Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 Firewire and Thunderbolt Audio Interface £249 Delivered @ Gear4Music [Includes 2 years warranty]
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Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 Firewire and Thunderbolt Audio Interface £249 Delivered @ Gear4Music [Includes 2 years warranty]

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Found 30th May 2017Edited by:"NeoTrix"
Not a bad price at all if you're looking for an interface to add to your rack setup. Currently working off a cheap Zoom setup and relying on that for everything (nope it doesn't quite cut the mustard ) It's a world away from something like this though.

Reviews look really good One day I'll get around to building my dream set up... The other half doesn't have to know, right?

Price includes delivery

Includes 2 year warranty & 30 day money back guarantee

  • Includes Softube and Focusrite Red Plug-Ins
  • Can Be Used As A Thunderbolt Interface With Adapter
  • Professional 20 In / 20 Out Firewire Interface
  • 8 High Quality, Low Noise Mic Pre-Amps
  • JetPLL Jitter Elimination Technology

    • Dimensions (WxHxD): 482mm x 45mm x 265mm (1U Rack Space)
    • Weight: 3kg / 6.6lbs


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Features
  • 20x20 high-end FireWire audio interface
  • Compatible with Thunderbolt, using a simple Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter (not included)
  • High-quality 24-bit/96kHz AD/DA conversion
  • JetPLL jitter reduction technology
  • Two mic/line/instrument inputs on the front-panel
  • Eight high-quality award-winning Focusrite preamps
  • Complete with Focusrite plugin suite
  • Two separate headphone buses
  • ADAT I/O, SPDIF connectivity
  • Saffire MixControl ultra-low-latency DSP mixer/router
  • Complete with Xcite+ software bundle
  • Five-step LED metering


Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 Firewire and Thunderbolt Audio Interface Details
The Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 is a premium-grade Firewire interface featuring 20 I/O and eight high-quality award-winning Focusrite preamps. The Saffire Pro 40 Audio Interface delivers exceptional audio quality thanks to the 24-bit/96kHz AD/DA conversion. The total I/O of 20 inputs and 20 outputs includes a wide range of connectivity including two mic/line/instrument inputs and two independent headphone monitor outs on the front-panel. The Saffire Pro 40 can also be controlled using the Saffire MixControl, an ultra-low-latency mixer/route software that comes complete with the interface. The Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 can also be used as a Thunderbolt interface using a simple Firewire to Thunderbolt
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Awesome price! HOT! - shame I don't need one
marvaluss

Awesome price! HOT! - shame I don't need one



Need and want are the same thing (In my head)
Wow that is quite reasonable ! (don't need don't need!!!...!!!)
looks like amazon have matched it?
Are there issues with backwards compatibility with Thunderbolt as it's up to version 3 now and uses USB Type C connectors?
To use with Thunderbolt 1 you need a Firewire converter cable which is ~£30.
I guess this is backwards looking hence the price reduction from multiple retailers.
I don't need this many inputs (Not atm anyway) but can this be used as a high end music production (usb?) soundcard regardless? It's just seems relatively speaking much better value than the equivalent 2in USB version?
I REALLY like this but don't need all the inputs nor do I have room for it, I'll wait for the Clarett to come down... HEAT (_;)
sunil79

I don't need this many inputs (Not atm anyway) but can this be used as a … I don't need this many inputs (Not atm anyway) but can this be used as a high end music production (usb?) soundcard regardless? It's just seems relatively speaking much better value than the equivalent 2in USB version?



​If you want something smaller but better quality for the cash, the Audient preamps get better reviews. But if you're after some great plugins deals its tough not to go for the Focusrite family.
Must...restrain...myself!
Hot!
It seems to be the same price a lot of places at the moment gak.co.uk/en/…40/ Looks cool but I don't have firewire! I guess that's why it's half price, that and it's 8 years old.
Be warned those of us using new mac hardware without native firmware ports, these firewire interfaces are very ropy on El Capitan and above. I have a Mackie Onyx 1640i that will only work on Yosemite on my iMac 5k (requires a £30(!!) firewire to thunderbolt adaptor). Also the plugins may or may not work on later versions as well due to a change in the way the plugin validator works. Very frustrating. Don't do what I did and expect this to work out of the box on the latest OS X it seems that Apple want to remove support for firewire and strip all traces of it from the OS. I foolishly updated to El Capitan as soon as it came out and it completely broke support for most of my plugins and it refused to recognise the hardware. I wiped the system and reinstalled Yosemite and everything worked like a dream.

These are getting price dropped everywhere right now, so I would avoid any firewire interface like the plague right now. It looks like Apple are getting ready to officially drop firewire support from their operating system.
CABellamy

Be warned those of us using new mac hardware without native firmware … Be warned those of us using new mac hardware without native firmware ports, these firewire interfaces are very ropy on El Capitan and above. I have a Mackie Onyx 1640i that will only work on Yosemite on my iMac 5k (requires a £30(!!) firewire to thunderbolt adaptor). Also the plugins may or may not work on later versions as well due to a change in the way the plugin validator works. Very frustrating. Don't do what I did and expect this to work out of the box on the latest OS X it seems that Apple want to remove support for firewire and strip all traces of it from the OS. I foolishly updated to El Capitan as soon as it came out and it completely broke support for most of my plugins and it refused to recognise the hardware. I wiped the system and reinstalled Yosemite and everything worked like a dream. These are getting price dropped everywhere right now, so I would avoid any firewire interface like the plague right now. It looks like Apple are getting ready to officially drop firewire support from their operating system.




Nice anecdote.

I have used this on a Mac Pro without FireWire with the adaptor for years and had no problems

I have also used it on the latest MacBook Pro with the official adapter (USB-C), and had no problems

Both on Sierra.
Agharta

Are there issues with backwards compatibility with Thunderbolt as it's up … Are there issues with backwards compatibility with Thunderbolt as it's up to version 3 now and uses USB Type C connectors?To use with Thunderbolt 1 you need a Firewire converter cable which is ~£30.I guess this is backwards looking hence the price reduction from multiple retailers.




I've never had issues using this with thunderbolt.

If you want to use it on the latest TB3 (on the MacBook Pro) you need:

- TB3 to TB2 adapter
- TB2 to FireWire adapter

Put one adapter into the other. It works perfectly!
Lights, buttons, knobs, fits in a rack... I want one.




...what does it do?
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