FOCUSRITE Clarett 8Pre - 18 in /20 out Thunderbolt Audio Interface


RRP $1,699.00
SAVE $300.00

Better, Faster, Easier

The Focusrite Clarett 8Pre is a professional 18 in / 20 out thunderbolt audio interface comprising of 4 XLR/¼” jack mic or line inputs, 4 additional rear line inputs, an ADAT input, 4 line outputs, SPDIF I/O, MIDI I/O and 2 independent headphone outputs. When in “AIR” mode, each preamp models the transformer circuitry and impedance characteristics of those in Focusrite’s classic ISA mic preamps to provide a gentle boost in high frequencies. Phantom power can be switched across channels 1 and 2 and/or across 3 and 4 when recording condenser microphones.


Eight Clarett mic preamps with Air effect

Focusrite fitted the Clarett 8Pre with mic preamps that were designed exclusively for the Clarett range with loads of pristine gain and vanishingly low noise. In addition, these preamps include Focusrite's proprietary Air feature that switches in an analog model of Focusrite's acclaimed classic transformer-based ISA mic pre, breathing life into your recordings. If you've always wanted vocals that shimmer with presence and silky air, then try recording with the Clarett 8Pre. You will be impressed.

With its newly designed linear gain pots and unrivalled dynamic range spec to ensure crystal clear A/D, D/A conversion, the Clarett 8Pre captures every nuance of a performance. The Thunderbolt protocol ensures ultra-low latency allowing audio to be recorded and monitored through the DAW simultaneously with no noticeable latency.


Use your favorite plug-ins in real time

With the Clarett 8Pre's exceedingly low round-trip audio latency over Thunderbolt, you can record and monitor in real time with your favorite familiar DAW plug-ins. No special processing or DSP is required. Select any plug-in and create your dream recording chain on every single channel. Every Clarett ships with the Focusrite Classic Red 2 and Red 3 AAX, AU, and VST plug-in suite, which accurately models Focusrite's classic Red range EQ and compression hardware. Also included is Softube's Time and Tone Pack — a powerful plug-in bundle consisting of Softube's world-class TSAR-1R reverb, Tube Delay, and Saturation Knob.

Does not include Thunderbolt cable.


Focusrite Control

Configure your routing and monitor mixes from Mac®, PC, iPad®, iPhone® or iPod touch® with user-friendly control software Focusrite Control.

Focusrite Control on Mac iPad and iPhone


Included software bundle:

  • Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-in Suite accurately models Focusrite's coveted Red range EQ and compressor hardware
  • Softube Time and Tone Pack with TSAR-1R Reverb, Tube Delay, Saturation Knob, and Drawmer S73 Intelligent Master Processor
  • Ableton Live Lite
  • 2GB Loopmasters Samples
  • XLN Addictive Keys
  • Access to Focusrite's Plug-in Collective, with exclusive offers from Nugen Audio, Exponential Audio, Fabfilter, D16 Group, Flux, Positive Grid, Sound Radix, Eventide, iZotope, and more


What's in the Box

Clarett 8Pre

Power Supply

XLN Audio – Addictive Keys: one of four inspiring and interesting keyboard instruments

Focusrite – Red Plug-in Suite: accurately models our 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: industry leading music-making software

Loopmasters: 2GB of royalty-free sample libraries

Focusrite Control

Thunderbolt cable sold separately.


FOCUSRITE Clarett 8Pre Tech Specs:

  • Computer Connectivity: Thunderbolt
  • Form Factor: Rackmount
  • Simultaneous I/O: 18 x 20
  • A/D Resolution: 24-bit/192kHz
  • Number of Preamps: 8
  • Phantom Power: Yes
  • Analogue Inputs: 8 x XLR-1/4" combo
  • Analog Outputs: 10 x 1/4", 2 x 1/4" (headphones)
  • Digital Inputs: 1 x S/PDIF, 1 x ADAT Optical
  • Digital Outputs: 1 x S/PDIF, 1 x ADAT Optical
  • MIDI I/O: In/Out
  • Clock I/O: 1 x Word
  • Clock OS Requirements - Mac: OS X 10.9 or later
  • OS Requirements - PC: Windows 10 or later
  • Rack Spaces: 1U
  • Height: 1.75"/4.4cm
  • Width: 19" /48.2cm


More detailed Specs:

Supported Sample Rates:44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz

Microphone Inputs

Frequency Response:    20 Hz - 20 kHz +/-0.1 dB
Dynamic Range:    118 dB (A-weighted)
THD+N:    0.001%
Noise EIN:    –128 dBu (A-Weighted)
Maximum input level:    +18 dBu
Gain Range:    57dB

Line Inputs

Frequency Response:    20 Hz - 20 kHz +/-0.1 dB
Dynamic Range:    116 dB (A-weighted)
THD+N:    0.005%
Maximum input level:    +26dBu
Gain Range:    57dB

Instrument Inputs

Frequency Response:    20 Hz – 20 kHz ± 0.1 dB
Dynamic Range:    111 dB (A-weighted)
THD+N:    0.001%
Maximum input level:    +14dBu
Gain Range:    57dB

Line & Monitor Outputs

Dynamic Range (Line Outputs):    119dB
Dynamic Range (Monitor Outputs):    117dB
Maximum Output Level (0 dBFS):    +18 dBu
THD+N:    0.0007%

Headphone Outputs

Dynamic Range:    112dB
THD+N:    0.0008%
Maximum Output Level:    +16dBu



Brand Focusrite

Focusrite Clarett 8Pre Features:

  • 8 Clarett mic preamps with Focusrite's proprietary Air feature
  • Copious headroom, vanishingly low noise
  • Accurate digital conversion and clocking
  • Generous I/O, enough for the whole band
  • 8 analog inputs, 10 analog outputs
  • Stereo S/PDIF, 8 channels of ADAT I/O
  • 2 front-panel mic/line/instrument inputs
  • Accessible metering and monitoring
  • Intuitive, easy-to-use software mixer makes short work of configuring your monitoring and routing; provides quick access to internal hardware functions
  • Record and monitor in real time with your favorite DAW plug-ins
  • Create custom monitor setups for both you and your artists
  • Includes Focusrite's classic Red 2/Red 3 plug-in suite
  • Focusrite's class-leading 24/192 conversion
  • Up to 119dB of dynamic range
  • Word clock output for slaving external digital devices
  • 6-segment, multichannel LED meter
  • Monitor level control, plus dim and mute buttons
  • 2 wide-dynamic-range front-panel headphone outs
  • Pairs perfectly with the Focusrite Clarett OctoPre

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