Focusrite Clarett 8Pre USB 18×20 Audio Interface

  • Up to 119dB dynamic range
  • Every Clarett includes the Red 2 & Red 3 AAX, AU & VST Plug-in Suite
  • 18 audio inputs and 20 outputs
  • Low-Latency Monitoring

$1,099.00 CAD

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SKU: 8153010008538 Category: Model Number: CLARETT-8PRE-USB


About Focusrite Clarett 8Pre USB 18×20 Audio Interface

18-in, 20-out audio interface for PC and Mac. The Clarett sound – now on USB

Focusrite Clarett 8Pre USB 18×20 audio interface lays down the challenge to interfaces twice the price. The Clarett USB range features specially designed high performance, low-noise (-128dB EIN) mic pres with a low distortion, ultra-linear design that guarantees a clean, open and transparent sound, giving accurate representation of the original performance. Boasting 119dB dynamic range, Clarett can now be experienced with any Mac® or PC supporting USB 2.0 and above. Capture every detail with Focusrite Clarett 8Pre USB 18×20 audio interface.

The perfect A-D and D-A conversion

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

Ins and outs

Focusrite Clarett 8Pre USB 18×20 audio interface is an 18-in, 20-out audio interface. Six-segment LED metering easily shows the signal level of the eight mic/line inputs, two of which are also high-impedance instrument inputs that can record super-hot pickups with no unwanted distortion. MIDI I/O and S/PDIF I/O are also included. ADAT I/O allows you to expand your setup with up to eight extra inputs and outputs when combined with multi-channel mic preamps like Clarett OctoPre. Analogue outs include two monitor outputs with anti-thump technology, eight line outputs, two headphone outputs with volume controls, and a word clock output for sending clock signal to external devices.

The sound of ISA

The eight Air-enabled mic preamps can reproduce the input impedance, clarity and frequency response curve of our original ISA mic preamp.

Super-low latency recording

Focusrite Clarett 8Pre USB 18×20 audio interface connects to Mac® or PC using the included standard USB and USB Type-C™ cables. Record with super-low latency through amp simulators and effects plug-ins.

The clarity of Clarett

The Clarett range is acclaimed for its sound quality. It’s due partly to Clarett’s specially-designed mic pres with the unique “Air” effect, adding air and clarity especially to vocals and acoustic instruments. Plus Focusrite’s precision digital conversion, carefully balancing noise floor, dynamic range, frequency response and distortion for the best possible sound to and from your DAW. We invited audio engineering professionals to a blind listening test at Riverside Studios in Berlin to compare the sound of Clarett to that of the Apollo 8p, from Universal Audio, makers of the Apollo Duo; and the Apogee Ensemble. What did they discover? Watch the Thunderbolt Interface Shootout and find out!

Focusrite Control

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

Included software

  1. XLN Audio – Addictive Keys: one of four inspiring and interesting keyboard instruments
  2. Focusrite – Red Plug-in Suite: accurately models our classic Red 2 equaliser and Red 3 compressor
  3. Softube – Time and Tone Bundle: four of Softube’s world-class reverb, delay, mastering and distortion plug-ins
  4. Focusrite – Plug-in Collective: exclusive offers, tutorial content and more, from some of the most innovative and prestigious plug-in companies
  5. Ableton® – Live Lite™: Industry leading music-making software
  6. Loopmasters: 2GB of royalty-free sample libraries
  7. Focusrite Control


Focusrite Clarett 8Pre USB 18×20 Audio InterfaceSpecifications:

Supported Operating Systems

Mac OSX 10.11 El Capitan, 10.12 Sierra or 10.13 High Sierra Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10

Supported Sample Rates

44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz

Microphone Inputs

Frequency Response20 Hz – 35 kHz ± 0.5dBMin Gain
Dynamic Range118dB A-weighted
Noise EIN<-129dB A-weighted
Maximum input level+18dBu at minimum gain
Gain Range57dB

Line Inputs

Frequency Response20 Hz – 35 kHz ± 0.5dBMin Gain
Dynamic Range118dB A-weighted
Maximum input level+26dBu at minimum gain
Gain Range57dB

Instrument Inputs

Frequency Response20 Hz – 35 kHz ± 0.5dBMin Gain
Dynamic Range117dB A-weighted
Maximum input level+14dBu at minimum gain
Gain Range57dB

Line & Monitor Outputs

Dynamic Range118dB A-weighted
Maximum Output Level (0 dBFS) Balanced Line/TRS Outputs+18dBu at minimum gain

Headphone Outputs

Dynamic Range115dB A-weighted
Maximum Output Level15dBu

Additional information

Weight13 lbs
Dimensions24 × 19 × 13 in


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