In this double header video review for Production Expert, Dan & James thoroughly test a couple of Focusrite's new USB Clarett audio interfaces. In this review, we test the Clarett 2Pre and 8Pre. Watch the video to discover what we think about these interfaces and to hear both interfaces in action in a short full band recording session.
Focusrite says "Clarett lays down the challenge to interfaces twice the price." That's true in many ways, the Claretts really do sound and perform brilliantly. All the interfaces in the Clarett range are pricing in what we consider to be in the affordable price bracket but there's more to these interfaces than first meets the eye. The pres in the Clarett range are “Air” enabled, Air is an analogue model based on the classic transformer-based Focusrite ISA mic pre, and we like those units a lot. All the Clarett interfaces deliver an expensive sound for relatively low cost. ADAT provides users with some future proofing, say one day you need more I/O for drum recording? No problem.
The range offers plenty of options that include a variety of different I/O count. Prices start at a very reasonable £359 for the 2Pre.
Visit the Focusrite website for more information about the Clarrett USB range of audio interfaces.