Focusrite Pro Red 8Line Thunderbolt 3, Pro Tools & Dante Audio Interface

58-in, 64-out Thunderbolt 3 audio interface with two Red Evolution mic pres and line-level, DigiLink, Dante, ADAT & S/PDIF connectivity

Built on Focusrite’s decades of interface design experience and impeccable attention to audio detail, Red 8Line is the best sounding, most versatile and hardest working audio interface in any professional system. Red 8Line blurs the line between high-end studio workflows and small-scale professional audio systems. With 58 inputs and 64 outputs including eight analogue line inputs and 10 analogue line outputs, two Red Evolution mic pres, ultra-low latency, dynamic range of up to 121dB and connectivity via Thunderbolt 3, DigiLink, Dante, ADAT and S/PDIF, it’s the strongest link in any audio professional’s chain.

Available to Pre-Order - Stock Expected November 2020
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Red 8Line has a total of 58 inputs and 64 outputs, including two Red Evolution mic pres, independent L/R monitor outs, eight balanced line inputs and outputs on DB25 connectors; 32 channels of Dante I/O; 16-channel ADAT input and output (at 48kHz), and stereo S/PDIF input and output. As with other Red interfaces, it features professional-grade 24-bit/192kHz A-D and D-A conversion for no-compromise, mastering-quality recording and audio playback. With 119dB dynamic range A-D and 121dB dynamic range D-A (A-Weighted), the converters have been expertly selected and calibrated by Focusrite to provide the best balance of sound quality, dynamic range and conversion latency.

The two digitally-controlled Red Evolution mic preamps are the product of decades of Focusrite’s impeccable attention to detail in designing audio hardware. Each preamp provides up to 63dB of ultra-clean gain, with individual phantom power, high-pass filter and phase reverse, and an option to stereo-link the two channels. The switchable Air mode mimics the sonic profile of the famous Focusrite ISA 110 input module, and breathes life into any signal it touches.

The Focusrite Red Range is the best choice for professionals who work in Pro Tools | HD and other DAWs — on both Mac and PC. With both mini-DigiLink and Thunderbolt 3 connections, it’s possible to instantly switch between Pro Tools | HD and other DAWs without the need to reconfigure your audio settings. Simply change the host mode either in RedNet Control software, or using the front panel, to change DAWs in seconds. This ability to quickly switch between production environments means you’ll never lose that moment of inspiration, or leave your clients waiting.

Red 8Line features the latest implementation of Thunderbolt 3, with Focusrite’s session-proven, ultra-low-latency, rock-solid Thunderbolt drivers. This speed provides the flexibility to use DAW plug-ins in real time, so you can harness the processing power of your DAW to track through plug-ins and record virtual instruments. With two Thunderbolt 3 ports as standard, it’s also possible to daisy-chain Thunderbolt devices, such as third-party plug-in accelerators, hard drives, external 4K displays, processing units and Thunderbolt hubs.

In addition to Thunderbolt 3 and Pro Tools HD connectivity, the on-board Dante connection enables Red 8Line to communicate with industry-standard Audio-over-IP equipment from hundreds of manufacturers. Dante makes it easy to expand your system, embrace new ways of working, and discover rapid system expansion using Focusrite RedNet interfaces or devices from third parties such as Neve, Yamaha and DigiCo.

Red 8Line has built-in monitor control for mono, stereo and multi-channel monitoring environments up to 7.1. Compatibility with the new Focusrite RedNet R1 desktop remote controller allows even greater flexibility, and customised presents for immersive monitoring environments including Dolby Atmos®.

Other features of the Red 8Line include precision metering and display: the interface has three LCD displays for highly-accurate level metering for any input or output block, as well as main monitor and headphone outputs. Two discrete high-fidelity headphone outputs are powerful enough to deliver loud and clear audio on high-impedance headphones, and are controlled from the interface front panel. Dual instrument inputs on the front panel ensure you always have immediate access to quickly plug in a guitar, for example, even when racked.

The RedNet Control 2 is a software mixer with a hardware-focussed workflow, which is designed to allow quick setup of both simple and complex monitoring and routing configurations, together with controlling Red Evolution preamps remotely. This allows tighter integration with RedNet equipment over Dante.

Lastly, Red 8Line comes with a bundle of software that celebrates Focusrite’s legacy and brings the classic Focusrite sound to your DAW. Brainworx bx_console Focusrite SC is a plug-in for Mac and PC the faithfully captures the sound, feel and styling of the original Focusrite Studio Console. Red 2 and Red 3 EQ and Compression plug-ins are AAX/AU/VST-compatible recreations of the original and much-loved Red Range analogue hardware, which is still relied on heavily in professional studios today.

  • Extremely high-quality audio conversion

High-performance 24-bit/192kHz A-D and D-A conversion with 119dB dynamic range A-D and 121dB dynamic range D-A (A-Weighted).

  • Seamless multi-platform workflow

Switch between different DAWs in seconds, using the front panel or control software.

  • Two Red Evolution remote-controllable mic preamps

Provide up to 63dB of ultra-clean gain, with phantom power, high-pass filter, phase reverse and Air mode.

  • Latest implementation of Thunderbolt 3

Ultra-low-latency drivers for Mac and PC provide the flexibility to use DAW plug-ins in real-time. Dual Thunderbolt ports enable daisy-chaining of devices.

  • Pro Tools | HD connectivity as standard

Twin mini-DigiLink ports provide connectivity directly to Pro Tools | HD cards, with no need for device expansion.

  • Dante connectivity as standard

Dual Dante ports enable connection to the industry standard Audio-over-IP protocol, for easy expansion and interoperability with other digital devices.

  • Dedicated L/R monitor outputs and comprehensive control

Monitor control supports mono, stereo and multi-channel monitoring environments up to 7.1.

  • Extensive analogue I/O

Eight line inputs and outputs on DB25; independent L/R monitor outputs; independent Red Evolution mic preamps, plus two stereo headphones outputs.

  • Precision metering and display

Three LCDs provide highly accurate level metering for any input or output block, as well as for main monitor and headphone outputs.

  • Complete software/hardware control environment

RedNet Control allows quick setup of complex monitoring and routing configurations, and control of the preamps remotely.

  • Dual headphone outputs

High-fidelity headphone outputs are powerful enough to deliver loud audio on high-impedance headphones.

  • Dual front-panel instrument inputs

Front-panel connections ensure immediate access to instrument inputs, even when racked.

  • Windows 10 compatibility

Windows Thunderbolt drivers make Red 8Line compatible with PC-based audio systems.

  • Focusrite software bundle

Includes the Brainworx bx_console Focusrite SC channel strip from the original Focusrite Studio Console, plus Red 2 and Red 3 EQ and Compression plug-ins, which accurately reproduce the sonic qualities of the original Red hardware. Also included is membership to the Focusrite Plug-in Collective.

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Specification

Simultaneous Inputs & Outputs   

  • Channel Count Up to 58 x 64

System Requirements

  • Computer: Apple Mac with at least one Thunderbolt 3 port (or Thunderbolt 1 / 2 port and Apple Thunderbolt 3 adapter) running supported OS. Windows 10 system with at least on Thunderbolt 3 port (Thunderbolt 1 / 2 Windows systems are not supported).""
  • Other: Internet connection for downloading and installing software and driver

Microphone Inputs

All measurements taken at maximum gain unless otherwise stated, Rs = 150Ω

  • Gain Range: 0-8dB to 63dB in 1dB steps
  • Type: Electronically Balanced, Zin = 6.2kΩ
  • Max. Input Level: >+19dBu, min gain
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB, min gain
  • THD + N: -101dB (0.0009%) @ -1dBFS (@ 11dB Gain)
  • EIN: <-129dBu 'A'-Weighted (typical)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 119dB 'A'-Weighted (typical), min gain
  • Common-Mode Rejection Ratio: 50/60Hz CMRR: -90dB
  • Phantom Power: +48V, independently switchable per channel.
  • HPF: High-Pass Filter (HPF): -3dB @ 80 ± 3Hz, 12dB/Octave, independently switchable per channel
  • Air Mode: 2dB boost at 10kHz and -2dB at 20Hz (ref 1kHz). Input impedance drop to 2.2kΩ

Line Inputs 1-8

All measurements taken at 24dBu, Rs = 600Ω

  • 0 dBFS Reference Level: +18 or +24dBu (switchable)
  • Type: Electronically Balanced, Zin = 20kΩ
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB
  • THD + N: -102dB (0.0008%) @ -1dBFS
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 119dB 'A'-Weighted (typical)
  • Common-Mode Rejection Ratio: 50/60Hz CMRR: -70dB

Instrument Inputs

All measurements taken at maximum gain unless otherwise stated, Rs = 600Ω

  • Gain Range: 0-8dB to 63dB in 1dB steps
  • Type: Zin = 2.3MΩ
  • Max. Input Level: >+15dBu, min gain
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB, min gain
  • THD + N: -100dB (0.001%) @ -1dBFS (@ 11dB Gain)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 117dB 'A'-Weighted (typical), min gain
  • HPF: -3dB @ 80 ± 3Hz, 12dB/Octave, independently switchable per channel
  • Air Mode: 2dB boost at 10kHz and -2dB at 20Hz (ref 1kHz)

Line Outputs 1-8

All measurements taken at maximum output level, Rs = 100kΩ

  • 0 dBFS Reference Levels: +18 or +24dBu (switchable)
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB
  • THD + N: <-104dB (0.0006%) unweighted, 20Hz - 20kHz; -1dBFS input
  • Dynamic Range: 121dB 'A'-weighted (typical), 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Output impedance: Nominal output impedance = 136Ω balanced (68Ω each phase)

Monitor Outputs

All measurements taken at maximum output level, Rs = 100kΩ

  • 0 dBFS Reference Levels: +18dBu
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB
  • THD+N: -80dB (0.01%) unweighted, 20Hz - 20kHz; -1dBFS input
  • Dynamic Range: 120dB (A-Weighted)
  • Output impedance: Nominal output impedance = 136Ω balanced (68Ω each phase)

Headphone Outputs

All measurements taken at maximum output level, Rs = 600Ω

  • 0 dBFS Reference Levels : +16dBm ± 0.5dB
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz ±0.2dB
  • THD + N: <-75dB (0.018%) unweighted, 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Dynamic Range: 114dB 'A'-weighted (typical), 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Output Impedance: 10Ω
  • Headphone Impedance: 32Ω - 600Ω

Crosstalk

Microphone Crosstalk

  • Mic Input to Input: < -80dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)
  • Mic Input to Output: < -130dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)
  • Output to Mic Input: < -165dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)

Line Crosstalk

  • Line Input to Line Input: < -100dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)
  • Line Input to Output: < -150dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)
  • Output to Line Input: < -150dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)

Output Crosstalk

  • Output to Output: < -95dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)

Headphone Crosstalk

  • Headphone to Headphone: < -95dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)

Digital Performance

  • Supported Sample Rates: 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz (-4% / -0.1% / +0.1% / +4.167%) at 24 bit
  • Clock Sources: Internal, ADAT 1, ADAT 2, S/PDIF, Word Clock, Loop Sync or from Dante Network Master

Front Panel Connectivity

Instrument Inputs

  • Channel Count: 2 Channels In
  • Instrument Inputs: 2 x 1/4"" TS jack

Headphone Outputs

  • Channel Count: 2 Stereo Channels Out
  • Headphone Outputs: 2 x 1/4"" TRS stereo jack

Rear Panel Connectivity

Thunderbolt

  • Channel Count: Up to 58 In and 64 Out
  • Thunderbolt Ports: 2 x Thunderbolt 3 Ports (Primary Port 1 and Primary Port 2)

Pro Tools|HD

  • Channel Count: Up to 58 In and 64 Out (32 In and 32 Out per connection)
  • Primary Port: 2 x Mini DigiLink

Dante

  • Channel Count: Up to 32 In and 32 Out
  • Input and Output: 2 x Ethernet standard RJ45 connectors (Compatible with Cat 5e and above).

Mic Inputs

  • Channel Count: 2 In
  • Input: 2 x Female XLR

Line Level

  • Channel Count: 8 In and 8 Out
  • Input: 2 x DB-25 connectors (AES59)
  • Output: 2 x DB-25 connectors (AES59)

ADAT

  • Channel Count: Up to 16 In and 16 Out
  • Input: 2 x TOSLINK connector
  • Output: 2 x TOSLINK connector
  • Channel Assignments @ 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz: Port 1 = Channels 1 - 8 , Port 2 = Channels 9 - 16
  • Channel Assignments @ 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz: SMUXI: Port 1 = Channels 1 - 4, Port 2 = Channels 5 - 8
  • Channel Assignments @ 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz: SMUXII: Port 1 = Channels 1 - 2 , Port 2 = Channels 3 - 4

S/PDIF

  • Channel Count: 2 In and 2 Out (Optical up to 96kHz)
  • Input: 1 x RCA phono socket (1 x TOSLINK up to 96kHz)
  • Output: 1 x RCA phono socket (1 x TOSLINK up to 96kHz)

Monitor Outputs

  • Channel Count: 2 Out
  • Montor Outputs: 2 x 1/4"" TRS jack

Loop Sync

  • Loop Sync Input: 1 x BNC 75Ω port
  • Loop Sync Output: 1 x BNC 75Ω port

Word Clock

  • Word Clock Input: 1 x BNC 75Ω port
  • Word Clock Output: 1 x BNC 75Ω port

PSU

  • PSU: 1 x IEC Input

Front Panel Indicators

  • Screens: 3 x Screens (menus and metering)
  • Control Functions: 2 x Encoders (menu navigation, channel functions (Gain, +48V, Phase, HPF, Air and Mic/Line/Inst) monitor and headphone outputs (Level, Mute and Dim)). 4 x Switches (control over menus & metering)

Power

  • PSU: 1 x Internal, 100-240V, 50/60Hz, consumption 120W.

Heat Performance

  • Operating Temperature: Operates at an ambient temperature of up to 40 degrees Celsius
  • Fan: Dual fan

System Requirements

  • Apple Mac with at least one Thunderbolt 3 port (or Thunderbolt 1 / 2 port and Apple Thunderbolt 3 adapter) running supported OS. Windows 10 system with at least one Thunderbolt 3 port (Thunderbolt 1 / 2 Windows systems are not supported).

Warranty

Enjoy three years of warranty Wherever you happen to be in the world, you can rely on a three year warranty if any Focusrite hardware needs repairing or replacing due to a manufacturing fault. Focusrite will send you replacement gear in the UK and the US, and they’ll cover the shipping costs both ways. In the UK, they'll send you a replacement before you return your hardware to them.

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