Focusrite has unveiled a new range of USB audio interfaces, designed to offer high-end performance at a competitive price point.
The new Clarett USB range features specially engineered low-noise (-128dB EIN) mic pres with a low distortion, ultra-linear design that aims to deliver a clean, open and transparent sound.
Three interfaces appear in the range: the Clarett 2Pre USB (10-in, 4-out), Clarett 4Pre USB (18-in, 8-out) and Clarett 8Pre USB (18-in, 20-out).
Offering up to 119dB dynamic range, Clarett can now be used with any Mac or PC supporting USB 2.0 and above. The included standard USB and USB Type-C cables connect to Mac or PC, and users can record with low latency through amp simulators and effects plug-ins.
In designing the new range, Focusrite has incorporated decades of analogue circuit design experience with 24-bit/192kHz A-D and D-A conversion to provide a superior signal path. In addition, the Air-enabled mic preamps are able to reproduce the input impedance, clarity and frequency response curve of Focusrite's original ISA mic preamp. Included software is from XLN Audio, Focusrite, Softube, Ableton and Loopmasters.
The most compact of the three interfaces, Clarett 2Pre USB provides two mic/line/instrument inputs, four line outputs, MIDI I/O and an ADAT input. Clarett 4Pre USB and Clarett 8Pre USB add mic/line inputs, S/PDIF I/O and two headphone outputs with volume controls.