Focusrite has been breaking home recording ground for many years now but remains fresh in the minds of the domestic producer due to their constant innovation and modern design. The Scarlett series is almost a must-have for the small studio/home recording artist but for those looking for more options and inputs they have the Clarett range of USB audio interfaces. These are a step above in terms of hardware, inputs, outputs and quality.
18 in, 8 out
The Focusrite Clarett 4 Pre USB Audio interface is one of the most connected interfaces at this price point. With 18 types of input and 8 outputs, your recording experience won't be hindered. There are two headphone outs with individual monitors. This is a great leap forward for the home recording producer who wants to monitor as well as provide a monitor for an artist. There are 4 XLR & 4 1/4" inputs on the front of the unit as well as 4 line in and outs to the rear of the unit. This is a heavily connected machine that can be expanded using the Clarett OctoPre.
Phantom Power, Air and Halos
Some features are just too good not too use across a series of interfaces and gain halos and air are two such features. The gain halo is Focusrite's simple yet elegant way of displaying where your gain dial is, using a backlit LED to indicate where your gain is. The Air feature converts the signal to sound brighter by recreating the original Focusrite ISA PreAmp. Phantom Power is available for all four of the XLR inputs, meaning you can use your condenser mic with ease, streamlining your whole recording experience.
In the past with USB Audio interfaces when you plugged high output guitars or analogue synths you would get clipping or distortion. The Focusrite Clarett series has a lot more headroom allowing for super-hot pickups or higher voltage analogue synths. This feature is ideal for those wanting to record heavier music at home. Focusrite are consistently dedicated to the truest signal path and capturing the most accurate sound.
Focused on quality
The Focusrite team are always looking to provide the best digital technology available for the best price. The Clarett 4 Pre USB Audio Interface has Ultra-low Noise -128 dB EIN Clarett PreAmps as well as Ultra Low noise distortion dynamic range as discussed previously. Featuring 24-bit/192kHz ADDA conversion for the truest signal path the Clarett 4 pre-USB Audio Interface is the ideal step up in quality for the home recording enthusiast or simply someone looking for a high-quality interface at a great price.
Expansion and software
The Focusrite Clarett 4 Pre USB Audio Interface has ADAT for expansion of up to 8 inputs using the Clarett OctPre. There is a plethora of software bundled with Clarett including Brainworx, XLN Audio, Ableton Live lite and many more. This is a top tier audio interface and bundled with so much software is an ideal upgrade from your existing interface. Beautifully housed and finished in Focusrite classic metallic matte crimson this is a must-have for the studio.
Supported Sample Rates 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz Microphone Inputs Frequency Response 20 Hz - 35 kHz ± 0.5dB Min Gain Dynamic Range 118 dB THD+N 0.0009 % Noise EIN <-128 dB A-weighted Maximum input level +18 dBu at minimum gain Gain Range +57 dB Line Inputs 1-4 (Variable Gain) Frequency Response 20 Hz - 35 kHz ± 0.5dB Min Gain Dynamic Range 118 dB THD+N 0.001 % Maximum input level +26 dBu at minimum gain Gain Range +57 dB Line Inputs 5-8 (Fixed Gain) Frequency Response 20 Hz - 35 kHz ± 0.5dB Min Gain Dynamic Range 118 dB THD+N 0.001 % Maximum input level +26 dBu at minimum gain Instrument Inputs Frequency Response 20 Hz - 35 kHz ± 0.5dB Min Gain Dynamic Range 117 dB THD+N 0.001 % Maximum input level +14 dBu at minimum gain Gain Range +57 dB Line & Monitor Outputs Dynamic Range Outputs 118 dB Maximum Output Level (0 dBFS) Balanced Line/TRS Outputs +18 dBu at minimum gain THD+N Outputs (1-2) 0.0006 % Headphone Outputs Dynamic Range 115 dB (A-Weighted) THD+N 0.0003 % Maximum Output Level +15 dBu Included software Brainworx bx_console Focusrite: 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 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 Focusrite Control
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