Digital and analog meet in the middle with the Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56, a powerful Liquid technology-driven audio interface with a cool selection of both revered Focusrite microphone preamplifiers and emulated preamps alike, plus a massive load of I/O. With 28 ins and 28 outs to unite your gear, Focusrite's flagship 2U multichannel FireWire audio interface is more than capable of becoming the center of your recording studio. Saffire Mix Control DSP mixing, a suite of Focusrite VST/AU plug-ins, easy monitoring solutions, JetPLL jitter elimination technology, rock-solid conversion, zero latency, and front-panel 5-LED metering are icing on the cake.
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More than enough mic pres are onboard to shape your sound. In addition to six legendary Focusrite preamps, the Liquid Saffire 56 boasts two of Focusrite's famed mic preamps driven by flexible analog/DSP Liquid technology. Available on the first two channels, these Liquid preamps effectively emulate ten sought-after preamplifiers, giving you instant access to models based on classic gear such as the API 3124+, Avalon VT-737SP, Focusrite Red 1 Quad, Helios Console preamplifier, Manley SLAM!, Millenia HV-3D 8, Neve 1073, Pultec MB-1, Telefunken V72, and Universal Audio M610.
There is even an eleventh "flat" option, as well as a handy harmonics dial on each Liquid preamp. Using the harmonics dial, you can account for the variance in vintage…
originals of the same model, or alternatively, use levels of 2nd, 3rd, and 5th harmonic distortion to get a unique sound.
All microphone preamps on this 192 kHz/24-bit FireWire interface ensure low noise and low distortion, and pristine audio quality is further guaranteed by high-end digital conversion and JetPLL jitter elimination technology.
28 Ins and 28 OutsHow much I/O do you really need? For those who can never have enough connectivity options, the Liquid Saffire 56 provides 10 analog outputs, 16 channels of ADAT I/O, stereo S/PDIF I/O, MIDI I/O, Word-Clock I/O, and 2 virtual "loopback" inputs for routing digital audio between software applications -- very useful for capturing audio playback within your computer. Like other Focusrite FireWire interfaces, the Liquid Saffire 56 is compatible with Thunderbolt (using a FireWire to Thunderbolt adapter).
Mic, Line, and Instrument inputs have independent connectors, where the input type for each channel is selectable via custom control software. Since all the inputs can remain permanently connected, this audio interface is always ready for whatever your recording session demands. Word Clock I/O via BNC connectors allows the Liquid Saffire 56 to act as either a master clock for your studio, or as a slave to an existing clock.
On every channel, you have independent phantom power and a high-pass filter that are switchable from the front panel. What's more, the two instrument channels feature -9 dB pads for additional headroom. So that you can assess your levels at a glance, the Liquid Saffire 56 also offers front-panel 5-LED metering for all inputs, including ADAT and S/PDIF.
Onboard DSP Mixing/RoutingThe included Saffire Mix Control 18x16 DSP mixer/router software features zero-latency performance and impressive output routing and monitoring. In addition, Saffire Mix Control conveniently gives Liquid Saffire 56 users one-click setup solutions; a clear and concise mixing layout; large onscreen metering for inputs, outputs, and submixes; and direct control over your choice of liquid emulation.
Easy Monitoring SolutionsFrom the front panel, you can access two independent headphone buses with their own level controls, which make it easy for you and a friend to receive and control fully independent and customizable monitor mixes. The audio interface also features a dedicated stereo monitor mix output with pads for improved sound quality when connected to active monitor speakers, and an "anti-thump" circuit designed to protect your monitor speakers from any spikes that may occur when turning the unit on or off.
Suite of Focusrite Plug-InsNeed effects? No problem -- the Liquid Saffire 56 comes with Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating, and EQ VST/AU plug-ins.
Features:- 28-in/28-out, 192 kHz/24-bit FireWire audio interface
- 2 Focusrite Liquid mic preamplifiers with 10 classic preamp emulations, with an eleventh "flat" option
- Emulations based on gear by API, Avalon, Focusrite, Helios, Manley, Millenia, Neve, Pultec, Telefunken, and Universal Audio
- 6 Additional Focusrite preamplifiers
- Separate line inputs on every channel
- Loopback function for routing audio between applications
- JetPLL jitter elimination technology
- Suite of Focusrite VST/AU plug-ins, including Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins
- 2 Separate headphone buses with independent controls
- Saffire Mix Control 18x16 DSP mixer/router software included
- Front-panel 5-LED metering for at-a-glance level status
- 2 Banks of ADAT I/O
- Word Clock I/O
- 10 Line Outputs -- 2 for monitors with "Anti-thump" circuit
- 2 FireWire ports
- Compatible with Thunderbolt
- MIDI I/O
- S/PDIF I/O
- Mac/PC compatible