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Focusrite Clarett 8Pre USB Audio Interface

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Clarett 8Pre USB 18-in, 20-out audio interface

Superior analogue to digital converters, ultra-low noise Clarett mic preamplifiers, and data transfer rates at the top of its class. The Focusrite Clarett 8Pre is a premium USB audio interface with 8 mic preamps. An ultra-low latency hi-resolution audio interface available in iterations to suit any users needs all starting at an eminently accessible price point. USB and USB C cables provided so you can get going adaptor free straight out of the box regardless of your connectivity. Add to that a rather impressive software bundle including offerings from Focusrite, XLN Audio, Softube, Ableton and content from Loopmasters and you have a product that is impossible to ignore if you are in the market for a new audio interface.

Clarett USB lays down the challenge to interfaces twice the price. The Clarett USB range features specially designed high performance, low-noise (-128dB EIN) mic pres with a low distortion, ultra-linear design that guarantees a clean, open and transparent sound, giving an accurate representation of the original performance. Boasting 119dB dynamic range, Clarett can now be experienced with any Mac® or PC supporting USB 2.0 and above. Decades of analogue circuit design experience, applied around 24-bit/192kHz A-D and D-A conversion, delivers a superior signal path.

Clarett 8Pre USB is an 18-in, 20-out audio interface. Six-segment LED metering easily shows the signal level of the eight mic/line inputs, two of which are also high-impedance instrument inputs that can record super-hot pickups with no unwanted distortion. MIDI I/O and S/PDIF I/O are also included. ADAT I/O allows you to expand your setup with up to eight extra inputs and outputs when combined with multi-channel mic preamps like Clarett OctoPre. Analogue outs include two monitor outputs with anti-thump technology, eight line outputs, two headphone outputs with volume controls, and a word clock output for sending clock signal to external devices.

The eight Air-enabled mic preamps can reproduce the input impedance, clarity and frequency response curve of Focusrite's original ISA mic preamp. Clarett 8Pre USB connects to Mac® or PC using the included standard USB and USB Type-C™ cables. Record with super-low latency through amp simulators and effects plug-ins.

Configure your routing and monitor mixes from Mac®, PC, iPad®, iPhone® or iPod touch® with user-friendly control software Focusrite Control. The additional included software is from XLN Audio, Focusrite, Softube, Ableton® and Loopmasters.

  • Ultra-low noise (-128dB EIN) Clarett mic preamps, ultra-low distortion and up to 118dB dynamic range
  • The eight Air-enabled mic preamps can reproduce the sound of the Air feature from Focusrite’s original ISA mic preamp
  • Supports any Mac® or PC with USB 2.0 and above
  • 24-bit/192kHz A-D and D-A conversion for the ideal signal path
  • Connects to Mac® or PC using the included standard USB and USB Type-C™ cables
  • Two front-panel mic/line/instrument inputs
  • Six mic/line inputs
  • Six-segment LED metering easily shows the signal level
  • MIDI I/O
  • S/PDIF I/O
  • ADAT I/O
  • Two monitor outputs with anti-thump technology
  • Eight additional line outputs
  • Two headphone outputs with volume controls
  • Dim and mute monitor controls
  • Word clock output for sending clock signal to external equipment
  • Record with super-low latency through amp simulators and effects plug-ins
  • Focusrite Control: a user-friendly control software which enables you to configure your routing and monitor mixes from Mac®, PC, iPad®, iPhone® or iPod touch®
  • 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
  • Focusrite Control
  • Clarett 8Pre USB
  • 2 x USB Cable to support standard USB connector and USB Type C connector
  • Power Supply
  • 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 >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 - 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
  • 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 and monitor outputs, Dynamic Range Outputs (1-2) 118 dB Maximum Output Level (0 dBFS) Balanced Line/TRS Outputs +18 dBu at minimum gain THD+N Outputs (1-2) 0.0007 %
  • Headphone outputs, Dynamic Range >115 dB (A-Weighted) THD+N 0.0009 % Maximum Output Level 15 dBu

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  • Robin Shelley

    02/2/2020

    Well built with great quality pre amps. Excellent sound.

  • David Mitchell

    26/1/2020

    Everything works well straight out of the box.Software bundle is extensive. This will be the heart of my new home studio.

  • Lee Boyd Allatson

    13/5/2019

    So far, so good! Clarity (pardon the pun) is ace. Not got into functionality quite so much yet, but software downloads etc. have been relatively straightforward. Tidy! :-)

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