Focusrite Clarett 8PreX
26 In / 28 Out Thunderbolt Interface with 8 Clarett Microphone Preamps and Extended I/O


The Focusrite Clarett 8PreX Thunderbolt audio interface offers 26 inputs and 28 outputs, including 8 analog inputs, 10 analog outputs...
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The Focusrite Clarett 8PreX Thunderbolt audio interface offers 26 inputs and 28 outputs, including 8 analog inputs, 10 analog outputs, stereo S/PDIF I/O, and 16 channels of ADAT I/O for the connection of addition inputs and outputs such as a multichannel digital mic pre or an external D/A for additional line outputs. The 2RU rack-mount unit combines 8 Clarett mic preamps with class-leading dynamic range conversion and extraordinarily low round-trip latency – so low that plugins can be used, in real time while monitoring recordings through the DAW.

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The Clarett mic pre offers low noise and distortion, plus the unique, switchable 'Air' effect that models the sound of Focusrite's ISA transformer-based preamps. It also features gain controls with a special law that makes changes smoother and more precise.

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

A central metering and monitoring panel provides ten 6-segment LED meters covering analog and digital inputs and monitor levels, with a large-diameter monitor level control knob plus mute and dim buttons. The two independently-controlled headphone outputs on the front panel have enough level to drive even high impedance headphones providing suitable monitoring levels.

The Focusrite Control software mixer is easily configured for monitoring and routing setups. Focusrite Control is simple and intuitive to use. Providing 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.

Word Clock I/O is provided, allowing the Clarett 8PreX to either provide the master clock for the system or to be clocked from an external master digital device.

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 8PreX Includes:

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

Focusrite Clarett 8PreX 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.
  • Exceptional I/O capability: 26 audio inputs and 28 outputswithin a 2RU rack space, including 8 analog inputs, 10 analog outputs, stereoS/PDIF I/O, and 16 channels of ADAT I/O. Connect up to 16 more mic preampsover ADAT for a 24 channel microphone setup. 
  • The heart of the studio: Specially designed for studio installation, Clarett 8PreX includes separate rear panel inputs for mic, line and instrument, as well as ADAT I/O to add 16 more channels, dedicated phantom power, phase reverse, and high pass filters on every channel.
  • 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 in real time through your DAW with plugins such as EQ or compression.
  • 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, a special "Air" feature 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 : Central panel provides analog and digital input levels, and main monitor outputs, via a 6-segment, multichannel hardware meter. Accessible monitor features include a large-diameter level control, plus dim and mute buttons. 
  • Dual high-power headphone outputs: Two wide dynamic range headphone outputs 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. Simple and intuitive to use, Focusrite Control offers a traditional mixer workflow and allows immediate access to internal hardware functions.
  • Digital sync on-board: Includes Word Clock I/O, enabling it to act as master for clocking multiple digital devices, or sync to word clock from an external digital device. 
  • 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 SoftubeTime and Tone Bundle, which includes the TSAR-1R Reverb, Tube Delay, andSaturation Knob plugins.

Focusrite Clarett 8PreX Specifications:

  • Boxed Dimensions (HxWxD): 13.39" x 7.17" x 23.9"
  • Boxed Weight: 15.32 lbs.

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