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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 RedNet 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.

 

 

 

Hugely Flexible

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 RedNet 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 RedNet 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.

 

Ultra-Low Latency

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.

 

 

 

Included Software

Red 8Pre includes the new RedNet 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.

 

 

The Focusrite Studio Console Reborn In Your DAW

The Focusrite Studio Console defined countless hits of the 80s and 90s, thanks in large part to its ISA 110 Equaliser and ISA 130 Dynamics Modules. Brainworx's bx_console Focusrite plug-in brings you stunningly accurate emulations of both in a single plug-in, perfectly capturing the famously warm, open sound of two of the most revered pieces of studio hardware ever made.

SIMULTANEOUS INPUTS & OUTPUTS

Channel Count

 

Up to 64 x 64

 

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

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

 

MICROPHONE INPUTS

Gain Range

 

0-8dB to 63dB in 1dB steps

 

Type

 

Electronically Balanced, Zin = 6.2k

 

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 2.2k

 

LINE INPUTS 1-8

Line Inputs 1-8 Type

 

Electronically Balanced, Zin = 10k

 

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 = 20k

 

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

Instrument Inputs Gain Range

 

0-8dB to 63dB in 1dB steps

 

Instrument Inputs Type

 

Zin = 2.3M

 

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 = 136 balanced (68 each phase)

 

MONITOR OUTPUTS

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 = 136 balanced (68 each phase)

 

HEADPHONE OUTPUT

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

 

10

 

Headphone Impedance

 

32 - 600

 

MICROPHONE CROSSTALK

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 CROSSTALK

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 CROSSTALK

Output To Output

 

< -100dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)

 

HEADPHONE CROSSTALK

Headphone To Headphone

 

< -75dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)

 

DIGITAL PERFORMANCE

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

Headphone Outputs Channel Count

 

2 Stereo Channels Out

 

Headphone Outputs Headphone Outputs

 

2 x 1/4" TRS stereo jack

 

THUNDERBOLT

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

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

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

Mic Inputs Channel Count

 

8 In

 

Mic Inputs

 

1 x DB-25 connectors (AES59)

 

LINE LEVEL

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

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

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

Loop Sync Input

 

1 x BNC 75 port

 

Loop Sync Output

 

1 x BNC 75 port

 

WORLD CLOCK

World Clock Input

 

1 x BNC 75 port

 

World Clock Output

 

1 x BNC 75 port

 

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