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Focusrite Saffire LE 6-In/8-Out FireWire Interface

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The Saffire LE has six inputs and eight outputs (including stereo digital I/O) with comprehensive monitoring and i/o control options ensure the recording musician has plenty of options for tracking and monitoring high-quality audio. Focusrite build and sound quality, intelligent front-end design and a one-click GUI solution combine to guarantee an ...  Click To Read More About This Product

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The Saffire LE has six inputs and eight outputs (including stereo digital I/O) with comprehensive monitoring and i/o control options ensure the recording musician has plenty of options for tracking and monitoring high-quality audio. Focusrite build and sound quality, intelligent front-end design and a one-click GUI solution combine to guarantee an intuitive and trouble-free professional recording experience.

Although only the original Saffire has onboard DSP, the Saffire LE comes complete with the entire Saffire plug-in suite, offering highly acclaimed Compression, Reverb, Amp modeling and EQ in VST and AU formats. Furthermore, Saffire LE is bundled with a host of other software titles and audio samples, all included on the accompanying resources dvd.

As with the original Saffire, input and output levels and latency-free monitoring solutions can all be controlled via the accompanying SaffireControl LE software. This stylish application floats comfortably over any recording software, and can shrink in size to suit a number of different recording scenarios. Together with expertly designed analogue inputs and unrivalled digital conversion, Saffire LE is the perfect solution for discerning recording musicians on a budget.

Focusrites 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 “ its 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.


  • Ultra-low latency Firewire interface
  • Unprecedented audio and conversion performance for the price
  • 24-bit, 96kHz integrated A-D/D-A
  • Six inputs; Two Focusrite preamps, two balanced Line I/Ps and stereo S/PDIF I/Ps
  • Eight Outputs; Six balanced analogue outputs for creating separate headphones/monitor mixes or 5.1 surround monitoring, plus stereo S/PDIF Out
  • Suite of Saffire plug-ins; VST/AU Compression, EQ, Amp modeling and Reverb
  • SaffireControl LE ” Comprehensive level and monitoring control
  • Bundled Software Pack ” Including Ableton Live 5 Lite, FXpansion's BFD Ultralite and GURU demo version and 470MB of samples, exclusively compiled for Focusrite by Loopmasters
Analogue I/O
  • 4 Analogue inputs
  • 2 x front panel XLR (mic) or 2 x front panel TRS Jacks (line/inst)
  • 2 x rear panel TRS Jacks (line/inst)
  • Mic Gain: +13dB to + 60dB
  • Line 1&2 Gain: -10dB to +36dB
  • Instrument Gain: +13dB to +60dB
  • Line 3&4 Gain: +16dBu or ”10dBV for full scale input (software switchable)
  • 6 Analogue outputs
  • 6 x rear panel TRS Jacks
  • Nominal output level 0dBFS = 16dBu, balanced
  • Front Panel Analogue Volume control for outputs 1&2
  • Software Digital Volume control for outputs 3-6
  • All outputs are useable as monitoring outputs
  • 2 x SPDIF (RCA phono) on rear panel (24-bit, 96kHz) Output transformer isolated
  • Clock Source: Internal clock or sync to word clock on SPDIF
  • 1 in / 1 out on rear panel
  • 2 ports
  • Either via FIREWIRE or external PSU (included)
  • 1 x 1/4" TRS Jack on front panel (mirrors outputs 3-4)
  • High power headphone driver
      • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1 dB
      • THD+N: 0.001% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
      • Noise: EIN > 120dB (measured at 60dB of gain with 150 Ohm termination (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
      • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
      • THD+N: 0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
      • Noise: -88dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
      • 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)
      • Frequency Response: 20Hz ” 20kHz +/- 0.2dB
      • THD+N <0.0014% (measured with 0dBFS input 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
      • A/D Dynamic Range 104dB 'A-weighted' (inputs 1+2)
      • A/D Dynamic Range 106dB 'A-weighted' (inputs 3+4)
      • D/A Dynamic Range > 105dB 'A-weighted' (all outputs)
      • Clock Jitter < 250 pico seconds
        Sample rate 44.1 to 96kHz
      WEIGHT and DIMS
      • 1.1kg - 6.5cm x 17cm x 17cm
      System Requirements
        • OS **Mac OS X Panther (10.3.3 or later)
        • Computer AppleMacintoshseries with on board Firewire
        • CPU/Clock G4/800 MHz
        • Memory (RAM) 256MB or more
        • OS Microsoft WindowsXP Home Edition/XP Professional
        • Computer WindowsXP compatible PC equipped with a IEEE1394/FireWire port
        Pro Coverage
        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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