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Two Clarett Mic Pres - lots of gain, low noise and distortion, extra headroom for instruments - 'Air' effect switches in an analog model of the classic transformer-based Focusrite ISA mic pre - dedicated phantom power, phase reverse, and high pass filters on every channel
Exceptionally low latency over Thunderbolt - record and monitor with DAW plug-ins in real-time; precision digital 24/192 conversion and up to 119dB dynamic range - front panel metering, accessible monitoring including level control as well as dim and mute buttons
10-in/4-out, featuring 2 front-panel multi-function inputs, 4 rear-panel line outputs, 8 channels of ADAT digital input, MIDI I/O, and headphone output
Included software - Focusrite Control software mixer, Red 2 & Red 3 AAX, AU & VST Plug-in Suite, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, and 1GB of Loopmasters samples
Focusrite iOS Control now available - download the free Focusrite iOS Control app and adjust cue mixes remotely from an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch; Mac compatible, offering stable, reliable operation and Windows compatibility in beta
With ten inputs and four outputs, Focusrite's Clarett 2Pre Thunderbolt interface is ideal for the discerning Singer Songwriter. It includes two newly designed Claret mic preamps accessed direct from the front panel, plus class-leading digital conversion and low round-trip latency. The new Clarett mic pre offers very low noise (EIN -128) and distortion, and also includes the switchable "Air" effect that models the sound of Focusrite's renowned ISA transformer-based preamps. It also features gain controls with a special law that makes changes smoother and more natural. Featuring the latest in Focusrite precision digital conversion, Clarett 2Pre's 192kHz/24-bit converters deliver up to 118dB (A/D from mic pre) / 119dB (D/A line out) real-world dynamic range. The two primary inputs are on the front panel in the form of mic/instrument/line combo XLR/TRS sockets and feature the newly designed Clarett mic preamps; in addition, an ADAT optical input can be used to expand the 2Pre's input capability with eight additional digital channels. The instrument-level inputs are designed with exceptional headroom, to accept the highest output pickup without distortion. Clarett 2Pre includes Focusrite's signature "Gain Haloes" surrounding the gain controls which indicate a simple go/no-go indication of level. A new software mixer, Focusrite Control, is included 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. Every Clarett also includes the Red 2 and Red 3 AAX, AU and VST Plug-in Suite, which models Focusrite's classic Red range equalizer and compressor hardware. 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. Please note: the Clarett 2Pre requires a Thunderbolt enabled PC with Windows 8.1 or higher or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or higher. Thunderbolt cable not included.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm loving this interface. Excellent sound that you expect from Focusrite. The Focusrite Control center application is easy enough to understand (was able to navigate my way through it without any tutorials) for setting up different mixes to different outputs. I absolutely love the Air setting for the preamps (I'm worried about how much I love them. I have to force myself turn them off when recording things other than vocals because it really does make them shine). My ONLY complaint with this is... the Focusrite Control center application likes to crash on me. I had a bit of a heart attack awhile ago when audio completely dropped while I was listening to music: the meters weren't jumping on the interface or anything. Turns out the focusrite application had crashed and the settings reverted back to a default empty state where nothing is outputted out of the mains (or any output for that matter). This happens seemingly randomly, but it doesn't happen enough to convince me to...
I have always been a loyal customer of Focusrite. I previously owned the Scarlett 2i2, but needed a significant upgrade for doing some band recording. The packaging is great and the product had no noticeable damage. MAKE SURE to purchase a thunderbolt cable as it is not included. I have not expanded with ADAT yet, but I look to in the future. If you are looking to expand and use more inputs, I would recommend finding a good DAW such as Ableton, ProTools, Studio One, etc.
Very happy with this purchase. Headphone amp is powerful. preamps sound good. Air mode, really is a great option - nice on acoustic guitar. I am using the optical SPDIF from a line 6 device and that works great. The IOS and Mac apps are well done. All the additional free plugins are wonderful. Latency is very low but could be better. Never had any driver related problems so far - running on a MacBook Pro. It would have been 5 stars if there was more input gain.
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