Great Quality, Great Price
The construction of the Saffire Pro 14 is high quality. Everything from the knobs to the input jacks seem to be well constructed. Itís important to me to have rigid construction because it can withstand the rigors of clumsy users and the hazardous mess that a home studio can quickly turn into. Itís powered over firewire, however the people at Focusrite also provide a power supply with a few adapters for use in the US, Europe, etc. Thatís a classy move to consider a wide user base. It comes with plugins as well as a mixer that is used in standalone. The mixer software also allows a number of different mix settings, routing, loopbacks, and output scenarios. Loopback is awesome because it counts as a separate set of channels, which provides a lot of flexibility.
I only have a few discrepancies with the interface, for one there is no power switch. I would like to be able to power it off with a switch, but you have to get the 24 model for this convenience. Also, I had to start up the mixing software before the interface would output audio when I first set everything up. I wasnít aware of this and it seemed a little odd. Itís no big deal, just something to be cognizant of while doing the initial setup. Sometimes it just stops working if my computer goes to sleep, but never while Iím working on music. It only did this twice so Iím not sure how prominent this is, or if itís even my OS and not the interface.
Itís a great interface at a great price. I really like that itís constructed of metal and that it produces quality sound. It seems to me that you donít sacrifice quality when buying the lower end models from Focusrite, which is something Iíve been victim to in the past. The built-in mixer helps out a lot because it provides you with features like sample rate, level control, etc if you just want to jam a bit without ever opening up the DAW!