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Focusrite Clarett 8Pre Rackmount Thunderbolt Audio Interface

18 x 20 Thunderbolt Interface with eight Clarett Mic Preamps
Part No: MOCL0003UK

The 18-in, 20-out Clarett 8Pre combines eight mic preamps, class-leading digital conversion and extra-low round-trip latency – enabling DAW plugins to be used while monitoring recordings. Clarett’s mic pre offers superbly low noise and distortion, plus the “Air” effect that models the sound of Focusrite’s renowned ISA transformer-based preamps. Complete with Focusrite’s precision 24/192 conversion offering up to 119dB real-world dynamic range, there’s never been a better, faster or easier way of getting audio into or out of a DAW. Now Windows compatible (see specs for more info).


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Product Description

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Focusrite’s Clarett 8Pre Thunderbolt interface is the best interface in its class, bar none. With 18 inputs and 20 outputs, it delivers eight redesigned Clarett mic preamps deployed direct from the front panel, as well as premium digital conversion and millisecond-level low round-trip latency. So low, in fact, that DAW plugins can be implemented while the user monitors recordings, for instance to add reverb in the headphones for a vocalist.

The fresh Clarett mic pre includes the switchable “Air” effect that reproduces the sound of Focusrite’s notorious ISA transformer-based preamps, as well as providing very low noise (EIN -128) and distortion. The Clarett 8Pre additionally supplies gain controls with a special law, making changes softer and more organic.

Focusrite has been well-renowned for top-quality digital conversion for almost as long as it has been revered for its microphone preamps, and The Clarett 8Pre isn’t an exception. Featuring the latest in Focusrite precision digital conversion, 8Pre’s 192kHz/24-bit converters dispense up to 118dB (A/D from mic pre) / 119dB (D/A line out) real world dynamic range.

The eight primary inputs sit on the front panel in the form of mic/instrument/line combo XLR/TRS sockets and include the innovatively reimagined Clarett mic pres; in addition, an ADAT optical input can be activated to widen the 8Pre’s input capability with eight additional digital channels. The instrument-level inputs are designed with exceptional headroom, to accept the highest output pickup without distortion.

Features

Eight New Clarett Mic Pres with extra ‘Air’

The mic pres have been designed especially for the Clarett range, with plenty of gain, yet low noise and distortion. In addition, they feature a special “Air” feature that switches in an analogue model of the classic transformer-based Focusrite ISA mic pre. Instrument inputs feature extra headroom to handle the loudest pickup.


Use DAW plugins in real time

Latency is the delay to a signal as it passes through your DAW system from interface input to interface output. Clarett Thunderbolt offers the world’s shortest. Signals go round so fast that you can record and monitor through your DAW with plugins such as EQ or compression.


Precision digital conversion

Clarett features Focusrite’s class-leading conversion quality: with up to 119dB dynamic range, Clarett offers the cleanest way yet to get music in and out of your DAW.


Full I/O complement

18 audio inputs and 20 outputs within a 1U rack space, including eight analogue inputs, 10 analogue outputs, stereo SPDIF I/O and eight channels of ADAT I/O. The additional ADAT output is ideal for sending audio to an external D/A for line output expansion, while the input can be used, for example, to bring in eight additional digital mic pre channels for maximum flexibility.


Easy Access

Two mic/line/instrument inputs are provided on the front panel for easy access even when rack mounted, the remaining connections being accessed via the rear panel.


Accessible metering and monitoring

The monitor panel provides analogue and digital input levels, and main monitor outputs, via a 6-segment, multichannel hardware meter. Monitor features include a level control, plus dim and mute buttons.


Dual high-power headphone outputs

Two wide dynamic range headphone outputs are provided, powerful enough to deliver plenty of level even on high impedance headphones – perfect for tracking and mixing.


Software Mixer for maximum control

Focusrite Control is a brand new software mixer designed for easy configuration of monitoring and routing setups. Simple and intuitive to use, Focusrite Control also allows immediate access to internal hardware functions.


Classic processor plugins included

Every Clarett includes the Red 2 & Red 3 AAX, AU & VST Plug-in Suite, which accurately models Focusrite’s classic Red range equalizer and compressor hardware.


Digital sync on-board

Includes Word Clock In, enabling it to sync to word clock from any external digital device.

Specifications

Additional Information

Specification

Supported Sample Rates

  • 44.1 kHz
  • 48 kHz
  • 88.2 kHz
  • 96 kHz
  • 176.4 kHz
  • 192 kHz

 

Microphone Inputs

  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz +/-0.1 dB
  • Dynamic Range: 118 dB (A-weighted)
  • THD+N: 0.001%
  • Noise EIN: –128 dBu (A-Weighted)
  • Maximum input level: +18 dBu
  • Gain Range: 57dB

 

Line Inputs

  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz +/-0.1 dB
  • Dynamic Range: 116 dB (A-weighted)
  • THD+N: 0.005%
  • Maximum input level: +26dBu
  • Gain Range: 57dB

 

Instrument Inputs

  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz ± 0.1 dB
  • Dynamic Range: 111 dB (A-weighted)
  • THD+N: 0.001%
  • Maximum input level: +14dBu
  • Gain Range: 57dB

 

Line & Monitor Outputs

  • Dynamic Range (Line Outputs): 119dB
  • Dynamic Range (Monitor Outputs): 117dB
  • Maximum Output Level (0 dBFS): +18 dBu
  • THD+N: 0.0007%

 

Headphone Outputs

  • Dynamic Range: 112dB
  • THD+N: 0.0008%
  • Maximum Output Level: +16dBu

 

Clarett 8Pre Included Software

  • Red 2 & Red 3 AAX, AU & VST Plug-in Suite
  • 1 GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples
  • Focusrite Control (DSP Mixer)

 

OS Compatibility Checker

macOS Sierra - Yes
There is a known issue with 5k Retina iMacs (model 17,1), please see this article

Mac 10.11 - Yes
There is a known issue with 5k Retina iMacs (model 17,1), please see this article

Mac 10.10 - Yes
 
Mac 10.9 - Yes
 
Mac 10.8 - No
 
Windows 10 AU (Redstone) - Yes
Supported with Thunderbolt 1 or Thunderbolt 2 connections. Thunderbolt 3 is not yet supported, please see this article.

Windows 10 - Yes
Supported with Thunderbolt 1 or Thunderbolt 2 connections. Thunderbolt 3 is not yet supported, please see this article.

Windows 8.1 - Yes
Supported with Thunderbolt 1 or Thunderbolt 2 connections. Thunderbolt 3 is not yet supported, please see this article.

Windows 7 - No
Windows 7 is not supported or tested, though it may still work.


For the most up to date information on Clarett & Windows, click here

 

Weight

  • 4.11kg      

 

Dimensions 

  •  4.5cm x 48.0cm x 27.0cm (H x W x D)

What's in the box

  • Clarett 8Pre
  • Getting Started Guide (Including serial number and bundle code for registering and accessing free software)
  • Power Cable

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