Focusrite Saffire Pro 14 by azarat
I bought my Saffire Pro 14, about a year ago now to replace my Behringer FCA202 interface. Needless to say this was a huge upgrade, compared to the Behringer interface. I use the soundcard with my (ancient) Macbook Pro from 2007 using the FireWire400 interface. I use this system mostly for recording my DJ sets, as well as recording voice-overs using a Samson C01 Condenser Microphone, but also do some production and with the Saffire Pro 14 interface, I can achieve a very low latency, which is great.
The sound quality coming out of this interface is just great, and there’s really nothing more to say about that. It does full 24-bit/96kHz operation, and performs just great. The included pre-amps, does a very good job with my Samson microphone, and really I did not expect such clarity in the sound from this relatively cheap setup, but it works really great and I’ve been very impressed by the general quality in performance of the interface.
One of the things I like a lot when recording DJ sets is the internal routing. By using the internal routing I do not need to have two output cables from my DJ mixer, i.e. one for the soundcard and one to the speakers. No I just take the output from the mixer to the soundcard and using the internal routing I send the output to the speakers and both play it back on my speakers and record it on the same time. Great! Also because of this I do not need to change the cables to the speakers all the time.
I do have one big annoyance with this interface however. Every time I boot up my computer I need to re-plug the interface into the computer otherwise it does not recognize it properly (the firewire connection seems not to work Power and LKD leds are lid). And this is happens even though when you open the software for the sound card it says that you should always plug it in before booting your computer. I think this might have to do with me using two external hard drives at least I don’t recall having the problem when the harddisks are not connected. But it should work anyway, and I’ve never had this problem with my old interface leading me to think this is an error with the soundcard.
After about owning the interface in 10 months, one of the output channels broke. Coming out of the output channel was very very low but highly distorted sound. I bought my card on Decks.co.uk so I contacted them, send it in for repair, and got it back about 2 weeks later repaired by Focusrite (Decks send them to them after they confirmed the issue). This was quite painless which is always very important. Even though I did not expect it to break like that.
All in all this interface has proven to be a very good buy, and I’m very pleased with the quality and performance this interface gives you for such a small price. I can definitely recommend it.