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      Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface (580129)
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A 24-bit/96khz FireWire interface with pristine audio quality and reliable synchronization.

The Focusrite Saffire Pro 40, a multichannel FireWire audio interface designed with today's project studio in mind, and delivers the sound quality of much more expensive interfaces.

Focusrite's unparalleled preamp legacy forms the foundation of the Saffire Pro 40 interface, with eight award-winning Focusrite preamps. These are combined with the latest in FireWire interfacing technology to deliver seamless integration, excellent routing flexibility and future-proof, rock-solid driver stability.

With the Saffire PRO 40 interface, sonic integrity reigns supreme. The eight Focusite preamps ensure low noise and distortion, while quality digital conversion and JetPLL jitter elimination technology ensure pristine audio quality as your audio flows between the analogue and digital domains.

Alongside the eight Focusrite preamps are a host of I/O options; 10 analog outputs, ADAT I/O, stereo SPDIF I/O, and 2 virtual "loopback" inputs for routing digital audio between software applications. Every channel features phantom power, with the first two channels also featuring -9dB pads for additional headroom. Front panel 5-LED metering for each analog input offers accurate viewing of levels.

Saffire PRO 40 comes with the Focusrite plug-in suite. Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins provide a significant upgrade from standard sequencer effects, bringing a touch of class to your session. Focusrite's established Xcite+ bundle is also included. The bundle includes Ableton Live Lite, Novation's Bass Station soft synth and over 1 gigabyte of royalty-free samples.

Saffire PRO 40 Control, the zero-latency 18 x 16 DSP Mixer/Router software provided with Saffire PRO 40, sets a new standard at this price point for audio interface control. It features unparalleled output routing and monitoring, as well as intuitive one-click solutions, a clear and concise mixing layout and large on-screen metering for inputs, outputs and submixes.

Two independent headphone buses are provided, each with their own level controls available on the front panel. A dedicated stereo monitor mix output features pads for improved sound quality when connected to active monitor speakers. An 'anti-thump' circuit protects your monitor speakers from spikes when booting up or shutting down. Front panel controls include a main monitor dial with dim and mute switches, all of which fully integrate with customizable software to cover every possible monitoring need, providing a set of controls for any setup from basic stereo to full 7.1 surround.

Focusrite’s popular Saffire Firewire interfaces are fully compatible with Thunderbolt ports on Mac computers. All you need to connect the two is a FireWire 400-800 cable (included with all new Saffire interfaces later this year) and the Thunderbolt to FireWire 800 adapter (not included). Simply plug this into the Thunderbolt port on your computer and connect the FireWire interface – it’s as simple as that. Saffire interfaces are 100% compatible with Thunderbolt using this adaptor.

Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface Features:

  • 8 award-winning Focusrite preamps
    24-bit/96kHz FireWire Interface with JetPLL jitter elimination technology; pristine audio quality, and reliable synchronization
    Total I/O count of 20 inputs and 20 outputs, including a unique loopback facility for routing audio between software applications via Saffire PRO 40 Control
    The Focusrite Plug-in Suite
    2 separate headphone buses
    Saffire PRO 40 Control zero-latency 18 x 16 DSP mixer/router can route any input signal or DAW output, or a mix of both, to any of the 20 outputs


Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface Specifications:

  • SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

    WINDOWS:
    Operating System
    Microsoft Windows XP SP2 (32 bit and 64 bit) and Windows Vista (32 bit and 64 bit)
    CPU/Clock
    900MHz AMD or Pentium. (1.5 GHz or higher recommended)
    Memory (RAM)
    512 MB (more recommended)


    APPLE MAC:
    Operating System
    OSX (10.4 and 10.5)
    CPU/Clock
    PowerPC G4/Dual 1 GHZ or faster or any Intel-based Mac
    Memory (RAM)
    512 MB (more recommended)


    PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATIONS
    Microphone Inputs:
    Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz °0.1 dB
    THD+N: 0.001% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    Noise: EIN > 125dB (128dB analogue to digital) (measured at 60dB of gain with 150 Ohm termination (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

    Line Inputs:
    Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz °0.1dB
    THD+N: < 0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    Noise: -90dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

    Instrument Inputs:
    Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz °0.1dB
    THD+N: 0.004% (measured with 0dBu input and 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    Noise: -87dBu (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

    Conversion performance:
    Dynamic Range= 110dB (A-weighted)
    Clock jitter= 250 picoseconds
    THD+N AMPL= -109dBFS (A-weighted)

    Front and Rear Connectivity:
    Analogue Channel Inputs (Inputs 1-8)
    2 Mic/Line/Inst Combo XLR (Inputs 1 and 2)
    6 Mic/Line Combo XLR (Inputs 3-8)
    Automatic switching of Mic / Line (e.g. inserting a jack switches from Mic to either Line or Instrument)

    Digital Channel Inputs (Inputs 9-18) 44.1-96kHz
    Stereo S/PDIF input on RCA
    8 ADAT inputs on Optical Connector, reduces to 4 inputs at 88.2/96kHz Optical input can be switched to S/PDIF 3/4 in software preferences (ADATs disabled)

    Analogue Audio Outputs (Outputs 1-10)
    8 1/4" TRS Jack (Outputs 3-10)
    2 monitor mix outputs on 1/4" TRS Jack (Outputs 1 and 2)
    Stereo headphones mix 1 on 1/4" TRS (also routed to outputs 7 & 8)
    Stereo Headphones mix 2 on 1/4" TRS (also routed to outputs 9 & 10)

    Digital Channel Outputs (Outputs 11-20) 44.1-96kHz
    Stereo S/PDIF output on RCA
    8 ADAT outputs on Optical Connector, reduces to 4 outputs at 88.2/96kHz Optical output can be switched to S/PDIF 3/4 in software preferences (ADATs disabled)

    Other I/O:
    2 6-pin FireWire sockets
    2 Standard 5-pin DIN MIDI connectors: In and Out
    IEC mains power input connector

    Weight and Dims:
    3kg / 6.6 Ib.
    350mm / 13.8" (W) x 45mm / 1.8" (H) x 235mm /9.3" (D)


Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 FireWire Interface

All Focusrite products are built to the highest standards and should provide reliable performance for many years, subject to reasonable care, use, transportation and storage.

In the event of a Manufacturing Defect becoming evident within 12 months from date of purchase Focusrite undertakes that the product will be repaired or replaced free of charge if the product is returned to the authorised dealer from whom it was purchased. In these circumstances, or if you need an out-of-warranty repair to your Focusrite product, please contact your local Focusrite distributor in your country of residence or business : Find your local distributor here and you will be advised of the correct return procedure.

Alternatively contact the Focusrite Reseller from which you purchased the product. If you purchase a Focusrite product outside your country of residence or business you will not be entitled to ask your local Focusrite Distributor to honour this Limited Warranty, although you may request a chargeable repair.

Alternatively, the unit may be returned at your cost to the dealer you purchased the unit from so that they can organise a Warranty repair with their Focusrite Distributor.

This Warranty does not include cost of shipping to and from the authorised dealer from whom it was purchased. In every case it will be necessary to provide the original invoice or store receipt to accompany the defective product to the supplying dealer. This Limited Warranty is offered solely to the first purchaser of the product from an Authorised Focusrite Reseller (defined as a reseller which has purchased the Product directly from Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd. in the UK or its Authorised Distributors outside the U.K,) and is not transferable.

This Warranty is in addition to your Statutory Rights in the country of purchase.

Please note: A Manufacturing Defect is defined as a defect in the performance of the product which may be expected from a reasonable interpretation of the published description and performance specifications as published by Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd. This does not include damage caused by post-purchase transportation, storage or careless handling, nor damage caused by misuse.

A significant proportion of products returned under Warranty (which are very few in number compared to numbers sold) are found not to exhibit any fault at all. Please check that the mains voltage is correctly set for your local supply and that your connecting cables are in good order and correctly connected.

If in doubt about the product functions please read the user guide and if necessary contact your dealer for advice before returning the product to the supplying dealer. You can also contact the Focusrite Tech Support team at the Focusrite Answerbase for general advice.

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  • Best Interface I've Used

    As reviewed by benc1891 on 1/10/2011

    The Saffire Pro 40 is amazing. I've tried/used several different interfaces, and this one sounds best IMO. It beats the M-Audio Profire 2626. The unit is very durable/sturdy. The pre amps sound amazing and are super clean, i cranked them all the way up with my Sennheiser MD421 and they were silent! I use Logic 9 Pro and this unit works flawlessly with it! i love this thing, best money I have spent on recording gear!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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  • Great interface

    As reviewed by Tony on 9/9/2011

    I own 2 of these and use them to record 16 channels at once. I use a HP Pavilion a1630n with AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ / 2.4 GHz and 2 gigs of memory. It runs Windows XP 32 bit. I use Reaper for my DAW. I use 6 mics on a drum kit with no problems. 2 mics are condenser. I have no clipping and the 4 dynamic mics are about 2 inches from the batter heads. They all sound great. I don't use crappy mics. The tech support is great. They answered many questions before I purchased the interfaces and helped with a few questions I had about their mixer after the purchase. I even used a 8 year old HP laptop R3000 with an Intel Pentium 4 2.40-GHz processor and 2 gigs of ram with the Pro 40 with no problems. For the money, I think these are the best you can get.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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  • Music Producer's Dream for a Sweet Price !

    As reviewed by Ray on 5/18/2011

    I've had my focusrite for about 2 weeks and Im loving it man. My setup consist of Pro tools 9, MPC 2000XL, Korg Triton Extreme, and a Micro Korg. All of them came through with ease in the saffire pro 40. At first I had to do a little trouble shooting with it at first to get use to the interface and how it worked with all my external gear, but after some basic adjustments everything was coming in fine. I also connected my Audio technica AT2035 condenser mic to it and man, the signal came in with no hesitation. Had a rapper come over and tested my overall setup with the saffaire pro 40 and everything just flowed. If your a music producer with your setup is in your crib, i highly recommend the Saffire pro 40. For the price you just can't beat it man.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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