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Focusrite Saffire PRO 24 DSP Appreciation, Discussion & Review Thread!

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FOCUSRITE SAFFIRE PRO 24 DSP FIREWIRE AUDIO INTERFACE


 

 

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High Quality 24-bit/96kHz FireWire Interface
Features high quality A-D / D-A conversion and JetPLL™ jitter elimination technology; pristine audio quality and reliable synchronisation are guaranteed.
 
Total I/O Count of 16 Inputs and 8 Outputs
A host of I/O options are provided, including a unique loop-back facility for routing audio between software applications via Saffire Mix Control.
 
Two High Quality Award-winning Focusrite Pre-amps
The best sounding interface in its class. Focusrite's unparalleled pre-amp legacy forms the foundation of this new interface, with two award-winning Focusrite pre-amps.
 
Onboard DSP-powered, latency-free tracking and mixing tools
Classic Focusrite EQ and Compression for tracking, as well as ‘comfort’ reverb to place across your monitor mixes.
 
Saffire Mix Control Zero-latency DSP Mixer/Router
Routing flexibility and intuitive one-click set-up solutions; Saffire Mix Control provides an 16 x 8 DSP mixer with excellent output routing and monitoring capabilities.
 
Two dedicated front-panel headphone busses
Providing two fully customised monitor mixes, with tactile level control available on the front panel.
 
 
      This incredible sound card is all-in-one studio gear. For your money you get high quality 24-bit/96kHz firewire interface, 16 inputs/8 outputs, top sound quality DAC, award-winning Focusrite pre-amps (even on max gain almost no sign of noise with worse/problematic mics.... & absolutely no sign of noise with quality mics), latency-free mixing & routing with onboard DSP-powered tools, 2 dedicated headphone busses on front panel (much power for almost all headphones in the world, just with no sound on highest volume there's little hiss in headphones) & of course my favorite VRM - Virtual Reference Monitoring.
 
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Virtual Reference Monitoring with usable monitors (source: Focusrite.com)
 
 
       VRM works perfectly... of course real speakers are invincible, but this is sick, it is really good. For portable use & problematic places or 'must be quiet' rooms it's must have for mastering ;D Believe me, it works very good... if you have quality headphones!!! More about VRM.
       Front panel is lovely, 5 LED analog input metering is superb, but two dedicated headphone busses are priceless for both of them works VRM too with newest update from Focusrite support.
      With this sound card you can & most likely you will hear every defect & low bitrate weakness of tracks... prepare for that!
Even multiple recordings are easy & without any problems thanks to firewire bus. Under MacOS X it is strong & stable card & Focusrite Mix Control software is very handy... you can do almost everything (routing, mixing, DSP effects dor analog inputs 1,2) ad infinitum....
 
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Mix Control 2.0 (source: Focusrite.com)
 
I use it with Apple Logic Pro 9 & Propellerheads Reason v4. I haven't known much cunning tweaks with this card & the monitoring software yet, so if someone is good in this, I'll really appreciate any hints or tips for simplifying producing & recording music.... :D
 
I had Creative Audigy 4, M-Audio Firewire Audiophile, M-Audio FW 410 & Yamaha GO46, but this card is something else. For about $400 it's incredible friend for your home studio, even professional recording studio... lots of famous producers use it. The build quality is high as hell, knobs are sturdy, the body is metal with plastic front panel. Buttons on front panel are superb, on the back side power switch is top quality as are all connectors (balanced TRS are even with kinda 'screw thread', I would say).
 
 
Novamusik.com Focusrite Audio Interface Demo Video
 
 
Professional reviews:
 
 
 
 
 
 
FINAL CONCLUSION:
 
+ Virtual Reference Monitoring (VRM)
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+ High Quality Of DACs 
+ Award-winning Pre-amps
+ Onboard DSP EQs
+ 2 Dedicated Headphones Busses
+ Stable Drivers Under OS X
+ Really Handy Focusrite Mix Control
+ Sturdy Construction
+ Quality X-Cite Bundle Pack
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- Little Hiss On The Highest Headphone Output Volume
- It Doesn't Make Music Alone
- You Can't Buy It For Free
 
 

ENJOY!!!



Edited by aclim - 9/21/10 at 3:20pm
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Nice to see Focusrite getting some more press here. I wrote a review on the Saffire 6 USB a few months back.

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

Nice to see Focusrite getting some more press here. I wrote a review on the Saffire 6 USB a few months back.


I hope it will... Focusrite is quality for me ;) Saffire 6 USB looks nice too, thanks for review ;)

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I wanted to be sure. and now ,after having them for almost 2 months,iI can confidently say, I know that VRM is no gimmick.I am a real world user .that means I end up doing plenty of my work through the headphones. after constant a to b comparisons, all I can say is that I would hate to be without it. I am absolutely thrilled with the interface! all I could ask for is more and better models of studio monitoring environments. Mark my words, this is the future, and one day soon anybody using a set of headphones will have a version of this technology.  I bought the interface specifically for the VRM technology. All I can say is I would hate to be without it.

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Indeed this unit is a great unit, it has a good sound and the vrm is indeed the future.

I cant live without this units vrm function now, and i love too watch movies with the vrm function and the different speaker types.

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Soo how does everybody think this unit works as a dac?

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We audiophiles like to use the word DAC because it makes it sound more prestigious than "sound card" when really there isn't much difference.

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

We audiophiles like to use the word DAC because it makes it sound more prestigious than "sound card" when really there isn't much difference.



Yes we do:)

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How does the vrm function work for you? Do you think the amp and the D/A is good in this unit?

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Any one?

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You already own this right? Are you just looking for shared opinions?

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Yes that is what i am looking for, i just want to share some opinions on what headphones pairs well with this unit and so on.

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You're going to be hard pressed to find anyone else who has this thing. Pro audio gear in general is glossed over in this environment.

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Armeagis told me that I should look at pro audio interfaces instead of audiophiles dac.

luckily for me I found the Focusrite saffire pro 24 dsp.. coupled with the ultrasone pro 900 I think i'm gonna have FUN!

I bought them together from Look.at.com, very recommended so far, not many of you know them cause they are from spain, but they have really cheap prices and excellent support throughout.

I should be getting the package on sunday, 4-5 days from ordering..

I got a nice deal for the pro 900 + the focusrite for 500euro together. including fedex shipping. talking about deals eh?

now i'm looking for a portable amp. maybe the uHA-120 from just audio... who knows.

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