Focusrite Saffire Pro 26 18x8 Firewire/Thunderbolt Audio Interface


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Saffire PRO 26 is a pro-quality, 18 in/8 out, Firewire/Thunderbolt-compatible audio interface with 4 mic preamps, Two ¼-inch instrument inputs, two adjustable headphone outputs, LED metering and additional options for analog and digital I/O.

All Saffire FireWire and Thunderbolt-compatible interfaces now come bundled with Focusrite's Midnight plug-in suite for free upon registration – a $99 value. The Midnight plug-in suite models two of the most iconic Focusrite modules of all time – the ISA110 equaliser and ISA130 compressor – and gives them elegant, functional on-screen front panels for easy control.

Focusrite’s Saffire PRO 26 was designed for both and live performance and studio recording, providing a flexible selection of input and output options. The included mix control software combines with four award-winning preamps and cutting-edge interfacing technology, to seamlessly integrate together, giving you excellent driver stability and routing flexibility.

Saffire’s preamps have plenty of headroom to provide ensure low distortion and low noise, so you can benefit from the full dynamic range of your instruments, whether a guitar amp or the loudest drums. Precision digital conversion and JetPLL™ jitter-elimination technology maintain pristine audio quality in both analog and digital domains.

Inputs 1 and 2 are available both as mic-level rear-panel XLRs and as front-panel TRS (1/4 inch) sockets at line or instrument levels, and include 8dB pads. Inputs 3 and 4 appear on the rear panel as combo XLR (mic)/TRS (line) sockets. There are two additional rear-panel TRS line inputs, making a total of six analog inputs, for which 5-segment LED metering is provided.

The PRO 26 includes S/PDIF I/O, and an optical digital input that can be configured either as S/PDIF or as ADAT format, the latter allowing expansion of the interface with, for example, Focusrite’s OctoPre MkII, for a total of 14 analog inputs. Saffire PRO 26 also features two virtual Loopback inputs, for routing digital audio between software applications — ideal for capturing online audio.

On the output side, dual headphone outputs, six line outputs on TRS jacks, and S/PDIF coax are provided.  Main monitor controls, including volume, dim and mute, are included on the front panel.  

Saffire MixControl, the ultra-low-latency 26 x 8 DSP mixer/router software provided with Saffire PRO 26, sets a new standard for audio interface control. It features flexible output routing and monitoring, as well as intuitive one-click setup solutions designed to help you track, monitor and mix as quickly as possible.

Now includes 3 Softube audio plug-ins!
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.

Includes Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite w/64-bit AAX, AU & VST compatibility
These are the first Focusrite plug-ins to include AAX support, making them compatible with Pro Tools 10 and above.   The Red 2 & Red 3 plug-ins are accurate models of Focusrite’s classic Red 2 EQ and Red 3 Compressor hardware. Coveted by producers and engineers for their exceptional clarity and versatility, the original units are prized fixtures in professional recording studios the world over.

Now, the Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST) lets you exploit the famous natural sound of the originals, conveniently from within your audio software.

The plug-ins faithfully reproduce the sonic qualities of the hardware. The Red 2 equalizer is a sweet sounding 6-band design, with high/low pass filters, high/low frequency shelves, as well as fully parametric low-mid and high-mid frequency bands. The Red 3 hardware is a VCA compressor design, excellent for natural sounding dynamic control of drums, bass, vocals, and acoustic instruments.

MORE Comprehensive bundles of included software
Ableton Live Lite, Midnight plugin suite (Midnight EQ & Compressor), Scarlett plugin suite (Scarlett EQ, Compressor, Gate and Reverb) Novation Bass Station virtual instrument and 1GB of Loopmasters sample content.

*Thunderbolt™ Compatible – In common with all Focusrite Saffire interfaces, the Saffire PRO 26 is compatible with Thunderbolt ports via the use of a FireWire to Thunderbolt adaptor (not included). An external power supply is recommended for use in Thunderbolt applications, particularly when using phantom power.

  • Four Award-Winning Focusrite Preamps
  • Two pres provide  high-Z instrument capability & 8dB pads
  • Two additional TRS inputs;
  • Two independently-controlled headphone outputs
  • Six TRS line outputs
  • 'Precision 24-bit/96kHz conversion and pristine analog audio
  • Precision A-D / D-A conversion with JetPLL™ jitter reduction technology;
  • Pristine digital and analog audio quality and reliable synchronization.
  • Multiple Connectivity Options - FireWire or Thunderbolt*
  • Firewire or Thunderbolt keeps your USB Buses Free
  • Comprehensive I/O – 18 inputs and 8 outputs
  • Loopback' facility for routing audio between software applications
  • Expand your interface with up to eight extra analog inputs
  • Firewire Bus-powered
  • Dual headphone outputs – multiple monitor mixes
  • 5-Segment LED metering  to accurately monitor input levels  
  • Solid build quality in a portable chassis can easily fit into a bag

Get your Focusrite Saffire Pro 26 Audio Interface today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Saffire PRO 26 Audio Interface
  • Saffire DSP MixControl Software
  • Ableton Live Lite Recording Software
  • Midnight Plugin Suite (Midnight EQ & Compressor)
  • Scarlett Plugin Suite (Scarlett EQ, Compressor, Gate and Reverb)
  • Novation Bass Station Virtual Instrument
  • 1GB of Loopmasters Sample Content
  • Red 2 & Red 3 Audio Plug-Ins
  • 3 Softube Audio plug-ins
  • FireWire 400 - 800 Cable
  • Getting Started Guide


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Saffire forever!


from Indianapolis, IN

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Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 26 18X8 Firewire/Thunderbolt Audio Interface:

The Pro 26 is my go to firewire interfaces hands down. I've used them not only as a dedicated interface but as a preamp as well. This is one of my favorites for the money, you really cant beat the preamp quality as well as the visual metering on the front of the interface as well. definitely an awesome piece.
This is a real hands on product review from Andy@ Sam Ash Indianapolis

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Interface Type Firewire / Thunderbolt-Compatible
Mic Preamps 4
Audio Resolution 24-bit/96kHz
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR microphone inputs
2 x Combi XLR/TRS Mic/line inputs
2 x Additional Line inputs
Combo XLR/TRS Jacks 2
Analog Outputs 6 x balanced TRS
Digital Inputs 18
Digital Input Type S/PDIF & ADAT
Digital Outputs 2
Digital Output Type S/PDIF
Bus Powered Yes
Phantom Power Yes
Dimensions 4.25 X 10.75 X 18.5 Inches (HxWxD)
Weight 6.57 lbs.
Series Saffire
Model PRO 26
Warranty Info:

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for one year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.