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Focusrite Saffire PRO 14 - FireWire Interface with Microphone Preamps

You Pay: $249.99
Product Highlights
  • 8 Input/6 Output FireWire Interface
  • 2 Microphone Preamps
  • Phantom Power
  • Recording Software
  • Plug-Ins
  • Loops and Samples
  • 24-bit/96kHz
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7

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 and over 1 GB of royalty-free samples from Loopmasters.

Focusrite Preamps
Focusrite's 25-year legacy forms the foundation of this interface, with two award-winning preamps
FireWire Interface
Features professional 24-bit/96kHz conversion and JetPLL jitter elimination technology, guaranteeing pristine audio quality and reliable synchronization.
Thunderbolt
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
Instrument Inputs
No need for a separate DI - the first two channels feature Hi-Z instrument inputs
Mobile Recording
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
Monitor Dial
Front panel tactile volume dial provides immediate control over the main stereo outputs
Phantom Power
Across both microphone preamp inputs, globally switchable direct from the front panel
Software PFL
Allows the mix engineer to easily monitor a single mixer channel or complete mix
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
Converters 24-bit
Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96kHz
Analog In 2 x XLR Combi Microphone/Line (front panel)
2 x 1/4" TRS phone Line, balanced/unbalanced
Analog Outputs 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
MIDI In/Out 2 x 5-pin DIN MIDI In, Out
Other Connectors 1 x 6-pin FireWire IEEE1394 socket
Sync In/Out S/PDIF
Headphone Output Yes with volume control
Input Impedance Microphone: 2kΩ
Line: 10kΩ
Gain Range 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)
Dynamic Range Not specified by manufacturer
Noise 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)
Frequency Response Microphone: 20Hz to 20kHz, +0/-0.2dB
Line: 20Hz to 20kHz, +/-0.2dB
Instrument: 20Hz to 20kHz, +/-0.1dB
Digital Performance A/D dynamic range: >109dB (A-weighted) all analog inputs
D/A dynamic range: >106dB (A-weighted) all analog outputs
Clock sources:

  • Internal clock
  • Sync to Wordclock on S/PDIF input (RCA)


JetPLLTM PLL technology providing excellent jitter reduction
Clock jitter: <250 picoseconds

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

Meters 2 x 2-segment input meters, signal (-18) and O/L (0dBFS)
Indicators 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
Power Requirements 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)

Dimensions (WxDxH) 8.5 x 8.7 x 1.75" (215 x 220 x 45mm)
Weight 3.3 lbs (1.5kg)
Specialties Comprehensive collection of production software
Focusrite Saffire PRO 14 - FireWire Interface with Microphone Preamps
  • External Power Supply
  • FireWire Cable (6-pin)
  • Software DVD-ROM
  • Xcite+ Bundle
  • Rubber Feet
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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