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Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 Firewire Interface

Professional 20 In / 20 Out Firewire interface with eight Focusrite Pre-amps

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Product Description for the Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 Firewire Interface

Focusrite’s Saffire range of Firewire audio interfaces highlights the fundamental features that distinguish the sound quality of Focusrite interfaces from other available products in their class: precision analogue/digital conversion quality, a result of careful circuit design, multi-layer board layout and component choices, and Focusrite’s award-winning mic preamps, developed from 30 years of experience in mic pre design and created especially for our interfaces to deliver clean, transparent sound with minimal noise and distortion. Click here to learn more about the keys to Focusrite interface superiority. Saffire interfaces offer the most effective way to get high-quality audio into and out of your DAW. They’re compatible with any DAW on Macintosh or Windows, and with the included Red 2 and Red 3 AAX plugins, make a perfect partner for Pro Tools.

20-in, 20 out Firewire interface with eight Focusrite mic pres

Designed with the sophisticated project studio owner or smaller commercial facility in mind, Saffire PRO 40 features a versatile 20 inputs and 20 outputs, including a complement of eight Focusrite mic preamps guaranteed to get the best out of any microphone, with minimal noise and distortion even at high gain. Two mic/line/instrument inputs are accessed via the front panel, which also provides two independent headphone monitor outputs.

30-year heritage of acclaimed mic pre design

Focusrite’s unparalleled preamp legacy forms the foundation of this versatile interface, with eight award-winning Focusrite preamps. Focusrite came into being thirty years ago in 1985 when console design legend Rupert Neve was asked by Sir George Martin to develop new mic pres for the consoles at AIR studios. The resulting, sought-after sound has been the basis of Focusrite mic preamps ever since. Those used in our computer interface ranges are a special 2-stage design created specially for the purpose, combining low noise, high gain and exceptional headroom, allowing you to get the best out of any microphone.

Precision conversion in and out

Our acclaimed mic pres are combined with the very latest in interfacing technology, including precision digital conversion based on exceptional circuit design and multi-layer boards, offering the lowest possible latency. JetPLL™ jitter-reduction technology helps to attain the goal of pristine audio quality, coupled with excellent routing flexibility and future-proof, rock-solid stability. Meanwhile, powerful Saffire MixControl DSP-based zero-latency mixing software allows the maximum monitoring flexibility.

A host of I/O options

All eight main inputs feature combo XLR/TRS connectors and sense which is in use automatically. Inputs 1 and 2 appear on the front panel and support mic, line and instrument operation, while the remaining six are on the rear panel and offer mic and line input functionality. In addition to the comprehensive monitoring options described below, there are eight TRS line outputs. In addition, ADAT I/O, stereo S/PDIF I/O and two virtual ‘loopback’ inputs for routing digital audio between software applications are provided. Every mic pre features phantom power, with the first two channels also featuring -9dB pads for additional headroom. Front panel five-step LED metering for each analogue input offers accurate viewing of levels.

MixControl: zero-latency DSP-powered mixing software

Saffire MixControl, the ultra-low-latency 18 x 16 DSP Mixer/Router software provided with Saffire PRO 40, sets a new standard at this price point for audio interface control. It features unparalleled output routing and monitoring, as well as intuitive one-click options, a clear and concise mixing layout and large on-screen metering for inputs, outputs and submixes.

Maximum monitoring

Two independent headphone buses are provided, each with their own level controls available on the front panel. A dedicated stereo monitor mix TRS output features pads for improved sound quality when connected to active monitor speakers, while an 'anti-thump' circuit protects your monitor speakers from spikes when booting up or shutting down. Front panel controls include a main monitor dial with dim and mute switches, all of which fully integrate with customisable software to cover every possible monitoring need, providing a set of controls for any set-up from basic stereo to full 7.1 surround.


Eight high-quality award-winning Focusrite preamps

  • The best sounding interface in its class. Focusrite's unparalleled preamp legacy forms the foundation of this new interface, with eight award-winning Focusrite preamps.

High-quality 24-bit/96kHz FireWire interface

  • Features high quality A-D / D-A conversion and JetPLL jitter reduction technology; pristine audio quality and reliable synchronisation are guaranteed.

Total I/O count of 20 inputs and 20 outputs

  • A host of I/O options are provided*, including a unique 'loopback' facility for routing audio between software applications via Saffire MixControl.

The Focusrite Plug-in Suite

  • 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.

Two separate headphone buses

  • Two artists can receive independent and fully customised monitor mixes. Each output has an independent level control available on the front panel.

Saffire MixControl ultra-low-latency DSP mixer/router

  • Routing flexibility and intuitive one-click set-up solutions; Saffire MixControl provides an 18 x 16 DSP mixer with excellent output routing and monitoring capabilities.

Unmatched routing flexibility

  • Saffire PRO 40 is the most flexible interface in its class, able to adapt to any recording session quickly and intuitively. The user is able to route any input signal or DAW output, or a mix of both, to any of the 20 outputs.


Microphone Inputs

  • Dynamic Range (A-Weighted) : 109dB
  • SNR (A-weighted) : -109dB
  • Frequency Response : 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1 dB
  • THD+N : 0.001% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Noise : EIN > 125dB (128dB analogue to digital) (measured at 60dB of gain with 150 Ohm termination (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Maximum level (A-weighted) : 8dBu at 1%

Line Inputs                                                          

  • Dynamic Range (A-Weighted) : 109dB
  • SNR (A-weighted) : -109dB
  • 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)
  • Maximum level (A-weighted) : 28.5dBu at 1%

Instrument Inputs

  • Frequency Response 20Hz-20KHz +/- 0.1dB
  • Maximum Input Level min gain no pad +8dBu
  • Maximum Input Level max gain no pad -42dBu
  • THD+N, -1dBFS, min gain, no pad < 0.0015%
  • SNR 109dB "A"                                                                                                          
  • DNR 109dB "A"
  • Input Impedance > 1MOhm
  • X-talk < -100dB
  • Adjustable Gain > 50dB
  • Pad Attenuation 10dB

Headphone Outputs

  • Frequency Response 20Hz-20KHz +/- 0.1dB
  • SNR 109dB "A"
  • DNR 109dB "A"
  • Maximum Output into 32R +12.4dBu (+10.2dBV)
  • Power into 32R 250mW
  • Output Impedance < 7Ohms
  • Load Impedance > 24Ohms

Line level Outputs

  • Dynamic Range (A-Weighted) : 108dB
  • SNR (A-weighted) : -108dB
  • THD+N : < 0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Maximum level (A-weighted) : 15.7dBu at 0.883%

Additional Conversion Performance

  • Clock jitter < 250 picoseconds
  • THD+N AMPL (A-weighted)= -109dBFS


Analogue Channel Inputs (Inputs 1-8)

  • 2 Mic/Line/Inst Combo XLR (Inputs 1 and 2)
  • 6 Mic/Line Combo XLR (Inputs 3-8)
  • Automatic switching of Mic / Line (e.g. inserting a jack switches from Mic to either Line or Instrument)

Digital Channel Inputs (Inputs 9-18) 44.1-96kHz

  • Stereo S/PDIF input on RCA
  • 8 ADAT inputs on Optical Connector, reduces to 4 inputs at 88.2/96kHz • Optical input can be switched to S/PDIF 3/4 in software preferences (Both ADATs and S/PDIF over RCA input disabled)

Analogue Audio Outputs (Outputs 1-10)            

  • 8 ¼” TRS Jack (Outputs 3-10)
  • 2 monitor mix outputs on ¼” TRS Jack (Outputs 1 and 2)
  • Stereo headphones mix 1 on ¼” TRS (also routed to outputs 7 & 8)
  • Stereo Headphones mix 2 on ¼” TRS (also routed to outputs 9 & 10)

Digital Channel Outputs (Outputs 11-20) 44.1-96kHz

  • Stereo S/PDIF output on RCA
  • 8 ADAT outputs on Optical Connector, reduces to 4 outputs at 88.2/96kHz
  • Optical output can be switched to S/PDIF 3/4 in software preferences (ADATs disabled)

Other I/O                      

  • 2 6-pin FireWire sockets
  • 2 Standard 5-pin DIN MIDI connectors: In and Out
  • IEC mains power input connector

Weight and Dims

  • 3kg / 6.6Ibs
  • 482mm / 19" (W) x 45mm / 1.8" (H) x 265mm /10.4" (D)
Brand Focusrite
Weight 6.6000
Dimensions (WxHxD) 19" x 1.8" x 10.4"

Customer Reviews

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Awesome Interface!
Review by Brummy Road
We had started our recording process with the M- Audio MBox Mini and after a few months we decided that we had to take a step up and after tons of reseach we came across this... Man, this thing is awesome! We took more than just a step! Our Microphones sounded better, our piano stereo tracks were way better, and not to mention enough tracks to record drums! which we did... I'll say it again.... Awesome! even when we move up we will keep this. (Posted on 12/17/13)
Awesome Piece Of Gear!
Review by Kyle
I got this recording interface back a little before Christmas and wanted to really use it before I wrote a review on it. Well I've used it a lot since then and I'm in love with it! The preamps are nice and quiet, the amount of input output is awesome and the mixing software that comes with in rocks! And it's build like a tank!
I'm always impressed by this interface and what it can do. From zero latency routing to things as simple as making my normal relaxing music's quality sound better, it does everything and more that I had hoped for and I can always count on it to get the job done.
If you're looking at getting a piece of gear that will carry you a long away in home/professional recording then look no further, this is your man! And the guys here at Proaudiostar will defiantly hook you up with a good deal. I know they'll always be my first choice! (Posted on 5/16/13)
Great interface!
Review by Ryan
The Saffire Pro 40 is my first serious toe-dip into the vast recording ocean and I have been very impressed thus far. Previously, I was recording through a mixer into my computer's sound card and the background noise alone made any recordings practically unusable. Not an issue with the Pro 40. This AI has provided very quiet recordings even with the gain cranked and is a breeze to use. Thing is also built like a tank. The Mix Control software was a little intimidating at first, but a quick read through the owner's manual provided enough info to get me going. The program is versatile and extremely useful in creating different mixes. Like I said, I've only had it for a week but am pumped about the potential. Abelton Live Lite has been awesome as well compared to the free DAW I was using previously. I would definitely recommend to anyone else looking to get into recording. (Posted on 3/9/12)
great piece of gear
Review by kaleboch
this thing sounds fantastic not only for the price.the preamps are quiet and transparent and with so many inputs you cant go it (Posted on 10/16/11)
Power Packed Digital interface!
Review by Low Down
Got a smoking deal on this interface through Pro Audio Star. The mic pre\'s are quite nice on this 20 I/O interface and it certainly equals other interfaces costing 2-3 times as much.
For the price, it cannot be beat! Ours is used to \"CD release quality\" recordings on an independant label. (Posted on 9/26/11)
Outstandng interface (and not only for the money)
Review by Piotr Grella-Mozejko
I will begin with expressing my very warm thanks to the ProAudio Star representatives who literally bent over backwards to help me get this interface as soon as possible. I live in Canada and ordered the Sapphire Pro 40 early in 2011 from ProAudio Star because they offered a discount, which was impossible to ignore. Now on to the (brief) review. I want to say that although it takes time to figure out how the routing software works (but it does work great alright), the hardware is simply outstanding and the preamps, incredible. This is British design at its really, really high level, and for a realistic price at that. Everything feels good about this product from the uncoloured sound itself to the very solidly built case. This interface is definitely studio quality and works for a variety of - sometimes totally different - applications ranging from recording acoustic classical music to mixing experimental electronica. Very highly recommended. (Posted on 8/17/11)
Highly Recommended
Review by MEStudio
Great pre\'s for the price! I have had nothing but excellent results with my Focusrite.

The only thing I would recommend is buying two! (Posted on 3/19/11)
Solid, stable, no-hassle interface
Review by Lord Preset
There are interfaces with more bells and whistles (that you mostly don\'t need) and interfaces with better pre\'s (for much more money) but I couldn\'t be happier. Absolutely no driver glitches, very quiet neutral sounding pres, sturdy construction - I am done longing for a better front end. If you can\'t make this sound good you aren\'t trying. (Posted on 9/9/10)
Overall, Great Product
Review by Caleb
I am new to recording music and I must say that this product has worked wonders. I\'ve only got to use it once time in the past couple of weeks. During my session, I experienced some pretty high quality recording. I\'m not sure how top notch quality this interface is, but I would definitely recommend it to any new person recording music. (Posted on 8/15/10)

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