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Focusrite Clarett 8PreX Thunderbolt Audio Interface

Focusrite’s 26-in, 28-out Clarett 8PreX combines eight mic preamps, class-leading digital conversion and extra-low, round-trip latency.


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The better, faster, easier 26x28 Thunderbolt interface
Designed primarily for permanent studio installation, Focusrite’s 26-in, 28-out Clarett 8PreX combines eight mic preamps, class-leading digital conversion and extra-low round-trip latency – enabling DAW plugins to be used while monitoring recordings. Clarett’s specially designed mic pre offers superbly low noise and distortion, plus the “Air” effect that models the sound of Focusrite’s renowned ISA transformer-based preamps.

Complete with Focusrite’s precision 24/192 conversion offering up to 119dB real-world dynamic range, there’s never been a better, faster or easier way of getting audio into or out of a DAW.

The heart of the studio
Specially designed for studio installation, Clarett 8PreX 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.

Eight 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 analog model of the classic transformer-based Focusrite ISA mic pre. Instrument inputs feature extra headroom to handle the loudest pickup.

Use DAW plugins in real time
Latency is the delay to a signal as it passes through your DAW system from interface input to interface output. Clarett Thunderbolt offers the world’s shortest. Signals go round so fast that you can record and monitor through your DAW with your favorite plugins such as EQ, reverb or compression, giving artists a fuller sound to perform with.

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

Exceptional I/O capability
Clarett 8PreX gives you all the I/O you need, fitting 26 audio inputs and 28 outputs into a 2U rack space, including 8 analog inputs, 10 analog 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.

Accessible metering and monitoring
Central panel provides analogue and digital input levels, and main monitor outputs, via a 6-segment, multichannel hardware meter. Monitor features include a large-diameter level control, plus dim and mute buttons, alongside dual high-power headphone outputs.

Brainworx bx_console Focusrite: free for Clarett owners
Focusrite have partnered with Brainworx to give Clarett owners the bx console Focusrite plug-in for free. A flawless emulation of the iconicISA 110 Equalizer and ISA 130 Dynamics Modules that retails for $349 bx console Focusrite perfectly captures the famously open sound of the Focusrite Studio Console and adds a number of new features including continuous Gain and THD controls.

Now includes 3 Softube audio plug-ins!
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.

Get More with Red & More!
Every Clarett also includes the Red 2 & Red 3 AAX, AU & VST Plug-in Suite, which accurately models Focusrite’s classic Red range equalizer and compressor hardware. And to make sure you have all you need to express yourself straight out of the box, Focusrite has also thrown in Softube Time & Tone Bundle, Ableton Live Lite Recording Software and a whopping 2GB of Loopmasters Samples!  (And yeah- they're all FREE!)

And Get "Addicted" for FREE!
The Addictive Keys virtual instrument from XLN Audio is included for free with all Focusrite Scarlett, Clarett, Red and Saffire audio interfaces, and is available for existing customers as well as new customers. Addictive Keys is a powerful tool for musicians, producers and songwriters. With its unique approach to sound creation, smart workflow, fast loading times and high-quality presets, Addictive Keys is perfect for any production style or music genre.

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.

Collect even more Plug In's, EVERY MONTH, with Focustrite's Plug-In Collective
At Focusrite, they believe in freedom - the freedom to choose the plug-ins that get you your sound, exactly the way you want it. So, the more the bette! To help you in your quest for your signature sound, Focusrite is working with some of the most innovative and prestigious plug-in companies to bring you exclusive offers, tutorial content and more. So be sure to check in EVERY MONTH and check out the plug-in yourself! (EXPIRES: 7/31/2017)

Windows Driver
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.

Thunderbolt cable not included. Please see "Recommended Accessories".

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Things You Will Get:

  • Clarett 8PreX Thunderbolt Audio Interface
  • XLN Addictive Keys License
  • Softube Time & Tone Bundle Suite
  • Ableton Live Lite Recording Software
  • 2GB Loopmasters Samples
  • Red 2 & Red 3 Plug In suite
  • USB Cable
  • Power Cable
  • Owners Manual

Love this interface


Been wanting a nice interface to start recording drums at home. This is awesome. Great starting point - love that I have individual phantom on each channel. I went back and forth between a couple different interfaces and I am beyond happy that this was my choice.


Atlanta, GA


Perfect Interace!


This interface is phenomenal! It has 8 phantom power docks so if you can select individual phantom power pre amps. It features AIR which makes the sound very clear. This interface is one o a kind and has a very tight sound! its perfect for permanent use!

Joseph French

Indianapolis IN


Great Product and Great Customer Service


This interface sounds great and is easy to use. I had an issue with my unit and I called Focusrite, whose customer service was spectacular. Nick T and the representatives who helped me went above and beyond to exceed my expectations and to do so in an expedient manner so that I could get back to recording as soon as possible.

Kevin S

Columbus Ohio

Best value for a quality thunderbolt interface.


Can incorporate multiple musicians or vocalists to practice / prepare for weekly youth group worship band performances. Perfect for your youth ministry !!




Clarett 8PreX Thunderbolt Audio Interface

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Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Phantom Power Yes
Weight N/A
Rack Spaces 2U
Rackmountable Yes
Mic Preamps 8
Audio Inputs 8
Audio Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Audio Outputs 10
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