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The Saffire PRO 14 from Focusrite is an 8 input/6 output FireWire digital audio interface with legendary sonic performance and excellent flexibility. The interface is designed to make home studio recording and mixing easy without sacrificing audio quality. The unit features 2 award-winning Focusrite preamps, combined with a host of additional I/O options, that together allow the interface to get the tracks you want without having to constantly re-patch your studio.
Alongside the microphone preamps, 2 additional analog inputs, 4 analog outputs and S/PDIF and MIDI I/O, open the door to true multi-track recording. Two Hi-Z instrument inputs let you plug guitars and other instruments straight into the interface without the need of additional DI boxes. Two virtual loopback inputs are available for routing digital audio between software applications, ideal for capturing online audio.
The included Saffire MixControl is an 18 x 6 DSP software mixer that enables you to create 6 separate mixes without latency and route any combination of input signals and sequencer outputs to any of the outputs. Intuitive one-click configurations help you track, monitor and mix as quickly as possible. Also included is the latest version of the Focusrite Plug-in Suite, with compression, reverb, gating and EQ VST/Audio Unit plug-ins.
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 14.
In addition to the Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-in Suite, the interface includes the Softube Time and Tone Pack. TSAR-1R adds space, depth and width to a sound. Change settings with a single slider, from realistic three-dimensional rooms to dramatic and dreamlike halls. Tube Delay is an echo effect that can go from clean to rude by overdriving its three modeled tube stages - delivers everything from realistic room echoes, to rockabilly style slap back, to dub reggae echo. Saturation Knob is a modeled output distortion unit adds grit and warmth - use it to fatten up bass lines, add some harmonics and shimmer to vocals, or simply destroy a drum loop.
Focusrite's 25-year legacy forms the foundation of this interface, with two award-winning preamps
Features professional 24-bit/96kHz conversion and JetPLL jitter elimination technology, guaranteeing pristine audio quality and reliable synchronization.
The interface is fully Thunderbolt compatible with the use of a simple FireWire to Thunderbolt adapter (sold separately)
8 Inputs and 6 Outputs
Host of I/O option include a unique Loopback facility for routing audio between software applications via Saffire MixControl
Low-Latency DSP Mixer/Router
Saffire MixControl provides an 18 x 6 DSP mixer with excellent routing flexibility, intuitive one-click configurations, and lower than 1.4ms latency
No need for a separate DI - the first two channels feature Hi-Z instrument inputs
Powered via the FireWire bus, or via an included power supply
Dedicated Headphone Bus
Providing a fully customised monitor mix, with tactile level control available on the front panel
Front panel tactile volume dial provides immediate control over the main stereo outputs
Across both microphone preamp inputs, globally switchable direct from the front panel
Allows the mix engineer to easily monitor a single mixer channel or complete mix
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)
Softube Time and Tone Bundle
Contains TSAR-1R reverb, Tube Delay echo effect, and Saturation Knob, a modeled output distortion unit
Focusrite Plug-In Suite
Includes compression, reverb, gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins, for use in the mix
Each plug-in has a host of presets that provide a reasonable starting point, delivering suitable solutions for the chosen sound source - you can go on to finely tune these settings
The compressor and gate have been modeled on the Focusrite's hardware devices, using the measurement of custom optical cells to achieve their signature sound
All Focusrite "optos" are tuned by ear, just like in the old days of analog design, ensuring a faithful recreation of those classic vintage 1960s optical compressors
EQ posses the same signature as the original Focusrite EQ curves, achieved using state-of-the-art numerical transform techniques to create an authentic response across the entire audible frequency spectrum
The reverb is based on classic algorithmic studio reverb designs
Xcite+ Software Bundle
Ships on a DVD-ROM filled with royalty-free loops and samples alongside some powerful applications, ideal for getting the new user started, or to expand the experienced user's creative toolbox
Ableton Live Lite 8 forms the foundation of this collection, providing the ideal platform to create, produce and perform music
Novation's classic bass synthesizer, "Bass Station" enables you to create bass and 303-styled patches
1GB of royalty-free samples, exclusively compiled by LoopMasters, providing a selection of loops and samples large enough to satisfy the appetite of even the most demanding artist
Windows XP, 32-bit Vista, Mac OS X and Intel Mac compatible
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
44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96kHz
2 x XLR Combi Microphone/Line (front panel) 2 x 1/4" TRS phone Line, balanced/unbalanced
4 x 1/4" TRS phone Line 1 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphone
Digital Input Connectors
1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
Digital Output Connectors
1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
2 x 5-pin DIN MIDI In, Out
1 x 6-pin FireWire IEEE1394 socket
Yes with volume control
Microphone: 2kΩ Line: 10kΩ
Microphone: +13dB to +60dB Line Inputs 1-2: -10dB to +36dB Line Inputs 3-4: Switchable +16dBu or -10dBV for 0dBFS Instrument: +13dB to +60dB
THD + N
Microphone: 0.001% (@ 1kHz with 20Hz/22kHz band-pass filter) Line Inputs 1-2: 0.001% (@ 1kHz with 20Hz/22kHz band-pass filter) Line Inputs 3-4: 0.003% (@ 1kHz with 20Hz/22kHz band-pass filter) Instrument: 0.004% (0dBu input and 20Hz/22kHz band-pass filter) Line Outputs 1-4: 0.001% (0dBFS input, 20Hz/22kHz band-pass filter)
Not specified by manufacturer
Microphone EIN: 124dB analog to digital (@ 60dB of gain with 150Ω termination 20Hz/22kHz band-pass filter) Line Inputs 1-2: -90dBu (22Hz/22kHz band-pass filter) Line Inputs 3-4: -100dBu (22Hz/22kHz band-pass filter) Instrument: -87dBu (20Hz/22kHz band-pass filter)
Microphone: 20Hz to 20kHz, +0/-0.2dB Line: 20Hz to 20kHz, +/-0.2dB Instrument: 20Hz to 20kHz, +/-0.1dB
A/D dynamic range: >109dB (A-weighted) all analog inputs D/A dynamic range: >106dB (A-weighted) all analog outputs Clock sources:
8 input channels to computer: Analog (4), S/PDIF (2), Loop-back (2) 6 physical output channels from computer: Analog (4), S/PDIF (2) 12 DAW output streams Assignable 18 input by 6 output mixer
2 x 2-segment input meters, signal (-18) and O/L (0dBFS)
Locked FireWire host connected Power Instrument input source selection LED for channels 1 and 2 Phantom Power (48V) switch and LED for inputs 1 and 2
12VDC via included power adapter
Minimum System Requirements
Mac: PowerPC G5 2GHz (Leopard) or Intel 2GHz (Snow Leopard) with FireWire 400 support OS X 10.5.8 or 10.6.2 1GB RAM (2GB or more recommended) 1024 x 768 screen resolution (1280 x 1024 or more recommended)
PC: Pentium or AMD 1.6GHz or higher with FireWire 400 support (Dual 1GHz or higher recommended) Windows XP SP2 or higher (32-bit), Vista (32-bit), Windows 7 (64- and 32-bit) 1GB RAM (2GB or more recommended) 1024 x 768 screen resolution (1280 x 1024 or more recommended)