Focusrite announces the launch of Red 8Pre ($3,499.99), adding to its Red Series of interfaces. With 64 inputs and 64 outputs (including a total of 16 analog inputs and 18 analog outputs) and eight of Focusrite’s specially-developed digitally-controlled mic preamps, the Red 8Pre offers more microphone inputs and a higher I/O count.
Like the Red 4Pre, the Red 8Pre includes two front panel high-headroom instrument inputs, dual Thunderbolt 2, dual Pro Tools | HD DigiLink and Dante network audio connectivity. Focusrite's Red interfaces feature Focusrite's most advanced low-noise conversion and a robust design.
Red 8Pre has eight specially-developed Red Evolution mic pre’s, offering –129 dB EIN and 63 dB of gain. Software control allows recall of settings and stereo linking, plus configuration of HPF, polarity invert and individual phantom power. In addition, the preamps and other parameters can be adjusted from the front panel, with its clean multifunction controls and clear color LCD displays. The preamps include Focusrite's Air effect, recreating in the analog domain the sound of the transformer-based mic preamps in the classic ISA range. Red 8Pre also includes two high-headroom instrument inputs, instantly accessible from the front panel.
The Red 8Pre's high-performance conversion system features what Focusrite calls “parallel path summing,” where two matched converters are run in parallel to increase the signal to noise ratio. They operate at up to 24-bit, 192kHz sampling with a dynamic range of 118 dB (A/D) and 121dB (D/A). The Red 8Pre delivers ≤0.0009% THD+Noise and a stated frequency response from 20 to 35k Hz at ±0.25 dB or better.
Levels at the Red 8Pre's monitor outputs are adjusted via a Digitally-Controlled analog Attenuator.
For more information, go to us.focusrite.com/thunderbolt-audio-interfaces/red-8pre.