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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Struggling with issues (crackling)
deep future, 29.08.2020
I purchased the 2 pre clarett for a home studio build after advise from Thomann. When it works the sound quality is amazing and the headphone jack is perfect for my 80omh headphones, plenty of bottom end.

I've had so many issues with this from sporadic crackling, clicks and pops. They just come out of the blue and i've found by closing ableton and restarting my project the issue stops for a while. My system is more than capable to handle. I don't know exactly what the issue is , I believe it is a compatibility issue with my motherboard (asus zenbook pro) and the focusrite driver.

I contacted Focusrite and they were very professional and helpful but were unable to identify the problem and it took them both times over 10 days to reply to an email. I tested the product on another laptop which had no issues. On researching my issue I found many people complaining of the same problems. I now intent to sell and try the ausiofuse from arturia.

My advise to anyone buying, see can you test on your setup for a night before buying. The cracking will drive you mad esp in a mastering session.
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Premium Sound Quality
HermeticPhilosophy, 07.01.2021
The sound is really great and full of pleasing musical harmonics, my previous soundcard was a Behringer u-phoria umc22 and I'm not exaggerating if I say that this sounds and performs 100 times better! The interface has tons of headroom so it's almost impossible to clip while tracking (I'm no more using my tracking compressor), both air and normal mode have a slight gentle saturation that reminds the sound of something analog, Hi-Fi, and 3D sounding, I personally leave it in air mode, this interface totally changed the way I approach recording my music, no more noisy recordings from cheap preamps like in my previous soundcard, the optical input it's absolutely nice if u wanna expand the device to track drums or multiple instruments! the only downside I think it's the software that sometimes behaves weirdly and seem to be really counterintuitive in the routing options, the card seem to have no latency at all, just be sure to use a lower buffer size while recording and a higher buffer size while mixing, I'm using an old 2010PC so this maybe it's less relevant if u have a more recent workstation! It's really great buy it!
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Top quality interface
greedymind, 09.10.2020
This interfece is very well build and gives you professional sound, both for recording and listening. I'm pretty sure that sound-wise this is one of the best, if not THE best interface with 2 input channels. On top of that, there's ADAT input for connecting extra channels via optical cable.

AIR mode (which emulates Focusrite ISA preamps) really does alter the sound in a nice way, adding pleasant saturation.

Divers are nice and intuitive. Software which comes with this interface is very nice, plus every now and then Focusrite offers Clarett owners some very good third party plugins for free.
There is no DSP-processing in Clarett, but I'm OK with that because I prefer to record tracks clean and then mix them afterwards.

Highly recommend to anyone who's looking for a top quality interface with 2 input channels.
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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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