Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 Reviews4.6/5.0 based on 42 customer reviews
The Saffire Pro 40 has become an indispensable part of my home studio setup, and I'm not sure what I would do without it. It was an absolute breeze to set up and the additional software plug-ins and sample package have been a useful addition for my productions. I would recommend the Saffire Pro 40 for any home studio enthusiasts who want the high-quality Focusrite sound and a sturdy interface and want a lot of flexibility in routing.
The Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 is the centerpiece of my project studio. It delivers immaculate audio with eight premium preamps, allows me creative flexibility with the software-based routing system, and is simple to use. I can also add eight more channels via ADAT. I highly recommend the Pro 40 for any home or project studio looking for an incredible sound at an unbelievable price point.
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.
from Boca Raton, FL
May 8, 2013Music Background:
Drummer and part tome Engineer
Great Unit!This 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.
from rochester, IL
May 3, 2013Music Background:
Support for Focusrite is poorI 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.
However, if you expect timely support from focusrite, expect a 2 to three week wait for them to answer your ticket.
March 17, 2013Music Background:
Where it all started4 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 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.
February 5, 2013Music Background:
Music Composer/Producer/Song Writer/Mix Engineer
Magic Box!!!this 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.
from Sao Paulo, SP
February 5, 2013
AmazingI was really blown away! Ok, I used to have a Delta 1010LT and it was a HUGE jump! Very very low noise, a lot of gain, and a great pre-amp! I have it for a year now, no regrets at all. I would like to thank Jason Koons who suggested me this interface and helped me with my first international purchase! It was nice and easy! Many thanks!
from orange park, florida
December 2, 2012Music Background:
Best in it's classI ordered this unit to replace a tascam 1884 that had served me well for several years. however I wasn't pleased with driver releases and decided it was time to retire it. I took the time to do my research and decided the pro 40 would best suite my need's as far as in/outs and feature's. after setting it up (10 minutes) I loaded up some mixes I was working on I was surprised with how good the converters are, very transparent and really clean. I was hearing much more detail in the mixes almost as if a blanket was lifted off my monitors. preamps are good typical focusrite sound. I always use external preamps for different colors and sources but could make a convincing project with the onboard preamps.. the routing matrix is very deep but not too hard to wrap your head around. so with 8 preamps , flexible routing and the best converters under 2 grande this is a steal..
from Somerset, KY
October 29, 2012Music Background:
Recording Engineer, Hobbyist
Loving The Saffire Pro 40I recently upgraded from the Presonus Firepod to the Saffire Pro 40. After I got the right firewire card (Siig makes a great one) the Saffire ran like a charm. The preamps sound great, the Mix Control is very easy to navigate with some nice presets, and it works perfectly with Cubase. I highly recommend this product!
from Florence, MS USA
September 3, 2012Music Background:
Home Recording, Student
Good Ol' Boi!I have had mine for a little over a month now, and have very much enjoyed it.
I do not currently have any external preamps, so I have been using the ones inside the interface with great success. They're VERY clean, and are very hard to drive into distortion.
If you're looking for a way to record your drum kit, you can't go wrong. Plenty of inputs for the whole family!
My only complaint, is that the gain is extremely unproportional. It doesn't get to a useable level until about 5.5-6, and then going up from there (especially 8-9), it's HUGE changes in volume. That doesn't matter too much, though.
WARNING: It is FireWire 400, so if you're on FW 800, you need a conversion method!
from Shreveport la
August 1, 2012Music Background:
AwesomeI'm new to the recording business and this peice of equipment is easy to use and very affordable.love it!!!!!!!
from Santa Cruz Mountains CA
June 7, 2012Music Background:
Live music and recording
Focusrite Saffire Pro 40This was a snap to install and get up and running with quality sound. I am very impressed with the ease of use and features.
Sweetwater's support ( or access to their support- i didn't need any) made it that much better of a purchase.. I had a email, text and phone call before the saffire pro 40 even showed up stating that they wanted to be there for me to make sure the were available to get this up and running. This was the best service i have ever had with any gear. I am 50 and been doing this since the age of 16, so i have had quite a few purchases with gear in my time...
Way to go Ajay and sweetwater team!
from Geneseo, IL
May 1, 2012Music Background:
Guitar Slinger, Singer, Song Writter, Humble Home Studio Enthusiast
It a WinnerUsing it with a Windows 7 Professional -64 & Reaper - 64. Prior to installation got on the Focusrite web site and found "pre-installation" instructions:
1) Change firwire driver to legacy
2) My motherboards firewire chips set was listed as compatible.
Dropped in install disk it automatically went out on the web and check for updated drivers and control panel software...VERY NICE.
Once all software installed plugged in unit to port, turned on, and wah-lah it showed up and was working. Total install time from opening box to a working unit ...15 minutes.
This replaced an M-Audio Audiophile192 and I could not be happier. Recordings are much more crisp and clear. Mixes are very transparent. I keep asking myself, "Why did you wait so long?"
Great unit !
The only thing that takes a bit to learn is the control panel software. But again Focusrite comes to the rescue with resources. They have a very good tutorial video on their web site in how to use it.
Not only is this a great product but Focusrite has done it right by making so much information readily avialible.
from Vienna, ME
January 30, 2012Music Background:
I've been in musical education for most of my life. (Also living the rock and roll lifestyle.)
Saffire Pro 40 rocksSetup was very easy.
It just worked.
I linked two together and had no problem setting them both up.
The sound is clean and clear.
The hardware meters combine with the software interface to create a seamless system.
I am using this for 16 channel analogue studio recording.
This thing rocks.
J.L. Adams III
from Kingston, OK
October 18, 2011Music Background:
College Band & Orchestra, Recording Studio, Electronics
Focusrite Saffire Pro 40Really love this piece of gear...I now have two of them connected together for a total of 16 XLR Mic channels !!!! Clean, clear, transparent, no extra sounds induced !!!! And the digital switching network for output monitoring is fabulous....any combinations you could ever dream of is easy to set up. It's exceeded any of my expectations. These two plus my (DAW) SONAR X1 Producer are capable of turning out great tracks !!!!! The DIGITAL World, not quite VIVID gear, but at the present more than adequate for me.
from West Richland, WA USA
September 25, 2011Music Background:
Artists, producer and studio owner
Very Impressed!I have had this Pro 40 now for about 3-4 weeks. I was extremely nervous selecting an audio interface because it is so critical to my process. I was having a lot of latency issues, 64bit driver updates and audio dropouts with my current interface and was ready to move on. I can't even begin to explain how happy I am with this interface. I am running Windows 7 64bit, 8GB of RAM and Sonar X1 DAW. I also plug a Pacifica preamp in for my vocals. The drivers work extremely well and even though all firewire interfaces have latency challenges including this one. However, when you record on this interface you don't need the audio to run through the daw before you can hear it in the headphones or monitors. This allows you to have the vocalist in the booth hearing their voice before it is processed through the DAW (NO LATENCY!!!) I could go on and on about so many routing and features of this unit. I could not be any happier with this interface!!
JLAIII Studio Recording & Audio Production
from Kingston, OK.
July 12, 2011Music Background:
Semi-pro Recording, Band, Orchestra, Electronics
FOCUSRITE Saffire PRO 40Transparent. extremely versatile, great all around piece of equipment ,...wish it was a PRO 80 with 16 analog inputs....was blown away with the sound quality...and the packaged software ( Comp., EQ., Gate, and Reverb ) aren't shabby either . BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK so far. The routing capabilities were simply AMAZING !!!! Wish I had the PRO 40 a year ago. FOCUSRITE has done it again.....Great British sound.
from Snellville, GA USA
May 9, 2011Music Background:
Recording Engineer, Student, Hobbyist
Amazing Valuethis interface works great! i use Logic 9 with it and i love it! the preamps are clean, quiet, and sound great! i have had no problems with it. i love having the clip meters on the front. the 2 headphone outs are very handy.
John C. Hattendorf II
from Clio, MI, USA
April 8, 2011Music Background:
Producer, Recording Engineer, Sound Engineer, Sound Mastering, Pro Musician.
You Cannot Go Wrong Here.This thing may not be the fanciest looking of the bunch but the Saffire Pro 40 has it where it counts - quality inputs/outputs and sound.
The preamps are lovely. I was finally able to REALLY hear the difference between my $400 and $1000 guitars even through full blown distortion from VST guitar simulators, something my older interfaces could never do.
Vocals, with a good mic, just shine. What you put in is what you get out.
Transparency is the name of the game here. Also, numbers. 8 awesome preamps. Just... wow. Go ahead, record a full band.
I thought this part would be a gimmick but it turns out that the Dim and Mute buttons for the monitor outs are extremely useful. I use them constantly and would really miss this feature in any future units.
Throw in two dedicated Mic amps, great drivers (VERY important) low latency and you've got yourself the best unit in this price range... or higher.
from Western, MA
February 26, 2011Music Background:
Musician (Drums), recording and live sound engineer
Pristine AudioThe tireless search is over. True there are lot of audio interfaces and I have listened and tested quite a few. There is the difference with this one, Focusrite is a hardware company. That is their one and only main focus. Good thing to, because this interface records what you give it. No sound coloration, no sweet spots, no noise, no glitches, just pure audio. If that is what you are after, then stop looking for it because you just found it.
My only issue is with the software interface. It is functional, but it takes a bit of time to work with it. It would have been better to have a graphic representation of a mixing console. But again, these guys make hardware, not software.
The driver interface is rock solid.
ADAT interface is solid.
Thanks to Andy Bitler (Sweetwater Rep), as this thing is exactly and then some what I expected. For the future: Octa-Pres and a PCI ADAT or Ethernet interface.
from Lexington, Ky.
February 6, 2011Music Background:
Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Semi Pro musician
Exceptional Preamps and Easy To UseI've had mine a little over a month now. I love it! I had read some reviews elsewhere complaining about latency issues and FW problems, etc. I put a Lacie FW400 card in my old Dell Dimension 3000 w a 2.80 GHz Pentium 4 and t works seamlessly, although being dingle core, the FW interface eats up more CPU than I would like. But that is no problem because it is so versatile as a mixer I just use it as an 8 channel ADAT expansion to my E-Mu 1212M card which gives me two more analog inputs with Pro Tools 190 HD converters. And that still leaves me 2 S/DIF channels. I can run all that at 48K all day plus I have 2 channel direct zero latency monitoring off the 1212M and two different zero latency headphone monitor channels and a third monitor output channel giving me a total of 4 different monitor mixes as well as a variety of ways to mix them. And I can use the E-Mu-s 32 bit on board effects on all channels independently as inserts if I want to add saturation, color, tube simulation, etc., as well as really nice digital compression.
And the pre amps! Clean, pristine, and with tons of dead quiet headroom! I went through two TrakMaster Pro's that had horrible noise issues above 6 on the gain control. I replaced them with a Studio Projects VTB1(which is actually also an exceptionally clean and useful pre amp for the money) that was much better. But the pre amps in the Pro 49 are what one expects from Focusrite. They don not color the sound they way a Neve or other vintage type pres do, and they don't add tube harmonics. But what they do is give you a clean, very musical, very accurate transmission of whatever you plug in it. You can get all kinds incredibly realistic, relatively inexpensive (and even free) plug-ins to give you all the warmth and color you desire as well as compression, etc. (the included Focusrite FX bundle is actually pretty good...), or run it back out and through an analogue source after you have recorded the dry signal. Either way, you won't be disappointed! It has the quality and versatility of interfaces costing far more and is a steal relative to the OctoPre MK II w/o compression.
from Aguadilla, PR
January 30, 2011Music Background:
Pro musician, mix engineer, composer
What's with this price???500$ for this unit, it is really a STEAL!!! it has a lot of features that other guys at this price range won't even hassle to put on, the interface its just great, and do not forget the mix control, very happy with this product!!!
from Chicago IL
June 10, 2010Music Background:
Recording engineer, classical pianist.
Rock Solid PerformanceIt's already been said by everybody, preamp preamp and preamp.I bought this last week to replace my MOTU Traveler Mk3, which were plagued by driver instability and I was not very impressed with the preamps. This thing costs more than $300 less than the MOTU yet it sounds, and runs better. Driver is rock solid on Windows Vista, and the Saffire MixControl is extremely flexible. The build quality is also above-par. I only wished that the unit has a built-in hardware limiter which is very useful for me because I don't always have the chance to do sound check with musicians in live situations. Overall, great buy!
from Petaluma, CA
December 10, 2009Music Background:
Instrumentalist, Recording, Composing
Solid valueBest feature is the preamp quality. It is notably improved from the two other mid-range interfaces I've had, the edirol FA66 and the art Tubefire8. DICE II chipset does not seem to have any issues on intel macs, though I don't know about the newer unibody macs. Software router is REALLY comprehensive. Expect to take many dedicated hours to learning it completely. I've only run into one issue where the audio comes in distorted after changing the sample rate in my DAW (live 7). The solution, although inexplicable, was simply to change it again and change it back, then wait a second. Eh. So you don't freak out, the device does take about 5 seconds to turn itself on. The only other issues are the somewhat wobbly knobs (no worse than the edirol fa66) and the lack of XLR locking mechanisms. Otherwise, the sound and features are better than I'd expect for the price, and the newest drivers allow for stand-alone operation. Pretty lightwight, too.
from Tehachapi, Calif.
January 8, 2009Music Background:
Recording engineer, musician
Right on the moneyGot my Saffire Pro 40 yesterday and installed it on both desktop and laptop systems. Worked flawlessly on both right out of the box, no glitches, noises or problems. The driver seems very stable. It offers a great deal of flexibility...there is a bit of a learning curve but once that's over, you realize just how flexible this thing is. And the sound? The mic preamps are typical Focusrite, smooth and detailed and DEAD QUIET, even with my Sennheiser 441U dynamic mic. That's a lot more than you can say for most in this price range. Even though I plan to use high end outboard preamps most of the time, I would not hesitate to just plug mics directly into the Pro 40 and hit record. The build quality is also excellent. It's heavy and solid with a smooth PRO feel to the knobs and switches ...and very nice metering too. My only quibble is with the choice to put the first two inputs on the front and the rest on the rear. I realize they pretty much had to but it is slightly annoying. The Presonus Firestudio Project, for example has them all lined up on the front. However, I read a number of user reviews that were less than enthusiastic about that product. And since I already own a Saffire LE for my laptop and have been impressed by its quality, I felt safe in trying out a brand new product from Focusrite....VERY GLAD I DID! And Kevin at Sweetwater is simply THE BEST. Buying from these guys is always a great experience. I'll be back!
April 27, 2013Music Background:
Pro musician, music college faculty
Unbelievable sound for the priceThis is simply a great product for the money. I have made several live classical recordings already with this unit and the sound is even and clean. Granted, you have to use really great mics like I have to get a great sound out of this unit, but that's exactly the point. Spend the money you would have spent on an Apogee and put extra into your mics.
All of my colleagues have been impressed with the recordings I have made for them, and these are legit musical people. Good luck!
from Rapid City, SD
August 29, 2012Music Background:
Singer/songwrtiter, engineer,producer,music teacher.
Very Solid InterfaceI have had a Saffire Pro 26/io for many years and loved the preamps and plug-ins. I got a Pro 40 a few weeks ago and have used it a lot since. The onscreen user interface is a HUGE step up from the old one. Much more flexible routing options. Multiple headphone mixes are a snap to create. The preamps seem cleaner and run my ribbon mic with no noise at high gain settings. I use the old one as an ADAT extension box and so far they are playing well together with just the ADAT sync. Would have been nice to have word clock but overall very nice for the price.
from Washington DC
August 29, 2012Music Background:
Producer, Musician, Recording Engineer
Focusrite Saffire Pro 40This thing is sweet. I've had this for about 2 months now and the sound is clear. The zero latency feature helps me control the mix in the headphone without changing the mix of the whole song. I use this with Cubase 6 on a creation station built from sweetwater, and I had no problems installing it. My recordings and mixes have improved tremendously with this box. I think it could compete with other interfaces is the higher price range because the quality is just that good. I used a TASCAM 1641 prior to buying this which they discontinued. The TASCAM 1641 worked well until I tried to use additional mics, once I used more mics on that thing, the drivers started to drop out. Thats not good when you have paying clients.
from San Diego, CA
December 29, 2011Music Background:
Engineer, producer, composer, player
Great upgrade from Digi 002I bought the Saffire Pro 40 to replace my Digidesign 002 when I upgraded to Protools 10. The mic preamps are vastly more transparent, quiet and musical than the 002, so that part of the upgrade was worth the money. In addition, the Mix control software provides a great deal of flexibility including a quick status switch to latency-free monitoring via a drop-down menu.
I had a question that I posed to the factory and received a very fast, thorough response. I'm very happy with this interface.
from Roll Tide, AL
November 21, 2011Music Background:
Producer, Engineer/Sound director, Songwriter
All you need!This is a fantastic interface. The preamps have plenty of gain and the flexibility of the mix control is awesome. The sound quality is great. Bottom line is if you can't get a radio ready mix out of this interface then the problem isn't the interface. As a sound director, I can tell you that with today's technology, 99% of people's issues are room acoustics, instruments/sound programming, recording techniques or performance. Focusrite did a great job. You can go out and spend $3000 or $4000 on an interface but for most thats like trying to kill a fly with a shot gun. For music, this is all you need.
from nashville tn
July 27, 2011Music Background:
songwriter/producer 25 years
zero latency monitoring!!!after a bit of learning curve and re-thinking the concept, i was able to get rid of that latency issue that comes with pt9
this is a huge deal for some singers and musicians.
it's more of a "feel" issue -while some can power through it-
others have a real hard time "getting their song on" with the latency factor.
therefore...this piece is vital-like everything about it!!!
not a 5 because i there is a learning curve.
Joshua Hodge/Troy Tracks Studio
from Troy, AL
April 30, 2010Music Background:
Profesional Musican/Recording Engineer
GREAT BANG FOR THE BUCKThis is a great audio interface for all non Pro-Tools DAW's. The Pre-Amps are much better and quieter than some more expensive outboard ones that I own. The Saffire Mixer give's you more routing and controle than you can imagine and this thing works great right out of the box. The product was recomended to me by Alan Carter and I've loved it from the minute I got it. Call him today and get this great Interface!
from Washington DC
October 20, 2009Music Background:
Surprised and impressed!Very surprised and impressed by this product so far, considering the price. The only thing I'm not thrilled with is the poor low-latency performance, which is to be expected with a DICE-II based firewire interface like this. However, it's not as bad as I thought it would be. At a reasonable 128-sample or 256-sample latency, this thing performs beautifully, and sounds great. It has also been extremely solid, and I love the loopback driver feature, which allows you to record the output of another app. The no-latency mixer in the driver is also outstanding, and compensates somewhat for the roundtrip latency issue. I'm giving this 4.5 stars just due to the latency, but you should be aware that any DICE-II based interface will exhibit the same or similar performance. Basically, the only recent non DICE-II devices here at Sweetwater (that I know of) are the MOTU and RME devices, so you are pretty much stuck with DICE-II and its latency issues unless you want to spend much more money. For Windows, the best option is probably RME (in my opinion) but if you can live with the latency you will be hard pressed to find something better than the Saffire Pro 40.
from Charleston WV
January 11, 2009Music Background:
Pro Musician, Part-time Recording Engineer & Live Sound Engineer,
ImpressedI have been using it for about 2 weeks now. The sound quality is great...a big step up from the firepods I have been using. The drivers seem stable on windows xp. I am using it with sonar 8 producer and reaper with zero problems. It can sometimes get strange playing a video file and then opening up sonar a restart always fixes the glitches. Highly recommended. It is the best sounding unit in its class without a doubt.
from NY, NY
August 21, 2012Music Background:
musician, writer producer
Focusrite Saffire Pro 40I was looking at a few interfaces and spoke with Ted @ Sweetwater. He steered me to a short list including this. I got it, He was right, I'm happy! Thanks Ted & Sweetwater!
from Chicago Burbs, IL USA
August 4, 2012Music Background:
Bordering between hobbyist and pro musician...
Absolutely Solid PerformerI've had this unit for a number of years now. Although it took a little while to get there, Focusrite finally put out some updated drivers to work with Win7(64) (you no longer need to use the legacy firewire driver) which definitely reduced my latency, although it never caused a problem prior to that. The I/O options have given me a lot of flexibility to route my output signal to different setups (I have the monitor outs going to my main monitors and have the optical going to a receiver so I can hear my work on a normal stereo setup with out any elaborate switching systems). I normally record at 24 bit/48 khz, but have used 96 khz with no issue using all 8 analog inputs at once. The only drawback is that it wasn't future proofed with Firewire 800 for even lower latency if maxed out. The other thing that bugs me a little, but I've learned to compensate for, is the metering on the front. They really don't translate well to my DAW, and seem to have more headroom than what the software says... which could just be my own misunderstanding of what they are supposed to be telling me (I know it came with a manual, but I never felt a need to open it up if that's important to you).
I honestly don't have a lot to compare it to for pristine sound quality (M-Audio 2496 and M-Audio 1010LT, both of which did their job well I thought) but the pres feel transparent, and I really like having an outboard interface instead of a having to plug everything into the back of my computer!
from Wichita, KS
April 18, 2012Music Background:
Great gearI was looking for versatility and got it with the Saffire Pro 40. Easy to hook up and use.
from Nashville, TN
March 21, 2012Music Background:
Independent Recording Engineer
Great sounding mic pre's! Great value!Overall I am really impressed with the clarity of the focusrite pre's. They are super quiet regardless of the level that you have them at. Wether they are all the way down or wide open you won't have to worry about any noise induced by the pre. The included mix control software is super usefull and allows you to easily set up and save 2 independent cue mixes. The only feature that I wish the hardware had is pads on every channel. The two pads are nice but you must be careful if you are recording drums because of the fact that you can only pad 2 mic inputs. Other than that, they are GREAT sounding pre's that are super clear sounding.
from Atlanta, GA
December 1, 2011Music Background:
Audio Engineer - Minister Of Music - Keyboardist
Only A Dummy...Only a dummy would pass up this great piece... I'm no novice, but I'm not a Tekkie, either... This wonderful piece worked perfectly right out of the box... The software was MUCH more than I expected, and it all links up with my Protools rig. I'm sure it does even more than I know about, at this point. Can't wait for time to 'play' some more with this latest 'toy'.... Many thanks to my awesome Sales Rep, Ryan Z... He's certainly my 'Go-To-Guy"! Love the Saffire Pro 40 and Sweetwater.... Why ever go anywhere else?
February 23, 2011Music Background:
Recording Engineer, Producer, Musician
Audio Good. MIDI BadAudio is Great. but MIDI ports are not that great, especially MIDI OUT. When Sending MIDI data from Computer to ext. MIDI devices thru Saffire PRO40 MIDI Out, notes "stick" or keep on hanging without stopping about every 1.5 minutes.
November 7, 2012Music Background:
Live and Recording engineer, Berklee
Great starter for engineersThis is a really great and reliable piece of gear. You can get a Semi professional sound for really cheap. Keep in mind, this is an entry level interface so when compared to a Grace, the low end sounds a little cloudy on this Pro40.
I would recommend this is you are starting off but the next upgrade should be to by external pre's if your not trying to spend a lot of money yet on other Higher quality interfaces, pre's, or converters.
from Detroit, MI
July 14, 2012Music Background:
Great Home Studio PieceThe Saffire Pro 40 Has a very flexible I/O Structure for Home studio work, including a nice program for routing and monitoring. Mic Pre's sound fine, no complaints in that department.
The greatest deficiency I found was in its outputs. The balanced outputs had random and intermittent hum when operating in a live environment with professional gear. Other units I have operated with did not have these issues.
Myke "@quatic Son" Fisher
from Minneapols, MN USA
February 28, 2011Music Background:
Audio Engineer, Mastering Engineer, Music Producer
Great Piece for the priceI recently purchased this interface for my home studio. It's a pretty solid unit, and the Pre's sound great. However if your rig is moible or you're like me where your workhorse computer is a laptop and you are frequently having to unplug and plug it in this piece is quite an inconvenience because you CAN NOT HOT SWAP. Apparently the unit can damage your computer or vise versa if you unplug or plug it in while the computer is on. so it is required that you shut down your computer every time you connect or disconnect the interface. at first i didn't think this would be that big of a deal, but it has turned out to be a major annoyance because i usually have a whole lot going on at one time on my laptop and i hate having to close everything and shut my computer off just to disconnect my laptop to go into the next room with it. also where the chassis feels solid, the knobs and button's feel a bit to cheap and "plasticy". i feel like i could break the knobs if i turn them to hard. also the Saffire Mix Control software used in conjunction with this device is rather confusing to use. Overall i am happy with the purchase because the sound quality is phenomenal and it has more in's and outs than i need at the moment however i do wish it was hot swappable and the build was a bit better.
3.5 in my book
May 31, 2011
Latency and crashing.For the price this unit has a great feature set.
However, I like to use a lot of outboard gear, and it has significantly more latency than other units I've tried. On my first install It also crashed a good deal, but this time around it has been better. I got it because it was cheap, and I sort of regret it.