Focusrite Clarett 2Pre
- Two Clarett Mic Pres - lots of gain, low noise and distortion, extra headroom for instruments - 'Air' effect switches in an analog model of the classic transformer-based Focusrite ISA mic pre with dedicated phantom power on each channel
- Exceptionally low latency over Thunderbolt - record and monitor with DAW plug-ins in real-time; precision digital 24/192 conversion and up to 119dB dynamic range - front panel metering, accessible monitoring including level control as well as dim and mute buttons
- 10-in/4-out, featuring 2 front-panel multi-function inputs, 4 rear-panel line outputs, 8 channels of ADAT digital input, MIDI I/O, and headphone output
- Included software - Focusrite Control software mixer, Red 2 & Red 3 AAX, AU & VST Plug-in Suite, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, 2GB of Loopmasters samples, choice of one free XLN Addictive Keys virtual instrument via download upon purchase and registration, monthly software plug-in offers from Focusrite’s Plug-In Collective via download upon purchase and registration
- Focusrite iOS Control now available - download the free Focusrite iOS Control app and adjust cue mixes remotely from an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch; Mac compatible, offering stable, reliable operation and Windows compatibility in beta; 2-year limited warranty on manufacturing defects
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Better. Faster. Easier.
Clarett 2Pre simply sounds great, with up to 119dB dynamic range, precision 24/192 conversion, and two specially-designed mic preamps with a unique analog 'Air' effect. It easily out-performs other interfaces in its class and beyond. Meanwhile, its astonishing 1.38ms round-trip latency simplifies your workflow and lets you use your favorite plug-ins in real time.
Dual Clarett Mic Pres with Extra 'Air'
The mic pres have been designed especially for the Clarett range, with plenty of gain, yet low noise and distortion. In addition, they include a special 'Air' feature that switches in an analog model of the classic transformer-based Focusrite ISA mic pre. Instrument inputs feature extra headroom to handle the loudest pickup.
Plug Straight In
Intuitive, Easy to Use Software Mixer and Sweet Sounding Plug-ins
Focusrite Control is a brand new software mixer designed for easy configuration of monitoring and routing setups. Simple and intuitive to use, Focusrite Control offers a traditional mixer workflow and allows immediate access to internal hardware functions. Also included is a sweet sounding plug-in collection comprising Softube's world-class Time and Tone Bundle, with TSAR-1R Reverb, Tube Delay and Saturation Knob. This is complemented by the Red 2 and Red 3 AAX, AU and VST Plug-in Suite, which accurately models Focusrite's classic Red range equalizer and compressor hardware.
The Ins and Outs
Clarett 2Pre offers 10 audio inputs and four outputs, including two front-panel multi-function inputs and a headphone output, plus four rear-panel line outputs (one pair doubling the headphone feed). There are also eight channels of ADAT-format digital input--ideal for adding eight channels of digital mic pre.
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|Item Dimensions||9.92 x 4.02 x 10.83 inches||6.34 x 8.27 x 2.17 inches||0.00 x 0.00 x 0.00 inches||18.98 x 11.26 x 1.75 inches||1.77 x 18.98 x 10.43 inches|
With ten inputs and four outputs, Focusrite's Clarett 2Pre Thunderbolt interface is ideal for the discerning Singer Songwriter. It includes two newly designed Claret mic preamps accessed direct from the front panel, plus class-leading digital conversion and low round-trip latency. The new Clarett mic pre offers very low noise (EIN -128) and distortion, and also includes the switchable "Air" effect that models the sound of Focusrite's renowned ISA transformer-based preamps. It also features gain controls with a special law that makes changes smoother and more natural. Featuring the latest in Focusrite precision digital conversion, Clarett 2Pre's 192kHz/24-bit converters deliver up to 118dB (A/D from mic pre) / 119dB (D/A line out) real-world dynamic range. The two primary inputs are on the front panel in the form of mic/instrument/line combo XLR/TRS sockets and feature the newly designed Clarett mic preamps; in addition, an ADAT optical input can be used to expand the 2Pre's input capability with eight additional digital channels. The instrument-level inputs are designed with exceptional headroom, to accept the highest output pickup without distortion. Clarett 2Pre includes Focusrite's signature "Gain Haloes" surrounding the gain controls which indicate a simple go/no-go indication of level. A new software mixer, Focusrite Control, is included for easy configuration of monitoring and routing setups. Simple and intuitive to use, Focusrite Control offers a traditional mixer workflow and allows immediate access to internal hardware functions. Every Clarett also includes the Red 2 and Red 3 AAX, AU and VST Plug-in Suite, which models Focusrite's classic Red range equalizer and compressor hardware. Download the free Focusrite iOS Control app and adjust cue mixes created with the Focusrite Control desktop app remotely from an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Please note: the Clarett 2Pre requires a Thunderbolt enabled PC with Windows 8.1 or higher or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or higher. Thunderbolt cable not included.
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I was thinking between Apogee duet 2 and the Clarett series.
I chose Clarett over the duet 2 because it has more outputs and it looks nice!
Let me say this! This is a huge improvement from the Scarlett series. it has clarity in sound and doesn't lag while mixing and recording.
You will never regret it.
I was hoping against hope that this would work with a brand new HP with Thunderbolt 3 and the recommended adapter. It did not. The focusrite website is kind of a mess and tech support was not that technical. I quickly returned it the same day it came when I could not get my machine to recognize the device even after doing a live chat with tech support (a lot of links pasted to the chat window of avenues I already went down).
I went with the Clarett 8 pre USB which works flawlessly connected to the thunderbolt 3 port (same connector). and still has just about 1 ms latency which is pretty awesome. I was sure to find another prime retailer to buy though and avoided AVLGear. A costly lesson was learned here.
UPDATE #1: The ADAT ports on the back are extremely flimsy. Both optical port shutter doors broke. I'm trying to decide if I want to tape the optic cables in place or if I want to be inconvenienced by sending the whole unit back.
The software drivers, by contrast, were an absolute nightmare. I lost 6 weeks of time going back and forth with Focusrite support trying to resolve kernel panic issues after installing the drivers (an issue I'd never hit before with other gear or software). Ultimately I lost work time and had to take the item out of rotation, until eventually the right combination of file deletions and re-re-re-installing software finally resolved the issue.
Since then, it's been a gem. Has to be said also that Focusrite's tech support was responsive and did address the issues, so they do support their products. Writing drivers? Perhaps not their forte :)
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However THIS IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE 2I2 - as its fine for Instruments which the 2i2 isnt really aND ITS MUCH BETTER THAN THE 2I4 EVEN THOUGH THAT HAD PAD those- its ok for vocals and line inputs mind and the best value for money for that. However if you are a guitar player and own a mac - get this. I am sure this will last a long time - i mean 10 years plus - its the cheapest low latency high quality piece of hardware out there . And you can add 14 inputs via an ADAT source - so its fine as a cheap'ish' option today and perfectly expanable for later use - this is a s good as a 2500 pound unit.
If you buy a cheaper unit (than the 2pre) yet have thunderbolt don't waste your money as eventually you will upgrade(if you are a guitar player that is or use tons of tracks at once).
If you are a windows user - wait - the drivers will be there soon.
USB 3 will never be the option as although it can send lots data - it cannot send smaller data faster. its like a larger gardening hose than usb 2 - but sends at the same speed as that. It cannot send anything like as quick as thunderbolt, it can just send more at the lower speed - so latenct will be an issue - USB 3 is flawed
*BUT* one thing to bear in mind with the promised low latency is that if you use software instruments, you may not be able to run at such low latency settings anyway.
To get very low latency on Logic or Live I had to set my sample size to 32 samples. Audio recording works fine, as I said. But my computer (a brand new MacBook Pro) can't run many software synths at that setting before my CPU runs out of steam and I get pops and crackles in the output. In practice I can't run synths like Alchemy or Wavetable reliably at less than 128 samples. At that setting I lose the low latency that the Clarett promises.
I think it should be possible to work around this by recording synth parts first at 128 samples and then bouncing down to audio tracks. Then I can reduce the sample size to record audio. But it does add extra constraints to the workflow.
It's still a great interface, just something to bear in mind.
Recording with plugins active and still experiencing zero latency? Not a problem (as near zero as the human ear can determine anyway) So as an experiment i tried to push the interface into recreating the lag I would experience with the 003. It took 5 record enabled tracks, all running plugins directly, before any noticeable lag appeared - Very impressive!
The Air functionality adds a layer of warmth to the preamps, and is particularly good on vocal and acoustic guitar giving a level of clarity and warmth that really enhances the signal.
Very easy to use if you know your way around signal paths (and the included management app makes things even easier)
All in all I have been astounded by the quality and ease of use of the 8PreX and can't recommend it highly enough
I use it in my Project studio to lay down ideas before i go into my Main Large studio.......pretty much every track that was recorded through the Focusrite i end up keeping in the main Studio recording.
Absolutely ZERO latency with my Macbook pro, running oodles of soft synths etc.
Focusrite are just Quality all the way though product to support!
The only negative thing is the power brick, would have been nice to have it bus powered.
Would not hesitate to recommend it!
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