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Focusrite Clarett 8Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface

 
5.0

(9 reviews)

Now: $799.99 MSRP: $1,249.99 Was: $999.99 Price Drop! Save : $450.00 (36%)
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Description

Designed for the project studio that needs plenty of I/O, Focusrite’s 18-in, 20-out Clarett 8Pre combines eight mic preamps, class-leading digital conversion and extra-low round-trip latency, enabling plugins to be used while monitoring recordings.

Clarett’s mic pre offers superbly low noise and distortion, plus the “Air” effect that models the sound of Focusrite’s renowned ISA transformer-based preamps. Complete with Focusrite’s precision 24-bit/192 kHz conversion offering up to 119dB real-world dynamic range, there’s never been a better, faster or easier way of getting audio into or out of a DAW.

Eight New Clarett Mic Pres with extra ‘Air’
The mic pres have been designed especially for the Clarett range, with plenty of gain, yet low noise and distortion. In addition, they include a special “Air” feature that switches in an analog model of the classic transformer-based Focusrite ISA mic pre. Instrument inputs feature extra headroom to handle the loudest pickup.

Use DAW plugins in real time
Latency is the delay to a signal as it passes through your DAW system from interface input to interface output. Clarett Thunderbolt offers the world’s shortest. Signals go round so fast that you can record and monitor through your DAW with your favourite plugins such as EQ, reverb or compression, giving artists a fuller sound to perform with.

Precision digital conversion
Clarett features Focusrite’s class-leading 24/192 conversion quality: with up to 119dB dynamic range, Clarett offers the cleanest way yet to get music in and out of your DAW.

Enough channels for the band
18 audio inputs and 20 outputs within a 1U rack space, including eight analog inputs, 10 analog outputs, stereo S/PDIF I/O and eight channels of ADAT I/O. The ADAT ports are ideal for sending audio to an external D/A for line output expansion, or adding eight channels of digital mic pre.

Easy Access
Two mic/line/instrument inputs on the front panel give you instant, easy access to a pair of analog inputs, even when rack mounted.

Accessible metering and monitoring
The monitor panel provides analog and digital input levels, and main monitor outputs, via a 6-segment, multichannel hardware meter. Monitor features include a level control, plus dim and mute buttons, alongside dual high-power headphone outputs.

Now includes 3 Softube audio plug-ins!
TSAR-1R: Add space, depth and width to your sound—TSAR-1R is a reverb plug-in with world class sound and extreme ease of use. With a single slider, you can take TSAR-1R from realistic and three-dimensional rooms to dramatic and dreamlike halls.

Tube Delay: A tasty echo effect that can go from clean to rude by overdriving its three modeled tube stages. Create anything from realistic room echoes to rockabilly style slapbacks—or take it all the way into dub reggae echo madness.

Saturation Knob: Add grit and warmth to any sound source with this modeled output distortion unit. Use it to fatten up bass lines, add some harmonics and shimmer to vocals, or simply destroy your drum loop. Simply turn up the knob to add saturation, and use the three-position switch to alter the distortion character.

Windows Driver
The Clarett range is now fully compatible with Windows-based computers, offering stable, reliable operation with identical functionality on both platforms. The Windows driver offers sub-3ms latency. Also provided is a Windows version of the Focusrite Control software mixer for monitoring and routing configuration.

Thunderbolt cable not included. Please see "Recommended Accessories".


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Focusrite Clarett 8Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface
 
5.0

(based on 9 reviews)

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5.0

Awesome interface

By 

from Northern California

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Quiet, clear preamps. Zero latency.

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Focusrite Clarett 8Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface:

      I've had it a little over a month now, and it's clearly the best interface I've ever owned. (and I've owned several). The preamps are smooth and warm. The latency is non-existent. I'd recommend this for anyone building a studio on a medium budget, or even someone on a small budget that had room for one higher end purchase.

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      5.0

      Fantastic interface, easy, fast & simple - As Advertized!

      By 

      from Montreal

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Focusrite Clarett 8Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface:

      Focusrite always delivers great products and great service if there are any technical issues. When I first received my Clarett 8pre I had clicking and popping interference but Focusrite has live chat on their website and a rep sent me all the links/downloads to fix the issue. This is a great home or pro studio interface. Focusrite just released the Clarett Octopre for additional inputs too! SamAsh delivered the product quickly & in good order. No complaints! Very satisfied!!

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      5.0

      Low Latency Bar Standard

      By 

      from Edison, NJ

      Staff Reviewer

      Pros

      • Excellent Mic Preamps
      • Great Sound
      • Low Latency
      • Stable Drivers

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Music Production

        Comments about Focusrite Clarett 8Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface:

        Thunderbolt power for an audio interface? Yes please! As you may expect, the latency is almost non-existent, and if you were used to latency in the past, you'll begin swearing that the interface is an esper. The mic pre is the acclaimed pres from Focusrite, so expect consistency. A great aspect with this interface and company in general is how on the ball they are with OS updates and drivers to ensure minimal downtime. Feel free to max out your sample rate and choose the lowest latency, cpu permitting. This thing is a beast, and the price for the amount of ins/outs is unreal.

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        5.0

        AIR

        By 

        from huntington

        Staff Reviewer

        Pros

        • Acousticly Friendly
        • Durable
        • Functional
        • Quite

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Drums
        • Live Band

        Comments about Focusrite Clarett 8Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface:

        I have had experience using this recording live material. It captures the truly essence of your live event. It is appropriate to consider this interface for capture warm quite recordings

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        5.0

        VERY DEPENDABLE GOOD FOR HOME STUDIO

        By 

        from CANOGA PK CAL

        Staff Reviewer

        Comments about Focusrite Clarett 8Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface:

        THIUNIT IS VERY DEPENDABLE AND EASY TO USE.THIS IS A HANDS ON REVIEW FROM ROCKIN DAVE AT SAM ASH MUSIC

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        5.0

        Amazing interface

        By 

        from Edison, NJ

        Staff Reviewer

        Comments about Focusrite Clarett 8Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface:

        The new Focusrite Clarett 8Pre is an amazing interface. Thunderbolt cables leads to low latency and internal pre-amps sound amazing. Amazing price for an 18in/20out interface. Only takes up up one space in any rack making it compact and perfect for any size studio.

         
        5.0

        Amazing interface for all recording needs

        By 

        from New Brunswick, NJ

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Great Preamp
        • Multiple Inputs
        • Thunderbolt

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Engineer Work
          • Recording
          • Studios

          Comments about Focusrite Clarett 8Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface:

          This is one of the best sounding interfaces on the market. The preamps sound great and the audio quality is amazing(depending on the mic you use). This is a great interface for recording studio drums as everything comes in crystal clear and the easy to use settings and controls make what's usually a hassle into a breeze. I can't recommend this enough.

           
          5.0

          Focusrite Clarett

          By 

          from store 54

          Staff Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

            • 10 Analog Outputs
            • 18 Audio Inputs And 20 Ou
            • 8 Mic Pre's
            • Real Time Daw
            • Stereo Spdif Io

            Best Uses

            • Live Venues
            • Studio

            Comments about Focusrite Clarett 8Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface:

            The new rack mount microphone Pre 19" with thunderbolt output, for faster tranferrence. Tube delay and Saturation effects.

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            5.0

            Wow! Just Wow!!

            By 

            from Canoga Park, CA

            Staff Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy Installation
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast
            • Sounds Great

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Guitar
              • Recording
              • Vocals

              Comments about Focusrite Clarett 8Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface:

              MAN, this thing sounds good! The pre-amps are so clear and crisp!! I was really really really impressed with the way this thing performs in almost any DAW. Monitoring selection is great, All inputs are available at all sample rates, Low latency (thanks to thunderbolt and messing with buffer sizes), and at this price, you'd be crazy not to get it.

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              Specs
              Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
              Audio Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
              Audio Outputs 20
              S/PDIF Yes
              ADAT 8 Channels
              Audio Inputs 18
              Rackmount 1U
              More Info
              Warranty Info:

              The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for one year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.

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