NAMM 2009: Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56

Liquid Saffire

Wow, Focusrite bringen das wohl größte Audiointerface diesseits von Protoolsland heraus: Liquid Saffire 56! Mit dem 2HE großen Monster bekommt man 8 Modelling Preamps im Liquid Channel Stil, Liquid Mix Plugins und jede Menge I/Os. Preis noch nicht bekannt, doch das selbsternannte Flagschiff dürfte besonders wegen den Liquid Preamps nicht ganz billig werden.

Winter NAMM 2009 sees the launch of Focusrite’s latest addition to the award-winning Saffire range and, for the first time, the integration of Liquid pre-amp technology with Saffire PRO audio interfacing.

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 pre-amp flavours, seamless software integration, excellent routing flexibility and future-proof, rock-solid driver stability.

Two of Liquid Saffire 56’s eight pre-amps utilise the third generation of Focusrite’s Liquid Pre-amp, each providing a choice of ten different pre-amp emulations. These include emulations based on the Neve 1073, Pultec MB-1, Telefunken V72 and seven more (for emulation details, visit www.focusrite.com). A harmonics dial on each Liquid pre-amp allows the user to compensate for variance in vintage originals of the same model, or to creatively add levels of 2nd, 3rd and 5th Harmonic distortion to shape the pre-amps performance.

Focusrite’s Liquid Pre-amp technology marries a hugely flexible analogue front end with cutting-edge dynamic convolution DSP. Sintefex, Focusrite’s Liquid technology design partner, patented the Dynamic Convolution process, which involves the application of a unique, level-dependent set of responses to an audio signal. These measured responses, sampled at numerous levels and with every possible setting combination, are applied to the input stream on a sample-by-sample basis for authentic emulation of the amplification stage.

Liquid Saffire 56 also comes bundled with the Focusrite plug-in suite. The latest Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins provide a significant upgrade from standard sequencer effects, bringing a touch of class to your session.

Each channel features 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 5-LED metering for all inputs, including ADAT and S/PDIF, offers accurate viewing of all levels.

The new Liquid Saffire will be available worldwide in the first quarter of 2009 from a selection of pro audio retailers worldwide. Contact your local distributor for further details.

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