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NAMM News: Focusrite Debuts Saffire Firewire Interface, OctoPre LE

Focusrite will announce the debut of two new products, including the Saffire and the OctoPre LE, at this year’s NAMM show (Booth #5928 in Hall B). The Saffire, a new firewire interface with onboard DSP and 24-bit/192kHz processing, fuses state-of-the-art hardware with highly integrated software to take audio interfacing one giant step closer to the professional studio experience.
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Focusrite will announce the debut of two new products, including the Saffire and the OctoPre LE, at this year’s NAMM show (Booth #5928 in Hall B). The Saffire, a new firewire interface with onboard DSP and 24-bit/192kHz processing, fuses state-of-the-art hardware with highly integrated software to take audio interfacing one giant step closer to the professional studio experience.

Four inputs (2 digital) and 10 outputs (2 digital) with unrivalled foldback and monitoring options ensure the engineer has all he needs to navigate through a modern recording session. Focusrite build and sound quality, intelligent front-end design and cutting-edge compression, EQ and foldback reverb software combine to guarantee an intuitive and trouble-free recording experience.

The brand new software accompanying the Saffire hardware is a revolutionary new platform from the team that produced LiquidControl and the Forte Suite. This stylish application floats comfortably over any recording software and allows extensive control over the sound of the recorded signals and the multiple (monitor and headphone) output paths.

Compression, reverb, amp modeling and EQ Saffire-powered plug-ins are included. All four are also available as a suite of plug-ins from within the recording platform in use. Up to five separate user-defined stereo mixes can be created of all incoming signals and recorded tracks from the recording platform.

Focusrite will also release the OctoPre LE, a "lite edition" of the company's established OctoPre, bringing Focusrite preamplification and A/D-D/A conversion to a new level of affordability for DAW and digital console users. OctoPre LE provides eight channels of Focusrite preamps, including two “super channels" that offer mic impedance matching and instrument D.I. inputs plus other features.

With the optional A/D-D/A board installed, OctoPre LE brings more to the DAW via ADAT lightpipe than ever before, allowing users to make the most of ADAT inputs and outputs for tracking and monitoring. In addition, the A/D-D/A option provides word clock in and out as well as being the only converter in its class to feature 256x clock, designed for Pro Tools engineers.

The OctoPre LE is available from January 2005 and will cost $499. The optional A/D-D-A will cost $199 MSRP and can be retrofitted at any time.

For additional specs for these products, please go to www.focusrite.com.