Focusrite Clarett 8 Pre X Rackmount Thunderbolt Audio Interface

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Ollie Mason

Please Note: Thunderbolt cable is sold separately. Please see the related items section for details.  

The Focurite Clarett range are high quality audio interfaces from a company that’s dedicated to performance and quality. This 8 channel audio interface is ideal for recording guitar, vocals, even a full drum kit and gives you top class sound.

Modern preamp, Classic Heritage

The brand new Clarett mic preamp replicates the impedance and transformer resonance of the original ISAs, an incredibly popular and well respected unit, resulting in exceptional clarity and the signature sound for which Focusrite has become famous.

Crystal clear conversion

As you’d expect from a company this passionate about sound, Focusrite's Clarett interfaces offer crystal clear conversion with 24bit, 192 kHz sample rates and best-in-class dynamic range.

Control your recording

The Clarett 8 Pre X gives you 4 controls for each seperate channel (Volume, Low Cut, Phase and Phantom Power). The front panel has lights for

Speed of Sound

The upgrade to Thunderbolt unlocks the real-time processing power of your DAW and makes the new Focusrite Clarett range the best-sounding, lowest latency interfaces in their class. They won’t let you down in the studio with latency of under 1ms.

Included Software

The Clarett 8 Pre X comes with a load of free software to help you produce great sounds. The Red Plug-in Suite recreates Focusrite's classic Red 2 Equalizer and Red 3 Compressor to provide you with clear, detailed and dynamic sound for excellent tonal control of your mix.

Also included is the Softube Time and Tone bundle which contains four plug-ins for adding effects or adjusting your mix. The TSAR-1R Reverb and Tube Delay are versatile effects that can be taken from natural and realistic to huge, dramatic sounds. The Drawmer S73 Intelligent Master Processor is an enhanced multi-band compressor and the Saturation Knob is a simple plug-in for adding modelled distortion for a grittier and warmer sound.

With the Clarett 8 Pre X you get Ableton Live Lite, the lightweight version of one of the most popular digital audio workstations (DAW) around. Live Lite gives you a simple DAW to get started making music and you can use it with the included XLN Audio Addictive Keys and Loopmasters. Addictive Keys is a virtual instrument that provides sampled piano sounds with impressive tweaking options. With Loopmasters you get access to a 2GB library of royalty-free samples to use as inspiration takes you.

On top of this you can download Focusrite Control to, as the name suggests, control your your Focusrite interface from your PC, Mac, or iOS device!

You'll also be able to take advantage of the Focusrite Plugin Collective. Every few months you'll be able to download free versions of innovative software as well as receive discounts exclusive to Focusrite customers. Find out more here.

Brainworx bx_console Plugin

Focusrite Clarett interfaces now come with the bx_console plugin designed DSP developers Brainworx! This Focusrite VST/AU/AAX plug-in for Mac and PC recreates the sound of the classic Focusrite ISA 110 Equaliser and ISA 130 Dynamics Modules to bring some analogue character to your productions.

3 year warranty

All Focusrite products come with a 3 year warranty from the point of purchase, if bought after October 2016. Visit Focusrite's site for more infomation.

Accolades and Reviews

  • "The result is a range of interfaces that offers unparalleled performance within its price range, yet feels fully mature". - Sound On Sound Review
  • "The Clarett 8PreX’s preamps perform beyond their price range, and the difference in character between the Air feature being active and bypassed creates great versatility." - Mix Online Review


  • 24 Bit / 192 kHz
  • 26 Inputs
  • 28 Outputs
  • 8 Clarett mic pre-amps model the classic ISA sound
  • Mic Pre EIN = -128 dB
  • Dynamic range: 116 dB A/D and 118 dB D/A
  • + 48 V Phantom power + high-pass filter and phase reverse switchable on each microphone input
  • 8 Mic-inputs: XLR
  • 8 Line-inputs: 6.3 mm Jack
  • 2 Hi-Z Instrument inputs: 6.3 mm Jack
  • 8 Line-outputs: 6.3 mm Jack
  • 2 Monitor-outputs: 6.3 mm Jack
  • MIDI In/Out
  • 2 ADAT In- and outputs
  • S / PDIF input and output coaxial
  • Word clock input and output
  • 2 Stereo headphone outputs: 6.3 mm Jack
  • Thunderbolt port
  • Power supply connection
  • Monitor Dim- and Mute-function
  • LED-Meter
  • Format: 19" / 2 U
  • Including Red 2 & Red 3 64-Bit-Plug-in-Suite (VST/AU/AAX)
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