Focusrite Saffire 6 USB Audio Interface

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The Focusrite Saffire 6 USB is a two-in/four-out USB audio interface. It uses the same award-winning Focusrite mic preamps as the rest of the Saffire range. This makes it the best value, and best sounding interface in its class.

It is ultra reliable and easy to set up, providing you with the simplest route to record into, and play back from your computer. It has lower latency than any of its rivals, and professional analogue-to-digital converters ensure you get the best possible signal into your recording software.

With two mic pres, multiple outputs and MIDI I/O, the Saffire 6 USB can be at the centre of your home recording setup. However, its rock-solid reliability means that you can take it out and record on location with confidence. The two-in, four-out configuration is perfect for laptop DJs who need to be able to cue up material, or send two different signals to either side of a DJ mixer.

The Saffire 6 USB comes with Ableton Live Lite 8, Novation's Bass Station synthesizer and over a gigabyte of samples. In addition to all this, you get the Focusrite FX Suite, which includes a compressor, gate, reverb and EQ to upgrade your standard AU/VST effects.

The Saffire 6 USB is the easiest way of getting the classic Focusrite mic preamp into your recording set-up.

Key Features

Two award-winning Focusrite preamps
The best sounding interface in its class. Focusrite's famous preamp legacy forms the foundation of this new interface, with two high-quality input stages.

Ultra-reliable and easy to set up
Saffire 6 USB is simple to set up and easy to use, allowing you to concentrate on recording and playing back. It is also very reliable, ideal for use as a portable interface for use on stage and on location.

High-quality 24-bit USB interface
Features the best A-D/D-A conversion in its class; pristine audio quality, super-low latency and reliable synchronisation are guaranteed.

Ready for DJs
Four RCA outputs, high-level headphone output and class-leading digital converter performance make Saffire 6 USB the ideal interface for the laptop DJ.

Xcite+ Software Bundle
Featuring a host of royalty-free loops and samples, a full-fledged soft-synth and Ableton Live Lite 8, providing an affordable upgrade path to Ableton Live.

Focusrite VST/AU Plug-in Suite, for use in the mix
Upgrade your standard sequencer effects and bring a touch of class to your session with all-new Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins.

Dedicated switchable front-panel headphone bus
Monitor either the main mix or cue mix via headphones, all switchable from the front panel.

Dedicated input/playback mix dial
Blend your monitor mix between what you're recording and the audio from the computer, for true zero-latency monitoring.

Bus-powered for a tidy mobile recording rig
Saffire 6 USB is powered via USB, with no need for an additional power supply.

Two Hi Z instrument inputs
No need for a separate DI. Saffire 6 USB provides instrument inputs with switchable high gain.

Tactile Monitor dial
A front panel volume dial provides immediate control over the main stereo outputs.

Switchable phantom power
Available across both mic pre inputs, globally switchable direct from the front fascia.

Key Performance Figures
- Real World ADC Dynamic Range: 105 dB (A-weighted)
- Real World DAC Dynamic Range: 103 dB (A-weighted)
- Chipset ADC/DAC Dynamic Range: 114 dB (A-weighted)
- Latency (Minimum Buffer Size): 77 SamplesNote: For Latency, the test machine was a Dual Core 2.66gHz Xeon
- Mac Pro with 2GB of RAM, running 10.5.7

Microphone Inputs
- Dynamic Range (A-Weighted): 105 dB
- SNR (A-weighted): -105 dB
- Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1 dB
- THD+N: 0.0025% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
- Noise: EIN > 120dB (measured with 50dB of gain with 150 Ohm termination (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
- Maximum Input level @ Minimum gain for 0 dBFS (without pad): -2.5 dBu
- Pad Attenuation: 10 dB

Line Inputs
- Dynamic Range (A-weighted): 105 dB
- SNR (A-weighted): 105 dB
- Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
- THD+N (A-Weighted): < 0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
- Noise: -90dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
- Maximum level (A-weighted): 16.3dBu at 1%

Instrument Inputs
- Dynamic Range (A-weighted): 105 dB
- SNR (A-weighted): 105 dB
- Frequency Response 20Hz-20KHz +/- 0.1 dB
- THD+N, -1dBFS, min gain, no pad < 0.0025% - Maximum Input Level for 0 dBFS (minimum gain, no pad): -3 dBu - Maximum Input Level for 0 dBFS (maximum gain, no pad): -53 dBu - Maximum Input Level for 0 dBFS (minimum gain, with pad): +7 dBu - Maximum Input Level for 0 dBFS (maximum gain, with pad): -43 dBu - Pad Attenuation: 10 dB - Crosstalk: > 80 dB

Analogue Audio Outputs 1-2 (¼" TRS)
- Electronically Balanced Outputs
- Maximum Output Level (0dBFS): +9 dBu
- THD+N: 0.0025% (0 dBFS input, 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

Analogue Audio Outputs 1-4 (RCA phono)
- Unbalanced Outputs
- Maximum output level (0dBFS): -3.5 dBu
- THD+N: 0.03% (0 dBFS input, 20Hz/20kHz bandpass filter)

Headphone Outputs
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20KHz +/- 0.1 dB
- SNR (A-weighted): 103 dB
- Dynamic Range: 103 dB
- Maximum Output into 32R: +3 dBu (-1.4 dBV)
- Power into 32R: 24 mW
- Output Impedance: < 7 Ohms - Load Impedance: > 24 Ohms

Additional Conversion Performance
- Clock jitter < 250 picoseconds

Supported Sample Rates
- 44.1kHz / 48kHz / 96kHz


Analogue Channel Inputs (Inputs 1-2)
- 2 x XLR Mic/Line/Inst high quality Combi-Jacks (Inputs 1-2)
- Automatic switch of Mic / Line (inserting a jack switches from Mic to either Line or Instrument (instrument selected via front panel)

Analogue Audio Outputs (Outputs 1-4)
- 2 x TRS analogue outputs (Outputs 1-2)
- 4 x RCA Phono outputs (Outputs 1-4)
- 1 x TRS stereo headphone output (switchable to outputs 1 and 2, or 3 and 4)

Other I/O
- 1 x USB 1.1 compliant USB port
- 1 x pair of MIDI I/O

- W = 220 mm / 8 ¾", H = 45 mm / 1 ¾" , D = 145 mm / 5 ¾"

- 1 kg / 2.2 lbs


System Requirements
- Computer: Apple Macintosh with a USB 1.1 compliant USB port
- CPU/Clock: PowerPC G4/1 GHz or higher (Intel/Dual 1 GHz or better recommended
- Memory (RAM): 512 MB (1 GB or more recommended)
- Screen Resolution: 1024x768 (1280x1024 or more recommended)

- Computer: Windows compatible computer with a USB 1.1 compliant USB port
- CPU/Clock: Pentium or AMD with 1 GHz or higher (Dual 1 GHz or better recommended)
- Memory (RAM): 512 MB (1 GB or more recommended)
- Screen Resolution: 1024x768 (1280x1024 or more recommended)


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