The pinnacle of Focusrite’s interface range, Red 8Pre, has been released. The Red 8Pre is undoubtably the bigger brother of the Red 4Pre which we reviewed back in May. With 64 inputs and 64 outputs (including a total of 16 analogue inputs and 18 analogue outputs) and eight of Focusrite’s specially-developed digitally-controlled mic preamps, the Red 8Pre answers the need for more microphone inputs and a higher I/O count. In addition, in common with the Red 4Pre, the Red 8Pre includes two front-panel high-headroom instrument inputs, dual Thunderbolt 2, dual Pro Tools | HD DigiLink and Dante network audio connectivity. Featuring Focusrite’s most advanced low-noise conversion and eye-catching yet robust design, Focusrite’s Red interfaces offer a great balance of form and function, delivering the sound quality and versatility engineers and producers around the world expect from Focusrite.
Together with Avid, Focusrite has created a simpler way for customers to combine Red 4Pre and Red 8Pre interfaces with Pro Tools | HD 12.6 and up, making their music easy to make. If customers buy and register a Red 4Pre or Red 8Pre interface after 18 January 2017, a Pro Tools | DigiLink I/O License can be placed on their iLok free of charge.
Every Red 8Pre includes Focusrite Control software, allowing mic preamp control and the quick and intuitive set-up of mixes and monitors; the Red plug-in suite; and Softube’s Time and Tone bundle.