I bought a Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 2 years ago to be the center piece of my project studio and the unit has been flawless! I researched many units and tried out a few other interfaces before making the upgrade from my Tascam US-1641 to something with a bit more clarity. The LS56 offers 6 very clear Focusrite pres, but on channels 1&2 you are getting 2 "Liquid Preamps - emulations of 10 of the most sought after outboard pres! These include emulations of the API 3124+, Avalon VT-737SP, Focusrite Red 1, Helios Console, Neve 1073 Pultec MB1, UA610, Manley Slam, Telefunken V72 and Millennia HV-3D. The major draw for me was the fexibility of the IO on this unit - most other units have 'combi' jacks, but the LS56 has separate XLR and TRS inputs on each channel! Also on channels 3&4 there are front channel instrument inputs (they use channels 3&4 because channels 1&2 are the Liquid Preamps). The dual jacks allow me to have the unit racked and have outboard gear routed to the LS56 as well as having an XLR patch bay connected to the XLRs so all my mic patching is from the front of my rack! I have 2 Focusrite Octopre Dynamics connected through ADAT allowing me to run 24 channels simultaneously if the need arises. I track a full drum kit through 1 Octopre, and still have 16 channels of inputs to use. The unit comes with a very powerful "MixControl" software that - once you learn how to use it - is very convenient for routing several mixes to multiple artists with very low latency. Took me a while to wrap my head around the software but I watched several you tube vids and that helped... Hard to beat Focusrite's sound quality, especially for $1000 with this feature set! Best thousand dollar interface out there IMHO! (Posted on 9/9/14)
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