The Clarett+ 4Pre desktop 18x8 USB Type-C audio/MIDI interface from Focusrite combines upgraded 24-bit / 192 kHz AD/DA conversion with low-latency monitoring and four Air-enabled microphone preamps that can model the sound of the company's classic ISA preamps, making this audio accessory equally at home in the studio or as part of a mobile rig. The high-performance mic preamps produce a clear, open, and transparent sound with low noise (-129 dB EIN), a wide dynamic range, and even less distortion than before, allowing for an accurate recreation of the original performance.
In addition to the four mic/line preamps, the interface has four rear-panel line inputs, an optical ADAT port for digital input expansion, S/PDIF stereo digital I/O, and MIDI I/O for integrating MIDI devices such as a keyboard or drum machine (two of which are Hi-Z capable). The four line-level outputs and two stereo headphone outputs can be used to connect monitors, headphones, and other devices. The Focusrite Red plug-ins, as well as a channel strip that faithfully simulates the Focusrite Studio Console, are included in the Clarett+ 4Pre's software bundle.
Independent A/D and D/A converters bring you closer than ever to your music and let you hear the truth, whether you're in the studio or on the road. Greatly improved D/A dynamic range enables you to hear every detail and have greater control over your mix. Lower A/D converter distortion lets you capture signals with more clarity, for greater transparency and sonic accuracy.
With its desk-friendly size, USB Type-C connectivity, and expandable inputs via ADAT and S/PDIF, the Clarett+ 4Pre is well suited for project studios and home setups in need of extra inputs and outputs without sacrificing a bunch of table space.
Capture more detail than ever before: The carefully engineered design means Clarett+ 4Pre gives you stunning results. At a class-leading 124 dB dynamic range, the ultralow-noise 24-bit / 192 kHz converters give your recordings clarity and nuance.
Capture clear and powerful recordings with preamps that bring masses of headroom, low distortion, and ultralow noise. Phantom power is switchable for channels 1-2 and 3-4, so you can use dynamic or condenser microphones as you desire.
Premium, relay-controlled analog circuitry on every preamp emulates the classic Focusrite ISA 110 by switching the impedance to 2.2 kilohms and adding two cumulative high shelves, totaling a 4 dB boost in the high frequencies.
Dedicated, ultrahigh-impedance JFET instrument inputs, with extremely wide audio bandwidth, mimic guitar amp inputs to preserve the natural tone of guitars and capture their true character.
At the press of a button in the control software, the first two 1/4" inputs can be used for line-level sources (like a mixer's stereo output or the line outs from guitar and bass amps) or directly connecting instruments such as electric guitar and bass, synthesizers, or drum machines—no need for DI boxes.
With four balanced 1/4" line inputs on the back of the Clarett+ 4Pre, you can patch in line-level sources such as external mic preamps, an outboard mixer, or synthesizer sound modules while leaving the front-panel inputs free for direct connection of mics, instruments, or other line-level sources.
The Clarett+ 4Pre's independent gain knobs and bicolor gain halo meters mean you'll have no trouble getting set up and dialing in the perfect levels.
The four balanced 1/4" TRS line outputs on the rear panel enable connectivity with active studio monitors and outboard gear. To allow critical listening through headphones for two people, there are two front-panel 1/4" headphone jacks fed by a powerful and tonally linear headphone amp. Separate knobs are provided for quick and independent adjustment of the monitor and headphone volumes.
Spin the Clarett+ 4Pre around, and you'll find traditional 5-pin MIDI I/O ports, perfect for hooking up a MIDI keyboard controller, a synthesizer/workstation, or a sound module, for MIDI recording, editing, and sequencing.
In addition to having flexible analog I/O, the Clarett+ 4Pre offers a TOSLINK optical input, which can accept an 8-channel ADAT input at up to 48 kHz (four channels at 88.2 / 96 kHz) or a stereo S/PDIF source. Connect any external microphone preamp equipped with an ADAT or S/PDIF output to this optical input to record additional microphones.
The interface also includes S/PDIF stereo digital input and output ports via coaxial jacks. Use the S/PDIF input to record the output of a digital DJ mixer or an external mic preamp outfitted with an A/D converter and S/PDIF output. Run the Clarett's S/PDIF output to a high-end D/A converter for extra processing or mastering with analog gear.
The Clarett+ 4Pre includes an external power supply to ensure its proper operation. The interface can be connected to your Mac/Windows computer with either of the two supplied USB cables (one Type-C and one USB Type-C to Type-A).
Route your audio, cue mix, loopback, and monitor mixes from your Mac or Windows computer via the Focusrite Control desktop software. Tap into even more convenience by using the Focusrite Control iOS app on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to remotely control your Clarett+ 4Pre when connected to Focusrite Control Desktop.