I'm so glad Focusrite brought back the Red 8Pre — I own an original and I'm happy to recommend this new version. The Red Evolution preamps and excellent digital converters make it one of the best-sounding audio interfaces I've used. Even with all of its I/O, including Dante, it's still extremely simple to use. One of the things I like most about the Red 8Pre is the stepped gain control, which makes recall and stereo gain matching a breeze, and the dual Thunderbolt 2 connections are a real bonus.
Excellent value for the money
8 clean, open sounding preamps and a rock-solid USB interface for a really reasonable price! I use a MOTU Traveler (bought at Sweetwater maybe 7 years ago, still going strong) for home & remote recording, but needed more pres to track a full band.
The 8pre doesn't do 'color' – there's a good bit of headroom before clipping, but then it distorts unpleasantly. If you're looking for warm/saturated tone, you'll need to look elsewhere (and pay more like $300+ per channel). But if you're happy capturing what's in the room, this is a good choice, matching the quality of the Traveler or Apogee One to my ears.
Like other MOTU interfaces, you get low latency as well as the option to run a no-latency monitor mix; pad and phantom on each channel; and useful metering. The layout is very ergonomic and just works. And the option to output up to 96KHz over ADAT means it won't gather dust even if I wind up expanding again. I've been recording for about 20 years now and look for reliable & sustainable gear. Very happy with this box, especially for the price!
MOTU 8pre usb 2.0
I recently ordered the MOTU 8pre, I'm a recent graduate of The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences. I wanted to upgrade my digital interface to something that's affordable, dependable, and has 8 inputs. My instructor recommended the MOTU 8pre and I love it, I think the pre's in it sound really clear and the a/d d/a conversion is really good as well. for the price of the MOTU it's unbeatable. Before I bought this product I read a lot of crazy reviews on how it sounds "to clean" or how "it doesn't have enough features and only 1 main out." well in my opinion, if you can't get the right sound out of it or if you can't figure out a way to hook up multiple reference monitors along with an external headphone amp then you might want to choose a different field other than audio recording! thanks!
Nice addition to a 16A
I purchased a MOTU 16A that had 16 analog inputs and outputs. I needed 24 total so I purchased the 8pre. I used the ADAT I/O for the connection and everything worked just fine. I even like the old style LED meters on the 8pre much better than blue screen on the 16A. Great sounding addition to my studio.
Nice interface with good sound and very easy to use.
8preUSB 16-in/12-out USB 2.0 Audio Interface, 24-bit/96kHz, with 8 Preamplifiers, ADAT I/O, and CueMix DSP - Mac/PC More Info...
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