Focusrite Announces Saffire Pro 14 – FireWire Audio Interface
Focusrite has announced the Saffire Pro 14, an eight-input, six-output FireWire audio interface for Mac and PC. Featuring two Saffire mic preamps, I/O routing and 24-bit/96kHz A-D/D-A conversion with JetPLL jitter-elimination technology, it’s fits in nicely with the current Saffire series of interfaces.
» Two mic preamps with 48V phantom power
» Eight inputs (2x Mic/Line/Inst, 2x Line, Stereo S/PDIF, Stereo Loopback)
» Six outputs (4x Line, Stereo S/PDIF)
» 24-bit/96kHz A-D/D-A converters with JetPLL jitter-elimination technology
» Includes Saffire MixControl for intuitive hardware control
» Powered from FireWire connection or included AC-DC adaptor
» MIDI input and output
» Metal chassis and body
» Ships with Focusrite Plug-in Suite and Xcite+ bundle
With its range of analog I/O, alongside stereo S/PDIF and MIDI inputs and outputs, the Saffire PRO 14 lets you simultaneously record various sources without having to constantly re-patch your studio. Aside from their mic-preamplification duties, inputs 1+2 accept signals from instruments such as guitars and electric pianos, while line-level inputs can take connections from synths and other external analogue equipment. Digital outboard gear, such as the Focusrite ISA One Digital, can be connected via the S/PDIF ports, and internal Loopback inputs are also available for routing stereo audio between software applications — perfect for capturing online audio.
The included Saffire MixControl software, which provides a powerful graphical user interface for the Saffire PRO 14’s internal DSP mixer, lets you create custom headphone mixes for artists, route different mixes to the various outputs of the device, and recall cue mix settings at the click of a button. It can also route inputs directly to outputs, providing ultra-low-latency monitoring for performers.
The Saffire PRO 14 can be bus-powered by its FireWire connection, or powered by an included AC/DC adaptor. It ships with the Focusrite Plug-in Suite of VST and Audio Units plug-ins, as well as a license for Ableton Live Lite 8 and a host of royalty-free samples.
Focusrite’s Saffire Pro 14 is expected to ship in August 2010 for €279.99. More information on the Focusrite Saffire Pro 14.