Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56Item ID: SaffLQ56
28-in/28-out FireWire Audio Interface with 2 Liquid Microphone Preamplifiers (10 Models), 6 Focusrite Preamplifiers, ADAT I/O, S/PDIF, Word Clock, 18x16 DSP Mixer, 10 Line Outputs, and VST/AU Plug-in Suite
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Two Liquid Preamplifiers and Massive I/O!The Liquid Saffire 56 is an incredible new 24-bit/192kHz FireWire audio interface from Focusrite. Not only does it boast a staggering amount of I/O at its affordable price - 28-in/28-out - but Focusrite also managed to pack in their famous Liquid technology. On the Liquid Saffire 56's first two microphone channels - of its eight total - you can dial in the right sound using your choice of 10 famous preamplifier models, based on gear from Neve, Manley, Avalon, API, and Universal Audio - to name just half! DSP mixing is also onboard the Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56.
Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 FireWire Audio Interface at a Glance:
Liquid Technology puts famous preamplifiers on your first two channels
Focusrite has achieved long-term fame for their revered microphone preamplifiers - and most recently they've emerged as a different kind of leader with the Liquid technology. With their innovative Convolution DSP Liquid modeling method - which marries the analog and digital worlds - Focusrite has been able to create tremendous models of famous pieces of outboard gear. The Liquid Saffire 56 is their first FireWire audio interface to feature this technology - and it effectively builds 10 famous, highly sought-after preamplifiers right into your interface, on the first two channels. Using the included software, you can dial in the perfect tone using models based on gear from Avalon, Focusrite, HELIOS, Manley, Milenia, Neve, Pultec, Telefunken, and Universal Audio. All those flavors give you a tremendous palette to select from, as you work to choose the perfect preamplifier for each source.
A staggering amount of I/O - 28-in/28-out - with six more Focusrite preamps
Apart from the Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56's impressive Liquid technology, Focusrite astounds again with the I/O count on this FireWire audio interface. With it, you get a total of eight microphone preamplifiers, with individual line inputs on each channel and two hi-Z instrument inputs on the front panel for channels three and four. What's more, every single channel offers individually selectable 48V phantom power and a highpass filter. Phase is available on channels five and six and a pad is available on channels 3 and 4. Flip over to the rear panel, and you've got S/PDIF I/O, two banks of ADAT optical I/O (S/MUX-capable), two FireWire ports, MIDI I/O, word clock I/O, and a total of 10 line outputs. All in all, this gives you a ton of flexibility if you're just starting out - and a serious amount of room for expansion.
Saffire Mix Control 18x16 DSP Mixer/Router
Not only does the Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 pack in an incredible onslaught of I/O, but you also have a ton of control over what goes where - without taking a processing hit. Using the Saffire Mix Control 18x16 DSP Mixer/Router, you can control any input to any output - including streams from the DAW. This makes it handy to create special monitor mixes, or to creatively route combinations of tracks into a piece of outboard gear - whatever you want. All of it is simple to do, just call up the easily navigable Mix Control panel and you're on your way.
Two separate headphone busses let you create two independent headphone mixes
The front panel offers two headphone jacks with independent level controls, so you and your recording partner can each have your own 'phones connected, with no need for an external headphone amplifier - but the Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 doesn't stop there. Using its Saffire Mix Control 18x16 DSP Mixer/Router, you can route any combination of inputs - or DAW feeds - to either headphone output - and you can dial in just the right amount of the level. That means, you can track with a completely separate headphone mix than your bandmate - by only making a few tweaks within the easy software control panel.
Easy monitoring solutions built into the software, for fast setup times
The onboard DSP mixer provides a ton of possibilities for your workflow - but Focusrite also gave the Liquid Saffire 56 the tools to make setting up a breeze. Built into the Saffire Mix Control 18x16 DSP Mixer/Router software are quick "Monitoring" setups, so you can quickly switch between monitors - muting tracks where appropriate - switch to a mono mix, or create special tracking and mixing mixes.
Dedicated stereo monitor mix outputs with special "Anti-thump" circuit
Onboard the Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 are two special outputs designed for your main monitors. The output features Focusrite's "Anti-thump" circuit, automatically protecting your monitors from any unexpected spike. The outputs feature a front-panel volume knob and a dim/mute switch.
Front-panel 5-LED metering
The Liquid Saffire 56's segment LEDs put you in touch with the levels of your analog inputs. And, there are also status-ok LED indicators for your banks of ADAT and S/PDIF as well as your IDI and FireWire connections.
Handy loopback function lets you route audio between applications
The Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 features a useful "loopback" function, which lets you route audio between applications and stream them into your DAW, with no loss of quality. You can, for example, pull a section from a song you have in iTunes, without having to import the file.
Includes a suite of Focusrite VST/AU plug-ins
On top of all of the functionality the Liquid Saffire 56 delivers via its hardware and software mixing, Focusrite also packed it with a plug-in suite, giving you all-new Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating, and EQ to work with your VST-/AU-compatible DAW, many of which are modeled on Focusrite's actual hardware devices. Each plug-in offers a host of presets, making it easy for you to get started developing the right processing for the source.
All Focusrite FireWire interfaces are fully compatible with Thunderbolt using a simple FireWire to Thunderbolt adapter. Focusrite fully supports the use of Thunderbolt with its FireWire interfaces.
Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 FireWire Audio Interface Features:
The Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 packs famous preamplifier models into a premium 28-in/28-out FireWire audio interface!
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Patty, El Sobrante, CA
Reviewsbased on 35 reviews
by Cecil Caperton from Austin, TexasI can't say enough about this interface. It sounds great and the zero latency feature is an incredible improvement over my old Digidesign 003 rack. It sounds better and works perfectly. I have yet ... read more [+]to have it lose connection with the computer like the 003 did. I had read the software was hard to learn. I watched a Youtube video on how to use it and was up and running and recording within 30 or 40 minutes. So I don't really know what they are talking about. The two liquid channels are a nice touch and add a warmth to the signal that I enjoy. If you want to move up and record with zero latency, this is the deal for you. I am very pleased. close [-]
March 19, 2013
Music Background: Recording Engineer and Pro Musician.
Believe The Hype
by Mad Mike from Boiling Springs, SC USAShort and sweet !!! This thing is built tough, sounds Fantastic, works perfectly with my Pro Tools 9, & Imac, and looks Awesome doing it !! Rock solid conversion, and even though I've never heard any... read more [+] of the actual units that the liquid pres are emulating, what they do sound like is very sweet to my ears !!! Get one, you will not be disappointed !!!!! close [-]
March 8, 2013
Music Background: Studio owner, Engineer, Musician,
Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56+
by Marvin Mielke from#1 it is Great value for the bucks spent #2 it is very carefully designed #3 the sound quality is very refined #4 Rupert Neve's design influence is all over this product. #5 Sweetwater backs this pro... read more [+]duct with their 2 yr. warranty, and they don't talk about service, they do it! #6 It is very versatile and u don't have to spend your life in a patch bay...I threw my patchbay away. it looks like Focusrite got it right! close [-]
January 10, 2013
Music Background: Audio Video engineer/producer
by Dan Dodson from Sparta TNVery nice Interface I'm still checking it ou. itst working very good and is clean . Running with Pro Tools 10 I love all the inputs.
September 20, 2012
Music Background: Pedal Steel Guitar / Music Production
thanks Dustin and Sweetwater for a speedy delivery
Liquid Saffire 56
by Angelina Sarantis from Atlanta, GAThis is great! Very easy interface! Sounds great! Hardware is solid!
November 21, 2011
Music Background: Singer, Songwriter, Producer
Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56
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