Focusrite Clarett 8 Pre X Thunderbolt Audio Interface
The Focusrite Clarett 8 Pre X offers great sounding mic preamps based on ISA technology with Thunderbolt connectivity for incredibly low latency.
- 26 in / 28 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.
Designed primarily for permanent studio installation, Focusrite's Clarett 8PreX Thunderbolt audio interface offers an impressive 26 inputs and 28 outputs, including eight analogue inputs, 10 analogue 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 2U rack-mount unit combines eight newly-designed Clarett mic preamps with class-leading dynamic range conversion and extraordinarily low round-trip latency – so low that plugins can be used while monitoring recordings through the DAW.
The new Clarett mic pre offers superbly low noise and distortion, plus the unique, switchable 'Air' effect that models the sound of Focusrite's renowned ISA transformer-based preamps. It also features gain controls with a special law that makes changes smoother and more precise.
The Clarett 8PreX, like the rest of the Clarett range, includes class-leading precision Focusrite digital audio conversion with up to 118dB (A/D) / 119dB (D/A) real-world dynamic range, and combines it with the lowest round-trip latency available – making it possible to monitor recordings via effects plugins 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 analogue and digital inputs and monitor levels, with a large-diameter monitor level control knob plus mute and dim buttons. There are two independently-controlled headphone outputs on the front panel, with enough level to drive even high impedance headphones to provide suitable monitoring levels.
A new software mixer, Focusrite Control, is included for easy configuration of monitoring and routing setups. Simple and intuitive to use, Focusrite Control also 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 equaliser and compressor hardware.
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.
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.
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, they feature a special 'Air' feature that switches in an analogue model of the classic transformer-based Focusrite ISA mic pre. Instrument inputs feature extra headroom to handle the loudest pickup.
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.
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.
Exceptional I/O Capability
26 audio inputs and 28 outputs within a 2U rack space, including 8 analogue inputs, 10 analogue outputs, stereo S/PDIF I/O and 16 channels of ADAT I/O. Connect up to 16 more mic preamps over ADAT for a 24 channel microphone setup.
Accessible Metering And Monitoring
Central panel provides analogue 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 – perfect for tracking and mixing.
Software Mixer For Maximum Control
Focusrite Control is a brand new 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 Clarett includes the Red 2 & Red 3 AAX, AU & VST Plug-in Suite, which accurately models Focusrite's classic Red range equaliser and compressor hardware.
Focusrite now include the Softube Time and Tone Pack with this interface as a free download.
Softube Time and Tone Pack is a unique plug-in bundle (valued at $198 / £129) which includes three of Softube's world class plug-ins: a reverb, a delay and a distortion. The Softube Time and Tone Pack includes the following three plug-ins:
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.
Clarett 8PreX What's In The Box
• Clarett 8PreX
• Getting Started Guide (Including serial number and bundle code for registering and accessing free software)
• Power Cable
Clarett 8PreX System Requirements
• Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
• Windows Support Coming Soon
Clarett 8PreX Included Software
XLN Audio – Addictive Keys: one of four inspiring and interesting keyboard instruments
Focusrite – Red Plug-in Suite: accurately models Focusrite's classic Red 2 equaliser and Red 3 compressor
Softube – Time and Tone Bundle: four of Softube's world-class reverb, delay, mastering and distortion plug-ins
Focusrite – Plug-in Collective: exclusive offers, tutorial content and more, from some of the most innovative and prestigious plug-in companies
Ableton® – Live Lite™: a customised version of the music-making software Ableton® Live™
Loopmasters: 2GB of royalty-free sample libraries
Supported Sample Rates
44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz
Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz +/-0.1 dB
Dynamic Range : 118 dB (A-weighted)
Noise EIN : –128 dBu (A-Weighted)
Maximum input level: +18 dBu
Gain Range: 57dB
Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz ± 0.1 dB
Dynamic Range: 111 dB (A-weighted)
Maximum input level: +14dBu
Gain Range: 57dB
Line & Monitor Outputs
Dynamic Range (Line Outputs): 119dB
Dynamic Range (Monitor Outputs): 117dB
Maximum Output Level (0 dBFS): +18 dBu
Dynamic Range: 112dB
Maximum Output Level: +16dBu
Enjoy Two Years Of Warranty
Wherever you happen to be in the world, you can rely on a two-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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