Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 Firewire Audio Interface

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24-bit/192kHz Thunderbolt compatibility with extensive classic mic modeling DSP, connectivity and routing. All your audio interface needs in one attractive package.

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.

Liquid Saffire 56 is Focusrite’s new flagship 2U multi-channel firewire audio interface. Liquid technology combines with Saffire PRO firewire interfacing to deliver a host of authentic pre-amp flavours, seamless software integration, excellent routing flexibility and future-proof, rock-solid driver stability.

In addition to six of Focusrite's legendary mic-pre's, two of Liquid Saffire 56’s pre-amps utilises the third generation of Focusrite’s Liquid Pre-amp, providing the choice of ten different pre-amp emulations. These include emulations based on the Neve 1073, the Pultec MB-1, Telefunken V72 and seven more. A harmonics dial on each Liquid pre-amp lets you account for variance in vintage originals of the same model, or use levels of 2nd, 3rd and 5th Harmonic distortion creatively to shape your sound.

Liquid Saffire 56 doesn’t just offer pre-amp variety; sonic integrity is also guaranteed throughout. Both the Liquid and Saffire pre-amps ensure low noise and distortion, whilst quality digital conversion and JetPLLTM jitter elimination technology ensure pristine audio quality as your audio flows between the analogue and digital domains.

Alongside the two Liquid- and six Saffire pre-amps, are a host of i/o options; 10 analogue outputs, 16 channels of ADAT i/o, stereo SPDIF i/o, MIDI i/o and 2 virtual ‘loopback’ inputs for routing digital audio between software applications - ideal for capturing audio playback within your computer. Mic, Line and Instrument inputs all utilise independent connectors, with the input type for each channel selectable via custom control software. Consequently, all the inputs can remain permanently connected, ready for whatever your recording session demands. In addition, word-clock i/o is provided on BNC connectors, allowing Liquid Saffire 56 to act as either a master clock for your studio, or as a slave to an existing clock.

Every channel features an independent phantom power and a high pass filter, switchable from the front panel, with the two instrument channels also featuring -9dB pads for additional headroom. Front panel 5-LED metering for all inputs, including ADAT and SPDIF, offers accurate viewing of all levels.

DSP MIX CONTROL
Saffire Mix Control, the zero-latency 18 x 16 DSP Mixer/Router software provided with Liquid Saffire 56 features unparalleled output routing and monitoring. It also provides intuitive one-click set-up solutions, a clear and concise mixing layout, large on-screen metering for inputs, outputs and submixes and control over the choice of liquid emulation.

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.

Other Features...
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 the unit.


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Things You Will Get:

  • Audio Interface
  • Install Disk
Interface Type Firewire / Thunderbolt
Mic Preamps 8
Audio Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Analog Inputs FRONT - TRS x 2; REAR - TRS x 8, XLR x 8
Analog Outputs TRS Line x 10
Digital Inputs 18
Digital Outputs 18
Built-in DSP Yes
S/PDIF I/O Yes
ADAT I/O Yes
Optical I/O Yes
AES/EBU I/O Yes
Wordclock Yes
Bus Powered No
MIDI I/O Yes
Phantom Power Yes
Weight 11.02 lbs.
Dimensions 19 x 3.6 x 9.3 inches (WxHxD)
Series Saffire Pro
Model Liquid Saffire 56
Other Features 2 'Liquid Channels", MIX control software

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Liquid Channels!!!!

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from Indianapolis, IN

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Low Distortion
  • Powerful
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 Firewire Audio Interface:

    The Liquid 56 is my go to 8 input interface hands down. I've used it not only as a dedicated interface but as a preamp as well. This is one of my favorites for the money, you really can't beat the preamp quality and the two Liquid Channels as well as the visual metering on the front of the interface as well. definitely an awesome piece to get the chance to use.
    This is a real hands on product review from Andy@ Sam Ash Indianapolis

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    Not a Pro Interface whatsoever

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    from Stockholm Sweden

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Construction
    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Unnecessary Functions
    • Weak

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 Firewire Audio Interface:

    An interfacenin the Lowbudget realm

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    Liquid Saffire 56 Firewire Audio Interface

    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.