Focusrite SAFFIRE PRO 14 Firewire Audio Interface Mac and PC
Joining Focusrite's acclaimed audio interface range is the Saffire PRO 14. It's an eight-input, six-output FireWire audio interface designed for home-studio musicians wanting a simple but high-quality I/O device for their Mac or PC. Featuring two award-winning Saffire mic preamps, flexible I/O routing and class-leading 24-bit/96kHz A-D/D-A conversion with JetPLL jitter-elimination technology, it's capable of providing studio-quality recordings -- more so than any other competing interface.
Two award-winning mic preamps with 48V phantom power
Based on Focusrite's 25 years of mic pre excellence, the Saffire PRO 14 has the best-sounding preamps in its class.
Eight inputs (2x Mic/Line/Inst, 2x Line, Stereo S/PDIF, Stereo Loopback)
Record multiple sources at the same time, including from inside the computer.
Six outputs (4x Line, Stereo S/PDIF)
Send different mixes to different outputs, or set up stems to mix externally.
24-bit/96kHz A-D/D-A converters with JetPLLTM jitter-elimination technology
Professional converters impart pristine audio quality and reliable synchronisation.
Includes Saffire MixControl for intuitive hardware control
Lets you set up cue mixes for performers, quickly recall settings, and route inputs to outputs for ultra-low-latency monitoring. (Internal latency is lower than 1.4ms: that's less than the time it takes sound to travel two feet through air!)
Powered from FireWire connection or included AC-DC adaptor
Can be operated without the need for mains power: ideal when recording on location.
MIDI input and output
Conventional five-pin connections, for connecting existing MIDI hardware.
Rugged build quality
Metal chassis and body, ensuring durability on the road.
The Focusrite Pre
Focusrite has, over the past two decades, built a reputation as the market leader for high quality recording equipment, with its mic preamp 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 preamp is still used by many of the industries greatest producers and is the sound of countless hit records. Today, Focusrite design 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 preamps 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 colouration and exhibits the signature transparency for which Focusrite have become famous.
Ships with Focusrite Plug-in Suite and Xcite+ bundle
Additional software gives you all the tools needed to record and mix a project.
With its range of analogue I/O, alongside stereo S/PDIF and MIDI inputs and outputs, the Saffire PRO 14 lets you simultaneously record various sources without having to constantly re-patch your studio. Aside from their mic-preamplification duties, inputs 1+2 accept signals from instruments such as guitars and electric pianos, while line-level inputs can take connections from synths and other external analogue equipment. Digital outboard gear, such as the Focusrite ISA One Digital, can be connected via the S/PDIF ports, and internal Loopback inputs are also available for routing stereo audio between software applications -- perfect for capturing online audio.
The included Saffire MixControl software, which provides a powerful graphical user interface for the Saffire PRO 14's internal DSP mixer, lets you create custom headphone mixes for artists, route different mixes to the various outputs of the device, and recall cue mix settings at the click of a button. It can also route inputs directly to outputs, providing ultra-low-latency monitoring for performers.
The Saffire PRO 14 can be bus-powered by its FireWire connection, or powered by an included AC-DC adaptor. It ships with the Focusrite Plug-in Suite of VST and Audio Units plug-ins, as well as a license for Ableton Live Lite 8 and a host of royalty-free samples.
Focusrite Plug-in Suite
Saffire PRO 24 includes the Focusrite Plug-in Suite, produced by the same team that who developed Novation's nio FX rack and Saffire PRO 40 Control. They provide the perfect upgrade from your standard sequencer effects with all-new Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins, for use in the mix.
Each plug-in has a host of presets that provide a reasonable starting point, delivering suitable solutions for the chosen sound source. Having selected a preset, you can then go on to finely tune these settings.
The compressor and gate have been modeled on the Focusrite's hardware devices, using the measurement of custom optos to achieve the signature Focusrite sound. (All Focusrite optos are tuned by ear, just like in the old days of analog design, ensuring a faithful recreation of those classic vintage 1960s optical compressors.)
With the same signature as the original Focusrite EQ curves. Focusrite's R&D team used state-of-the-art numerical transform techniques to create an authentic response across the entire audible frequency spectrum for this software EQ.
The reverb is based on classic algorithmic studio reverb designs.
'Xcite+' comes on a DVD-ROM filled to the brim with royalty-free loops and samples alongside some powerful applications ideal for getting the new user started, or to expand the experienced user's creative toolbox.
Ableton Live Lite 8 forms the foundation of this collection, providing the ideal platform to create, produce and perfom. Novation's classic bass synth, 'Bass Station' enables you to create bass and 303-styled patches. Alongside these comes an entire gigabyte of royalty-free samples, exclusively compiled by LoopMasters, providing 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.
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