Focusrite Saffire PRO 14 - FireWire Interface with Microphone Preamps

Focusrite Saffire PRO 14 - FireWire Interface with Microphone Preamps

Focusrite Saffire PRO 14 - FireWire Interface with Microphone Preamps

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Product Highlights

  • 8-Input/6-Output FireWire Interface
  • 2 Microphone Preamps
  • Phantom Power
  • Recording Software
  • Focusrite Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-In Suite
  • Softube Time and Tone Bundle
  • Loops and Samples
  • 24-Bit/96 kHz
  • Mac OS X, Windows
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  • 1Description

The Saffire PRO 14 from Focusrite is an 8-input/6-output FireWire digital audio interface with flexible I/O capabilities, suitable for home studio use or mobile recording. 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. Modeled after the Drawmer 1973 FET Stereo compressor hardware, the Drawmer S73 Intelligent Master Processor is a plug-in that aids in balancing and shaping a mix. TSAR-1R Reverb 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 – delivering everything from realistic room echoes, to rockabilly-style slap back, to dub reggae echo. Saturation Knob is a modeled output distortion unit that 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 Preamps
Focusrite's 25-year legacy forms the foundation of this interface, with two award-winning preamps
FireWire Interface
Features professional 24-bit/96 kHz 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 1.4 ms 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 customized 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 directly from the front panel
Software PFL
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 Drawmer S73 Intelligent Master Processor, 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 possess 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, provides 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
In the Box
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
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Converters 24-bit
    Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96kHz
    Analog In 2 x XLR/1/4" TRS Combo Microphone/Line (front panel)
    2 x 1/4" TRS Line (balanced/unbalanced)
    Analog Outputs 4 x 1/4" TRS Line
    1 x 1/4" TRS Headphone
    Digital Input Connectors 1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
    Digital Output Connectors 1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
    MIDI In/Out 1 x 5-pin DIN MIDI In 1 x 5-pin DIN MIGI Out
    Other Connectors 1 x 6-pin FireWire IEEE1394 socket
    Sync In/Out S/PDIF
    Headphone Output Yes with volume control
    Input Impedance Microphone: 2 kOhms
    Line: 10 kOhms
    Gain Range Microphone: +13 dB to +60 dB
    Line Inputs 1-2: -10 dB to +36 dB
    Line Inputs 3-4: Switchable +16 dBu or -10 dBV for 0 dBFS
    Instrument: +13 dB to +60 dB
    THD + N Microphone: 0.001% (@ 1 kHz with 20 Hz/22 kHz band-pass filter)
    Line Inputs 1-2: 0.001% (@ 1 kHz with 20 Hz/22 kHz band-pass filter)
    Line Inputs 3-4: 0.003% (@ 1 kHz with 20 Hz/22 kHz band-pass filter)
    Instrument: 0.004% (0 dBu input and 20 Hz/22 kHz band-pass filter)
    Line Outputs 1-4: 0.001% (0d BFS input, 20 Hz/22 kHz band-pass filter)
    Dynamic Range Not specified by manufacturer
    Noise Microphone EIN: 124 dB analog to digital (@ 60 dB of gain with 150 ohm termination 20 Hz/22 kHz band-pass filter)
    Line Inputs 1-2: -90 dBu (22 Hz/22 kHz band-pass filter)
    Line Inputs 3-4: -100 dBu (22 Hz/22 kHz band-pass filter)
    Instrument: -87 dBu (20 Hz/22 kHz band-pass filter)
    Frequency Response Microphone: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0/-0.2 dB
    Line: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +/-0.2 dB
    Instrument: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +/-0.1 dB
    Digital Performance A/D dynamic range: >109 dB (A-weighted) all analog inputs
    D/A dynamic range: >106 dB (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 (0 dBFS)
      Indicators Locked
      FireWire host connected
      Power
      Instrument input source selection LED for channels 1 and 2
      Phantom Power (48 V) switch and LED for inputs 1 and 2
      Power Requirements 12 VDC via included power adapter
      Minimum System Requirements Mac:
      PowerPC G5 2 GHz (Leopard) or Intel 2 GHz (Snow Leopard) with FireWire 400 support
      OS X 10.5.8 or 10.6.2
      1GB RAM (2 GB or more recommended)
      1024 x 768 screen resolution (1280 x 1024 or more recommended)

      Windows:
      Pentium or AMD 1.6 GHz or higher with FireWire 400 support (Dual 1 GHz or higher recommended)
      Windows XP SP2 or higher (32-bit), Vista (32-bit), Windows 7 (64- and 32-bit)
      1 GB RAM (2 GB 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
      Packaging Info
      Package Weight 5.0 lb
      Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.0 x 10.8 x 5.0"
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