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Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP  

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    A truly unique and necessary addition to your DAW.

    The Focusrite Saffire PRO 24 DSP is Focusrite's latest 16 In/8 Out FireWire audio interface, featuring real-time DSP-powered tracking and mixing solutions tailor-made for the modern home studio environment.

    Alongside DSP-powered Compression and EQ for latency-free tracking and "comfort" reverb for vocal monitoring, is VRM; a Virtual Reference Monitoring technology that lets you hear your mix in different environments, through different speakers and from different positions, all just using headphones.

    VRM makes Saffire PRO 24 DSP the only interface capable of simulating over one hundred different monitoring scenarios through your headphones. VRM overcomes the major obstacle for mixing with headphones by giving you multiple perspectives on your mix, as if you were listening through speakers. Indeed, noise levels from mixing through speakers can make it impossible for most to mix at home, especially late at night; with VRM, you can mix anytime, anywhere. Using any pair of monitoring headphones, VRM let's you choose your mixing environment from a living room, a bedroom studio, or a professional studio. You then simply choose where you are positioned in that room and what speakers you listen through.

    Saffire PRO 24 DSP draws on twenty-five years of mic-pre excellence. The two Focusrite pre-amps capture every subtle nuance of your sound whilst ensuring low noise and distortion. Meanwhile, high-quality digital conversion and JetPLL jitter elimination technology ensure pristine audio quality as your audio flows between the analogue and digital domains.

    Saffire PRO 24 DSP's other real-time DSP-powered effects also exhibit Focusrite's uncompromising approach to audio quality. EQ, Compression and "Comfort" Reverb sonically derived from the 'Focusrite Plug-in Suite' (also included as VST/AU plug-ins) are all integrated within the Saffire Mix Control software, providing professional latency-free tools for tracking and monitoring.

    Alongside the two Focusrite pre-amps are a host of I/O options; two additional analog inputs, six analog outputs, ADAT inputs (for expanding the interface with, for example, Focusrite's OctoPre), stereo SPDIF I/O and 2 virtual "loopback" inputs for routing digital audio between software applications - ideal for capturing online audio. Front panel 5-LED metering for each analogue input offers accurate viewing of levels.

    Saffire Mix Control, the zero-latency 16 x 8 DSP Mixer/Router software provided with Saffire PRO 24 DSP, sets a new standard at this price point for audio interface control. It features flexible output routing and monitoring, as well as intuitive one-click setup solutions designed to help you track, monitor and mix as easily as possible.

    Saffire PRO 24 DSP also comes with all the additional tools needed to start making music right away. These include the latest version of the Focusrite Plug-in Suite, which provides a significant upgrade from your standard sequencer effects. The suite includes Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins.

    Focusrite's established Xcite+ bundle is also included. The bundle features Ableton Live 7 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 and 'Mike the Drummer'.

    Saffire PRO 24 DSP combines two award-winning Focusrite pre-amps and a host of other I/O with VRM Virtual Reference Monitoring, integrated real-time tracking and monitoring effects, and easy-to-use mix control software. Together, they deliver the most comprehensive professional compact music-recording interface to date.

    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
    • VRM Virtual Reference Monitoring
    • Two high-quality award-winning Focusrite Preamps
    • Onboard DSP-powered, latency-free tracking and mixing tools
    • High Quality 24-bit/96kHz FireWire Interface
    • Total I/O Count of 16 Inputs and 8 Outputs
    • Saffire Mix Control Zero-latency DSP Mixer/Router
    • Xcite+ Software Bundle
    • Focusrite VST/AU Plug-in Suite, for use in the mix
    • Front panel 5-LED metering
    • Two dedicated front-panel headphone busses
     

    Saffire Pro 24 DSP Specifications:

    • Conversion performance
    • Dynamic Range (chipset) = 107dB
    • Dynamic Range (Real World) = 105dB
    • Clock jitter < 250 picoseconds
    • THD+N AMPL = -107dBFS 'A' weighted
    • Microphone Inputs
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz ±0.1 dB
    • THD+N: 0.001% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Noise: EIN > 125dB (128dB analog to digital) (measured at 60dB of gain with 150 Ohm termination (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Line Inputs
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz ±0.1dB
    • THD+N: < 0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Noise: -90dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Instrument Inputs
    • 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)
    • Front and Rear Connectivity
    • Analog Channel Inputs (Inputs 1-4)
    • 2 x XLR Mic/Line Neutrik Combi-Jacks (Inputs 1-2)
    • 2 x XLR Instrument Neutrik Combi-Jacks (Instrument on inputs 1 and 2 only)
    • Automatic switch of Mic / Line (inserting a jack switches from Mic to either Line or Instrument (instrument selected via the software control panel)
    • Line inputs 3-4 have low and high gain settings can be controlled from the Saffire MixControl software (low gain being the default)
    • Digital Channel Inputs (Inputs 5-14) 44.1-96kHz
    • Stereo S/PDIF input on RCA
    • 1 x 8 channel ADAT input on Optical Connector (SDPIF 3&4 set in preferences menu)
    • Analog Audio Outputs (Outputs 1-6)
    • 6 x TRS analog outputs (Outputs 1-6)
    • 2 x TRS stereo headphone output (headphone mix 1 same as outputs 3 & 4)
    • Digital Channel Outputs (Outputs 7-8) 44.1-96kHz
    • Stereo S/PDIF output on RCA
    • Other I/O
    • 1 x 6-pin FireWire socket
    • 2 Standard 5-pin DIN MIDI connectors: In and Out
    • 12V DC power input connector for use with external PSU
    • Weight and Dimensions
    • Weight: 3.5 lb. (1.6 kg)
    • Dimensions: 1.8" (H) x 220mm / 8.65" (D), (215mm / 8.5" W x 45mm D )
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    FocusriteSaffire Pro 24 DSP
     
    4.4

    (based on 8 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (1)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (3)
    • Good audio (3)
    • Versatile (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (3)
      • Home studio (3)

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      4.0

      Great little unit overall.

      By Dan the man

      from Ok, USA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Loose Fitheadphone Jacks

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances

      Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP:

      Been looking forward to upgrading my recording audio interface with a respected quality unit like this one. Am really enjoying the VRM feature until such time as real deal monitor speakers can be obtained. Only reason 4 & not 5 star rating is the before mentioned front HEADPHONE jacks on my unit are disappointingly sloppy loose when plugging 1/4" connectors into it.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wow, excelent soundcard.

      By John

      from Miami, FL

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ

        Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP:

        Wow, I am very impresive with the quality of this product.

        I mostly use it for live recording and it is really worthy. Clear sound, support high levels of sound without any peak. The quality of the recorded sounds is practically identical as you transmit throught your mixer while performing.

        I really recommeded it.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        More than just another interface

        By SK

        from San Diego,Ca

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP:

        Stable, easy to use and quiet. I use it for hours at a time with none of the problems encountered by other interfaces. The VRM is an additional plus in comparing the differences in what other rooms and monitors produce. Simply put, this is a great unit. Highly recommended for your home recording endeavors.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Simply Amazing!

        Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP:

        This is simply the best to used for any Musician!
        First of all i want to say that it is an amazing interface! It works beautifully and runs solid day in and day out! Best Mic Pre amps ive used! And the software is incredible!
        Build quality is strong and quite a load! Very small and compact! Knobs are durable!
        I havent had a single problem yet! Everything runs nice!

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great specs, unique feature set.

        By bojackey

        from southern california

        Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP:

        I agree with Stringblade, VRM rules. Mixing with headphones is much better with VRM, it's also good for checking your NFM mixes in otgher virtual rooms.The loopback channel is great for learning songs from the web. Record into your DAW on the loop input, then you can loop parts of the song to learn the parts.But the best part is the performance. I couldn't find a USB audio interface that was stable, but the Focusrite is rock solid.

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        (5 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        STAY AWAY!!!

        By 2wise

        from Carmel, CA

        Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP:

        Received this product and was very happy to get started. I had read the reviews so it seemed like right choice. Man was I wrong.Firstly, the firewire is only 400/400 which is not compatible with the new mac line. I had to buy a new 800/400 firewire cable to make the connection. That did not work. After buying another firewire cable just make sure, I was still unable to get my mac to recongize the interface. I have updated my OSX to latest version, as well as update their software and firmware the latest version and still no luck.I have sent several emails to their customer service department and have yet to hear back from them. Overall a big mistake and a lot of trouble. Don't buy this.

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        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        VRM rules!

        By Stringblade

        from Atlanta

        Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP:

        I bought this unit because my wife was getting tired of me disappearing to my studio in my basement for hours at a time while working on my current band demo.I bought it specifically for the VRM and knowing they have great preamps. What I got was a great suprise at how solid and flexible this thing is.I actually have a set of Alesis Monitor Ones in my studio and it is treated pretty well, so when I compared it to the VRM model of the same I was shocked at how familar it felt listening on my headphones. Everyroom is gonna sound different as with every speaker but you get a good since of character response from the VRM and I have already used it on different settings to check my mix, which has improved my mixing.This is a no brainer. Buy it.

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        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A great interface for the rest of us.

        By Bear-3XRdm

        from Coudersport, Pa USA

        Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP:

        I would love to have a nice studio with great reference monitors and great rooms for recording and monitoring. What I have is a small square room with no door and 3 & 4 yr old grand kids running around and a busy wife. I have to wait until after every one goes to bed to record in my "studio". Occasionally I take my setup out to record singer/sonwriters and acoustic duets. Thanks to VRM and my Audio-Technica ATH=M50s I can monitor, mix, and edit any time. I can't comment on how accurate VRM models their list of monitors having never used any of them, but I can say VRM makes a big difference. I prefer the American Yellow Cone pro (KRK) setting. VRM is now available on both headphones. The pres are great. I think you would have to spend a LOT more to top them. A while back I had the chance to compare them side by side with Onyx pres on a 400F. I owned them both and was not rushed. I really like the onyx pres. Nice and warm, but in the end the Saffire's detail just barely edged out the Onyx. Both are quiet and have good headroom. I like that I can use this live for solo gigs. I can send a mono feed to the mains with or without reverb, yet record clean via firewire, and monitor clean or reverb'd in ear with my Shure E3s.I would like to see a variation of this unit that swaps the ADAT and MIDI for two more combos with pres and DI. I understand that the majority probably want all the capabilities of ADAT and MIDI, but many of us are primarily concerned with acoustic or acoustic/electric instruments and vocals. My 2nd choice would be if they just allowed the line ins to be switched to DI. You can use the high gain setting on the line ins and plug a guitar into them, at least with my guitar (Martin with LR Baggs M1 active) the sound is much more harsh. But that's what I have to do when my wife joins me. It works, but could be better. The loop back etc is great when there are singers singing with pre-recorded tracks (very common in churches). The only other thing I'd like to see is some sort of mic stand adapter so I can place it where I need it on those solo gigs.

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