Awesome Interface with Tools to Help You Mix!Need a do-it-all interface? The Saffire PRO 24 DSP is your pick. This FireWire audio powerhouse is perfect for high-powered desktop production. It's got two of Focusrite's award-winning preamplifiers, so you're tapped into great sound. And if you want to shine things up with EQ, compression, and reverb, you've got it built right into the Saffire PRO 24 DSP. Ready to listen back? You're going to love the "Virtual Reference Monitoring" feature. It makes headphone listening sound like you're in an expensive mixing room. Get the full story on the Saffire PRO 24 DSP.
Sometimes your only option is to mix with headphones. For some of us, it's because the rest of the house is sleeping, for others it's because you've got a roommate blasting tunes across the hall (or across the room) whatever the reason, now mixing on headphones isn't an excuse. In fact, you'll be ready to create your best mixes ever, using the innovative Virtual Reference Monitoring feature on the Saffire PRO 24 DSP. It's cool. VRM is a loudspeaker and room simulator designed to revolutionize the headphone experience. With it, you can "morph" your listening experience and teleport yourself into a world-class, acoustically treated studio... complete with a pair of expensive nearfield monitors in front of you, and you sitting right in the sweet spot. How? Focusrite has modeled 10 pairs of nearfields, six different listening positions, and three different listening environments (Mixing Studio, Living Room, and Bedroom). When it's time to start mixing, you can pick the pro studio setup and your favorite pair of monitors, and work on your mix as though you were there. Ready to A/B it in a real-world environment? Just switch over to "Bedroom" environment and give it a listen. It's an awesome way to turn any studio space into the perfect listening environment... you've got over 100 scenarios to choose from. And, better yet, it's all done using the Saffire Pro 24 DSP's DSP, so your computer's processing power is totally free for other tasks.
Without a doubt, Focusrite has a reputation for creating some of the industry's best-ever preamplifiers. And with the Focusrite Saffire PRO 24 DSP, you get to tap into that legacy, at an unbelievably affordable per-preamp value. The Saffire PRO 24 DSP has not one, but two Focusrite preamps, giving you that signature Focusrite transparency and clarity, and a solid cornerstone for your sound.
A great mix starts with great performances, period. So, how about an audio interface that actually helps you capture great performances? That's just what the Focusrite Saffire PRO 24 DSP does. On it, you have inspiring effects ready to go, including a "comfort reverb" to place across your monitor mixes. Now, the musician you're recording (in many cases, that's you) can hear him/herself with a touch of polish... it's remarkable what a little reverb can do for a guitarist or a vocalist, transforming a bedroom performance into a concert hall experience. You've also got classic Focusrite EQ and compression onboard the Saffire PRO 24 DSP, so you can tighten your sound up, without asking your computer to run a processor-intensive plug-in while you're tracking. What that means for you, is more power to record your tracks, so you avoid those creativity-killing problems with latency. All in all, with the Focusrite Saffire PRO 24 DSP, you get great headphone mixes and handy mixing tools you can't beat that combination.
Speaking of creating headphone mixes, the Saffire PRO 24 DSP lets you get as creative as you want with them. And again, you can do it all without so much as touching your computer's processing power. That's because there's a built-in DSP mixer on the Saffire PRO 24 DSP. Go ahead and flexibly route the 16 inputs and eight outputs however you see fit. In fact, you can create a custom mix for each headphone output so you and a friend hear exactly what you need to hear to perform your best. Last but not least, there's a handy loop-back function... it lets you route audio between software applications so you can record a sample from your iTunes library right into your session... or mash up random audio samples from YouTube... the possibilities are endless with the Saffire PRO 24 DSP.
On top of the built-in DSP effects, you get a suite of awesome-sounding plug-ins to use in your sessions. The Focusrite Saffire PRO 24 DSP comes with compression, reverb, gating, and EQ plug-ins, so you've got the right tools for dialing in a great mix all right inside the box. The plug-ins work inside VST- and AU-compatible DAWs, so you've got a ton of audio recording/editing programs to choose from.
It's common: you want to hear "more me" and so does the buddy you're recording with. But with most audio interfaces, you may have two headphone amps but you can only send the same mix to both. That means you're stuck compromising into creating a mix you and your friend can both be "okay" with. With the Saffire PRO 24 DSP, Focusrite decided that "okay" just wasn't good enough. Instead, they let you give custom mixes to each headphone jack and, again, all that's done by using DSP in the Saffire PRO 24 DSP, not your computer's processing power. Now, the vocalist can hear "more me" and less of the click... and the guitarist can hear more of the click and less "you." It's a great way to make everyone in the room happy and you won't believe how you ever worked without it.
Going mobile? It's no problem with the Focusrite Saffire PRO 24 DSP. Yes, you can use a power supply when you're "docked" at your desktop. But when it's time to hit the road... maybe record something out at the coffee shop, or record some random noises out in the back yard, whatever you do... you can grab the Saffire PRO 24 DSP and your laptop and be ready for it. That's because the Saffire PRO 24 DSP can be totally powered over your FireWire cable. Yet again, another option you'll be glad you have when the time calls for it.
With the Saffire PRO 24 DSP, you're loaded up with great sounds from the get-go. The interface comes with the "Xcite+" pack, a DVD-ROM filled to the brim with royalty-free loops and samples, plus powerful software applications to get you up and running. All in all, you get a copy of Ableton Live Lite 7 (which gets you a special low-priced upgrade to the full version, if you love it), plus Novation's classic bass synth "Bass Station," a collection of 572 live drum loops, and 1GB of royalty-free samples from LoopMasters. Long story short, with the Saffire PRO 24 DSP, you've got enough audio options in the box to satisfy the appetite of even the most demanding artist. The Xcite+ Pack, so you know, is compatible with Macs and PCs.
Saffire PRO 24 DSP 16-in/8-out FireWire Audio Interface Features at a Glance:
- 24-bit/96kHz, 16-in/8-out FireWire audio interface
- VRM Virtual Reference Monitoring lets you hear your mix in different environments
- Two High-quality, award-winning Focusrite preamplifiers
- Onboard DSP-powered, latency-free tracking and mixing tools (EQ, compression, and reverb)
- Features high-quality AD/DA conversion and JetPLL jitter-elimination technology
- Total I/O Count of 16 Inputs and 8 Outputs
- A host of I/O options, including a unique loop-back facility for routing audio between software applications
- Saffire Mix Control Zero-latency 16x8 DSP Mixer/Router
- Xcite+ Software Bundle featuring royalty-free loops and samples, a full-fledged Novation soft-synth, and Ableton Live 7 Lite
- Focusrite VST/AU Plug-in Suite with all-new Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins
- Front-panel 5-LED metering
- Two dedicated front-panel headphone busses for creating two custom monitor mixes
- Bus-powered via FireWire for a tidy mobile recording rig
Saffire PRO 24 DSP 16-in/8-out FireWire Audio Interface Specifications:
- Analog Channel Inputs (Inputs 1-4)
- 2 x XLR Mic/Line Neutrik Combi-jacks (Inputs 1-2)
- 2 x TRS Line inputs (Inputs 3-4)
- Digital Channel Inputs (Inputs 5-14) 44.1-96kHz
- Stereo S/PDIF input on RCA
- 1 x 8-channel ADAT input on Optical Connector
- 6 x TRS analogue outputs
- 2 x TRS stereo headphone output
- Stereo S/PDIF output on RCA
- 1 x 6-pin Firewire socket
- 2 x MIDI connectors: In and Out
- 12V DC power input connector for use with external PSU
- 3.5 lbs.
- 8.5" (W) x 1.8" (H) x 8.65" (D)