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Focusrite Clarett 2Pre   

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Are you up to Thunderbolt speed? The Focusrite Clarett Series audio interfaces can deliver. Designed for more permanent installations, the Clarett 2 ...Read More

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10 x 4 Thunderbolt interface with two Clarett mic preamps.

Are you up to Thunderbolt speed? The Focusrite Clarett Series audio interfaces can deliver. Designed for more permanent installations, the Clarett 2 Pre combines two newly designed Clarett mic preamps, with class-leading digital conversion and extraordinarily low round-trip latency - so low that you can use DAW plugins while monitoring your recordings. It offers superbly low noise and distortion, plus the "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 natural. Complete with Focusrite's acclaimed precision conversion offering up to 119dB real-world dynamic range, there's no better - or faster - way of getting audio into or out of your DAW at the highest possible quality.

Remote control from iPhone or iPad
Download the free Focusrite iOS Control app and adjust cue mixes created with the Focusrite Control desktop app remotely from an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.

With ten inputs and four outputs, Focusrite's Clarett 2Pre Thunderbolt interface is ideal for the discerning Singer Songwriter. It includes two newly-designed Clarett mic preamps accessed direct from the front panel, plus class-leading digital conversion and millisecond-level low round-trip latency - so low that DAW plugins can be used while monitoring recordings: for example to add reverb in the headphones for a vocalist.

The new Clarett mic pre offers very low-noise (EIN -128) and distortion, and also includes the 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 natural. 

Focusrite has been known for top-quality digital conversion for almost as long as it has been respected for its microphone preamps, and the Clarett 2Pre is no exception. Featuring the latest in Focusrite precision digital conversion, 2Pre's 192kHz/24-bit converters deliver up to 118dB (A/D from mic pre)/119dB (D/A line out) real-world dynamic range. 

The two primary inputs are on the front panel in the form of mic/instrument/line combo XLR/TRS sockets and feature the newly-designed Clarett mic pres; in addition, an ADAT optical input can be used to expand the 2Pre's input capability with eight additional digital channels. The instrument-level inputs are designed with exceptional headroom, to accept the highest output pickup without distortion.

Clarett 2Pre includes Focusrite's signature Gain Haloes surrounding the gain controls. These give a simple go/no-go indication of level - green indicates a signal while red indicates that the signal is too hot.

A new software mixer, Focusrite Control, is included for easy configuration of monitoring and routing setups. Simple and intuitive to use, Focusrite Control offers a traditional mixer workflow and allows immediate access to internal hardware functions. Every Clarett also includes the Red 2 & Red 3 AAX, AU & VST Plug-in Suite, which accurately models Focusrite's classic Red range equalizer and compressor hardware.

Now with Free Softube Plug-ins

Focusrite Scarlett, Saffire, and Clarett audio interfaces now include three Softube plug-ins* for free. Purchase a 

Focusrite Scarlett, Saffire, and Clarett on or after September 1st, 2015 and you'll receive a free download copy of TSAR-1R Reverb, Tube Delay and Saturation Knob. 

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.

FEATURES
Audio Quality
  • Max bit depth: 24-bit
  • Max sampling rate: 192kHz
  • Inputs
  • Total inputs: 10
  • Mic preamps: 2
  • XLR/TRS combo jacks: 2
  • XLR only jacks: 0
  • 1/4 only jacks: 0
  • S/PDIF in: 0
  • ADAT/optical in: 8
  • RCA in: No
  • AES/EBU: No
  • MADI: No
  • Outputs
  • Total outputs: 4
  • XLR out: 0
  • 1/4 out: 4 (TRS balanced)
  • S/PDIF out: 0
  • ADAT/optical out: 0
  • RCA out: No
  • AES / EBU: No
  • MADI: No
  • Other Connectivity
  • Computer connection: Thunderbolt
  • MIDI I/O: 5-pin In/Out
  • Headphone output(s): 1
  • Word-clock I/O: No
  • Onboard Features
  • Platform compatibility: Mac 
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Direct monitoring: Yes
  • Onboard DSP: No
  • Metering: LED halos
  • Display: No
  • Latency control: Yes
  • Monitor control: Yes
  • Headphone control: Yes
  • Other
  • Width: Info not available
  • Height: Info not available
  • Depth: Info not available
  • Weight: Info not available
  • Rack-mountable: No
  • Included software: Yes

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FocusriteClarett 2Pre
 
4.5

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5.0

Worth it

By GoBeavs68

from Corvallis, Or

About Me Novice

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Noticeable sound quality difference

Cons

  • Interfacing a tad complex

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Focusrite Clarett 2Pre:

Huge sound quality upgrade from my single input usb unit of another brand. Decided to get this unit over the 2i4 solely because I'm a Mac user and thunderbolt is the way to go if you have the option. For guitar I noticed an immediate difference in sound quality recording with both a mic and DI. For bass, I only record from a preamp, but can't really hear a difference as obvious as the guitars. Also, I find myself always keeping the 'air' option on.

The only con I can give this is that you'll benefit from watching a youtube video when installing. Otherwise the process is a bit confusing, at least for me using Logic Pro X.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent Product

By NJ Guitarist

from NJ

About Me Experienced

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Very Low Latency !!

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Focusrite Clarett 2Pre:

    Ever since I upgraded my MAC to version 10.11.1 my AVID USB interface was no longer usable. There are several Thunderbolt interfaces available for less money but I wanted to get the best 2 input unit regardless of price. After the installation and support issues were finalized, I'm convinced that I made the right choice. I use the AIR mic pre option exclusively because of the very noticeable clarity it delivers. It requires external power unlike some of the others which are powered by the Thunderbolt connection but so what. Over all, I like this unit a lot.

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