London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) March 02, 2012 -- An integral part of your new home studio setup will be some kind of audio interface, so you can record onto your computer. The Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 is a versatile firewire audio interface which will get your project studio up and running in no time. In terms of value to the recording engineer, the Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 delivers excellent value compared with other products on the market and has been priced to ensure that you get the highest quality kit for your hard earned cash.
On the front of the unit, you have 2 pre-amp mic/line inputs, placed perfectly for day-to-day tracking of ideas. When I get an idea for a melody or chord progression, I can easily plug my guitar or microphone into the front, fire up my production software and record the fleeting moment of inspiration for later use. The rest of the front panel allows you to control and monitor every input, also two headphone inputs, which is a very nice touch (using headphone splitters you can double this, a must for live recording situations).
Spin it round and you've got 6 more pre-amp mic/line inputs, so there's a total of 8. Now you can record a drum kit for the guts of your latest track, or even a full band live. The unit is portable enough to set up at a venue, and this is one way of maximising your studio project profits. There's an S/PDIF stereo input and an ADAT interface, which you can use to connect other audio interfaces, mixing desks, or you can use the 2 virtual 'loopback' inputs to sample audio with Ableton Live Lite - the music production software bundled with the Focusrite Saffire Pro 40.
This machine really pulls out all stops in terms of delivering value for money. This powerful unit delivers a level of flexibility that will delight amateurs and impress the professionals. The UI is intuitive and learning how to use all the features is quick and easy, whether you're a beginner or a seasoned and experienced musician. The built in monitor control is a great addition, especially for those working in surround. On the software side of things, the Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 comes with the Focusrite Control, which enables you to monitor all levels and basically functions as a mixing desk before your music production software. This means that not only can you fine tune the levels on the front of the unit; you can also make sure that nothing's peaking, using the Focusrite Control digital monitoring. Crossing the analogue to digital frontier can often mean that you unwittingly have committed a recording that may be distorted. The Focusrite Control software means that whatever goes to your production software can be monitored and final adjustments made before that all important take.
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