Skip to page content



Stock code: FOCCLAR4PRE


Clearance stock with warranty


Stock Availability

Auckland North Island South Island Warehouse

Apply for Finance Now on $799.00

Quick weekly payments on $799.00

12 mths $18.63
24 mths $10.36
36 mths $7.64
Interest Rate: 19.95%
Establishment Fee: $59.00
Monthly Service Fee: $1.80
Please read:
  • You must be a NZ Citizen / Permanent Resident and currently living in New Zealand.
  • You must be older than 18 years of age.
  • You must provide proof of identity by means of a NZ drivers licence or New Zealand Passport.
  • Finance Now's normal lending criteria applies to your loan application.
  • Click here to view a copy of our standard terms and conditions, a complete list of Finance Now's standard fees and/or our QFE Disclosure Statement, or visit for more information.
  • Full disclosure of all of the terms of your loan (including the total amount payable over the term of the loan) will be provided to you prior to completion of your loan.
  • Delivery: The delivery address must be the residential address of the applicant. You cannot change your delivery address once your finance application has been submitted. Please ensure the delivery address entered is correct.
  • Pickup: The primary applicant must provide valid Photo ID when collecting from chosen RockShop Store.

Found a Cheaper Price? Put us to the test!

Challenge us

Product video

Save $200


Clarett 4Pre
The better, faster, easier 18 x 8 Thunderbolt interface

* The Clarett range is now fully compatible with Windows-based computers, offering stable, reliable operation with identical functionality on both platforms. The Windows driver offers sub-3ms latency. Also provided is a Windows version of the Focusrite Control software mixer for monitoring and routing configuration.

Focusrite Clarett Range at a Glance:
-New Clarett preamps model the classic ISA design
-World class dynamic range: 116dB A/D and 118dB D/A
-Latest Thunderbolt technology ensures interface latency of under 1ms
-24-bit, 192kHz sample rates
-All expandable via ADAT
-Flagship Clarett 8Pre X designed for permanent professional studio install
-New 64-bit AAX, AU and VST compatible Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-in Suite
-Detailed metering
-Includes MIDI I/O

Better. Faster. Easier.
Excellent sound is the quality Clarett owners love most. With up to 119dB dynamic range, superbly low noise, precision 24/192 conversion and eight specially-designed mic preamps with a unique analogue “Air” effect, Clarett 4Pre simply sounds great, easily out-performing other interfaces in its class and beyond. Meanwhile, its astonishing 1.67ms round-trip latency* simplifies your workflow and lets you use your favourite plug-ins in real time.

Four New Clarett Mic Pres with extra ‘Air’
The mic pres have been designed especially for the Clarett range, with plenty of gain, yet low noise and distortion. In addition, they include a special “Air” feature that switches in an analogue model of the classic transformer-based Focusrite ISA mic pre. The Instrument inputs also feature extra headroom to handle the loudest pickup.

Precision Digital Conversion
Clarett features Focusrite’s class-leading 24/192 conversion: with up to 119dB dynamic range, Clarett offers the cleanest way yet to get music in and out of your DAW.

Easy Access
All four mic/line inputs are on the front panel for instant, easy access, and Clarett 4Pre’s compact, rugged form factor makes it ideal for use on the road as well as in the studio.

Simplifying the way you work
Clarett’s ultra-low round-trip latency completely transforms your workflow. If you’re used to having to build two different mixes – one using input monitoring to overdub, the other using the DAW for playback – the good news is that now, one is enough. Build your mix on the DAW and use it whether you’re overdubbing (monitoring the input you’re recording with the new Focusrite Control software mixer) or playing back, with all your plugins in place, all the time. Use your favourite plugins while recording too – whether it’s reverb on a vocal, a guitar amp simulator, or even virtual instruments live on stage.

Intuitive, Easy to Use Software Mixer and Sweet Sounding Plug-ins
Focusrite Control is a brand new software mixer designed for easy configuration of monitoring and routing setups. Simple and intuitive to use, Focusrite Control offers a traditional mixer workflow and allows immediate access to internal hardware functions. Also included is a sweet sounding plug-in collection comprising Softube's world-class Time and Tone Bundle, with TSAR-1R Reverb, Tube Delay and Saturation Knob. This is complemented by the Red 2 & Red 3 AAX, AU & VST Plug-in Suite, which accurately models Focusrite's classic Red range equaliser and compressor hardware.

Plenty of ins and outs
Clarett 4Pre offers a full 18 audio inputs and eight outputs, including four front-panel multi-function inputs, four independent line inputs and line outputs, stereo S/PDIF I/O and dual headphone outputs. There are also eight channels of ADAT-format digital input – ideal for adding eight channels of digital mic pre.


Supported Operating Systems
- OSX 10.9 Mavericks, 10.10 Yosemite or 10.11 El Capitan

- Windows support coming soon – Please submit your e-mail address so that we can keep you up to date with more information.

Supported Sample Rates
- 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz

Microphone Inputs
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 35 kHz +/-0.1 dB (min gain)
- Dynamic Range: 118 dB (A-weighted)
- THD+N: 0.001%
- Noise EIN: –128 dBu (A-Weighted)
- Maximum input level: +18 dBu
- Gain Range: 57dB

Line Inputs 1-4 (variable gain)
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 35 kHz +/-0.1 dB (min gain)
- Dynamic Range: 118 dB (A-weighted)
- THD+N: 0.001%
- Maximum input level: +24 dBu
- Gain Range: 57dB

Line Inputs 5-8 (fixed gain)
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 35 kHz +/-0.1 dB (min gain)
- Dynamic Range: 115 dB (A-weighted)
- THD+N: 0.001%
- Maximum input level: +10 dBu

Instrument Inputs
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 35 kHz ± 0.1 dB
- Dynamic Range: dB (A-weighted)
- THD+N: 0.001%
- Maximum input level: +14dBu
- Gain Range: 57dB

Line & Monitor Outputs
- Dynamic Range (Line Outputs): 119dB
- Dynamic Range (Monitor Outputs): 117dB
- Maximum Output Level (0 dBFS): +16 dBu, balanced
- THD+N: 0.0007%

Headphone Outputs
- Dynamic Range: 116dB
- THD+N: 0.0008%
- Maximum Output Level: +16dBu
*Logic Pro X @ 96kHz, 32-sample buffer - Click here for a full round trip latency performance chart

About Clarett

Latency, Conversion, Mic Pres & Ease of Use

Give your recordings some ‘Air’
The key to getting an analogue signal into your DAW is the microphone preamplifier – with its associated line and instrument inputs. Mic pres were among the very first modules that the original Focusrite company ever produced, thirty years ago, when master console designer Rupert Neve was commissioned by Sir George Martin to create a new series of console modules for his AIR Studios: we have plenty of experience behind us. So perhaps it’s no surprise that the Clarett mic pre, designed specially for the range, delivers very low noise indeed: an impressive –128dB EIN. That, combined with its low distortion, ultra-linear design and carefully chosen components, guarantees a clean, open and transparent sound that gives the most accurate representation of the original performance.
     But there’s more to it than that. Mic preamps are very subjective things. There’s a complex interaction between the mic impedance and the input impedance of the preamp that can completely change the character of the sound you capture. Increase the input impedance and you enhance the clarity, transparency and accuracy of the sound. Reduce it, to a point, and you begin to bring out the innate character of the microphone. There is a time and a place for each. That’s why, with Clarett, we let you choose between the two, with a switchable “Air” effect emulating the sound of our classic transformer-based ISA preamps, and matching their input impedance. ‘Air’ harks back to our earlier designs, and in particular the ISA Range, acclaimed around the world for its signature sound – the sound behind thousands of hit records. The original Rupert Neve designs, and in particular their transformer-coupled mic preamps, were the inspiration for Focusrite’s acclaimed Red Range that formed the basis for today’s range of ISA ‘Heritage Sound’ products. ‘Air’ is the name our customers first coined as a simple description of the effect the ISA Preamp added to their sound recordings. There are three main elements that contribute to the classic ‘Air’ effect.

- Coupling – the interaction between the microphone and the ISA’s mic pre input transformer.
- Clarity – created by the low distortion and high linearity of the transformer and preamp design.
- Frequency – a subtle enhancement created by the transformer resonance resulting in an emphasis in the higher frequency content of the sound.

The ‘Air’ setting on a Clarett interface emulates these factors in the analogue domain. Engaging the setting on the Clarett Mic Preamp switches the impedance of the preamp to that of the original ISA and enables the ‘transformer resonance effect’, giving your microphone recordings the air and clarity of an ISA transformer-based mic pre recording. ‘Air’ is useful with any microphone, but in particular listen to the benefits with vintage microphones for which this input impedance was originally intended. There are some extra little touches to the Clarett mic pre, too – such as a special gain curve for the input level controls so they work smoothly and intuitively rather offering the conventional “all or nothing” approach.

Conversion as Art and Science
Focusrite has been in the converter business almost as long as the mic pre business – since the release of the Blue Range A/D and D/A converters in 1995. Like preamps, it’s an art we know inside out. Clarett’s 192kHz/24-bit converters deliver up to 118dB (A/D) / 119dB (D/A) real-world dynamic range, letting you capture every nuance and subtlety whether you’re recording or mixing. A couple of decades ago, digital conversion was a kind of ‘dark art’, where theories were still being developed, discoveries made, and a few individuals were able to get impressive results by breaking the rules. Today, we can argue that this is no longer the case. The rules are established and well-known; the vast majority of converter chips in the same class offer the same kind of performance; and the art of conversion today is about how you use them, and whether or not you are prepared to take the trouble to get the best out of them.
     Careful circuit design, choice of components, and even board layout have a part to play. Multi-layer boards provide internal ground-planes to reduce noise. Keeping analogue and digital parts of the circuit separate can reduce the likelihood of spiky digital clocking and other noise getting into sensitive analogue components. And of course component quality and selection are important considerations too. It’s easy to play the numbers game with digital conversion, and believe a system is better because it looks good on paper, but in fact listening to it (or listening to someone who has) will tell you what you need to know: how clean the sound is, how low the noise, and how much like the original it sounds. Of course the numbers can help you evaluate an interface, as long as they’re real – and when we say that Clarett offers up to 119dB dynamic range via its D/A, we measured that in the real world, with a real interface: it’s not simply the number from the chip’s data sheet.

Revolutionise your workflow with Clarett
If you’re used to having to put together two mixes every time you record – a stripped-down minimum-latency mix for overdubbing; and a regular DAW mix for playback with all your favourite plug-ins – you’ll find Clarett a refreshing change. Thanks to its low-latency design and the inbuilt speed of the Thunderbolt interface, Clarett offers just 1.67ms round-trip latency*. That means you can bring up the best possible DAW mix and use it all the time, with all your favourite plugins in place, and monitor the input only on the track you’re recording – like the traditional overdub mode that studios have used since the beginnings of multitrack recording.
     You’re also free to use your favourite plugins while you record – to add reverb to a vocal, for example, or play guitar through your preferred amplifier simulator. You can even use virtual instruments in real time in a live performance. Take advantage of the vast range of plugins available, including great-sounding freebies, to create the perfect recording path on every channel. And create custom monitor setups for both you and your artists with the new Focusrite Control software mixer. Clarett by Focusrite – the faster Thunderbolt interface by the world’s leading audio interface company.

Why Thunderbolt?
Thunderbolt is a little different to interfaces like USB and FireWire. It brings the PCI Express interface – used for super fast graphics cards and other slots inside the computer – out to external devices. It’s not so much an interface as a bus that gives you direct access to the machine’s inner workings. And as a result, it’s ideal for audio, with exceptionally high speed and correspondingly low latency – making possible the astonishingly low round-trip latency figures that Clarett offers – and unparalleled flexibility. At Focusrite, we’re convinced that Thunderbolt is the interface of the future – especially in the creative professional environment – and the Clarett range demonstrates many of the significant benefits that Thunderbolt provides. With development continuing, promising enhanced performance and capabilities in the future, we believe that Thunderbolt is here to stay.