Focusrite Saffire Pro 40Item ID: SaffPro40
20-in/20-out 24-bit/96kHz FireWire Interface with 8 Microphone Preamps, ADAT/SMUX, S/PDIF, MIDI I/O, and Plug-ins
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Major I/O and British-style Sound for a Low Price!The Saffire PRO 40 is all about sounding great. And what else would you expect from Focusrite? This company makes some of the very best preamplifiers available. And with the Saffire PRO 40, they give project/home studio owners the best preamp possible in an affordable, I/O-packed box. Best yet, you don't get just one or two preamps with the Saffire PRO 40 — you get a whopping eight amazing-sounding preamps, so you're ready for full-band recordings. Just plug your microphones in, use the handy front-panel gain control knobs, and keep your eye on the bright LED display — you'll have pro-level sound pumping into your DAW via FireWire, no doubt about it.
But what rockets the Saffire PRO 40 from awesome to near-legendary status is the flexibility beyond just the eight mic/line inputs. Over on the back panel, you've got dedicated outputs for your studio monitors plus a full eight outputs for configuring however you see best. Need to feed separate headphone mixes to each artist? Use the included router software and pipe any configuration of inputs into any configuration of outputs... without tapping into the power of your computer. Say you want to gear up for full 7.1 surround? These eight outputs are ready for it. All in all, the Saffire PRO 40 has built-in DSP to take care of your 18x16 routing needs. And if you ever decide eight preamps isn't enough, you'll be glad to know that you have ADAT inputs on the Saffire PRO 40 to bring another eight channels into service. Add in the S/PDIF input for two more channels, and you're golden for large-scale recording, up to 20-in/20-out flexibility.
What else does the Saffire PRO 40 do for you? Well, if you have software already, it's ready to work with your Mac or PC DAW. But if you're new to recording, you can take advantage of its sweet software package that comes included. You've got compression, reverb, gating, and EQ plug-ins (VST/AU), so you can incorporate that Focusrite sound into your mixes and masters. To ignite your creativity, Focusrite also bundled in their established Xcite+ bundle, with Ableton Live Lite DAW software, Novation's Bass Station soft synth, and over 1GB of royalty-free samples.
With its flexible I/O setup, room for expansion, majorly handy DSP routing capabilities, and professional plug-in suite, the Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 has you covered on nearly ever front you're going to face. Factor in the low price, and you've got a win-win situation with the Saffire PRO 40.
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 Saffire PRO 40 Features at a Glance:
Lots of I/O, room for expansion, DSP routing, plug-ins and more — get the Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 audio interface!
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Reviewsbased on 42 reviews
by Devindrum from Boca Raton, FLThis unit sounds great! has nice mic pre's and very clean ad/da. I am using the unit with a Quad Core Mac Mini I7 and everything works perfectly.
May 8, 2013
Music Background: Drummer and part tome Engineer
Support for Focusrite is poor
by clyde pearce from rochester, ILI really like the Pro 40. My rivera amp has xlr direct out that I run to the saffire and it all sounds amazing. Once you work through the latency issues and get that perfected its fantastic.
May 3, 2013
Music Background: hobbyist
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However, if you expect timely support from focusrite, expect a 2 to three week wait for them to answer your ticket. close [-]
Where it all started
by Ben from Wisconsin4 years ago, I bought this interface and started to record my violin, and some electronic music. Today, I am preparing for my first year at Berklee College of Music. I attribute a portion of my love... read more [+] for music technology to the interface. This is what got me started, and i still use it every day. You cant go wrong with this interface. close [-]
March 17, 2013
Music Background: Student
by Shani Haider fromthis is really a magic box with all the essential features, plus sweet converters and smooth mic pres. this is unbelievably a great made in "the best bang for buck" category.
February 5, 2013
Music Background: Music Composer/Producer/Song Writer/Mix Engineer
Focusrite really knows what they are doing, and the Saffire Pro 40 is evidence of that. This is a solid performer, it's built like a tank, and has some of the best-sounding preamps in any interface to date. If you're serious about finding a reliable centerpiece for your home or project studio, you will not be disappointed here.
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