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Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 FireWire Audio Interface, New

PC-based home studio? Look no further than this FireWire interface, with 2 Focusrite mic preamps, 2 TRS line ins, MIDI and S/PDIF I/O, and 6 line outputs. (19) Read 8 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

The Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 builds off twenty-five years of mic pre excellence, with two award-winning Focusrite preamps. The Saffire Pro 24 combines mix control software and FireWire interfacing technology to deliver seamless integration, excellent routing flexibility and rock-solid driver stability.

With Saffire Pro 24, sonic integrity reigns supreme. The two Focusrite preamps ensure low noise and distortion, whilst quality digital conversion and JetPLL(TM) jitter elimination technology ensure pristine audio quality as your audio flows between the analogue and digital domains.

Alongside the two Focusrite preamps are a host of I/O options; two additional analogue inputs, six analogue outputs, ADAT inputs (for expanding the interface with, for example, Focusrite's OctoPre), stereo S/PDIF I/O and 2 virtual 'loopback' inputs for routing digital audio between software applications -- ideal for capturing online audio. Front panel 5-LED metering for each analogue input offers detailed viewing of levels.

Saffire Mix Control, the zero-latency 18 x 8 DSP Mixer/Router software provided with Saffire Pro 24, sets a standard at this price point for audio interface control. It features flexible output routing and monitoring, as well as intuitive one-click set-up solutions designed to help you track, monitor and mix as quickly as possible.

Saffire Pro 24 also comes with all the additional tools needed to start making music straight away. These include the Focusrite Plug-in Suite, providing a significant upgrade from your standard sequencer effects. The suite includes Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins.

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 and 'Mike the Drummer'.

Focusrite's Saffire Pro 24 is designed to capture every subtle nuance of your recordings, dropped seamlessly and effortlessly into the digital domain, leaving you free to enjoy the freedom of a creative modern music making experience.

Features:

- Two High Quality Award-winning Focusrite Preamps: The best sounding interface in its class. Focusrite's unparalleled preamp legacy forms the foundation of this interface, with two award-winning Focusrite preamps.

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

-Total I/O Count of 16 Inputs and 8 Outputs: A host of I/O options are provided, including a unique loop-back facility for routing audio between software applications via Saffire Mix Control.

- Saffire Mix Control Zero-latency DSP Mixer/Router: Routing flexibility and intuitive one-click set-up solutions; Saffire Mix Control provides an 18 x 8 DSP mixer with excellent output routing and monitoring capabilities.

- Xcite+ Software Bundle: Featuring a host of royalty-free loops and samples, a full-fledged soft-synth and Ableton Live 7 Lite, providing an affordable upgrade path to Ableton Live.

- Focusrite VST/AU Plug-in Suite: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.

- Front panel 5-LED metering: LED metering for each of the analogue inputs offers detailed viewing of levels direct from the front face.

- Dedicated front-panel headphone bus: Providing a fully customized monitor mix, with tactile level control available on the front panel.

The Focusrite Mic Preamp

Focusrite has, over the past two decades, built a reputation as the market leader for high quality recording equipment, with its 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 industry's greatest producers and is the sound of countless hit records. Today, Focusrite designs 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 Forte 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 coloration and exhibits the signature transparency for which Focusrite have become famous.

Xcite+ Samples and Software Bundle

Xcite+ comes on a DVD-ROM filled to the brim with royalty-free loops and samples alongside some powerful applications ideal for getting the 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 perform. 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.

All of Focusrite's FireWire interfaces are fully compatible with Thunderbolt using a simple FireWire to Thunderbolt adapter. Focusrite fully supports the use of Thunderbolt with their FireWire interfaces.

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Focusrite products.
System Requirements

Windows

Operating System
For up-to-date information about operating system compatibility, please see the OS Compatibility Checker.

Computer
Windows compatible computer with FireWire 400 port.

CPU/Clock
Pentium or AMD with 1 GHz or higher (Dual 1 GHz or better
recommended)

Memory (RAM)
512 MB (more recommended)

Screen Resolution
1024x768 (1280x1024 or more recommended)

APPLE MAC

Operating System
For up-to-date information about operating system compatibility, please see the OS Compatibility Checker.

Computer
Apple Macintosh with FireWire 400 port (or 800 port with 800 to 400 adaptor)

CPU/Clock
PowerPC G4/Dual 1 GHZ or faster or any Intel-based Mac

Memory (RAM)
512 MB (more recommended)

Screen Resolution
1024x768 (1280x1024 or more recommended)

OS Compatibility
Windows: XP64
Service Pack 2 and above only.

Windows: Vista

Windows: XP
Service Pack 2 and above only.

Mac: 10.4
10.4.11 and above only.

Mac: 10.5

Mac: 10.6
Support is currently only for the 32-bit kernel on 10.6 (Snow Leopard). Support for the 64-bit kernel should be available in the near future.

Windows: Vista64

Windows: Windows 7
Support is currently only available on Windows 7 when using the Windows Legacy FireWire driver, as explained here. Support for the Windows 7 FireWire driver should be available in the near future.

Windows: Windows 7 - 64bit
Support is currently only available on Windows 7 when using the Windows Legacy FireWire driver, as explained here. Support for the Windows 7 FireWire driver should be available in the near future.
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 13 x 11 x 5 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 310-322-5500
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (19 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
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Sound: For an interface in this price range it sounds great. Nice conversion and preamps. I've had the Echo Gina 3G and NI Audio Kontrol 1 and the pre's on the Saffire sound better than both. Feature: Very feature packed. Lots of different input and output possibilities. Ease of Use: There is a big learning curve for the Mix Control Software. I wish there was a way to totally bypass it and use the DAW to control sounds. That said once you figure it out there are many routing possibilities and you can change configurations quickly. But I personally could do without it. Quality: Seems to be built very sturdy. It's bigger that I thought it would. Very solid. Value: Good value for what you get. Overall: Hopefully this will work for me for years to come. I'd only consider changing if I outgrew it.
Style of Music: J
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Really good for vocals"
Sound: The best for vocals Feature: Really good, u can connect to other speakers n monitors Ease of Use: Really easy to setup with my windows xp & Mac Quality: Looks very durable Value: Good for the money Manufacturer Support: Haven't had any problems The Wow Factor: Really nice design Overall: very satisfied
Style of Music: Pop Rock
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