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Focusrite Clarett 8Pre USB
$1,099

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8Pre USB 18x20 USB Audio Interface
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Description

Equally comfortable in the studio or as part of a mobile rig, the Focusrite Clarett 8Pre USB 18x20 USB Audio Interface combines 24-bit / 192 kHz A/D/A conversion, low-latency monitoring, and a multitude of I/O options with eight, Air-enabled microphone preamps that can model the sound of the company's classic ISA preamps. With low noise (-128 dB EIN), low distortion, and 119 dB dynamic range, the high-performance mic preamps deliver a clean, open, and transparent sound, for accurate reproduction of the original performance.

 

Housed in a 1RU chassis, the Clarett 8Pre USB is equipped with two front panel mic/instrument/line inputs with high headroom for recording hot pickups without distortion, and six rear-mounted mic/line inputs, each with a separate gain knob. The interface also provides six line level outputs, two monitor outputs with anti-thump technology, a wordclock output, MIDI I/O, stereo S/PDIF I/O, and eight channels of ADAT I/O to expand your setup.

The front panel features two 1/4" headphone outputs with independent volume controls. A pair of +48V phantom power switches allow you to turn on phantom power for condenser microphones on channels 1-4 and 5-8 respectively. A display with six-segment multichannel LED meter provides visual feedback as well as level control, a dim button, and a mute button.

The Clarett 8Pre USB offers a comprehensive software package that includes the Focusrite Red Plug-In Suite with accurate models of the Red 2 equalizer and Red 3 compressor, the Softube Time and Tone Bundle with reverb, delay, mastering, and distortion plug-ins, a Loopmasters library with 2GB of royalty-free samples, and more. Also provided is the Focusrite Control software that enables you to configure your routing and monitor mixes from Mac and Windows computers, or iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices.

Features:
  • Eight Air-enabled mic preamps emulate the sound of the company's original ISA mic preamp
  • Low-noise (-128 dB EIN) mic preamps with low distortion and up to 119 dB dynamic range
  • Precision 24-bit / 192 kHz A/D and D/A conversion
  • Record with low latency through amp simulators and effects plug-ins
  • Two mic/line/instrument XLR-1/4" combo inputs on front-panel
  • Six mic/line XLR-1/4" combo inputs on rear panel
  • Switchable 48V phantom power
  • High-headroom instrument inputs for recording hot pickups without distortion
  • Stereo S/PDIF I/O
  • Eight channels of ADAT I/O
  • 5-pin MIDI I/O
  • Two monitor outputs with anti-thump technology
  • Eight additional line outputs
  • Two headphone outputs with independent volume controls
  • Six-segment LED metering easily shows the signal level
  • Dim and mute monitor control buttons on front panel
  • Wordclock output for sending clock signal to external equipment
  • Supports any Mac or Windows computer with USB 2.0 and above

Technical Specifications

Connectivity
I/O 2 x combo XLR-1/4" / 6.3 mm TRS mic/line/instrument inputs, balanced (front panel)
6 x combo XLR-1/4" / 6.3 mm TRS mic/line inputs, balanced (rear panel)
2 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm TRS monitor outputs, balanced
8 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm TRS line outputs, balanced
2 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm TRS stereo headphone outputs
1 x wordclock output
1 x ADAT optical, 8-channel input
1 x ADAT optical, 8-channel output
1 x S/PDIF, stereo input
1 x S/PDIF, stereo output
1 x 5-pin MIDI in
1 x 5-pin MIDI out
1 x USB (2.0 and later)
Digital AD/DA Performance
Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
Bit Depth 24-bit
Microphone Inputs
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 35 kHz (± 0.5 dB), at minimum gain
Dynamic Range > 119 dB
THD+N < 0.001%
Noise EIN < -129 dB, A-weighted
Maximum Input Level +18 dBu, at minimum gain
Gain Range +57 dB
Line Inputs
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 35 kHz (± 0.5 dB), at minimum gain
Dynamic Range 118 dB
THD+N 0.001%
Maximum Input Level +26 dBu, at minimum gain
Gain Range +57 dB
Instrument Inputs
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 35 kHz (± 0.5 dB), at minimum gain
Dynamic Range 117 dB
THD+N 0.001%
Maximum Input Level +14 dBu, at minimum gain
Gain Range + 57 dB
Line Output
Dynamic Range 118 dB, outputs 1 & 2
Maximum Output Level Line/TRS Outputs: +18 dBu, at minimum gain (0 dBFS, balanced)
THD+N 0.0007%, outputs 1 & 2
Headphone Outputs
Dynamic Range > 115 dB, A-weighted
THD+N 0.0009%
Maximum Output Level 15 dBu
General
System Requirements Windows: 7, 8, 8.1, 10 

Mac OS X / macOS: 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.12 (Sierra), 10.13 (High Sierra)
Dimensions (H x D x W) 1.7 x 11.5 x 19.0" / 43.9 x 291.1 x 482.6 mm
Weight 10.17 lb / 4.61 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight 13.0 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 24.0 x 19.0 x 13.0"

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