One of the best things about pro audio equipment is that there's always something new coming out, pushing the bar higher with improved features and functionality. At the 2016 NAMM show, Focusrite gave us the perfect example by introducing the Clarett line of Thunderbolt interfaces. Delivering world-class dynamic range over an extremely low-latency connection with full 24-bit, 192kHz sample rates, the Focusrite Clarett series is ready to handle the most demanding studio environments. Plus, they're well-supported on the software end as well, with a new 64-bit AAX, AU and VST compatible Red 2 and Red 3 plug-in suite.
Naturally, choosing the best Focusrite Clarett interface for your system depends on what your needs are in terms of channels and connectivity. Kicking things off with 10 inputs, 4 outputs and a pair of high-end mic preamps is the Focusrite Clarett 2Pre, which comes prepared to satisfy even the most discerning singer-songwriters with round-trip latency so low you can use DAW plugins while monitoring your recordings. Need a few more channels? Check out the Clarett 4Pre instead. Or, if you're gearing up a project studio and looking to connect the entire band and then some, try the Focusrite Clarett 8Pre on for size.
For the high-end professional studio environment that makes no compromises, the best fit may be the flagship model of the series: the Focusrite Clarett 8PreX Thunderbolt Audio Interface. This 26/28 unit builds even further on the class-leading performance of the Clarett line, with a design that's configured especially for permanent studio installation. Mic, line and instrument inputs are separated on the rear panel, while ADAT I/O adds 16 more channels - each with dedicated phantom power, phase reverse and high pass filters.
When they designed these Clarett series interfaces, Focusrite had a clear goal: to build Thunderbolt interfaces for musicians and producers unwilling to settle for anything less than the very best sound quality. Combine that with the versatility of a lineup that offers something for everyone, and you've got a winning formula. No matter what sort of studio you're building (or upgrading), there ought to be a Focusrite Clarett interface here with the perfect specs to handle it.