Focusrite has introduced the Red 4Pre, a new ‘flagship’ audio interface that offers 58-in, 64-out IO, four digitally controlled ‘Red Evolution’ preamps, plus high-headroom instrument inputs, a new high-performance conversion system, and Thunderbolt 2, Pro Tools HD DigiLink and Dante network connectivity.
Focusrite’s 58-in/64-out Red 4Pre includes Thunderbolt 2 connectivity for low round-trip latency, letting you track and overdub with your preferred plug-ins and effects in real time. You can use the Red 4Pre seamlessly in any Pro Tools | HD system, or use it with existing Avid interfaces, thanks to its twin DigiLink connectors.
Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports allow daisy-chaining of additional components such as hard drives and displays. Plus the Red 4Pre is network audio enabled right out of the box, with dual Ethernet ports for Dante audio-over-IP networking, letting you expand your recording capability over Ethernet for up to 64 additional channels anywhere on your network, with low latency.
Additional Red or other Dante-compatible components can be connected to the Ethernet ports of the Red 4Pre to provide additional channels irrespective of the interface used to drive the Red 4Pre.
Here’s the official intro video:
The Red Evolution mic pres in the Red 4Pre deliver –129 dB EIN and 63dB of gain. The mic pres can be controlled digitally, for adjusting/recalling settings and stereo linking via Focusrite Control software.
They also include Focusrite’s ‘Air’ effect, recreating the sound of the transformer-based mic preamps in the ISA range. When ‘Air’ is enabled, the microphone impedance is set to 2.1k? and the frequency response curve is given a subtle mid-high boost – all in the analogue domain.
Focusrite says that the converters in the Red 4Pre are the best they’ve ever made, employing a ‘parallel path summing’ configuration to lower the noise floor. With 24-bit/192kHz sampling capability and 118dB(A-D)/121dB (D-A) dynamic range, it is ideal for high-resolution audio.
The Red 4Pre delivers ?0.0009% THD+Noise and a frequency response flat from 20Hz to 35kHz ±0.25 dB or better.
Pricing and Availability
The Focusrite Red 4Pre will be available in mid-April, priced at £2099.99 / $2499.99 / €2699.99. See the Focusrite site for details.