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Overview

  • Two high-quality award-winning Focusrite preamps based on Focusrite's 25-year
  • legacy
  • High-quality 24-bit/96kHz FireWire interface: Features professional conversion and JetPLL™ jitter elimination technology, guaranteeing pristine audio quality and reliable synchronization.
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8 in/6 out FireWire interface featuring 2 high-quality, award-winning Focusrite preamps.

The Focusrite Saffire PRO 14 is an 8 in/6 out FireWire audio interface designed for the modern home studio. Two award-winning preamps inheriting the Focusrite legacy dating back to the days of Mr. Rupert Neve provide Focusrite's legendary sonic performance. Digital and analog I/O combine with Focusrite's established MixControl software to deliver seamless integration, excellent routing flexibility, and rock-solid driver stability.

Along with the 2 high-quality mic preamps, 2 additional analog inputs, 4 analog outputs, S/PDIF, and MIDI open the door to true multitrack recording. Two Hi-Z instrument inputs let you plug straight in without the need to buy additional DI boxes, and two virtual Loopback inputs are also available for routing digital audio between software applications—ideal for capturing online audio.

Included with the PRO 14 is Saffire MixControl, an 18 x 6 DSP mixer. Offering a level of flexibility that is unparalleled at this price point, MixControl software enables you to create six separate mixes without latency. Route any combination of input signals and sequencer outputs to any of Saffire PRO 14's outputs. Intuitive one-click configurations help you track, monitor and mix as quickly as possible.

Focusrite's established Xcite+ bundle is also included. The bundle features Ableton Live Lite (for all your production, performance and compositional needs), Novation's Bass Station soft synth and over 1 gig of royalty-free samples from Loopmasters.

With Saffire PRO 14, sonic integrity is never compromised. The two Focusrite preamps ensure low noise and distortion, whilst quality digital conversion and JetPLL™ jitter elimination technology ensure pristine quality as your audio flows between the analogue and digital domains. Combined with the very latest in FireWire interfacing technology, excellent routing flexibility and rock-solid driver stability, the Saffire PRO 14 is the heart of the modern home studio.

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.

Features

  • Two high-quality award-winning Focusrite preamps based on Focusrite's 25-year
  • legacy
  • High-quality 24-bit/96kHz FireWire interface: Features professional conversion and JetPLL™ jitter elimination technology, guaranteeing pristine audio quality and reliable synchronization.
  • Total I/O count of 8 inputs and 6 outputs: A host of I/O options are provided, including a unique Loopback facility for routing audio between software applications via Saffire MixControl.
  • Saffire MixControl ultra-low-latency: DSP mixer/router Provides an 18 x 6 DSP mixer with excellent routing flexibility, intuitive one-click configurations, and lower than 1.4ms latency (less than the time it takes sound to travel two feet through air).
  • Focusrite VST/AU Plug-in Suite, for use in the mix: 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.
  • Xcite+ Software Bundle: Featuring a host of royalty-free loops and samples, a full-fledged soft-synth and Ableton Live Lite 8, providing an affordable upgrade path to Ableton Live.
  • Two Hi-Z instrument inputs: No need for a separate DI. The first two channels feature high-gain instrument inputs.
  • Bus-powered for a tidy mobile recording rig Saffire PRO 14 can be powered via FireWire, or via its own power supply.
  • Dedicated front-panel headphone bus Providing a fully customized monitor mix, with tactile level control available on the front panel.
  • Tactile Monitor dial: A front panel volume dial provides immediate control over the main stereo outputs.
  • Switchable phantom power: Across both mic pre inputs, globally switchable direct from the front fascia.

The Saffire PRO 14 makes home studio recording and mixing easy without sacrificing audio quality. Order yours today!

 

Saffire Pro 14 Audio interface Specifications:

  • Analog channel Inputs: (Inputs 1-2)
  • 2 Mic/XLR combo (channels 1-2) on front panel
  • 2 Line 1/4" TRS (channels 3-4) on rear panel
  • Automatic switching between Mic / Line (channels 1-2)
  • Switching between Line / Instrument Inputs (channels 1-2) via Saffire MixControl Application
  • Switching between +16dBu (low) and -10dBV (high) gain on inputs 3-4 via Saffire MixControl Application
  • Digital Channel Inputs: (Inputs 5-6) 44.1 - 96kHz
  • Stereo S/PDIF input on RCA
  • Analog audio outputs: (outputs 1-4)
  • 4 TRS (1/4") jacks
  • Output level control (analog) for outputs 1 and 2
  • Stereo headphones mix 1 on 1/4" TRS (also routed to outputs 3 & 4) with independent volume control
  • Digital channel outputs (outputs 5-6) 44.1 - 96kHz
  • Stereo S/PDIF output on RCA
  • Other I/O:
  • 1 x 6-pin FireWire S400 socket
  • 2 standard 5-pin DIN MIDI connectors: In and Out
  • DC power Input connector (for use with supplied universal input power supply)
  • Front-panel indicators:
  • 2 x 2-segment input meters, Sig (-18) and O/L (0dBFS)
  • "LKD" Locked Indicator
  • "FW" Host Connected Indicator
  • "Power" Indicator
  • Instrument input source selection LED for channels 1 and 2
  • Phantom power (48V) switch and LED for inputs 1 and 2
  • Microphone Inputs 1-2 Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2 dB
  • Gain Range: +13dB to +60dB
  • Maximum Headroom +8dBu
  • THD+N: 0.001% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Noise EIN: 124dB analog to digital (measured at 60dB gain with 150 Ohm termination (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Input Impedance: 2k Ohm
  • Line Inputs (Inputs 1-2)
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2dB
  • Gain Range: -10dB to +36dB • THD+N: 0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Noise: -90dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Input Impedance: >10k Ohm
  • Line Inputs 3-4 Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2 dB
  • Gain Range: Switchable between +16dBu or -10dBV for 0dBFS (balanced inputs) THD+N: 0.003% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Noise: -100dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Input Impedance: >10k Ohm
  • Instrument Inputs (Inputs 1 and 2) Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
  • Gain Range: +13dB to +60dB
  • THD+N: 0.004% (measured with 0dBu input and 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Noise: -87dBu (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Analog Audio Outputs (Outputs 1-4):
  • 4 Electronically Balanced Outputs
  • Maximum Output Level (0dBFS): +10dBu
  • THD+N: 0.001% (0dBFS input, 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Crosstalk (Channel Isolation)Any input to input: > 100dB; any output to output: > 100dB; any input to output: > 100dB
  • Digital Performance A/D: Dynamic Range > 109dB (A-weighted), all analogue inputs
  • D/A Dynamic Range > 106dB (A-weighted), all analogue outputs
  • Clock Sources:
  • - Internal Clock
  • - Sync to Word Clock on SPDIF Input (RCA)
  • JetPLLTM PLL technology providing superb jitter reduction for class leading converter performance
  • Clock jitter < 250 picoseconds
  • Supported Sample Rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
  • 8 input channels to computer: Analog (4), SPDIF (2) and Loop-back (2)
  • 6 physical output channels from computer: Analog (4), SPDIF (2)
  • 12 DAW output streams
  • Assignable 18 input by 6 output mixer
  • Weight and Dimensions: 1.5kg / 3.3lbs
  • 215mm (W) x 45mm (H) x 220mm (D) (8.5 x 1.8 x 8.7 inches)
  • System Requirements:
  • Macintosh:
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.5.8 or Mac OS X 10.6.2
  • Computer: Apple Macintosh with FireWire 400 support
  • CPU/Clock: PowerPC G5 2GHz (Leopard) or Intel 2GHz (Snow Leopard)
  • Memory (RAM): 1GB (2GB or more recommended)
  • Screen Resolution: 1024x768 (1280x1024 or more recommended)
  • Windows
  • OS: Windows 7 (64-bit & 32-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit only) or Windows XP SP2 or higher (32-bit only)
  • Computer: Windows compatible computer with FireWire 400 support
  • CPU/Clock: Pentium or AMD with 1.6GHz or higher (Dual 1GHz or higher recommended)
  • Memory (RAM): 1GB (2GB or more recommended)
  • Screen Resolution: 1024x768 (1280x1024 or more recommended)
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FocusriteSaffire Pro 14 Audio interface
 
2.9

(based on 8 reviews)

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        5.0

        Excellent product

        By mulderjoe

        from Framingham, MA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to install
        • Plenty Of Io Options
        • Zero Latency Issues

        Cons

        • Check Your Firewire Card
        • Wish For Usb 30 Or Esata

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 14 Audio interface:

        The Sapphire Pro Audio Interface solved a few of my input/output latency issues. Make sure to go here and read: http://d3se566zfvnmhf.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/answerbase/Focusrite%20IEEE%201394%20Compatibility.pdf

        This article helped me buy the correct firewire PCI-e card. Once I installed that, everything was working beautifully. Having a connection for USB 3.0 or eSATA would be nice as transfer rates are very high.

        I have found zero latency which was not the case for several other similar products I own.

        I will absolutely recommend the Sapphire PRO 14.

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        1.0

        Returning this, like other users.

        By anon

        from California

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 14 Audio interface:

        I got this interface thinking that I could use my new MacBook Pro to its full capacity due to FireWire and brand new equipment, etc.

        Turns out this product has the exact same problems that other reviewers have mentioned: drop-outs, unreliable connection, and an excrutiating white noise coming through the monitors.
        The noise is LITERALLY the sound of the driver processing data, and changes pitch when buffer sizes are reduced or lengthened.

        I would wait for Focusrite to respond to my inquiries, or to see if they release some driver fixes, but I'm not even willing to take that gamble that they will do that in the time I have to return the product.

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        (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Not Happy

        By TPTB73

        from Miami, FL

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Buggy
        • Terrible Customer Support

        Best Uses

          Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 14 Audio interface:

          I use a Windows 7 PC with a quad processor. I got this because I didn't want to occupy another USB port on my PC, so the firewire was the selling point. I had been using the Tascam US-800, but the preamps supposedly aren't' as good and it has its issues. I don't need multiple inputs in my home studio. Everything installed very easily with the Pro-14. The problem was that during recording/playing in my DAW, or during just listening to audio with VLC or WMP, there would be an intermittent fuzzy/static sound that would occur every few seconds. This sound also wound up on my recordings. I did some research and couldn't find much, except a couple of people describing a similar sound that was caused by the firewire port being "overloaded". I emailed Focusrite, and after 24 hours, they had not replied so I called. I spoke to someone who acted like they had never heard of this problem before. He emailed me two diagnostic apps and asked me to run them and get back to him. One to check if my firewire port was compatible...it was. And another to check my system latency. I sent the results of these tests back to them with some additional info that they had requested. I waited 48 hours and received no response. I tried to call but could only get voicemail. So, after three full days of getting absolutely nothing accomplished through Focusrite, I returned the item. After that customer support experience, I will never buy another Focusrite product again. I just ordered the Roland UA-55 which is connected via USB. Figure I'd better stay away from firewire. Hope that works out better for me.

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          (13 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Bad Product, Worse Customer Support

          By Disappointed in D.C.

          from Washington, D.C.

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • none

          Cons

          • ConstantHigh-Pitched Howl
          • Poor customer support
          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

          • Doorstop
          • None

          Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 14 Audio interface:

          My new Focusrite Saffire 14 emits a constant high-pitched whine. When I reported the problem to Musician's Friend I was told that I had to contact Focusrite. When I contacted Focusrite I was told that I had to contact Musician's Friend. When I, again, contacted Musician's Friend I was asked to file a report with them so that they could "investigate" the issue. It has now been several months and I have heard nothing from Musician's Friend. And my new Focusrite Saffire 14 is still emitting a high-pitched whine and is useless.

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          (1 of 49 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Saffire Pro 14 Audio interface

          By Ross Blasingame

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 14 Audio interface:

          I was unable to determine a method to connect a firewire to a Laptop with windows 7 so I sent the item back for a refund and purchased another model that has a USB connectivity feature. I cannot comment on it's function as I never even plugged it in.

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good starter interface

          By Joshua Lehman

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 14 Audio interface:

          Overall this device keeps me intrested in the Focusrite name. Now that i know what i know about recording and what i need, the Pro 40 and Liquid Saffire 56 look very intresting to me. I will point out I am using a Macbook Pro with 10.6.8. Haven't had any "driver" related nightmares. I also am using Logic Express as the DAW. I see these are compatible with the standard Pro Tools 9 and i feel like if Apple is going to screw its "pro" apps like they did with Final Cut, i may switch to pro tools. I specifically chose focusrite because i've heard less problems than with the M-Audio and M-Box solutions.
          I think for the price its a very good high quality inteface. Haven't really had any problems with the device itself. Its got a good enough amount of I/O for recording solo projects and demo material. I wish it had another firewire port for daisy chaining.
          Device is made out a sturdy construction, little plastic used.
          Good value for name and features.

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          (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          disappointed

          Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 14 Audio interface:

          Had a horrible time with this box, first of all, I have a new computer system with core i7 2600k so there was no issue on my end. I hooked this box up and had trouble with just playing a song back through ableton live 8, the sound would cut in and out, also had horrible sounds comming through my monitors when nothing was playing... seemed to be excessive so I did a little research and read that sometimes you have to use the firewire legacy driver built into windows, so that did take care of that problem, exept the horrible noise comming from the box when nothing was being played. Then the midi in on the box just stopped receiving signal period... totally dead. Maybe I had a defective unit... I was excited about comming to the focusrite brand, seemed like a good name in the music business. I was updating from a yamaha GO46 which is no longer made or supported, I wanted something compatible with windows 7, and to have problems with the windows driver right out of the box disappointed me. Maybe you will have better luck, Sound was great during recording and playback. with my core i7 i was able to put the buffer at 64samples and only have 5.31 ms of latency with no drop out or problems whatsoever. Just my 2 cents, returned unit, going to try the M-Audio profire 610 hopefully with better luck.
          This looked like the box for me, had the firewire interface, as many ins and outs as i needed, plus midi....
          Built well, all metal box, knobs felt nice and tight
          Seems to be priced about right.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Saffire PRO 14

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 14 Audio interface:

          I'm pretty happy with this interface. I chose it over the 24, because, well, they both only have two preamps, so what am I really paying the extra money for, the LEDs? Now, I think I should have paid the extra money just for the LEDs. Anyway. Its not really an '8-in, 6-out' interface as it is described. It has two mic/instrument inputs, two line inputs, and a digital optical (stereo?) input, I have no idea what it is useful for but maybe I will learn. The other two 'inputs' are virtual. They don't really exist as inputs on the device. But they are useful for bouncing audio from one program to another.The included software and loops are actually pretty expansive. The softsynth didn't excite me but the MixControl software is great, you have a lot more control over routing audio than with other similar priced usb interfaces I've used. There are no controls for monitoring (other than volume and headphone volume) on the unit, it is controlled through the saffire mixcontrol program, which I should add, has been only useful and not CPU hungry or gotten in the way of my work, it does exactly what it is supposed to do.I've been using an outboard preamp instead of the focusrite pres, I can't even comment on them yet.

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