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Focusrite Launches Saffire PRO 24 DSP With VRM Monitoring Technology
Virtual Reference Monitoring technology provides the ability for a user to mix through their choice of more than 15 different sets of commonly used professional studio monitors and hi-fi loudspeakers, in different acoustic environments and from different positions, using standard monitoring headphones
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Focusrite has launched the new Saffire PRO 24 DSP, a 16-input / 8-output FireWire audio interface that features VRM, a breakthrough monitoring technology, in addition to real-time DSP-powered tracking plug-ins.

Focusrite’s brand new patented VRM – Virtual Reference Monitoring – technology provides the ability for a user to mix through their choice of more than 15 different sets of commonly used professional studio monitors and hi-fi loudspeakers, in different acoustic environments and from different positions – all just using standard monitoring headphones.

VRM effectively overcomes the obstacle of getting a great mix on headphones by providing multiple perspectives on a mix, as if the user were actually listening to a variety of studio monitors at various volume levels, but without having to wake the neighbors!  VRM technology makes Saffire PRO 24 DSP the only interface capable of simulating over 100 different monitoring scenarios, perfect for mixing any time, anywhere, and regardless of the surroundings.

With twenty-five years of mic pre-amp excellence as a foundation, Focusrite has crafted the Saffire PRO 24 DSP’s two pre-amps to capture every subtle nuance of an audio source. High-quality digital conversion and JetPLL jitter elimination technology ensure pristine audio quality as audio flows between the analogue and digital domains.

The Saffire PRO 24 features the DSP-powered Focusrite Studio Suite, Compression, Gating, EQ, and Reverb plug-ins for latency-free, professional tracking solutions, perfect for compressing a bass during recording or providing reverb in a vocalist’s headphones.  Plug-ins are also available in VST/AU format for use within DAW software.

24 Inputs and outputs include 2 Focusrite mic-pre’s, 2 additional analogue inputs, 6 analog outputs, ADAT inputs (for expanding the interface with, for example, Focusrite’s OctoPre), stereo S/PDIF I/O and 2 virtual ‘loopback’ inputs for routing digital audio between software applications – ideal for capturing online audio. Front panel 5-LED metering for each analogue input offers accurate viewing of levels.

Saffire Mix Control, the zero-latency 16 x 8 DSP Mixer/Router software provided with Saffire PRO 24 DSP, sets a new standard at this price point for audio interface control. It features flexible output routing and monitoring, as well as intuitive one-click set-up solutions designed to facilitate tracking, monitoring, and mixing.

Focusrite’s established Xcite+ bundle is also included. The bundle features Ableton Live 7 Lite (for recording, performance, and composition), Novation’s Bass Station soft synth and over 1GB of royalty-free samples from Loopmasters and ‘Mike the Drummer’.

The Saffire PRO 24 DSP extends Focusrite’s Saffire family of audio interfaces which also includes the recently released Saffire PRO 24, Saffire PRO 40, and Liquid Saffire 56 featuring Liquid technology.

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