Focusrite is now shipping the new Saffire PRO 24 DSP, a 16-input/8-output FireWire audio interface that features new VRM monitoring technology in addition to real-time DSP-powered tracking plug-ins, all tailor-made for the modern recording environment.
The Saffire PRO 24 DSP completes the full lineup of four new Saffire Audio Interfaces from Focusrite including: Saffire PRO 24 at $299 U.S. MAP, Saffire PRO 24 DSP at $399, Saffire PRO 40 at $499, and Liquid Saffire 56 with 2 Liquid Channels at $999.
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.
Focusrite has crafted the Saffire PRO 24 DSP’s two mic 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 analog and digital domains.
VRM – Virtual Reference Monitoring – technology is incorporated in the Focusrite Saffire PRO 24 DSP (click to enlarge)
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-pres, 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.
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’.