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Focusrite Saffire FireWire Audio Interface  

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The Focusrite Saffire FireWire Audio Interface fuses state-of-the-art hardware with highly integrated software to take audio interfacing one giant st...Read More

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A new breed of FireWire interface.

The Focusrite Saffire FireWire Audio Interface fuses state-of-the-art hardware with highly integrated software to take audio interfacing one giant step closer to the professional studio experience with onboard DSP and 24-bit/192kHz processing.

4 inputs (2 digital and 2 with Focusrite preamps) and 10 outputs (2 digital) with unrivaled foldback and monitoring options ensure you have everything needed to navigate through a modern recording session: Focusrite build and sound quality, intelligent front-end design, cutting-edge compression, EQ, and foldback reverb software are all combined to guarantee an intuitive, trouble-free recording experience that results in superb sound.

The brand-new software accompanying the Saffire hardware is a revolutionary new platform from the team that produced LiquidControl and the Forte Suite. This seamless application floats comfortably over any recording software and allows extensive control over the sound of the recorded signals and the multiple (monitor and headphone) output paths.

Compression, reverb, amp modeling, and EQ Saffire-powered plug-ins are included. All 4 are also available as a suite of plug-ins from within the recording platform in use. Up to 5 separate user-defined stereo mixes can be created of all incoming signals and recorded tracks from the recording platform. With such comprehensive monitoring/foldback options and onboard high-quality signal processing and effects, the Saffire is truly the FireWire interface of choice for the serious recording engineer.

Focusrite’s popular Saffire Firewire interfaces are fully compatible with Thunderbolt ports on Mac computers. All you need to connect the two is a FireWire 400-800 cable (included with all new Saffire interfaces later this year) and the Thunderbolt to FireWire 800 adapter (not included). Simply plug this into the Thunderbolt port on your computer and connect the FireWire interface – it’s as simple as that. Saffire interfaces are 100% compatible with Thunderbolt using this adaptor.

All Saffire FireWire and Thunderbolt-compatible interfaces now come bundled with Focusrite's Midnight plug-in suite for free upon registration. The Midnight plug-in suite models two of the most iconic Focusrite modules of all time – the ISA110 equaliser and ISA130 compressor – and gives them elegant, functional on-screen front panels for easy control.

FEATURES
  • Ultra-low latency FireWire 400 interface with onboard DSP
  • 24-bit, 192kHz integrated AD/DA converters
  • 4 inputs; 2 Focusrite preamps and SPDIF I/O
  • 8 balanced outputs for creating separate headphone/monitor mixes or 7.1 surround monitoring
  • Suite of Saffire-powered plug-ins; compression, EQ, amp modeling, and monitor path reverb available on analogue inputs, for recording wet and/or monitoring
  • Free accompanying software allows the engineer to create up to 5 unique stereo mixes of all incoming and recorded tracks
  • Plug-ins also available for use within the user's software platform
  • MIDI I/O
  • Includes Cubase LE
  • Compatible with Mac Thunderbolt ports with additional adapter (not included)

The pro studio experience at a projec studio price. Upgrade with Saffire today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Saffire FireWire Audio Interface

  • Minimum System Requirements:
  • To obtain the highest level of functionality especially at higher sampling frequencies, Focusrite recommends using higher CPU/clock speeds and more RAM
  • Macintosh
  • OS: OS X 10.3.3 or later
  • CPU/Clock: G3/800MHz, G4/700MHz
  • G4/1.2GHz or higher recommended for 192kHz operation
  • Memory: 256MB RAM minimum
  • PC
  • OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition/XP Professional
  • CPU/Clock: Pentium, Celeron or Pentium compatible processor 900MHz or higher
  • Memory: 256MB RAM minimum
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4.4

(based on 16 reviews)

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A suprise

I've had this unit for about 2 years and have used it as an interface for recording voiceovers, room tone, and Instrument samples in an Iso. Very clean interface and when used with high-end...Read complete review

I've had this unit for about 2 years and have used it as an interface for recording voiceovers, room tone, and Instrument samples in an Iso. Very clean interface and when used with high-end tube pre's and mics I hear the mic and pre character not my interface (can't say the same for Mbox) and I do a lot of 5.1 mixes and this has worked like a charm. If your looking for the best of everything, this won't give you it, by then again look at the price, it can?t be a miracle box. If you want a great interface out of the box with some versatility and you want some new plug-ins, its worth it. Plug-ins are good, not great(great plug-ins are the same price as this entire unit),but if your system is already taxed by your project this might free up a little processing power and they might work for what you need. I use the reverb a lot as a placeholder until I can bring my project to a tried and true outboard unit for final mix. Volume is very digital however and doesn't have immediate response, also cuts of long before knob hits 0. USE CLEAN POWER, and DON?T RUN IT OFF FIREWIRE POWER!!! If you run it off firewire power or a fluctuating power souce you will have a drop in sensitivity while recording and playback volume at low levels will have a give or take of about 6 db. Also, never try to use the DSP without an external power source it just won?t work and you?ll have dropouts. If you use it with a laptop invest in a small Ferman conditioner and treat it like a real piece of rack gear. Would you try to run an Eventide off your computer? I do love this unit. I have an Mbox2 and this is my everyday unit. Mbox is only for when I need Protools. I have to deliver to high-end professional clients and most of the time this fits the bill.

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Close But Not Quite

The idea behind the Focusrite Saffire is great however the quality and engineering falls very far short. Right away there were a number of problems. The volume knob was very sensitive at low levels ...Read complete review

The idea behind the Focusrite Saffire is great however the quality and engineering falls very far short. Right away there were a number of problems. The volume knob was very sensitive at low levels and would intermitently drop the volume up and down about 10dB. I was unable to get a lower latency of 5.6 ms in and 9.2 ms out... not very good. The DSP effects that come with the Saffire are good however continually crash, therfore making them useless and anoying. Sample rate set-up was also a problem. It would not set to 48kHz 16 bit projects. So you can only use it for the standard settings of 44.1kHz-16bit, 48kHz-24bit, etc. Don't get pulled in by the fancy features like I did. They are no good if they don't work.

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5.0

Extremely Solid Interface

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Right out of the box, this thing is easy to use. I just installed the drivers, plugged it in, and it was ready to go! I use Adobe Audition, and this interface works magically! The plug ins it comes with are somewhat simplisitic, but the EQ is good for some basic frequency cutting/boosting before being recorded.Basically, this unit is a decent price, and the preamps and converters are great. I recommend this for a small home studio!

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2.0

Don't waste your time...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought this based on the fact that it was Focusrite. I had to jump through all kinds of hoops to register it and the Cubase LE plugins and then, after doing all of that, it wouldn't work at all. I've returned it so I can get something else that actually works.

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5.0

An excellent interface for the home studio DAW...

By brandnewcolony

from Pensacola, Florida

Thia was the first interface I purchased when building my home studio. I took the word of others and gave it a try. Right out of the box I was impressed. After spending a few hours messing around with it on Cubase I was able to gain a pretty good control of its features.The DSP is great, as is the interface layout. A great buy.You won't be dissapointed.

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5.0

A suprise

By 5.1 Mix

from Orlando, NYC

I've had this unit for about 2 years and have used it as an interface for recording voiceovers, room tone, and Instrument samples in an Iso. Very clean interface and when used with high-end tube pre's and mics I hear the mic and pre character not my interface (can't say the same for Mbox) and I do a lot of 5.1 mixes and this has worked like a charm. If your looking for the best of everything, this won't give you it, by then again look at the price, it can?t be a miracle box. If you want a great interface out of the box with some versatility and you want some new plug-ins, its worth it. Plug-ins are good, not great(great plug-ins are the same price as this entire unit),but if your system is already taxed by your project this might free up a little processing power and they might work for what you need. I use the reverb a lot as a placeholder until I can bring my project to a tried and true outboard unit for final mix. Volume is very digital however and doesn't have immediate response, also cuts of long before knob hits 0. USE CLEAN POWER, and DON?T RUN IT OFF FIREWIRE POWER!!! If you run it off firewire power or a fluctuating power souce you will have a drop in sensitivity while recording and playback volume at low levels will have a give or take of about 6 db. Also, never try to use the DSP without an external power source it just won?t work and you?ll have dropouts. If you use it with a laptop invest in a small Ferman conditioner and treat it like a real piece of rack gear. Would you try to run an Eventide off your computer? I do love this unit. I have an Mbox2 and this is my everyday unit. Mbox is only for when I need Protools. I have to deliver to high-end professional clients and most of the time this fits the bill.

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5.0

Great Little box!!

By Migs72

from San Francisco

It runs great! has all the features I needed, lot better that my M-box 2 Pro.

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5.0

Crooner21

By crooner21

from USA

First off I just want to say that anybody that is currently preparing a demo project for submission and only has a few hundred to spare I highly recommend this little silver box. The sound is extra clean and the dsp effects speak for themselves. Personally I don't think you can get better quality for this price, this box rivals much more expensive pre amps.(P.S Please invest in a high quality firewire cable you don't want a cheap one to fail in the middle of a recording trust me I know from experience).

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3.0

Damn it....

By cryonicsun

from Midland, MI

I love the unit. It's everything you could want for the price. The preamps are out of this world. The headphone outs are extremely clean. Great centerpiece for a laptop of home studio. No on/off switch?? Be very carefull with the firewire connection. I bought this unit from this site 3 months ago and it's sitting dead in my studio with fried firewire ports. I'm stuck with a paperweight now..... grrrr.....

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2.0

Close But Not Quite

By AudioAddict

from Vancouver, B.C.

The idea behind the Focusrite Saffire is great however the quality and engineering falls very far short. Right away there were a number of problems. The volume knob was very sensitive at low levels and would intermitently drop the volume up and down about 10dB. I was unable to get a lower latency of 5.6 ms in and 9.2 ms out... not very good. The DSP effects that come with the Saffire are good however continually crash, therfore making them useless and anoying. Sample rate set-up was also a problem. It would not set to 48kHz 16 bit projects. So you can only use it for the standard settings of 44.1kHz-16bit, 48kHz-24bit, etc. Don't get pulled in by the fancy features like I did. They are no good if they don't work.

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5.0

Finaly got my

By Singularity

from Kentucky

For my purposes I needed audio interface with best sound quality possible without bunch of inputs-outputs that I will probably never going to use. I record classical guitar and need just stereo inputs with mic-preamps to drive my Sterling Audio 44 small diaphragm mic. When I recorded first tracks in the Cubase I was... "WOW" "Is this me?". I'm impressed. I crank up mic gain just halfway and have plenty of headroom without any noticeable noise. Unfortunately Cubase records up to 96kHz and can't use yet 192 kHz resolution. I guess I'll have to upgrade ;-/Note about switching and rebooting of this unit. It does happen when I switch sample rate manually but never by itself in the middle of the song.Anyway, I highly recommend this box. It WILL make you sound best you can be. The only problem I have is no ON/OFF switch since I like to use external power I have to unplug it every time when shutting down system. Not too big of a deal though.

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5.0

This interface sounds incredible!

By Piano Man-cUtmv

from New Orleans, LA

I never write reviews for product, but after purchasing this box and using it for my last track I just had to tell folks to go out and buy this one. I just can't believe how well it sounds and works. I used to have an m-audio audiophile and the drivers were in a word, aweful. Then a presonus firebox which was a decent little interfact, but I got pops and clicks and was annoyed with it. Then I tried the saffire. This little box is solid as a rock. No pops or clicks and no glitchy drivers. Furthermore, the included effect sounds great. Really a pro quality product at a very affordable price. No complaints here at all. Please believe me on this one.

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