Focusrite Red 8Pre

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392810
  • 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
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Focusrite Red 8Pre


Overview

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!

 

Hugely Flexible

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.

 

Ultra-Low Latency

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.

 

Included Software

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.

 

Key Features:

  • 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.
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Specifications

Simultaneous Inputs & Outputs

  • Channel Count: Up to 64 x 64

System Requirements

  • Computer: Apple Mac with at least one Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port (2m Thunderbolt cable included)
  • Other: Internet connection for downloading and installing software and driver

Microphone Inputs

  • Gain Range: 0-8dB to 63dB in 1dB steps
  • Type: Electronically Balanced, Zin = 6.2kΩ
  • Input Level: +19dBu ±0.5, min gain
  • Input Level: -44dBu ±0.5
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB, min gain
  • THD + N: -101dB (0.0009%) @ -1dBFS (@ 11dB Gain)
  • EIN: -129dBu 'A'-Weighted (typical)
  • Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 119dB 'A'-Weighted (typical), min gain
  • Common-Mode Rejection Ratio: 50/60Hz CMRR: -70dB
  • Phantom Power: +48V, independently switchable per channel.
  • HPF: High-Pass Filter (HPF): -3dB @ 80 ± 3Hz, 12dB/Octave, independently switchable per channel
  • Air Mode: 2dB boost at 10kHz and -2dB at 20Hz (ref 1kHz). Input impedance drop to 2.2kΩ

Line Inputs 1-8

  • Line Inputs 1-8 Type: Electronically Balanced, Zin = 10kΩ
  • Line Inputs 1-8 Max. Input Level: +27dBu ±0.5, min gain
  • Line Inputs 1-8 Min. Input Level: -36dBu ±0.5
  • Line Inputs 1-8 Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB, min gain
  • Line Inputs 1-8 THD + N: -101dB (0.0009%) @ -1dBFS (@ 11dB Gain)
  • Line Inputs Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 119dB 'A'-Weighted (typical), min gain
  • Line Inputs Common-Mode Rejection Ratio: 50/60Hz CMRR: -70dB
  • Line Inputs 1-8 HPF: High-Pass Filter (HPF): -3dB @ 80 ± 3Hz, 12dB/Octave, independently switchable per channel
  • Line Inputs 1-8 Air Mode: 2dB boost at 10kHz and -2dB at 20Hz (ref 1kHz)

Line Inputs 9-16

  • Line Inputs 9 - 16 0 DBFS Reference Level: +27dBu ±0.5
  • Line Inputs 9 - 16 Type: Electronically Balanced, Zin = 20kΩ
  • Line Inputs 9 - 16 Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB
  • Line Inputs 9 - 16 THD + N: -104dB (0.0006%) @ -1dBFS
  • Line Inputs 9 - 16 Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 119dB 'A'-Weighted (typical)
  • Line Inputs 9 - 16 Common-Mode Rejection Ratio: 50/60Hz CMRR: -70dB

Instrument Inputs

  • Instrument Inputs Gain Range: 0-8dB to 63dB in 1dB steps
  • Instrument Inputs Type: Zin = 2.3MΩ
  • Instrument Inputs Max. Input Level: +15dBu ±0.5, min gain
  • Instrument Inputs Min. Input Level: -48dBu ±0.5
  • Instrument Inputs Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB, min gain
  • Instrument Inputs THD + N: -94dB (0.002%) @ -1dBFS (@ 11dB Gain)
  • Instrument Inputs Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 117dB 'A'-Weighted (typical), min gain
  • Instrument Inputs HPF: -3dB @ 80 ± 3Hz, 12dB/Octave, independently switchable per channel
  • Instrument Inputs Air Mode: 2dB boost at 10kHz and -2dB at 20Hz (ref 1kHz)

Line Outputs 3-18

  • Line Outputs 3-18 0 DBFS Reference Levels: +18dBu ±0.5
  • Line Outputs 3-18 Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB
  • Line Outputs 3-18 THD + N: <-102dB (0.0008%) unweighted, 20Hz - 20kHz; -1dBFS input
  • Line Outputs 3-18 Dynamic Range: 121dB 'A'-weighted (typical), 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Line Outputs 3-18 Output Impedance: Nominal output impedance = 136Ω balanced (68Ω each phase)

Monitor Outputs

  • Monitor Outputs Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB
  • Monitor Outputs Dynamic Range: +120dB (A-Weighted)
  • Monitor Outputs Maximum Output Level (0 DBFS): +18dBu ±0.5
  • Monitor Outputs THD+N: <-78dB (0.0012%) unweighted, 20Hz - 20kHz; -1dBFS input
  • Monitor Outputs Stereo Level Balance: ±0.02dB @ 997Hz
  • Monitor Outputs Output Impedance: Nominal output impedance = 136Ω balanced (68Ω each phase)

Headphone Output

  • Headphone Output 0 DBFS Reference Levels: +16dBm ± 0.1dB
  • Headphone Output Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz ±0.2dB
  • Headphone Output THD + N: <-75dB (0.018%) unweighted, 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Headphone Output Stereo Level Balance: ±0.05dB @ 997Hz
  • Headphone Output Dynamic Range: 114dB 'A'-weighted (typical), 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Headphone Output Impedance: 10Ω
  • Headphone Impedance: 32Ω - 600Ω

Microphone Crosstalk

  • Mic Input to Input: < -70dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)
  • Mic Input to Output: < -100dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)
  • Output To Mic Input: < -130dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)

Line Crosstalk

  • Line Input to Line Input: < -60dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)
  • Line Input to Output: < -100dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)
  • Output to Line Input: < -115dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)

Output Crosstalk

  • Output To Output: < -100dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)

Headphone Crosstalk

  • Headphone To Headphone; < -75dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)

Digital Performance

  • Supported Sample Rates: 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz at 24 bit
  • Clock Sources: Internal, ADAT, S/PDIF, Word Clock, Loop Sync or from Dante Network Master

Headphone Outputs

  • Headphone Outputs Channel Count: 2 Stereo Channels Out
  • Headphone Outputs Headphone Outputs: 2 x 1/4" TRS stereo jack

Thunderbolt

  • Thunderbolt Channel Count; Up to 64 In and 64 Out
  • Thunderbolt Ports: 2 x Thunderbolt Ports (Primary Port 1 and Primary Port 2)

Pro Tools

  • Pro Tools Channel Count; Up to 64 In and 64 Out (32 In and 32 Out per connection)
  • Primary Port: 2x Mini DigiLink

Dante

  • Dante Channel Count: Up to 32 In and 32 Out
  • Dante Input and Output: 2 x ethernet standard RJ45 connectors (Compatible with Cat 5e and above)

Mic Inputs

  • Mic Inputs Channel Count: 8 In
  • Mic Inputs: 1 x DB-25 connectors (AES59)

Line Level

  • Line Level Channel Count: 16 In and 16 Out
  • Line Level Input: 2 x DB-25 connectors (AES59)
  • Line Level Outputs: 2 x DB-25 connectors (AES59)

ADAT

  • ADAT Channel Count: Up to 16 In and 16 Out
  • ADAT Input: 2 x TOSLINK connector
  • ADAT Output: 2 x TOSLINK connector
  • Channel Assignments @ 44.1 KHz, 48 KHz: Port 1 = Channels 1 - 8 , Port 2 = Channels 9 - 16
  • Channel Assignments @ 88.2 KHz, 96 KHz: SMUXI: Port 1 = Channels 1 - 4, Port 2 = Channels 5 - 8
  • Channel Assignments @ 176.4 KHz, 192 KHz: SMUXII: Port 1 = Channels 1 - 2 , Port 2 = Channels 3 – 4

S/PDIF

  • S/PDIF Channel Count: 2 In and 2 Out (Optical up to 96kHz)
  • S/PDIF Inputs: 1 x RCA phono socket (1 x TOSLINK up to 96kHz)
  • S/PDIF Outputs: 1 x RCA phono socket (1 x TOSLINK up to 96kHz)

Loop Sync

  • Loop Sync Input; 1 x BNC 75Ω port
  • Loop Sync Output; 1 x BNC 75Ω port

World Clock

  • World Clock Input: 1 x BNC 75Ω port
  • World Clock Output: 1 x BNC 75Ω port

PSU

  • PSU: 1 x IEC Input

Front Panel Indicators

  • OLED Screens: 3 x Screens (menus and metering)

Dimensions

  • Dimensions Height: 44mm/ 1.73"
  • Dimensions Width: 483mm/ 19.02"
  • Dimensions Depth (Chassis Only): 340mm/ 13.39"

Weight

  • Weight: 5.14kg

Power

  • Power PSU: 1 x Internal, 100-240V, 50/60Hz, consumption 65W.

Front Panel Instrument Inputs

  • Instrument Inputs Channel Count: 2 Channels In
  • Instrument Inputs Instrument Inputs: 2 x 1/4" TS stereo jack

Monitor Outputs

  • Monitor Outputs Channel Count: 2 Out
  • Monitor Outputs: 2 x 1/4" TRS stereo jack