Are you up to Thunderbolt speed? The Focusrite Clarett 8Pre Thunderbolt audio interface can deliver. Designed with project studios in mind, the Clarett 8 Pre combines eight newly designed Clarett mic preamps, with class-leading digital conversion and extraordinarily low round-trip latency so low that you can use DAW plugins while monitoring your recordings. It offers superbly low noise and distortion, plus the “Air” effect that models the sound of Focusrite’s renowned ISA transformer-based preamps. It also features gain controls with a special law that makes changes smoother and more natural. Complete with Focusrite’s acclaimed precision conversion offering up to 119dB real-world dynamic range, theres no better “ or faster “ way of getting audio into or out of your DAW at the highest possible quality.
Remote control from iPhone or iPad
Download the free Focusrite iOS Control app and adjust cue mixes created with the Focusrite Control desktop app remotely from an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
Enough Channels For The Entire Band
18 audio inputs and 20 outputs within a 1U rack space, including 8 analogue inputs, 10 analogue outputs, stereo SPDIF I/O and 8 channels of ADAT I/O. The additional ADAT ports are ideal for sending audio to an external D/A for line output expansion or adding eight channels of digital mic pre.
Front Panel Inputs
Dual combination mic/line/instrument inputs on the front panel ensure you always have immediate access to a pair of analogue inputs, even when the units in a rack.
Comprehensive Metering and Monitoring
Central panel helps you keep an eye “ and an ear “on all your analogue and digital input levels, and your main monitor outputs, via a 6-segment, multichannel hardware meter. Accessible monitor features include a level control, dim and mute buttons.
Dual High-power Headphone Outputs
The two wide dynamic range headphone outputs are powerful enough to deliver plenty of level even on high impedance headphones “ perfect for both tracking and mixing.
Classic Processor Plug-ins Included
Every Clarett includes the Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite, which accurately models Focusrites classic Red range equalizer and compressor hardware “ letting you exploit the originals famous sound, conveniently from within your audio software.
Word Clock Out
Clarett 8 Pre features a Word Clock output, enabling it to act as master for clocking multiple digital devices.
Free Softube Plug-ins
Focusrite Scarlett, Saffire, and Clarett audio interfaces now include three Softube plug-ins* for free. Purchase a Focusrite Scarlett, Saffire, and Clarett on or after September 1st, 2015 and you’ll receive a free download copy of TSAR-1R Reverb, Tube Delay and Saturation Knob.
TSAR-1R: Add space, depth and width to your sound—TSAR-1R is a reverb plug-in with world class sound and extreme ease of use. With a single slider, you can take TSAR-1R from realistic and three-dimensional rooms to dramatic and dreamlike halls.
Tube Delay: A tasty echo effect that can go from clean to rude by overdriving its three modeled tube stages. Create anything from realistic room echoes to rockabilly style slapbacks—or take it all the way into dub reggae echo madness.
Saturation Knob: Add grit and warmth to any sound source with this modeled output distortion unit. Use it to fatten up bass lines, add some harmonics and shimmer to vocals, or simply destroy your drum loop. Simply turn up the knob to add saturation, and use the three-position switch to alter the distortion character.
Free Addictive Keys License Included
The Addictive Keys virtual instrument from XLN Audio is now included for free with all Focusrite audio interfaces, and is available for existing customers as well as new customers. One full license per account enables you to choose one world-class Addictive Keys instrument, such as Modern Upright, Studio Grand, Electric Grand or Mark One.
Now Windows Compatible
The Clarett range is now fully compatible with Windows-based computers, offering stable, reliable operation with identical functionality on both platforms. The Windows driver offers sub-3ms latency. Also provided is a Windows version of the Focusrite Control software mixer for monitoring and routing configuration.
Focusrite continues to add value to their products, long after the purchase is complete, by bringing monthly plug-in deals to customers through the Focusrite Plug-In Collective. Each month registered owners of Focusrite products will receive an exclusive code via email to unlock a free or discounted plug-in from the world’s leading plug-in companies. See the rebate PDF on this page for details on this month’s plug-in from Focusrite.
Focusrite Clarett 8Pre Thunderbolt Features
- Ableton Live Lite is included as a free download.
- 2GB Loopmasters Samples are included as a free download
- Focusrite offers a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty
- Max bit depth: 24-bit
- Max sampling rate: 192kHz
- Total inputs: 18
- Mic preamps: 8
- XLR/TRS combo jacks: 8
- XLR only jacks: 0
- 1/4 only jacks: 0
- S/PDIF in: 2
- ADAT/optical in: 8
- RCA in: No
- AES/EBU: No
- MADI: No
- Total outputs: 20
- XLR out: 0
- 1/4 out: 10 (TRS balanced)
- S/PDIF out: 2
- ADAT/optical out: 8
- RCA out: No
- AES / EBU: No
- MADI: No
- Computer connection: Thunderbolt
- MIDI I/O: 5-pin In/Out
- Headphone output(s): 2
- Word-clock I/O: Yes
- Onboard Features
- Platform compatibility: Mac
- Phantom power: Yes
- Direct monitoring: Yes
- Onboard DSP: No
- Metering: LED meters
- Display: No
- Latency control: Yes
- Monitor control: No
- Headphone control: Yes
- Width: Info not available
- Height: Info not available
- Depth: Info not available
- Weight: Info not available
- Rack-mountable: Yes
- Included software: Yes