Focusrite Saffire PRO 26 i/o
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Focusrite Saffire PRO 26 i/o

Saffire PRO 26 i/o, FireWire audio interface from Focusrite in the Saffire series.

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Average Score:4.0( 4/5 based on 13 reviews )
 6 reviews46 %
 6 reviews46 %
 1 user review8 %
Value For Money : Excellent
Audiofanzine FR11/02/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

Focusrite Saffire PRO 26 i/o
(Originally written by Ambassadeur/translated from Audiofanzine FR)

- I was looking for an audio interface with 8 quality preamps, 192MHz/24bit resolution and a Firewire connection for laptop or desktop. My main concern was the audio quality.
- Chamber music or jazz recording
- Laptop (Medion Akoya S5610 MD96715) or desktop (Athlon 3GHz CPU)
- Used with 4 Oktava MK-102 mics and 2 Rode NT2 mics

UTILIZATION

- No installation problems
- But I did had setting problems regarding drop outs and noise due to latency.
I rapidly solved the problem with the Asio control panel,
which is different from the input/output panel.
- The user's manual could be clearer and mention the Asio control panel which is very important.

GETTING STARTED

- The drivers are stable but there hasn't been an update in one year. The inputs/outputs panel has no VU-meter
- Works seamlessly with Sonar 7 and Wavelab 5
- Up to 2 ms latency
- Simultaneous recording of 6 tracks is not a problem if you choose the proper latency.

OVERALL OPINION

- I've been using it for 1 year
- I especially like the sound quality: warm, accurate, no noise, no saturation but slightly colored
- I also have a M-audio 1010 card
- excellent value for money. I would buy it again considering my priorities and goals.
xeladorp08/31/2010

xeladorp's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" super bike"

Focusrite Saffire PRO 26 i/o
192KHz at 24 bits. 2 outputs phones substantial, very good preamps, no latency. Perfect. Too bad there is no Neutrik combo, at least two.

UTILIZATION

Using Windows XP and Cubase Essential 5 ... NO problems ... everything works perfectly and has been for his connection. No updates but there is no need.

GETTING STARTED

It should still throw a little coup d'OIELE on manual for learning but it's coming soon. Very easy to manage.

OVERALL OPINION

Not the slightest problem in 1 year. I do not regret my old sound card and breath rhythm. Really pleased with this purchase. FOCUSRITE, always a mark equal to itself. To buy ilex closed.
scootchy11/17/2008

scootchy's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Focusrite Saffire PRO 26 i/o
What characteristics have motivated your choice?

- Multi-input, versatility, standalone basis, the reputation of the Focusrite preamp

For what purpose?
- Home-studio, multiple registrations, experimental

What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard ,...)?

Athlon XP2200 + 1G ram

It has everything I wanted for this type of card and even more compared to my needs

UTILIZATION

The installation is done it without problems?
Have you experienced any incompatibilities?

not obvious in the sense that since tests with MOTU cards and perhaps more specifically to connectors for higher data rates USB2 and / or firewire, I met a lot of problems. However, the service support Focusrite proposed solutions most relevant and as swiftly as well, which gives a little more confidence. Still, I solved my own problem by replacing a HD doubtful.

The general configuration is easy?

not obvious at first glance, it is working ...

GETTING STARTED

The drivers are stable?

too many problems at the moment, there is often problems when changes in frequency while a soft audio works ... The trick to not recess, it is good to reboot, just be warned. It is factually a warning this time ...

They are often updated?
I think so

OVERALL OPINION

1 month, I am very happy with the recordings obtained and its use in monitoring function, headphone very well defined ... I love it.
05/25/2008

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Focusrite Saffire PRO 26 i/o
I chose this card for its evolutionary dimension, so the number of inputs and outputs, the uses are varied .. nomadic studio. I mainly use the laptop on a asus / xp SP2 core2duo / 2g of RAM with battery back taken ... headphones (without console) on cubase sx 3 ... impeccable

UTILIZATION

No problem to instal, no conflict, the driver is nevertheless quite sufficient, contrary to a previous opinion, I have no problem No change F but the use of sampling is different, the config is clear .. only thing is to know should always have the control panel open before starting its sequencer .. and then keep it open.
has at present, with the PC that you downgrade from Vista to XP, there may be some specificitees to master, but nothing that is related to the card itself!

GETTING STARTED

The drivers are impeccable, I have made a group with the 1st version and 0 .. problem since monitoring is widely and regularly provides.

OVERALL OPINION

I use the for almost a year, I like especially the sound)) value for money and scalable connectivity.

j would really apreciated a PCI card instead or in addition to interfacing firewire, but good .. n the price shall have not been the same))

c is my first mobile map and frankly yes, I do it again this election, for there is still no better for the price on the market!

I should add that the problems on mac is under control and understood and n are not much to do with this interface
vwuser05/11/2008

vwuser's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Focusrite Saffire PRO 26 i/o
Hello all,

I do not understand some excellent reviews for this sound card.

Excellent preamps. converters excellent, very good clock ... everything gives an excellent sound.
That's what I asked, the drivers are stable, agree the graphics driver is a bit special but I do not care I do not look I'm working with the software like any good pro audio elsewhere: - )

I compared with the earlier stages digi 002r I .... see anything, a precision in the unimaginable. PT is great hd tdm mode, but not mix with the LE :-( The summation with Focusrite and its ASIO driver is really very very prcise.

I even used at a Rsidence for a rock band franais instead of a console ... Well, not latency sensitive for returns, and very good sound faade!

I use a pc with asus core duo and Nuendo 3 I tried it with other apps on pc buddy (Cubase SX, Samplitude Pro etc ...) all the same, the sound is really gr this card and ASIO driver.

Voil j'espre change course because it's a shame to spend cot tool.

UTILIZATION

- Installation is it without problem? no pb!
- Have you experienced any incompatibility? no no
- The configuration gnrale is easy? Yes! legraphisme driver is really special, but once configured a roll trs trs well. APRS and then it no longer uses.
- The manual is clear and sufficient? ... yes

GETTING STARTED

- The drivers are stable? yes

- Are they often put day? I know I have the latest version (3 months I think ...)
- How many tracks you get record / playback simultanment? .. l. ho ... I do not know, I opened the project with 50 or 60 tracks including a 30aine with plugs and greedy ... Save at least 24 at least I have two converters adat ass making 8 + 8 + 8 = 24 from 26 but never tried good I'm not worried about a. ..

OVERALL OPINION

- How long have you use it?
1 year approx.

- Have you tried many other models before acqurir? few and mostly javais a PT LE with a Digi 002r and are no photos, no bills to compare, a mix of 20aines tracks and the sound you get is simply a very precise compared the digi. (And I love the soft target PT, but the I have to see it day and night).

- How do you report qualitprix? excellent

- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ... yes
fabrice.fargues12/17/2006

fabrice.fargues's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Focusrite Saffire PRO 26 i/o
192kHz FireWire interface, 24 bit
26 inputs (8 analog + 16 ADAT at 48kHz or 8 to 96 kHz + 2 SPDIF)
Used on a dual processor PowerMac G5 and a PowerBook G4 17-inch.

UTILIZATION

No problem in installation tiger, insert the disk is installed, use.
The ergonomics of software for control is, say, specifically, a logic part, but hey you get used to it, and anyway we do not have much choice.
The manual is in French, pdf file, clear but not very "educational", but enough for a quick start.

GETTING STARTED

I've had two days, and I just recorded a classical training in a church, ada 16 tracks via a 8000, simplicity, efficiency, but happiness, except that the quality of the preamp makes those of ada bland. ... after some testing, I did not find latency audible, at most a certain inertia, to 192 more one feels that this latency does not hear, but I have not had time yet to push it in such a corner ... In any case, it is much more pleasant than a Hercules, Delta, Motu 828 .... I already possessed or used.
The quality of the preamp is truly remarkable, the sound is very pure with a very subtle colorations, fans of the brand will understand what I mean .... It is not good Focusrite

OVERALL OPINION

I was looking for an interface with as many entries as possible, capable of up to 192 kHz, and I tested the Motu 896HD (excellent), the Fireface 800 (very high quality too) and some others which did not really "stuck", and there, love at first sight is all .... Good preamps, converters that "crush" no signal, a sound that breathes, and a ridiculous price in terms of its performance: it was almost 2 Saffire for rm or motu, so as you can in chains three I think if business is good, the other two will suivrent very quickly .... A small problem, though, the headphones are a bit "low", but as I use a headphone amp, it does not bother me at all.
An interface to buy the closed eyes, a price-performance ratio unmatched in the market today .... Members of the Competition, place your bets, nothing goes .... good luck