Two Liquid Preamplifiers and Massive I/O!
The Liquid Saffire 56 is an incredible new 24-bit/192kHz FireWire audio interface from Focusrite. Not only does it boast a staggering amount of I/O at its affordable price – 28-in/28-out – but Focusrite also managed to pack in their famous Liquid technology. On the Liquid Saffire 56’s first two microphone channels – of its eight total – you can dial in the right sound using your choice of 10 famous preamplifier models, based on gear from Neve, Manley, Avalon, API, and Universal Audio – to name just half! DSP mixing is also onboard the Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56.
Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 FireWire Audio Interface at a Glance:
- Liquid Technology puts famous preamplifiers on your first two channels
- A staggering amount of I/O – 28-in/28-out – with six more Focusrite preamps
- Saffire Mix Control 18×16 DSP Mixer/Router
- Two separate headphone busses let you create two independent headphone mixes
- Easy monitoring solutions built into the software, for fast setup times
- Dedicated stereo monitor mix outputs with special “Anti-thump” circuit
- Front-panel 5-LED metering
- Handy loopback function lets you route audio between applications
- Includes a suite of Focusrite VST/AU plug-ins
Liquid Technology puts famous preamplifiers on your first two channels
Focusrite has achieved long-term fame for their revered microphone preamplifiers – and most recently they’ve emerged as a different kind of leader with the Liquid technology. With their innovative Convolution DSP Liquid modeling method – which marries the analog and digital worlds – Focusrite has been able to create tremendous models of famous pieces of outboard gear. The Liquid Saffire 56 is their first FireWire audio interface to feature this technology – and it effectively builds 10 famous, highly sought-after preamplifiers right into your interface, on the first two channels. Using the included software, you can dial in the perfect tone using models based on gear from Avalon, Focusrite, HELIOS, Manley, Milenia, Neve, Pultec, Telefunken, and Universal Audio. All those flavors give you a tremendous palette to select from, as you work to choose the perfect preamplifier for each source.
A staggering amount of I/O – 28-in/28-out – with six more Focusrite preamps
Apart from the Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56’s impressive Liquid technology, Focusrite astounds again with the I/O count on this FireWire audio interface. With it, you get a total of eight microphone preamplifiers, with individual line inputs on each channel and two hi-Z instrument inputs on the front panel for channels three and four. What’s more, every single channel offers individually selectable 48V phantom power and a highpass filter. Phase is available on channels five and six and a pad is available on channels 3 and 4. Flip over to the rear panel, and you’ve got S/PDIF I/O, two banks of ADAT optical I/O (S/MUX-capable), two FireWire ports, MIDI I/O, word clock I/O, and a total of 10 line outputs. All in all, this gives you a ton of flexibility if you’re just starting out – and a serious amount of room for expansion.
Saffire Mix Control 18×16 DSP Mixer/Router
Not only does the Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 pack in an incredible onslaught of I/O, but you also have a ton of control over what goes where – without taking a processing hit. Using the Saffire Mix Control 18×16 DSP Mixer/Router, you can control any input to any output – including streams from the DAW. This makes it handy to create special monitor mixes, or to creatively route combinations of tracks into a piece of outboard gear – whatever you want. All of it is simple to do, just call up the easily navigable Mix Control panel and you’re on your way.
Two separate headphone busses let you create two independent headphone mixes
The front panel offers two headphone jacks with independent level controls, so you and your recording partner can each have your own ‘phones connected, with no need for an external headphone amplifier – but the Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 doesn’t stop there. Using its Saffire Mix Control 18×16 DSP Mixer/Router, you can route any combination of inputs – or DAW feeds – to either headphone output – and you can dial in just the right amount of the level. That means, you can track with a completely separate headphone mix than your bandmate – by only making a few tweaks within the easy software control panel.
Easy monitoring solutions built into the software, for fast setup times
The onboard DSP mixer provides a ton of possibilities for your workflow – but Focusrite also gave the Liquid Saffire 56 the tools to make setting up a breeze. Built into the Saffire Mix Control 18×16 DSP Mixer/Router software are quick “Monitoring” setups, so you can quickly switch between monitors – muting tracks where appropriate – switch to a mono mix, or create special tracking and mixing mixes.
Dedicated stereo monitor mix outputs with special “Anti-thump” circuit
Onboard the Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 are two special outputs designed for your main monitors. The output features Focusrite’s “Anti-thump” circuit, automatically protecting your monitors from any unexpected spike. The outputs feature a front-panel volume knob and a dim/mute switch.
Front-panel 5-LED metering
The Liquid Saffire 56’s segment LEDs put you in touch with the levels of your analog inputs. And, there are also status-ok LED indicators for your banks of ADAT and S/PDIF as well as your IDI and FireWire connections.
Handy loopback function lets you route audio between applications
The Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 features a useful “loopback” function, which lets you route audio between applications and stream them into your DAW, with no loss of quality. You can, for example, pull a section from a song you have in iTunes, without having to import the file.
Includes a suite of Focusrite VST/AU plug-ins
On top of all of the functionality the Liquid Saffire 56 delivers via its hardware and software mixing, Focusrite also packed it with a plug-in suite, giving you all-new Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating, and EQ to work with your VST-/AU-compatible DAW, many of which are modeled on Focusrite’s actual hardware devices. Each plug-in offers a host of presets, making it easy for you to get started developing the right processing for the source.
All Focusrite FireWire interfaces are fully compatible with Thunderbolt using a simple FireWire to Thunderbolt adapter. Focusrite fully supports the use of Thunderbolt with its FireWire interfaces.
Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 FireWire Audio Interface Features:
- 28-in/28-out, 24-bit/192kHz FireWire Interface
- Two Focusrite Liquid Preamplifier with ten different classic preamplifier emulations, with an eleventh ‘flat’ option (Based on API 3124+, Avalon VT-737SP, Focusrite Red 1 Quad, Helios Console preamplifier, Manley SLAM!, Millenia HV-3D 8, Neve 1073, Pultec MB-1, Telefunken V72, and Universal Audio M610
- Six additional Focusrite preamplifiers
- Separate line inputs on every channel
- Loopback function for routing audio between applications
- Suite of Focusrite VST/AU plug-ins, including Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins.
- Two separate headphone buses, which can each receive completely customized monitor mixes
- Saffire Mix Control 18×16 DSP Mixer/Router
- Front panel 5-LED metering
- 2 banks of ADAT I/O (16 channels at 44.1/48kHz, 8 channels S/MUX at 88.2/96kHz, or 4 channel S/MUX at 176.4/192kHz)
- Word Clock I/O
- 10 Line Outputs – two dedicated for monitors, with “Anti-thump” Circuit
- 2 FireWire ports
- MIDI I/O
- S/PDIF I/O
- Mac/PC compatible
Requirements for Mac OS X:
- OS X 10.4 or greater
Requirements for Windows:
- Windows XP SP2 (32- and 64-bit), Windows Vista (32- and 64-bit), Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit), Windows 8
The Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 packs famous preamplifier models into a premium 28-in/28-out FireWire audio interface!
|Computer Connection Type||FireWire|
|Simultaneous I/O||28 x 28|
|Built In DSP/FX||Yes|
|Number of Audio Inputs||18|
|Audio Input Types||8 x XLR (Mic), 8 x TRS, 2 x 1/4″ (Insert)|
|Number of Audio Outputs||12|
|Audio Output Types||8 x TRS, 2 x TRS (Main) 2 x TRS (Headphone)|
|Number of Digital Inputs||18|
|Digital Input Types||2 x ADAT (Optical, 8 Ch.), 1 x S/PDIF (Coax)|
|Number of Digital Outputs||18|
|Digital Output Types||2 x ADAT (Optical, 8 Ch.), 1 x S/PDIF (Coax)|
|Number of Mic Preamps||8|
|MIDI I/O||In, Out|
|Clock I/O||1 x Word Clock (In/Out via BNC)|