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Reviews

Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 I/O

The Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 is a multi-channel firewire audio interface, attentively designed with today's project studio in mind.

Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 features eight award-winning Focusrite pre-amps. These 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 - ideal for capturing online audio. 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 a Suite of Focusrite plug-ins. 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 features unparalleled output routing and monitoring, as well as intuitive one-click set-up 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.

Features

Eight High Quality Award-winning Focusrite Pre-amps
High Quality 24-bit/96kHz Firewire Interface
JetPLL jitter elimination technology
Total I/O Count of 20 Inputs and 20 Outputs
Unique loop-back facility for routing audio between software applications via Saffire PRO 40 Control.
Suite of Focusrite VST/AU plug-ins including Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ.
Two separate headphone buses with independent level controls
Saffire PRO 40 Control Zero-latency 18 X 16 DSP Mixer/Router
Unmatched routing flexibility
Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1 dB
Weight: 3kg / 6.6Ibs
Dimensions: 350mm / 13.8" (W) x 45mm / 1.8" (H) x 235mm /9.3" (D)

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 14 February 2014
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    Didn't work out in my set up ! Should have listened to Brad.

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 26 January 2014
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    Staff member was really helpful and non pressuring. Just as I wanted.

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 21 January 2014
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    Brilliant piece of equipment for budget recording. Had abit of trouble understanding the Safire mix control at first but all is good

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 31 July 2013
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    Love it, exactly what I need and actually looks like it will last a long time.

    Sid | Purchase date: 29 December 2012
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    Best device I've had so far! Although if you use a pc you need to fiddle around with your FireWire port or something and switch it on and off in a certain way... Research it or buy a Scarlett.

    Macs work fine though so I've never had any issues.

    dean | Purchase date: 24 June 2012
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    saying this is value for money doesn't do it justice. it's a superb interface...

    Mr J Russell | Purchase date: 07 April 2011
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    This unit was launched in 2009 but is still a current part of the Focusrite range in 2011. It comes with a fine pedigree, great sounding preamps and solid software. When compared to alternative devices it offers great bang for buck.

    I previously purchased a Safire Pro 28 i/o, which now serves as an ADAT unit connected to the Pro 40. This makes an excellent 16-mic input channel system that I use with Pro Tools 9 and Logic.

    All in all, I've become a bit of a Focusrite fanboy!

    John

    Mr. Christopher Balch | Purchase date: 31 January 2011
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    I bought this unit expecting a brilliant, clear sound, good preamps and a simple to use interface. It is all of these, and more. I have upgraded from an old M-Audio Fast Track (I am only 19, a music tech student!) and the difference is phenomenal! There are so many features to meet all kinds of needs, you can give different mixes for both headphone outputs, and a handy little feature is the speaker pop reducer, so if you have a habit of making your speakers pop by removing/inserting cables, this will sort you out right!

    The only thing I was slightly disappointed about was the fact that there was no Firewire 800 cable in the box, so I had to spend a further £20 on one of these cables, and also, I'm not a massive fan of the free plugins that come bundled with it, but still this product was a brilliant purchase, worth every penny paid!

    Mr. Ritchie Gale | Purchase date: 15 December 2010
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    Ordered A Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 audio interface on finance and received it the very next day, as quoted! Package was in great condition and contents all in working order. Brilliant service and will definitely purchase from Andertons in the near future.

    The Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 works like a dream, having upgraded from a Saffire Pro 26 there has been some positive improvements.

    Firstly its MixControl software is much more user friendly and doesn't take too much time to figure out. The other software is an added bonus.

    The clarity of Pre Amps is superb even with the gain up full and there's more than enough headroom for recording even the quietest instruments. In comparison with the older Saffire 26 the latency has vastly improved when recording and playing back in Logic.

    It has been very reliable so far. Recorded a band using 8 microphones for 3 hours solid with no glitches.

    Cosmetically it looks great and having two Mic/line inputs on the front makes it more accessible when rack mounted. having used other interfaces around the £300-£500 price region the Saffire pro 40 is definitely the best value for money.

    Oh.... and did I mention its British! ;)

    Mr. Andrew Farnell | Purchase date: 20 July 2010
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    Does the job just great. Bit of a mission setting up and getting used to the software. Beware if using windows 7 to download the 2.0 mixer from the focusrite website as on the installation it tells you its downloading the 2.0 update, but actually doesn't. Being somebody quite new to home recording I didn't find much helpful information supplied with the product, all issues I had setting up I had to learn from the internet which took quite a while. Using the mixer I'm still not completely sure how it all works but I've got it doing what I need it to for the ttime being, but like I said the information with the product is very limited. If your looking to do band recordings with drum mic sets and lots of inputs, setting the presets will take some time, and you'll have to also remember that condensers will probably be a worthwhile purchase also. If your expecting payback, get active monitors or you'll have to get an amp for passive monitors. This may all seem obvious to most folk, but for me it has been a progressive discovery of my own ignorance! Do your research on what to buy with this product, as its not just as simple as plug and play! I've had an awesome time learning how this baby works though and the outcome is quite a professional sound in my opinion. Ableton is only a lite version too so if you want more than 4 inputs at once you'll have to upgrade, keep that in mind for the program and type of recordings you want to do. Otherwise safe init!

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