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Focusrite Saffire PRO 40
[FR-S40] Saffire PRO 40 :: Professional FireWire 40-channel audio interface
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Focusrite PRO Saffire 40

Professional 20 in / 20 out Firewire interface with eight Focusrite preamps



  • Focusrite PRO Saffire 40



    OVERVIEW

    The Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 represents the new generation of Focusrite multi-channel firewire audio interfaces. It is the best sounding interface in its class; attentively designed with today's project studio in mind.

    Focusrite's unparalleled pre-amp legacy forms the foundation of this new interface, with eight award-winning Focusrite pre-amps. These are combined with the very latest in firewire interfacing technology to deliver seamless integration, excellent routing flexibility and future-proof, rock-solid driver stability.

    With Saffire PRO 40, sonic integrity reigns supreme. The eight Focusite pre-amps ensure low noise and distortion, whilst 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 pre-amps are a host of i/o options; 10 analogue 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 analogue input offers accurate viewing of levels.

    Saffire PRO 40 comes with the Focusrite plug-in suite. All-new 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 gig 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 customisable software to cover every possible monitoring need, providing a set of controls for any set-up from basic stereo to full 7.1 surround.

    Xcite+ Pack

    'Xcite+' comes on a DVD-ROM filled to the brim with royalty-free loops and samples alongside some powerful applications ideal for getting the new user started, or to expand the experienced user's creative toolbox.

    Ableton Live Lite 7 forms the foundation of this collection, providing the ideal platform to create, produce and perfom. Novation's classic bass synth, 'Bass Station' enables you to create bass and 303-styled patches. Alongside these comes 'Mike the Drummer'; a collection of 572 inspiring and original live drum loops ranging from 79 to 191 bpm, with loop lengths ranging from 1 beat to 4 bars, as well as extended freestyle solo sections. Individual drum hits and REX files are also available.These drum loops are however, just the beginning. An entire gigabyte of royalty-free samples, exclusively compiled by LoopMasters, provide a selection of loops and samples large enough to satisfy the appetite of even the most demanding artist.

    The Xcite+ Pack bundle is Windows XP, 32 bit Vista, Mac OS X and Intel Mac compatible.

     


  • Key Features

    Eight High Quality Award-winning Focusrite Pre-amps
    The best sounding interface in its class. Focusrite's unparalleled pre-amp legacy forms the foundation of this new interface, with eight award-winning Focusrite pre-amps.

    High Quality 24-bit/96kHz Firewire Interface
    Features high quality A-D / D-A conversion and JetPLL™ jitter elimination technology; pristine audio quality and reliable synchronisation are guaranteed.

    Total I/O Count of 20 Inputs and 20 Outputs
    A host of i/o options are provided*, including a unique loop-back facility for routing audio between software applications via Saffire PRO 40 Control.

    The Focusrite Plug-in Suite
    Upgrade your standard sequencer effects and bring a touch of class to your session with all-new Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins.

    Two separate headphone buses
    Two artists can receive independent and fully customised monitor mixes. Each output has an independent level control available on the front panel.

    Saffire PRO 40 Control Zero-latency DSP Mixer/Router
    Routing flexibility and intuitive one-click set-up solutions; Saffire PRO 40 Control provides an 18 x 16 DSP mixer with excellent output routing and monitoring capabilities.

    Unmatched routing flexibility
    Saffire PRO 40 is the most flexible interface in its class, able to adapt to any recording session quickly and intuitively. The user is able to route any input signal or DAW output, or a mix of both, to any of the 20 outputs.

    Plugin Suite

    Saffire PRO 40 includes the Focusrite plugin suite, produced by the same team that who developed Novation's nio FX rack and Saffire PRO 40 Control. They provide the perfect upgrade from your standard sequencer effects with all-new Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins, for use in the mix.

    Each plug-in has a host of pre-sets that provide a reasonable starting point, delivering suitable solutions for the chosen sound source. Having selected a preset, you can then go on to finely tune these settings.

    The compressor and Gate have been modeled on the Focusrite's hardware devices, using the measurement of custom optos to achieve the signature Focusrite sound. (All Focusrite optos are tuned by ear, just like in the old days of analog design, ensuring a faithful recreation of those classic vintage 1960s optical compressors.)

    With the same signature as the original Focusrite EQ curves. Focusrite's R&D team used state-of-the-art numerical transform techniques to create an authentic response across the entire audible frequency spectrum for this software EQ.

    The Reverb is based on classic algorithmic studio reverb designs.

    The Focusrite Pre

    Focusrite has, over the past decade, built a reputation as the market leader for high quality recording equipment, with is mic-pre technology as the cornerstone of that enviable reputation. The original mic-pre, as featured in the early Focusrite Forte console, used rotary switched gain controls and high quality audio transformers. This mic-pre is still used by many of the industries greatest producers and is the sound of countless hit records. Today, Focusrite design equipment for a far greater audience, from professionals to amateur enthusiasts, all with varying budgets.

    As with the Red and ISA ranges, the Mic-pre technology found in the Platinum and Saffire ranges is designed to the highest possible standards. They uphold the same wide bandwidth philosophy featured in the original forté console, back in 1989. All Focusrite mic-pres feature custom components which have undergone an intense testing and qualification process. With the facts and figures in, Focusrite designs then have to pass the essential listening stage. Any design can measure well on the test bench but only a great design can be qualified in the studio. The FET-based design in the Saffire range is no exception and ensures the same low noise and distortion performance as earlier transformer-based designs. It delivers clarity without colouration and exhibits the signature transparency for which Focusrite have become famous.
     


  • PERFORMANCE

    We always quote 'real world' performance figures (measured to the AES17 standard). Some companies choose to quote chipset performance, which is misleading.

    Microphone Inputs
    • Dynamic Range (A-Weighted): 109dB
    • SNR (A-weighted): -109dB
    • 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)
    • Maximum level (A-weighted): 8dBu at 1%

    Line Inputs
    • Dynamic Range (A-Weighted): 109dB
    • SNR (A-weighted): -109dB
    • 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)
    • Maximum level (A-weighted): 28.5dBu at 1%

    Instrument Inputs
    • Frequency Response 20Hz-20KHz +/- 0.1dB
    • Maximum Input Level min gain no pad +8dBu
    • Maximum Input Level max gain no pad -42dBu
    • THD+N, -1dBFS, min gain, no pad < 0.0015%
    • SNR 109dB "A"
    • DNR 109dB "A"
    • Input Impedance > 1MOhm
    • X-talk < -100dB
    • Adjustable Gain > 50dB
    • Pad Attenuation 10dB

    Headphone Outputs
    • Frequency Response 20Hz-20KHz +/- 0.1dB
    • SNR 109dB "A"
    • DNR 109dB "A"
    • Maximum Output into 32R +12.4dBu (+10.2dBV)
    • Power into 32R 250mW
    • Output Impedance < 7Ohms
    • Load Impedance > 24Ohms

    Line level Outputs
    • Dynamic Range (A-Weighted): 108dB
    • SNR (A-weighted): -108dB
    • THD+N: < 0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Maximum level (A-weighted): 15.7dBu at 0.883%

    Additional Conversion Performance
    • Clock jitter < 250 picoseconds
    • THD+N AMPL (A-weighted)= -109dBFS

    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 ¼" TRS Jack (Outputs 3-10) • 2 monitor mix outputs on ¼" TRS Jack (Outputs 1 and 2)
    • Stereo headphones mix 1 on ¼" TRS (also routed to outputs 7 & 8)
    • Stereo Headphones mix 2 on ¼" 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 / 6.6Ibs
    • 482mm / 19" (W) x 45mm / 1.8" (H) x 265mm /10.4" (D)

    OPERATING SYSTEMS

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    Compatible with:

    Windows XP
    Service Pack 2 and above only. Windows XP - 64bit
    Service Pack 2 and above only. Windows Vista
    Windows Vista - 64bit
    Windows Windows 7
    From version 2.0 of Saffire Mix Control, Windows 7 is fully supported without the need to downgrade to the Windows Legacy FireWire driver.
    Windows Windows 7 - 64bit
    From version 2.0 of Saffire Mix Control, Windows 7 is fully supported without the need to downgrade to the Windows Legacy FireWire driver.
    Mac 10.4
    10.4.11 is supported on version 1.8 of Saffire Mix Control only.
    Mac 10.5
    Mac 10.6
    From version 2.0 of Saffire Mix Control, both the 32 and 64 bit kernels of 10.6 (Snow Leopard) are fully supported.

    NOT Compatible with:

    Mac 10.3
     

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