Focusrite Clarett 4 Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface
The Focusrite Clarett 4 Pre offers great sounding mic preamps based on ISA technology with Thunderbolt connectivity for incredibly low latency.
- 18 in / 8 out Thunderbolt interface
- New Clarett preamps model the classic ISA design
- Best in class dynamic range: 118dB A/D and 119dB D/A
- Latest Thunderbolt technology ensures interface latency of under 1ms, Thunderbolt cable not included
- 24bit, 192kHz sample rates
- Expandable via ADAT
- Includes MIDI I/O
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Please note: A Thunderbolt cable is NOT included with this interface.
The compact desktop format of the Clarett 4Pre Thunderbolt interface belies its versatility as the best interface in its class. Its 18-in, 8-out format combines four newly-designed Clarett mic preamps with Focusrite's precision 24/192 digital conversion and extra-low round-trip latency of 1.38ms (Measured using Pro Tools 10 @96kHz, 64-sample buffer on a Mac Book Pro) – low enough to revolutionise your recording workflow, as well as enabling the use of DAW plugins in real time.
The newly-designed Clarett mic pre offers superbly low noise and distortion, plus the switchable 'Air' effect – an analogue model of the classic transformer-based ISA preamps. Instrument inputs offer extended headroom to suit the loudest guitar pickup.
All four preamps are accessed from combination XLR/TRS sockets on the front panel handling mic (with optional phantom power), line and instrument inputs, and the adjacent gain controls feature Focusrite's signature encircling 'gain halo' indicators that show green for good levels and red for overload. New optimised gain controls make gain changes smoother and more natural throughout.
Also on the front panel is a large-format monitor control and two independently-controlled headphone outputs with enough power to drive even high impedance headphones to deliver suitable monitoring levels.
Four more line inputs are provided on the rear panel, along with four line outs – both on TRS jacks – plus S/PDIF I/O and an ADAT digital optical format input allowing the addition of eight more inputs from, for example a digital mic pre.
A new software mixer, Focusrite Control, is included 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.
The Clarett 4Pre, like the rest of the Clarett range, includes class-leading precision Focusrite 24/192 digital audio conversion with up to 119dB dynamic range, and combines it with astonishingly low round-trip latency – latency so low that it's possible to monitor recordings via effects plugins on the DAW such as reverberation, all within a single mix environment for the best possible recording workflow. There's never been a better, faster or easier way of getting audio into or out of a DAW.
Clarett 4Pre comes with a sweet sounding plug-in collection comprising Softube's Time and Tone Bundle, with TSAR-1R Reverb, Tube Delay, Saturation Knob and Drawmer S73 Multi-band compressor. The Red 2 & Red 3 AAX, AU & VST Plug-in Suite complements this, accurately modelling Focusrite's classic Red range equaliser and compressor hardware.
A tasty echo effect that can go from clean to rude by overdriving its three modelled tube stages. Create anything from realistic room echoes to rockabilly style slapbacks—or take it all the way into dub reggae echo madness.
Add grit and warmth to any sound source with this modelled output distortion unit. Use it to fatten up bass lines, add some harmonics and shimmer to vocals, or simply destroy your drum loop. Simply turn up the knob to add saturation, and use the three-position switch to alter the distortion character.
Add space, depth and width to your sound—TSAR-1R is a reverb plug-in with world class sound and extreme ease of use. With a single slider, you can take TSAR-1R from realistic and three-dimensional rooms to dramatic and dreamlike halls.
The Drawmer S73 features an enhanced multi-band compressor sound design, fine-tuned to improve your mix and to make the choices a mastering engineer would typically do when treating your mix. Use the Type parameter to switch between ready made mastering processing techniques, featuring multi-band compression, equalization and mid-side (M/S) processing to quickly find the sound that suits your mix the best.