Just as NAMM 2015 was opening its doors in Anaheim, California, Focusrite announced a whole new range of premium level audio interfaces. The new Clarett range of Thunderbolt audio interfaces are also joined by new plug-ins, Focusrite RED 2 and RED 3.
The Clarett range sits substantially higher up the range from Focusrite’s existing Scarlett and Saffire ranges, and offers Thunderbolt connectivity, new mic preamps which replicate the impedance and transformer resonance of the original ISA units, 24-bit, 192kHz converters and high headroom of 116dB A/D (118dB D/A). Focusrite quote latency figures of <1ms.
4 units make up the range – the Clarett 2 Pre (£399.99), Clarett 4 Pre (£549.99), Clarett 8 Pre (£799.99) and the Clarett 8 Pre X (£999.99). Shipping will start in Q1 2015. The 8 Pre and 8 Pre X feature full front panel metering and ADAT expandability and all models offer MIDI I/O.
Focusrite RED 2 and RED 3 plug-ins
Focusrite have also announced the RED 2 and RED 3 plug-in bundle. With support for VST, AU and AAX 64-bit (Native), this plug-in bundle brings you the sound of the RED 2 EQ and RED 3 Compressor in a plug-in form. Users of older Pro Tools systems will be very familiar with the older D2 and D3 plug-ins which have been staples of countless mixes over the years, and finally updated models of these awesome processors come to both native systems and modern Pro Tools systems.
The Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-in Bundle will have an RRP of £229.99 but will also be bundled with every Scarlett, Saffire and Clarett audio interface – both new and those already registered. So if you’re an existing Focusrite Audio interface owner, you just got a free gift!
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