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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 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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.

Free Addictive Keys License Included
The Addictive Keys virtual instrument from XLN Audio is now included for free with all Focusrite audio interfaces, and is available for existing customers as well as new customers. One full license per account enables you to choose one world-class Addictive Keys instrument, such as Modern Upright, Studio Grand, Electric Grand or Mark One. 

Now Windows Compatible
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.

Focusrite continues to add value to their products, long after the purchase is complete, by bringing monthly plug-in deals to customers through the Focusrite Plug-In Collective. Each month registered owners of Focusrite products will receive an exclusive code via email to unlock a free or discounted plug-in from the world’s leading plug-in companies. See the rebate PDF on this page for details on this month’s plug-in from Focusrite.

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SPECIFICATIONS
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 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent Product

By NJ Guitarist

from NJ

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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.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Worth it

    By GoBeavs68

    from Corvallis, Or

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    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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Beware if using THunderbolt 3

    By Garrett

    from Columbia, MO

    About Me Experienced

    Comments about Focusrite Clarett 2Pre:

    So in full disclosure, I did not want to give this product a poor rating when I was never able to even try it out. From all the research I've done, this is suppose to be a great product.

    My issue is I am running Windows 10 with a thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) type port. THIS PRODUCT IS THUNDERBOLT 2. I realized that when I bought it, but what I did not realize was that it is not compatible with Windows based thunderbolt 3 computers. As least not as of May 2017 according to the manufacturer website. I bought 2 different TB2 to TB3 adapters and after a week of trying to get to it properly connect and recognize the device, I called Focusrite. We then spent some time troubleshooting it and once the tech on the phone realized I had a TB3 computer, his response was "there's your problem... we're working on that." Apparently it works with some Windows TB3 computers, but obviously not all. iOS computers seem to work fine, but I did not research that extensively. If you want to read the current article Focusrite published regarding compatibility issues, look up "Clarett Windows || Thunderbolt 3 (type-C) + Adapter support"

    The construction seems extremely solid and should last a long time. Good looking unit sitting on my desk. Hopefully Focusrite can solve this problem ASAP.

     
    5.0

    A real pleasure to work with...

    By Magnakore

    from Peyton, CO

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Focusrite Clarett 2Pre:

      Very easy to set up and use. Almost no latency so everything sounds amazing. Even with a lot of filters and effects added, you'll be surprised how well this equipment handles. Very portable and rugged. Worth every penny. I can't believe I was happy with anything else before using this.

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