Focusrite Saffire 6 USB Audio Interface
The Focusrite Saffire 6 USB is a 2 in and 4 out USB audio interface that focuses on just two things - audio quality and reliability. The Saffire 6 USB features the same award-winning Focusrite microphone preamps as the rest of the Saffire range. This makes it the best value and best sounding interface in its class plus its output configuration is also ideal for laptop DJs.
Focusrite Saffire 6 USB Audio Interface Features
- Two award-winning Focusrite mic-pres with mic / line / instrument input capture every detail of your sound.
- High Quality 24-bit/48kHz USB Interface with custom drivers for super low latency, rock-solid stability and class-leading conversion specs.
- 4 Outputs on RCA Phono make Saffire 6 USB the ideal interface for the laptop DJs performing live.
- Xcite+ pack, including Ableton Live Lite (software to create,produce and perform) Novation’s Bass Station (legendary software synthesizer) and 1 gig of royalty-free loops.
- Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ Plug-ins provide the perfect upgrade from your standard sequencer effects.
- Monitor either the main mix or cue mix via headphones, all switchable from the front panel.
- Dedicated input/playback mix dial lets you blend your monitor mix between what you’re recording, and the audio from the computer.
- Dedicated front-panel headphone bus
- Bus-powering via USB
- Two Hi-Z instrument inputs with -10dB pads
- MIDI In and Out
- Tactile Main Monitor Dial
- Switchable phantom power on front fascia
The Saffire 6 USB is ultra-reliable and easy to set up, providing you with the simplest route to record into, and play back from your computer. It has lower latency than any of its rivals and professional analogue to digital converters ensure you get the best possible signal into your recording software.
With 2 mic-pres, multiple outputs and MIDI I/O, the Saffire 6 USB can be at the center of your home recording set-up. However, its reliability means that you can take it out and record on location with confidence. The 2 in 4 out configuration is perfect for laptop DJs who need to be able to cue up material or send two different signals to either side of a DJ mixer.
The affordable Saffire 6 USB interface comes with Ableton Live Lite 7, Novation's Bass Station synthesizer and over a gigabyte of samples. In addition to all this, you get the Focusrite FX Suite, which includes a compressor, gate, reverb and EQ to upgrade your standard AU/VST effects.
Saffire 6 USB includes the Focusrite plugin suite, produced by the same team that who developed Novation's nio FX rack and Saffire PRO 40 Control. They provide the perfect upgrade from your standard sequencer effects with all-new Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins, for use in the mix.
Each plug-in has a host of pre-sets that provide a reasonable starting point, delivering suitable solutions for the chosen sound source. Having selected a preset, you can then go on to finely tune these settings.
The compressor and Gate have been modeled on the Focusrite's hardware devices, using the measurement of custom optos to achieve the signature Focusrite sound. (All Focusrite optos are tuned by ear, just like in the old days of analog design, ensuring a faithful recreation of those classic vintage 1960s optical compressors.)
With the same signature as the original Focusrite EQ curves. Focusrite's R&D team used state-of-the-art numerical transform techniques to create an authentic response across the entire audible frequency spectrum for this software EQ.
The Reverb is based on classic algorithmic studio reverb designs.
The Focusrite Pre
Focusrite has, over the past two decades, built a reputation as the market leader for high quality recording equipment, with its mic-pre technology as the cornerstone of that enviable reputation. The original mic-pre, as featured in the early Focusrite Forte console, used rotary switched gain controls and high quality audio transformers. This mic-pre is still used by many of the industries greatest producers and is the sound of countless hit records. Today, Focusrite design equipment for a far greater audience, from professionals to amateur enthusiasts, all with varying budgets.
As with the Red and ISA ranges, the Mic-pre technology found in the Saffire range is designed to the highest possible standards. They uphold the same wide bandwidth philosophy featured in the original forté console, back in 1989. All Focusrite mic-pres feature custom components which have undergone an intense testing and qualification process. With the facts and figures in, Focusrite designs then have to pass the essential listening stage. Any design can measure well on the test bench but only a great design can be qualified in the studio. The FET-based design in the Saffire range is no exception and ensures the same low noise and distortion performance as earlier transformer-based designs. It delivers clarity without colouration and exhibits the signature transparency for which Focusrite have become famous.
Xcite+ comes on a DVD-ROM filled to the brim with royalty-free loops and samples alongside some powerful applications ideal for getting the new user started, or to expand the experienced user’s creative toolbox.
Ableton Live Lite 7 forms the foundation of this collection, providing the ideal platform to create, produce and perfom. Novation’s classic bass synth, ‘Bass Station’ enables you to create bass and 303-styled patches. Alongside these comes 'Mike the Drummer'; a collection of 572 inspiring and original live drum loops ranging from 79 to 191 bpm, with loop lengths ranging from 1 beat to 4 bars, as well as extended freestyle solo sections. Individual drum hits and REX files are also available.These drum loops are however, just the beginning. An entire gigabyte of royalty-free samples, exclusively compiled by LoopMasters, provide a selection of loops and samples large enough to satisfy the appetite of even the most demanding artist.
The Xcite+ Pack bundle is Windows XP, 32 bit Vista, Mac OS X and Intel Mac compatible.