Focusrite Red 8Pre Thunderbolt Interface  From Focusrite

Focusrite's most impressive interface yet. Featuring the impressive performance of 8 Red Evolution mic preamps, seamless software control, onboard Pro Tools HD connectivity, lightning-fast thunderbolt speeds and stability, and future-proof expandability - it's easy to see why! 

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Manufacturer's Description from Focusrite

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.

Ultra-low Latency

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.

Hugely flexible

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 light pipes.

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.

Included Software

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.

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About Manufacturer

The Focusrite brand was established way back in 1985 and the founding principles of the company were to develop products that sounded more musical, in addition to just measuring well - today,we still carry these founding principles forward in our class-leading and award-winning designs. We measure our success by the success of you, our clients, and you will find Focusrite product prominent in professional and project studios throughout the world. Based just outside of London, we work with the best design talent throughout the world to bring you the tools to enhance the way you work. Our product is made with pride and principle in a highly automated ISO 9002 factory with significant level of test by engineers who themselves are musicians and understand the part our product plays in your process. Our commitment: We understand that how your project sounds to you is your most important concern. We are totally dedicated and focused on designing and manufacturing product that will enable you to achieve this goal. Our design goals are that product should be easy to use, logically designed, give class-leading performance and give years of predictable performance. We strive to continuously improve ourselves in these respects - our principal concern is meeting your expectations. Our focus on quality is all consuming - it rules our daily life.

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
All measurements were taken at maximum gain unless otherwise stated, Rs = 150Ω
  • Gain Range: 0-8dB to 63dB in 1dB steps
  • Type: Electronically Balanced, Zin = 6.2kΩ
  • 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.
  • 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
All measurements were taken at maximum gain unless otherwise stated, Rs = 50Ω
  • Type: Electronically Balanced, Zin = 10kΩ
  • Max. Input Level: +27dBu ±0.5, min gain
  • Min. Input Level: -36dBu ±0.5
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB, min gain
  • THD + N: -101dB (0.0009%) @ -1dBFS (@ 11dB Gain)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 119dB 'A'-Weighted (typical), min gain
  • Common-Mode Rejection Ratio: 50/60Hz CMRR: -70dB
  • 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)
Line Inputs 9-16
All measurements taken at fixed input gain, Rs = 50Ω
  • 0 dBFS Reference Level: +27dBu ±0.5
  • Type: Electronically Balanced, Zin = 20kΩ
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB
  • THD + N: -104dB (0.0006%) @ -1dBFS
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 119dB 'A'-Weighted (typical)
  • Common-Mode Rejection Ratio: 50/60Hz CMRR: -70dB
Instrument Inputs
All measurements taken at maximum gain unless otherwise stated, Rs = 600Ω
  • Gain Range: 0-8dB to 63dB in 1dB steps
  • Type: Zin = 2.3MΩ
  • Max. Input Level: +15dBu ±0.5, min gain
  • Min. Input Level: -48dBu ±0.5
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB, min gain
  • THD + N: -94dB (0.002%) @ -1dBFS (@ 11dB Gain)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 117dB 'A'-Weighted (typical), min gain
  • HPF: -3dB @ 80 ± 3Hz, 12dB/Octave, independently switchable per channel
  • Air Mode: 2dB boost at 10kHz and -2dB at 20Hz (ref 1kHz)
Line Outputs 3-18
All measurements taken at maximum output level, RL = 100kΩ
  • 0 dBFS Reference Levels: +18dBu ±0.5
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB
  • THD + N: <-102dB (0.0008%) unweighted, 20Hz - 20kHz; -1dBFS input
  • Dynamic Range: 121dB 'A'-weighted (typical), 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Output impedance: Nominal output impedance = 136Ω balanced (68Ω each phase)
Monitor Outputs
All measurements taken at maximum output level, RL = 100kΩ
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB
  • Dynamic Range: +120dB (A-Weighted)
  • Maximum Output Level (0 dBFS): +18dBu ±0.5
  • THD+N: <-78dB (0.0012%) unweighted, 20Hz - 20kHz; -1dBFS input
  • Stereo Level Balance: ±0.02dB @ 997Hz
  • Output impedance: Nominal output impedance = 136Ω balanced (68Ω each phase)
Headphone Output
All measurements taken at maximum output level, RL = 600Ω
  • 0 dBFS Reference Levels: +16dBm ± 0.1dB
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz ±0.2dB
  • THD + N: <-75dB (0.018%) unweighted, 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Stereo Level Balance: ±0.05dB @ 997Hz
  • Dynamic Range: 114dB 'A'-weighted (typical), 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Output Impedance: 10Ω
  • Headphone Impedance: 32Ω - 600Ω
Crosstalk

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
Front Panel Connectivity


Instrument Inputs

  • Channel Count:  2 Channels In
  • Instrument Inputs:  2 x 1/4" TS stereo jack
Headphone Outputs
  • Channel Count:  2 Stereo Channels Out
  • Headphone Outputs:  2 x 1/4" TRS stereo jack
Rear Panel Connectivity

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|HD
 
  •  Channel Count:  Up to 64 In and 64 Out (32 In and 32 Out per connection)
  • Primary Port:  2 x Mini DigiLink
Dante
  • Channel Count:  Up to 32 In and 32 Out
  • Input and Output:  2 x ethernet standard RJ45 connectors (Compatible with Cat 5e and above)
Mic Inputs
  • Channel Count: 8 In
  • Input:  1 x DB-25 connectors (AES59)
Line Level

  • Channel Count:  16 In and 16 Out
  • Input:  2 x DB-25 connectors (AES59)
  • Output:  2 x DB-25 connectors (AES59)
ADAT

  • Channel Count:  Up to 16 In and 16 Out
  • Input:  2 x TOSLINK connector
  • 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
  • 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)
Monitor Outputs
  • Channel Count:  2 Out
  • Montor Outputs:  2 x 1/4" TRS stereo jack
Loop Sync
  • Loop Sync Input:  1 x BNC 75Ω port
  • Loop Sync Output: 1 x BNC 75Ω port
Word Clock 
  • Word Clock Input:  1 x BNC 75Ω port
  • Word Clock Output:  1 x BNC 75Ω port
PSU
  • 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)). 12 x Switches (control over OLED menus & metering)
Dimensions
  • Height: 44mm/ 1.73"
  • Width:  483mm/ 19.02"
  • Depth (Chassis Only):  340mm/ 13.39"
Weight
  • Weight:  5.14kg
Power
  • PSU:  1 x Internal, 100-240V, 50/60Hz, consumption 65W.