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Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface   

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OVERVIEW

The Focusrite Saffire Pro 40, a multichannel FireWire audio interface designed with today's project studio in mind, and delivers the sound quality of much more expensive interfaces.

Focusrite's unparalleled preamp legacy forms the foundation of the Saffire Pro 40 interface, with eight award-winning Focusrite preamps. These are combined with the latest in FireWire interfacing technology to deliver seamless integration, excellent routing flexibility and future-proof, rock-solid driver stability.

With the Saffire PRO 40 interface, sonic integrity reigns supreme. The eight Focusite preamps ensure low noise and distortion, while quality digital conversion and JetPLL jitter elimination technology ensure pristine audio quality as your audio flows between the analogue and digital domains.

Alongside the eight Focusrite preamps are a host of I/O options; 10 analog outputs, ADAT I/O, stereo SPDIF I/O, and 2 virtual "loopback" inputs for routing digital audio between software applications. Every channel features phantom power, with the first two channels also featuring -9dB pads for additional headroom. Front panel 5-LED metering for each analog input offers accurate viewing of levels.

Saffire PRO 40 comes with the Focusrite plug-in suite. Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins provide a significant upgrade from standard sequencer effects, bringing a touch of class to your session. Focusrite's established Xcite+ bundle is also included. The bundle includes Ableton Live Lite, Novation's Bass Station soft synth and over 1 gigabyte of royalty-free samples.

Saffire PRO 40 Control, the zero-latency 18 x 16 DSP Mixer/Router software provided with Saffire PRO 40, sets a new standard at this price point for audio interface control. It features unparalleled output routing and monitoring, as well as intuitive one-click solutions, a clear and concise mixing layout and large on-screen metering for inputs, outputs and submixes.

Two independent headphone buses are provided, each with their own level controls available on the front panel. A dedicated stereo monitor mix output features pads for improved sound quality when connected to active monitor speakers. An 'anti-thump' circuit protects your monitor speakers from spikes when booting up or shutting down. Front panel controls include a main monitor dial with dim and mute switches, all of which fully integrate with customizable software to cover every possible monitoring need, providing a set of controls for any setup from basic stereo to full 7.1 surround.

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.

Note: 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.

A 24-bit/96khz FireWire interface with pristine audio quality and reliable synchronization.

FEATURES
  • 8 award-winning Focusrite preamps
  • 24-bit/96kHz FireWire Interface with JetPLL jitter elimination technology; pristine audio quality, and reliable synchronization
  • Total I/O count of 20 inputs and 20 outputs, including a unique loopback facility for routing audio between software applications via Saffire PRO 40 Control
  • The Focusrite Plug-in Suite
  • 2 separate headphone buses
  • Saffire PRO 40 Control zero-latency 18 x 16 DSP mixer/router can route any input signal or DAW output, or a mix of both, to any of the 20 outputs

SPECIFICATIONS

Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface

  • SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
    WINDOWS:
    Operating System
    Microsoft Windows XP SP2 (32 bit and 64 bit) and Windows Vista (32 bit and 64 bit)
    CPU/Clock
    900MHz AMD or Pentium. (1.5 GHz or higher recommended)
    Memory (RAM)
    512 MB (more recommended)


    APPLE MAC:
    Operating System
    OSX (10.4 and 10.5)
    CPU/Clock
    PowerPC G4/Dual 1 GHZ or faster or any Intel-based Mac
    Memory (RAM)
    512 MB (more recommended)


    PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATIONS
    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 analogue 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)

    Conversion performance:
    Dynamic Range= 110dB (A-weighted)
    Clock jitter= 250 picoseconds
    THD+N AMPL= -109dBFS (A-weighted)

    Front and Rear Connectivity:
    Analogue Channel Inputs (Inputs 1-8)
    2 Mic/Line/Inst Combo XLR (Inputs 1 and 2)
    6 Mic/Line Combo XLR (Inputs 3-8)
    Automatic switching of Mic / Line (e.g. inserting a jack switches from Mic to either Line or Instrument)

    Digital Channel Inputs (Inputs 9-18) 44.1-96kHz
    Stereo S/PDIF input on RCA
    8 ADAT inputs on Optical Connector, reduces to 4 inputs at 88.2/96kHz Optical input can be switched to S/PDIF 3/4 in software preferences (ADATs disabled)

    Analogue Audio Outputs (Outputs 1-10)
    8 1/4" TRS Jack (Outputs 3-10)
    2 monitor mix outputs on 1/4" TRS Jack (Outputs 1 and 2)
    Stereo headphones mix 1 on 1/4" TRS (also routed to outputs 7 & 8)
    Stereo Headphones mix 2 on 1/4" TRS (also routed to outputs 9 & 10)

    Digital Channel Outputs (Outputs 11-20) 44.1-96kHz
    Stereo S/PDIF output on RCA
    8 ADAT outputs on Optical Connector, reduces to 4 outputs at 88.2/96kHz Optical output can be switched to S/PDIF 3/4 in software preferences (ADATs disabled)

    Other I/O:
    2 6-pin FireWire sockets
    2 Standard 5-pin DIN MIDI connectors: In and Out
    IEC mains power input connector

    Weight and Dims:
    3kg / 6.6 Ib.
    350mm / 13.8" (W) x 45mm / 1.8" (H) x 235mm /9.3" (D)
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FocusriteSaffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface
 
4.8

(based on 30 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (10)
  • Versatile (9)
  • Durable (6)
  • Easy to use (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (10)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

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5.0

A Must for serious yet budget minded Musicians. Dont Skimp!

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from Saint Louis, MO

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface:

    I am so glad I upgraded from my toneport UX8 to this. I have a hard time shelling out 500 bux on anything, this was well worth it. It doesnt matter what great equipment you have if you dont have a good solid audio interface. Your signal chain starts here. I will save you time, buy this one!

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    5.0

    Great interface for the home studio

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    from Austin, TX

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface:

      I upgraded to this unit because I needed better preamps and more inputs. All the inputs are great! I can easily do anything from a single in (DI bass, vocals, etc), a DI and mic up of a guitar to a small setup of a drum kit and for a full drum kit, I can buy a second unit and chain them which I haven't done yet. The features, sound and quality are amazing for the price. For CPU loading, got firewire over USB if you can for more than 2 inputs.

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      4.0

      Looking for answers? I have some.

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      from Louisiana

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Features
      • Good Preamps
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • FireWire Compatibility

      Best Uses

      • All-Around Workhorse
      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Semi-Pro Recording

      Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface:

      Using this for a few weeks now in place of an Echo Audiofire 12 that finally died after 8 or 9 years of abuse. (I'm lying, it was just a bad cable but I'm actually glad I threw troubleshooting 101 to the wind and bought the Pro 40, and am using it in place of the Echo, which will now be my spare).

      Here's some information I think might be helpful for anyone out there who want a bit more than "It's great!":

      NEED TO KNOW:
      1. I could not get the Pro 40 to work with the following card: SIIG FireWire 2-Port PCIe (NN-E20012-S2) [TI Chipset]
      2. The Pro 40 works beautifully with the other card I had: SYBA Low Profile PCI-Express 1394B/A Firewire Card Model SD-PEX30009 [TI Chipset]
      3. The Pro 40 comes with a 1394B cable. (9-pin) so make sure that if you're connecting to a 1394A card, you purchase a 1394A 6-pin cable.
      4. The SYBA card I mentioned has both, so if you're in the market for a card along with this interface, the card I mentioned will have you covered. The cable included with the Pro 40 is only about 3 feet though, so keep that in consideration when doing your ordering.
      5. There is ample warning about how to connect the Pro 40 to your system regarding what should be powered before what. I have personally confirmed, at least in my case, that powering your computer on before powering the Pro 40 on, while the cable is already plugged in, does NOT break anything. I do it every day. Just don't remove/reinsert the cable while both your computer and the unit is on, which shouldn't be an issue for most unless you're mobile.

      NICE TO KNOW:
      1. The mixer *can* come off as intimidating at first if you're used to more simple interface mixers, but it's not difficult if you're experienced in any sort of audio routing within a DAW or have an hour or so to spare.
      2. Disregard traditional gain pot logic regarding unity levels. Read the comments about levels. They're true, but not show stoppers.
      3. You can't "bypass" the preamps, but you won't have any issues.

      Overall, I <3 it.

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      5.0

      Great product, incorrect cable.

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      from Knoxville, TN

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface:

          I bought this interface to take my home recording up a few notches, and this interface definitely makes that happen. I did run into a snag when I purchased it, however. I'm not super familiar with all types of technology, so when it came to the firewire ports, I didn't know there was a difference. I am using an older model Macbook, which contains a FireWire 400 port. The interface comes with a 400-800 cable (the 400 end is on the interface itself, so the 800 is for a computer). I got the interface out to use it, but discovered I couldn't because my computer did not have a FireWire 800 port. I had to purchase a 400-400 cable before I could use the interface (not pricey at all, but a disappointing delay). Now that I'm able to use it, I have no complaints about the interface at all. It's a great product and gives a superb sound, especially for an independent musician on a low-end budget.

          Before you buy, just make sure you have the correct port on your computer or purchase the necessary cable to be able to connect to the interface.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good Sound with Win 7 64bit.

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          from Douglasville, Georgia

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface:

            Once I got by the learning curve, I am beginning to really like this unit. I am now recording the clearest and best volume surround sound via Sonar X3 than I have heard from my home studio.

            If you purchase this unit, do not give up on it, I almost did. Then after going through all the tutorials and experimenting with the on screen mixer I persevered and after about 3 weeks, I am very glad I did.

            Ronnie Bee's Gigabyte Band.

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            (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great! but read on

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            from Cheyenne wy

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface:

              This so far this is a great interface. Read the instructions. The only problem I have is with the upgrade to Mac OS 10.9 the driver is a bit flaky. It's an issue that audio will cease to work when the you sleep the Mac.. It's random. Your only recourse is to reinstall the driver and it starts working again. I have a trouble ticket in with Focusrite and as of day 3 not a peep from them. I guess they are trying to fix the problem but with no word hard saying at this point. I power the Mac off after my session , it works when cold booted unless you've slept the Mac then it's a toss up.

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              5.0

              Great interface, easy to get going!

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              from CT

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Bulky/Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface:

              Very easy to use, I set it up on my PC with Sonar 8.5 and had it up and running in no time! Two headphones outputs are very convenient, and everything worked exactly as I had hoped. The only downside I've encountered is that it's a bit on the heavy side, and slightly larger than I had expected. Even so, it's a great value!

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              5.0

              Nice!!

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              from Covington, LA

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface:

                This is my first interface unit, and while I could have went with a cheaper unit having less I/O, I decided to bite the bullet in case I decide/attempt to record a drum set one day. So far it is very user friendly, I am still working through difficulties with the included mixer and haven't quite figured out how to load or use all the plug ins and stuff that come with it, but that's my personal lack of expertise. All in all it is what I have been needing to begin my home studio and the first couple tracks I have recorded sound amazing, like 10 times better than anything else I have recorded before. I definitely recommend Focusrite products.

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                4.0

                Best sound for the price

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                from Laguna Niguel

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Good converters
                • Good sound
                • Loud Output
                • Sweet Preamps

                Cons

                • No Effects While Tracking

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface:

                It will probably be replaced by a newer model soon. But she is still the best choice for the money NOW.
                I wish it had EQ, compression and reverb built into mix control using the onboard DSP (You still need to open the plug ins in th DAW). I like the bundled EQ and reverb plugins; they sound pretty good. THe Compressor and gate are kinda meh (logic has some awesome plugins built in, im spoiled). They will probably try to try to copy the new appollo by UA with their next model. I will have to sell this and buy that.

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome interface!

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                from Nashville, TN

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface:

                  I just used this for the first time to record a livr band. It was so easy to set up and doesn't take up much room in my rack. It sounded great, and I was able to run two monitor mixes and it played nice with my iMac with Mountain Lion - no issues! If you're looking for a compact and easy solution for multitrack recording that sounds great, you just found it. I've owned several other great interfaces, but this one has been the best yet. Get it!

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