64 In / 64 Out Thunderbolt 2 and Pro Tools | HD compatible audio interface, with Dante network audio connectivity
Thunderbolt or Pro Tools|HD
Red 8Pre features both Thunderbolt 2 connectivity and dual mini-DigiLink ports allowing you the best of both Core Audio and Pro Tools|HD workflows. Take Red 8Pre on the road for location recording over Thunderbolt then connect the same interface to Pro Tools|HDX or Pro Tools|HD Native back at the studio for mixdown. The combination of low-latency conversion and driver technology allows real-time foldback mixes to be created in the DAW while you continue to use your native plug-ins. Unlike many interfaces, both mini-DigiLink and Thunderbolt 2 connectivity comes as standard, so there's no need to buy an additional option card.
Eight Red Evolution Mic Pres
Focusrite's Red Evolution mic pres draw on many decades of design prowess as well as many of the elements behind the incredibly popular RedNet mic pre used in many studios, broadcast facilities and live performances around the world. The digitally-controlled mic pres deliver a clear and honest sound with very low noise and plenty of gain available for the most-quiet of sources. They can be controlled from the front panel or remotely over Thunderbolt using Focusrite Control. Additionally the mic pre settings can be saved and recalled allowing you to quickly re-setup for your next session. They also include our unique 'Air' effect, recreating the sound of the transformer-based mic preamps in the ISA and original Red ranges. When 'Air' is enabled, the microphone impedance is lowered and the sound is given a subtle mid-high boost - all in the analogue domain.
Parallel Path Conversion
Focusrite has 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 our design heritage and philosophy. Every converter we design starts with the same objectives: low latency, high dynamic range and a flat, wide frequency response. Red 8Pre's conversion achieves just that, 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" we have achieved even greater noise-performance than ever.
Monitoring latency is the enemy of any performer and if the performance isn't excellent, the final mix won't be either. By utilising the lowest-latency conversion available, coupled with a high-performance Core Audio driver, Red 8Pre's analogue round trip latency is kept to an exceptionally low minimum of 1.67ms.
Since Red 8Pre allows the user to assign any physical input or output to any driver/Pro Tools|HD channel, it's easier than ever to customise the interface layout and integrate hardware inserts. Simply open Focusrite Control software and reallocate the channels as required.
Room for expansion
While Red 8Pre has enough I/O for many scenarios, sometimes more is needed. That's why 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 lightpipes.
However in today's modern studio, audio networking is taking over. Focusrite's RedNet range is the world's most popular modular audio-over-IP platform. We've brought some of that technology to Red 8Pre, allowing up to 32 channels of Dante inputs and outputs to be connected. Simply plug in an Ethernet cable and add additional mic pres or line I/O with ease. Alternatively 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 huge.
Red 8Pre includes the new Focusrite Control software, providing a straightforward and intuitive way to set up mixes and monitoring, as well as controlling the mic pres - recalling settings, assigning stereo pairs, adjusting gain and enabling features such as high-pass filtering and phantom power. 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.
Simultaneous Inputs & Outputs
Channel Count: Up to 64 x 64
The pinnacle of our interface design*- the Red range of interfaces is our best yet, and the Red 8Pre offers the most extensive features. With eight of our cleanest mic preamps, our best-sounding converters and a build quality that harks back to the original Red series.
Our best conversion performance*- A 24-bit 'parallel path summing' dual converter configuration operating at up to 192kHz sampling - perfect for high-resolution audio - offers the optimal combination of sound quality, noise floor, dynamic range and conversion latency,* with 118dB (A-D) /121dB (D-A) dynamic range. 0.0009% THD+Noise and a frequency response flat from 20Hz to 35kHz ±0.25 dB or better.
Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy-chaining*- Connect to a DAW with our lowest round-trip latency whilst simultaneously connecting Thunderbolt devices such as hard drives and displays.
Direct*Pro Tools*connection*- Dual DigiLink connectivity with Pro Tools | HD systems and existing Avid® interfaces.
Dante Network Audio enabled - Dual Ethernet ports for Dante audio-over-IP networking. Add up to 32 Dante I/O channels via Ethernet anywhere on the network, with low latency and lower cost.
Eight 'Red Evolution' Air-enabled mic pres*- Up to 63dB of ultra-clean gain, -129dB EIN and individual phantom power, setting recall, stereo linking, HPF and polarity invert, plus Air mode, for an analogue emulation of our heritage ISA preamp characteristics. Configure them via software or from the elegant front panel with its clean controls and clear colour LCD displays.
Freely assignable input and output routing - Allocate any physical input or output to any driver/Pro Tools|HD channel; allowing fully customisable setups, perfect for creating hardware inserts.
Round-trip latency as low as 1.67ms - Track with preferred plug-ins and record virtual instruments in real time. Simplify studio workflow: run a single mix for both overdubbing and mixing, with plug-ins in place, all the time. No need for cue mix utilities or outboard DSP.
Expansion done right*- add up to 32 input and 32 output channels of Dante interfaces to the Red 8Pre - wherever there's an Ethernet connection, over a greater distance, with low latency and at lower cost, without wasting money on unused hardware.
Front-panel instrument inputs*- Provide easy access to high-headroom instrument connections even when rack-mounted.
Digitally-Controlled Analogue Attenuator on monitor outputs - Instead of simply turning down the level on the D-A, the monitor outputs are attenuated in the analogue domain, allowing the D-A's full dynamic range to remain available at all monitoring levels.
64 inputs/64 outputs*- including 16 analogue inputs and 18 analogue outputs.
Software Included*- Every Red 8Pre includes Focusrite Control software, allowing mic preamp control and the quick and intuitive set-up of mixes and monitors; the Red plug-in suite; and Softube's Time and Tone bundle
Apple Mac with at least one Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port (2m Thunderbolt cable included)
Internet connection for downloading and installing software and driver
Microphone Inputs (All measurements taken at maximum gain unless otherwise stated, Rs = 150)
Gain Range: 0-8dB to 63dB in 1dB steps
Type: Electronically Balanced, Zin = 6.2k
Max. Input Level: +19dBu ±0.5, min gain
Min. 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.
Channel Count: 2 In and 2 Out (Optical up to 96kHz)
Input: 1 x RCA phono socket (1 x TOSLINK up to 96kHz)
Output: 1 x RCA phono socket (1 x TOSLINK up to 96kHz)
Channel Count: 2 Out
Montor Outputs: 2 x 1/4" TRS stereo jack
Word Clock Input: 1 x BNC 75 port
Word Clock Output: 1 x BNC 75 port
Word Clock Input: 1 x BNC 75 port
Word Clock Output: 1 x BNC 75 port
PSU: 1 x IEC Input
Front Panel Indicators
OLED Screens: 3 x Screens (menus and metering)
Control Functions: 2 x Encoders (menu navigation, channel functions (Gain, +48V, Phase, HPF, Air and Mic/Line/Inst) monitor and headphone outputs (Level, Mute and Dim)). 8 x Switches (control over OLED menus & metering)
Height: 44mm/ 1.73"
Width: 483mm/ 19.02"
Depth (Chassis Only): 340mm/ 13.39"
PSU: 1 x Internal, 100-240V, 50/60Hz, consumption 65W