The Focusrite Saffire range is compatible with Thunderbolt and FireWire, and are the best of their kind: they offer precision analogue/digital conversion quality and Focusrite’s award-winning mic preamps, developed from 30 years of experience in mic pre design, delivering clean, transparent sound with minimal noise and distortion. The top-of-the-range model, Liquid Saffire 56, brings to you the legendary quality of their studio consoles, but in a compact 2U rack unit!
The Liquid Saffire 56 packs in a lot: 10 famous mic pre emulations on 2 liquid pres, 6 focusrite pre amps and multiple connectivity, all in a pristine conversion audio interface. It is the most effective way to get high-quality audio into and out of your DAW, and compatible with any DAW on Macintosh or Windows.
With the included Red 2 and Red 3 AAX plugins, the Liquid Saffire 56 is a perfect partner for Pro Tools, and could easily become one of the most prized possessions in your studio! Now available for just £499, it's a real bargain - you'll save over £200 off SRP! The Liquid Saffire 56 is now available online and also in stock at most PMT Stores. Contact your local PMT House of Rock to check for availability!
8 MIC PREAMPS
Six preamps feature Focusrite’s dual-stage design, specially-created for the Focusrite interface range and founded on design experience harking back to 1985, when console legend Rupert Neve was asked by Sir George Martin to design new modules for the AIR Studios console – setting the foundation for thirty years of Focusrite development.
The remaining pair of mic preamps features Focusrite’s powerful Liquid emulation technology. This combines with Saffire PRO Firewire interfacing to deliver a host of authentic preamp flavours, seamless software integration, excellent routing flexibility and future-proof, rock-solid driver stability.
Here's a video showcasing how different emulations can change the character of your recordings:
These two Liquid Pre amps provide the choice of ten different authentic-sounding preamp emulations, including emulations based on the Neve 1073, the Pultec MB-1, Telefunken V72 and seven other classic designs. A harmonics dial on each Liquid preamp lets you emulate variance in vintage originals of the same model, or use levels of 2nd, 3rd and 5th harmonics creatively to shape your sound.
The Liquid Saffire 56 has all the I/Os you'll ever need! There are ten analogue outputs, 16 channels of ADAT I/O, stereo S/PDIF, MIDI and two virtual ‘loopback’ inputs for routing digital audio between software applications — ideal for capturing audio playback within your computer. Mic, Line and Instrument inputs all use independent connectors, with the input type for each channel selectable via custom control software.
Consequently, all the inputs can remain permanently connected, your interface securely in the rack ready for whatever your recording session demands. In addition, word-clock I/O is provided on BNC connectors, allowing Liquid Saffire 56 to act as either a master clock for your studio, or as a slave to an existing sync system.
Every mic channel features an independent phantom power and a high-pass filter, switchable from the front panel, with the two instrument channels also featuring 9dB pads for additional headroom. Front panel five-step LED metering for all inputs, including ADAT and S/PDIF, offers accurate viewing of all levels.
By Ivan Silva