Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 Firewire Audio Interface


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20 x 20 Firewire/Thunderbolt Audio Interface with award-winning mic pre-amps, Focusrite Plug-in Suite and extensive routing via Saffire MixControl

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.

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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 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 1GB 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 set-up 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.

Things You Will Get:

    Saffire PRO 40 Firewire Audio Interface
    Ableton Live Lite
    Novation’s Bass Station Soft Synth
    1GB+ of royalty-free Samples
    Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins
  • Firewire Cable
  • Power Cable
  • Owner's Manual
Series Saffire
Interface Type Firewire / Thunderbolt
Model Saffire PRO 40
Mic Preamps 8
Audio Resolution 24-bit/96kHz
Analog Inputs Mic/Line/Inst Combo XLR x 2, Mic/Line Combo XLR x 6
Analog Outputs TRS x 10; Monitor mix on Ch 1&2, Headphone mix 1 on Ch 7&8, Headphone mix 2 on Ch 9&10
Digital Inputs 10
Digital Outputs 10
Built-in DSP Yes
Optical I/O Yes
Wordclock No
Bus Powered No
Ethernet Cat5 N/A
Phantom Power N/A
Weight 6.6 lbs.
Dimensions 19 x 1.8 x 10.4 inches (WxHxD)


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  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Low Distortion
  • Powerful
  • Thump Protection
  • Versatile


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    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 Firewire Audio Interface:

    I was in the market for an upgrade from ProTools Le/mBox2. I was pricing the Digi003 for a multi input interface. I have also been using Logic Pro 8/9, and decided to transition to Logic 9 exclusively after using some of the new features. I was considering the Digi003 anyway, but realized that for [$] I could get the FocusRite Pre's (which used to be in the old mBox). Do the math Logic 9 + Saffire Pro 40 = apprx $1050.00 USD. ProTools 8 + Digi003 apprx 1300.00 I would urge ProTools users to get Logic and learn to use it. Then you'll understand the value. I personally believe the mastering software in Logic is worth over[$] .But the true freedom is not being locked into DigiDesign interfaces. As a side note, from an engineering perspective the internal clock of Logic is superior to ProTools. You can hear the difference if you do the pepsi challenge. Also realize that DigiDesign has no intention of upgrading ProTools to 64 bit, so it is going to suffer down the road. I'd suggest starting your transition now.

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    Saffire PRO 40 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.