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Focusrite Clarett 8PreX Thunderbolt Audio Interface   

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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 8 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Focusrite's lightning-quick Thunderbolt interface.

Are you up to Thunderbolt speed? The Focusrite Clarett Series audio interfaces can deliver. Designed for more permanent installations, the Clarett 8 Pre X combines eight 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 œAir 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, theres 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.

All The Channels Your Studio Needs
26 inputs and 28 outputs within a 2U rack space, including eight analogue inputs, 10 analogue outputs, stereo S/PDIF I/O and 16 channels of ADAT I/O. Connect up to 16 more mic preamps over ADAT for a 24 channel microphone setup.

The Heart of Your Studio
Specially designed for studio installation, Clarett 8 PreX includes separate rear panel inputs for mic, line and instrument, as well as ADAT I/O to add 16 more channels, dedicated phantom power, phase reverse and high pass filters on every channel.

Powerful Metering and Monitoring
Central panel helps you keep an eye “ and an ear “on analog and digital input levels, and your main monitor outputs, via a 6-segment, multichannel hardware meter. Accessible monitor features include a large-diameter level control, plus dim and mute buttons.

Dual High-power Headphone Outputs
The two wide dynamic range headphone outputs are powerful enough to deliver plenty of level, even on high impedance headphones “ perfect for both tracking and mixing.

Classic Processor Plug-ins Included
Every Clarett includes the Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite, which accurately models Focusrites classic Red range equalizer and compressor hardware “ letting you exploit the originals famous sound, conveniently from within your audio software.

Digital Sync On-board
Clarett 8 Pre X features Word Clock I/O, enabling it to act as master for clocking multiple digital devices, or sync to word clock from an external digital device.

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.

FEATURES
Audio Quality
  • Max bit depth: 24-bit
  • Max sampling rate: 192kHz
  • Inputs
  • Total inputs: 26
  • Mic preamps: 8
  • XLR/TRS combo jacks: 0
  • XLR only jacks: 8
  • 1/4 only jacks: 2 (TS unbalanced)
  • S/PDIF in: 2
  • ADAT/optical in: 16
  • RCA in: No
  • AES/EBU: No
  • MADI: No
  • Outputs
  • Total outputs: 28
  • XLR out: 0
  • 1/4 out: 10 (TRS balanced)
  • S/PDIF out: 2
  • ADAT/optical out: 16
  • RCA out: No
  • AES / EBU: No
  • MADI: No
  • Other Connectivity
  • Computer connection: Thunderbolt
  • MIDI I/O: 5-pin In/Out
  • Headphone output(s): 2
  • Word-clock I/O: Yes
  • Onboard Features
  • Platform compatibility: Mac 
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Direct monitoring: Yes
  • Onboard DSP: No
  • Metering: LED meters
  • 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: Yes
  • Included software: Yes

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FocusriteClarett 8PreX Thunderbolt Audio Interface
 
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5.0

Big upgrade from Presonus with OSX

By Happy in Focusrite-land

from Albany, NY

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Great driver compatibility

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Focusrite Clarett 8PreX Thunderbolt Audio Interface:

    I bought this as an upgrade from the pre-Sonus fire studio, that I've had for nearly a decade. The pre-Sonus drivers started crashing and yielding irregular performance during recording and playback ever since the last one or two Mac OS X updates. I contacted pre-Sonus who said there were known issues, but offered a series of workarounds, which did not work. That being said, I should have upgraded made her face years ago but I'm glad the Clarett 8PreX came out right when I needed it.

    The first thing I noticed was how seamless the Focusrite software installs and works on the Mac. The software is clean and intuitive. I use Logic Pro with no issues at all. I had no latency while recording, which is a big upgrade from the pre-Sonus. The preamps are quiet and sound good. The air function adds a slight mid-high bump which gave some vocals and acoustic sounds a little something extra.

    If you're using a Mac, and you're looking to upgrade, you won't go wrong with the Focusrite stuff. I was looking at MOTU, Apogee, and few others that pricewise were well beyond this unit. I doubt their sound or functionality is though. I bought a nice new large diaphragm condenser mic with the extra thousand more instead.

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    5.0

    Great product

    By Horse

    from Toms river nj

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Focusrite Clarett 8PreX Thunderbolt Audio Interface:

      The focusrite control system only works with El Capitan OS on my Mac so I had to upgrade and it made protools 10 not function properly

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