Focusrite Clarett 8Pre X 26x28 Thunderbolt Audio Interface

8-channel Microphone Preamplifier/Audio Interface, 24-bit/192kHz, with Thunderbolt/ADAT Connectivity, and Included Plug-ins - Mac/PC
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Focusrite Clarett 8Pre X 26x28 Thunderbolt Audio Interface
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The Flagship Clarett: Expanded I/O, Advanced Features

The core of your professional studio recording setup

Boasting eight stellar Clarett mic preamplifiers, outstanding dynamic range, ultra-fast Thunderbolt performance, and dual ADAT ports, Focusrite's top-of-the-line Clarett 8PreX 26-in/28-out audio interface is a powerful foundation for your professional recording rig. The magic starts as soon as you plug your microphones in — the Clarett mic pres feature Focusrite's switchable Air Effect, which gives your microphones the air and clarity of an ISA transformer-based mic preamp. With comprehensive connectivity including analog I/O, S/PDIF, 16 channels of ADAT, word clock I/O, and more, the Focusrite Clarett 8PreX is an ideal foundation for your studio setup.

"The Clarett 8PreX is an ideal foundation for your studio setup."

Hover over features below for a detailed description

Dedicated front-panel Hi-Z instrument inputs
Preamp controls: gain, independent phantom power, HPF, phase reverse
High-resolution LED metering for all inputs and main outputs
Meter source LED indicator
Dedicated customizable monitor volume control
Dim and Mute switches with LEDs
Indicator LEDs show connection, sync lock, and MIDI in messages
Headphone volume controls
Two high-fidelity headphone outputs
Power switch
Preamp controls: gain, independent phantom power, HPF, phase reverse
Preamp controls: gain, independent phantom power, HPF, phase reverse
Preamp controls: gain, independent phantom power, HPF, phase reverse
Preamp controls: gain, independent phantom power, HPF, phase reverse
Preamp controls: gain, independent phantom power, HPF, phase reverse
Preamp controls: gain, independent phantom power, HPF, phase reverse
Preamp controls: gain, independent phantom power, HPF, phase reverse
Mains power cable connector
Eight Focusrite Clarett preamp inputs on XLR
Eight TRS line inputs
Ten TRS line outputs including main monitor outputs 1-2
Two ADAT inputs and outputs
Word clock I/O
S/PDIF I/O
MIDI I/O
Thunderbolt connection
Eight TRS line inputs
Eight TRS line inputs
Eight TRS line inputs
Eight TRS line inputs
Eight TRS line inputs
Eight TRS line inputs
Eight TRS line inputs
Eight Focusrite Clarett preamp inputs on XLR
Eight Focusrite Clarett preamp inputs on XLR
Eight Focusrite Clarett preamp inputs on XLR
Eight Focusrite Clarett preamp inputs on XLR
Eight Focusrite Clarett preamp inputs on XLR
Eight Focusrite Clarett preamp inputs on XLR
Eight Focusrite Clarett preamp inputs on XLR
Versatility, speed, and sonic performance.

An Ideal Audio Interface for Permanent Studio Install

Outstanding versatility, speed, and sonic performance

The Clarett 8PreX's eight newly designed Clarett mic preamps deliver truly impressive dynamic range. Perfect for permanent studio install, the Clarett 8PreX gives you a wealth of connectivity — including MIDI I/O and 16 channels of ADAT — all in a professional 2U form factor. With its versatility, speed, and sonic performance, the Focusrite Clarett 8PreX is an excellent choice of interface.

  • Eight Clarett mic preamps with Air Effect
  • Accurate digital conversion and clocking
  • Expanded I/O for big tracking sessions
  • Accessible metering and monitoring
  • Intuitive, easy-to-use software mixer

Record in Your Comfort Zone

Use your favorite plug-ins in real time

With the Clarett 8PreX'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 Pack - a powerful plug-in bundle consisting of Softube's world-class 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 Focusrite's Classic Red 2/Red 3 plug-in suite
Eight Clarett Mic Pres with extra "Air"

Eight Clarett Mic Preamps with Air Effect

Newly designed Focusrite mic preamps bring your recordings to life

Focusrite fitted the Clarett 8PreX 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 preamp, breathing life into your recordings. If you've always wanted vocals that shimmer with presence and silky air, then try recording with the Clarett 8PreX. You will be impressed.

  • Eight newly designed Clarett mic preamps
  • Copious headroom, vanishingly low noise
  • Focusrite's proprietary Air feature

Accurate Digital Conversion and Sync

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 Clarett features Focusrite's class-leading 24/192 conversion. Offering up to 119dB of dynamic range, Clarett is the cleanest way yet to get sound in and out of your DAW. And naturally, the Clarett 8PreX includes word clock I/O, which enables it to act as a master for clocking multiple devices or receive word clock from a master clock source such as a digital mic preamp.

  • Focusrite's class-leading 24/192 conversion
  • Up to 119dB of dynamic range
  • Word clock I/O master/slave functionality
Superior Focusrite conversion onboard
Clarett 8PreX offers tons of I/O!

Track the Band in a Single Take

Exceptional I/O capability handles any recording scenario

The Focusrite Clarett 8PreX gives you 26 audio inputs and 28 outputs packed into a professional 2U rackmount chassis. This includes eight analog inputs, ten analog outputs, stereo SPDIF I/O, and 16 channels of ADAT I/O. The ADAT outputs are perfect for sending audio to an external D/A for line output expansion, while the inputs can be used to bring in 16 additional digital mic preamp channels — such as a pair of Focusrite OctoPre MkIIs — for maximum flexibility. In addition, you get two dedicated front-panel hi-Z instrument inputs with generous headroom to handle your guitars and basses with hot passive or active pickups.

  • Eight analog inputs, 10 analog outputs
  • Stereo SPDIF, 16 channels of ADAT I/O
  • Two front-panel Hi-Z instrument inputs

Accessible Metering and Monitoring

You're always informed and in control

Featuring a 6-segment, multichannel LED meter, the Clarett 8PreX's monitor panel keeps you informed of analog and digital input levels and main monitor outputs. Monitoring facilities include a level control, as well as dim and mute buttons. Add to that two wide-dynamic-range front-panel headphone outputs with volume controls and enough power to deliver healthy level to high-impedance headphones, and the Clarett becomes your go-to device for mixing and tracking.

  • 6-segment, multichannel LED meter
  • Monitor level control, plus dim and mute buttons
  • Two wide-dynamic-range front-panel headphone outs
Clarett 8PreX's LED meter keeps you informed
Intuitive and easy-to-use software mixer

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 dim, mute, and other 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
Analog inputs 8 8 8 2
Analog outputs 10 10 6 4
Headphone outputs 2 2 2 1
Instrument inputs (Hi-Z) 2 2 2 2
48V phantom power Per-channel 2 Banks 2 Banks 2 Banks
AIR mode Yes Yes Yes Yes
Highpass filters Per-channel No No No
Phase reverse Per-channel No No No
Digital inputs 18 10 8 8
Digital outputs 18 10 2 No
S/PDIF Yes Yes Yes No
ADAT inputs 16 Ch 8 Ch 8 Ch 8 Ch
ADAT outputs 16 Ch 8 Ch 0 0
Connection protocol Thunderbolt Thunderbolt Thunderbolt Thunderbolt
LED metering 6-segment 6-segment Gain Halos Gain Halos
Switchable input metering Yes No No No
Rackmount height 2U 1U Desktop Desktop
Wordclock output Yes Yes No No
Wordclock input Yes No No No

Fortify Your Studio with Clarett 8PreX

Sporting an enhanced feature set, expanded connectivity, eight great-sounding preamps, and superior conversion, the Focusrite Clarett 8PreX is the cornerstone of your professional studio recording setup. Add a computer, your favorite DAW, a selection of good mics, and a dash of creativity, and you're ready to rock.

Optimize your studio sonics and workflow with the Focusrite Clarett 8PreX!

Additional Media

Audio Interface Buying Guide
Clarett 8Pre X User Manual
Focusrite Control User Guide

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity 1 x Thunderbolt
Form Factor Rackmount
Simultaneous I/O 26 x 28
Number of Preamps 8
Phantom Power Yes
Analog Inputs 2 x 1/4" (instrument), 8 x 1/4" (line), 8 x XLR (mic)
Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4" (monitor out), 8 x 1/4" (line out)
Digital Inputs 2 x Optical Toslink (ADAT), 1 x Coax (S/PDIF)
Digital Outputs 2 x Optical Toslink (ADAT), 1 x Coax (S/PDIF)
Headphones 2 x 1/4"
MIDI I/O In/Out
Clock I/O In/Out
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.9 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 10
Rack Spaces 2U
Width 19"
Manufacturer Part Number Clarett 8Pre X

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
Based on 29 reviews
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5/5

Focusrite Clarett 8prex

Short and simple it works as advertised. I am a big fan of focusrite products I had the 18i20 and it worked superbly almost no latency to speak of. The Clarett is a step up with more expandability, works flawlessly with my system.
5/5

A game changer

The 8Pre X is the best upgrade that I've done in years. If you want a studio quality drum sound, this thing will get you there. I used the Glyn Johns method with the 8Pre X and can't believe the results. I have a three track drum sound that I would put up against any close mic mix. What do I do with the other five inputs? A great problem to have. Shhhhhhhhh..... This thing is worth a lot more than what it sells for.
5/5

Clarett 8Pre X is the Best I've owned

I started with the Saffire Pro 14...really nice. The graduated to Saffire Pro 40, better yet sound and connectivity. No Complaints there.My Saffire Pro 40 was damaged by a severe power surge during this summers cooling season so I just purchased the Clarett 8Pre X. This thing sounds amazing and i haven't yet tried the Air feature. The mid range is sweeter and less forced, the lows and the highs are much cleaner, sweeter, and much more powerful than the Saffire units. The Focusrite Control software is more straight forward/easier to use. The preamps sound great and recording guitar direct is such a pleasure. The sound is awesome!This is an huge improvement and step up. Makes mixing, composing, and sound design more fun and pleasurable. Completely thrilled with the purchase.
Music background: Going Pro...
5/5

Incredible Interface!!!

I spent months researching different interfaces and I arrived at the Focusrite Clarett 8preX. I have been recording music for the past 12 years and have never come across an interface quite like this one. It has pretty much every possible option you would need in an interface, and it was extremely well thought out and designed. Every detail has been taken into account with this interface, including the Focusrite Control software. The preamps sound clear and warm with plenty of headroom. The "Air" mode is just awesome...sounds great on almost everything. The ability to plug in XLR and 1/4" connectors into the same channel and then switch back and forth between them in the software is such a great option! There is plenty of connectivity with this unit, from analog to ADAT to S/PDIF. The build quality and sound quality are the best I've seen and this interface is worth every penny spent. If you're looking for a new thunderbolt interface, the Clarett 8pre and 8preX are an incredible and awesome way to take your studio to the next level!
5/5

EASY TO USE

I JUST UPGRADED FROM AN OLD BOSS BR1180CD, I HAD BEEN HAPPY WITH IT UNTILL MY HARD-DRIVE CRASHED ON ME. NOW NOT SO HAPPY WITH IT CUZ I LOST ABOUT 50 SONGS FROM THE PAST FEW YEARS. IT HAD BEEN MY SKETCHPAD FOR WRITING AND DEMO'ING SONGS FOR MYSELF AND THE BANDS IVE BEEN PLAYING IN LATELY. I WAS DEAD IN THE WATER. I CONSIDERED JUST GETTING ANOTHER HARDRIVE BUT MY OLD MIXER HAS BEEN GETTING MORE AND MORE SCRATCHY, SO INSTEAD I BUNDLED THE CLARETT 8PREX AND AN ELEVEN RACK + PROTOOLS12 TOGETHER. UNTILL TODAY, IVE HAD ZERO EXPERIENCE WITH PROTOOLS OR ANY OTHER DAW FOR THAT MATTER B. IVE ONLY HAD IT FOR ONE DAY BUT I ALREADY RECORDED THE HEAVY ROCK STYLE TUNE I WAS WORKING ON WHEN THE 1180 DIED ON ME A COUPLE WEEKS BACK. I DID 4 GUITARS THRU THE ELEVEN RACK, EACH WITH ITS OWN TRACK, NONE OF THAT BOUNCING NONSENSE. I DI'D THE BASS THRU THE 8PREX AND ANOTHER BASS TRACK THROUGH THE ELEVEN RACK. 8 CHANNELS OF DRUMS WENT THRU THE CLARETT 8PREX WITH THE CYMBAL MICS A LITTLE HIGHER THAN NORMAL AND WITH THE AIR ON THOSE. PLUS A COUPLE MORE TRACKS FOR THE ODD PERCUSSION. THAT I THOUGHT IT NEEDED AFTER THE DRUMS WERE TRACKED. IVE GOT AN 11 PIECE KIT PLUS ROTO TOMS AND AND A BUNCH OF OTHER PERCUSION IVE COLLECTED OVER THE YEARS, SO IM GONNA NEED A FEW MORE CHANNELS, IM PROBLY GONNA NEED TO ADD AN OCTOPRE DYNAMIC OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT TO MY NEW RECORDING RACK. THEN AFTER THE DRUMS MY WIFE CAME OUT TO CHECK IT OUT, AND WE DID SOMETHING LIKE 9 OR 10 VOCAL TRACKS AND SHE ALSO DID A PIANO TRACK ON TOP OF EVERYTHING. AND IT ALL SOUNDED GREAT. THIS THING BLOWS THE OLD MIXER INTO THE 2 INS OF THE OLD 1180 AWAY, IM STILL GONNA GIVE THE 1180 THE PROPER BURIAL IT DESERVES BY TAKING IT OUT TO THE RIFLE RANGE AND PUTTING IT OUT OF ITS MISERY. THE RED PLUGINS ARE PRETTY COOL AND MADE A DRAMATIC EFFECT TO KICK AND SNARE. I ALSO PUT ONE OF THE PRO TOOLS DELAYS ON ONE OF MY GIRLS VOCAL TRACKS AND THAT WAS COOL TOO. IT HAS ALL KINDS OF OTHER PLUGINS, THAT I HAVENT HAD THE CHANCE TO CHECK OUT. ITS LATE WHERE I LIVE, SO I RECORDED SOME HEAVY GUITARS WITH THE BIG BLUE SETTING ON THE ELEVEN AND DI'D SOME BASS, ID FIRE UP THE DOUBLE KICKER DW COLLECTORS BUT ITS LATE SO I FIGURED ID WRITE A REVIEW FOR ANYBODY THAT IS IN THE SAME SHOES I WAS IN LAST WEEK. IM ALSO COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY BY THE SERVICE I GOT FROM THE SALES ENGINEERS ESPECIALLY MATT MCKIBBLE AND ALSO FROM THE COUPLE GUYS THAT HELPED ME OUT FROM TECH DEPARTMENT, I FORGOT ONE DUDES NAME SO IM NOT SAYING ANY NAMES, BUT THANKS MIKE. HAHA.BUT YEAH THE FIRST DAY I EVER MESSED WITH THIS KIND OF THING AND IVE GOT 29 TRACKS DOWN, AND A NUMBER OF THEM STEREO. IM ALREADY WORKING ON A NEW IDEA JUST FROM GOOFING OFF WITH EASY DRUMMER AND THE ELEVEN RACK INTO THE CLARETT, ALL WITHOUT WORRYING ABOUT BOTHERING ANYBODY. IM A BEGINNER WITH ONLY ONE DAYS DAW EXPERIENCE AND SETUP WAS EASY ON THE CLARETT. I NEEDED A LITTLE HELP ON THE ELEVEN RACK SINCE I HAVE CAPITAN I GUESS, BUT TECH SET ME UP AND OFF I WENT.I NEVER WROTE A REVIEW BEFORE BUTGREAT PRODUCT, GREAT SERVICE, THANKS GUYS.
Music background: PLAYA

Sweetwater Advice

Carson McClain

In a blind listening test with Sweetwater Sales Engineers, the Focusrite Clarett 8Pre X was voted as one of the best-sounding Thunderbolt interfaces - even against other convertor/interfaces twice the price! It has fantastic audio quality and incredibly reduced latency.
See also: Focusrite, Focusrite Thunderbolt Audio Interfaces