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Focusrite launches its FireWire Saffire LE

Saffire LE FireWire by Focusrite Housed within a sleek Black and Silver casing and mirroring the original Saffire’s desktop design, Saffire LE enables Focusrite to deliver class-leading professional audio and conversion performance to a wider audience. Six inputs and eight outputs (including stereo digital I/O) with comprehensive monitoring and I/O control options ensure the recording musician has all that’s needed to navigate through a modern recording session.
Whilst Saffire LE lacks the onboard DSP of the original Saffire, it comes bundled with the same acclaimed Compression, Reverb, Amp modeling and EQ VST/AU plug-ins, available as a suite for use within the recording platform. With both template and advanced modes for EQ and Compression, as well as ‘save’ and ‘paste’ functionality for all four, they’re easy to use too.
Furthermore, Saffire LE comes bundled with host of other software titles, including FXspansion’s BFD ultralite and a demo version of GURU, Novation’s classic B-Station soft synth, and Ableton Live 5 Lite, a Focusrite edition of the performance and sequencing software. It also comes with 470 megs of royalty-free loops and samples, compiled exclusively for Focusrite, by Loopmasters.
As with the original Saffire, input and output levels and latency-free monitoring solutions, can all be controlled via the accompanying SaffireControl LE software which floats comfortably over any recording software, and can shrink in size to suit a number of different recording scenarios. Also provided are one-click solutions to switch between tracking and soundcard setups, as well as switches for selecting MIDI thru and AC3 Thru, which allows an AC3 or DTS signal to be transmitted using the S/PDIF output. The hardware also features tactile controls, including input level, phantom power switch and indicator, and independent monitor level control for the artist and engineer simultaneously.
05/2006 pro-music-news
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