Focusrite has launched the Red 4Pre, a new audio interface that they say is ‘the pinnacle of Focusrite’s interface range’.
The 58-in/64-out Thunderbolt Red 4Pre interface combines four of Focusrite’s specially-developed digitally-controlled mic preamps, plus high-headroom instrument inputs, with dual Pro Tools HD DigiLink and Dante network audio connectivity.
- Four of Focusrite’s new, specially-developed “Red Evolution” preamps lie at the heart of the Red 4Pre, offering -129 dB EIN and 63dB of gain.
- Software control allows recall of settings and stereo linking, plus configuration of HPF, polarity invert and individual phantom power.
- The preamps include Focusrite’s unique “Air” effect, recreating in the analog domain the sound of the transformer-based mic preamps in the classic ISA range – ideal for bringing out the quality of a vocal or adding presence to an acoustic guitar.
- Red 4Pre also includes high-headroom instrument inputs, instantly accessible from the front panel.
- The Red 4Pre’s new high-performance conversion system features “parallel path summing,” where two matched converters are run in parallel to increase the signal-to-noise ratio. They operate at up to 24-bit, 192 kHz sampling – ideal for high-resolution audio – with a dynamic range of 118dB(A-D)/121dB (D-A). The Red 4Pre delivers ?0.0009% THD+Noise and a frequency response flat from 20Hz to 35kHz ±0.25 dB or better.
- Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports connect to any DAW while allowing daisy-chaining of drives and displays. Focusrite’s lowest round-trip latency permits recording with preferred plug-ins in real-time and simplifies workflow, while dual DigiLink ports connect the Red 4Pre directly to any Pro Tools HD system.
- Red 4Pre features built-in Dante network audio connectivity: use the dual Ethernet ports to connect any Dante-compatible product such as units from Focusrite’s own RedNet range, adding up to 64 channels via Ethernet exactly where they’re needed – wherever there’s an Ethernet network – with low latency and lower cost.
The Focusrite Red 4Pre is now shipping, with a U.S. price of $2499.99.