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Focusrite Saffire PRO 26 Firewire Audio Interface

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Now With FREE Softube Plug-ins

Saffire PRO 26 is the ideal tool for both studio recording and live performers. Building on four decades of audio excellence, Saffire PRO 26 is an 18-in, 8-out 24-bit/96kHz Firewire/Thunderbolt compatible* interface designed with professional users in mind...

 

Download the Softube Time and Tone Pack for free from their download area on focusrite.com; valid with all registered purchases of Focusrite Scarlett, Saffire, and Clarett Interfaces that were made on or after September 1st, 2015

 

Softube Time and Tone Pack is a unique plug-in bundle (valued at $198), which includes three of Softube’s
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it to fatten up bass lines, add some harmonics and shimmer to vocals, or simply destroy your drum loop.
Simply turn up the knob to add saturation, and use the three-position switch to alter the distortion character.

 

 

All Focusrite's Saffire PRO FireWire interfaces are fully compatible with Thunderbolt™ with the use of a simple FireWire to Thunderbolt adaptor. For more details visit the answerbase.

Firewire/Thunderbolt Compatible* Audio Interface with Four Focusrite Mic Preamps

Saffire PRO 26 is the ideal tool for both studio recording and live performers. Building on four decades of audio excellence, Saffire PRO 26 is an 18-in, 8-out 24-bit/96kHz Firewire/Thunderbolt compatible* interface designed with professional users in mind. Its four award-winning Focusrite preamps along with the very latest in A-D/D-A conversion technology combine with the powerful Saffire Mix Control software to deliver professional sound quality, flexible routing options and rock-solid reliability.

Four Decades of Audio Excellence

Focusrite Forte Console

With over four decades of experience in analogue audio equipment design, Focusrite is renowned for producing some of the industry's most popular preamps, channel strips and audio interfaces. At the heart of Saffire PRO 26 lies its impeccable sonic integrity, staying true to Focusrite's core value that 'Sound is Everything'.

Comprehensive, Professional Selection of I/O

Saffire PRO 26 Inputs and Outputs

Featuring a comprehensive selection of professional analogue and digital I/O options, Saffire PRO 26 has a total of 18 inputs and eight outputs, allowing you to expand and augment your recording or live setups to ensure you get the most out of your interface.

  • Four XLR/TRS line inputs with 48V Phantom power and two optional front panel Instrument inputs
  • Two additional rear panel TRS line inputs
  • Eight channels of ADAT digital input provide connectivity for external multi-channel preamps such as the Focusrite OctopPre MkII
  • Two channels of digital S/PDIF inputs enable connections to additional digital-equipped outboard equipment
  • Stereo 'loopback' allows two channels of audio to be routed from software applications directly into your DAW
  • Six rear panel TRS line-level outputs perfect for multi-channel playback and mixing
  • Two channels of digital S/PDIF outputs

Multiple Connectivity Options - FireWire or Thunderbolt*

FireWire and Thunderbolt

Like all Saffire interfaces, Saffire PRO 26 will connect to multiple ports on your computer including FireWire and Thunderbolt* ports. Saffire Pro 26 connects seamlessly to a Thunderbolt port via a FireWire to Thunderbolt adaptor (not included) or directly to a FireWire 800 port with the provided cable. Its dual-protocol compatibility (Firewire and Thunderbolt) means it will work seamlessly for years to come with the next generation of computers.

Sturdy, Portable Design - Perfect for Studio, Mobile and Live

Sturdy and Compact for Portable and Live use

Designed with both recording engineers and live performers in mind, Saffire PRO 26 comes in a sleek yet sturdy chassis that will sit neatly on your desktop or fit easily into a bag for transport. Built to last, Saffire PRO 26 can withstand the harshness of the road, but looks great in your studio too! What's more, thanks to Saffire Mix Control - a control software application that runs on the host computer - Saffire PRO 26 is just as powerful in live situations as it is in the studio. The ultra-low-latency 26x8 DSP mixer/router features flexible output routing and monitoring for custom monitor mixes, as well as intuitive one-click presets to help you set up your session as quickly as possible, whether you're tracking, mixing or monitoring.

Record Straight Away with the Included Software Bundle

Comprehensive Software Bundled Included

Saffire PRO 26 ships with a comprehensive software bundle, so you can start recording straight out of the box. Included is a free DAW in the form of Ableton Live Lite, Focusrite's professional Midnight and Scarlett plug-in suites, Novation BassStation virtual synthesiser and 1GB of Loopmasters sample content.

 

KEY FEATURES

Four Award-winning Focusrite Preamps

Four Award-winning Focusrite Preamps

Focusrite's unparalleled preamp heritage lies at the heart of Saffire PRO 26, which includes four award-winning preamps, helping to make it the best-sounding interface in its class.

Precision 24-bit/96kHz conversion and pristine analogue audio

Precision 24-bit/96kHz conversion and pristine analogue audio

Precision A-D / D-A conversion with JetPLL™ jitter reduction technology; pristine digital & analogue audio quality and reliable synchronisation.

Multiple Connectivity Options - FireWire or Thunderbolt™*

Multiple Connectivity Options - FireWire or Thunderbolt™*

Like all Saffire interfaces, Saffire PRO 26 will connect to multiple ports on your computer including FireWire and Thunderbolt* ports. Saffire PRO 26 connects seamlessly to a Thunderbolt port via a FireWire to Thunderbolt adaptor (not included) or directly to a FireWire 800 port with the provided cable.

Keep your USB Buses Free

Keep your USB Buses Free

If you're connecting multiple USB devices to your computer such as external hard drives, mice and keyboards then streaming audio over a separate FireWire or Thunderbolt* port will allow you to keep your USB ports free and reduce the possibility of interference with other devices.

Comprehensive I/O – 18 inputs and 8 outputs

Comprehensive I/O – 18 inputs and 8 outputs

A host of I/O options is provided, including four mic/line pres, two of which have high-impedance instrument capability and 8dB pads, plus two additional TRS inputs; two independently-controlled headphone outputs, six TRS line outputs and a 'loopback' facility for routing audio between software applications via Saffire MixControl.

Expand your interface with up to eight extra analogue inputs

Expand your interface with up to eight extra analogue inputs 

ADAT optical input allows extensive input expansion of your interface – expand Saffire PRO 26 with up to eight additional preamps or line inputs. Pair Saffire PRO 26 with Focusrite's OctoPre MkII eight-channel preamp and instantly transform your interface into a 12 preamp unit.

Firewire Bus-powered

Firewire Bus-powered

Connect directly to your Firewire port for bus power – extremely useful for live or mobile recording applications.

 Dual headphone outputs – multiple monitor mixes

Dual headphone outputs – multiple monitor mixes

Give multiple artists independent, fully customised monitor mixes – two with independent headphone sockets and front-panel level controls.

 5-Segment LED metering

5-Segment LED metering

Use the six front-panel LED meters to accurately monitor input levels when recording.

Solid build quality in a portable chassis

Solid build quality in a portable chassis

Saffire PRO 26 can sit neatly on your desktop, or will fit easily into a bag for mobile recording or live performance usage.

Solid build quality in a portable chassis

Comprehensive Software Bundle

Included is a free DAW in the form of Ableton Live Lite, Focusrite's professional Midnight and Scarlett plug-in suites, Novation BassStation virtual synthesiser and 1GB of Loopmasters sample content.

 

Specifications

Front Panel

Saffire PRO 26 Front Panel

  • 2 x Line/Instrument inputs (line inputs also available on rear panel)
  • 2 x Headphone outputs with independent volume controls
  • Main monitor volume control with dim and mute switches
  • 6 x 5-segment LED input metering
  • 2 x 8dB pad switches on inputs 1 & 2
  • 2 x line/instrument switches on inputs 1 & 2
  • 2 x Phantom power switches (1-2) & (3-4)
  • 4 x gain knobs for preamp gain

Rear Panel

Saffire PRO 26 Rear Panel

  • 2 x XLR microphone inputs
  • 2 x Combi XLR/TRS Mic/line inputs
  • 2 x Additional Line inputs
  • 6 x balanced TRS outputs
  • S/PDIF I/O
  • ADAT input
  • FireWire 400 port
  • Power supply input

What comes in the box?

  • Saffire PRO 26
  • Power supply
  • Getting started guide
  • Software bundle code card
  • FireWire 400 - 800 cable

Technical Specifications

Microphone Preamp
 ValueConditions
Maximum input level

+8.5 dBu (without pad)

+16.6 dBu (with pad)

Balanced, ≤ 1 % THD
Bandwidth

20 Hz (min gain): -0.11 dB

20 kHz (min gain): 0.02 dB

20 Hz (max gain): -1.4 dB

20 kHz (max gain): -0.45 dB

Roll-off when 0 dB @ 1 kHz
THD+n

< -98 dB (min gain)

< -81 dB (max gain)

-1 dBFS input, 20 kHz bandwidth
EIN< -124 dBuMax gain, 150 Ω termination, CCIR-RMS weighting
dBFS relative to dBu

-8.2 dB (min gain)

41.9 dB (max gain)

 
Gain range50.0 dB 
CMRR (997 Hz)

< -54 dB (min gain)

< -84 dB (max gain)

 
CMRR (20 kHz)

< -45 dB (min gain)

< -75 dB (max gain)

 
Noise (NiPoS)

< -106 dBu (min gain)

< -82 dBu (max gain)

150 Ω termination, CCIR-RMS weighting
Phantom power

47.1 V (unloaded)

13.7 V (P48 load)

 
Crosstalk

< -99 dB (20 Hz)

< -96 dB (997 Hz)

< -88 dB (20 kHz)

 
Line Inputs
 ValueConditions
Maximum input level

> 28 dBu (variable gain)

+10.7 dBu (fixed gain)

Balanced, ≤ 1 % THD
Bandwidth

20 Hz (min gain): -0.07 dB

20 kHz (min gain): 0.04 dB

20 Hz (fixed gain): -0.1 dB

20 kHz (fixed gain): 0.02 dB

20 Hz (max gain): -1.35 dB

20 kHz (max gain): -0.47 dB

Roll-off when 0 dB @ 1 kHz
THD+n

< -88 dB (min gain)

< -99 dB (fixed gain)

< -63 dB (max gain 1&2)

< -73 (max gain 3&4)

-1 dBFS input, 20 kHz bandwidth
EIN

< -83 dBu (1&2)

< -94 dBu (3-6)

Max gain, 50 Ω termination, CCIR-RMS weighting
dBFS relative to dBu

-30.7 dB (min gain)

-10.4 dB (fixed gain)

19.5 dB (max gain)

 
Gain range50.2 dB 
CMRR (997 Hz)

< -50 dB (min gain)

< -56 dB (fixed gain)

< -56 dB (max gain)

 
CMRR (20 kHz)

< -44 dB (min gain)

< -47 dB (fixed gain)

< -54 dB (max gain)

 
Noise (NiPoS)

< -105 dBu (min gain)

< -107 dB (fixed gain)

< -64 dBu (max gain 1&2)

< -75 dBu (max gain 3&4)

50 Ω termination, CCIR-RMS weighting
Instrument Inputs
 ValueConditions
Maximum input level

+8.1 dBu (without pad)

+12.8 dBu (with pad)

Unalanced, ≤ 1 % THD
Bandwidth

20 Hz (min gain): -0.02 dB

20 kHz (min gain): -0.01 dB

20 Hz (max gain): -1.3 dB

20 kHz (max gain): -0.48 dB

Roll-off when 0 dB @ 1 kHz
THD+n

< -92 dB (min gain)

< -59 dB (max gain)

-1 dBFS input, 20 kHz bandwidth
EIN< -97 dBuMax gain, 600 Ω termination, CCIR-RMS weighting
dBFS relative to dBu

-7.8 dB (min gain)

42.3 dB (max gain)

 
Gain range50.0 dB 
Noise (NiPoS)

< -105 dBu (min gain)

< -60 dBu (max gain)

600 Ω termination, CCIR-RMS weighting
Line Outputs

 

Value

Conditions

Max output level

15.9 dBu

0 dBFS input level

Bandwidth

20 Hz: -0.08 dB

20 kHz: -0.63 dB

Roll-off when 0 dB @ 1 kHz

THD+n

< -95 dB

- 1 dBFS input, 20 kHz bandwidth

Noise (NiPos)

< -83 dBu

50 Ω termination, CCIR-RMS weighting

Dynamic range

> 99 dB

20 kHz bandwidth

Crosstalk

< -102 dB (20 Hz)

< -101 dB (997 Hz)

< -84 dB (20 kHz)

 
Headphone Outputs
 ValuesConditions
Max output level

13.7 dBu (unloaded)

13.6 dBu (600 Ω)

13.2 dBu (150 Ω)

10.2 dBu (33 Ω)

0 dBFS input signal
THD @ 0 dBFS

< -47 dB (unloaded)

< -40 dB (600 Ω)

< -31 dB (150 Ω)

< -17 dB (33Ω)

20 kHz bandwidth
Max level

0.0 dBFS (unloaded)

0.0 dBFS (600 Ω)

-0.4 dBFS (150 Ω)

-3.0 dBFS (33 Ω)

≤ 1 % THD
Max level

13.7 dBu (unloaded)

13.6 dBu (600 Ω)

12.8 dBu (150 Ω)

8.9 dBu (33 Ω)

≤ 1 % THD
Max power

13.6 dBm (600 Ω)

18.8 dBm (150 Ω)

21.4 dBm (33 Ω)

≤ 1 % THD
Digital
 Value
Sample rate clock accuracy  (44.1 kHz)4.5 ppm
Sample rate clock accuracy (48 kHz)6.5 ppm
 

System Requirements

WINDOWS 

CPU/Clock: 900MHz or Pentium (1.5GHz or higher recommended)
Memory (RAW): 512MB (More recommended)
Screen Resolution: 1024x768 (1280x1024) or more recommended)

MAC 

CPU/Clock: Power PC G4/Dual 1 GHz or faster or any Intel-based Mac
Memory (RAW): 512MB (More recommended)
Screen Resolution: 1024x768 (1280x1024) or more recommended)

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