Top-tier Conversion with Thunderbolt 3, DigiLink, and Dante Connectivity
Whether you use the Focusrite Red 8Line as a Thunderbolt 3 audio interface for your DAW, as a front end for your Pro Tools | HD recording system, or as an I/O device within your Dante digital audio network, you’ll be amazed at what you hear. The Red 8Line is equipped with top-quality converters with up to 121dB of dynamic range, plus a pair of Focusrite Red Evolution mic preamps for world-class input quality. Ample analog I/O is available, including dedicated monitoring outputs for speakers and headphones. And with connectivity options including Thunderbolt 3, Dante, DigiLink, ADAT optical, and S/PDIF, the Focusrite Red 8Line is one of the most versatile professional audio interfaces you’ll find.
Pristine Red Evolution preamps
The Red 8Line’s software-controlled Red Evolution mic preamps deliver 63dB of gain, so you can use your favorite low-output ribbon microphones. Also onboard is Focusrite’s famous Air effect, which emulates the sound of the company’s acclaimed transformer-based ISA preamps. If you’re looking to bring out the breathiness of a vocal or enhance the presence of an acoustic guitar, Sweetwater is sure the Red 8Line will delight you.
High-end converters with parallel path summing
Focusrite spec’d the Red 8Line with their new high-end conversion system that features parallel path summing, in which two matched converters run in parallel to optimize the S/N ratio. The converters operate at up to 24-bit/192kHz sampling and boast a dynamic range of 119dB (A/D), and 121dB (D/A). Noise and distortion? Not here! With a ruler-flat frequency response of 20Hz to 35kHz (±0.2dB), the Red 8Line delivers a miniscule 0.0008% THD+noise.
Thunderbolt, DigiLink, and Dante: Connectivity you need
The Red 8Line is designed for the modern studio. Dual DigiLink connectors give you a direct connection to Pro Tools | HD systems and Avid interfaces. Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports with incredibly low round-trip latency let you daisy-chain your displays or hard drives. Working in a Dante network environment? The Red 8Line is equipped with the Brooklyn II Dante chipset, offering up to 32 Tx and 32 Rx flows with an amazingly-low 0.25ms latency across the network.
Valuable software included
Your Focusrite Red 8Line ships with a hot software bundle that includes Focusrite Control, which gives you fast, intuitive control over your mic preamps and monitor/mix setups. The included Brainworx bx_console Focusrite SC channel strip plug-in puts the iconic sound of the classic Focusrite Studio Console in your DAW. Also included is the Red plug-in suite, which models Focusrite’s coveted Red 2 and 3 EQ and compression. You’ll also enjoy access to the Focusrite Pro Plug-in Collective.
|Computer Connectivity:||Thunderbolt 3|
|Simultaneous I/O:||58 x 64|
|Number of Preamps:||2 x mic|
|Analog Inputs:||2 x 1/4″, 2 x XLR (mic), 1 x DB-25 (line)|
|Analog Outputs:||2 x 1/4″ (monitor), 1 x DB-25 (line)|
2 x Optical Toslink (ADAT), 1 x Coax (S/PDIF)
|Digital Outputs:||2 x Optical Toslink (ADAT), 1 x Coax (S/PDIF)|
|Headphones:||2 x 1/4″ TRS (stereo)|
|Thunderbolt:||2 x Thunderbolt 3|
|Data I/O:||2 x Ethernet (Dante)|
|Other I/O:||2 x Mini DigiLink|
|Clock I/O:||In/Out (word clock), In/Out (loop sync)|
|OS Requirements – Mac:||macOS 10.12 or later|
|OS Requirements – PC:||Windows 10 or later|
|Power Supply:||Standard IEC AC cable|