64x64 Premium Audio Interface For Pro Tools | HD™ And Thunderbolt™ 2 Workflows, Featuring Eight Red Evolution Mic Pres And 32x32 Dante™ Audio-Over-IP Connectivity
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. Switch easily between Pro Tools | HD and any Thunderbolt-connected DAW with Host Mode. 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.
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.
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.
Simple Switching Between DAWs
Switch between Pro Tools | HD and a DAW connected to the Thunderbolt interface using the Host Mode setting in the included Focusrite Control software. For example, you can switch quickly and easily between Pro Tools | HD and Ableton, Logic or Pro Tools software - just keep both connected at all times and make the switch whenever you need.
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.
Exclusive Offer For Red Owners
We have collaborated with Emmy Award-winning plug-in developer McDSP™ to deliver an unprecedented plug-in and interface bundle. All registered customers of a Focusrite Red 4Pre, Red 8Pre or Red 16Line Thunderbolt™ and Pro Tools | HD™ audio interface will receive a free 12-month subscription to McDSP's All Access HD plug-in pack, worth $499.99.
Red 8Pre includes the new Focusrite Control software, providing a straightforward and intuitive way to set up mixes and monitoring - and more! Control the mic pres – recall settings, assign stereo pairs, adjust gain and enable features such as highpass filtering and phantom power. Switch quickly between Pro Tools | HD and a Thunderbolt-connected DAW with the Host Mode setting. 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.
SIMULTANEOUS INPUTS & OUTPUTS
Channel Count: Up to 64 x 64
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
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
Line Inputs 1-8 Type: Electronically Balanced, Zin = 10kΩ
Line Inputs 1-8 Max. Input Level: +27dBu ±0.5, min gain
Line Inputs 1-8 Min. Input Level: -36dBu ±0.5
Line Inputs 1-8 Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB, min gain
Line Inputs 1-8 THD + N: -101dB (0.0009%) @ -1dBFS (@ 11dB Gain)
Line Inputs Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 119dB 'A'-Weighted (typical), min gain
Line Inputs Common-Mode Rejection Ratio: 50/60Hz CMRR: -70dB
Line Inputs 1-8 HPF: High-Pass Filter (HPF): -3dB @ 80 ± 3Hz, 12dB/Octave, independently switchable per channel
Line Inputs 1-8 Air Mode: 2dB boost at 10kHz and -2dB at 20Hz (ref 1kHz)
LINE INPUTS 9-16
Line Inputs 9 - 16 0 DBFS Reference Level: +27dBu ±0.5
Line Inputs 9 - 16 Type: Electronically Balanced, Zin = 20kΩ
Line Inputs 9 - 16 Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB
Line Inputs 9 - 16 THD + N: -104dB (0.0006%) @ -1dBFS
Line Inputs 9 - 16 Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 119dB 'A'-Weighted (typical)
Line Inputs 9 - 16 Common-Mode Rejection Ratio: 50/60Hz CMRR: -70dB
Instrument Inputs Gain Range: 0-8dB to 63dB in 1dB steps
Instrument Inputs Type: Zin = 2.3MΩ
Instrument Inputs Max. Input Level: +15dBu ±0.5, min gain
Instrument Inputs Min. Input Level: -48dBu ±0.5
Instrument Inputs Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB, min gain
Instrument Inputs THD + N: -94dB (0.002%) @ -1dBFS (@ 11dB Gain)
Instrument Inputs Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 117dB 'A'-Weighted (typical), min gain
Instrument Inputs HPF: -3dB @ 80 ± 3Hz, 12dB/Octave, independently switchable per channel
Instrument Inputs Air Mode: 2dB boost at 10kHz and -2dB at 20Hz (ref 1kHz)
LINE OUTPUTS 3-18
Line Outputs 3-18 0 DBFS Reference Levels: +18dBu ±0.5
Line Outputs 3-18 Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB
Line Outputs 3-18 THD + N: <-102dB (0.0008%) unweighted, 20Hz - 20kHz; -1dBFS input
Line Outputs 3-18 Dynamic Range: 121dB 'A'-weighted (typical), 20Hz - 20kHz
Line Outputs 3-18 Output Impedance: Nominal output impedance = 136Ω balanced (68Ω each phase)
Monitor Outputs Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB\
Monitor Outputs Dynamic Range: +120dB (A-Weighted)
Monitor Outputs Maximum Output Level (0 DBFS): +18dBu ±0.5
Monitor Outputs THD+N: <-78dB (0.0012%) unweighted, 20Hz - 20kHz; -1dBFS input
Monitor Outputs Stereo Level Balance: ±0.02dB @ 997Hz
Monitor Outputs Output Impedance: Nominal output impedance = 136Ω balanced (68Ω each phase)
Headphone Output 0 DBFS Reference Levels: +16dBm ± 0.1dB
Headphone Output Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz ±0.2dB
Headphone Output THD + N: <-75dB (0.018%) unweighted, 20Hz - 20kHz
Headphone Output Stereo Level Balance: ±0.05dB @ 997Hz
Headphone Output Dynamic Range: 114dB 'A'-weighted (typical), 20Hz - 20kHz
Headphone Output Impedance: 10Ω
Headphone Impedance: 32Ω - 600Ω
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 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 To Output: < -100dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)
Headphone To Headphone: < -75dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)
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
Headphone Outputs Channel Count: 2 Stereo Channels Out
Headphone Outputs Headphone Outputs: 2 x 1/4" TRS stereo jack
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 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
Dante Input And Output: 2 x ethernet standard RJ45 connectors (Compatible with Cat 5e and above).
Mic Inputs Channel Count: 8 In
Mic Inputs: 1 x DB-25 connectors (AES59)
Line Level Channel Count: 16 In and 16 Out
Line Level Input: 2 x DB-25 connectors (AES59)
Line Level Outputs: 2 x DB-25 connectors (AES59)
ADAT Channel Count: Up to 16 In and 16 Out
ADAT Input: 2 x TOSLINK connector
ADAT 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)
S/PDIF Inputs: 1 x RCA phono socket (1 x TOSLINK up to 96kHz)
S/PDIF Outputs: 1 x RCA phono socket (1 x TOSLINK up to 96kHz)
Loop Sync Input: 1 x BNC 75Ω port
Loop Sync Output: 1 x BNC 75Ω port
Word Clock Input: 1 x BNC 75Ω port
Word Clock Output: 1 x BNC 75Ω port
PSU: 1 x IEC Input
FRONT PANEL INDICATORS
OLED Screens: 3 x Screens (menus and metering)
Height: 44mm/ 1.73"
Width: 483mm/ 19.02"
Depth (Chassis Only): 340mm/ 13.39"
Power PSU: 1 x Internal, 100-240V, 50/60Hz, consumption 65W.
FRONT PANEL INSTRUMENT INPUTS
Instrument Inputs Channel Count: 2 Channels In
Instrument Inputs Instrument Inputs: 2 x 1/4" TS stereo jack
Monitor Outputs Channel Count: 2 Out
Monitor Outputs: 2 x 1/4" TRS stereo jack