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Focusrite launches Saffire Pro 40 firewire audio interface

The 125th AES show in San Francisco saw the launch of Focusrite’s new multi-channel firewire audio interface, the Focusrite Saffire PRO 40, designed with today’s project studio in mind. Eight Focusrite pre-amps are combined with the very latest in firewire interfacing technology.
The Focusite pre-amps ensure low noise and distortion, whilst quality digital conversion and JetPLL jitter elimination technology ensure pristine audio quality. Alongside the eight pre-amps are a host of i/o options such as ten analogue outputs, ADAT i/o, stereo SPDIF i/o and two virtual ‘loopback’ inputs for routing digital audio between software applications. Every channel provides 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. Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins provide a significant upgrade from standard sequencer effects. Focusrite’s established xcite+ bundle is also included. The bundle includes Ableton Live Lite, Novation’s Bass Station soft synth and over one Gigabyte of royalty-free samples.
Saffire PRO 40 Control, the zero-latency 18 x 16 DSP Mixer/Router software provided with Saffire PRO 40, features versatile 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 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.
Focusrite Pro 40 audio firewire
10/2008 pro-music-news
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