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Focusrite Saffire LE 6 In/8 Out Version 2 Firewire Audio Interface

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  • 24-bit 96kHz integrated A-D/D-A, Ultra-low latency Firewall interface
  • 6 inputs: 4 simultaneous analogue inputs, 2 Focusrite preamps, 2 balanced line inputs & stereo SPDIF in
  • 8 outputs: 6 balanced analog ouputs for creating separate headphones/monitor mixes or 5.1 surrond monitoring, plus stereo S/PDIF outputs
  • SaffireControl LE- Comprehensive level & monitoring control software
  • Focusrite Plug-in Suite: Compression, Reverb, Amp Modeling & EQ VST/AU plug-ins
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Product Description

Product Description

Focusrite Saffire LE is bundled with a host of other software titles and audio samples. Focusrite Saffire LE FireWire Audio Interface ensures the recording musician has¡­. Buy Focusrite Saffire LE FireWire now! Buy Focusrite Saffire LE FireWire now!

From the Manufacturer

Six inputs and eight outputs (including stereo digital I/O) with comprehensive monitoring and i/o control options ensure the recording musician has plenty of options for tracking and monitoring high quality audio. 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.

Although only the original Saffire has onboard DSP, the Saffire LE comes complete with the entire Saffire plug-in suite, offering highly acclaimed Compression, Reverb, Amp modeling and EQ in VST and AU formats. Furthermore, Saffire LE is bundled with a host of other software titles and audio samples, all included on the accompanying resources dvd.

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. Together with expertly designed analogue inputs and unrivalled digital conversion, Saffire LE is the perfect solution for discerning recording musicians on a budget.

Key Features

  • Focusrite Pre Amps and audio quality
    Class-leading pre amps and converter performance from one of the most prestigious names in music recording.
  • Unrivalled performance specificationSaffire LE boasts higher analogue and conversion performance specifications than any interface in its class.
  • SaffireControl LE
    Control everything without annoying dropdown menus. SaffireControl LE provides custom mix solutions direct from your DAW.
  • Saffire Plug-in Suite
    Focusrite's highly acclaimed Saffire plug-in suite comprises EQ, Compression, Amp Simulation and Reverb, in both VST and AU format.
  • Ultra-low latency Firewire interface
    The ultimate audio/power interface guarantees true mobility and seamless audio communication
  • 6 Inputs
    Including 4 simultaneous analogue inputs; two Focusrite preamps, two balanced Line Ins and stereo S/PDIF in.
  • Eight outputs
    Six balanced analogue outputs for creating separate headphones/monitor mixes or 5.1 surround monitoring, plus stereo S/PDIF Out.
  • Xcite+ Software bundle
    a host of exciting software solutions and free samples, including Ableton Live Lite 6 and over a gigabyte of royalty-free ‘loopmaster’ samples.




Operating System
• Windows® XP Service Pack 2 (Home, Professional, 64bit XP or Media Centre Edition) or Windows Vista (32bit and 64bit - all versions)

• Windows® XP compatible PC
• 400Mb/s IEEE1394/FireWire port (OHCI compliant recommended)

• 1.4 GHz Intel or compatible

Memory (RAM)
• 256MB or more
• 512MB or higher recommended


Operating System
• Mac OS X Panther (10.3.3 or later) - Mac OS update may be required

• Apple Mac Power PC G4, G5 or Intel Mac (any)

• G4/800 MHz (minimum)

Memory (RAM)
• 256MB or more
• 512MB or higher recommended


• Firewire chipsets from TI (Texas Instruments), VIA, and NEC are recommended
• It is highly recommended that Saffire be run on its own Firewire bus/card
• In order to use Saffire with a 4-pin IEEE1394 port you will need a 4-pin to 6-pin cable (not included) and must use the PSU (included)


Analogue I/O
• 2 x front panel XLR (mic) or 2 x front panel TRS Jacks (line/inst)
• 2 x rear panel TRS Jacks (line/inst)

• Mic Gain: +13dB to + 60dB
• Line 1&2 Gain: -10dB to +36dB
• Instrument Gain: +13dB to +60dB
• Line 3&4 Gain: +16dBu or ?10dBV for full scale input (software switchable)

• 6 Analogue outputs

• 6 x rear panel TRS Jacks

• Nominal output level 0dBFS = 16dBu, balanced
• Front Panel Analogue Volume control for outputs 1&2
• Software Digital Volume control for outputs 3-6
• All outputs are useable as monitoring outputs

Digital I/O
• 2 x SPDIF (RCA phono) on rear panel (24-bit, 96kHz) Output transformer isolated
• Clock Source: Internal clock or sync to word clock on SPDIF

• 1 in / 1 out on rear panel

Firewire S400
• 2 ports

• Either via FIREWIRE or external PSU (12v DC, 0.7A, centre pin positive)

Headphone Monitoring
• 1 x 1/4? TRS Jack on front panel (mirrors outputs 3-4)
• High power headphone driver


Analogue Performance - Inputs

• Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1 dB
• THD+N: 0.001% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
• Noise: EIN > 120dB (measured at 60dB of gain with 150 Ohm termination (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

• Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
• THD+N: 0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
• Noise: -88dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

• Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
• THD+N: 0.004% (measured with 0dBu input and 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
• Noise: -87dBu (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

Analogue Performance - Outputs
• Frequency Response: 20Hz ? 20kHz +/- 0.2dB
• THD+N 105dB ?A-weighted' (all outputs)
• Clock Jitter < 250 pico seconds
• Sample rate 44.1 to 96kHz

• 1.1kg
• 2.4Ibs

• 65mm (W) x 170mm (H) x 170mm (D)
• 2.6" (W) x 6.7" (H) x 6.7" (D)

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 4.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Item model number: AMS-SAFFIRE LE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,310 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DJ Exquiz on July 19, 2009
I've had this soundcard (audio interface would be more accurate) for about 2 years, and since that time there have been alot of new USB and some firwire soundcards put on the market. Alot of the newer interfaces are also smaller by comparison but I still think that this as a serious recording interface can't be beat.

I recommend the Saffire LE over the Saffire because the main difference is the Saffire (399) version has sound effects built into the soundcard, and the Saffire LE has the effects bundled as VST plug ins which can be used with any VST compatible program (requires registration though).

I have this soundcard and a Echo MiaMIDI Digital PCI Audio Interface (another workhouse, had over 5 years), and I use this for either laptop recording, or hook it up to my desktop when I want to record straight from an instrument. I've recorded digitally and analog from an MPC 1000 and 2000, and various midi keyboards, also used the mic inputs with a Shure microphone, great quality.

The reason for four stars instead of five? If you use this soundcard with a MINI-firewire plug, like the ones built into most Dell laptops, make sure you have the latest version of the firmware to make up for any latency (delay, audio dropout) coming from using a mini-firewire plug versus a regular Firewire 400 or 800 port. This shouldn't be a problem on Macs or most PCs desktops with FIREWIRE PORTS, but it was a small issue when I first started using it with a Dell laptop, after updating the software the latency issues were greatly improved (basically non-existant). And again this is a FIREWIRE ONLY audio interface, it WON'T WORK WITH USB! Hope this is informative, have fun!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Bouchard on April 23, 2009
I purchased this Firewire Audio Interface for use with a AKG Perception microphone, and the resultant sound quality is excellent. I couldn't be happier especially considering the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phillip R. on December 29, 2009
It's always tough reviewing something after changing over to new software or hardware, or both. But this unit seems to work really well with Mac software, Logic, Garage Band, etc. Little setup time, lots of features. It comes bulked with a mind-blowing stack of demo CDs and software, all pretty much useless trials and CD's trying to get you to buy software, so if you have nothing to run it with you will need something for sure.

Issues with the unit? The only thing is I have no idea how to turn it off, I emailed Focusrite' support and they said there was none. So when not in use you will need to unplug the firewire cable, and or the power cable, it's sort of a silly little flaw that can get annoying.
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By Rick Ven on March 12, 2010
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After coming off a highly dissapointed experience using the POD Tone Port 2, I decided to research the Saffire. The reviews spoke very well of this device. I have owned it now for one year (beats the 6 months lifespan of my Tone Port).

About the Interface:
It is a very sturdy product. Its sound quality is crisp, clear far exceeded the previous 4 home recording interfaces I have owned thus far. The Saffire LE includes every type of connection I needed for an interface: XLRs for my mic, 1/4" for my stereo guitar, MIDI for my keyboard. I could not ask for more! Any other unit in this price line lacked at least one of these connections.

About the packaged software:
Contains a nice set of EQs, Comp, and Reverb. Each of them are editable to your taste. It also has built in mixer that manages the volumes from multiple sources going out. For example, if you like to practice to pre-recorded music you will have your instrument in one channel and a software like iTunes in another channel running at the same time. This interface screen enables you to blend the volume between the two sources from one screen without having to mess with each source on its own. It will allow you to set the volumes for each. Then, using the cross fader you can modulate between which output is to have the greater volume.

About the output:
One feature I discovered after purchase that I found to be very resourceful was the separate volume controls for both the speakers and headphones. This was a nice surprise. My home studio uses near field speakers facing my PC. Meanwhile, the other half of the room is where the instrumentalist records.
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