Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56

Liquid Saffire 56

All of Focusrite's FireWire interfaces are fully compatible with Thunderbolt using simple FireWire to Thunderbolt adapter. Focusrite fully supports the use of Thunderbolt with our FireWire interfaces. For more details visit the answer base.

Liquid Saffire 56 is Focusrite’s new flagship 2U multi-channel firewire audio interface. Liquid technology 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.

Two Liquid Preamps
In addition to six of Focusrite's legendary mic pre's, two of Liquid Saffire 56’s preamps uses the third generation Focusrite’s Liquid Pre amp, providing the choice of ten different preamp emulations. These include emulations based on the Neve 1073, the Pultec MB-1, Telefunken V72 and seven more. A harmonics dial on each Liquid preamp lets you account for variance in vintage originals of the same model, or use levels of 2nd, 3rd and 5th Harmonic distortion creatively to shape your sound.

High Quality 24-bit/192kHz Firewire Interface
Liquid Saffire 56 doesn’t just offer preamp variety; sonic integrity is also guaranteed throughout. Both the Liquid and Saffire preamps ensure low noise and distortion, whilst quality digital conversion and JetPLL™ jitter elimination technology ensure pristine audio quality as your audio flows between the analogue and digital domains.

A Host of I/O
Alongside the two Liquid and six Saffire preamps are a host of I/O options; 10 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, 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 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 Mix Control
Saffire Mix Control, 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.

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

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Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56

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Liquid Saffire 56

All of Focusrite's FireWire interfaces are fully compatible with Thunderbolt using simple FireWire to Thunderbolt adapter. Focusrite fully supports the use of Thunderbolt with our FireWire interfaces. For more details visit the answer base.

Liquid Saffire 56 is Focusrite’s new flagship 2U multi-channel firewire audio interface. Liquid technology 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.

Two Liquid Preamps
In addition to six of Focusrite's legendary mic pre's, two of Liquid Saffire 56’s preamps uses the third generation Focusrite’s Liquid Pre amp, providing the choice of ten different preamp emulations. These include emulations based on the Neve 1073, the Pultec MB-1, Telefunken V72 and seven more. A harmonics dial on each Liquid preamp lets you account for variance in vintage originals of the same model, or use levels of 2nd, 3rd and 5th Harmonic distortion creatively to shape your sound.

High Quality 24-bit/192kHz Firewire Interface
Liquid Saffire 56 doesn’t just offer preamp variety; sonic integrity is also guaranteed throughout. Both the Liquid and Saffire preamps ensure low noise and distortion, whilst quality digital conversion and JetPLL™ jitter elimination technology ensure pristine audio quality as your audio flows between the analogue and digital domains.

A Host of I/O
Alongside the two Liquid and six Saffire preamps are a host of I/O options; 10 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, 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 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 Mix Control
Saffire Mix Control, 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.

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


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

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 (isolated and balanced).
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 6-pin Firewire sockets
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)
  • Includes the Focusrite LIQUID SAFFIRE 56 and all items packaged with it by the manufacturer.
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