Focusrite Clarett 8Pre – Thunderbolt audio interface with 192 kHz, 24 bits, 18 inputs, 20 outputs and 119 dB dynamic range

Thunderbolt audio interface Focusrite Clarett 8Pre
Thunderbolt audio interface Focusrite Clarett 8Pre

Among the most functional devices of Focusrite company there is a Thunderbolt audio interface Clarett 8Pre with 192 kHz and 24 bits work mode, 18 inputs, 20 outputs and 119 dB dynamic range. On its frontal panel there are : 2 combined XLR/TRS 1/4″ jack microphone/instrumental Hi-Z/linear inputs; phantom power +48 V enabling buttons for inputs 1-4 and 5-8; gain control knobs for 8 inputs with instrumental mode indicators for first two ones and Air function activity for all of them. Then follow : Thunderbolt connection, MIDI connection and device blocking signalers; screen, showing signal levels and clipping of 8 inputs and 2 main outputs; Direct Monitor switch and mute buttons with volume control; 2 TRS 1/4″ jack monitor headphones outputs with volume control knobs; as well as power button with indicator.

Thunderbolt audio interface Focusrite Clarett 8Pre ( back panel )
Thunderbolt audio interface Focusrite Clarett 8Pre ( back panel )

On back panel of Focusrite Clarett 8Pre there are : power line input; TRS 1/4″ jack digital coaxial S/PDIF input and output; MIDI input and output; Thunderbolt port for connection to computer; optical digital TOSLINK input and output; time synchronization connector with other devices; 10 linear outputs ( 1st and 2nd are main ); and 6 more combined XLR/TRS 1/4″ jack microphone/linear outputs. Analogue outputs are balanced, all inputs are unbalanced. Microphone inputs of Focusrite Clarett 8Pre have following characteristics : THD+N 0.001 %, dynamic range 118 dB, noise level -128 dB; first two parameters of linear inputs are 0.005 % and 118 dB; of instrumental inputs are 0.001 % and 111 dB, accordingly. Dynamic range of monitor outputs is 117 dB, linear 119 dB, THD+N of both types is 0.0007 %; the same parameters of monitor headphones outputs are 112 dB and 0.0008 %, accordingly. Device’s sizes are 482.5 ( width ) x 43.9 ( height ) x 291 ( depth ) mm and mass is 4.35 kg, its body is made from aluminum with red color.

Focusrite Clarett 8Pre works only in Mac OS X 10.9 and newer with support of Core Audio interface for interaction with modern DAWs : FL Studio, Cackewalk Sonar, REAPER, Avid Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Steinberg Cubase and others. Manufacturer promises support of Windows in near time. With it following programs are supplied : Focusrite Control ( mixer and device control panel ), 1 GB of sound samples Loopmasters and Focusrite Red 2 and Red 3 plugins package; also package with Focusrite Clarett 8Pre contains : power line cable, disk with drivers, warranty card and user’s guide. All in all, audio interface is great and has high-level characteristics and large amount of connectors, it is designed for use in large studios and is a great solution for them. For small studios and in-home recordings there is ability to look on USB audio interfaces of Steinberg, Behringer, Focusrite, Roland, ESI, M-Audio, Alesis and other manufacturers production, with the same characteristics and components quality, but with smaller connectors amount and much lower price.

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