The Focusrite Clarett 8 Pre Audio Interface delivers exceptional audio performance in a compact form that is perfect for studios of any size. Boasting an impressive range of connections in an 18-in, 20-out arrangement, backed up by the awesome Clarett mic preamps that offer class-leading digital conversion and remarkably low latency.
Clarett Mic Preamp
Focusrite has designed their new mic pre with a switchable "Air" effect, which is modelled on the sound produced by their hallowed ISA transformer-based preamps. What this means is that instrument inputs are able to offer extended headroom, so that even to most cranked up of active pickups is catered to exquisitely, ensuring the smoothest of responses one could hope for.
As well as exceptional mic preamps, the Clarett 8Pre is equipped with class-leading precision Focusrite digital audio conversion with up to 118dB (A/D)/119dB (D/A) dynamic range. Therefore, if you're recording timpani, electric guitar, drums, vocals (whatever your heart desires), you can rest assured that the most subtle of nuances in dynamic performance will be transferred faithfully.
Not only that but combine the impressive dynamic range with superb low latency, and combines it with an astonishingly low round-trip latency – allowing real-time monitoring of recordings via plug-ins in your digital audio workstation (DAW) of choice without any drop in quality.
The rack mountable unit features dual mic/line/instrument inputs on the front panel to enable ready access, removing further obstacles during the creative process. On the front panel are two independently-controlled headphone outputs with level controls to drive high impedance headphones to guarantee suitable monitoring levels.
Monitoring Made Easy
The front panel is also home to the metering and monitoring panel, which provides ten 6-segment LED meters that cover both analogue and digital inputs. Next to the display panel is a monitor level control knob, plus mute and dim buttons. Word Clock output is provided, allowing the Clarett 8Pre to provide the master clock for your studio setup.
Focusrite Control Software Mixer
Included with the Focusrite Clarett 8 Pre Audio Interface is a new software mixer, Focusrite Control, which provides a simplified graphical user interface to control monitoring and routing setups. Whether you're a seasoned studio veteran, and just getting started, Focusrite control is simple and intuitive to use, offering a traditional mixer workflow that will have you up and running in no time. 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.
Focusrite have an impressive track record when it comes to producing professional quality gear that is affordable, and durable. With the Clarett 8 Pre Audio Interface that have done it again, delivering an exceptional audio interface that is sure to make its home in many an artist's studio.
Manufacturer Focusrite Model Clarett 8 Pre Audio Interface Supported Sample Rates 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz System Requirements Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Windows Support Coming Soon Included Software Red 2 & Red 3 AAX, AU & VST Plug-in Suite 1 GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples Focusrite Control (DSP Mixer) 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 Included Accessories Clarett 8Pre Getting Started Guide (Including serial number and bundle code for registering and accessing free software) Power Cable
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