre is still used by many of the industries greatest producers and is the sound of countless hit records. Today, Focusrite design equipment for a far greater audience, from professionals to amateur enthusiasts, all with varying budgets.

As with the Red and ISA ranges, the mic pre technology found in the Platinum and Saffire range is designed to the highest possible standards. They uphold the same wide bandwidth philosophy featured in the original Forte console, back in 1989. All Focusrite mic-pres feature custom components, which have undergone an intense testing and qualification process. With the facts and figures in, Focusrite designs then have to pass the essential listening stage. Any design can measure well on the test bench but only a great design can be qualified in the studio. The FET-based design in the Saffire range is no exception and ensures the same low noise and distortion performance as earlier transformer-based designs. It delivers clarity without coloration and exhibits the signature transparency for which Focusrite have become famous.

Liquid Pre Technology

The Liquid Saffire 56 draws on the breakthrough technology deployed in the revered Liquid Channel and Liquid 4PRE. It uses a 3rd Generation Liquid preamp as the motor for pres 1 and 2, which as well as a flat setting include the emulations listed below.

Rather than creating a similar sound to vintage units, as with modeling devices, Liquid Technology samples their sonic behavior. This is achieved through Dynamic Convolution; the application of a unique, level-dependant set of responses to an audio signal. These measured responses, sampled at numerous levels and with every possible setting combination, are applied to the input stream on a sample-by-sample basis for accurate emulation.


**All of Focusrite's FireWire interfaces are fully compatible with Thunderbolt using a simple FireWire to Thunderbolt adapter. Focusrite fully supports the use of Thunderbolt with our FireWire interfaces.

Features

  • Two Liquid preamps
  • Six high-quality award-winning Focusrite preamps
  • high-quality 24-bit/192kHz Firewire interface
  • Total I/O count of 28 inputs and 28 outputs
  • Two separate headphone busses
  • Saffire Mix Control zero-latency DSP mixer/router

Get a versatile FireWire interface that gives you the sound of 10 classic preamps and much more.

 

Liquid Saffire 56 Specifications:

  • System Requirements
  • Windows:
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista
  • CPU/Clock: Athlon 900MHz or higher (1.5 GHz or higher recommended)
  • Memory (RAM):512 MB (more recommended)
  • Apple Mac:
  • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.4.x or later
  • CPU/Clock: PowerPC G4/Dual 1 GHZ or faster or any Intel-based Mac
  • Memory (RAM): 512 MB (more recommended)
  • Performance Specifications:
  • Microphone Inputs:
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1 dB
  • THD+N: 0.001% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz band-pass filter)
  • Noise: EIN > 125dB (128dB analog to digital) (measured at 60dB of gain with 150 Ohm termination (20Hz/22kHz band-pass filter)
  • Line Inputs:
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
  • THD+N: < 0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz band-pass filter)
  • Noise: -90dBu (22Hz/22kHz band-pass filter)
  • Instrument Inputs:
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
  • THD+N: < 0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz band-pass filter)
  • Noise: -90dBu (22Hz/22kHz band-pass filter)
  • Instrument Inputs:
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
  • THD+N: 0.004% (measured with 0dBu input and 20Hz/22kHz band-pass filter)
  • Noise: -87dBu (20Hz/22kHz band-pass filter)
  • Conversion performance:
  • Dynamic Range = 110dB (A-weighted)
  • Clock jitter < 250 picoseconds
  • THD+N AMPL = -109dBFS A-weighted
  • Front and Rear Connectivity:
  • Analog channel inputs (inputs 1-8)
  • XLR Mic inputs 1-8 on rear panel
  • 1/4" TRS line inputs 1-8 on rear panel
  • Instrument inputs on channels 3 and 4 (separate front-panel 1/4" TRS).
  • Notes:
  • Individual switchable high-pass filter on all inputs.
  • Phase switch on inputs 3, 5 and 7.
  • Input pad on inputs 3 and 4 = -10dB.
  • Analog Outputs:
  • Line level 10 x 1/4" TRS Jack
  • Notes:
  • Outputs Monitor 1 and 2 have anti-thump protection circuitry.
  • Digital I/O:
  • SPDIF input and output (RCA phono) on rear panel, (24-bit, 44.1 - 192kHz), output transformer isolated.
  • Optional AES output mode with professional channel status and voltage levels on SPDIF output (isolated and balanced). [Currently not implemented, a future update will include this feature].
  • 2 x ADAT in/out 16 channels (44.1/48kHz), 8 channels S-MUX (88.2/96kHz),
  • 4 channels S-MUXII (176.4/192kHz)
  • ADAT input and output 2 can be re-configured to be optical SPDIF input/output via control panel.
  • BNC Word clock input and output (75 ohms)
  • MIDI I/O:
  • 1 in/1 out (16 channels) on rear panel
  • Headphone Monitoring:
  • 2 x 1/4" TRS jack on front panel (mirrors outputs 7-8 and 9-10).
  • NOTE: These are high-power headphone drivers.
  • Other I/O:
  • 2 x 6-pin FireWire sockets
  • 2 standard 5-pin DIN MIDI connectors: In and out
  • IEC mains power input connector
  • Weight: 5kg/11 Ib.
  • Dimensions: 350mm / 13.8" (W) x 90mm / 3.6" (H) x 235mm /9.3" (D)
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For the price, it will be hard to beat.
Plenty of features, more than enough in/outs for any project studio, very flexible unit.
No complains about the quality, great...Read complete review

For the price, it will be hard to beat.
Plenty of features, more than enough in/outs for any project studio, very flexible unit.
No complains about the quality, great looks, seems durable. It sits there on my rack, to do a job, and so far so good. It took me longer to find a space on my rack, and bolt it down, than to figure out how to use it. Most people that complain probably didn't do their research before buying, and didn't read the manuals. I did, long before I bought it, like I always do, read, read, learn before I buy. I run Pro Tools 9, with a Mac Mini, and never had a single glitch. Of course, I made sure that Avid had their software up to date, and ready to interact with the LS56 before I jumped into buying, in fact, I didn't upgrade to Pro Tools 9 until I read all the chat on the DUC forums. I don't know about the results on other platforms, since I exclusively use Pro Tools, but I'm extremely pleased with my purchase. Can't say much about the Liquid Saffire Channels, because from day one, I started using the "Dunk" which is based on the Manley Slam, and I loved the results, and I haven't had time to start comparing the other models.
I don't think you can find any other with so many features, and quality preamps near that price range.

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Too much hassle

Cannot be used as a slave, will not pick up audio via ADAT like any other unit would. You cannot switch between line/pre without entering the software, which will not load if...Read complete review

Cannot be used as a slave, will not pick up audio via ADAT like any other unit would. You cannot switch between line/pre without entering the software, which will not load if used as a slave. Used as a master, even worse. Makes simple tasks like routing a fold back mix through 3-4 a juggle between the software routing, pro tools routing and mixer levels. Getting nothing from the monitors but a mix out of 3-4 takes a lot of brain power every time! Then you have to switch back to check the mix... On other units, you press a button. with one finger. Focusrite you have created a monster. I will be selling mine asap, and using something that DOES work as a slave, to the 002 or 003. Do not buy the focusrite saffire 56, it will annoy you.

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Too much hassle

By Mike

from Manchester UK

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        Comments about Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56:

        Cannot be used as a slave, will not pick up audio via ADAT like any other unit would. You cannot switch between line/pre without entering the software, which will not load if used as a slave. Used as a master, even worse. Makes simple tasks like routing a fold back mix through 3-4 a juggle between the software routing, pro tools routing and mixer levels. Getting nothing from the monitors but a mix out of 3-4 takes a lot of brain power every time! Then you have to switch back to check the mix... On other units, you press a button. with one finger. Focusrite you have created a monster. I will be selling mine asap, and using something that DOES work as a slave, to the 002 or 003. Do not buy the focusrite saffire 56, it will annoy you.

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        1.0

        Dodgey machine

        By Dudleynightshade

        from Tasmania

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            Comments about Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56:

            There must be serious continuity issues in the factory. Some people seem to love this machine but I've had nothing but trouble. Like others my pre-amps need to be turned to 9 before they put out anything close to a decent signal. By which time they are hissing and sounding really driven. Focusrite don't seem to want to know about it. A real gamble buying this machine. I lost.

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Focusrite

            By anthonylv64

            from Las Vegas, NV

            Comments about Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56:

            For the price, it will be hard to beat.
            Plenty of features, more than enough in/outs for any project studio, very flexible unit.
            No complains about the quality, great looks, seems durable. It sits there on my rack, to do a job, and so far so good. It took me longer to find a space on my rack, and bolt it down, than to figure out how to use it. Most people that complain probably didn't do their research before buying, and didn't read the manuals. I did, long before I bought it, like I always do, read, read, learn before I buy. I run Pro Tools 9, with a Mac Mini, and never had a single glitch. Of course, I made sure that Avid had their software up to date, and ready to interact with the LS56 before I jumped into buying, in fact, I didn't upgrade to Pro Tools 9 until I read all the chat on the DUC forums. I don't know about the results on other platforms, since I exclusively use Pro Tools, but I'm extremely pleased with my purchase. Can't say much about the Liquid Saffire Channels, because from day one, I started using the "Dunk" which is based on the Manley Slam, and I loved the results, and I haven't had time to start comparing the other models.
            I don't think you can find any other with so many features, and quality preamps near that price range.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Solid interface......

            By Andrew Bayura

            from Pittsburgh

            Comments about Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56:

            This product is very good for the money and shines well in the interface market...

            The two liquid pres alone are worth the cost of the unit, not to mention the fact that the stock pres also sound clean and of good quality. The difference is subtle, but it is there. You're obviously not going to get a four times the price neve preamp... but at least you get some different color choices.

            The one downside of this is that you have to use the software to run all your routing... and it can kind of be confusing/awkward. It is fine once you have it setup like you need it though.

            Overall, I am very happy with this product and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an interface in this price range.
            Liquid pres are a bonus and also independent headphone mixes...
            This is a well built, sturdy, two rack space unit. It is built solidly and the knobs and buttons do not feel cheap.

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            5.0

            Big bad interface!

            By Filipino_Baybayin

            from Philippines

            Comments about Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56:

            Another great piece of work from focusrite!I love it.

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            (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Dead out of the Box

            By RockFarmStudios

            from Saint John NB Canada

            Comments about Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56:

            From the hours of research and numerous debates with friends and colleagues I decided to give the LS56 a try. I cannot give much of a review as the LS56 unit was down and out from the get go,. No communication with my iMac or a laptop running Win 7. The 2.2 Mix Control could not detect the hardware nor did OS X or Win 7. Both Focusrite and Musicians Friend agreed that I send it back. Does it have something to do with living in Canada? As several of the bad reviews were from here. Focusrite, can you pleased build a product that works in our part of the hemisphere? Also, what is with the VTS/AU plugins? Nice addition but they are useless for us PT9 users unless a VST wrapper is in place, not a great solution. Musicians Friend were incredibly helpful and immediately sent me the pre paid UPS slips for the return. Now to decide whether or not to give the LS 56 another try. Once bitten twice shy is ringing out loud and clear!

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            1.0

            Sound engineer

            By Fretboardfriendzy

            from Barrie Ontario

            Comments about Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56:

            Do not buy.. When it works it works well but support is the worst I ve ever encoutered.. The is a year old and the mother board is fried. The Liquid channels are not what the state they are. The level has to be a 9 before you get a good signal then it easily overloads. Support if you can get it is the so so bad. If I can help one out there do not buy this unit. I have not figured out what to get next yet

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            5.0

            Great sounding Unit

            By Nes

            from Florida

            Comments about Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56:

            If you want a better sounding unit, you will have to spend a lot more money. I currently use this unit in my home set up on a Apple computer running Logic. I have also used it with a quad core PC running Sonar. When it was first released i had to use FW legacy drivers on windows but that was soon fixed with an update. I have not encounter any issues with this interface, I highly recommend it, it gets my projects done.

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            5.0

            Awesome Deal

            By guitardreams

            from Sao Paulo, Brazil

            Comments about Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56:

            First, I did read all of reviews available for this interface, so I just saw bad coments but neverthlessI decided to purchase it. and I did not regretted!!I spent few hours to put it in use, since you have done you homework very well with the computer and mainly the firewire chipset adequated!!THis focusrite interface has a lot of featuresand it easy to wor with! the saffire control panel may look complicated at the start but its easy to work with, and the Focusrite Answerbase and support is the best I ever seem, even before to purchase this I wrote them and I got the answer few hours after! I didnt use the emulated preamps, but I would recomend this product for the range of price!!

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            5.0

            Great emulations

            By LM

            from Los Angeles, CA

            Comments about Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56:

            I really love my LS 56. The Liquid channels sound really great on Rode and Neumann microphones, the other preamps sound very clean too.It's a littlebit hard to set the levels on the preamps.Works great with Mac/Logic

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