Blazing-fast Thunderbolt with a Hint of ISA Mojo
The centerpiece of your home studio
Focusrite's Clarett 4Pre 18-in/8-out audio interface is a powerful foundation for your studio or mobile recording rig. It sports four great-sounding Clarett microphone preamplifiers, an outstanding dynamic range, and ultra-fast, low-latency performance enabled by Thunderbolt. Clarett's magic starts as soon as you plug your microphones in — the mic preamps feature Focusrite's switchable Air effect, which switches in an analog model of Focusrite's classic ISA transformer-based mic pre. With flexible connectivity including analog and S/PDIF I/O, the Focusrite Clarett 4Pre is ready to integrate into virtually any recording rig.
"A powerful foundation for your home studio"
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Everything You Need in a Preamp/Interface
Outstanding versatility, speed, and sonic performance
The Clarett 4Pre's four newly designed Clarett mic preamps deliver a truly impressive dynamic range. Perfect for your home recording rig, the Clarett 4Pre gives you flexible connectivity — including analog, S/PDIF, and MIDI I/O, plus an ADAT input - all in a sleek desktop form factor. With its sonic performance, leading edge round-trip audio latency and ease of use, the Clarett 4Pre is an excellent value.
- Four Clarett mic pres with Air
- Accurate digital conversion and sync
- Flexible I/O with ADAT input for expansion of up to eight more inputs
- "Gain Halo" metering provides clear indication of levels to avoid clipping
- Intuitive, easy-to-use software mixer
Record in Your Comfort Zone
Use your favorite plug-ins in real time
With the Clarett 4Pre's exceedingly low round-trip audio latency over Thunderbolt, you can record and monitor in real time with your favorite familiar DAW plug-ins. No special processing or DSP is required. Select any plug-in and create your dream recording chain on every single channel.
Every Clarett ships with the Focusrite Classic Red 2 and Red 3 AAX, AU, and VST plug-in suite, which accurately models Focusrite's classic Red range EQ and compression hardware. Also included is Softube's Time and Tone Bundle, with TSAR-1R Reverb, Tube Delay, and Saturation Knob.
- Record and monitor in real time with your favorite DAW plug-ins
- Create custom monitor setups for both you and your artists
- Includes Red 2/Red 3 plug-in suite and Softube's Time and Tone Bundle
Four Clarett Mic Preamps with Air
Newly designed Focusrite mic preamps bring your recordings to life
Focusrite fitted the Clarett 4Pre with mic preamps that were designed exclusively for the Clarett range with loads of pristine gain and vanishingly low noise. In addition, these preamps include Focusrite's proprietary Air feature that switches in an analog model of Focusrite's acclaimed classic transformer-based ISA mic pre, breathing life into your recordings. If you've always wanted vocals that shimmer with presence and silky air, then try recording with the Clarett 4Pre. You will be impressed.
- Four newly designed Clarett mic preamps
- Copious headroom, vanishingly low noise
- Focusrite's proprietary Air feature
Accurate Digital Conversion
The cleanest way yet to get sound in and out of your DAW
Sweetwater engineers know that conversion is key to superior digital audio, and the Clarett 4Pre features Focusrite's class-leading 24-bit/192kHz conversion. Offering up to 119dB of dynamic range, Clarett is the cleanest way to get sound in and out of your DAW.
- Focusrite's class-leading 24/192 conversion
- Up to 119dB of dynamic range
Track the Band in a Single Take
Flexible I/O for your home studio
The Focusrite Clarett 4Pre gives flexible I/O packed into a tidy desktop chassis. This includes four front-panel mic/line inputs (the first two of these are also instrument inputs), and on the real panel, four analog line inputs and outputs, stereo S/PDIF I/O, and eight channels of ADAT optical input. The ADAT input can be used to bring in eight additional digital mic preamp channels, such as the Focusrite OctoPre MkII, for maximum flexibility. The front panel also includes two convenient headphone jacks with level controls.
- Four front-panel mic/line inputs with phantom power
- The first two combo connectors are also hi-Z inputs
- Four rear-panel 1/4" line inputs and outputs
- Stereo S/PDIF I/O, ADAT input (8 channels)
- MIDI I/O
Intuitive and Easy-to-use Software Mixer
Easy configuration of monitoring and routing setups
Your Clarett comes with Focusrite Control, a brand-new software mixer that makes short work of configuring your monitoring and routing setups. Simple and intuitive to use, Focusrite Control offers an easy-to-grasp traditional mixer workflow and gives you immediate access to internal hardware functions.
- Makes short work of configuring your monitoring and routing
- Traditional mixer workflow
- Quick access to internal hardware functions
Remote control from your iPhone or iPad
With the free Focusrite iOS Control app, you can adjust the mixes you made with Focusrite Control on the desktop app from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.
Included software bundle:
- Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-in Suite
- Softube Time and Tone Pack
- Loopmasters sounds and samples (1GB)
- Novation Bass Station VST and AU plug-in synth
- XLN Addictive Keys
Comparing the Claretts
Focusrite's Clarett line includes two multi-channel rackmount models, the Clarett 8Pre and the Clarett 8PreX. If you're configuring a mobile recording setup, you will appreciate the svelte 1U Claret 8Pre and its blend of performance and portability. If, however, you're seeking a preamp/interface for permanent studio installation, the 2U Clarett 8PreX offers an expanded range of professional features you'll find extremely valuable. The newest additions to the Clarett range are the 4Pre and 2Pre, which are aimed at project studio owners and singer-songwriters, respectively.
|Clarett 8PreX||Clarett 8Pre||Clarett 4Pre||Clarett 2Pre|
|Focusrite mic preamps||8||8||4||2|
|Instrument inputs (Hi-Z)||2||2||2||2|
|48V phantom power||Per-channel||2 Banks||2 Banks||2 Banks|
|ADAT inputs||16 Ch||8 Ch||8 Ch||8 Ch|
|ADAT outputs||16 Ch||8 Ch||0||0|
|LED metering||6-segment||6-segment||Gain Halos||Gain Halos|
|Switchable input metering||Yes||No||No||No|
Clarett 4Pre: You're Ready to Rock
With its four great-sounding preamps, ample connectivity, superior conversion, and smart feature set, the Focusrite Clarett 4Pre is an essential component of your home or project studio. Add a computer, your favorite DAW, a selection of good mics, and a dash of creativity, and you're ready to rock.
Upgrade your home studio and workflow with the Focusrite Clarett 4Pre!