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Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 Firewire Audio Interface

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Midnight plug-in suite ($99 Value)
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.

The Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 is a 16 in and 8 out firewire audio interface designed for the modern home studio environment. An unparalleled pre-amp legacy forms the foundation, with two award-winning Focusrite pre-amps. Legendary sonic performance and a host of i/o options combine with the very latest in mix control software to deliver seamless integration, excellent routing flexibility and rock-solid driver stability.

Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 Firewire Audio Interface Features
  • Two high quality award-winning Focusrite mic-pres - Focusrite interfaces are always the best sounding interfaces in their class.
  • High Quality 24-bit/96kHz Firewire Interface - Features professional conversion and JetPLL jitter elimination technology, guaranteeing pristine audio quality and reliable synchronization.
  • Total I/O count of 16 inputs and 8 outputs - A host of i/o options are provided, including a unique loop-back facility for routing audio between software applications via Saffire Mix Control.
  • Saffire mix control latency-free dsP mixer/router - This 18 x 8 DSP mixer provides truly-flexible routing and monitoring capabilities alongside intuitive one-click set-up solutions.
  • Class-leading Led metering - 5-LED metering offers accurate viewing of analogue input levels direct from the front fascia.
  • Focusrite Vst/Au Plug-in suite, for use in the mix - Upgrade your standard sequencer effects with Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins.
  • Unmatched routing flexibility - Setup for any recording session quickly and intuitively. Route any input signal or DAW output, or a mix of both, to any of the outputs.
  • Dedicated front-panel headphone bus
  • Bus-powering
  • Two Hi-Z instrument inputs
  • Tactile Main Monitor Dial
  • Switchable phantom power
  • Software PFL
With Saffire PRO 24, sonic integrity reigns supreme. The two Focusrite 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 two Focusrite pre-amps are a host of I/O options; two additional analogue inputs, six analogue outputs, ADAT inputs (for expanding the interface with, for example, Focusrite’s OctoPre), stereo SPDIF I/O and 2 virtual loopback inputs for routing digital audio between software applications - ideal for capturing online audio. Front panel 5-LED metering for each analogue input offers detailed viewing of levels.

Saffire Mix Control, the zero-latency 18 x 8 DSP Mixer/Router software provided with Saffire PRO 24, sets a new standard at this price point for audio interface control. It features flexible output routing and monitoring, as well as intuitive one-click set-up solutions designed to help you track, monitor and mix as quickly as possible.

Focusrite’s Saffire PRO 24 is designed to capture every subtle nuance of your recordings, dropped seamlessly and effortlessly into the digital domain, leaving you free to enjoy the freedom of a creative modern music making experience.

Focusrite Plug In Suite
Saffire PRO 24 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+ Pack
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.

Product Specifications
Focusrite Saffire 24 Pro Specifications
Connectivity
    Analogue Channel Inputs (Inputs 1-4)
    • 2 x XLR Mic/Line Neutrik Combi-Jacks (Inputs 1-2)
    • 2 x XLR Instrument Neutrik Combi-Jacks (Instrument on inputs 1 and 2 only)
    • Automatic switch of Mic / Line (inserting a jack switches from Mic to either Line or Instrument (instrument selected via the software control panel
    • Line inputs 3-4 have low and high gain settings can be controlled from the Saffire MixControl software (low gain being the default)
    Digital Channel Inputs (Inputs 5-14) 44.1-96kHz
    • Stereo S/PDIF input on RCA
    • 1 x 8 channel ADAT input on Optical Connector (SDPIF 3 and 4 set in preferences menu)
    Analogue Audio Outputs (Outputs 1-6)
    • 6 x TRS analogue outputs (Outputs 1-6)
    • 1 x TRS stereo headphone output (headphone mix 1 same as outputs 3 and 4)
    Digital Channel Outputs (Outputs 7-8) 44.1-96kHz
    • Stereo S/PDIF output on RCA
    Other I/O
    • 1 x 6 pin Firewire socket
    • 2 standard 5 pin MIDI connectors: In and Out
    • 12V DC power input connector for use with external PSU
    Controls and Indicators
    • 2 x Input gain control dials
    • 2 x Signal (green) and Overload LED (red)
    • 2 x Instrument LED and switch (red)
    • 2 x Pad LED and switch (red)
    • 1 x Phantom power switch with LED (red) – global for Mic inputs 1-2
    • 1 x USB (Active) LED (green)
    • 1 x MIDI (Active) LED (green)
    • 1 x Monitoring 1+2 / 3+4 A/B switch
    • 1 x Monitoring 3+4 indicator LED
    • 1 x Main monitor Level control
    • 1 x Mono monitor output switch
    • 1 x Playback/Input mix dial
    • 1 x Headphones level control
    Dimensions and Weight
    • Width x Height x Depth: 215 mm / 8.5 inches, 45 mm / 1.8 inches , 220 mm / 8.65 inches
    • Weight: 1.6 kg / 3.5 lbs
Performance
    Microphone Inputs
    • Dynamic Range (A-Weighted): 106 dB
    • SNR (A-weighted): -105.3 dB
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1 dB
    • THD+N: 0.001% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Noise: EIN > 125dB (128dB analogue to digital) (measured with 60dB of gain with 150 Ohm termination (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Maximum Input (A-weighted): 8.6dBu at 1%
    Line Inputs
    • Dynamic Range (A-weighted): 106.5 dB
    • SNR (A-weighted): -106 dB
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
    • THD+N (A-Weighted): < 0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Noise: -90dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Maximum level (A-weighted): 16.3dBu at 1%
    Instrument Inputs
    • Dynamic Range (A-weighted): 105 dB
    • SNR (A-weighted): 105 dB
    • Frequency Response 20Hz-20KHz +/- 0.1 dB
    • THD+N, -1dBFS, min gain, no pad < 0.0015%
    • Maximum Input Level (min gain no pad): +8dBu
    • Maximum Input Level (max gain no pad): -42dBu
    • Pad Attenuation: 10 dB
    • Crosstalk: > 100 dB
    • Input Impedance > 1MOhm
    • Adjustable Gain > 50dB
    Headphone Outputs
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20KHz +/- 0.1 dB
    • SNR (A-weighted): 105 dB
    • Dynamic Range: 105 dB
    • Maximum Output into 32R: +12.4 dBu (+10.2dBV)
    • Power into 32R: 250 mW
    • Output Impedance: < 70 Ohms
    • Load Impedance: > 240 Ohms
    Line Level Outputs
    • Dynamic Range (A-Weighted): 105dB
    • SNR (A-weighted): -104.5dB
    • THD+N: < 0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Maximum level (A-weighted): 16.13dBu at 0.885%
    Additional Conversion Performance
    • Clock jitter < 250 picoseconds
    • THD+N AMPL (A-weighted>= -107dBFS
OS Compatibility
    • Windows: Vista
    • Windows: XP Service Pack 2 and above only.
    • Windows: XP64 Service Pack 2 and above only.
    • Mac: 10.4 10.4.11 and above only
    • Mac: 10.5
    • Mac: 10.6 Support is currently only for the 32-bit kernel on 10.6 (Snow Leopard). Support for the 64-bit kernel should be available in the near future.
    • Windows: Vista64
    • Windows: Windows 7 Support is currently only available on Windows 7 when using the Windows Legacy FireWire driver, as explained here. Support for the Windows 7 FireWire driver should be available in the near future.
    • Windows: Windows 7 - 64bit Support is currently only available on Windows 7 when using the Windows Legacy FireWire driver, as explained here. Support for the Windows 7 FireWire driver should be available in the near future.
    System Requirements
      Windows
      • Operating System: For up-to-date information about operating system compatibility, please see the OS Compatibility Checker at www.focusrite.com.
      • Computer: Windows compatible computer with FireWire 400 port.
      • CPU/Clock: Pentium or AMD with 1 GHz or higher (Dual 1 GHz or better recommended)
      • Memory (RAM): 512 MB (more recommended)
      • Screen Resolution: 1024x768 (1280x1024 or more recommended)
      Apple Mac
      • Operating System: For up-to-date information about operating system compatibility, please see the OS Compatibility Checker at www.focusrite.com.
      • Computer: Apple Macintosh with FireWire 400 port (or 800 port with 800 to 400 adaptor)
      • CPU/Clock: PowerPC G4/Dual 1 GHZ or faster or any Intel-based Mac
      • Memory (RAM): 512 MB (more recommended)
      • Screen Resolution: 1024x768 (1280x1024 or more recommended)


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