Focusrite has announced a couple of new audio interfaces this month: Red 8pre and Clarett OctoPre. Red 8Pre ships in December 2016 (price TBA). Clarett OctoPre will be shipping in November and will carry a recommended retail price of £649.99 (inc VAT) / $699.99 (ex Tax).
Focusrite Red 8pre
The Red series of interfaces represents the pinnacle of Focusrite's interface range. With 64 inputs and 64 outputs (including a total of 16 analogue inputs and 18 analogue outputs) and eight of Focusrite's specially-developed digitally-controlled mic preamps, the Red 8Pre answers the need for more microphone inputs and a higher I/O count. In addition, in common with the Red 4Pre, the Red 8Pre includes two front-panel high-headroom instrument inputs, dual Thunderbolt 2, dual Pro Tools | HD DigiLink and Dante network audio connectivity.
Read more at focusrite.com/thunderbolt-audio-interfaces/red-8pre
Focusrite Clarett OctoPre
Designed to allow the rapid addition of eight mic/line inputs and line outputs, Clarett Octopre integrates seamlessly with the company's Clarett range of audio interfaces, and other interfaces that include ADAT optical I/O.
The Clarett OctoPre includes eight of the Clarett range's 'Air'–enabled mic pres: the 'Air' effect emulates the transformer–based sound of Focusrite's ISA range of heritage mic pres. The preamps include extensive headroom, making them ideal for drums or other high–level signals. The rear panel inputs switch automatically between mic and line in and there are also two instrument DI inputs on the front panel. The 'Air' effect can be switched in or out on a channel basis and phantom power is also provided, switchable in two groups of four channels.
Each channel features a balanced path from input to output plus a front–panel switchable electronically–balanced relay–bypassed insert point allowing EQ, compression or other analogue processing to be left connected and brought into play with the push of a button. In addition to being fed to the A–D converter, the input channels are also available at the analogue outputs, from where they can, for example, be routed to a live mixing console while at the same time capturing the inputs digitally. The analogue outputs, which appear on a rear–panel DB25 wired to the AES59 standard, can alternatively be switched to pick up the ADAT inputs via the D–A converters.
Read more at focusrite.com/mic-pres/clarett-OctoPre