Focusrite Red 8Pre Thunderbolt and Pro Tools HD Audio Interface
Jigsaw Code: X582AAR
Manufacturer Code: MORE0008UKEU
- Maximum Supported Sample Rate: 192kHz
- Converters: 24-bit
Platform: cross platform
Focusrite Red 8Pre is 58-in / 64-out audio interface with of 8 Focusrite's highest quality, digitally-controlled AIR mic preamps and connectivity for Thunderbolt, Dante and mini-Digilink, allowing the Red 8 Pre to be directly connected to a Pro Tools HDX or HD|Native card as a Pro Tools interface. The Red 8Pre offers full 192kHz / 24-bit operation and an exceptionally low round-trip latency. The Red 8Pre also includes 16 line level inputs and outputs and 2 headphone outputs.
Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports allow daisy-chaining of additional components such as hard drives and displays. Plus the Red 8Pre is network audio enabled right out of the box, with dual Ethernet ports for Dante audio-over-IP networking, letting you expand your recording capability over Ethernet for up to 64 additional channels anywhere on your network, with low latency - and lower cost. Additional Red or other Dante-compatible components can be connected to the Ethernet ports of the Red 8Pre to provide additional channels irrespective of the interface used to drive the Red 8Pre.
The Red Evolution mic pres in the Red 8Pre deliver a clear and honest audio performance with -129 dB EIN and 63dB of gain that allows plenty of room to bring your own sound to life with your choice of external processing. The mic pres can be controlled digitally, for adjusting/recalling settings and stereo linking via Focusrite Control software. They also include our unique 'Air' effect, recreating the sound of the transformer-based mic preamps in the ISA range. When 'Air' is enabled, the microphone impedance is set to 2.1kO and the frequency response curve is given a subtle mid-high boost - all in the analogue domain.
Connect up to 64 additional channels to the Red 8Pre via Ethernet-based Dante networking - a simple, single connection carrying both audio and built-in clocking. Whether the Red 8Pre is connected to the computer via Thunderbolt, DigiLink or Dante, simply connect units such as two RedNet A16R (32 channels of analogue I/O), four RedNet MP8R (32 channels of RedNet mic pre), or other Dante-enabled products via Ethernet as desired. Place mic preamps where the music is, and outputs where the sound needs to go - wherever there's an Ethernet connection. Unlike daisy-chaining via Thunderbolt, Dante lets you run additional channels over a greater distance, with low latency and lower cost, without wasting money on technology or connectivity that will not be used. And it will only get easier: look out for future enhancements offering complete plug and play Ethernet expansion functionality.
Software included: Red 8Pre includes the new Focusrite Control software, providing a straightforward and intuitive way to set up mixes and monitoring, as well as controlling the mic pres - recalling settings, assigning stereo pairs, adjusting gain and enabling features such as highpass filtering and phantom power. In addition, Red 4Pre is packaged with Softube's Time and Tone Bundle - a unique plug-in pack including four of Softube's professional quality plug-ins: Drawmer S73 Intelligent Master Processor, TSAR-1R Reverb, Tube Delay and Saturation Knob. Also in the box is the Focusrite Red Plug-in Suite, which accurately models Focusrite's classic Red range 2 and 3 equaliser and compressor hardware.
Please note - to use the Focusrite Red 8Pre directly connected to either a Pro Tools HD Native device or HDX card, you will need an Avid Digilink I/O license. If you do not already have one of these, it can be purchased via Avid's Web Store. They are also included with a Pro Tools HD renewal or Reinstatement Plan.
- Number of Channels
- Microphone Inputs
- Line Inputs
- Line Outputs
- Surround Compatibility
- Headphone Outputs
- S/PDIF I/O
- ADAT I/O
- None channels of digital I/O on MADI
- Maximum Supported Sample Rate
- iOS Connectivity
- Word Clock
- Transport Controls
- On Board DSP
- OSX 10.9 Mavericks, 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan
Weight & Dimensions
- H 1U W 19 inch rack D 5 inch
- 1 Year Limited Hardware Warranty
What's in the Box
- Red 4Pre Softube Time and Tone Bundle Focusrite Red Plug-in Suite