Focusrite Clarett 8Pre Rackmount Thunderbolt Audio Interface
18 x 20 Thunderbolt Interface with eight Clarett Mic Preamps
The 18-in, 20-out Clarett 8Pre combines eight mic preamps, class-leading digital conversion and extra-low round-trip latency â€“ enabling DAW plugins to be used while monitoring recordings. Clarettâ€™s mic pre offers superbly low noise and distortion, plus the â€œAirâ€ effect that models the sound of Focusriteâ€™s renowned ISA transformer-based preamps. Complete with Focusriteâ€™s precision 24/192 conversion offering up to 119dB real-world dynamic range, thereâ€™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).
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.
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.
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.
Supported Sample Rates
Line & Monitor Outputs
Clarett 8Pre Included Software
Mac 10.10 - Yes
Mac 10.9 - Yes
Mac 10.8 - No
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
- Clarett 8Pre
- Getting Started Guide (Including serial number and bundle code for registering and accessing free software)
- Power Cable