Solid feel , Metal Knobs , Switches feel good , Dual Headphone Outputs .
I had already downloaded the Mix Control software , so it was only a matter of turning off the computer connecting the Firewire cable , and turning the computer back on .
Opened the Mix control software and in less than 3 minutes had all my inputs routed , the ADAT input switched to SPDIF Stereo and assigned as SPIDF 3+4 .
Output Mixes can be Stereo or Mono ( and yes you can mix them up having both Mono Mix out as well as Stereo Mix outs .)
Headphones Outputs have PLENTY of power and are clean uncoloured outputs ( Some audiophiles might not like that , but this is a Recording interface not a Consumer Listening device )
Advice to Focusrite and ALL OTHER COMPANIES , PLEASE LISTEN .
When you give the Product Description , The DIMENSIONS of the Product , MEAN PRODUCT NOT THE EFFING BOX it comes it .
On the Website FF gives the Dimensions as 470mm wide …. But I had watched the video enough times to know that wasn’t the case . The BOX is 470mm exactly , But THAT doesn’t help me build a Case for the PRODUCT , I would have thoroughly liked to have built a case for it and have it ready to just simply slide right into the case ready to go , But Without the Actual Product dimensions you don’t get that privilege .
We Don’t Give a Crap about the BOX dufus …… The Facts Ma’am just the Facts .
Anyway …enough of the Rant .
It is indeed the Size I wanted and will fit nicely in my Backpack or Photo Accessory bag , that has an outer case pocket/sleeve that is just about perfect for it . I Think it was designed for a 13 inch laptop but with more space as if the Laptop would have a Cushioned case over it as well so there is plenty of width /depth / and thickness space for the interface .
The Mix Panel software is very straightforward as I have used it before on an earlier FF interface I owned .
But I must say , I like this one a LOT better as that my other FF device was 6 years ago I think ? and wasn’t this clear or crystalline in the headphones . ( you can click this to blow it up )
Notice the Mix Tabs at the top , Mix 1 , and Mix 7 are setup in Stereo , Mix 3,4,5,6 in Mono So , I can send Mix 1 to My Cans , and a Recorder , the Mono Mixes can be sent to the stage monitors individually , and Mix 7 can be sent to a Camera setup for Live sound straight to the Video . Nice huh?
I Take a Master Bleed from any House Mixer into Channels 5+6 , Channels 1-4 I can send to the stage as second mics for Instruments I want better control of or Voices , then The SPDIF 4 channels worth I can connect my Sound Devices USBPre2 to the Optical for 2 channels or REALLY nice mic preamps , and then on the RCA SPDIF I can connect my Tascam UH7000 (Using XLR > RCA AES/EBU-> SPDIF Adapter Cables of which I have a Set of both in and out ) as the Main input to the Recorder using the SPDIF Out as Main Mix , SPDIF In as extra 2 mic inputs as the UH7000 mic pre’s are quite nice .
Now , If You read my Previous post ( Just below this one) Then you might get what I was saying about the Swiss Army Knife analogy .
Oh and the actual Dimensions are Width = just over 31cm – Front to Back (including knobs and jacks) 22cm – 4.3 cm thick
Now you can build a case for it .
Firewire Bus power . >>>> Well that is what it is on right now while I listen to Internet radio .
BUT …. If I was running the above described setup with all my gear hooked up It would indeed be on Power Supply . Don’t Tax your system, it isn’t wise . Listening is fine , Line Level stuff up to maybe 6 channels ok , But Mic Preamps need power to sound good , don’t starve them by trying to run Mics of mixing to much stuff without giving the Interface Power to run off of .
Speaking of power , DC 12v 1250ma or 1.25 Amps Guess what I have a folding Solar panel with Regulated Filtered 12 Volts 1.6 Amps out in Moderate sun in less than perfect light I get 1 amp + , which is more that sufficient to power the Pro26 .
That Means , Location Sound minus the Tascam UH7000 , but I have USB Batteries for the Sound Devices USBPre2
So I have 6 Mic Inputs with Phantom Power , and Line inputs for Wireless Units on portable power .
Again -> Swiss Army Knife ,….. this is why I chose the 26 instead of the 40 ( But I will get an 8 Channel Mic pre with ADAT to add to this soon enough . Just don’t need it at the moment .
Yep I Like it .