Excerpt: I have started to get more serious in my studio and bought the Saffire Pro 40 to replace a MBox 2 Pro. For a minimal upgrade in money, the sound upgrade was huge. The pre-amps sound much clearer than those of the MBox. Basically I use it to record your typical rock band set up.
Excerpt: The idea of "you get what you pay for" does not apply here. For the money I have not had a better interface. This is replacing my FireWire Duet which had better headphone and mic preamps, but the converters sound shockingly similar.
Excerpt: I use the Saffire pro 40 in my home studio and the quality of the mic pres are fantastic. There is very little recording latency and the Mix Control software affords you a great amount of flexibility when it comes to routing.
Excerpt: While these lower end Focusrite interfaces don't have the best mic pres out there, they have remained quiet even at high gain levels so far. With the ADAT inputs, it will also be easy to add higher mic pres/A-D converters when the time comes too.
Summary: after a bit of learning curve and re-thinking the concept, i was able to get rid of that latency issue that comes with pt9 this is a huge deal for some singers and musicians. it's more of a "feel" issue -while some can power through it- others have a real hard time "getting their song on" with the...
Excerpt: The product installed quite smoothly. It required a lot of tweaking of parameters to run smooth on Windows 7 though. The hints on the Focusrite website helped, but this hassle seems a bit unnecessary in 2011, sorry.
Excerpt: This is one of my first exploits into serious recording-- previously I was using straight to USB mics. The Saffire works great in itself, but it's far from intuitive when using with Logic. I'm going to need to do some more reading to figure out it's intricacies...
Pros: Clear Sound, Compact, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Versatile