Product Details
Red 8PRE

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

Product Details
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.
Technical Specification
Weight 5.14kg
Word Clock Input 1 x BNC 75Ω port
Word Clock Output 1 x BNC 75Ω port
System requirements Apple Mac with at least one Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port (2m Thunderbolt cable included)
Supported sample rates 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz at 24 bit
Headphone Outputs 2 x 1/4" TRS stereo jack
Clock Sources Internal, ADAT, S/PDIF, Word Clock, Loop Sync or from Dante Network Master
PSU 1 x IEC Input
Mic Inputs 1 x DB-25 connectors (AES59)
Power PSU 1 x Internal, 100-240V, 50/60Hz, consumption 65W.
Primary Port 2 x Mini DigiLink
SIMULTANEOUS INPUTS & OUTPUTS Channel Count Up to 64 x 64
MICROPHONE INPUTS Gain Range 0-8dB to 63dB in 1dB steps
MICROPHONE INPUTS Type Electronically Balanced, Zin = 6.2kΩ
MICROPHONE INPUTS Max. Input Level +19dBu ±0.5, min gain
MICROPHONE INPUTS Min. Input Level -44dBu ±0.5
MICROPHONE INPUTS Frequency Response 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB, min gain
MICROPHONE INPUTS THD + N -101dB (0.0009%) @ -1dBFS (@ 11dB Gain)
Instrument Inputs Signal-To-Noise Ratio117dB 'A'-Weighted (typical), min gain
Instrument Inputs HPF-3dB @ 80 ± 3Hz, 12dB/Octave, independently switchable per channel
Instrument Inputs Air Mode2dB boost at 10kHz and -2dB at 20Hz (ref 1kHz)
Line Outputs 3-18 0 DBFS Reference Levels+18dBu ±0.5
Line Outputs 3-18 Frequency Response20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB
Line Outputs 3-18 THD + N<-102dB (0.0008%) unweighted, 20Hz - 20kHz; -1dBFS input
Line Outputs 3-18 Dynamic Range121dB 'A'-weighted (typical), 20Hz - 20kHz
Line Outputs 3-18 Output ImpedanceNominal output impedance = 136Ω balanced (68Ω each phase)
Monitor Outputs Frequency Response20Hz - 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 ImpedanceNominal output impedance = 136Ω balanced (68Ω each phase)
Headphone Output 0 DBFS Reference Levels+16dBm ± 0.1dB
Headphone Output Frequency Response20Hz - 20kHz ±0.2dB
Headphone Output THD + N<-75dB (0.018%) unweighted, 20Hz - 20kHz
Headphone Output Stereo Level Balance±0.05dB @ 997Hz
Headphone Output Dynamic Range114dB 'A'-weighted (typical), 20Hz - 20kHz
Headphone Output Impedance10Ω
Headphone Impedance32Ω - 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 Rates44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz at 24 bit
Clock SourcesInternal, ADAT, S/PDIF, Word Clock, Loop Sync or from Dante Network Master
Headphone Outputs Channel Count2 Stereo Channels Out
Headphone Outputs Headphone Outputs2 x 1/4" TRS stereo jack
Thunderbolt Channel CountUp to 64 In and 64 Out
Thunderbolt Ports2 x Thunderbolt Ports (Primary Port 1 and Primary Port 2)
Pro Tools Channel CountUp to 64 In and 64 Out (32 In and 32 Out per connection)
Primary Port2 x Mini DigiLink
Dante Channel CountUp to 32 In and 32 Out
Dante Input And Output2 x ethernet standard RJ45 connectors (Compatible with Cat 5e and above).
Mic Inputs Channel Count8 In
Mic Inputs1 x DB-25 connectors (AES59)
Line Level Channel Count16 In and 16 Out
Line Level Input2 x DB-25 connectors (AES59)
Line Level Outputs2 x DB-25 connectors (AES59)
ADAT Channel CountUp to 16 In and 16 Out
ADAT Input2 x TOSLINK connector
ADAT Output2 x TOSLINK connector
Channel Assignments @ 44.1 KHz, 48 KHzPort 1 = Channels 1 - 8 , Port 2 = Channels 9 - 16
Channel Assignments @ 88.2 KHz, 96 KHzSMUXI: Port 1 = Channels 1 - 4, Port 2 = Channels 5 - 8
Channel Assignments @ 176.4 KHz, 192 KHzSMUXII: Port 1 = Channels 1 - 2 , Port 2 = Channels 3 - 4
S/PDIF Channel Count2 In and 2 Out (Optical up to 96kHz)
S/PDIF Inputs1 x RCA phono socket (1 x TOSLINK up to 96kHz)
S/PDIF Outputs1 x RCA phono socket (1 x TOSLINK up to 96kHz)
Loop Sync Input1 x BNC 75Ω port
Loop Sync Output1 x BNC 75Ω port
World Clock Input1 x BNC 75Ω port
World Clock Output1 x BNC 75Ω port
PSU1 x IEC Input
Dimensions Height44mm/ 1.73"
Dimensions Width483mm/ 19.02"
Dimensions Depth (Chassis Only)340mm/ 13.39"
Power PSU1 x Internal, 100-240V, 50/60Hz, consumption 65W.
Instrument Inputs Chnnel Count2 Channels In
Instrument Inputs Instrument Inputs2 x 1/4" TS stereo jack
Monitor Outputs Channel Count2 Out
Monitor Outputs2 x 1/4" TRS stereo jack