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[Discontinued] Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56

Availability: DISCONTINUED

Regular Price: $1,299.99

Special Price: $575.00

Regular Price: $1,299.99

Special Price: $575.00


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Overview
Focusrite’s flagship audio interface – 28-in, 28-out with eight mic pres and Liquid technology
Details

Liquid Saffire 56 is Focusrite’s flagship multichannel FireWire/Thunderbolt audio interface. Built into a sturdy 2U enclosure, all the controls are placed for easy access on a busy session – and Liquid Saffire 56 can handle the busiest session! Liquid Saffire 56 is ready-made to form the heart of your studio, with the versatility and I/O capability you need.

Eight preamps are included. Six feature Focusrite’s dual-stage design, specially-created for the Focusrite interface range and founded on design experience harking back to 1985, when console legend Rupert Neve was asked by Sir George Martin to design new modules for the AIR Studios console – setting the foundation for thirty years of Focusrite development. The remaining pair of mic preamps features Focusrite’s powerful Liquid emulation technology. This combines with Saffire PRO Firewire interfacing to deliver a host of authentic preamp flavours, seamless software integration, excellent routing flexibility and future-proof, rock-solid driver stability.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Two Liquid Preamps -The marriage of a hugely flexible analogue front end with cutting-edge dynamic convolution DSP, each Liquid Preamp lets you choose from ten different classic preamp emulations, with an eleventh ‘flat’ option.
  • Six High Quality Award-winning Focusrite Preamps -Six award-winning Saffire preamps complement two Liquid preamps. All eight demonstrate the same wide bandwidth philosophy behind the early vintage Focusrite units.
  • High Quality 24-bit/192kHz FireWire/Thunderbolt™* interface - Professional digital conversion and JetPLL™ jitter-elimination technology; pristine audio quality and reliable synchronisation are guaranteed.
  • Total I/O Count of 28 Inputs and 28 Outputs - A host of I/O options are provided*, including a unique 'loopback' facility for routing audio between software applications via Saffire MixControl.
  • Suite of Focusrite VST/AU plug-ins - Upgrade your standard sequencer effects and bring a touch of class to your session with Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins.
  • Two separate headphone buses - Two artists can receive independent and fully customised monitor mixes. Each output has an independent level control available on the front panel.
  • Saffire Mix Control Zero-latency DSP Mixer/Router - Routing flexibility and intuitive one-click setup solutions; Saffire MixControl provides an 18 x 16 DSP mixer with excellent output routing and monitoring capabilities.
  • Front panel five-step LED metering - LED metering for each of the analogue, ADAT1, ADAT2 or S/PDIF inputs offers accurate viewing of levels direct from the front fascia.
 

Dual Liquid Preamps

In addition to six of Focusrite's legendary mic pres, two of Liquid Saffire 56’s eight preamps feature third-generation Focusrite’s Liquid Pre amp technology, providing the choice of ten different authentic-sounding preamp emulations. These include emulations based on the Neve 1073, the Pultec MB-1, Telefunken V72 and seven other classic designs. A harmonics dial on each Liquid preamp lets you emulate variance in vintage originals of the same model, or use levels of 2nd, 3rd and 5th harmonics creatively to shape your sound.

Precision 24-bit/192kHz conversion

Liquid Saffire 56 doesn’t simply offer preamp variety or an impressive number of channels; sonic integrity is also guaranteed throughout. Both the Liquid and Saffire preamps ensure low noise and distortion with plenty of headroom. At the same time, quality digital conversion – based on careful component choices, effective circuit design and layout of the multi-layer circuit boards combined with JetPLL™ jitter elimination technology – ensure pristine audio quality into and out of your computer system.

A Host of I/O

Alongside the two Liquid and six Saffire preamps are a host of I/O options. There are ten analogue outputs, 16 channels of ADAT I/O, stereo S/PDIF, MIDI and two virtual ‘loopback’ inputs for routing digital audio between software applications — ideal for capturing audio playback within your computer. Mic, Line and Instrument inputs all use independent connectors, with the input type for each channel selectable via custom control software. Consequently, all the inputs can remain permanently connected, your interface securely in the rack ready for whatever your recording session demands. In addition, word-clock I/O is provided on BNC connectors, allowing Liquid Saffire 56 to act as either a master clock for your studio, or as a slave to an existing sync system.

Every mic channel features an independent phantom power and a high-pass filter, switchable from the front panel, with the two instrument channels also featuring 9dB pads for additional headroom. Front panel five-step LED metering for all inputs, including ADAT and S/PDIF, offers accurate viewing of all levels.

Saffire MixControl

Saffire MixControl, the zero-latency 18 x 16 DSP Mixer/Router software provided with Liquid Saffire 56, features powerful output routing and monitoring. It also provides intuitive one-click set-up options, a clear and concise mixing layout, large on-screen metering for inputs, outputs and submixes, and control over the choice of Liquid emulation.

Flexible, versatile monitoring

Two independent front-panel headphone sockets are provided, each with their own level controls. A dedicated stereo monitor mix output features pads for improved sound quality when connected to active monitor speakers, while an 'anti-thump' circuit protects your monitor speakers from spikes when booting up or shutting down the unit.

*Thunderbolt™ Compatible – In common with all Focusrite Saffire interfaces, Liquid Saffire 56 is compatible with Thunderbolt ports via the use of a FireWire to Thunderbolt adaptor (not included). An external power supply is recommended for use in Thunderbolt applications, particularly when using phantom power.

 

System Requirements

WINDOWS:

  • CPU/Clock 900MHz AMD or Pentium. (1.5 GHz or higher recommended)
  • Memory (RAM) 512 MB (more recommended)
  • Screen Resolution 1024x768 (1280x1024 or more recommended)

MAC:

  • CPU/Clock PowerPC G4/Dual 1 GHZ or faster or any Intel-based Mac
  • Memory (RAM) 512 MB (more recommended)
  • Screen Resolution 1024x768 (1280x1024 or more recommended)
specifications

Specifications

Microphone Inputs

  • Dynamic Range (A-Weighted): 109dB
  • SNR (A-weighted): -109dB
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1 dB
  • THD+N: 0.001% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Noise: EIN > 125dB (128dB analogue to digital) (measured at 60dB of gain with 150 Ohm termination (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Maximum level (A-weighted): 8dBu at 1%

Line Inputs

  • Dynamic Range (A-Weighted): 109dB
  • SNR (A-weighted): -109dB
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
  • THD+N: < 0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Noise: -90dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Maximum level (A-weighted): 28.5dBu at 1%

Instrument Inputs

  • Frequency Response 20Hz-20KHz +/- 0.1dB
  • Maximum Input Level min gain no pad +8dBu
  • Maximum Input Level max gain no pad -42dBu
  • THD+N, -1dBFS, min gain, no pad < 0.0015%
  • SNR 109dB "A"
  • DNR 109dB "A"
  • Input Impedance > 1MOhm
  • X-talk < -100dB
  • Adjustable Gain > 50dB
  • Pad Attenuation 10dB

Headphone Outputs

  • Frequency Response 20Hz-20KHz +/- 0.1dB
  • SNR 109dB "A"
  • DNR 109dB "A"
  • Maximum Output into 32R +12.4dBu (+10.2dBV)
  • Power into 32R 250mW
  • Output Impedance < 7Ohms
  • Load Impedance > 24Ohms

Line level Outputs

  • Dynamic Range (A-Weighted): 108dB
  • SNR (A-weighted): -108dB
  • THD+N: < 0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Maximum level (A-weighted): 15.7dBu at 0.883%

Additional Conversion Performance

  • Clock jitter < 250 picoseconds
  • THD+N AMPL (A-weighted)= -109dBFS

Connectivity

Analogue Channel Inputs (Inputs 1-8)

  • Mic inputs 1-8 on rear XLR’s. 
  • Line inputs 1-8 on rear 1/4” TRS. 
  • Instrument inputs on channels 3 and 4 (separate front panel 1/4” TRS). 

Notes

  • Individual switchable High Pass Filter on all inputs.
  • Phase switch on inputs 3, 5 and 7. 
  • Input Pad on inputs 3 and 4 = -10dB.

Analogue Outputs

  • Line level 10 x 1/4” TRS Jack.

Notes

  • Outputs Monitor 1 and 2 have anti-thump protection circuitry.

Digital I/O

  • SPDIF input and output (RCA phono) on rear panel, (24-bit, 44.1 - 192kHz),  output transformer isolated.
  • Optional AES output mode with professional channel status and voltage levels on SPDIF output.
  • 2 x ADAT In / Out 16 channels (44.1 / 48kHz), 8 channels S-MUX (88.2 / 96kHz), 4 channels S-MUXII (176.4 / 192kHz).
  • ADAT Input and Output 2 can be re-configured to be optical SPDIF input / output via control panel.
  • BNC Word clock input and output (75 ohms).

MIDI I/O

  • 1 in / 1 out (16 channels) on rear panel.

Headphone monitoring

  • 2 x 1/4” TRS Jack on front panel (mirrors outputs 7-8 and 9-10). NOTE: These are high power headphone drivers.

Other I/O

  • 2 x 6 pin FireWire 400 socket - also compatible with FireWire 800 and Thunderbolt
  • 2 Standard 5-pin DIN MIDI connectors: In and Out
  • IEC mains power input connector

Weight and Dims

  • 5kg / 11 Ibs
  • 480mm / 19" (W) x 90mm / 3.6" (H) x 235mm /9.3" (D)
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