Designed primarily for permanent studio installation, Focusrite’s Clarett 8PreX Thunderbolt audio interface offers an impressive 26 inputs and 28 outputs, including eight analogue inputs, 10 analogue outputs, stereo S/PDIF I/O and 16 channels of ADAT I/O for the connection of addition inputs and outputs such as a multichannel digital mic pre or an external D/A for additional line outputs. The 2U rack-mount unit combines eight newly-designed Clarett mic preamps with class-leading dynamic range conversion and extraordinarily low round-trip latency – so low that plugins can be used while monitoring recordings through the DAW. The new Clarett mic pre offers superbly low noise and distortion, plus the unique, switchable ‘Air’ effect that models the sound of Focusrite’s renowned ISA transformer-based preamps. It also features gain controls with a special law that makes changes smoother and more precise. The Clarett 8PreX, like the rest of the Clarett range, includes class-leading precision Focusrite digital audio conversion with up to 118dB (A/D) / 119dB (D/A) real-world dynamic range, and combines it with the lowest round-trip latency available – making it possible to monitor recordings via effects plugins on the DAW such as reverberation, for the best possible recording environment.
Eight Clarett Mic Pres – lots of gain
Low noise and distortion
Extra headroom for instruments – ‘Air’ effect switches in an analog model of the classic transformer-based Focusrite ISA mic pre – dedicated phantom power
High pass filters on every channel
Exceptionally low latency over Thunderbolt – record and monitor with DAW plug-ins in real-time
Precision digital 24/192 conversion and up to 119dB dynamic range – front panel metering
Exceptional I/O capability – 26-in/28-out in a 2U rack space