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Focusrite Saffire Pro 26 Audio Interface   

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Saffire PRO 26 is part of Focusrite's family of professional studio-quality FireWire/Thunderbolt-compatible* audio interfaces, with full 24-bit/96kHz...Click To Read More About This Product

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18-in/8-out FireWire/Thunderbolt audio interface featuring four award-winning mic preamps.

Saffire PRO 26 is part of Focusrite's family of professional studio-quality FireWire/Thunderbolt-compatible* audio interfaces, with full 24-bit/96kHz conversion and four award-winning Focusrite mic preamps with phantom power. The best-sounding interface in its class, Saffire PRO 26 was designed with both studio recording and live musicians in mind, offering extensive input and output capabilities for maximum flexibility.

Twenty-five years of mic preamp excellence form the foundation of the Saffire PRO 26 interface. The four preamps, along with the very latest in mix control software and interfacing technology, combine to deliver seamless integration, excellent routing flexibility and rock-solid driver stability.

At the heart of Saffire PRO 26 lie four award-winning Focusrite preamps. These allow unparalleled recording flexibility and ensure low noise and distortion with plenty of headroom to capture the full dynamic range of even the loudest drumkit or guitar amp. Precision digital conversion and JetPLL jitter-elimination technology maintain pristine audio quality in both analog and digital domains. Inputs 1 and 2 are available both as mic-level rear-panel XLRs and as front-panel TRS (1/4") sockets at line or instrument levels, and include 8dB pads. Inputs 3 and 4 appear on the rear panel as combo XLR (mic)/TRS (line) sockets. There are two additional rear-panel TRS line inputs, making a total of six analog inputs, for which 5-segment LED metering is provided.

The PRO 26 includes S/PDIF I/O, and an optical digital input that can be configured either as S/PDIF or as ADAT format, the latter allowing expansion of the interface with, for example, Focusrite's OctoPre MkII, for a total of 14 analog inputs. Saffire PRO 26 also features two virtual Loopback inputs, for routing digital audio between software applications - ideal for capturing online audio.

On the output side, dual headphone outputs, six line outputs on TRS jacks, and S/PDIF coax are provided. Main monitor controls, including volume, dim and mute, are included on the front panel.

Saffire MixControl, the ultra-low-latency 26 x 8 DSP mixer/router software provided with Saffire PRO 26, sets a new standard 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 quickly as possible.

Included software:
Ableton Live Lite, Midnight Plug-in Suite (Midnight EQ & Compressor), Scarlett plugin suite (Scarlett EQ, Compressor, Gate and Reverb) Novation Bass Station virtual instrument and 1GB of Loopmasters sample content.

*Thunderbolt Compatible - In common with all Focusrite Saffire interfaces, the Saffire PRO 26 is compatible with Thunderbolt ports via the use of a FireWire to Thunderbolt adaptor (not included). An external power supply is recommended for use in Thunderbolt applications, particularly when using phantom power.

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.

Includes the Focusrite Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-In Suite (AAX/AU/VST) upon registration of interface. Accurately modeled on the classic Red 2 EQ and Red 3 Compressor, the Red plug-ins let you exploit the sound of the hardware originals, conveniently from within Pro Tools (10 and above) and other audio software.

FEATURES
  • Four Award-Winning Focusrite Preamps
  • Precision 24-bit/96kHz conversion and pristine analog audio
  • Precision A-D / D-A conversion with JetPLL jitter reduction technology; pristine digital and analog audio quality and reliable synchronisationMultiple Connectivity Options - FireWire (cable provided) or Thunderbolt (adaptor not included)
  • If you are connecting multiple USB devices, then streaming audio over a separate FireWire or Thunderbolt* port will allow you to keep your USB ports free and reduce the possibility of interference
  • Comprehensive I/O - 18 inputs and 8 outputs, including four mic/line pres, two of which have high-impedance instrument capability and 8dB pads, plus two additional TRS inputs; two independently-controlled headphone outputs, six TRS line outputs and a 'loopback' facility for routing audio between software applications via Saffire MixControl
  • Expand your interface with up to eight extra analog inputs
  • ADAT optical input allows extensive input expansion of your interface - expand Saffire PRO 26 with up to eight additional preamps or line inputs
  • Pair Saffire PRO 26 with Focusrite's OctoPre MkII 8-channel preamp and instantly transform your interface into a 12 preamp unit
  • Firewire Bus-powered
  • Gives multiple artists independent, fully customised monitor mixes - two with independent headphone sockets and front-panel level controls
  • 5-Segment LED metering
  • Solid build quality in a portable chassis
  • Included is a free DAW in the form of Ableton Live Lite, Focusrite's professional Midnight and Scarlett plug-in suites, Novation BassStation virtual synthesiser and 1GB of Loopmasters sample content

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SPECIFICATIONS

Saffire Pro 26 Audio Interface

  • Weight: 6.75lb.
    Dimensions: 4.25" x 10.75" x 18.5"
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FocusriteSaffire Pro 26 Audio Interface
 
4.8

(based on 4 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (4)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)

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5.0

Let the Band Play On

By Sooner

from Arkansas

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 26 Audio Interface:

    This was a nice upgrade from the entry level PreSonus unit I had, which was a good beginners tool. This unit has plenty of input/output choices, and I like having 2 headphone jacks since I work with my son on production. My one negative comment is that I am a bit peeved that the Musician's Friend tech that helped me on purchase, didn't tell me that there was not lightning connector, but a thunderbolt instead, when I clearly told him I had a MacBook Pro I needed to match a unit with. I had to buy an adapter for, which is okay, but one more thing in the way.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice Interface

    By Anthony

    from Michigan

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 26 Audio Interface:

      Initially there was a problem with Windows 10 (x64 with VIA VT6308 firewire chip), but using the Windows 8.1 legacy firewire driver (MS knowledge base article KB2970191) fixed everything. I read that Focusrite is currently investing this problem (which applies to Windows 8 as well, and not just VIA chipsets).

      Low latency, low noise (inaudible), problem-free recording. There are no "I wish it had..." features missing.

      The reason for four stars is the build quality. The pots and buttons seem a bit wobbly, but I've seen worse. Also, the included power supply (which isn't needed if your firewire cable is under 15 feet or so) is about as cheap as it gets.

      It comes with a pretty nice plugin package, but I'm not a fan of Ableton Live (comes with the Lite version). I'm sticking with Reaper until I can get Pro Tools.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Interface

      By Scrub

      from Salt Lake City

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 26 Audio Interface:

        I've had this interface for about a year, and I love it. The MixControl makes it really easy to personalize mixes for different band members recording simultaneously.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Saffire Pro 26

        By Lou

        from Medford Ma

        About Me Novice

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 26 Audio Interface:

          Great unit for the money. I needed a little help with the initial setup and tech support was great.

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