Focusrite Red 4Pre

58x64 Thunderbolt Audio Interface with 4 Red Evolution Mic Preamps and Dual Thunderbolt 2, DigiLink, Dante Network Connectivity, and a 2-meter Thunderbolt Cable
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Focusrite Red Evolution Pres with DigiLink Connectivity

Focusrite is proud of their Red 4Pre interface, and they have reason to be. Packing four pristine, software-controlled Red Evolution mic preamps fitted with Focusrite's renowned Air circuit and high-resolution 24-bit/192kHz converters with parallel path summing, which increases signal-to-noise, the Red 4Pre delivers stunning audio quality. It's incredibly versatile, too, offering dual Thunderbolt 2 ports with vanishingly low round-trip latency, Pro Tools|HD, and Dante network connectivity, and a total of 58 inputs and 64 outputs. The Red 4Pre is housed in a svelte 1U chassis that will look quite fetching in your studio rack. At Sweetwater, we're impressed with the Focusrite Red 4Pre. We think you will be, too.

Pristine Red Evolution preamps

The Red 4Pre's software-controlled Red Evolution mic preamps deliver 63dB of gain, so it will work perfectly with your favorite mics, even those low-output ribbon mics. Also onboard is Focusrite's famous Air effect, which emulates the sound of the company's acclaimed transformer-based ISA preamps. If you're looking to bring out the breathiness of a vocal or enhance the presence on an acoustic guitar, the Red 4Pre will delight you.

High-end converters with parallel path summing

Focusrite spec'd the Red 4Pre's with their new high-end conversion system that features parallel path summing, in which two matched converters run in parallel to optimize the S/N ratio. The converters operate at up to 24-bit/192kHz sampling and boast a dynamic range of 118dB (A/D), and 121dB (D/A). Noise and distortion? Not here! With a ruler-flat frequency response of 20Hz to 35kHz (+/-0.25dB), the Red 4Pre delivers a miniscule 0.0009% THD+noise.

Thunderbolt, DigiLink, and Dante: Connectivity you need

The Red 4Pre is designed for the modern studio - yours. Dual DigiLink connectors give you a direct connection to Pro Tools|HD systems and Avid interfaces. Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports with incredibly low round-trip latency let you daisy-chain your displays or hard drives. Got Dante? The Red 4Pre has you future-proofed for Ethernet-based audio networking, too. And if you need to expand your rig, you're covered for up to 64 additional channels with any combination of Dante interface (such as Focusrite's RedNet series).

Valuable software included

Your Focusrite Red 4Pre ships with a great software bundle that includes Focusrite Control, which gives you fast, intuitive control over your mic preamps and monitor/mix setups. Also included is the Red plug-in suite, which models Focusrite's coveted Red 2 and 3 EQ and compression, as well as the Softube Time and Tone plug-in pack, which gives you four of Softube's pro-grade plug-ins - TSAR-1R Reverb, Drawmer S73 Intelligent Master Processor, Saturation Knob, and Tube Delay. Plus, when you register your Red 4Pre, Focusrite will send you a free Avid Pro Tools | HD DigiLink I/O license.

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.

Focusrite Red 4Pre Features:

  • 4 Focusrite Red Evolution Mic Preamps
  • High-resolution 24-bit/192kHz converters with parallel path summing
  • Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports enable easy daisy-chaining
  • Dual DigiLink connectivity to Pro Tools | HD systems and Avid interfaces
  • Dual Ethernet ports for Dante audio-over-IP networking
  • Vanishingly low round-trip latency
  • Ethernet expansion up to 64 additional channels
  • Free Avid Pro Tools | HD DigiLink I/O license
  • Focusrite Control software
  • Focusrite Red plug-in suite
  • Softube Time and Tone plug-in pack

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Audio Interface Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity Thunderbolt
Form Factor Rackmount
Simultaneous I/O 58-in/64-out
A/D Resolution 24-bit/up to 192kHz
Built In DSP/FX Yes
Number of Preamps 4
Phantom Power Yes
Analog Inputs 4 x XLR, 1 x DB25
Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4" TRS, 1 x DB25
Digital Inputs 1 x S/PDIF , 2 x Optical, 1 x Thunderbolt
Digital Outputs 1 x S/PDIF , 2 x Optical, 1 x Thunderbolt
Clock I/O 4 x Word Clock
Rack Spaces 1U
Width 19"
Height 1.75"
Manufacturer Part Number MORE0004ULJP

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Best interface

The swiss army knife of sound. Most versatile interface I ever owned. Already bought 3 of them for music live setup, recording studio and finally for a broadcast TV setup. Best preamps, perfect build quality and convenient Dante routing.
5/5

The central hub in my project studio

UA Apollo, Apogee, and others rightfully get their fair share of the recording interface spotlight. It was a difficult decision to make when I had to decide what to make the central brain of a new home/project studio. Focusrite won me over with a couple of key points. One was my previous experience with a Clarett 4Pre. This is a great portable/desktop recording solution for home studios and gigging musicians who want to use plugins and lots of I/O connectivity options - all with the speed and reliability of thunderbolt. Focusrite Control (their audio routing software) was a big selling point for me. It is easy to use and everything is visible and clean looking on the screen. You are not looking through a maze of menus to calibrate your routing configurations and sound settings. Everything is intuitively there in a readable and accessible format. Four analog, air enabled preamps, 4 analog inputs unbalanced, along with digital I/O - this interface is a great value IMO. Now back to the Focusrite Red 4Pre. Everything I like about the Clarett has been significantly enhanced with the Red 4 Pre. The preamps are quieter and have amazing clarity and definition. They have a warmer tone that is still pristine and clean. Having 4 high quality preamps with great conversion detail is a nice bonus to all of the connectivity options this interface has. Air is not a subtle effect, but it is a beautiful tone that works in a lot of situations. I like it for vocals and anything that sounds better with some boosting of the mids and highs. Like all things in recording - experimentation with different mics, their placement location, preamps,etc.. become part of the palette of sounds to work with. Air is a nice feature to have. Thunderbolt 2 connectivity! Your plug ins will thank you :) Certain reverb plugins can still tax any DAW if you have a lot of stuff going on, but if you wisely use busses to cut down on CPU strain, you can have a lot going on with no discernible latency or jittery pops. Thunderbolt was a big step up from USB and FireWire. Thunderbolt 2 is twice the speed of Thunderbolt 1. It makes a difference. I use an Audient ASP880, that I also purchased from Sweetwater, via ADAT and word clock to the Focusrite 4 Pre. Both do a great job of conversion, but for simplicity in my setup, everything slaves to the Red 4Pre. MIDI has been a breeze. I use an Ableton Push, a Moog synth, Nord Electro, & some other gear via a USB hub to my MacBook Pro. Programs like Omnisphere work flawlessly. That is a large program! With Omnisphere being played in real time, plus plugins, plus other analog things going on like mics and guitar DIs, the Red 4Pre stays locked in an beautifully delivers and inspiring recorded sound that sounds great in real time or post production. Via a DB25 connection, 8 inputs line in, the Red 4Pre has up to 8 Analog pres connected via a Mogami DB25 breakout cable - awesome. You can bypass any of the 4 pres easily and substitute for another preamp or other hardware device easily. The front of the Focusrite has great display panels that are easy to see and easy to adjust. No extensive menu diving! Adjust 48V phantom power, set a low pass filter, toggle polarity,...easy. Use one of the native 4 pres or quickly toggle to a line out piece of hardware - easy. Quickly mute or attenuate the sound of the monitors and/or headphones - easy. I'm not a Pro Tools user...yet, (Ableton Live 9 Full Suite and recently started messing around in Logic) but the Red 4 Pre is setup and ready to connect to their HD systems. I've read all of the specs and feel confident this interface would be a great way to manage that as as a subgroup. Focusrite has a great Dante platform, RedNet, that will allow me to really expand additional hardware with the ease of ethernet. For my project studio, the Focusrite Red 4Pre is as great choice. That new 8Pre looks really cool too! If you have a lot of existing analog gear, that one has a great setup of I/O connectivity via DB25 connections etc... I built my new home studio around this interface and a new Sound Construction desk from Sweetwater. My Sales Rep Jon helped me through the whole process at times when I needed advice or just some reassurance that I was making the right decisions. Thank you Jon!
Music background: Musician and guy who wants a pro sound in project studio
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5/5

Great gear for studio

Awesome converter and interface

Sweetwater Advice

Michael Yolch

When I decided to upgrade my rig, Focusrite's Red 4Pre fit my needs perfectly. The two things that have made this interface invaluable to me are its extensive I/O and enormous amounts of pristine gain. This combination lets me use several ribbon mics at once. Also, as a studio and live musician, I constantly change my recording configurations. The Red 4Pre always delivers the sound quality and connections I need, with zero issues.

Andy Miller

My Focusrite RedNet sessions require interfacing, inputs, outputs, preamps, and headphone amps. The Red 4Pre has all of that, so I was dying to try it out. In a blind shootout, the Red 4Pre held up against several industry-standard interfaces and even over a pair of Focal SM9 monitors, I heard no significant difference in detail, imaging, or dynamics. Setting it up with Protools HDX interfaces was also easy, and between that and the Dante/Thunderbolt connectivity, I'm ready for any session!
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