NAMM 2015: Focusrite Unleash New Clarett Audio Interfaces, Thunderbolt, New Preamps

Focusrite announce Clarett Range of Thunderbolt interfaces which they tell us are the best sounding, fastest Thunderbolt audio interfaces in the world. We caught up with Joe Lawton to tell us more.  

NAMM Show 2015, Anaheim, CA, January 22, 2015 — Focusrite create the best audio interfaces in the world. Now, launching their obsession for sound quality into the world of Thunderbolt, they have released a range of audio interfaces that combine a new preamp design with the very latest in Thunderbolt™ technology, to offer exceptional sound quality with an unparalleled interface latency of under 1ms.


As you'd expect from a company this passionate about sound, Focusrite's Clarett interfaces offer crystal clear conversion, 24-bit, 192kHz sample rates and world class dynamic range. Equally, their brand new Clarett mic preamps replicate the impedance and transformer resonance of the original ISAs, resulting in exceptional clarity and the signature sound for which Focusrite has become famous.

Focusrite Clarett 2Pre.

Focusrite Clarett 2Pre.

The range is made up of four devices; the 2Pre (10 In/4 Out), 4Pre (18 In/8 Out), 8Pre (18 In/20 Out) and flagship 8Pre X (26 In/28 Out). This final 2U interface has been designed with the permanent racked studio install in mind, featuring extended ADAT I/O, and separate rear panel inputs for mic, line and instrument, as well as dedicated phantom power, phase reverse and high pass filters on every channel.

Focusrite Clarett 8Pre.

Focusrite Clarett 8Pre.

Comprehensive attention to sound quality, combined with unmatched Thunderbolt latency performance that unlocks the real-time processing power of your DAW, makes the new Focusrite Clarett range the best-sounding, lowest latency interfaces.

Focusrite Clarett Range at a Glance

  • New Clarett preamps model the classic ISA design
  • World class dynamic range: 116dB A/D and 118dB D/A
  • Latest Thunderbolt technology ensures interface latency of under 1ms
  • 24-bit, 192kHz sample rates
  • All expandable via ADAT
  • 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
  • Includes MIDI I/O

The Clarett Range will be available Spring/Summer 2015, with the following US MAP prices:

Clarett 2Pre - $499.99

Clarett 4Pre - $699.99

Clarett 8Pre - $999.99

Clarett 8Pre X - $1299.99

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Be interesting to sonically compare to Apogee

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