Focusrite Red 8Pre Thunderbolt & Pro Tools Recording Interface

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Focusrite Red 8Pre Thunderbolt & Pro Tools Recording Interface

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Focusrite Red 8Pre InterfaceThunderbolt or Pro Tools|HD Recording Studio Interface

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 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.

Included Software

Focusrite Red 8Pre Thunderbolt & Pro Tools Recording Interface 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.

User Guides

The Red 8Pre user guide is currently unavailable but you can download the Red 4Pre User Guide below.

Download Red 4Pre user guide

Focusrite Red 8Pre Thunderbolt & Pro Tools Recording Interface 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 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 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.

Manufacture
Focusrite

Derringers Music stock the Focusrite Series of precision audio interfaces delivering the Focusrite sound into your DAW. At the heart of these solutions are class-leading digital conversion and 25 years of excellent mic preamp design. Combined, they ensure you capture every subtle nuance of your sound.

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