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
  • Switchable phantom power +48 V
  • 4 mic / line inputs: XLR / 1/4 "jack combo (2 of which can be used as instrument input)
  • 4 line inputs: 6.3 mm jack
  • 4 line outputs: 6.3 mm jack
  • MIDI In / Out
  • ADAT input
  • S / PDIF input and output coaxial
  • 2 stereo headphone outputs 6.3mm jack
  • USB
  • Desktop Case
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 222 x 63.5 x 192 mm
  • Weight: 1.91 kg
  • Includes XLN Audio Addictive Keys, Focusrite Red Plug-in Suite, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite Plug-in Collective and Ableton Live Lite, 2 USB cables (standard USB and USB Type-C) and power adapter

Further Information

Recording / Playback Channels 18x6
Number of Mic Inputs 4
Number of Line Imputs 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

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Always this USB ...

DaGuddy, 18.04.2018
For years I used a Saffire Pro 24 DSP Firewire interface on an iMac 2011.
Unfortunately, this computer shows so slowly but surely a few signs of aging, which is why I decided to buy an interface that I can still use after my dying on my much more powerful Windows system.
I searched for a long time but found nothing suitable. When the Clarett USB line was announced for NAMM'18, I was on fire. Habs ordered directly!

First action: latency check
Under macOS and a resolution of 44K I had with the Saffire Roundtriplatenzen of less than 8ms at a 128er buffer. With this interface I scratch already at the 9ms at 64er buffer.
This has admittedly disappointed me a bit. Although I knew that the latencies of USB at 2, 3, 3.1 are identical and FW / TB will always be faster, but somehow I had hoped that Focusrite manages to bring the drivers on or at least near the RME standard. After all, the Clarett series has a reputation to defend, right?
Incidentally, under Windows, on a USB-C port, the latencies are almost the same as under macOS;)

Second act: soundcheck
The sound coming from this device is really good. The difference to before, was immediately MERCHY! Everything is brought to the ears much finer.
The headphone outputs have a lot of steam. At 12 o'clock you bring the DT880 with 250ohm to my personal pain threshold.
I do not have much to say about the quality of the input. It is very good and the AIR fashion is a very nice addition!

What else noticed:
The pots and the whole feel valued. It's nice to hear how the built-in relays happily click around when in use. The software-bound real-time monitoring also allows no point of criticism. I appreciated this feature already on the Saffire! Since the latencies can actually be almost no matter.
However, I find it hard to get used to the new MixControll GUI. The old gray in gray I found better.

Conclusion:
Latency fetishists should use the Thunderbolt version if possible. For those of you who have enjoyed using their USB devices, I can only recommend the Focusrite Clarett Pre4 USB. I have it, despite the slightly worse latencies, also retain;)
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Why do I put only one 2 use ... usb 3.0 and 3.1 :(

john "le borgne", 31.07.2018
Hardware (including driver), nothing to complain about.
It's very good material, solid, very good design.
The sound is nickel (set of 2 KRK Rokit 5 and a presonus Tremblor T10).
No worries in Ableton Live 10, use Focusrite Usb ASIO driver.
I went down to 64 samples on a set of 75 tracks with lots of soft synth, kontakt and reaktor 6 instruments to play it live without any drop-out. To work and switch position without worries, I went back to 256 samples level buffer.

At the software level (Focusrite Control), it's a different thing. This management software is necessary to be able to make your own virtual connections (like I do not want the cue on my main output but only on my headphones, change the inputs 1 and 2 from instrument to line etc ..). It is unable to detect the hardware if it is not connected in usb 2.
No USB port 3.0 of my ASUS P8P67 motherboard (though not a new one) worked.
An ASMedia USB 3.1 card with 2 usb-c connectors does not work for detection either.
So basically, soft level, it is config usb 2, then we switch the connection usb3.1 with USB cable c and everything works. Not great, we must not want to change his config every day, but it works.
This problem is known and has been confirmed by Focusrite support after opening a ticket.

Tip for Windows users: Do not buy the Thunderbolt model. A little research Focusrite Clarett Thunderbolt and you understand why :)

That's why I put only two for use ...
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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 Imputs: 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
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  • Recording / Playback Channels: 18x20
  • Number of Mic Inputs: 8
  • Number of Line Imputs: 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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  • Recording / Playback Channels: 10x4
  • Number of Mic Inputs: 2
  • Number of Line Imputs: 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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