High Wycombe, U.K. (August 31, 2009)–Focusrite has begun shipment of its Saffire PRO 24 DSP, a 16-input/8-output FireWire audio interface that features VRM (Virtual Reference Monitoring) in addition to real-time DSP-powered tracking plug-ins, all targeted for the modern recording environment.
The Saffire PRO 24 DSP completes the full lineup of four new Saffire audio interfaces from Focusrite including: Saffire PRO 24 at $299 US MAP, Saffire PRO 24 DSP at $399, Saffire PRO 40 at $499, and Liquid Saffire 56 with two Liquid Channels at $999.
According to the company, VRM technology provides the ability for users to mix through their choice of more than 15 different sets of commonly used professional studio monitors and hi-fi speakers, in different acoustic environments and from different positions, all using standard monitoring headphones.
VRM reportedly overcomes the obstacle of getting a great mix on headphones by providing multiple perspectives on a mix, as if the user were actually listening to a variety of studio monitors at various volume levels, but without having to wake the neighbors.
The Saffire PRO 24 features the DSP-powered Focusrite Studio Suite, Compression, Gating, EQ, and Reverb plug-ins for latency-free, professional tracking solutions, for compressing a bass during recording or providing reverb in a vocalist’s headphones. Plug-ins are also available in VST/AU format for use within DAW software.
Focusrite’s Xcite+ bundle is also included. The bundle features Ableton Live 7 Lite (for recording, performance and composition), Novation’s Bass Station soft synth and more than 1GB of royalty-free samples from Loopmasters and “Mike the Drummer.”