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Clarett 8Pre

Focusrite Clarett 8Pre
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Excellent sound is the quality Clarett owners love most. With up to 119dB dynamic range, superbly low noise, precision 24/192 conversion and eight specially-designed mic preamps with a unique analogue “Air” effect, Clarett 8Pre 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.

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.

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

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.


  • New Clarett preamps model the classic ISA design
  • Mic Pre EIN = -128dB
  • World class dynamic range: 116dB A/D and 118dB D/A
  • Latest Thunderbolt technology ensures interface latency of under 1ms
  • 24bit, 192kHz sample rates
  • Flagship Clarett 8Pre X designed for permanent professional studio install
  • New 64-bit AAX, AU and VST compatible Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-in Suite
  • Detailed metering
  • All expandable over ADAT
  • Includes MIDI I/O


Audio Interface - Low Latency Performance Data Base

...5 years when the next big thing comes out. I own three Focusrite interfaces myself, the 1st gen Scarlett 18i20, Clarett 8 Pre and the Forte. Although I'm in the process of selling the Forte and 18i20 as the Clarett will replace them both. The Forte being the oldest of the bunch works flawless...

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July 2020 new gear thread

I've replaced my Livetrak with a quantum 2626, 2nd hand clarett 8pre plus old mixwizard... Taken the mixwizard for a spin, the headroom and EQ sound amaze to me! Couldn't be happier.

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Audient launches EVO 16 audio interface

Going through a similar issue. Bought a Focusrite Clarett 8 Pre USB. The Focusrite ASIO driver crashes my Ryzen 7 PC everytime. works fine on my MAC, but the MAC crashes Pro Tools whenever I track over 8 tracks. Just bought an Evo 16 thinking these guys could write a better ASIO driver, and similar...

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