Focusrite Saffire Pro 40
Focusrite Saffire Pro 40

Saffire Pro 40, FireWire audio interface from Focusrite in the Saffire series.

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Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 14 reviews )
 5 reviews36 %
 8 reviews57 %
 1 user review7 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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mrjason's review"Used with Cubase and Pro Tools"

Focusrite Saffire Pro 40
We have the Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 in one of our studios on campus. We are using it with a set of KRK monitors on a Windows PC. The computer that it is installed on is running Vista, and it runs great with Vista. It has not given me any errors while using it and the drivers appear to be very stable on Vista (64) bit. This interface can and should be racked, it will only take up one rack space but it has all of the inputs you need to run a session.


When you use this interface you will also get some very good plug-ins from Focusrite that include some very good compression and reverb plug-ins that you can use as a VST in whichever DAW you have installed or want to use it with.


The preamps in this interface are great, I did not expect them to be that warm and clean. They are also very quiet and you will not even notice this interface is being used. It is very easy to set up in just about any program you want to use it with. But particularly in that studio we only use Cubase and Pro Tools. So for those two DAWS it works great.


As far as the make of this rackable interface, it is built to last. The knobs (there are only about 11 of them) are built well and are very easy to move. The mic inputs or instrument inputs are on the front of this unit which can be a plus depending on how your set up is. But sometimes with these inputs on the front of the unit requires the cords to be in the way sometimes. This would only be an issue at home though because in the studio this sits in a separate rack away from the actual workspace. I do recommend getting this for your home set up because it is not only great quality but it is affordable.

stompboxjon's review"High quality preamps"

Focusrite Saffire Pro 40
The Focusrite Pro 40 is a 20 in and 20 out FireWire interface that has 8 separate preamps. There are two different headphone buses and it is compatible with Mac or PC computers. I was using this interface from August up until now and it has never gave me any problems running it on a MacBook or a Windows 7 computer. The Focusrite Pro 40 also does have room to be expanded if your 20 in and 20 out interfaces isn’t enough for you.


It comes with a few of Focusrite’s VST plug-ins. The price of the Focusrite Pro 40 is a decent price for the value of what you get with this interface. The fact that you get 20 in and 20 out for this price is amazing. Most home musicians will not need that many ins and outs and most definitely will not be recording that many simultaneously. All of the drivers are very stable and have never caused an issue. The latency is very close to zero, especially with it being that this is a FireWire interface and not USB makes the latency even closer to zero.


The Focusrite Pro 40 does allow for automatic switching between inputs. There are 10 digital inputs and 10 digital outputs. It does have phantom power for your condenser microphones and a resolution of 24-bit/96kHz. For the Pro 40 to be a 20 in and 20 out interface, it sure is pretty small.


It was very easy to install and set up, if you need help setting it up then the manual will have everything you need to get started and it will walk you through the process. The quality of sound you get with the Focusrite Pro 40 will surprise you , I could not believe that I was able to get this quality with an interface that cost less than 500 dollars. The preamps are some of the best that I have heard.

ericthegreat's review"Nice and easy"

Focusrite Saffire Pro 40
I've had mine a little over a month now. I love it! I had read some reviews elsewhere complaining about latency issues and FW problems, etc. I put a Lacie FW400 card in my old Dell Dimension 3000 w a 2.80 GHz Pentium 4 and t works seamlessly, although being dingle core, the FW interface eats up more CPU than I would like. But that is no problem because it is so versatile as a mixer I just use it as an 8 channel ADAT expansion to my E-Mu 1212M card which gives me two more analog inputs with Pro Tools 190 HD converters. And that still leaves me 2 S/DIF channels.


I can run all that at 48K all day plus I have 2 channel direct zero latency monitoring off the 1212M and two different zero latency headphone monitor channels and a third monitor output channel giving me a total of 4 different monitor mixes as well as a variety of ways to mix them. And I can use the E-Mu-s 32 bit on board effects on all channels independently as inserts if I want to add saturation, color, tube simulation, etc., as well as really nice digital compression.


Getting started was easy!


Overall, its Clean, pristine, and with tons of dead quiet headroom! I went through two TrakMaster Pro's that had horrible noise issues above 6 on the gain control. I replaced them with a Studio Projects VTB1(which is actually also an exceptionally clean and useful pre amp for the money) that was much better. But the pre amps in the Pro 49 are what one expects from Focusrite. They don not color the sound they way a Never or other vintage type pres do, and they don't add tube harmonics. But what they do is give you a clean, very musical, very accurate transmission of whatever you plug in it. You can get all kinds incredibly realistic, relatively inexpensive (and even free) plug-ins to give you all the warmth and color you desire as well as compression, etc. (the included Focusrite FX bundle is actually pretty good...), or run it back out and through an analogue source after you have recorded the dry signal. Either way, you won't be disappointed! It has the quality and versatility of interfaces costing far more and is a steal relative to the OctoPre MK II w/o compression.

amandinemeloww's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" well! even very good!"

Focusrite Saffire Pro 40
What characteristics have motivated your choice?
renomé the brand, having a 6USB on the PC of my man, and the number of entries output ....

For what purpose?

What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard, ...)?
I5 2500K, asrock Z77 motherboard, 8GB of ram, SSD

Which instruments and systems (console, preamp, DTD ...) you use it and how connections?
a ADDA8000 (8in / out more)
BBE 482i a
DBX comp
Samson comp
Behr comp '
Alesis reverb
TC M300 and M350 reverb
some microphones


The drivers are stable?
yes very ...

Are they often updated?
not yet needed the update. there is a 3.4 when I drafted my opinion

What software do you use most often?
Fl studio
What you get lag?
1-2 Ms general, 3ms in / out

How many tracks you get record / playback simultaneously?
so much! really!


The installation is done it without problems?

Have you experienced any incompatibilities?
I had a Texas Instrument Firewire card. so no problem! I'm wary against by VIA, although Focusrite appoints as being compliant.

The general configuration is easy?
then it is less positive. I find the mix and the introduction of driver settings a bit complicated. map should be delivered with a preset stereo DAW, with all the IN / OUT routed directly.

The manual is clear and sufficient?
it is.


How long have you use it?
4 months
What thing do you like most and least?
the in out
coloring preamps

only two XLR facade,
the 48 volt groups of 4
the drivers, and especially its CPU consumption when open (25% on my I5!)

Have you tried many other models before buying it?
Yes. the audiobox has an audio 1814 M, via the HD ... PT

How would you rate the quality / price?

With experience, you do again this choice?
it is always the same: do if I had more money I premetrais not bigger? at least in this price range, I would do this choice (though I hesitate with Mackie thunderbird)

kolaz's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" top quality"

Focusrite Saffire Pro 40
FireWire connectivity (more stable than usb) the number and quality preamps make this interface ideal for good catches of His multi-track. The ability to chain two Pro40 firewire or even add an external preamp to ADAT (Focusrite OctoPre) gives him the opportunity to do real multi with a professional (24bit 96khz).


I use it mainly to make the sound in my group and repeated for the model, I also used to get the sound of my Imac to a Yamaha LS9 via ADAT when I made DJ nights.

it is connected to a 21,5pouces iMac (late2009) 2Duo 3.06 GHz intel core with 8GB of DDR3 on LogicProX I get latency 3,5ms output and 7,5ms back and forth with a 96kHz sampling on 24bit (buffer of 256 samples).
I record 8 tracks simultaneously (8 internal preamp) without any problems, I have not tried more.

the drivers are super stable and regularly updated (OSX in my case) no installation worries and routing is very complete.


I encountered one problem with this card, cut the FireWire connection (and mute) when noise on the power supply (for large appliances connection), however the problem was not related the card but provenais FW cable had a ground fault, since the change of it I have not encountered any problems. overall build quality is very neat and exudes strength, the rackmount case is steel and the buttons on the front panel are assembled and without backlash.
preamps are very good qualities, but they lack a bit of gain on dynamic mics like SM58 and other insensitive (if you with condenser microphones sensitive enough this poses no worries), I have personnaly very good results with a pair of Oktava MK012. a slight breath Appear when the gain above 8,5 / 10 is mounted so prefer sensitive microphones.


This interface is very good in this price range I think it's the only one offering this quality preamp.
I would do without hesitation that choice and I also advised a friend who in fact buying and not disappointed.

what I love most: the sound of the preamp, the number of inputs and outputs, the possibility of routing FireWire.

what I like least: really hard to find, can be a bit more gain on the preamp that's all.

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

Focusrite Saffire Pro 40
I wanted a multitrack sound card and the fact that the Saffire Pro 40 features a preamp per me really kicked. I used Reaper to test it under windows, but I mostly use Linux with ardour3/cadence and frankly, it is a killer!
Well, we would have preferred usb to firewire, but at this price, do not dream!
I recorded an EP with full ;-)


The linux drivers are used with FFADO and via ffado-mixer, you can route the signal from the card a little as you want (and even more with the mix control of Focusrite Saffire under windows) I've been running this beast with mk II OctoPre ADAT and I could save carefree 16 simultaneous tracks. About 6 ms latency ... a treat!


to install it, uh ... I plugged it, I started my linux, I tested quickly if the system saw with ffado-dbus-server and then I started ardor and hours ... that's it!
For the doc, there is a very good tutorial on linux linuxmao (dot) fr


I use it since 2011 and I tried presonus whose signal / noise ratio was infernal, a breath when you push a little knob! Here, no worries!
Christophe GOUDOT02/22/2013

Christophe GOUDOT's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"Why look elsewhere?"

Focusrite Saffire Pro 40
What characteristics have motivated your choice?
The 8-track analog, 8 ADAT tracks, the Focusrite name, 8 VU meters for input.

With which instruments or systems (console, preamp, DtD ...) you use it and how connections? ...
Tube preamps TLAudio A1 and 5050, DBX compressors,
Listens Focal Twin6 (a killer! Pardon, St. Bartholomew's true)
Yamaha console 01V2 as ADAT interface for 8 additional inputs to ADAT card i + 8 other additional inputs (= 24 entries, never used)
Presonus Monitor Station DEQ830 8x31 + EQ bands
Connectivity Map / Firewire PC

For what purpose?
I use it in a home studio? / Pro? (The limit is difficult to define, since I made a dozen CD, not counting the 30 or 40 made with his big sister Saffire Pro26 I / O)
Cubase 7 (10 and ProTools, but I would not be unpleasant), Izotope plugins, Oxford, Melda Production, Waves Mercury, Melodyne Editor, JSBridge for converting 32-bit plugins in 64-bit.

What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard, ...)?
PC Windows 7 64-bit, Intel I5 2500, 16 GB RAM, 2 HD SSD, 1 HD 10000t/mn Velociraptor, 3 monitors, 2 video cards.


The drivers are stable?
No problem drivers if they are outdated. Updates are infrequent, but apart from one or two errors in almost 10 years, we can consider that it is reliable enough to think they are effective, right?

How many tracks you get to record / playback simultaneously? ...
I got to 52 playback tracks with Waves plugins and Oxford galore on almost all tracks with Cubase 7 32 bits (the waves are not 64-bit), when ProTools 10 am hardly allowed a fortnight, without being greedy about plugins.
Recording, since I work mainly in re-recording, I rarely higher than 7 or 8 simultaneous tracks (except drums) and I never had any problems, despite the same plugins that monitor mix.
With the buffer 128, the input latency / reading is about 3ms. Buffer to 256, I go to 5ms. Full price for the mix in 1024, all plugins outside, between 9 and 10ms latency, but who cares.
Warning: plugins output channel MIX OUT bring a big latency, barely compensated with the compensation function delay. So no plugin insert the mix during recording and everything is nickel.


The installation is done it without problems?
No problem if you follow the installation procedure: first launch the software and connect Firewire to the computer when prompted.

The general configuration is easy?
The interface allows many things to the limit too (if you have a physical solution monitoring), but with 10 inputs, 10 outputs, he would perhaps reverse the charge otherwise. So, you must know what you want and have thought its a little config if it is a little developed.
In a simple config 2 outputs, it is a breeze.
Tip: turn the PRO40 (like all other interfaces, for that matter) and let it sync before opening the recording software before incriminate drivers.

Have you encountered any incompatibilities?

The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
Can do better. It feels good will, but it is not enough. on the other hand, there is not really need the basic config. Config on another more elaborate one is not supposed to need any manual ...


How long have you been using?

Did you try many other models before buying it?
I had and I still have the Saffire Pro 26 I / O, even better, but more difficult to install and use (against 2 in / out ADAT, so 8 + 16 entries!)
I also used the 01V96V2 with additional ADAT card, so 16 ADAT in on a PCI RME 9636. Interesting for latency, but implementation difficult to discuss them together.
In fact today, I do not see the difference in capacity and is much simpler. I do not care about anything, the PRO40 is transparent.

What is so special that you like most and least?
There is nothing I do not like. On my Focal Twin6 rising to 40kHz and do not forgive anything, I did not breath (knowing that LUFS 0dB-14dB corresponds to the PRO40 and the unit level is about 3.5 on the knobs). Therefore not rely only entry level recording software, keeping a good headroom. It is the digital output of the PRO40 and therefore almost no additional blows up the level to listen, if you paid attention to the signal / noise ratio at the input.

How do you rate the quality / price?
As we say at home, "it's cheap for the price!"

With experience, you do again this choice? ...
If I had not kept in reserve 01V96V2, it's been that I would have bought one or two others, 16 or 24 simultaneous tracks.
Swore, spit, I'm not paid by Focusrite. But if it says to them ...


Fabcruzille's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Super Value / Price"

Focusrite Saffire Pro 40
I bought it because a friend of mine sold it, she came into my budget, and I had heard, especially for its affordability and its eight analog inputs.
I use it connected to two Yamaha HS8, a macbook pro with Protools 10 above.


On the use, nothing to say! The pre-amp are really correct and good, 8 inputs on a sound card that price, it rocks! 2 headphone outputs handy! The only small problem is the lack of power gains, but nothing too problematic.
I use it in a home studio to record the album in my group, and it really does well Verily!


Installation carefree, very simple to use (just in front or back).


I use it for 6 months, and I'm really happy!
I intend to buy even a 2nd for the linker and go to 16 tracks!

ThomasMC's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good price / quality ratio"

Focusrite Saffire Pro 40
- What characteristics have motivated your choice?

It has 8 inputs and 10 outputs (including 2 headphones), it is rackable, ADAT I / O.

- For what purpose?

I use it in a home studio to record my band, those of my friends or any other musical project.

- What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / RAM / Disk, ...)?

I have an old PC running XP SP3 with a dual-core 2.4 and 4 GB of RAM, it works niquel

- Which instruments or systems (console, preamp, DtDs ...) the use and how you connect? ...

I use it to record vocals, guitars and dub by micro DI, and basses in the same way.


- The drivers are stable?

No problem with for 4 months

- Are they updated frequently?

No idea, I installed the latest ones since it was installed and since I have not looked, but I have no bug or problem for now.

- What software do you use most often?

I use it with Cubase

- What you get lag?

I had problems with latency at the beginning but it was not the Saffire Pro 40, now I would say that if I get around 5-7ms seems to me there, a little more on large project.

- How many tracks do you manage to record / play simultaneously?

My biggest projects are 20-25 audio tracks / MIDI VST and I have no worries latency or cracks etc. ...
on the other hand I have on some project or I only use the instruments as VSTs (virtual instruments 15 tracks is a big maximum).


- The installation is done it without problem?

I installed the drivers and control software and then plugged in and hop it works.

- Have you encountered any incompatibilities?


- The general configuration is easy?

Could not be more simple, I had to flip through the manual once diagonally and it's good!

- The manual is clear and sufficient?

From what little I read it sounded.


- How long you use it?

I use it for 4 months.

- What is so special that you love the most, least?

Most: his preamps change me life compared to those of my M-Audio Fast Ultra, less breath and more neutral, the two headphone outputs, 2 inputs Line / Inst Combo with Jack / XLR front panel, the input / ADAT.

The least: For the general consensus that the firewire (but it does not bother me in had my PC), otherwise I do not see too much downside.

- Did you tried many other models before buying it?

I have traveled quite a bit of paper on the interface type but have tried any others, I had an M-Audio Fast Track Ultra, which dropped me but I was not satisfied anyway.

- How would you rate the quality / price?

I find the quality / price excellent in quality and number of options available!

- With experience, you do again this choice?

Yes, this is a good interface for its price, at the same price the RME Babyface does not offer as many features included for example (although the quality is higher), I would do probably the choice.

Archy1's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" excellent quality / functionality / price"

Focusrite Saffire Pro 40
I bought it to replace my Presonus Firebox (which still works fine) its 8 preamp quality, its interface FW, its two headphone outputs and routing software that allows a great flexibility
it is rack mounted and connected to my "old" MacPro 2.66 quad 12 Gb ram Snow Leopard 10.6.5


Never had a crash, drivers are concrete under osx, between Logic and routing software, I really do what I want input / sorites.
I record rarely more than 2 tracks at once, for reading, I load up to 30 or 40 tracks, audio and virtual instrumentals.
I resolved in Logic 64 samples which is supposed to 11ms, I did not try to do better, I do not feel the need ...


SIR, I barely opened the manual


Of course, if I was pro and I wanted to put to advantage in, I opted to Apogee or RME but we must be realistic and stop being the fart with stuff, there are 5 or 10 years it was excellent record with half of what we have today.
I use it for 6 months and with the same budget and for the same use, I will ever be the same choice without hesitation.