Focusrite Saffire PRO 26 I/O 8-Channel FireWire Interface  

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Impressive flexibility with lots of I/O and advanced control software.

The Focusrite Saffire PRO 26 I/O is the ideal FireWire interface for music-recording enthusiasts on a mobile multichannel mission. It provides more inputs and outputs with higher performance specs than any other interface in its class. You get eight award-winning preamps with sixteen channels of ADAT, and two channels of SPDIF (up to 192kHz) backed up by Focusrite's high-performance, 24-bit digital converters.

Saffire PRO 26 I/O is much more than just a high performance breakout box; the Saffire PRO package includes Focusrite's highly acclaimed Saffire plug-in suite, comprising EQ, Compression, Amp Simulation and Reverb, in both VST and AU format. The hardware features 2 headphones outputs and a global monitor control with mute and dim options, as well as two 'super channels' featuring variable mic impedance and instrument input, instantly accessible on the front panel.

The preamps featured in Saffire PRO 26 I/O are a derivative of the award-winning Green Series. This preamp design upholds the same high-bandwidth philosophy while boasting class-leading specifications. In addition, the converters adhere to performance specifications far beyond other similarly priced interfaces. As with all Saffire solutions, the unit can be either bus-powered or powered via an external power supply. The unit has also been designed to take full advantage of the external power supply and to maximize performance when powered in this way.

SaffireControl PRO software delivers a control application that avoids any annoying dropdown menus and provides comprehensive custom mix solutions. It also offers quick-select 'tracking' and 'playback' solutions, as well as both the float and shrink/expand facilities found in the original.

Saffire Pro 26 I/O also features MIDI I/O alongside a host of additional processing features. Two channels with DI are also provided, eliminating the need for a separate DI box.

  • The SaffireControl PRO software features many of the attributes of the original SaffireControl software, ensuring intuitive control over monitoring and level
  • High Quality 24-bit/192k Bus-powered Firewire Interface
  • 8 high quality Focusrite preamps with unrivalled A/D and D/A conversion
  • Total I/O count of 26 inputs and 26 outputs
  • Free suite of Saffire VST/AU plug-ins (Compression, EQ, Reverb, Amp Sim)
  • 2 'super channels' with instrument input and variable impedance
  • 2 separate Headphones buses on the front panel
  • Free SaffireControl PRO software for advanced monitoring and level control
  • MIDI In and Out
  • Word clock In and Out
  • Front panel Level, Dim and Mute controls assignable to all outputs

Ready to put a serious front-end ahead of your software setup? Get your Saffire PRO 26!


Saffire PRO 26 I/O 8-Channel FireWire Interface Specifications:

  • Mic:
    Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1 dB
    THD+N: 0.001% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    Noise: EIN > 120dB (measured at 60dB of gain with 150 ohm termination (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

    Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
    THD+N: <0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    Noise: -90dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

    Instrument:Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
    THD+N: 0.004% (measured with 0dBu input and 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    Noise: -87dBu (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

    Digital Performance:
    Clock sources: Internal clock, Sync to word clock on S/PDIF, Sync to word clock on BNC word clock input, Sync to word clock on ADAT1 or ADAT2 inputs
    A/D Dynamic Range: 110dB 'A-weighted' (all inputs)
    D/A Dynamic Range: 110dB 'A-weighted' (all outputs)
    Clock Jitter: < 250 pico seconds
    Sample rate: 44.1 to 192kHz

    Analog Inputs:
    Mic: 8 x XLR on rear panel
    Mic gain: +13dB to + 60dB
    Line 1-8: 2 x 1/4" TRS Jack (front panel)
    Line 1-8 gain: -10dB to +36dB
    Instrument: As above, switched to instrument (inputs 1 & 2 only)
    Instrument gain: +13dB to +60dB

    Analog Outputs:
    Line level 8 x 1/4" TRS Jack
    Nominal output level 0dBFS = 16dBu, balanced, +22dBu globally switched with external PSU connected across all outputs
    Frequency response: 20Hz ” 20kHz +/- 0.2dB
    THD+N <0.0010% (-100dB) (measured with 0dBFS input 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter, un-weighted)
    Software switched hardware DIM ”12dB in output pairs 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
    Software Digital Volume control for all outputs
    All outputs are useable as monitoring outputs

    Digital I/O:
    2 x SPDIF (RCA phono) on rear panel (24-bit, 192kHz) Output transformer isolated
    2 x ADAT In/Out (44.1 / 48kHz), 16 channels
    1 x ADAT In/Out (88.2 / 96kHz), 8 channels S-MUX
    Word clock input on BNC
    Word clock output on BNC

    MIDI I/O: 1 In/1 Out on rear panel:
    Firewire S400: 2 ports
    Power: Either via FireWire or external PSU (included)
    Headphone monitoring: 2 x 1/4" TRS Jack on front panel (mirrors outputs 5-6 and 7-8), high power headphone drivers

    Dimensions: 13.77"W x 1.77"H x 9.25"D
    Weight: 6.61lbs (3kg)

    NOTE: Version 1.0 software allows input mixing at 44.1/48kHz and 88.2/96kHz (ADATS disabled). When ADATs are enabled, at 88.2/96kHz mode, the input mix functionality is no longer available.

    System Requirements:
    Mac: OS X Panther (10.4.8 or later)
    Comp: Mac series with on-board FireWire
    CPU/Clock: G4/800 MHz
    Memory (RAM): 256MB or more

    PC: Windows XP Home Edition/XP Professional
    Comp: Windows XP-compatible equipped with an IEEE1394/FireWire port

    Analog I/O:
    8 Analog Inputs: (mic/line/inst): 8 x XLR (mic/rear), 8 x TRS Jack (line/inst(1 or 2)/front)
    8 Outputs: 8 x balanced TRS Jacks (rear)
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FocusriteSaffire PRO 26 I/O 8-Channel FireWire Interface

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Best sounding, most forgiving preamps I've ever used, and then some


from Rocky Mountains, Colorado

Comments about Focusrite Saffire PRO 26 I/O 8-Channel FireWire Interface:

After years of recording to various formats, I have had the opportunity to audition many units high and low. This unit blows everything away up to twice the price range. It's like getting three units in one. You get ultra stable, low jitter a/d converters combined with eight high quality preamps, and two independant headphone outs. The preamps are the easiest I've worked with. They have a HUGE sweet spot that leaves you tons of headrooms for transients. That, to me, is one of the core requirements for getting tracks that sing, and the Focusrite preamps don't dissapoint. The combination of xlr inputs in back and trs input on front, make this a highly flexible unit for the home studio, where space may be tight. I've been using mine non-stop for about a year now and have had no issues with it at all. The build quality is excellent (and I'm hard to please on that one). Everything functions as flawlessly as it did the day I bought it. Nothing in this price range competes with the quality and reliablity of this unit.

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Almost Famous


from Rockville, MD

Comments about Focusrite Saffire PRO 26 I/O 8-Channel FireWire Interface:

I purchased the Focusrite Saffire PRO 26 I/0 to replace an aging M-Audio Delta 1010. My main priorities were moving from a PCI-based interface to Firewire, and having great mic pres. This was before some other studio heavyweight names like Apogee started to enter this market, and the Saffire PRO proved to be a great value and performer. I believe it still is. I've recorded one of my bands' CDs and several other projects and demos with it, as the front end into Logic. The rack unit only has peak LEDs, no level meters on the input channels, nor in the software, which does make level setting a bit of a guessing game. Basically you just keep the channel from peaking on the unit, and look at the record level you're getting in the DAW. Seems like an oversight for such an otherwise well-engineered piece of hardware. That said, once I got used to it, I never had a problem with digital overs. The only other glitch I experience is that sometimes my unit forgets its sampling rate setting, with no indication besides any audio output becomes complete digital gibberish. I haven't seen any other mention of this anywhere, so it might just be me. Overall, I'm very happy with the Saffire. While I do expect to move on to better outboard mic pres someday, this unit will be in the setup for a good while.


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from eden prairie, mn

Comments about Focusrite Saffire PRO 26 I/O 8-Channel FireWire Interface:

Pros - price, 8 near colorless preamps all with high pass filters, two independent headphone outs. Cons - support via the U.K. only, no meters (just clip lights), poorly designed user interface, only two inserts.

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