Focusrite Clarett 8Pre USB 18×20 Audio Interface – 8 Analog Inputs w/ Mic Preamps (Discontinued)

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The Clarett 8Pre USB appeared on our recommended list for The Best USB Audio Interfaces from December 2019 until August 2021.


You can consider the Clarett 8pre as a “premium” version of the Scarlett series.

The Clarett range features upgraded preamps with a different sonic quality, additional headroom, a more sophisticated implementation of the ISA “Air” mode, and reduced latency with newer technologies making their appearance.

The Clarett series is the Scarlett series taken to the next level by integrating Focusrite’s top tier ISA series preamps into an audio interface. Get it if you’re a fan of getting great sound straight from the input.


  • A/D Resolution: 24-bit/192kHz
  • Simultaneous I/O: 18 x 20
  • Inputs: 8 x XLR-1/4″ combo (mic/line/Hi-Z), 1 x Optical (ADAT), 1 x Coax (S/PDIF)
  • Outputs: 2 x 1/4″ (monitor), 8 x 1/4″ (line out), 2 x 1/4″ Headphones, 1 x Optical (ADAT), 1 x Coax (S/PDIF)
  • Computer Connectivity: USB 2.0
  • MIDI: In/Out
  • 8 x mic preamps
  • Power Supply: Standard IEC AC cable
  • Phantom Power: +48V
  • Bundled Software: Focusrite Control iOS app, Softube Time and Tone, XLN Audio Addictive Keys, Red Plug-in Suite, Focusrite Plug-in Collective
Unfortunately this is no longer available new in stores – for highly rated alternatives check out our recommendations in our guide to The Best USB Audio Interfaces.

If you’re working with budget constraints, check out our recommended Affordable USB Audio Interfaces.

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