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Focusrite Clarett 8Pre
18 In / 20 Out Thunderbolt Interface with 8 Clarett Microphone Preamps


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The Focusrite Clarret 8Pre is an 18-in, 20-out Thunderbolt interface that combines eight Clarett mic preamps with class-leading digital conversion and extraordinarily low round-trip latency – so low that you can use DAW plugins while monitoring a performance in real time.

The Clarett mic pre offers superbly low noise and distortion, plus the switchable "Air" effect models the sound of Focusrite's renowned ISA transformer-based preamps. Instrument inputs offer extended headroom to suit the loudest guitar pickup, while gain controls employ a special law that makes changes smoother and more precise.

The 1RU Clarett 8Pre includes combination mic/line/instrument inputs on the front panel. Also on the front panel are two independently-controlled headphone outputs with enough level to drive even high impedance headphones to provide suitable monitoring levels.

The Clarett 8Pre includes precision Focusrite digital audio conversion with up to 118dB (A/D) / 119dB (D/A) dynamic range. This is combined with a low round-trip latency, making it possible to monitor recordings in real time via effects plugins on the DAW such as reverberation for the best possible recording experience.

The metering and monitoring panel provides ten 6-segment LED meters covering analog and digital inputs and monitor levels, with a monitor level control knob plus mute and dim buttons.

Word Clock output is provided, allowing the Clarett 8Pre to provide the master clock for the system.

The Focusrite Control software mixer is easily configured for monitoring and routing setups. It offers a traditional mixer workflow and allows immediate access to internal hardware functions. Every Clarett includes the Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite, which accurately models Focusrite's classic Red range equalizer and compressor hardware. Every Clarett also includes the great-sounding Softube Time and Tone Bundle, which includes the TSAR-1R Reverb, Tube Delay, and Saturation Knob plugins. Thanks to the Red 2 & Red 3 Plugin Suite and the Time and Tone Bundle, you'll have a great set of tools for your audio production needs that will keep you coming back session after session.

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.

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Focusrite Clarett 8Pre Includes:

  • Clarett 8Pre interface
  • Power Cable 
  • Getting Started Guide
  • Included software:
    • 2GB Loopmasters Samples
    • Focusrite Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-In Suite
    • Softube Time and Tone Bundle 
  • 2GB Loopmasters Samples are included as a free download
  • Ableton Live Lite is included as a free download
  • Free XLN Addictive Keys license with purchase, see here for more details

Focusrite Clarett 8Pre Features:

  • 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.
  • Full I/O complement: 18 audio inputs and 20 outputs within a1RU rack space, including 8 analog inputs,10 analog outputs, stereo SPDIF I/Oand 8 channels of ADAT I/O. The additional ADAT output is ideal for sendingaudio to an external D/A for line output expansion, while the input can beused, for example, to bring in 8 additional digital mic pre channels formaximum flexibility. 
  • Easy Access: Two mic/line/instrument inputs on the front panel provide easy access even when rack mounted, the remaining connections being accessed via the rear panel. 
  • 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.
  • Eight 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 analog model of the classic transformer-based Focusrite ISA mic pre. Instrument inputs feature extra headroom to handle the loudest pickup. 
  • 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.
  • Accessible metering and monitoring: The monitor panel provides analog 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 – great for tracking and mixing.
  • Software Mixer for maximum control: Focusrite Control is a software mixer designed for easy configuration of monitoring and routing setups. It also allows immediate access to internal hardware functions.
  • Classic processor plugins included: Every Clarettincludes the Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite, which accurately modelsFocusrite's classic Red range equalizer and compressor hardware. 
  • Great effects plugins included: Every Clarett also includes the Softube Time and Tone Bundle, which includes the TSAR-1R Reverb, Tube Delay, and Saturation Knob plugins.
  • Digital sync on-board: Includes Word Clock In, enabling it to sync to word clock from any external digital device.

Focusrite Clarett 8Pre Specifications:

  • Boxed Dimensions (HxWxD): 3.5" x 23.82" x 13.74"
  • Boxed Weight: 12.48 lbs.

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