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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
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)

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    (25)

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    (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

 

Looking for answers? I have some.

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(10 of 10 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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Verified Buyer

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

        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.

          (7 of 8 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.

          (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)

           
          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.

          (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 6 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!

                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great for the money

                By guitarjunkie-OySkO

                from Midwest

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                Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface:

                The preamps ARE as quiet as rumored to be, but fall just a little short on gain, especially for dynamic mic's, normally have to run the input gain control all the way to the right. Still, the preamps are almost noise-free. The software Mixer was a nightmare to learn, but this also results in a lot of flexibility .

                This is my first serious digital recording interface, and have much experience with tape and a console. There is no Send/Return system on this interface as is true with most interfaces. It's possible to work around this, by creating Buses, etc., and learning to switch the software mixer, but it isn't too intuitive to start with.

                Overall, I can't really see an alternative to Focusrite at this price. They have always made pretty good stuff, and this is no exception.
                The housing is metal, the l.e.d. vue meters seem accurate, the preamps and headphone signals are very quiet.
                In my own opinion, the is as good as it gets for the money.

                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                AWESOME INTERFACE!

                By Oldgreencouch

                from Bellefonte, PA

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                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.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Exceptional Preamps and Easy To Use

                By e.scarab

                from Lexington, Ky

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                Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface:

                I've had mine a little over a month now. I love it! I had read some reviews elsewhere complaining about latency issues and FW problems, etc. I put a Lacie FW400 card in my old Dell Dimension 3000 w a 2.80 GHz Pentium 4 and it works seamlessly, although being single core, the FW interface eats up more CPU than I would like. But that is no problem because it is so versatile as a mixer I just use it as an 8 channel ADAT expansion to my E-Mu 1212M card which gives me two more analog inputs with Pro Tools 190 HD converters. And that still leaves me 2 S/PDIF channels. I can run all that at 48K all day plus I have zero latency monitoring off the 1212M and two different zero latency headphone monitor channels and a third monitor output channel giving me a total of 4 different monitor mixes as well as a variety of ways to mix them. And I can use the E-Mu-s 32 bit on board effects on all channels independently as inserts if I want to add saturation, color, tube simulation, etc., as well as really nice digital compression.And the pre amps! Clean, pristine, and with tons of dead quiet headroom! I went through two TrakMaster Pro's that had horrible noise issues above 6 on the gain control. I replaced them with a Studio Projects VTB1(which is actually also an exceptionally clean and useful pre amp for the money) that was much better. But the pre amps in the Pro 49 are what one expects from Focusrite. They do not color the sound they way a Neve or other vintage type pres do, and they don't add tube harmonics. But what they do is give you a clean, very musical, very accurate transmission of whatever you plug in it. You can get all kinds incredibly realistic, relatively inexpensive (and even free) plug-ins to give you all the warmth and color you desire as well as compression, etc. (the included Focusrite FX bundle is actually pretty good...), or run it back out and through an analogue source after you have recorded the dry signal. Either way, you won't be disappointed! It has the quality and versatility of interfaces costing far more and is a steal relative to the OctoPre MK II w/o compression.

                (3 of 4 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!

                (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.

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best AI for Mac

                By Cape

                from Barranquilla, Colombia

                Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface:

                Had it for bout a year now. Tried M-Audio fastrack first but got frustrated and returned it. Thereafter decided to go Mac and leave the PC behind, after doing some research decided to buy it, and boy, this unit performs flawlessly, its very amazing!! Highly recommend tis product, specially if you own a Mac.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Works really well

                By Nick -Cr_eB

                from Mount Laurel, NJ

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                Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface:

                I' trying to write the most honest review possible. Ive had this piece now for about 2 months or so and its worked flawlessly on my mac pro with logic. That in itself is an amazing thing because it seems everything has some type of problems in todays world. Theres a couple things i dont like about it though. One, I dont like that you can only use phantom on 1-4 and 5-8 channels. I think it should be a little more selective and have channels 1-2, 3-4 and so on. That is not really a huge deal but its some thing i would like to change. Two, the gain controls on the preamps are extremely testy, meaning they are very hard to get perfectly dialed in when your using them very high. Again that is a very small issue that really just ,ore of something that annoys me personally. Thats really all the issues i have with it. The preamps on it are decent, there nothing really special and dont really blow me out of the water like the duet and the ensamble did by apogee. But they are decent enough where i can mic a whole kit and not have to go through anything outboard to compensate for lack of it in the saffire. All together i think it is a pretty good product and especially for only 500$ you really cant beat it at 8 channels. Hope this helped guys.Nick

                (2 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

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

                By wantoptions

                from Doesnt, Matter

                Verified Reviewer

                Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface:

                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!...

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                ...works better with a mac

                By ...-KQPvP

                from NC

                Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface:

                I've actually had this interface for a year - and I've used it with two different laptops. First, I had a lot of trouble with driver stability, latency, and drop outs using my older HP HDX18 with Vista 64 bit and Adobe Audition. I had to purchase a SIIG Firewire adapter with a TI chipset to get this to work on my HP. Even with my HP laptop optimized for recording, I still had drop outs. Very frustrating. The Focusrite Tech support were pretty responsive and willing to help, but I still would have minor issues every now and then. I now attribute this to issues with my HP laptop and Vista.I recently got a MacBook Pro (2 weeks ago) and fired the Saffire Pro 40 up with GarageBand. It was a lot easier. Everything works like it should. No drop outs, no latency issues.A word on the pre-amps. They're okay, but they're certainly not all you need to get a nice warm sound out of a decent condenser mic. They don't replace an outboard preamp.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

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

                By Proaudiosoft

                from New York

                About Me Professional Musician

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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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