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

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.

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
 
4.7

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

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100%

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)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Gets the job done.

I've had this unit for about 3 months now and have been using it daily in a project studio environment. In a nutshell, it has exceeded all of my expectations. It is well...Read complete review

I've had this unit for about 3 months now and have been using it daily in a project studio environment. In a nutshell, it has exceeded all of my expectations. It is well built and sturdy. The knobs are solid and move smoothly.The front inputs and headphone jacks make life easy. Preamps are clean and transparent with little to no coloration. Practically zero noise. Could use a bit more headroom, but with 8 pre's on 1 unit they are still impressive. The Saffire Mix Control software can seem a little confusing at first, but with a little time put into it, has very useful signal routing options.Hint for future owners: When tracking, use the Zero Latency Tracking routing preset. It really is "Zero Latency". Took me a while to figure that out, but once I did, life was golden. Where this Device really shines, though, is in the ease of use category. Once the drivers and mix Control Software were loaded, I was recording some of the best sounding tracks I have heard from a home studio within minutes. This truly is one stop shopping for the project studio. This unit with a good channel strip and some decent mics and you are in business. I am using Sonar 8.5 with Win 7 64 bit in a machine with 8gb DDR3 and an AMD Phenom Black Edition. I have yet to run into any major issues, but keep in mind, I am only 3 months in and barely scraping the surface of what this unit is capable of. I gave it a 4.0 on fetures because of the lack of line inserts and the phantom power being bundled together in groups of 4 and not separate for each individual channel. For this price, however, I think the unit is a steal. All in all, I am extremely glad I pulled the trigger on this little box. I would make the same decision 7 days a week and twice on Sunday. Definately worth every penny!! Great job Focusrite!!!

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If it would come with more options to connect. Just one?

Not very pleased that comes only with one cable and its firewire, the thunderbolt adapter is 50 greens , new computers are lacking this "firewire". Have to wait again for the...Read complete review

Not very pleased that comes only with one cable and its firewire, the thunderbolt adapter is 50 greens , new computers are lacking this "firewire". Have to wait again for the cable, just so I can use the interface, plus more money... Come on!...

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gets the job done.

By Skoltrain

from Baytown, TX

Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface:

I've had this unit for about 3 months now and have been using it daily in a project studio environment. In a nutshell, it has exceeded all of my expectations. It is well built and sturdy. The knobs are solid and move smoothly.The front inputs and headphone jacks make life easy. Preamps are clean and transparent with little to no coloration. Practically zero noise. Could use a bit more headroom, but with 8 pre's on 1 unit they are still impressive. The Saffire Mix Control software can seem a little confusing at first, but with a little time put into it, has very useful signal routing options.Hint for future owners: When tracking, use the Zero Latency Tracking routing preset. It really is "Zero Latency". Took me a while to figure that out, but once I did, life was golden. Where this Device really shines, though, is in the ease of use category. Once the drivers and mix Control Software were loaded, I was recording some of the best sounding tracks I have heard from a home studio within minutes. This truly is one stop shopping for the project studio. This unit with a good channel strip and some decent mics and you are in business. I am using Sonar 8.5 with Win 7 64 bit in a machine with 8gb DDR3 and an AMD Phenom Black Edition. I have yet to run into any major issues, but keep in mind, I am only 3 months in and barely scraping the surface of what this unit is capable of. I gave it a 4.0 on fetures because of the lack of line inserts and the phantom power being bundled together in groups of 4 and not separate for each individual channel. For this price, however, I think the unit is a steal. All in all, I am extremely glad I pulled the trigger on this little box. I would make the same decision 7 days a week and twice on Sunday. Definately worth every penny!! Great job Focusrite!!!

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great! but read on

By Guitarslinger

from Wyoming

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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.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great product, incorrect cable.

    By Adamathepianoman

    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.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        No problems with the Pro 40

        By Frank Michalski

        from KY

        Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface:

        I own two of the Pro 40's and they work great together. I have them hooked up to record 16 channels at once. I started with one and had it hooked up to an old HP laptop with intel P4 proc, 2 gigs of ram, Windows XP 32 bit and 60 gig hard drive. I didn't have any problems doing so but thought I would make a nicer DAW so I used my desktop computer with a dual core proc Athlon 64 X2 2.4 Ghz in it. Still use Windows XP 32 bit. The computer is actually about 4 years old (Pavillion a1630n). It has firewire input but I bought the card with the TI chip in it so I wouldn't have any problems so many people say they had without it. Now I have both units hooked up and record the band using 12 tracks every week with no problems. Mixed down a number of sessions using Reaper software with about 20 plug-ins. Once you get the hang of the mixer for the Pro 40, it's really nice. I've had email conversations with the techs at Saffire and they were very nice and helpful. I asked them a lot of questions before I purchaced and that helped me a lot.
        So many inputs and outputs.
        Build is great.
        When you wait for the specials, very good price.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good Sound with Win 7 64bit.

        By Ronnie Bee

        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.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome interface!

          By StereoLaunch

          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!

            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The Saffire Pro 40 is a Jewel

            By Snowmann002

            from Houston, TX

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            Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface:

            Many reviews complained about the Mix Control software, and it is difficult to master, but there are some great YouTube videos made by Focusrite people that were very helpful. Also, when I sent an email to their Customer Service, they promptly responded with screen shots of the settings I needed to route signals where I wanted, and detailed instructions. Just make certain you give them detailed explanations of what you're trying to accomplish. They will ask for info about you computer, settings, software versions, etc., so be prepared.
            Good sound, great pres, good features, study metal case, tight pots. Many reviews complained about the lack of headroom, but don't be put off by this. The volume pots are linear, not audio curve, so 5 is not half the volume of 10. Linear pots give you most of your apparent gain toward the end of its arc. Every interface I've owned before this one had lots of noise at the top end of the gain control, but this baby is quiet at the top so don't be affraid to work up there. No gain problems IMHO.
            Don't yet have years of experience with this product, but its outward appearance indicates quality, as does the quality of the audio and the thought behind the features - two front mic inputs, two front headphone outputs, quality input meters, analog &amp; digital ins &amp; outs, routing software with infinite possibilities. My first Focusrite device was the ISA One preamp, my primary vocal pre, and its quality is at the top of anyone's scale, so I'm hoping the Saffire Pro 40 is too.
            Get your best price online, then call Musician's Friend. They will beat any legitimate price on the web. I got a great deal, so my rating for value is high, and my satisfaction level is high. Would expect to pay more for this kind of sound &amp; build quality. I suppose this device introduces Focusrite to a large audience of home studio jocks &amp; musicians that will opt for more expensive products in the future. As such it is what the retail world calls a "loss leader." That's my guess.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Looking for answers? I have some.

            By Weekend Astronauts

            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.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing piece of gear....

            By Guitar2236

            from Minneapolis, MN

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality -

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface:

                This unit is simply amazing! Install was perfect- (downloaded the latest driver and Mix Control software from the web site) I am running Windows 7 64 bit with the built in Firewire port.. Just make sure to download the tool from Focusrite to check for your compatibility with your firewire port. The output routing is the best feature ever!! I am able to use my outboard Midiverb for monitor only by simply mirroring the number 1 mic output to channel 3 output...cable from number 3 out in back of unit to input on Midiverb.. then run outputs from Midiverb back into channels 7 and 8...link channels and...voila!! Reverb I can blend to the vocal headphone mix only - it records dry! The preamps are amazingly clean sounding and this unit is built like a tank.. I don't believe you can possibly find anything even comparable in this price range.. Prior to the Pro 40 I was using an M-Audio Fasttrack Pro which was ok.. then had a brief experience (and not a good one)with the Presonus VSL product....I still couldn't get it to work right after a week.. Presonus customer service = "0" Musician's friend was nice enough to let me exchange my Presonus VSL for the Saffire Pro 40.. 20 minutes and I was recording... Thank you Focusrite for a great product...and Thank you Musicians Friend (Tammy) for such oustanding customer service... I would never shop anywhere else!!

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Just Awesome!

                By iplaydrumsallday

                from USA

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                Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface:

                The hardware aspect of the Saffire Pro 40 is great. Easy to set up and go. As far as the DSP software (Saffire MixControl) I am still wrapping my head around the routing options, but for the most part it does the job without too much of a headache. After researching interfaces for quite some time before purchasing, I believe I made an excellent choice as far as quality and price, as well as giving myself some room to grow in the future with the ADAT ins and outs.
                For the price you can't beat the features on the Saffire Pro 40. Until you use this interface you don't realize how awesome and convenient it is to have two Independent headphone inputs! The Dim and Mute buttons are also great as you can either completely mute the sound or cut it by 20db so you can talk to someone else in the room, or the artist you are working with, without changing your monitor settings!
                Rock Solid build; no cheap or flimsy parts. The Pre-amps are quiet and clean, and really show their colors when paired with a good quality condenser mic.
                the I/O options paired with great pre-amps, 2 headphone busses, dim, mute monitoring in a rack mounted interface is a steal!

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