Focusrite is now shipping its Midnight Plug-in suite free (a $99.00 value) with the purchase of any new Saffire PRO Firewire/Thunderbolt-compatible multichannel audio interface. They say that the Midnight Plug-in suite precisely models the performance and sound of Focusrite's two most iconic modules, the ISA110 equalizer and ISA130 compressor, and provides elegant, functional on-screen front panels for easy user control.
"It seemed only fitting for us to provide Midnight free with the leading Saffire PRO line of Firewire interfaces, since Scarlett, the top-selling USB interface line, ships with Scarlett Plug-in software," says Phil Wagner, President of Focusrite Novation Inc. "All newly registered Saffire users can download this powerful plug-in. Many users have come to rely on Focusrite's Firewire technology, as Saffire Pro offers great sound quality overall and rock solid driver performance."
The original designs of the ISA110 equalizer and ISA130 compressor can be traced back to the legendary Focusrite mixing console, the subject of a recent documentary film, "The Story of the Focusrite Studio Console," which has over 120,000 views on YouTube.
Focusrite's Saffire PRO line-up was originally introduced in 2006 and features four models of Firewire interfaces: the 8-in/6-out Saffire PRO 14, the 16-in/8-out Saffire PRO 24, the market leading 20-in/20-out Saffire PRO 40, which features eight mic preamps, and the unique 28-in/28-out Liquid Saffire 56, featuring Focusrite's Liquid Mic Pre convolution technology. All Focusrite Firewire interfaces may be connected to a Thunderbolt-capable computer using an Apple Thunderbolt adapter (not included), thereby freeing up valuable USB ports. All Saffire PRO Firewire interfaces now ship with 800-to-400 Firewire cables.
The Saffire range of interfaces has a huge fan base worldwide, including professional users such as GRAMMY-winning mixer, engineer and producer Adrian Bushby, known for his work with Foo Fighters and Muse. Bushby, who regularly uses the Midnight Plug-in suite when mixing, observes that vintage hardware processors can stop working, and while an engineer is limited by the number of devices in the outboard racks, he or she can use as many instances of a Midnight Plug-in as they wish. "It's a win-win," he says.
In the video above, Bushby further discusses why he uses the Focusrite Midnight Plug-in Suite.
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