Focusrite Saffire USB

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Neverender, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. Neverender


    Mar 26, 2009
    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!
  2. LouieLouie16


    Jul 16, 2013
    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.
  3. fisticuffs


    May 3, 2011
    Madison, WI
  4. Troph


    Apr 14, 2011
    Kirkland, WA
    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.