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    Please help me decided Focusrite Saffire 6 or Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 ?

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    For my Windows 7 64bits/ Sonar 8.5 rig, I am trying to move to a USB interface and avoid the line inputs in my x-prelude sound card then later on get a NT1 mic to replace my sm58.

    Anyone has tried those two and can tell me if it is worth the extra $50 for the Scarlett? It seems it can record at 24/96 vs 24/48 on the Saffire is that is important.
    Thanks!

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    Haven't tried the Saffire, but my current setup is similar to yours. Rode NT1 - Windows 7, 64 bit DAW - Sonar X1 Producer with a Scarlett 18i6.

    The Saffire 6 has USB 1. Scarlett 18i6 and 8i6 are USB 2. That convinced me.

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    The Scarlett supports MixControl, which is nice because you can get some advanced routing options. Other than that, the differences are mostly physical. The Saffire has more buttons/knobs if you like to control things through hardware rather than software. Plus, the Saffire includes pads and inst. switches which may be useful. The Scarlett has SPDIF support, though -- the Saffire does not.
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    Thanks guys, I went with the Scarlett :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodger View Post
    Haven't tried the Saffire, but my current setup is similar to yours. Rode NT1 - Windows 7, 64 bit DAW - Sonar X1 Producer with a Scarlett 18i6.

    The Saffire 6 has USB 1. Scarlett 18i6 and 8i6 are USB 2. That convinced me.
    18 in with 4 out? So is that like a mixer with a Windows interface? I've never seen anything like that except on a mixer.

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