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Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 Firewire Audio Interface

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Features

  • Now compatible with Thunderbolt using an optional adapter
  • Eight High Quality Award-winning Focusrite Pre-amps
  • High Quality 24-bit/96kHz Firewire Interface
  • Total I/O Count of 20 Inputs and 20 Outputs
  • Suite of Focusrite VST/AU plug-ins
  • Two separate headphone buses

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 - ideal for capturing online audio. 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 a Suite of Focusrite plug-ins. 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 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.
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

WINDOWS

Operating System
Microsoft Windows XP SP2 (32 bit and 64 bit) and Windows Vista (32 bit and 64 bit)

CPU/Clock
900MHz AMD or Pentium. (1.5 GHz or higher recommended)

Memory (RAM)
512 MB (more recommended)


APPLE MAC

Operating System
OSX (10.4 and 10.5)

CPU/Clock
PowerPC G4/Dual 1 GHZ or faster or any Intel-based Mac

Memory (RAM)
512 MB (more recommended)


PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATIONS

Microphone Inputs
* 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)

Line Inputs
* 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)

Instrument Inputs
* Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
* THD+N: 0.004% (measured with 0dBu input and 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
* Noise: -87dBu (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

Conversion performance
* Dynamic Range = 110dB (A-wieghted)
* Clock jitter = 250 picoseconds
* THD+N AMPL = -109dBFS 'A' weighted

Front and Rear 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

Weight and Dims
* 3kg / 6.6Ibs
* 350mm / 13.8" (W) x 45mm / 1.8" (H) x 235mm /9.3" (D)

Q: What is Saffire PRO 40?
A: Saffire PRO 40 is the first of the second generation Firewire interfaces from Focusrite, making it the fifth Saffire range product to be released. The inputs consist of 8 classic Focusrite pre-amps, 2 channels of S/PDIF, 8 channels of ADAT and 2 loopback channels. The outputs consist of 10 analogue balance lines, 2 S/PDIF and 8 ADAT, making the total input and output count 40, hence Saffire PRO 40.

Q: What comes in the box?
A: The Saffire hardware comes with a CD containing software (Saffire Control PRO application and AU/VST EQ, Compression, Gate and Reverb plug-ins) and drivers. A Firewire cable and power cable are also supplied. The Saffire PRO User Guide pdf is included on the same CD.

Q: Is Saffire PRO 40 cross-platform?
A: Yes. Both 32 and 64bit versions of Windows XP and Vista. Mac OSX PPC and Intel compatible.

Q: What is the Saffire Control PRO software for?
A: The Saffire Control PRO software is designed to allow the hardware setting controls not present on the hardware itself to be accessed, as well as providing a host of different monitoring options. There is a Mixer section where all 20 Input levels can be set, to create an Input Mix that can be blended with 20 backing tracks from the sequencer on the 10 analogue outputs and the 10 digital outputs. There are also controls for setting the sample rate, synchronising the hardware to an external source and extensive level controls for all outputs.

Q: Is Saffire PRO 40 a USB device?
A: No, Saffire PRO is a dual port Firewire 400 device. USB can occasionally be quite unstable; Firewire 400 offers better stability. There are two Firewire ports on the Saffire PRO so that you can chain/connect additional Firewire devices (such as hard drives) to your computer, even though your computer may only have one Firewire port. NOTE: Some third party devices may require an independent firewire port. Depending on the number of channels being used, Saffire PRO 40 may also benefit from its own dedicated firewire port.

Q: What is the difference between Firewire 400 and 800 specifications?
A: The main difference is bandwidth. Firewire 400 is really all you need for audio applications unless you're running 48 tracks at 192 kHz. Of course, there is a higher price associated with Firewire 800 and fewer computers support it.

Q: What are Saffire PRO 40s minimum system requirements?
A: Mac: OS X (10.4 or later), PPC G4, or Dual 1Gig Intel. 512MB RAM
PC: XP or Vista (32 or 64 bit versions), AMD or Pentium 800MHz Processor, 512MB RAM.

Q: Does Saffire PRO 40 have built in DSP? If not, why not?
A: No. The only member of the Saffire family with built in DSP is the original Saffire. This was designed to be an all-in-one recording solution, providing the facilities of a channel strip (input processing), small mixing console (foldback reverb and monitor mixing) and high quality audio interface all rolled into one. Saffire PRO, on the other hand, is a means for tracking the highest quality of multi-channel audio into the DAW, without the considerable extra cost of onboard DSP to provide potentially unnecessary processing.

Q: Does Saffire PRO include any plug-ins? If so, what are they?
A: Yes. The brand new Focusrite plug-in suite, consisting of EQ, Compression, Gate and Reverb. These plug-ins work on both Mac and Windows and come in VST and AU format.

Q: Does any free recording software come with Saffire PRO 40?
A: Yes. The Saffire PRO 40 comes with Ableton Live Lite, and the Xcite+ bundle.

Q: What sequencer/audio software packages have been 'qualified and tested' to perform with Saffire?
A: Saffire will work with all ASIO and Core Audio compatible software, in other words all software apart from Pro Tools. It’s been tested thoroughly with Cubase, Logic, Sonar, Ableton Live, Digital Performer and Reason to name but a few. For more information on specific software apps, check with technical support at Focusrite HQ. (The list of tested software is v long!)

Q: Can I run the SPDIF and ADAT inputs & outputs with the analogue inputs & outputs simultaneously?
A: Yes. All inputs and outputs can be used at the same time at 44.1/48kHz. At 88.2/96kHz, the number of ADAT channels is reduced from 8 in, 8 out to 4 in 4 out.

Q: Does the Saffire PRO 40 have inserts?
A;There are no dedicated Inserts on the Saffire PRO 40, but due to the flexibility of Saffire PRO Control software is very easy to use set up a send and return using the mixer to route to and from the physical Inputs and Outputs.

Q: What are the Presets for in Saffire Control Pro?
A:Saffire PRO Control includes routing presets and monitor presets. Routing presets allow quick set-up of what signals are sent to the outputs. The presets include settings for recording and monitoring inputs with zero latency, and presets for mixing externally. This means that rather than having to manually configure all your output routing, one output after another, select the relevant routing preset for a quick setup solution.

Monitor presets allow quick switching between monitoring set-ups. If you are using surround monitoring, then you can quickly switch between 7.1, 5.1, 2.1 monitoring. If you have multiple sets of stereo monitors, then you can switch between your various monitors with a single click.

Q: What are the set-up presets for?
A: To help provide a quick setup of a particular session arrangement, a series of presets have been created for SaffireControl PRO. This means that rather than having to manually configure all your output routing, one output after another, select the relevant routing preset for quick setup solutions.

Q: Is there a word clock input?
A: No. Word Clock is embedded within the ADAT and/or SPDIF signals.
When using external devices, you can sync to the ADAT or SPDIF inputs, or use the Saffire PRO 40 as the master sync device.

Q: What are the pads for on input 1 and 2?
A;If you are recording particularly loud signals e.g a drum kit, or amplified guitars, the inputs pads reduce the signal level by 9dB. This ensures that you never overload the inputs.

Q: Can I use Pro Tools with Saffire PRO 40?
A: No. Only Digidesign hardware is compatible with Pro Tools. However, Saffire PRO 40 will work with all other ASIO or Core Audio compatible platforms.

Q: How can Saffire PRO hook up with other FF or Novation gear?
A: One possible option is to connect Focusrite hardware equipped with a digital output to one of Saffire PRO's digital inputs, allowing additional classic Focusrite pre-amplification to stream directly to the DAW. The S/PDIF In could be used to receive audio from the TwinTrack PRO, for example. In addition, the stereo SPDIF output from the X-Station could be sent to the SPDIF In of the Saffire PRO 40, leaving the other 8 analogue inputs free for Guitars, vocals, drums etc.

Q: What if I only have 4 pin firewire?
A: The Saffire PRO will function the same when used with either 4 or 6 pin firewire. If you only have a 4 pin firewire connection, then simply use a 4 to 6 pin firewire cable.

Q: What is the Dim Switch all about? And what's the difference between this and the Active Monitor pad?
A: The DIM switch is a way of temporarily reducing the level if the volume needs to be cut quickly, (e.g. if a phone rings.) The switch attenuates the digital level by 18dB when active. Using this switch means that the level can be restored to an identical volume after the interruption, without having to manually adjust any gain dials or remember values.

The Active Monitor Pad switch is used to calibrate your speakers’ volume control(s). For example, if the level is consistently too high, regardless of the volume knob position, then activating the Active Monitor Pad will cut the analogue level (after the DAC) by 20dB so that the speakers’ volume control has a more suitable output level range.

Q: Can Saffire PRO 40 be used in standalone mode (away from a computer)?
A: No. The Saffire PRO 40 can only be used as an audio interface, connected to your computer via firewire.

ManufacturerFocusrite
ModelSaffire Pro 40
Dimensions
(H x W x D)
45 x 482 x 265 mm
Weight3kg
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 less than 250 picoseconds
THD+N AMPL (A-weighted) = -109dBFS
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) 44.1-96kHze 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 1/4" 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 7-8) 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

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