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FocusriteSaffire PRO 40 - FireWire Digital Audio Interface
 
4.7

(based on 60 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (44)
  • Versatile (41)
  • Easy to use (40)
  • Compact (15)
  • Durable (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (44)
  • Professional recording (38)
  • Amateur recording (29)
  • Performances (16)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (34), Professional musician (21)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

very nice for the price

I use this product for home recording with Logic Pro 9, Ableton Live, and surround monitoring with Soundtrack Pro.

In recording, the pre-amps sound clear, colorless, but not as much...Read complete review

I use this product for home recording with Logic Pro 9, Ableton Live, and surround monitoring with Soundtrack Pro.

In recording, the pre-amps sound clear, colorless, but not as much head-room as you might hear in the Presonus FireStudio (I'm told this has to do with the power lead.)

Latency is not bad - it takes a little experimenting and research. Obvi, this is not an RME Fireface so you get a little "chorus/phase" effect on incoming signal while you record. Is it annoying? Can be, sure. I'm confident that a little tweaking might be able to reduce/remove the audible effect of the latency. For the money, I'm willing to deal with it.

Other issues include no locking mechanism for the XLR inputs. Most equipment I have has some sort of lock/release tab or button or something that keeps the XLR cable in place. This unit does not. I'll just have to be careful.

Dual headphone jacks (separate volume knobs) are helpful, as is the front-panel LED peak display. Also, I like how this thing looks. Elegant and straight-forward, not spacey and arcane. The mixer/router software is okay, but not inspiring.

I used to have a nice ProTools LE system with the Digi002, etc. Used it for roughly six years before I got fed up with proprietary this and dongle that. I left PTLE behind, and this is my first foray out into the world. So far, I am mostly pleased. However, this is just a step towards the RME Fireface 800. The Fireface over a grand more, and from what I've read, seen, and heard - it's the best thing out there in terms of FW interfaces.

I would recommend this device as a stepping stone. The Saffire Pro is a fraction of the cost of the RME, but performs most of it's basic functions. I didn't shell out the cash for the best, but this will do just fine for now until I can afford the RME.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I haven't been very lucky with this unit.

The first unit I got was dead right out the box. B&H were fantastic and sent me another unit right out. I've had a second for a few years and I don't...Read complete review

The first unit I got was dead right out the box. B&H were fantastic and sent me another unit right out. I've had a second for a few years and I don't use it that much (maybe 80 hours) and it died today. It seems a few others around the world have had my problems. I wish I had been more fortunate with this unit. It seems like a great product for others. I am now looking at something else. I see Focusrite has a new thunderbolt version but I am worried about purchasing anymore of their products.

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1.0

I haven't been very lucky with this unit.

By Tuneleft

from Boston MA

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 - FireWire Digital Audio Interface:

    The first unit I got was dead right out the box. B&H were fantastic and sent me another unit right out. I've had a second for a few years and I don't use it that much (maybe 80 hours) and it died today. It seems a few others around the world have had my problems. I wish I had been more fortunate with this unit. It seems like a great product for others. I am now looking at something else. I see Focusrite has a new thunderbolt version but I am worried about purchasing anymore of their products.

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    5.0

    Excellent audio interface!!!

    By DARIO

    from West Palm Beach

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 - FireWire Digital Audio Interface:

    Very good microphones preamps!!!

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    5.0

    Great customer service

    By CoterieTheatre

    from Kansas City

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 - FireWire Digital Audio Interface:

      We accidentally ordered the wrong unit and B&H was super about the ease of return, and getting the correct one.

      It's a great unit and works great too.

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      5.0

      Great Product / Great Value For Money

      By tc

      from Texas

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 - FireWire Digital Audio Interface:

        I purchased the Pro 40 to replace my Focusrite Saffire which has work great over the years, but I needed more inputs/outputs.

        I run a Arch Linux system and the Pro 40 worked great for a couple of days. Then the "MIDI In" started dropping notes, sounding different notes than what I was playing and sustaining where no sustain was present.

        I finally resolve this by downgrading the firmware to version 2.40.

        Now the Pro 40 is rock solid. I can run with sample rates of 48000, buffer size of 16, and Periods/Buffer of 3 with the preemptive realtime kernel and experience no xruns.

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        5.0

        Great digital interface

        By HGB

        from VA

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        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 - FireWire Digital Audio Interface:

        Buy it you'll love it!

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        5.0

        Excellent Equipment

        By Ignacioq

        from New York, NY

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 - FireWire Digital Audio Interface:

          I use this device to record all my music projects and it's excellent. I have no compliments!

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          5.0

          Personus take a hike

          By RC

          from FL

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 - FireWire Digital Audio Interface:

            Recording/monitor. Had a Presonus 1818, not near the quality of this unit. Prosonus take support is the worst.

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            5.0

            Wonderful Audio Interface!

            By Bedroom Studios

            from Layton, UT

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            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 - FireWire Digital Audio Interface:

              This audio interface is fantastic for everything I need it to do. I can hook up a stereo piano, two guitars, and two mics without needing anything else! I was slightly concerned about the headphone outputs because I had heard that they were very quiet, and at first I had this problem until I realized I was using it wrong! In mix control you need to make sure your headphone outputs are shift-clicked to grey otherwise they run through the monitoring output level as well as their own level, once I figured that out, my headphones were plenty loud. The saffire mix control is a wonderful piece of software and once you get used to it, you realize how powerful it really is! All in all this was probably the best purchase I have ever made, and i look forward to many many years with this interface as the heart of my studio.

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              5.0

              Great Audio Interface!

              By Alien Freak Out

              from Oakland, CA

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 - FireWire Digital Audio Interface:

                Awesome interface! Easy to setup, configure, and use. Great plug-in suite, transparent noise floor, low latentcy.

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                4.0

                Works well with Q-lab

                By BL Hunt

                from Raleigh, NC

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 - FireWire Digital Audio Interface:

                  Worked out well to replace our old AudioFire8 with our Qlab setup, no issues, good sound quality.

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                  5.0

                  Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 is great!

                  By Focusrite is great!

                  from Greensboro, NC

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 - FireWire Digital Audio Interface:

                    Everything about this audio interface is great. The preamps, A/D coversion, construction, ability to add 8 more via ADAT connection, 2 headphones, the software. This is by far the best audio interface for the money you will find right now!

                    *One small issue, if you are using dynamic microphones for soft sound sources, the stock preamps will not handle it quietly, so you will need a channel strip or preamp for that situation with at least 60dB of clean gain.

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                    5.0

                    Really Swell Audio Interface

                    By StevieMix

                    from Ohio

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 - FireWire Digital Audio Interface:

                      I own other Focusrite equipment which is why I did not hesitate to order the Protools-Saphire 40 bundle. If anything, I was more concerned about if PT would play nice with equipment from other mfgs. Well, everything went swell and Ive had no issues with either the software or hardware compatibility. I like the input/output options of the Saphire 40 and will most likely add a second one in the future. I am using PT10 (11 is downloaded and waiting) on a Macbook Pro Quad-core, the Saphire 40, Control 24( got it used) and various other sw/hw. Nice, fun and as Pro as I need.

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                      4.0

                      Great interface for the money

                      By Matt FB

                      from Boston, Ma

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                      • Limited Functions

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 - FireWire Digital Audio Interface:

                      I have started to get more serious in my studio and bought the Saffire Pro 40 to replace a MBox 2 Pro. For a minimal upgrade in money, the sound upgrade was huge. The pre-amps sound much clearer than those of the MBox.

                      Basically I use it to record your typical rock band set up. The 8 inputs are helpful for drums, however only being able to control the phantom power 4 inputs at a time is a little bit of a drag, especially if you want to use more than 4 dynamic mics on your kit. Most of the time however, this isn't an issue. Other than that, totally worth the money and then some!

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                      5.0

                      Focusrite quality!

                      By Lurker

                      from Knoxville, TN

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Multi-channel
                      • Sweet Sounding Preamps
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Limited To 24bit 96khz
                      • No Aesebu
                      • No Wordclock

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 - FireWire Digital Audio Interface:

                      Nice for the price!

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                      5.0

                      great piece of gear!

                      By alt drumz

                      from boston, ma

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 - FireWire Digital Audio Interface:

                        Focusrite are known for their preamps and this is a quality made, fine sounding unit. Easy to configure if you are use to working in protools - it can be a bit daunting if you let it - but big time flexibility - and once you get it set up - straightforward unit with great capability.

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                        4.0

                        Great quality, better price

                        By akindy

                        from Boston, MA

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Converters
                        • Monitor Control
                        • Preamps
                        • Price

                        Cons

                        • Software UI

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 - FireWire Digital Audio Interface:

                        The idea of "you get what you pay for" does not apply here. For the money I have not had a better interface.

                        This is replacing my FireWire Duet which had better headphone and mic preamps, but the converters sound shockingly similar. I've also had a MOTU 828mk3 and M-Audio ProFire 2626, which both offer some small features that the Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 doesn't (namely more digital inputs) but don't meet the quality of the converters and useful range of the preamps.

                        I've found the dim and mute buttons to be very handy, but perhaps too small. The software was less intuitive than M-Audio's and not quite as full featured as MOTU's, but will handle 95% of what I need it to do.

                        Compared to my past three interfaces (Duet, ProFire 2626, 828mk3) the Saffire Pro 40 meets or beats them. For the same price I would chose the Saffire every time; for significantly less money it's the best interface I've bought.

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                        5.0

                        great product, great value for money

                        By gld

                        from IL

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 - FireWire Digital Audio Interface:

                          Used in my home studio alone with PRO24 DSP.
                          Driver can handle them both smoothly, mixer is flexible, allows any routing needed.
                          pre-amps are great, transparent and do a great job.

                          trying to think of something to change/improve - can't find any.

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                          5.0

                          Live drums never sounded better.

                          By JoeAudio

                          from Highland Lakes, NJ

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Studio
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 - FireWire Digital Audio Interface:

                            The Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 is a great addition to my Pro Tools rig. Setup was a snap.

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                            5.0

                            Very good sound for its price!

                            By Camilo Sanchez

                            from Medellín, Colombia

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 - FireWire Digital Audio Interface:

                                I use in my studio mixing and mastering ... also recorded with the pro batteries 40! The prerequisites are very clear and the conversion is nice. I think the price is very favorable for the quality and versatility! Very good choice! God bless you!

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                                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                I wish I had bought this earlier

                                By gscott68

                                from Seattle, WA

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Mixer software
                                • Powerful routing options
                                • Quality build

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 - FireWire Digital Audio Interface:

                                  For the last 3 years I had been recording through a PCI card (M-Audio Delta 1010lt) and while it offered numerous I/O options and low latency recording, there were a number of issues that made me look at alternatives. I wanted a low latency hardware option that had a decent number of I/O options, digital I/O (record guitar through SPDIF), easier access to inputs/outputs, MIDI I/O, headphone outputs and ability to easily mix inputs with DAW output (different headphone mixes and low latency monitoring). So after much research I decided to try the Saffire Pro 40 interface and have been using for 2 weeks now - first thoughts: this thing is well built, with quality being evident in the build. The interface is pretty much plug and play (after installation of the mixer software) and worked straight away after changing my ASIO parameters in Cubase - you will read reviews that give negative ratings to this hardware because of the complexity of the software. True, the mixer software is not-intuitive and needs a bit of learning, but spend the time to learn what it is and how to use it and it will tranform your studio. Tip: skip the manual, go to YouTube and watch the few mixer overview videos. It will become apparent why this software is necessarily complex, but outstandingly useful. I took 2 days of tinkering and I only regret that I didn't buy this sooner. This box is incredible - clean signals, plenty overhead, excellent Headphone controls, and flawless recording through SPDIF from my VG-99 guitar system. Only one minor gripe - understandable, but it would be nice to have access to more I/O on the front of the panel. But hey, there's only so much you can fit on a faceplate!

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