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Professional 20-in, 20-out FireWire interface with 8 Focusrite preamps - Thunderbolt compatible - includes Softube Time and Tone plug-in bundle
MFR# AMS-SAFFIRE-PRO-40

Product Description

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 our FireWire interfaces.

The Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 represents the new generation of Focusrite multi-channel FireWire audio interfaces.  It is the best sounding interface in its class; attentively designed with today’s project studio in mind.

Focusrite's unparalleled pre-amp legacy forms the foundation of this new interface, with eight award-winning Focusrite pre-amps.  These are combined with the very latest in FireWire interfacing technology to deliver seamless integration, excellent routing flexibility and future-proof, rock-solid driver stability.

With Saffire PRO 40, sonic integrity reigns supreme.  The eight Focusite pre-amps ensure low noise and distortion, whilst quality digital conversion and JetPLL™ jitter elimination technology ensure pristine audio quality as your audio flows between the analogue and digital domains.

Alongside the eight Focusrite pre-amps are a host of i/o options; 10 analogue outputs, ADAT i/o, stereo SPDIF i/o and 2 virtual ‘loopback’ inputs for routing digital audio between software applications.  Every channel features 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 the Focusrite plug-in suite.  All-new Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins provide a significant upgrade from standard sequencer effects, bringing a touch of class to your session.  Focusrite’s established Xcite+ bundle is also included.  The bundle includes Ableton Live Lite, Novation’s Bass Station soft synth and over 1 gig of royalty-free samples.

Saffire PRO 40 Control, the zero-latency 18 x 16 DSP Mixer/Router software provided with Saffire PRO 40, sets a new standard at this price point for audio interface control. It features unparalleled output routing and monitoring, as well as intuitive one-click 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 your 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 customizable software to cover every possible monitoring need, providing a set of controls for any set-up from basic stereo to full 7.1 surround.

 

Features

  • Eight High Quality Award-winning Focusrite Pre-amps
    The best sounding interface in its class. Focusrite's unparalleled pre-amp legacy forms the foundation of this new interface, with eight award-winning Focusrite pre-amps.
  • High Quality 24 bit/96kHz Firewire Interface
    Features high quality A-D / D-A conversion and JetPLL™ jitter elimination technology; pristine audio quality and reliable synchronization are guaranteed.
  • Total I/O Count of 20 Inputs and 20 Outputs
    A host of i/o options are provided, including a unique loop-back facility for routing audio between software applications via Saffire PRO 40 Control.
  • The Focusrite Plug-in Suite
    Upgrade your standard sequencer effects and bring a touch of class to your session with all-new Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins.
  • Two separate headphone buses
    Two artists can receive independent and fully customized monitor mixes.  Each output has an independent level control available on the front panel.
  • Saffire PRO 40 Control Zero-latency DSP Mixer/Router
    Routing flexibility and intuitive one-click set-up solutions; Saffire PRO 40 Control provides an 18 x 16 DSP mixer with excellent output routing and monitoring capabilities.
  • Unmatched routing flexibility
    Saffire PRO 40 is the most flexible interface in its class, able to adapt to any recording session quickly and intuitively.  The user is able to route any input signal or DAW output, or a mix of both, to any of the 20 outputs.

 

Microphone Inputs

  • Dynamic Range (A-Weighted): 109dB
  • SNR (A-weighted): -109dB
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1 dB
  • THD+N: 0.001% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Noise: EIN > 125dB (128dB analogue to digital) (measured at 60dB of gain with 150 Ohm termination (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Maximum level (A-weighted): 8dBu at 1%

 

Line Inputs

  • Dynamic Range (A-Weighted): 109dB
  • SNR (A-weighted): -109dB
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
  • THD+N: < 0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Noise: -90dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Maximum level (A-weighted): 28.5dBu at 1%

 

Instrument Inputs

  • Frequency Response 20Hz-20KHz +/- 0.1dB
  • Maximum Input Level min gain no pad +8dBu
  • Maximum Input Level max gain no pad -42dBu
  • THD+N, -1dBFS, min gain, no pad < 0.0015%
  • SNR 109dB "A"
  • DNR 109dB "A"
  • Input Impedance > 1MOhm
  • X-talk < -100dB
  • Adjustable Gain > 50dB
  • Pad Attenuation 10dB

 

Headphone Outputs

  • Frequency Response 20Hz-20KHz +/- 0.1dB
  • SNR 109dB "A"
  • DNR 109dB "A"
  • Maximum Output into 32R +12.4dBu (+10.2dBV)
  • Power into 32R 250mW
  • Output Impedance < 7Ohms
  • Load Impedance > 24Ohms

 

Line level Outputs

  • Dynamic Range (A-Weighted): 108dB
  • SNR (A-weighted): -108dB
  • THD+N: < 0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Maximum level (A-weighted): 15.7dBu at 0.883%

 

Additional Conversion Performance

  • Clock jitter < 250 picoseconds
  • THD+N AMPL (A-weighted)= -109dBFS

 

CONNECTIVITY

Analogue Channel Inputs (Inputs 1-8)

  • 2 Mic/Line/Inst Combo XLR (Inputs 1 and 2)
  • 6 Mic/Line Combo XLR (Inputs 3-8)
  • Automatic switching of Mic / Line (e.g. inserting a jack switches from Mic to either Line or Instrument)

 

Digital Channel Inputs (Inputs 9-18) 44.1-96kHz

  • Stereo S/PDIF input on RCA
  • 8 ADAT inputs on Optical Connector, reduces to 4 inputs at 88.2/96kHz
  • Optical input can be switched to S/PDIF 3/4 in software preferences (ADATs disabled)

 

Analogue Audio Outputs (Outputs 1-10)

  • 8 ¼” TRS Jack (Outputs 3-10)
  • 2 monitor mix outputs on ¼” TRS Jack (Outputs 1 and 2)
  • Stereo headphones mix 1 on ¼” TRS (also routed to outputs 7 & 8)
  • Stereo Headphones mix 2 on ¼” TRS (also routed to outputs 9 & 10)

 

Digital Channel Outputs (Outputs 11-20) 44.1-96kHz

  • Stereo S/PDIF output on RCA
  • 8 ADAT outputs on Optical Connector, reduces to 4 outputs at 88.2/96kHz
  • Optical output can be switched to S/PDIF 3/4 in software preferences (ADATs disabled)

 

Other I/O

  • 2 6-pin FireWire sockets
  • 2 Standard 5-pin DIN MIDI connectors: In and Out
  • IEC mains power input connector

 

*This item now includes the Focusrite Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-In Suite (AAX/AU/VST) upon registration of interface. Accurately modeled on the classic Red 2 EQ and Red 3 Compressor, the Red plug-ins let you exploit the sound of the hardware originals, conveniently from within Pro Tools® (10 and above) and other audio software.

 

Softube Time and Tone Bundle

In addition to the Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-in Suite, this interface includes the Softube Time and Tone Pack. This is a unique plug-in bundle, comprised of Softube's world class TSAR-1R reverb, Tube Delay, and Saturation Knob.

TSAR-1R: Add space, depth and width to your sound—TSAR-1R is a reverb plug-in with world class sound and extreme ease of use. With a single slider, you can take TSAR-1R from realistic and three-dimensional rooms to dramatic and dreamlike halls.

Tube Delay: A tasty echo effect that can go from clean to rude by overdriving its three modeled tube stages. Create anything from realistic room echoes to rockabilly style slapbacks—or take it all the way into dub reggae echo madness.

Saturation Knob: Add grit and warmth to any sound source with this modeled output distortion unit. Use it to fatten up bass lines, add some harmonics and shimmer to vocals, or simply destroy your drum loop. Simply turn up the knob to add saturation, and use the three-position switch to alter the distortion character.

Product Specifications

Condition New
Width 19 in
Chassis 19-inch Rack-mount
Rack Spaces 1u
Digital Inputs 10
Analog Inputs 8
Input Connectors XLR Combo
Digital Outputs 10
Analog Outputs 10
Output Connectors 1/4-inch TRS
Computer Connection FireWire
Number of Preamps 8
MIDI Connections In, Out
Maximum Sampling Rate 96 kHz
Digital Format ADAT, S/PDIF

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