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Focusrite brings its FireWire Saffire range to the masses...

Published: Fri May 12, 2006

Focusrite brings its FireWire Saffire range to the masses with the new,
even more affordable LE…

Housed within a sleek black and silver casing and mirroring the
original Saffire’s desktop design, Saffire LE enables Focusrite to
deliver class-leading professional audio and conversion performance to
a far wider audience than ever before.

Six inputs and eight outputs (including stereo digital I/O) with
comprehensive monitoring and I/O control options ensure the recording
musician has all that’s needed to navigate through a modern recording
session. Focusrite build and sound quality, intelligent front-end
design and a one-click GUI solution combine to guarantee an intuitive
and trouble-free professional recording experience.

Whilst Saffire LE lacks the onboard DSP of the original Saffire, it
comes bundled with the same acclaimed Compression, Reverb, Amp
modelling and EQ VST/AU plug-ins, available as a suite for use within
the recording platform. (These premium plug-ins have been described by
numerous reviewers as equal in quality to stand-alone plug-ins costing
well in excess of Saffire LE in its entirety.) With both template and
advanced modes for EQ and Compression, as well as ‘save’ and ‘paste’
functionality for all four, they’re easy to use too. Furthermore,
Saffire LE comes bundled with host of other software titles, including
FXpansion’s BFD ultralite and a demo version of GURU, Novation’s
classic B-Station soft synth and perhaps most notably, Ableton Live 5
Lite, a Focusrite edition of the award-winning performance and
sequencing software. It also comes with 470 megs of royalty-free loops
and samples, compiled exclusively for Focusrite by Loopmasters.

As with the original Saffire, input and output levels and latency-free
monitoring solutions, can all be controlled via the accompanying
SaffireControl LE software. This stylish application floats comfortably
over any recording software, and can shrink in size to suit a number of
different recording scenarios. Also provided are one-click solutions to
switch between tracking and soundcard setups, as well as switches for
selecting MIDI thru and AC3 Thru, which allows an AC3 or DTS signal to
be transmitted using the S/PDIF output. Of course, the hardware also
features tactile controls, including input level, phantom power switch
and indicator, and independent monitor level control for the artist and
engineer simultaneously.

Saffire LE Highlights
•    Ultra-low latency Firewire 400 interface.
•    Unprecedented audio and conversion performance for the price
•     24-bit, 96kHz integrated A-D/D-A
•     Six inputs; Two Focusrite preamps, two balanced Line I/Ps and SPDIF
•     Eight Outputs: Six balanced analogue outputs for creating separate
headphone/monitor mixes or 5.1 surround monitoring and SPDIF Output
•     Suite of Saffire plug-ins; Compression, EQ, Amp modeling and Reverb
•     SaffireControl LE – Comprehensive level and monitoring control
•    Software/Sample Bundle – Includes Ableton Live 5 Lite, BFD Ultralite,
GURU demo version, Novation B-Station virtual bass synth, and 470 MBs
of samples, exclusively compiled for Focusrite by Loopmasters.
•    MIDI I/O and MIDI Thru
•     AC3 and DTS compatibility

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