Focusrite Red 8Line Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface with Dante

Focusrite Red 8Line Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface with Dante


  • Audio interface with Thunderbolt 3, Dante, and DigiLink connectivity
  • 2 Focusrite Red Evolution Mic Preamps, with acclaimed Air effect for sweeter highs
  • High-resolution 24-bit/192kHz converters with parallel path summing
  • Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports enable easy daisy-chaining
  • Dual DigiLink connectivity to Pro Tools | HD systems and Avid interfaces
  • Dual Ethernet ports for Dante audio-over-IP networking
  • Vanishingly low round-trip latency
  • Focusrite Control software
  • Focusrite Red plug-in suite
  • Free Brainworx bx_console re-creation of Focusrite’s ISA 110 and ISA 130 modules

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
Form Factor: Rackmount
Simultaneous I/O: 58 x 64
A/D Resolution: 24-bit/192kHz
Number of Preamps: 2 x mic
Phantom Power: Yes
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)
Digital Inputs:
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)
Network: Dante, RedNet
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
Rack Spaces: 1U
Power Supply: Standard IEC AC cable
Height: 1.73″
Width: 19″
Depth: 13.4″
Weight: 10.67 lbs.