Reviews and Problems with FOCUSRITE Saffire Pro 40 Professional 20 In/20 Out Firewire Audio Interface with Eight Pre-Amps
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Poor build quality, weak preamps
gandalore burgertime, amazon.com
10 October 2011
Summary: The first one of these I bought had a defect where two preamps were mixed into one channel. If you plugged a mic into channel 5, you could hear it in channel 6 as well. The second has a TRS cable stuck in it. The hybrid jacks are junk. The build quality for these devices is just plain bad. The preamps that so many folks rave about need to be set between 8 and 10 to pick up any sound. At 9 they start getting noisy. Even my m-audio dmp3 had some decent gain in it.
Summary: It works perfectly with Pro Tools 9, the preamps sound great and the mix control software provides great flexibility in signal routing. Very easy to install and use on Mac OS X. I give it 4 stars because I think Saffire Pro 40 needs to integrate high-pass filters for the first two preamps, but otherwise I'm very satisfied.
Summary: I originally bought this to supplement my 01v96 mixer for more inputs and outputs strictly for live sound use. It does that very well and I've had zero issues with it. I'm glad I went with this over any presonus equivalents. I don't do a lot of recording but I tested it out when I first got it. I run a Dell inspiron 1525 W7x64 pc laptop. 3g ram, 2.0 GHZ core 2 duo processor. I've had it almost 3 years now.
Summary: After using an M-Audio Firewire Solo for many years, & having difficulty with an M-Audio Fast Track Ultra (USB 2.0 connection was not even recognized by my machine), I upgraded to the PRO40. I use a PC, and did not have any Firewire ports on this newest machine, so I did have to buy a PCI Firewire card (be sure to find one with a Texas Instruments chipset, or be prepared for issues).
Summary: Excellent audio interface, especially at this price range. I primarily use mine for a theatre playback interface, utilizing the outputs, but also have used it as a recording interface and often as a standalone pre, sending mic signals out over the ADAT port to expand a system for live mixing. The box sounds excellent, easy to setup, no driver issues, and a easy to use computer GUI.
Summary: Great firewire interface recording unit. I am using this with Windows 7 64 bit and Sonar 8.5.3 Professional Edition. I have tried many different interface units and the Saffire Pro 40 has been the easiest to install and use. The preamps are very good and better than other units I tried. The only negative is the latency, as with most firewire devices but even that is not a big issue.
Summary: I'm sure Mac users have a different story to tell, and hopefully, they will defend the legitimacy of this product themselves. I, however, have tested three of these (I sent it back twice before opting for the refund) on Windows XP x86 and both x86 and 64 bit Windows 7 machines. From my experience, it ran with the least dropouts on XP (when using one input at a time with absolutely no software preamping) and had a nice flat sound.