Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 Firewire and Thunderbolt Audio Interface £249 Delivered @ Gear4Music [Includes 2 years warranty / 30 day money back guarantee]
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Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 Firewire and Thunderbolt Audio Interface £249 Delivered @ Gear4Music [Includes 2 years warranty / 30 day money back guarantee]

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Found 21st Sep
Back to £249 again, I posted it previously and it was a pretty popular bit of kit, so thought I may as well give it a shout again - 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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No idea what this is

mickrick2 h, 16 m ago

Then you really shouldn't be commenting.My wife has said just this week …Then you really shouldn't be commenting.My wife has said just this week that she wants to get a purpose built music room built so that me and our son can keep our equipment set up (me keys, him guitar, bass, upright bass, orchestral double bass, keys and, recently just taken up, violin) so this might come in handy. Especially since our son is taking music at A level and at university afterwards, all being well. I just have to have a gander at the full specs and discuss it with him.

Fascinating story, really...so? Tell us, what happened next? Are you and your son in a band?
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No idea what this is

I miss my terratec 24/96 card with the breakout box. It was perfect.. damn built in obsolescence.
Though if I was in the market. I'd be looking here. That's a monster array of inputs for not much money.

Great price for some high-end I/O kit

Nostradamus10089 h, 3 m ago

No idea what this is


Cool comment. Do you want someone to explain, or did you want to just, ya know, google it?

thefunkygibbon13 m ago

Cool comment. Do you want someone to explain, or did you want to just, ya …Cool comment. Do you want someone to explain, or did you want to just, ya know, google it?

I liked it!

Nostradamus100815 h, 23 m ago

No idea what this is

Then you really shouldn't be commenting.

My wife has said just this week that she wants to get a purpose built music room built so that me and our son can keep our equipment set up (me keys, him guitar, bass, upright bass, orchestral double bass, keys and, recently just taken up, violin) so this might come in handy. Especially since our son is taking music at A level and at university afterwards, all being well. I just have to have a gander at the full specs and discuss it with him.

I've got one its got lovely pre amps for the vocals. You only really need all those inputs if your recording drums or something. we do live band recordings with it

mickrick2 h, 16 m ago

Then you really shouldn't be commenting.My wife has said just this week …Then you really shouldn't be commenting.My wife has said just this week that she wants to get a purpose built music room built so that me and our son can keep our equipment set up (me keys, him guitar, bass, upright bass, orchestral double bass, keys and, recently just taken up, violin) so this might come in handy. Especially since our son is taking music at A level and at university afterwards, all being well. I just have to have a gander at the full specs and discuss it with him.

Fascinating story, really...so? Tell us, what happened next? Are you and your son in a band?

These are excellent for the price!

Hilarious comments ...

kg198622 h, 26 m ago

I miss my terratec 24/96 card with the breakout box. It was perfect.. damn …I miss my terratec 24/96 card with the breakout box. It was perfect.. damn built in obsolescence. Though if I was in the market. I'd be looking here. That's a monster array of inputs for not much money.

I hàve this card still but I need to fix my old PC

Damn it, it is too tempting, I want to upgrade my Scarlett 2i2.... Please someone tell me not to.

yomanation24 m ago

Damn it, it is too tempting, I want to upgrade my Scarlett 2i2.... Please …Damn it, it is too tempting, I want to upgrade my Scarlett 2i2.... Please someone tell me not to.


Don't do it.

top quality bit of kit and very tempting as I'm currently using a Soundcraft UI16 for my interface along with an old M-audio Delta 10-10 card. My setup works but I am tying up a £400 tablet controlled mixer and using it as an interface instead of what its actually for.

Top Bombing!

I have the Focusrite Scarlett and it hasn't been as stable as I'd liked. I'd advise everyone to check the reliability of these units and the drivers/software before purchasing.

I'm looking at buying an Audient interface. Lots of superb reviews for that unit and if you don't need all the inputs it could be worth looking at. it isn't a lot more expensive than this.

mickrick14 h, 22 m ago

Then you really shouldn't be commenting.My wife has said just this week …Then you really shouldn't be commenting.My wife has said just this week that she wants to get a purpose built music room built so that me and our son can keep our equipment set up (me keys, him guitar, bass, upright bass, orchestral double bass, keys and, recently just taken up, violin) so this might come in handy. Especially since our son is taking music at A level and at university afterwards, all being well. I just have to have a gander at the full specs and discuss it with him.


... Cool story bro

nickrenwick3 h, 27 m ago

Don't do it.


Thanks! You just prevented an unnecessary 250 quid down the toilet.

Another warning that Focusrite's drivers are distinctly sub-par and consistently come bottom of performance rankings like DAWBench.

These units date back to 2008 and despite the Focusrite branding were very much built down to a cost with off-the-shelf parts and OEM chips and a decade later there are much better options - hence why this old stock is being sold off presumably.
Edited by: "Enlil" 22nd Sep

Nostradamus100822nd Sep

Fascinating story, really...so? Tell us, what happened next? Are you and …Fascinating story, really...so? Tell us, what happened next? Are you and your son in a band?


No. Why, do you think we should be?

yomanation22nd Sep

Damn it, it is too tempting, I want to upgrade my Scarlett 2i2.... Please …Damn it, it is too tempting, I want to upgrade my Scarlett 2i2.... Please someone tell me not to.


Don't do it, keep the 2i2. They're rock solid. Unless you have something older with a firewire interface and don't mind that support might wane for whatever you run it on (paranoia but it seems ok for now).

Failing that, sell me your 2i2 for cheap.

Summarised for those who don't know, this is basically an external soundcard for your computer with 'professional' grade inputs (XLR) for microphones and jack outputs for active speakers (speakers with amps built into their cabinet).

Also, just for the record, the Focusrite 2i2 is garbage. This however is an excellent purchase considering the price, the amount of inputs etc for this money is crazy.

The reason these are being sold cheap is because Firewire is now a dead platform and Focusrite have jumped on board with Thunderbolt connection for their new interfaces so the last of these are being shifted.

I've used this interface quite a bit with a MAC Mini and a Firewire to Thunderbolt adapter and it works flawlessly.
Edited by: "JamesClark1991" 27th Sep

JamesClark199131 m ago

The Focusrite 2i2 is garbage.


Just out of curiosity, why do you think so?
I always thought the 2i2 was a great entry-level piece of kit that did what it says on the tin fo4 a good price?

moreensby28th Sep

Just out of curiosity, why do you think so? I always thought the 2i2 was a …Just out of curiosity, why do you think so? I always thought the 2i2 was a great entry-level piece of kit that did what it says on the tin fo4 a good price?

​The pre-amps didn't have enough gain for some of my dynamic mics (max 55dB if I remember correctly), most probably down to being bus-powered and they also seemed to like clipping easily.
The small silver switch on the front broke when I used it for like the 3rd time. The output converters sounded muddy to my ears and most importantly the Windows drivers at the time were flat out broke.

Maybe my expectations for the money were just a bit high.
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