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Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface  

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Overview
  • 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
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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.

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
 

Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface Specifications:

  • 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

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Pros

  • Good audio (6)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Durable (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (7)
    • Amateur recording (6)
    • Professional recording (5)
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    (3 of 3 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.

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great! but read on

      By Old Metal Guy

      from Cheyenne wy

      About Me Professional Musician

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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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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great interface, easy to get going!

        By DrBass

        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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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice!!

        By guitmesa

        from Covington, LA

        About Me Novice

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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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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Best sound for the price

          By analogkid

          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!

          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!

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            AWESOME INTERFACE!

            By JMH6062

            from Bellefonte, PA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Iffy Firewire Drivers

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface:

            This is just a great interface. It has tons if i/o options and everything sounds awesome. The preamps are super clean and the front panel pres handle direct signals from guitars and basses very well. The mix control software is a little hard to get a grasp on but once you do it's a very useful tool for monitoring. I live tracked a three piece band with the pro40 and they loved that I could make each of them an individual headphone mix so easily. They also love the sound quality of the recordings haha.

            The only real issue I had was with firewire drivers. When I first installed the unit it was causing pretty frequent crashes and the audio would drop out. However, after some quick research I found online that if you switch from the default windows firewire driver to the "legacy" driver it fixed these issues. No problems after that.

            Overall I'm really happy with the Pro40 and it was a great and much needed upgrade to my setup.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing piece of gear....

            By Guitar2236

            from Minneapolis, MN

            About Me Experienced

            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!!

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                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The Saffire Pro 40 is a Jewel

                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.

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                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Solid Unit

                By Motley MT

                from Montana

                Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface:

                Overall, I am very happy. I look forward to getting more savvy at the software interface. One point off for the headroom issue, but all in all, the pre's sound solid and for the money it's hard to argue this is a great buy.
                If you'll be running this unit through a mixing board or the like in a permanent set-up, having 6 of the 8 inputs on the back works just fine. Otherwise, it's kind of a pain to have those inputs in the back. The only other complaint I have resonates with other reviewers in that the software interface has a fairly steep learning curve. I haven't played with it enough to give a great opinion, but the online help and tuturial resources for this are really thin. The learning process would go quicker with more video tutorials and the like. That said, it does seem to be a stable and usable software package.
                Very solid unit. The buttons and knobs are very solid and the unit itself sits within a solid metal casing. The headroom isn't great. Other reviewers have noted the same thing. I have to crank up the level almost all the way to get a hot enough signal with mic's even with phantom power on. Other inputs like line inputs aren't quite as bad though. At the end of the day, there is still enough level to get a decent signal so no biggie. One point off for the headroom issue, otherwise a very solid unit.
                Good bang for the buck, but hey, one point off because I am always looking for a good deal.

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