The Red Range features Focusrite's flagship interfaces with ultra fast Thunderbolt and Dante connectivity and specially designed mic preamps so that you can get the best sound with minimum stress.
Red Evolution Mic Pres
The Red 4Pre features four specially designed mic preamps called the Red Evolution preamps. These Digitally-controlled preamps are designed to be "clear and honest" to transfer the detail and nuance from your live performance onto a take.
The preamps feature -129 dB EIN and 63dB of gain so that you have plenty of headroom to get the perfect take and add external processing without the worry of peaking.
If you want your preamps to add a little character to your sound, you also have the option of adding Focusrite's unique "Air" Effect. This analogue feature recreates the natural tonal effect of the transformer-based mic preamps in the ISA Range. The Result is a tight low end and a specific mid to high range boost that gives the preamp it's light and "airy" tonal characteristics.
Mastering quality Digital Audio Converters
Another key element in the Red range is it's fantastic conversion; using selected, high-performance, precision conversion chips to get the best accuracy from the sound source to your DAW. Not only that, Focusrite uses 2 conversion chips in parallel to significantly enhance the signal-to-noise ratio. This means that the signal/noise ratio is improved by 3dB!
Focusrite's Red series includes Thunderbolt 2 connectivity for ultra low latency, in whatever DAW you use; enabling you to track and overdub with your preferred plug-ins and effects in real time and in turn simplifying your workflow. Drop your Red system immediately, directly and seamlessly into any Pro Tools | HD system, or use it with existing Avid® interfaces, thanks to its twin DigiLink™ connectors.
Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports allow daisy-chaining of additional components such as hard drives and displays. Plus you're network audio enabled right out of the box; with dual Ethernet ports for Dante audio-over-IP networking. With this you can expand your recording capability over Ethernet for up to 64 additional channels anywhere on your network. Additional Red or other Dante-compatible components can be connected to the Ethernet ports to provide additional channels.
Dante networked audio
The way in which we interconnect audio equipment has hardly changed since the early days of the technology. Each audio path is represented by a single cable that runs from one piece of equipment to the next. In modern telecommunications parlance, the logical and physical paths are the same: one cable equals one channel. Signals are routed via individual copper cables, and implementing unplanned – or even planned – changes in a system, such as moving or adding channel capability, can result in extreme expense, time and effort.
The advent of digital audio networking, also called "audio-over-IP" means the removal of much of that time, effort and expense, by separating a system’s physical and logical connections. A single network cable or fibre-optic path carries multiple channels, thus making it possible to make infrastructure changes relatively cheaply, quickly and inexpensively, and without the requirement for major building changes and works. At one end of the network, a single connection is made to the music workstation(s) that will be used to work with the audio. At other points on the network, a single interconnect links each interface, which can provide multiple analogue and/or digital I/O wherever they are required. Multiple analogue cable runs and expensive, heavy multiway cables are things of the past as multiple channels are carried digitally between locations.
Dante, developed by Australian company Audinate, is a tried and tested ultra-low-latency digital audio networking system based on Ethernet and IP technology – implementations of internationally-agreed standards. Dante networks have been used in the live sound industry for years. Dante is what's known as a Layer 3 protocol - it uses standard networking hardware and infrastructure rather than requiring special switches and other components. Dante is also compatible with the AES 67 audio networking standard. Suddenly, audio can be made available anywhere it is required, capturing or relaying a live performance or distributing audio to previously hard-to-reach or prohibitively expensive locations.
Supported Sample Rates
44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz
Apple Mac with at least one Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port
Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks, 10.10 Yosemite or 10.11 El Capitan
Internet connection for downloading and installing driver
2m Thunderbolt cable included
Simultaneous inputs & outputs
58 x 64 (not including 2 x virtual loopback inputs in Thunderbolt Mode)
Eight channels of analogue-to-digital conversion
2 High impedance instrument inputs
4 Red Evolution mic preamps
8 line inputs (D-Sub)
Fourteen channels of digital-to-analogue conversion
2 main monitor outputs (TRS)
8 line outputs (D-Sub)
2 stereo headphone outputs
Eighteen channels of digital I/O
16 channels of ADAT I/O via optical connector supports SMUX and SMUXII for operation up to 192 kHz
2 channels of S/PDIF I/O
32 input channels
32 output channels
Compatible via Dante Virtual Soundcard (Not Included)
Advanced Mode allows audio routing of any 3rd party Dante device to and from the Red 4Pre anywhere on your network
Auto-routing mode not currently implemented
Dual Thunderbolt™ 2 ports (2m Thunderbolt Cable included in the box)
Dual Digilink for connecting to Pro Tools | HD
4 Red Evolution Mic Preamps
+48V Phantom Power
All features controllable from front panel of Red 4Pre and from within Focusrite Control
Weights and Dimensions of boxed unit
Weight 6.4 kg
Height 110 mm
Width 600 mm
Depth (length) 465 mm
Focusrite Red 4Pre Audio Interface
2m Thunderbolt Cable
Getting Started Guide
IEC Power Cable