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Expanding upon Focusrite's4preto provide even more in the way of channel real-estate and features, the Red 8Pre is a 64-input/64-output, high-resolution audio interface with dual Thunderbolt 2 connections, Pro Tools | HD support, and Dante connectivity via Ethernet. The interface offers eight Red Evolution microphone preamps, with -129 dBu of EIN and 63 dB of gain, thus providing low noise floors and significant headroom. Also featured in these preamps is the "Air" effect, which recreates the sound of transformer-based mic pres from the ISA range.
All features of the preamps can be controlled from the front panel or from the included Focusrite Control software. In addition to housing the control surface, the front panel also features colored LCD displays and instrument inputs for high-gained 1/4" sound sources. In total, you get 16 analog inputs and 18 analog outputs, with more provided via various expansion capabilities.
The Red 8Pre's conversion system utilizes parallel path summing to achieve its low-noise, high-headroom performance. This path involves the operation of two matched converters running in parallel to increase the signal to noise ratio, both of which can perform at resolutions and sample rates of up to 24-bit/192 kHz, at dynamic ranges of 118 dB (on the A/D side) and 121 dB (on the D/A) side. With this setup, you get a THD+Noise rating that can be less than 0.0009%, as well as a flat frequency response ranging from 20 Hz to 35 kHz (±0.25 dB).
The Red 4Pre ships with the Softube Time and Tone bundle, the Red Plug-In Suite, a 6.6' / 2.0m Thunderbolt cable, an IEC power cord, and software activation codes.
Key Features at a Glance
64 inputs / 64 outputs in total
16 analog inputs / 18 analog outputs
Eight Red Evolution mic pres with 'Air' transformer emulation
24-bit/192 kHz conversion
Up to 121 dB of dynamic range
Parallel path summing conversion for lower noise
Color LCD displays and assignable controls for simplified operation
Allows for control via front panel and software
Dual Thunderbolt-2 ports for daisy-chaining
Supports direct Pro Tools | HD DigiLink connection
Enabled for Dante
1.67ms round-trip latency allows you to record with plug-ins in real time
Add up to 32 extra inputs and outputs via Ethernet connection
Front-panel instrument inputs
Focusrite Control software included
Free plug-ins included
Conversion with Parallel Path Summing
Delivering digital conversion at up to 24-bit/192 kHz with up to 121dB dynamic range, Red 8Pre's converters feature a parallel path summing configuration to achieve a quiet design, providing a high-quality combination of sound quality, noise floor, dynamic range, and conversion latency.
Eight Red Evolution Pres with Air Emulation
These pres provide up to 63 dB of clean gain, offering phantom power on every track, as well as setting recall, stereo linking, HPF, and polarity invert. Also offered is Air mode, which gives you an analog emulation of heritage ISA preamp characteristics.
Elegant Front-Panel Design
Color LCD displays and assignable control knobs render the Red 8Pre simple and quick to use. Set levels and other parameters from the front panel as well as via software.
Dual Thunderbolt-2 Ports for Daisy Chaining
With two Thunderbolt 2 ports, you can connect to the DAW of your choice whilst simultaneously connecting Thunderbolt devices such as hard drives and displays.
Direct Pro Tools Connection
the Red 8Pre offers standard dual DigiLink connectivity to Pro Tools | HD systems and existing Avid interfaces.
the Red 8Pre includes dual Ethernet ports for Dante audio-over-IP networking, allowing you to expand your studio via Ethernet with additional channels anywhere on your network, all with low latency. Simply add channels by connecting additional Red or other Dante-compatible components to the Ethernet ports.
The low latency of this interface allows you to track through the chain of your preferred plug-ins and record virtual instruments in real time. As such, using this interface can also eliminate the need for cue mix utilities or outboard DSP.
Expand up to 32 I/O
32 extra inputs and outputs can be connected to the Red 8Pre via Ethernet connection.
Front-Panel Instrument Inputs
The front panel allows you to access to high-headroom instrument connections even when the Red 8Pre is rack-mounted.
The Red 8Pre includes Focusrite Control software, facilitating mic preamp control and the intuitive set-up of mixes and monitors. Also included are the Red plug-in suite, which accurately models Focusrite's classic Red 2 and 3 EQ and compression, and Softube's Time and Tone bundle—a plug-in pack including four of Softube's professional quality plug-ins, such as the Drawmer S73 Intelligent Master Processor, the TSAR-1R Reverb, Tube Delay, and Saturation Knob.
In the Box
Focusrite Red 8Pre Audio Interface with Thunderbolt 2, Pro Tools & Dante Connectivity
6.6' / 2m Thunderbolt Cable
Focusrite Red 2 & 3 Plug-in Suite
Softube Time & Tone Bundle
Focusrite Control Software
Limited 1-Year Warranty
Table of Contents
Bit Depth / Sample Rate
Up to 24-bit / 192 kHz
118 dB (A/D)
121 dB (D/A)
THD & Noise
Flat from 20 Hz to 35 kHz, ±0.25 dB
Thunderbolt 2 Ports
Mac System Requirements
Macintosh computer with Thunderbolt port(s)
OS X 10.9 and later
Dimensions (H x W x D)
1.7 x 19.0 x 13.3" / 4.4 x 48.3 x 33.8 cm
11.3 lb / 5.1 kg (without accessories)
12.6 lb / 5.7 kg (with accessories)
Focusrite Red 8Pre Audio Interface with Thunderbolt 2, Pro Tools & Dante Connectivity Review