Focusrite Saffire PRO 14 - FireWire Interface with Microphone Preamps

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Focusrite Saffire PRO 14 - FireWire Interface with Microphone Preamps
Key Features
  • 8-Input/6-Output FireWire Interface
  • 2 Microphone Preamps
  • Phantom Power
  • Recording Software
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.
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Focusrite PRO 14 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Focusrite Preamps
  • 3FireWire Interface
  • 4Thunderbolt
  • 58 Inputs and 6 Outputs
  • 6Low-Latency DSP Mixer/Router
  • 7Instrument Inputs
  • 8Mobile Recording
  • 9Dedicated Headphone Bus
  • 10Monitor Dial
  • 11Phantom Power
  • 12Software PFL
  • 13Focusrite Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-In Suite
  • 14Softube Time and Tone Bundle
  • 15Focusrite Plug-In Suite
  • 16Xcite+ Software Bundle
  • 17Midnight Plug-In Suite

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

Focusrite PRO 14 Specs

Converters24-bit
Sample Rates44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96kHz
Analog In2 x XLR/1/4" TRS Combo Microphone/Line (front panel)
2 x 1/4" TRS Line (balanced/unbalanced)
Analog Outputs4 x 1/4" TRS Line
1 x 1/4" TRS Headphone
Digital Input Connectors1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
Digital Output Connectors1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
MIDI In/Out1 x 5-pin DIN MIDI In 1 x 5-pin DIN MIGI Out
Other Connectors1 x 6-pin FireWire IEEE1394 socket
Sync In/OutS/PDIF
Headphone OutputYes with volume control
Input ImpedanceMicrophone: 2 kOhms
Line: 10 kOhms
Gain RangeMicrophone: +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 + NMicrophone: 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 RangeNot specified by manufacturer
NoiseMicrophone 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 ResponseMicrophone: 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 PerformanceA/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

     

    Meters2 x 2-segment input meters, signal (-18) and O/L (0 dBFS)
    IndicatorsLocked
    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 Requirements12 VDC via included power adapter
    Minimum System RequirementsMac:
    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)

     

    Dimensions8.5 x 8.7 x 1.75" (215 x 220 x 45mm)
    Weight3.3 lbs (1.5kg)
    SpecialtiesComprehensive collection of production software
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)13 x 10.8 x 5"
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