Focusrite's new Red 4Pre and Red 8Pre are premium, high-resolution digitally controlled microphone pre-amps and audio interfaces that operate up to 24-bit, 192 kHz sampling rates and connect to your computer’s DAW using either dual ThunderboltTM 2 or dual Pro Tools | HD DigiLink interface cables. The new Red 4Pre and Red 8Pre also have DanteTM audio-over-IP I/O connections for taking audio channels on and off the network and sending them to/from your DAW computer. In effect acting as a “hub” of interconnectivity between your studio and the network.
Both 1U rack units, the Red 4Pre has four microphone pre-amps and is capable of 58 inputs and 64 outputs. The Red 8Pre has eight mic pre-amps, two front panel instrument inputs and will handle a total up to 64 inputs and 64 outputs including 16 analog inputs and 18 analog outputs.
A significant and noteworthy feature on both of these new Focusrite Red units are the “Air”-enabled Red Evolution microphone preamplifiers. This is the sound of the transformer-based mic preamps in the classic Focusrite ISA range. The ISA range pre-amps are noted for their pristine audio performance with a super low noise specification and up to 63dB of gain.
The Focusrite Red 4Pre sells for $2,499.99 while the Focusrite Red 8Pre sells for $3,499.99.
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