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Focusrite Clarett 4Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface

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Are you up to Thunderbolt speed? The Focusrite Clarett Series audio interfaces can deliver. With up to 119 dB dynamic range, superbly low noise, prec...Click To Read More About This Product

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18x8 audio interface with Thunderbolt connectivity.

Are you up to Thunderbolt speed? The Focusrite Clarett Series audio interfaces can deliver. With up to 119 dB dynamic range, superbly low noise, precision 24-bit/192kHz conversion and eight specially-designed mic preamps with a unique analogue “Air” effect, Clarett 4Pre simply sounds great, easily out-performing other interfaces in its class and beyond. Meanwhile, its astonishing 1.38ms round-trip latency* simplifies your workflow and lets you use your favourite plug-ins in real time.

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.


Four 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 analogue model of the classic transformer-based Focusrite ISA mic pre. The Instrument inputs also feature extra headroom to handle the loudest pickup.

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

Easy Access
All four mic/line/instrument inputs are on the front panel for instant, easy access, and Clarett 4Pre’s compact, rugged form factor makes it ideal for use on the road as well as in the studio.

Simplifying the way you work
Clarett’s ultra-low round-trip latency completely transforms your workflow. If you’re used to having to build two different mixes – one using input monitoring to overdub, the other using the DAW for playback – the good news is that now, one is enough. Build your mix on the DAW and use it whether you're overdubbing (monitoring the input you’re recording with the new Focusrite Control software mixer) or playing back, with all your plugins in place, all the time. Use your favourite plugins while recording too – whether it’s reverb on a vocal, a guitar amp simulator, or even virtual instruments live on stage.

Intuitive, Easy to Use Software Mixer and Sweet Sounding Plug-ins
Focusrite Control is a brand new software mixer designed 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. Also included is a sweet sounding plug-in collection comprising Softube's world-class Time and Tone Bundle, with TSAR-1R Reverb, Tube Delay and Saturation Knob. This is complemented by the Red 2 & Red 3 AAX, AU & VST Plug-in Suite, which accurately models Focusrite's classic Red range equalizer and compressor hardware.

‘Gain Haloes’ help keep levels in check
Each of the four front panel inputs includes Focusrite’s signature “Gain Halo” – an illuminated ring around the gain control that lights up green when there’s signal and red when it’s too high. There’s a main monitor knob plus dual high-power headphone outputs with their own volume controls.

Plenty of ins and outs
Clarett 4Pre offers a full 18 audio inputs and eight outputs, including four front-panel multi-function inputs, four independent line inputs and line outputs, stereo S/PDIF I/O and dual headphone outputs. There are also eight channels of ADAT-format digital input – ideal for adding eight channels of digital mic pre.

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.

FEATURES
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite and 2GB of Loopmasters samples
  • Focusrite offers a 2-year manufacturer's warranty

Focusrite's lightning-quick Thunderbolt interface, order yours today!

SPECIFICATIONS
Audio Quality
  • Max bit depth: 24-bit
  • Max sampling rate: 192kHz
Inputs
  • Total inputs: 18
  • Mic preamps: 4
  • XLR/TRS combo jacks: 4
  • XLR only jacks: 0
  • 1/4” only jacks: 4 (TRS balanced)
  • S/PDIF in: 2
  • ADAT/optical in: 8
  • RCA in: No
  • AES/EBU: No
  • MADI: No
Outputs
  • Total outputs: 6
  • XLR out: 0
  • 1/4” out: 4 (TRS balanced)
  • S/PDIF out: 2
  • 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): 2
  • Word-clock I/O: No
Onboard Features
  • Platform compatibility: Mac
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Direct monitoring: Yes
  • Onboard DSP: No
  • Metering: Halo LEDs
  • 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 4Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface
 
3.1

(based on 8 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Compact (4)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (6)
  • Amateur recording (3)
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Easy to set up and use

By mardin

from central NJ

About Me Experienced

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Focusrite Clarett 4Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface:

    I bought the 4-channel Clarett to replace my aging Digi 003. The 003 works fine but I don't want to upgrade Pro Tools for it, and I was running into freeze-ups using OS X Capitan with an old version of Pro Tools. I am running the Clarett to a 2014 Mac Pro with 12 cores and 16 gigs of memory (the one that looks like a black cylinder). It's a monster desktop machine. The buyer needs to get their own Thunderbolt cable, by the way. The unit does not come with one.

    The Clarett is easy to set up--after installing the Focusrite Control app---really just plug and play. I like the 'Air' function on the pre-amps that seems to lift and center sounds (I record acoustic guitar mostly). I found the Focusrite pre-amps not to have as much gain as I wanted, but it was easy to plug in external preamps (an SSL Alpha Channel and a couple Grace Design 101s). I wish the Clarett pre-amps could be defeated with a switch but some web digging revealed that the signal chain goes through them even when they are seen to zero volume. Ah, well, small thing.

    I got dropouts when I set the input buffer to 96 samples (1 ms) but that's ridiculously low latency. I am using it now at 512 samples without issue. Recording at 88khz and 512 samples yields latency of 5.8 ms. Thunderbolt is really fast.

    The Clarett can record many more than four channels. It has inputs for 4 XLR channels, 4 line inputs Balanced TRS), and ADAT and SPDIF connections. The digital connections need an external device of course, but I count 16 inputs channels in the config window.

    The package of Softube plugins that came with it is a treat. I already had a couple I had paid real money for. TS1 reverb is especially nice.

    One could want a lot more in their interface, and Universal Audio and other premium companies sell them for thousands. This unit is hundreds--a huge bargain in comparison.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    If you have latency issues, you're probably using Focusrite

    By Jason

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Pricey / Poor Value
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

      Comments about Focusrite Clarett 4Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface:

      After four months, three Windows 10 installations, and endless software and registry tweaks, I finally realized that this hardware and its drivers are to blame. I was running this unit through a Cable Matters Thunderbolt 2-3 converter on the following hardware/software:

      Hardware:Asus GL702VM; Core i&-6700HQ, 16GB DDR4 RAM, Crucial 1TB MX 550 M.2 SSD, GTX 1060

      DAW/Software: Win10 x64, Reaper x64, Maschine 2.7.2 x64, Komplete 11 Ultimate x64, Best Service Engine

      As a last resort, I decided to try a different audio interface, and received the Roland Rubix44 in the mail yesterday. Upon uninstalling the Focusrite (and BEFORE installing the Rubix44), I decided to run LatencyMon just to check my system's latency. EVERY SINGLE LATENCY dropped across the board, even my erstwhile Nvidia drivers, for whatever reason. My overall Latency dropped below 1ms for the first time, rather than approximately 1.3-2.0 when the Focusrite drivers were installed. (Even when the unit wasn't plugged in, just having the drivers installed causes huge latency issues.)

      To be fair, it recorded voices well when I only used Reaper. However, if I launched ANY other program, I had audio pops, cracks, and general latency. I couldn't run Maschine and Komplete at the same time, or Reaper and Maschine at the same time, or Reaper and any other program at the same time without sound issues. If I only ran one of the above programs, it worked. Two? Forget it. Even just using Skype would cause audio latency issues sometimes.

      Last night I unsinstalled Focusrite, installed the Rubix 44 (which has a minimal driver), and suddenly I can run Reaper, Maschine, and Komplete ALL AT THE SAME TIME, with no audio dropouts or other issues. I didn't even do a re-install of windows, or change any other setting. Simply uninstalling the Focusrite drivers and hardware fixed everything.

      I also own a 2i2 gen 1, but since Focusrite provides almost no support to Windows users, I will never buy another Focusrite product again.

      (1 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Product seems good, customer service is terrible

      By Chris the walker

      from Brooklyn, NY

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable

      Cons

      • Pricey / Poor Value

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Focusrite Clarett 4Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface:

      The product seems good. I actually haven't used it yet as this does not actually come with a thunderbolt cable. It's like buying a new expensive car, but it's delivered without tires. Thanks for the impeccable service!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very nice

      By JJ

      from FL

      About Me Novice

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Focusrite Clarett 4Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface:

        Had an issue with my 2011 Mac with ticks/pops upon first setting the unit up but a quick call to Focusrite, and an email with a software update from their techs got things smooth sailing again. Have only used it for about 2-3 hours so far (at 96hz) but tracks sound really good. Looking forward to putting some more time in and getting more familiar with everything.

         
        5.0

        I Love the sound of the Clarett

        By DC

        from DesMoines, Ia

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Focusrite Clarett 4Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface:

          The air is real nice it adds to the mids/ highs great for acoustic guitar. In comparison to my Mackie 1620i it is much more quiet and going from FireWire to Thundebolt is amazing how much faster it is. The control app is nice also, in the output section you can set the 2 headphone outs with what channels you want. You can even set one side with playback and set the other side with the channel you are recording. I just got started with it and expect to find more surprises. I wanted an Apollo but for the money you can't go wrong with this.

           
          1.0

          Weak preamps, poor return policy.

          By Roberto

          from Chicago

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Compact

          Cons

          • Limited Functions
          • Poor Sound Quality
          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about Focusrite Clarett 4Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface:

          The preamps are weak. If you are using dynamic microphones be prepared to max out the gain. All of the adjustment is between 9 and 10 and it is extremely touchy. I gave up after a week of going between clipping and too soft, but Musicians Friend won't take it back because of the borderline worthless software bundled with it. Looks like I need to sell it.

           
          1.0

          Unreliable.

          By JT

          from CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

            Cons

            • Breaks Easily
            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Focusrite Clarett 4Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface:

            I had 3 of these units, one of the preamps stopped working on the first one. The second one kept overheating as well as introducing subtle but noticeable clicks, pops and cracks into my recordings. I tried everything to resolve the issue, focusrite were very slow and almost indifferent towards helping with the issue. The third unit almost deafened me due to it (on it owns) going to full volume despite everything being turned down. The clicks and pops persisted despite them saying the issue was resolved with updated drivers, I don't think it was fully taken care of and it was a case "If they don't notice it don't matter". Extremely poor experience.

             
            5.0

            Drag Me Into The Modern Age

            By Bassthumper

            from L.A. Calli

            About Me Experienced

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Focusrite Clarett 4Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface:

              I have engineered countless sessions beginning with analog machinery then progressing to digital but I still tended to cling to older methods of recording. This Clarett 4Pre put me in a position where I can begin a project in my home studio and import it to a ProStudio for a mixing session. I have learned to manipulate sounds and get a cleaner, brighter tones from guitars and keyboards. Though I am still learning, this DAW represents real progress. Thank you MF and Clarett.

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