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Focusrite Clarett 8PreX Thunderbolt Audio Interface
November 10, 2017

Focusrite Clarett 8Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface

£665.00 (Inc VAT)

The Better, Faster, Easier 18×20 Thunderbolt Interface

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Excellent sound is the quality Clarett owners love most. With up to 119dB dynamic range, superbly low noise, precision 24/192 conversion and eight specially-designed mic preamps with a unique analogue “Air” effect, Clarett 8Pre is the Thunderbolt audio interface that simply sounds great, easily out-performing others in its class and beyond. Meanwhile, its astonishing 1.67ms round-trip latency* simplifies your workflow and lets you use your favourite plug-ins in real time.

 Eight New Clarett Mic Pres with extra ‘Air’

The mic pres have been designed specifically for the Clarett range, with plenty of gain, yet low noise and distortion. In addition, they include a special “Air” feature that switches in an analogue model of the classic transformer-based Focusrite ISA mic pre. The Instrument inputs also feature extra headroom to handle the loudest pickup. It’s the Focusrite Sound over Thunderbolt.

Precision Digital Conversion

Clarett features Focusrite’s class-leading 24/192 conversion: with up to 119dB dynamic range, Clarett offers the cleanest way yet to get music in and out of your DAW over Thunderbolt.

The clarity of Clarett

The Clarett range is acclaimed for its sound quality. It’s due partly to Clarett’s specially-designed mic pres with the unique “Air” effect, adding air and clarity especially to vocals and acoustic instruments. Plus Focusrite’s precision digital conversion, carefully balancing noise floor, dynamic range, frequency response and distortion for the best possible sound to and from your DAW.

Revolutionise your Workflow

Clarett’s ultra-low round-trip latency completely transforms your workflow. If you’re used to having to build two different mixes – one using input monitoring to overdub, the other using the DAW for playback – the good news is that now, one is enough. Build your mix on the DAW and use it whether you’re overdubbing (monitoring the input you’re recording with the new Focusrite Control software mixer) or playing back, with all your plugins in place, all the time. Use your favourite plugins while recording too – whether it’s reverb on a vocal, a guitar amp simulator, or even virtual instruments live on stage.

Easy Access

Two mic/line/instrument inputs on the front panel give you instant, easy access to a pair of analogue inputs, even when rack mounted.

Intuitive, Easy to Use Software Mixer and Sweet Sounding Plug-ins

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. Also included is a sweet sounding plug-in collection comprising Softube’s world-class Time and Tone Bundle, with TSAR-1R Reverb, Tube Delay, Saturation Knob and Drawmer S73 Intelligent Master Processor. This is complemented by the Red 2 & Red 3 AAX, AU & VST Plug-in Suite, which accurately models Focusrite’s classic Red range equalizer and compressor hardware.

Accessible Metering and Monitoring

The monitor section provides a clear view of input and main monitor output levels, via a 6-segment, multichannel hardware meter. Monitor features include an assignable level control, plus back-lit dim and mute buttons, alongside dual high-power headphone outputs.


Supported Sample Rates
44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz

Microphone Inputs
Frequency Response  20 Hz – 20 kHz +/-0.1 dB
Dynamic Range  118 dB (A-weighted)
THD+N    0.001%
Noise EIN   –128 dBu (A-Weighted)
Maximum input level    +18 dBu
Gain Range    57dB

Line Inputs
Frequency Response   20 Hz – 20 kHz +/-0.1 dB
Dynamic Range    116 dB (A-weighted)
THD+N    0.005%
Maximum input level    +26dBu
Gain Range   57dB

Instrument Inputs
Frequency Response    20 Hz – 20 kHz ± 0.1 dB
Dynamic Range   111 dB (A-weighted)
THD+N    0.001%
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
THD+N    0.0007%

Headphone Outputs
Dynamic Range   112dB
THD+N    0.0008%
Maximum Output Level    +16dBu



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