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Focusrite Saffire LE 6-In/8-Out FireWire Interface   

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World-renowned Focusrite sound in a flexible and affordable computer audio interface.

The Saffire LE has six inputs and eight outputs (including stereo digital I/O) with comprehensive monitoring and i/o control options ensure the recording musician has plenty of options for tracking and monitoring high-quality audio. Focusrite build and sound quality, intelligent front-end design and a one-click GUI solution combine to guarantee an intuitive and trouble-free professional recording experience.

Although only the original Saffire has onboard DSP, the Saffire LE comes complete with the entire Saffire plug-in suite, offering highly acclaimed Compression, Reverb, Amp modeling and EQ in VST and AU formats. Furthermore, Saffire LE is bundled with a host of other software titles and audio samples, all included on the accompanying resources dvd.

As with the original Saffire, input and output levels and latency-free monitoring solutions can all be controlled via the accompanying SaffireControl LE software. This stylish application floats comfortably over any recording software, and can shrink in size to suit a number of different recording scenarios. Together with expertly designed analogue inputs and unrivalled digital conversion, Saffire LE is the perfect solution for discerning recording musicians on a budget.

Focusrites 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 “ its 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 interface
  • Unprecedented audio and conversion performance for the price
  • 24-bit, 96kHz integrated A-D/D-A
  • Six inputs; Two Focusrite preamps, two balanced Line I/Ps and stereo S/PDIF I/Ps
  • Eight Outputs; Six balanced analogue outputs for creating separate headphones/monitor mixes or 5.1 surround monitoring, plus stereo S/PDIF Out
  • Suite of Saffire plug-ins; VST/AU Compression, EQ, Amp modeling and Reverb
  • SaffireControl LE ” Comprehensive level and monitoring control
SPECIFICATIONS

Saffire LE 6-In/8-Out FireWire Interface

  • Analogue I/O
    4 Analogue inputs
    2 x front panel XLR (mic) or 2 x front panel TRS Jacks (line/inst)
    2 x rear panel TRS Jacks (line/inst)
    Mic Gain: +13dB to + 60dB
    Line 1&2 Gain: -10dB to +36dB
    Instrument Gain: +13dB to +60dB
    Line 3&4 Gain: +16dBu or ”10dBV for full scale input (software switchable)
    6 Analogue outputs
    6 x rear panel TRS Jacks
    Nominal output level 0dBFS = 16dBu, balanced
    Front Panel Analogue Volume control for outputs 1&2
    Software Digital Volume control for outputs 3-6
    All outputs are useable as monitoring outputs

    DIGITAL I/O
    2 x SPDIF (RCA phono) on rear panel (24-bit, 96kHz) Output transformer isolated
    Clock Source: Internal clock or sync to word clock on SPDIF

    MIDI/O
    1 in / 1 out on rear panel

    FIREWIRE S400
    2 ports

    POWER
    Either via FIREWIRE or external PSU (included)

    HEADPHONE MONITORING
    1 x 1/4" TRS Jack on front panel (mirrors outputs 3-4)
    High power headphone driver

    CLASS-LEADING PERFORMANCE
    ANALOGUE PERFORMANCE - INPUTS
    MIC
    Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1 dB
    THD+N: 0.001% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    Noise: EIN > 120dB (measured at 60dB of gain with 150 Ohm termination (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

    LINE
    Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
    THD+N: 0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    Noise: -88dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

    INSTRUMENT
    Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
    THD+N: 0.004% (measured with 0dBu input and 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    Noise: -87dBu (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

    ANALOGUE PERFORMANCE ” OUTPUTS
    Frequency Response: 20Hz ” 20kHz +/- 0.2dB
    THD+N <0.0014% (measured with 0dBFS input 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

    DIGITAL PERFORMANCE
    A/D Dynamic Range 104dB 'A-weighted' (inputs 1+2)
    A/D Dynamic Range 106dB 'A-weighted' (inputs 3+4)
    D/A Dynamic Range > 105dB 'A-weighted' (all outputs)
    Clock Jitter < 250 pico seconds
    Sample rate 44.1 to 96kHz

    WEIGHT and DIMS
    1.1kg - 6.5cm x 17cm x 17cm

    System Requirements

    Macintosh
    OS **Mac OS X Panther (10.3.3 or later)
    Computer AppleMacintoshseries with on board Firewire
    CPU/Clock G4/800 MHz
    Memory (RAM) 256MB or more

    Windows
    OS Microsoft WindowsXP Home Edition/XP Professional
    Computer WindowsXP compatible PC equipped with a IEEE1394/FireWire port
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5.0

Excellent Product

By RickeG

from NYC

For those of you who are thinker of buying an audio interface for home recording the Saffire LE is an excellent choice. It's a few dollars more than the "budget" items. Yet, it will pay for itself in the not too long run. The product came with a DVD that gave a brief tutorial. I would call it an infomercial. The unit was exceptionally easy to install onto Windows Vista 32bit. When I registered the unit on their web site it directed me to the latest software to download. The audio is crisp and clean. The best I have heard out of a computer. Not only is the sound clear coming out of a pair of near field speakers but it also comes with VSTs that will aid in enhancing your sound. I also liked the MIDI access which is becoming virtually extinct in other devices. Because I arrange music via a keyboard, the MIDI connection works well with my songwriting software. Another feature I like is the ability to create a surround sound environment if I care to up the ante on my projects it is nice that I am not restricted by the device in this case. Overall, a far superior product to those like the Line 6 Tone Port POD Farm in that it does not have a "cheap" feel. And it offers the MIDI capabilities that other devices are missing. Plus, the company is recognized by the industry as being a leader in this arena. Very pleased... Focusrite, you have won a tough customer. Thanks!

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5.0

A Good Buy

By CSmith25

from rogers, AR

I bought this about a week ago and am very pleased with the unit. I've set its current latency to 3ms and it's still running without any crackles or pops. The preamps on this thing are way better then I thought they'd be. I was actually going to shell out for some new mics until I realized it was an issue with my old pres. I gave it a slightly lower rating on features because of the lack of a power switch, but it's not that big of deal if you don't mind unplugging to turn it off every time.Note - I'm running PC with sp2 installed and had some issues with sputtering at first but went to the focusrite website and found link to the fix and now it's running without any issues.

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