CES 2018: Character and Clarity with the Focusrite Clarett USB Audio Interfaces


New to the world in time for CES 2018, Focusrite has introduced three new USB audio interfaces in its Clarett series—the 10-in/4-out 2Pre USB, the 18-in/6-out 4Pre USB, and the 18-in/20-out 8Pre USB. Anyone who has used Focusrite interfaces knows to expect reliability, versatile I/O, high-resolution audio, low-latency operation, and cool bonus software. These Claretts go beyond those expectations.

All three models have a host of features in common. First, each interface has selectable phantom power and Air-enabled microphone preamps, which boast low noise (-128 dB EIN) and distortion, 118 dB dynamic range, and the character of Focusrite's legendary ISA mic pres. As evident by the model names, the 2Pre USB has two mic preamps, whereas the 4Pre USB has four, and the 8Pre USB has eight. XLR-1/4" combo jacks feed the preamps and high-resolution A/D and D/A converters offer up to 24-bit/192 kHz resolution. An 8-channel ADAT optical input is present for connection to outboard converters and mixers, and MIDI I/O provides easy connectivity for keyboard controllers and sound modules. Additionally, the 4Pre USB has four dedicated 1/4" line inputs and both the 4Pre USB and 8Pre USB have S/PDIF I/O.

Focusrite Clarett 8Pre USB

Concerning outputs, the 2Pre USB's front-panel 1/4" headphone jack and four rear-panel 1/4" line outputs allow simple hookup of headphones and speakers. The 4Pre USB and 8Pre USB offer two front-panel headphone jacks and multiple rear-panel 1/4" outputs—four on the 4Pre USB and ten on the 8Pre USB. All three models feature separate level controls for the mic preamps, and monitor and headphone outputs.

Back of Focusrite Clarett 2Pre USB

Each Clarett ships with a power supply and two USB cables—one for use with standard USB Type-A ports and the other for connection of USB Type-C devices. Plus, Focusrite includes a generous bundle of software comprising XLN Audio Addictive Keys, the Focusrite Red Plug-In Suite, Softube's Time and Tone Bundle, Ableton Live Lite, 2GB of Loopmasters royalty-free samples, and more.

Focusrite Clarett 4Pre USB

For recording, producing, and mixing at home, in the studio, or on tour, you can depend on the Clarett USB audio interfaces for the versatility, sonic quality, and ease of use that you need. Cruise over to the B&H SuperStore or visit our website to check them out!

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