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Focusrite Clarett 8Pre Mac PC 18x20 USB Audio Interface


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  • Model: FocusrClarettT-8Pre-USB
  • Shipping Weight: 13lbs
  • Manufactured by: Focusrite


Focusrite Clarett 8Pre Mac PC 18x20 USB Audio Interface

In the studio or as part of a mobile rig, the Focusrite Clarett 8Pre USB 18x20 USB Audio Interface combines 24-bit / 192 kHz A/D/A conversion, low-latency monitoring, and a multitude of I/O options with eight, Air-enabled microphone preamps that can model the sound of the company's classic ISA preamps. With low noise (-128 dB EIN), low distortion, and 119 dB dynamic range, the high-performance mic preamps deliver a clean, open, and transparent sound, for accurate reproduction of the original source.


The Air-enabled mic preamps can reproduce the input impedance, clarity and frequency response curve of our original ISA mic preamp. Now you can choose. With or without Air.


Decades of analogue circuit design experience, applied around 24-bit/192kHz A-D and D-A conversion, delivers a superior signal path boasting 119dB dynamic range. Hear your music sound better than you've ever heard it sound before.


Wherever you happen to be in the world, you can rely on our two-year warranty if any Focusrite hardware needs repairing or replacing due to a manufacturing fault.


Configure your routing and monitor mixes from Mac®, PC, iPad®, iPhone® or iPod touch® with user-friendly control software Focusrite Control.


A 1RU chassis unit, the Clarett 8Pre USB is equipped with two front panel mic/instrument/line inputs with high headroom for recording hot pickups without distortion, and six rear-mounted mic/line inputs, each with a separate gain knob. The interface also provides six line level outputs, two monitor outputs with anti-thump technology, a wordclock output, MIDI I/O, stereo S/PDIF I/O, and eight channels of ADAT I/O to expand your setup.

The front panel features two 1/4" headphone outputs with independent volume controls. A pair of +48V phantom power switches allow you to turn on phantom power for condenser microphones on channels 1-4 and 5-8 respectively. A display with six-segment multichannel LED meter provides visual feedback as well as level control, a dim button, and a mute button.

The Clarett 8Pre USB includes a comprehensive software package that includes the Focusrite Red Plug-In Suite with accurate models of the Red 2 equalizer and Red 3 compressor, the Softube Time and Tone Bundle with reverb, delay, mastering, and distortion plug-ins, a Loopmasters library with 2GB of royalty-free samples, and more. Also provided is the Focusrite Control software that enables you to configure your routing and monitor mixes from Mac and Windows computers, or iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices.


  • Eight Air-enabled mic preamps emulate the sound of the company's original ISA mic preamp
  • Low-noise (-128 dB EIN) mic preamps with low distortion and up to 119 dB dynamic range
  • Precision 24-bit / 192 kHz A/D and D/A conversion
  • Record with low latency through amp simulators and effects plug-ins
  • Two mic/line/instrument XLR-1/4" combo inputs on front-panel
  • Six mic/line XLR-1/4" combo inputs on rear panel
  • Switchable 48V phantom power
  • High-headroom instrument inputs for recording hot pickups without distortion
  • Stereo S/PDIF I/O
  • Eight channels of ADAT I/O
  • 5-pin MIDI I/O
  • Two monitor outputs with anti-thump technology
  • Eight additional line outputs
  • Two headphone outputs with independent volume controls
  • Six-segment LED metering easily shows the signal level
  • Dim and mute monitor control buttons on front panel
  • Wordclock output for sending clock signal to external equipment
  • Supports any Mac or Windows computer with USB 2.0 and above

Included Software

Focusrite Control Software

  • Control software enables you to configure your routing and monitor mixes from Mac or Windows computers, and iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch

XLN Audio Addictive Keys

  • One of four Addictive Keys keyboard instruments

Focusrite Red Plug-In Suite

  • Accurately models Focusrite's classic Red 2 equalizer and Red 3 compressor

Softube Time and Tone Bundle

  • Four of Softube's reverb, delay, mastering, and distortion plug-ins

Focusrite Plug-In Collective

  • Exclusive offers, tutorial content, and more, from some of the most innovative and prestigious plug-in companies

Ableton Live Lite

  • Customized version of the music production software Ableton Live


  • 2GB library of royalty-free samples
In the Box
Focusrite Clarett 8Pre USB 18x20 USB Audio Interface
  • USB Cable with USB Type-A Connector
  • USB Cable with USB Type-C Connector
  • Power Supply
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty

Focusrite Clarett 8Pre USB Specs

Host Connection 1 x USB Type-C
Analog I/O 2 x Combo XLR / 1/4" TRS Balanced Mic/Line/Hi-Z Input
6 x Combo XLR / 1/4" TRS Balanced Mic/Line Input
2 x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS Balanced Monitor Output
8 x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS Balanced Line Output
2 x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS Headphone Output
Digital I/O 1 x BNC (Word Clock) Output
1 x TOSLINK / ADAT Input
1 x TOSLINK / ADAT Output
1 x RCA Coaxial / S/PDIF Input
1 x RCA Coaxial / S/PDIF Output
MIDI I/O 1 x 5-Pin MIDI In
1 x 5-Pin MIDI Out
Analog Specs
Frequency Response Hi-Z Inputs:
20 Hz to 35 kHz ±0.5 dB (Min Gain) 
Line Inputs:
20 Hz to 35 kHz ±0.5 dB (Min Gain) 
Mic Inputs:
20 Hz to 35 kHz ±0.5 dB (Min Gain) 
Gain Range Hi-Z Inputs:
+57 dB
Line Inputs:
+57 dB
Mic Inputs:
+57 dB
Max Input Level Hi-Z Inputs:
+14 dBu (Min Gain) 
Line Inputs:
+26 dBu (Min Gain) 
Mic Inputs:
+18 dBu 
Max Output Level Headphone Outputs:
+15 dBu 
Line Outputs:
+18 dBu at 0 dBFS (Balanced) 
Dynamic Range Outputs:
115 dBA 
Hi-Z Inputs:
117 dB 
Line Inputs:
118 dB 
Line Outputs:
118 dB 
Mic Inputs:
119 dB 
THD+N Headphone Outputs:
Hi-Z Inputs:
Line Inputs:
Line Outputs:
Mic Inputs:
 < 0.001% 
EIN Mic Inputs:
-128 dBu (A-Weighted) 
Digital Specs
Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192 kHz
Bit Depth 24-Bit (AD/DA Conversion)
OS Compatibility Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 8.1
Windows 10
macOS 10.11
macOS 10.12
macOS 10.13
Size and Weight
Dimensions 1.7 x 11.5 x 19" / 43.9 x 291.1 x 482.6 mm
Weight 10.2 lb / 4.6 kg
Shipping Info
Package Weight 13.0 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 24.0 x 19.0 x 13.0"
UPC: 815301008538

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