Focusrite Red 8Pre
The Focusrite Red 8Pre features both Thunderbolt 2 connectivity and dual mini-DigiLink ports that allow you the best of both core Audio and Pro Tools | HD workflows. Take the Red 8Pre out on the road with you for location recordings over Thunderbolt, then connect the same interface to Pro Tools|HDX or Pro Tools|HD Native back at your studio for mixdown. Thanks to Host Mode you can easily switch between Pro Tools | HD and any Thunderbolt-connected DAW. The combination of low-latency conversion and driver technology allows real-time foldback mixes to be created in your chosen DAW while you continue to use your native plug-ins. Unlike many interfaces out there, both mini-DigiLink and Thunderbolt 2 connectivity comes as standard with the Red 8Pre, so there's no need to buy an additional option card.
Eight Red Evolution Mic Pres
The Red Evolution mic pres draw on decades of design prowess as well as many of the elements behind the incredibly popular RedNet mic pre that is used in studios, broadcast facilities and venues across the world. The digitally controlled mic pres deliver a super clear and honest sound with very low noise and plenty of gain available for even the quietest of sources. They can all be controlled from the front panel or remotely over Thunderbolt using RedNet Control. In addition the mic pre settings can be saved and recalled allowing for you to quickly re-setup your next session. They also include Focusrite’s unique ‘Air’ effect that recreates the sound of the transformer-based mic preamps in the ISA range, when ‘Air’ is enabled the frequency response curve being given a slight mid-high boost, all inside the analogue domain.
Parallel Path Conversion
Focusrite have been designing digital converters for over 20 years, from the original Blue 245 and 260 mastering-grade A-D and D-A through the Liquid Channel and more recently RedNet, digital conversion is a key part of their design heritage and philosophy. Red 8Pre’s conversion achieves these standards, lightning-fast performance, a dynamic range of 118dB A-D and 121dB D-A and a flat response to 35kHz. By using “parallel path summing" Focusrite have achieved even greater noise-performance than ever.
Room for expansion
The Red 8Pre has enough I/O for many recording scenarios, but sometimes more is needed. That’s why the Red 8Pre includes two ADAT ports for up to 16 additional inputs and outputs. Simply connect any ADAT equipment, such as the Focusrite Octopre using light pipes. But in today’s modern studios audio networking is taking over. Focusrite's RedNet range is the world's most popular modular audio-over-IP platform. And some of that technology has be implemented into the Red 8Pre, allowing up to 32 channels of Dante inputs and outputs to be connected. Just plug an Ethernet cable and add additional mic pres or line I/O with ease. Or alternatively you can arrive at the studio or venue and simply connect one Ethernet cable to Red 8Pre to gain access to the whole network. The possibilities are massive!
It's now easier than ever for you to customise the interface layout and integrate hardware inserts thanks to the Red 8Pre’s ability to assign any physical input or output to any driver/Pro Tools|HD channel. Just open the RedNet Control software and reallocate the channels as required.
Simple Switching Between DAWs
Easily switch between Pro Tools | HD and any DAW connected to the Thunderbolt interface using the Host Mode setting in the included RedNet Control software, just always keep both connected and make the switch whenever you need.
There is nothing more detrimental to a great performance than monitoring latency, if the performance isn’t excellent, the final mix won’t be either. By utilising the lowest-latency conversion available and coupled with a high-performance Core Audio driver, the Red 8Pre's analogue round trip latency is kept to an exceptionally low minimum of 1.67ms.
Red 8Pre includes the new RedNet Control software, providing you with a straightforward and intuitive way to set up mixes, monitoring and more. Control the mic pres, recall settings, assign stereo pairs, adjust gain and enable features such as high pass filtering and phantom power. Easily switch between Pro Tools | HD and any Thunderbolt-connected DAW with the Host Mode setting. In addition, Red 8Pre 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.
The Focusrite studio console reborn inside your DAW
The Focusrite Studio Console defined countless hits of the 80s and 90s, thanks in large part to its ISA 110 Equaliser and ISA 130 Dynamics Modules. Brainworx's bx_console Focusrite plug-in brings you stunningly accurate emulations of both in a single plug-in, that perfectly capture the famous warm, open sound of two of the most revered pieces of studio hardware ever to be made.
- 64 inputs/64 outputs - inc 16-in /18-out analogue I/O.
- Eight Red Evolution mic pres with 'Air' transformer emulation
- Precision 24-bit/192kHz conversion, with up to 121dB dynamic range.
- 'Parallel path summing' conversion for lower noise
- Optimal combination of sound quality, noise floor, dynamic range and conversion latency.
- Perfect for high-resolution audio.
- Colour LCD displays and assignable controls for simple and quick operation.
- Both front panel and software control
- Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy-chaining
- Direct Pro Tools DigiLink connection
- Dante Network Audio enabled
- 67ms round-trip latency - record with plug-ins in real time
- Add up to 32 extra inputs and outputs via Ethernet
- Front-panel instrument inputs
- Focusrite Control Software and free plug-ins included
- Focusrite's best interface series yet.