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The Focusrite Saffire PRO 14 is an 8 in/6 out FireWire audio interface designed for the modern home studio. Two award-winning preamps inheriting the Focusrite legacy dating back to the days of Mr. Rup... Read More

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Overview

The Focusrite Saffire PRO 14 is an 8 in/6 out FireWire audio interface designed for the modern home studio. Two award-winning preamps inheriting the Focusrite legacy dating back to the days of Mr. Rupert Neve provide Focusrite's legendary sonic performance. Digital and analog I/O combine with Focusrite's established MixControl software to deliver seamless integration, excellent routing flexibility, and rock-solid driver stability.

Along with the 2 high-quality mic preamps, 2 additional analog inputs, 4 analog outputs, S/PDIF, and MIDI open the door to true multitrack recording. Two Hi-Z instrument inputs let you plug straight in without the need to buy additional DI boxes, and two virtual Loopback inputs are also available for routing digital audio between software applications-ideal for capturing online audio.

Included with the PRO 14 is Saffire MixControl, an 18 x 6 DSP mixer. Offering a level of flexibility that is unparalleled at this price point, MixControl software enables you to create six separate mixes without latency. Route any combination of input signals and sequencer outputs to any of Saffire PRO 14's outputs. Intuitive one-click configurations help you track, monitor and mix as quickly as possible.

Focusrite's established Xcite+ bundle is also included. The bundle features Ableton Live Lite (for all your production, performance and compositional needs), Novation's Bass Station soft synth and over 1 gig of royalty-free samples from Loopmasters.

With Saffire PRO 14, sonic integrity is never compromised. The two Focusrite preamps ensure low noise and distortion, whilst quality digital conversion and JetPLL jitter elimination technology ensure pristine quality as your audio flows between the analogue and digital domains. Combined with the very latest in FireWire interfacing technology, excellent routing flexibility and rock-solid driver stability, the Saffire PRO 14 is the heart of the modern home studio.

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.

All Saffire FireWire and Thunderbolt-compatible interfaces now come bundled with Focusrite's Midnight plug-in suite for free upon registration. The Midnight plug-in suite models two of the most iconic Focusrite modules of all time - the ISA110 equaliser and ISA130 compressor - and gives them elegant, functional on-screen front panels for easy control.

Note: Includes the Focusrite Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-In Suite (AAX/AU/VST) upon registration of interface. Accurately modeled on the classic Red 2 EQ and Red 3 Compressor, the Red plug-ins let you exploit the sound of the hardware originals, conveniently from within Pro Tools (10 and above) and other audio software.

Features
  • Two high-quality award-winning Focusrite preamps based on Focusrite's 25-year
  • legacy
  • High-quality 24-bit/96kHz FireWire interface: Features professional conversion and JetPLL jitter elimination technology, guaranteeing pristine audio quality and reliable synchronization.
  • Total I/O count of 8 inputs and 6 outputs: A host of I/O options are provided, including a unique Loopback facility for routing audio between software applications via Saffire MixControl.
  • Saffire MixControl ultra-low-latency: DSP mixer/router Provides an 18 x 6 DSP mixer with excellent routing flexibility, intuitive one-click configurations, and lower than 1.4ms latency (less than the time it takes sound to travel two feet through air).
  • Focusrite VST/AU Plug-in Suite, for use in the mix: Upgrade your standard sequencer effects and bring a touch of class to your session with Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins.
  • Xcite+ Software Bundle: Featuring a host of royalty-free loops and samples, a full-fledged soft-synth and Ableton Live Lite 8, providing an affordable upgrade path to Ableton Live.
  • Two Hi-Z instrument inputs: No need for a separate DI. The first two channels feature high-gain instrument inputs.
  • Bus-powered for a tidy mobile recording rig Saffire PRO 14 can be powered via FireWire, or via its own power supply.
  • Dedicated front-panel headphone bus Providing a fully customized monitor mix, with tactile level control available on the front panel.
  • Tactile Monitor dial: A front panel volume dial provides immediate control over the main stereo outputs.
  • Switchable phantom power: Across both mic pre inputs, globally switchable direct from the front fascia.
Specifications
  • Analog channel Inputs: (Inputs 1-2)
  • 2 Mic/XLR combo (channels 1-2) on front panel
  • 2 Line 1/4" TRS (channels 3-4) on rear panel
  • Automatic switching between Mic / Line (channels 1-2)
  • Switching between Line / Instrument Inputs (channels 1-2) via Saffire MixControl Application
  • Switching between +16dBu (low) and -10dBV (high) gain on inputs 3-4 via Saffire MixControl Application
  • Digital Channel Inputs: (Inputs 5-6) 44.1 - 96kHz
  • Stereo S/PDIF input on RCA
  • Analog audio outputs: (outputs 1-4)
  • 4 TRS (1/4") jacks
  • Output level control (analog) for outputs 1 and 2
  • Stereo headphones mix 1 on 1/4" TRS (also routed to outputs 3 & 4) with independent volume control
  • Digital channel outputs (outputs 5-6) 44.1 - 96kHz
  • Stereo S/PDIF output on RCA
  • Other I/O:
  • 1 x 6-pin FireWire S400 socket
  • 2 standard 5-pin DIN MIDI connectors: In and Out
  • DC power Input connector (for use with supplied universal input power supply)
  • Front-panel indicators:
  • 2 x 2-segment input meters, Sig (-18) and O/L (0dBFS)
  • "LKD" Locked Indicator
  • "FW" Host Connected Indicator
  • "Power" Indicator
  • Instrument input source selection LED for channels 1 and 2
  • Phantom power (48V) switch and LED for inputs 1 and 2
  • Microphone Inputs 1-2 Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2 dB
  • Gain Range: +13dB to +60dB
  • Maximum Headroom +8dBu
  • THD+N: 0.001% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Noise EIN: 124dB analog to digital (measured at 60dB gain with 150 Ohm termination (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Input Impedance: 2k Ohm
  • Line Inputs (Inputs 1-2)
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2dB
  • Gain Range: -10dB to +36dB • THD+N: 0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Noise: -90dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Input Impedance: >10k Ohm
  • Line Inputs 3-4 Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2 dB
  • Gain Range: Switchable between +16dBu or -10dBV for 0dBFS (balanced inputs) THD+N: 0.003% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Noise: -100dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Input Impedance: >10k Ohm
  • Instrument Inputs (Inputs 1 and 2) Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
  • Gain Range: +13dB to +60dB
  • THD+N: 0.004% (measured with 0dBu input and 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Noise: -87dBu (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Analog Audio Outputs (Outputs 1-4):
  • 4 Electronically Balanced Outputs
  • Maximum Output Level (0dBFS): +10dBu
  • THD+N: 0.001% (0dBFS input, 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Crosstalk (Channel Isolation)Any input to input: > 100dB; any output to output: > 100dB; any input to output: > 100dB
  • Digital Performance A/D: Dynamic Range > 109dB (A-weighted), all analogue inputs
  • D/A Dynamic Range > 106dB (A-weighted), all analogue outputs
  • Clock Sources:
  • - Internal Clock
  • - Sync to Word Clock on SPDIF Input (RCA)
  • JetPLLTM PLL technology providing superb jitter reduction for class leading converter performance
  • Clock jitter < 250 picoseconds
  • Supported Sample Rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
  • 8 input channels to computer: Analog (4), SPDIF (2) and Loop-back (2)
  • 6 physical output channels from computer: Analog (4), SPDIF (2)
  • 12 DAW output streams
  • Assignable 18 input by 6 output mixer
  • Weight and Dimensions: 1.5kg / 3.3lbs
  • 215mm (W) x 45mm (H) x 220mm (D) (8.5 x 1.8 x 8.7 inches)
  • System Requirements:
  • Macintosh:
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.5.8 or Mac OS X 10.6.2
  • Computer: Apple Macintosh with FireWire 400 support
  • CPU/Clock: PowerPC G5 2GHz (Leopard) or Intel 2GHz (Snow Leopard)
  • Memory (RAM): 1GB (2GB or more recommended)
  • Screen Resolution: 1024x768 (1280x1024 or more recommended)
  • Windows
  • OS: Windows 7 (64-bit & 32-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit only) or Windows XP SP2 or higher (32-bit only)
  • Computer: Windows compatible computer with FireWire 400 support
  • CPU/Clock: Pentium or AMD with 1.6GHz or higher (Dual 1GHz or higher recommended)
  • Memory (RAM): 1GB (2GB or more recommended)
  • Screen Resolution: 1024x768 (1280x1024 or more recommended)
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
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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5.0

The Swiss Army Knife of Audio Tools

By Zach Lahm

from Omaha, NE

This a great interface for the money. I use mine for everything from running multi-track outs, to managing sounds on my keys rig, to tracking. It's a wonderful interface with tons of options. I've had mine for about three months now, and I'm a repeated Focusrite customer. The mix control software is good too. The UI is outdated, but it works well and has some good options to it.

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5.0

Great unit! Very pleased with purchase!

By Jeff Neisz

from The Colony, Texas

I bought this about a year and a half ago and it still works flawlessly so I'm pleased with the reliability. I do not really use the software so I cannot really comment on that. The plugins are decent but I rarely use them because I have a huge arsenal of effects and I tend to default to the others just out of habit. I basically bought it for the interface and pres. The pres on this are great, very clean and transparent. This is great for someone like me, an independent solo artist who records 1 performance at a time. I will record in stereo sometimes as well with different mics and I love that option. The only complaints I have is that is does not have a power switch, which someone else mentioned, and that I cant mount it in my rack. I guess I could get a rack drawer for it but this particular unit is meant to be portable. Other than those two things, I'm completely happy with this purchase. Its a great value for the cost and I actually had people tell me that they cannot believe I get such professional recordings out of a this low priced interface/preamp combo. I actually went in to get an interface for about a little less and am so glad the rep talked me into this one instead. Definately worth it and definately worth 5 STARS!!

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5.0

Saffire Pro 14

By Erik Larson

from Quartz Hill, CA

I had to spend an extra 30 bucks for a different firewire cable to fit into the port on my iMac. No big deal. The unit works great. Input signals are clear. I don't know about the Saffire recording software - I have Logic and don't use it. My only complaint is that is does not have an OFF switch. You have to unplug it to turn it off.

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5.0

Great interface!

By Jeff

from Marysville, WA

Purchased this unit from my local GC and am loving it. Did a LOT of research and waffled between various interfaces at all price points, but in the end this unit fit my needs perfectly. Installation was a breeze on my Win7 64-bit machine. Like most peripherals and devices, just skip the installation disk and install latest drivers straight from the the Saffire site. I'm using this interface with Propellerhead Reason 5.0 and its a beautiful thing! Cheers!

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5.0

Major Upgrade

By Gerry Ricci

from Fullerton, CA

I've been using a Lexicon Alpha interface for a couple of years now and was I ever surprised and pleased at the overall improvement of the sound quality input and output. I don't have to spend hours on end trying to improve my tracks in the post, the SP 14 gives you clean professional quality recordings. The drivers gave me some grief but I worked through it and no problems now. If your looking to take your music to the next level this baby is amazing.

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