At InfoComm 2016 in booth C10516, Focusrite is exhibiting its 58-in/64-out Thunderbolt Red 4Pre interface ($2,499.99), which combines four of Focusrite’s digitally controlled mic preamps with high-headroom instrument inputs, dual Pro Tools HD DigiLink and Dante network audio connectivity. It features Focusrite’s low-noise conversion and robust design.
Red 4Pre incorporates four of Focusrite’s Red Evolution preamps with -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. The preamps include Focusrite’s Air effect, which re-creates in the analog domain the sound of the transformer-based mic preamps in the classic ISA range—ideal for bringing out the quality of a vocal or adding presence to an acoustic guitar. The front panel provides access to high-headroom instrument inputs.
The Red 4Pre’s new high-performance conversion system features “parallel path summing,” in which two matched converters are run in parallel to increase the signal-to-noise ratio. They operate at up to 24-bit/192 kHz sampling with a stated dynamic range of 118 dB (A/D),121dB (D/A). The Red 4Pre delivers ≤0.0009% THD+Noise and a stated frequency response from 20 to 35k Hz ±0.25 dB “or better.”
Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports connect to any DAW while allowing daisy-chaining of drives and displays. Focusrite’s lowest round-trip latency permits recording with preferred plug-ins in real-time and simplifies workflow, while dual DigiLink ports connect the Red 4Pre directly to any Pro Tools HD system.
In addition, Red 4Pre features built-in Dante network audio connectivity: use the dual Ethernet ports to connect any Dante-compatible product such as units from Focusrite’s own RedNet range, adding up to 64 channels via Ethernet exactly where they’re needed, wherever there’s an Ethernet network, with low latency and lower cost.