Focusrite Saffire USB
Hello TB, looking for a little advice. After some recommendations from a friend as well as a decent chunk of research I had my heart set on picking up a Focusrite Saffire USB 6. I know they were discontinued but a site said they had them new in stock so I ordered one.
Unfortunately yesterday I received an e-mail stating they were out of stock and I could have a full refund or store credit. Obviously I am dismayed but appreciative they are being flexible and prompt.
I had my heart set on getting a new (not used) interface and the USB 6 seemed to be the absolute best value for features, pack-ins, usability, reliability. I hear the Scarlett line is plagued with problems and input clipping on both the mic and instrument lines.
Any one have any recommendations where I could find a new USB 6? Amazon only has used ones. Or any alternative recommendations, maybe I can get them to cut me a deal on a more expensive interface?
Thank you for reading, I know it is a lot of text, I appreciate it!
I have a USB 6 and it's collecting dust because it doesn't work with USB 2 and 3, I found this out way too late.
I have 1 Saffire Pro 14 Bstock (and a ton of Astock of course). Same I/O as the Saffire 6 USB.
For the money though the Pro 24 isn't much more and you may find the extra inputs useful some day.
"Call for Price" is good advice BTW.
Spend a little bit extra and get something with more inputs and at least 60dB of microphone preamp gain. For example, I have a Tascam US-2000, which isn't much more expensive, and with that you can record an entire band at once (14 channels total, with 8 mic preamps). I use one for live recording one of my bands, and it works great. Love the front-panel metering, good 64-bit drivers, etc. The only weakness I've heard about that unit is the XLR jacks on the rear have a tendency to grab cables and not let go. So I use some short XLR extensions and leave those plugged in permanently.
I have seen them for less than $300 brand new... Amazing really.
Tascam also makes a cheaper one called the US-1800, but there are a few things that scare me away from that model. There is no internal power supply; the mic preamps are weaker (+58dB); and lots of reports of units malfunctioning after a few days. I'd avoid that one.
If you don't want or won't ever use the extra inputs, the Zoom R8 is really a cool USB interface for the money. With that, you can record standalone to a SD card, OR use it as a USB interface and control surface with your favorite recording software.
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