Focusrite Clarett 8Pre USB 18x20 Audio Interface - 8 Analog Inputs w/ Mic Preamps (Discontinued)

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92 out of 100. Incorporating 100+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$900
Focusrite Clarett 8Pre USB 18x20 Audio Interface

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 92/100 is based on analysis of 100+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

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.

Features:

  • 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

Pros

The primary reason users love the Clarett series is the upgraded preamps carried over from Focusrite's iconic ISA series. Many users note that the preamps alone are worth the cost of the entire unit and that the functionality as an audio interface is only a bonus.

Cons

Was expensive for some users and some feel like it's a matter of diminishing returns as only the keenest ears can notice the difference between the 8Pre and Focusrite's Scarlett 18i20.

Overall

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.

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.

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