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The Saffire PRO 24 from Focusrite is a FireWire audio and MIDI computer interface with 16 inputs and 8 outputs that's fully compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems. It's designed to be a robust recording solution for home studios and mobile recording. It comes with two high quality microphone preamps, a suite of recording software (with instruments, effects, and audio loops), and an ample amount of I/0 for recording larger projects.
Focusrite has been a leader in professional audio design since the 1980's, and the Saffire PRO 24 proudly carries on their tradition. Even though the Saffire PRO 24 is relatively inexpensive, its audio performance and the quality of its preamplifiers are still held to stringent standards. The two FET-based preamps in the Saffire PRO 24 offer low noise, low distortion, and a very transparent sound free of coloration.
The two inputs on the Saffire PRO 24 can handle microphones (and provide +48V of phantom power for condenser microphones), line-level signals, and be switched to accept instrument inputs for the direct recording of guitars and basses. There are six balanced 1/4" TRS outputs on the rear for connecting studio monitors, patching multiple signals into a mixing board, etc.
The Saffire PRO 24 also features JetPLL, a jitter elimination technology that helps a signal maintain its sonic integrity during the digital conversion process. Focusrite's Xcite+ bundle features Ableton Live Lite (for all your production, performance and compositional needs), Novation's Bass Station soft synthesizer, the Midnight Plug-In Suite, and over 1 GB of royalty-free samples from Loopmasters.
The Focusrite Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-In Suite (AAX, Audio Units, VST) delivers accurately modeled plug-ins based on the classic Focusrite Red 2 EQ and Red 3 Compressor hardware. The plug-ins allow for conveniently exploring the sound of the hardware originals from within Pro Tools (10 and above), along with other audio software. The software is a free download for new and current owners of the Saffire PRO 24.
Two High Quality Award-Winning Focusrite Preamps
Features two award-winning FET-based low noise, transparent Focusrite microphone preamps
The interface is fully Thunderbolt compatible with the use of a simple FireWire to Thunderbolt adapter (sold separately)
High Quality 24-bit/96kHz FireWire Interface
Features high quality A-D / D-A conversion and JetPLL jitter elimination technology; pristine audio quality and reliable synchronisation are guaranteed
Total I/O Count of 16 Inputs and 8 Outputs
A host of I/O options are provided, including a unique loop-back facility for routing audio between software applications via Saffire Mix Control
Saffire Mix Control Zero-latency DSP Mixer/Router
Routing flexibility and intuitive one-click set-up solutions; Saffire Mix Control provides an 16 x 8 DSP mixer with excellent output routing and monitoring capabilities
Xcite+ Software Bundle
Includes a host of royalty-free Xcite loops and samples, the Novation Bass Station soft-synth, and Ableton Live Lite (which provides an affordable upgrade path to the full version of Ableton Live)
Focusrite VST/AU Plug-in Suite
Upgrade your standard sequencer effects and bring a touch of class to your session with the included Focusrite FX Suite with Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ in VST & AU plug-ins
Focusrite Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-In Suite
Delivers accurately modeled plug-ins based on the classic Focusrite Red 2 EQ and Red 3 Compressor hardware (AAX, Audio Units, VST)
Front Panel 5-LED Metering
Monitor either the main mix or cue mix via headphones, all switchable from the front panel
Dedicated Front Panel Headphone Bus
Providing a fully customised monitor mix, with tactile level control available on the front panel
Bus-Powered for a Tidy Mobile Recording Rig
Saffire PRO 24 is powered via FireWire, with no need for an additional power supply
Two Hi Z Instrument Inputs
No need for a separate DI box, because the Saffire PRO 24 provides instrument inputs with switchable high gain
Tactile Main Monitor Dial
A front panel volume dial provides immediate control over the main stereo outputs
Switchable Phantom Power
Available across both mic-pre inputs, globally switchable direct from the front fascia
Midnight Plug-In Suite
Midnight EQ 4-band, full-parametric EQ with peaking and shelving plus low- and high-pass filters based on the ISA 110 hardware EQ
Midnight Compressor with compression ratios of 1.5 to infinity, adjustable attack and auto/manual release, based on the ISA 130 hardware compressor
2 x XLR Mic/Line/Inst Neutrik Combo Jacks (Inputs 1-2) 2 x Balanced 1/4" TRS Inputs 1 x Stereo S/PDIF Coaxial Input 1 x Optical ADAT Input 1 x MIDI In
6 x 1/4" TRS Outputs 1 x 1/4" TRS Stereo Headphone Output 1 x Stereo S/PDIF Coaxial Output 1 x MIDI Out
2 x Input Gain Control Dials 4 x Signal and Overload 5-Segment LED Meters 2 x Instrument LED (Red) 2 x Inst LED (Red) 1 x Phantom Power Button with LED (Red) - Global for Mic Inputs 1-2 1 x FireWire LED (Green) 1 x Main Monitor Level Control 1 x Headphones Level Control
1 x 6-Pin FireWire Port
12 VDC via 120 V, 60 Hz external power supply (included)
Apple Computers: Mac 10.4.11 or above FireWire 400 port (or 800 port with 800 to 400 adaptor) PowerPC G4/Dual 1 GHZ or faster or any Intel-based Mac 512 MB (1 GB or more recommended) 1024 x 768 Screen Resolution (1280 x 1024 or more recommended)
Windows Computers: Windows XP, XP64, Vista, Vista64, and Windows 7 Windows compatible computer with FireWire 400 port Pentium or AMD with 1 GHz or higher (Dual 1 GHz or better recommended) 512 MB (1 GB or more recommended) 1024 x 768 Screen Resolution (1280 x 1024 or more recommended)