High Wycombe, U.K. (January 28, 2009)–Focusrite has added to its Saffire range with the integration of Liquid preamp technology with Saffire pro audio interfacing.
Liquid Saffire 56 is the company’s new flagship 2U multichannel FireWire audio interface. Two of Liquid Saffire 56’s eight preamps utilize the third generation of Focusrite’s Liquid preamp, each providing a choice of 10 different preamp emulations. These include emulations based on the Neve 1073, Pultec MB-1, Telefunken V72 and seven more. A harmonics dial on each Liquid preamp 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 preamps performance.
Sintefex, Focusrite’s Liquid technology design partner, patented the Dynamic Convolution process, which involves the application of a 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.
Analog hardware is also required to account for the physical interaction with the microphone. The Liquid preamp analog front-end includes resistance and capacitance parameters. With a flexible signal path and variable impedance value, it can mimic the interaction characteristics of different classic mic pres.
Alongside the two Liquid and six Saffire preamps, are I/O options; 10 analog outputs, 16 channels of ADAT I/O, stereo S/PDIF or AES I/O (on RCA phono), MIDI I/O and two virtual “loopback” inputs for routing digital audio between software applications. Mic, line and instrument inputs all utilize independent connectors.