Focusrite has revealed the new Clarett USB range of interfaces, which they claim will trounce interfaces double the price and more. Here’s Focusrite with full details…
Focusrite has introduced a new range of USB audio interfaces – laying down the challenge to interfaces twice the price. The Clarett USB range features specially designed high performance, low-noise (-128dB EIN) mic pres with a low distortion, ultra-linear design that guarantees a clean, open and transparent sound, giving accurate representation of the original performance. Three interfaces appear in the range: Clarett 2Pre USB (10-in, 4-out), Clarett 4Pre USB (18-in, 8-out) and Clarett 8Pre USB (18-in, 20-out).
Boasting up to 119dB dynamic range, Clarett can now be experienced with any Mac® or PC supporting USB 2.0 and above. The included standard USB and USB Type-C™ cables connect to Mac® or PC, and you can record with super-low latency through amp simulators and effects plug-ins.
Decades of analogue circuit design experience, applied around 24-bit/192kHz A-D and D-A conversion, delivers a superior signal path. In addition, the Air-enabled mic preamps can reproduce the input impedance, clarity and frequency response curve of Focusrite’soriginal ISA mic preamp. Included software is from XLN Audio, Focusrite, Softube, Ableton® and Loopmasters.
The most compact of the three interfaces, Clarett 2Pre USB provides two mic/line/instrument inputs, four line outputs, MIDI I/O and an ADAT input. Clarett 4Pre USB and Clarett 8Pre USB add mic/line inputs, S/PDIF I/O and two headphone outputs with volume controls. See the product pages for more features separating the range below.
Pricing and Availability:
No release date has been announced for any of the models, but Focusrite will be debuting each unit at NAMM later this month. At this time we’ve been informed that the Clarett 2Pre USB will retail at $399.99 / £369.99, the Clarett 4Pre USB at $599.99 / £549.99 and the Clarett 8Pre USB at $799.99 / £739.99.