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.

DSP Mixer Control
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.

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!
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.

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. 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.

Get your Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 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 40 Firewire Audio Interface
  • Ableton Live Lite Recording Software
  • Novation’s Bass Station Soft Synth
  • 1GB+ of Royalty-free Samples
  • Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins
  • Red 2 & Red 2 Audio Plug-Ins
  • 3 Softube Audio plug-ins
  • Firewire Cable
  • Power Cable
  • Owner's Manual


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Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 Firewire Audio Interface

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Pro 40!


from Indianapolis, IN

About Me Professional Musician

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


    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 Firewire Audio Interface:

    The Pro 40 is my go to 8 input interface 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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    from Earth:USA:Florida:Tampa:33612

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer


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


      Best Uses

      • 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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      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
      S/PDIF I/O Yes
      ADAT I/O Yes
      Optical I/O Yes
      AES/EBU I/O No
      Wordclock No
      Bus Powered No
      MIDI I/O N/A
      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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      Warranty Info:

      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.