Focusrite (booth #6474, Hall A) has launched the second interface in the Saffire range, a new breed of FireWire interfaces featuring Focusrite preamps, 24-bit/192kHz processing and intuitive software control. The Saffire Pro 26i/o fuses 52 channels of I/O (26 in, 26 out) with highly integrated software.
Housed in a 19-inch rackmount case, the Saffire Pro 26i/o features detachable rack-ears for a convenient desktop solution. The new model offers eight channels of Focusrite preamplification with eight analog outputs and a total of 18 digital ins and outs (two S/PDIF and 16 ADAT at 48 kHz). Multiple units can be linked together for large-scale recording solutions. As with the original Saffire, the units can be either bus-powered or plugged into an outlet with the included PSU.
SaffireControl Pro provides comprehensive custom mix solutions in addition to the quick-select tracking and playback solutions and float/expand facilities found in the original
SaffireControl software. 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 analog outputs. The front panel of the unit provides two independent headphone outputs with volume control, again customizable within SaffireControl Pro. In addition to the control software, Saffire Pro 26i/o comes bundled with the same professional-grade compression, reverb, amp modeling and EQ VST/AudioUnits plug-ins.
Saffire Pro 26i/o also provides MIDI I/O alongside a host of additional processing features, including highpass filters on every channel and two super-channels with variable impedance and insert points.