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Focus On Focusrite: Clarett 8Pre and Clarett 8PreX In Stock!!

Published: Mon August 10, 2015  News Feed
The Focusrite Clarett range features the best-sounding, fastest Thunderbolt interfaces available today,and the Clarett 8Pre and Clarett 8PreX are the two top-of-the-range models, delivering outstanding audio for your recordings. Here's all you need to know about them, and how they differ between each other.

Focusrite Clarett 8Pre and Clarett 8PreX Now In Stock

The Clarett 8Pre and 8PreX set a whole new standard for your recording studio. They combine Focusrite's passion for sound quality with the very latest in Thunderbolt technology, featuring brand new transformer-modeled preamps, crystal clear conversion, and interface latency so negligible that you can monitor and track within your software without any noticeable delay!

And this is the whole point of buying a Focusrite Clarett: there's no compromise here, it's about making your computer-based recording setup sound as professional as possible, with the sound quality you'd expect from a recording studio.

Modern Preamps with Classic Heritage

Modern Preamps with Classic Heritage

The brand new Clarett preamps are best in class, with switchable AIR functionality that models the sound of the classic ISA mic preamp, by modelling the impedance and transformer resonance of the iconic Focusrite ISAs. This gives you the same exceptional clarity and signature sound at the touch of a button. In addition, new custom potentiometers deliver superior linear gain.

The key to getting an analogue signal into your DAW is the microphone preamplifier – with its associated line and instrument inputs. Mic pres were among the very first modules that the original Focusrite company ever produced, thirty years ago, when master console designer Rupert Neve was commisioned by Sir George Martin to create a new series of console modules for his AIR Studios.

As you can see, Focusrite have plenty of experience behind them! It’s no surprise that the Clarett mic pre, designed specially for the range, delivers very low noise indeed: an impressive –128dB EIN. That, combined with its low distortion, ultra-linear design and carefully chosen components, guarantees a clean, open and transparent sound that gives the most accurate representation of the original performance.

Top performance without delay!

Focusrite Clarett 8Pre

Other great features also include the world's fastest round-trip audio latency over Thunderbolt: the Thunderbolt hardware and Focusrite's own in-house developed driver deliver close to 1mS round trip latency at 96KHz on Mac, making any latency issue virtually negligible! Which means, you can record and monitor with your favourite DAW plugins, in real time.

No need for add-in DSP or special processing - choose any of your plugins, from virtually any manufacturer, to create the perfect recording path on every channel - as well as custom monitor setups for both you and your artists.

24 bit / 192 kHz Sample Rate

Clarett’s 192kHz/24-bit converters deliver up to 118dB (A/D) / 119dB (D/A) real-world dynamic range, letting you capture every nuance and subtlety whether you’re recording or mixing.

It’s easy to play the numbers game with digital conversion, and believe a system is better because it looks good on paper, but in fact listening to it (or listening to someone who has) will tell you what you need to know: how clean the sound is, how low the noise, and how much like the original it sounds.

Of course the numbers can help you evaluate an interface, as long as they’re real – and when Focusrite say that Clarett offers up to 119dB dynamic range via its D/A,  it means they've actually measured that in the real world, with a real interface: it’s not simply the number from the chip’s data sheet.

Includes Focusrite Control software Mixer with hardware-focused workflow

Focusrite Control

Focusrite Control is the new software mixer designed primarily for ease of use in quickly setting up both simple and complex monitoring and routing configurations.

Simple and intuitive to use, Focusrite Control offers a traditional mixer workflow and allows immediate access to internal hardware functions. Every Clarett also includes the Red 2 & Red 3 AAX, AU & VST Plug-in Suite, which accurately models Focusrite’s classic Red range equalizer and compressor hardware.

Here's other features both Clarett audio interfaces also share:
  • World class dynamic range: 118dB A/D and 119dB D/A
  • Detailed metering
  • All expandable over ADAT
  • Includes MIDI I/O

What's the difference between Clarett 8Pre and Clarett 8PreX?

Both interfaces combine eight mic preamps and 10 analogue outputs, besides stereo S/PDIF I/O, class-leading digital conversion and extra-low round-trip latency, but the Clarett 8Pre is a convenient 1U unit designed for the project studio that needs plenty of I/O with a 18-in, 20-out configuration.

The Clarett 8PreX is a 2U rack unit that was designed primarily for permanent studio installation, with a 26-in, 28-out I/O configuration. It also features separate rear panel inputs for mic and line, as well as dedicated phantom power, phase reverse and high pass filters on every channel.

Check the pics for a quick look at both units:


Clarett 8Pre

Clarett 8PreX

One of the biggest differences is that the Clarett 8Pre has only eight channels of ADAT I/O, and the Clarett 8PreX has 16! The ADAT ports are ideal for sending audio to an external D/A for line output expansion, or adding eight channels of digital mic pre (in the case of the Clarett 8Pre) or allowing you to connect up to 16 more mic preamps over ADAT for a 24-channel microphone setup, in the case of the Clarett 8PreX!

Whichever you choose, they are great! Watch these two videos for a quick look at them in action, to help you decide which one is the right one for you:

Recording with the Clarett 8Pre:


Recording with the Clarett 8PreX:


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