Focusrite Saffire 10 i/o vs Presonus Firestudio Tube vs any other

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by dylkow220, Mar 29, 2010.

  1. dylkow220

    dylkow220 Active Member

    Sep 16, 2009
    I found a Focusrite Saffire pro 10 on craigslist being sold as is. I got the guy to drop it down to 50 bones however there would be a 250 dollar charge to fix it from Thermal Relief. Should I buy this since in itself it is a steal? Or should I buck up and save for a Presonus Firestudio Tube or even a Focusrite Liquid Saffire?

    I need an interface for my day to day recording/tracking and would like for it to migrate into an actual studio one day. Im running a W7 machine in 64x and hoping I wont run into any software issues with the Saffire. Could use some pro help, thanks!

  2. Skip the tubes, bro. Don't get caught up in the hype. Starved plate preamps sound hairy because they're starved plate, not because of the AX7 they threw onto them. There's no way Presonus slammed a transformer big enough to power a REAL tube preamp into that two-rack-space box with 8 other preamps and 6 more audio inputs plus the AD/DA.

    Nothing wrong with the Firestudio. Definitely something wrong with spending an extra $150 for hype, which is what you get with the "tube" version.
  3. dylkow220

    dylkow220 Active Member

    Sep 16, 2009
    Hey thanks for the response man. I actually ended up buying the Focusrite, even though it was risky. Paid off though, only had to pay 70 bucks for the repair. Turns out the firmware wasnt updated. I could have done that myself but it was still way worth it.
  4. Good deal. Glad it worked out.
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