All told, this single-rack-space unit gives you 10 x XLR-1/4" analog inputs and 10 balanced TRS analog outputs, along with S/PDIF and optical digital I/O. With so much I/O, the Saffire Pro 40 makes a great recording interface in the studio, while taking up far less space than a mixer. Or, use it to set up a 7:1 surround mix station at your desk. Whatever you can dream up, this Saffire can handle.
Everything You Need, Right Up Front On the front panel of the Focusrite Saffire Pro 40, you'll find two XLR-1/4" inputs, with +48V phantom power switches right next door for Channels 1-4 and 5-8, respectively. The Gain knobs for Channels 1 and 2 have Pad and Instrument-level switches, depending on the signal you're running into them. Indepedent Gain knobs are accessible here for Channels 3-8 as well. The Saffire PRO 40 also helpfully gives you two separate headphone jacks with independent volume controls. The Master Monitor volume (connected to outputs 1 and 2) has a Dim and Mute switch right on the front.
...And Everything Else On The Back On the rear panel you'll find the other 6 x XLR-1/4" Mic/Line inputs, as well as the 10 balanced TRS line outputs. S/PDIF and MIDI ins and outs are on the left, next to the Optical Line In and Out.
Pristine Audio Conversion All of this I/O sails through Focusrite converters -- featuring JetPLL jitter-elimination technology for pristine audio conversion -- and runs to your computer via one of the 2 x Firewire 400 ports at up to 24-bit/96 kHz resolution. Multiple ins and outs are nothing without rock-solid reliability -- but luckily the Saffire Pro 40 has both in spades.
Extremely Smart Mixing/Monitoring Software Once you've connected the Saffire Pro 40 to your computer, you can control the interface with great specificity, thanks to the included Saffire PRO 40 Control software. The software gives you a virtual 18 x 16 DSP Mixer/Router that will run with zero latency. It allows you to route the audio of any input and/or output, and follow detailed monitoring visualizers. Overall, the joy of the Saffire is that it leaves much of the specific control accessible on the actual hardware, while saving the finer levels of control for the computer, where a larger visual interface makes the process much more intuitive and simple.
Plug-Ins and Sample Libraries Included! The Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 comes with the Xcite+ bundle that includes Ableton Live Lite, Novation's Bass Station soft synth, and more than a gigabyte of royalty-free samples. The "Mike the Drummer" audio kit also includes a collection of 572 original live drum loops ranging from 79 to 191 bpm, with loop lengths ranging from 1 beat to 4 bars. Beyond that, a gigabyte of royalty-free samples compiled by LoopMasters gives you enough sounds to start making music without needing to lay down a single track of your own!
The included Focusrite plug-in suite provides studio-grade Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins. The Compressor and Gate are particularly excellent, having been optimized to achieve the signature Focusrite sound. The Reverb is based on classic algorithmic studio reverb designs.
Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Audio Interface Features
- 10 x XLR / 1/4-inch Mic/Line inputs
- 10 x balanced TRS line outputs
- SPDIF and MIDI ins and outs
- Optical Cable Line In and Out
- 8 x Focusrite preamps
- 24-bit/96 kHz FireWire interface with high-end A-D/D-A conversion and JetPLL jitter-elimination technology
- Total I/O count of 20 inputs and 20 outputs, including a unique loop-back facility for routing audio between software applications via Saffire PRO 40 Control
- Two separate headphone jack with independent volume controls
- Saffire PRO 40 Control Software Included
- Xcite+ Pack DVD-ROM with royalty-free loops, Ableton Live Lite 7, and the Focusrite Plugin Suite
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