Are you up to Thunderbolt speed? The Focusrite Clarett Series audio interfaces can deliver. Designed for more permanent installations, the Clarett 2 Pre combines two newly designed Clarett mic preamps, with class-leading digital conversion and extraordinarily low round-trip latency - so low that you can use DAW plugins while monitoring your recordi... Click To Read More About This Product
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Are you up to Thunderbolt speed? The Focusrite Clarett Series audio interfaces can deliver. Designed for more permanent installations, the Clarett 2 Pre combines two newly designed Clarett mic preamps, with class-leading digital conversion and extraordinarily low round-trip latency - so low that you can use DAW plugins while monitoring your recordings. It offers superbly low noise and distortion, plus the "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. Complete with Focusrite's acclaimed precision conversion offering up to 119dB real-world dynamic range, there's no better - or faster - way of getting audio into or out of your DAW at the highest possible quality.
Remote control from iPhone or iPad
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.
With ten inputs and four outputs, Focusrite's Clarett 2Pre Thunderbolt interface is ideal for the discerning Singer Songwriter. It includes two newly-designed Clarett mic preamps accessed direct from the front panel, plus class-leading digital conversion and millisecond-level low round-trip latency - so low that DAW plugins can be used while monitoring recordings: for example to add reverb in the headphones for a vocalist.
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.
Focusrite has been known for top-quality digital conversion for almost as long as it has been respected for its microphone preamps, and the Clarett 2Pre is no exception. Featuring the latest in Focusrite precision digital conversion, 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 pres; 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. These give a simple go/no-go indication of level - green indicates a signal while red indicates that the signal is too hot.
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 & Red 3 AAX, AU & VST Plug-in Suite, which accurately models Focusrite's classic Red range equalizer and compressor hardware.
Free Softube Plug-ins
Focusrite Scarlett, Saffire, and Clarett audio interfaces now include three Softube plug-ins* for free. Purchase a Focusrite Scarlett, Saffire, and Clarett on or after September 1st, 2015 and you'll receive a free download copy of TSAR-1R Reverb, Tube Delay and Saturation Knob.
TSAR-1R: Add space, depth and width to your sound—TSAR-1R is a reverb plug-in with world class sound and extreme ease of use. With a single slider, you can take TSAR-1R from realistic and three-dimensional rooms to dramatic and dreamlike halls.
Tube Delay: A tasty echo effect that can go from clean to rude by overdriving its three modeled tube stages. Create anything from realistic room echoes to rockabilly style slapbacks—or take it all the way into dub reggae echo madness.
Saturation Knob: Add grit and warmth to any sound source with this modeled output distortion unit. Use it to fatten up bass lines, add some harmonics and shimmer to vocals, or simply destroy your drum loop. Simply turn up the knob to add saturation, and use the three-position switch to alter the distortion character.
Free Addictive Keys License Included
The Addictive Keys virtual instrument from XLN Audio is now included for free with all Focusrite audio interfaces, and is available for existing customers as well as new customers. One full license per account enables you to choose one world-class Addictive Keys instrument, such as Modern Upright, Studio Grand, Electric Grand or Mark One.
Now Windows Compatible
The Clarett range is now fully compatible with Windows-based computers, offering stable, reliable operation with identical functionality on both platforms. The Windows driver offers sub-3ms latency. Also provided is a Windows version of the Focusrite Control software mixer for monitoring and routing configuration.
Focusrite continues to add value to their products, long after the purchase is complete, by bringing monthly plug-in deals to customers through the Focusrite Plug-In Collective. Each month registered owners of Focusrite products will receive an exclusive code via email to unlock a free or discounted plug-in from the world’s leading plug-in companies. See the rebate PDF on this page for details on this month’s plug-in from Focusrite.
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Comments about Focusrite Clarett 2Pre:
I've been using this thing over a year now. First of all, it's gorgeous - I love the red! This thing looks and feels like it belongs with my slick, shiny MacBook. But more importantly, I have gotten great use out of the low-latency and air features, and I've never had issues with the sound! The only thing for me is I guess the preamps, I need to turn the gain almost all the way up to get my microphone levels where they need to be - then again, I've never tried an external preamp. I'm going to give the Focusrite ISA One a shot!
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