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|Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2006 12:55 am Post subject: Pro studio experience: Focusrite Saffire Pro 26i/o
|The NAMM Show 2006 saw the launch of Focusrite’s second interface in the Saffire range – a new breed of Firewire interfaces featuring Focusrite pre-amps, 24-bit/192kHz processing and intuitive software control. Saffire Pro 26i/o fuses 52 channels of I/O (26 In, 26 Out) with highly integrated software to take multi-channel interfacing one giant step closer to the full-blown professional studio experience.
Housed in a stunning 19” rack-mount case, Saffire Pro 26i/o features detachable rack-ears to provide a stunning desktop solution. Combining eight channels of Focusrite pre-amplification with eight analogue outputs and a total of 18 digital ins and outs (two SPDIF and 16 ADAT at 48kHz), Saffire Pro26i/o provides an unrivalled I/O count for its class. It also allows for the option to aggregate multiple units for larger recording solutions.
The pre-amps featured in Saffire Pro 26i/o are a derivative of the award-winning Green Series. This pre-amp design upholds the same high bandwidth philosophy whilst boasting class-leading specifications. In addition, the converters adhere to performance specifications far beyond other similarly priced interfaces. As with the original Saffire, the units can be either bus-powered or powered via an external PSU. The unit has also been designed to take full advantage of the external PSU and to maximize performance when powered in this way.
However, once again it is the control software that truly sets Saffire Pro 26i/o apart from the crowd. SaffireControl Pro provides a control application of a similar format to the original SaffireControl, thus avoiding annoying dropdown menus and providing comprehensive custom mix solutions, alongside quick-select ‘tracking’ and ‘playback’ solutions and both the float and shrink/expand facilities found in the original. In addition, SaffireControl Pro also features an intuitive ‘talkback’ solution for recording engineers. Within SaffireControl Pro, a fully customizable mix of inputs and outputs can be created for each of the analogue outputs. In addition, the front panel provides two independent headphone outputs with volume control, again customizable within SaffireControl Pro. On top of the control software, Saffire Pro 26i/o comes bundled with the same compression, reverb, amp modeling and EQ VST/AU plug-ins for use in the mix.
Saffire Pro 26i/o also provides MIDI I/O alongside a host of additional processing features, including high pass filters on every channel and two super channels with variable impedance and insert points. With such comprehensive custom mix solutions, a huge array of i/o options and high performance converters, a host of other processing functions and the most intuitive control software available, Saffire Pro 26i/o is truly the multi-channel interface of choice for the serious recording engineer.
Price and availability
Saffire Pro 26i/o will ship in April and retail for £499 inc VAT in the UK (please contact your local distributor for the correct price in your region - visit http://www.focusrite.com/wheretobuy.asp for a full distributor listing).
For further information visit www.focusrite.com
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