Summary: Where to start? This is primarily for project studio and field recording work. It can be powered soley by its Firewire jack, which is nice. It has real Saffire preamps for microphones, which are very nice. It has a very high quality, high speed DAC, which is excellent. Finally, it drives headphones so well it kicks the hell out of many solid state dedicated headphone amplifiers in this price range. This, my friends, was not expected.
Summary: I have been producing music for pleasure/leisure for the past 4 years. I have strictly used my laptop and software to produce all my music, of course with a midi keyboard and Launchpad controller. I decided it was time for monitors and an interface also for recording live instruments. This interface is absolutely perfect for the beginner-moderate producer/musician/engineer. For the price, it can not be beat.
Hardware is great. Software & support could use work.
J. Morris "photo_jeff", amazon.com
14 September 2011
Summary: I bought this breakout box to replace an aging M-Audio interface (1010 LT, I think it was). I wanted the external box so I could have easier access to inputs & outputs, and because I needed a shiny new toy. After comparing reviews and prices, this box seemed like the perfect option. High build quality, nice specs, separate monitor / headphone outputs, and a software mixer for different routing options.
Summary: the only problem i encountered with the saffire 14 is that my msi motherboard built-in firewire (with an extension bracket at the back) was not putting out the proper i/o. windows 7 identified it and loaded the drivers yet the saffire won't lock in with the software. however, as soon as i added an independent firewire pci card (with NEC chipset), the saffire locked in immediately and from then on, no other problems were encountered.
Summary: Don't buy if using Windows 7, although it says it is compatible on the site. I've been, no exaggeration, for one month and a half with the sluggish support team doing all kinds of tweaks and juggles with my computer. Result: Having to restore laptop to factory settings and the Saffire pro 14 still not working (clicks and pops mayhem). Plus the thing is bulky, and the number of inputs and outputs are not that many.
Summary: The Focusrite Saffire Pro 14 works great on my Mac Pro. At the time of writing, using Mac OS 10.6.7. Directly accessible from apps, or the Mac's standard I/O. You can also use the Saffire Pro's headphone jack for audio out. I got poor quality input using the default settings in Bias Peak Pro. But perfect audio with the Adobe SoundBooth. You can power with the included power adapter, or it will also power via firewire.
Excerpt: I don't have enough experience with other products to say how this stacks up against them, but that said - the Saffire audio quality sounds fantastic to me. Also I've noticed absolutely no latency or lag while recording and playing back multiple tracks at the same time.
Summary: This works fantastically on my Mac Mini. Mic Preamps: clear and transparent, both with condensers and dynamics. Max gain is around 60dB. With input volume knob turned 90%, you can do noise-free whispers on an SM57, just to give you an idea of the gain range. Hi-Z Instrument Input: gain starts at +13dB, causing clipping when direct-recording an electric guitar with passive high-output pickups. This is a design limitation on many audio interfaces.