Focusrite Clarett 2Pre USB

USB 2.0 audio interface

  • 24-bit / 192 kHz
  • 10 inputs and 4 outputs
  • 2 Clarett mic preamps with Air mode model and the classic ISA Micpreamp sound
  • Low noise (-128dB ON)
  • Up to 119 dB dynamic range
  • Switchable phantom power +48 V
  • 2x mic / instrument / line input XLR / 1/4" jack combo
  • 4x line output 6.3 mm jack
  • MIDI In / Out
  • ADAT input
  • Stereo headphone output 6.3 mm jack
  • USB
  • Desktop Case
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 210 x 55 x 161 mm
  • Weight: 1.11 kg
  • Includes XLN Audio Addictive Keys, Focusrite Red Plug-in Suite, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite Plug-in Collective and Ableton Live Lite, 2x USB cable (standard USB and USB Type-C) and power adapter

Further Information

Recording / Playback Channels 10x4
Number of Mic Inputs 2
Number of Line Inputs 2
Number of Instrument Inputs 2
Number of Line Outs 4
Headphone Outs 1
Phantom power Yes
Number of S/PDIF Connectors 0
Number of ADAT Connectors 1
Numer of AES/EBU Connectors 0
Number of MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 0
Other Connectors No
MIDI interface Yes
Word Clock No
Max. sample rate (kHz) 192 kHz
Max. resolution in bit 24 bit
USB Bus-Powered No
Incl. power supply Yes
USB Version USB C
Width in mm 210 mm
Depth in mm 161 mm
Height in mm 55 mm

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Not sure what to think...
DaveTherecorder, 28.01.2019
Honestly, I previously had the Scarlett 2i2 sec gen and thought that buying this would be an upgrade... The mic preamps, and the air mode are absolutely fantastic, I cannot say anything wrong. On the contrary, I had some huge issues with clicks and pops since I use it. Not only I cannot switch to a higher sample rate than 48khz because I get SUPER HEAVILY distorted audio and usually my computer crashes (especially above 96khz). Those however might have been issues generated by me, maybe because I cannot set something right in the options... BUT, two days ago I was recording guitars, using two of the inputs both on air mode, with a sample rate of 44,1khz, my computer set to default as it always worked fine with the Scarlett, and I recording hapenned to be almost impossible... I got pops and clicks in the records every second take, making recording VERY HARD. At some point during the session I tried to switch off the air mode, but pops where still there... I had to switch back to my previous Scarlett 2i2, which made the pops go away... Really dissapointed because the sound of this device is beautiful... Tomorrow I will make a check if this poping problem is constatnt and try different settings in a recording environement to check if it's really an interface issue or just me being a complete amateur... Still I never had such issues with the Scarlett and really believed that this buy will make my recording easier not harder... :/
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Perfect small interface
Nakshatra, 17.04.2020
Bought for low latency operation with VST instruments and I'm completely satisfied. This interface works with really small buffer settings and does so without dropping any samples, even when the PC is doing heavy work. Apart from that, I'm quite impressed by the D/A conversion. It's a little more analytical then, say, an SPL Crimson or a Lavry DA-10. It's very neutral, clear and clean. I'm sensitive to listening fatigue and with this interface that is never an issue, it just disappears and let's the audio shine. Also, wonderfully strong headphone amp. It would drive 250 ohm headphones without problem. It exceeds my expectations in every way!
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Great Sound and Preamps, quality product.
Matt001, 10.03.2018
I have bought the Clarett 2Pre mainly for Electronic music production, 2 ins and 4 outs (+optional ADAT expandability) were more than enough for me. USB C and USB 3.0 / 2.0 cables are included.
To sum up: the Clarett USB Interface sounds great. The DAC is very clean and accurate, the bass sounds punchy, mids are defined and highs very clear, you can definitely hear a difference with "lower level" USB interfaces.
Preamps are very good, the "Air" function is a plus when recording external sources as guitar or vocals (enhances high tones to emulate thesound of classic ISA transformer preamps (the emulation takes place in the analog domain, you can hear a switch in the circuitry when engaged).
The headphone preamps are also good and could drive my Beyerdynamic DT880 definitely better (punchier bass and definition) compared to my previous Steinberg interface.
Latency is OK on Windows (same drivers as Scarlett 2nd rev. Interfaces, which are USB 2.0 devices), it means 7.8 ms @ 48 kHz 64 Samples buffer or about 4ms @ 96 kHz 64 Samples on my i7 laptop. Tracking with effects is possible. Low latency settings result however in a high stress on CPU, which limit "live" recording with demanding VST Plugins (because the buffer has to be increased). The Clarett is still a fast USB interface, although there are would got enhanced, it would definitely become a killer product, hope Focusrite will work on this (enhancing speed/stability when connected with USB C).
Interfaces comes with bundled software which however I have not tested.

PROS:
-Great Sound and digital / analog conversion
-Hi quality preamps (Air Function a plus)
-Good Headphone preamp
-Included USB C and standard USB 3.0 /USB 2.0 cables

CONS
-Latency is OK but could be improved (same level as Scarlett interfaces). Values are OK for Windows. If on mac I would go for the Clarett Thunderbolt interface, which however requires extra TB cable and TB3 to TB1 adapter (extra 100 Euro).
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The best price/performance in this range
Xswer, 14.07.2019
The card it self is built really robust, like a tank. Sounds brilliantly! Really clear and neutral, you can hear advance over low-tier cards, especially when recording vocals or instruments.
Pros:
+ build quality
+ drivers are relatively fast
+ no clicks or pops
+ sounds the right way
+ price for what that card offers
+ comes with some useful VSTs
+ works without problems both on Mac and Windows.

Cons:
- Can not be powered via usual USB
- I don't like the red color of the face plate, but it's a personal preference...

Love this card. It just performs the way professional device should.
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Focusrite Clarett 2Pre USB
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Focusrite Clarett 2Pre USB

USB 2.0 audio interface 24-bit / 192 kHz, 10 inputs and 4 outputs, 2 Clarett mic preamps with Air mode model and the classic ISA Micpreamp sound, Low noise (-128dB ON), Up to 119 dB dynamic range,...

  • Recording / Playback Channels: 10x4
  • Number of Mic Inputs: 2
  • Number of Line Inputs: 2
  • Number of Instrument Inputs: 2
  • Number of Line Outs: 4
  • Headphone Outs: 1
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Number of S/PDIF Connectors: 0
  • Number of ADAT Connectors: 1
  • Numer of AES/EBU Connectors: 0
  • Number of MADI Connectors: 0
  • Ethernet: 0
  • Other Connectors: No
  • MIDI interface: Yes
  • Word Clock: No
  • Max. sample rate (kHz): 192 kHz
  • Max. resolution in bit: 24 bit
  • USB Bus-Powered: No
  • Incl. power supply: Yes
  • USB Version: USB C
  • Width in mm: 210 mm
  • Depth in mm: 161 mm
  • Height in mm: 55 mm
  • Included in delivery: XLN Audio Addictive Keys, Focusrite Red-Plug-in-Suite, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite Plug-in-Collective, Ableton Live Lite, 2x USB Cables (USB + USB Typ-C), Netzteil
  • Zero latency monitoring: Yes
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Focusrite Clarett 4Pre USB

USB 2.0 audio interface 24 bits / 192 kHz, 18 inputs, 8 outputs, 4 Clarett mic preamps with Air mode model the classic ISA Micpreamp sound, Low noise (-128dB ON), Up to 119 dB dynamic range,...

  • Recording / Playback Channels: 18x6
  • Number of Mic Inputs: 4
  • Number of Line Inputs: 8
  • Number of Instrument Inputs: 2
  • Number of Line Outs: 4
  • Headphone Outs: 2
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Number of S/PDIF Connectors: 1
  • Number of ADAT Connectors: 1
  • Numer of AES/EBU Connectors: 0
  • Number of MADI Connectors: 0
  • Ethernet: 0
  • Other Connectors: No
  • MIDI interface: Yes
  • Word Clock: No
  • Max. sample rate (kHz): 192 kHz
  • Max. resolution in bit: 24 bit
  • USB Bus-Powered: No
  • Incl. power supply: Yes
  • USB Version: USB C
  • Width in mm: 222 mm
  • Depth in mm: 192 mm
  • Height in mm: 63,5 mm
  • Included in delivery: XLN Audio Addictive Keys, Focusrite Red-Plug-in-Suite, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite Plug-in-Collective, Ableton Live Lite, 2x USB Cables (USB + USB Typ-C), Netzteil
  • Zero latency monitoring: Yes
Focusrite Clarett 8Pre USB
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Focusrite Clarett 8Pre USB

USB 2.0 audio interface 24-bit / 192 kHz, 18 inputs and 20 outputs, 8 Clarett mic preamps with Air mode model and the classic ISA mic preamp sound, Low noise (-128dB ON), Up to 118 dB dynamic...

  • Recording / Playback Channels: 18x20
  • Number of Mic Inputs: 8
  • Number of Line Inputs: 8
  • Number of Instrument Inputs: 2
  • Number of Line Outs: 10
  • Headphone Outs: 2
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Number of S/PDIF Connectors: 1
  • Number of ADAT Connectors: 1
  • Numer of AES/EBU Connectors: 0
  • Number of MADI Connectors: 0
  • Ethernet: 0
  • Other Connectors: No
  • MIDI interface: Yes
  • Word Clock: 1xOut
  • Max. sample rate (kHz): 192 kHz
  • Max. resolution in bit: 24 bit
  • USB Bus-Powered: No
  • Incl. power supply: Yes
  • USB Version: USB C
  • Width in mm: 482 mm
  • Depth in mm: 291 mm
  • Height in mm: 44 mm
  • Included in delivery: XLN Audio Addictive Keys, Focusrite Red-Plug-in-Suite, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite Plug-in-Collective, Ableton Live Lite, 2x USB Cables (USB + USB-C)
  • Zero latency monitoring: Yes
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