Designed to provide an additional eight mic pres, eight line outputs, and 24-Bit/192 kHz AD/DA conversion, the Clarett OctoPre from Focusrite connects with your existing interface via ADAT connections. The mic pres are outfitted with Focusrite’s proprietary Air feature, which allows you to switch impedances to emulate an analog ISA preamp. You can also instantiate a transformer-resonance effect to lend signal a clarity and sense of air. These mic pres switch automatically between mic level and line level.
The front-panel inputs feature an extended amount of headroom to suit the high-output signal of sources such as electric guitars, while the rear panel offers XLR / 1/4″ combination jacks for the remaining six inputs. With a dynamic range of 118 dB, each input leads into a 24-bit analog-to-digital conversion stage capable of sample rates up to 192 kHz. Every input also sports its own insertion point—with hard-wire relay bypass—for outboard compressors, EQs, or any processor you have.
On the output side, the Clarett OctoPre offers eight channels of digital-to-analog conversion, giving you 119 dB of dynamic range in the process. The analog outputs are accessible via a 25-pin D-Sub connection. As the outputs can also be configured to accept line-level signal from the mic pres, this device is suitable for mixing sessions and for feeding live consoles, while simultaneously recording on the digital side.
Brainworx bx_console Focusrite SC
Exclusively free for Clarett, Red, RedNet and ISA customers
Two of the most revered pieces of recording gear in the history of music production, the Focusrite ISA 110 Mic Pre and EQ, and ISA 130 Dynamics Modules helped to shape the sonic landscape of the 1980s and ’90s. They were key components in the original Focusrite Studio Console, their unique specification, exceptional build quality and impressive versatility delivering a beautifully open sound that found favour among audio engineers the world over. With only ten Studio Consoles ever made, even fewer still in existence, and the original ISA modules commanding sky-high prices on the second-hand market, their very special brand of audio magic has been utterly inaccessible to all but the most privileged of producers… until now!
Designed and coded by the DSP geniuses at acclaimed software house Brainworx, the new bx_console Focusrite SC VST/AU/AAX plug-in for Mac and PC faithfully captures the sound, feel and styling of our original studio icon. Since the plug-in’s launch in 2019, it’s been included for free with every Clarett and Red audio interface. Now, ISA and RedNet customers get the plug-in, simply by registering their equipment online.
Accurately modelling the full signal paths of of the ISA 110 and ISA 130, bx_console Focusrite SC brings all the analogue character and colouration of the Focusrite Studio Console to your DAW-based productions. Offering four bands of parametric and shelving EQ, high- and low-pass filters, compression/limiting, gating/expansion and de-essing, it’s as powerful a sound-shaping tool today as it ever was – indeed, it improves on the capabilities of the original with modifications including continuously variable THD and Gain controls. And with Brainworx’s Tolerance Modelling Technology providing 72 selectable modelled circuits, you can even recreate the subtle timbral variations between channels that you’d get with the real console.
With bx_console Focusrite SC retailing separately for $349, its inclusion for free with all Clarett, Red and RedNet interfaces and ISA hardware is a huge deal, and we’re deeply honoured to see and hear these two historic modules so brilliantly emulated in software. To download the plug-in, simply register your Clarett, Red, RedNet or ISA unit online, log into your Customer Portal page, where you’ll see bx_console Focusrite SC listed in the ‘My Software’ page among your registered products.
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– 8-channel mic/line expansion with ADAT I/O
– 8 Clarett mic pres with Air transformer emulation
– 8 line outputs fed from D/A or mic preamps
– 24-bit/192kHz AD/DA for high-resolution audio
– Dual-port ADAT I/O (8 channels at up to 96kHz, 4 channels at 176.4/192kHz)
– Switched inserts with true bypass on all channels
– Mic pres and front-panel instrument inputs engineered with generous headroom
– 6-segment LED metering and channel clip indicators
– 48-volt phantom power available across all inputs (switchable: 1-4, 5-8)
– Word clock I/O; JetPLL jitter elimination
– Includes Focusrite Red 2 & 3 plug-in suite and Softube Time & Tone bundle
– 3-year warranty
Preamp Type: Solid State
Number of Channels: 8
Phantom Power: Yes
Sample Rate: Up to 192kHz
Bit Depth: 24-bit
Analog Inputs: 8 x XLR-1/4″ combo (mic/line)
Analog Outputs: 1 x DB-25 (8 ch line out)
Digital Inputs: 2 x Optical (ADAT)
Digital Outputs: 2 x Optical (ADAT)
Channel Inserts: 8 channels
Clock I/O: Word Clock In, Out
Frequency Response: 20Hz-35kHz
Rack Spaces: 1U
Weight: 9.1 lbs.