Skip to content
Everything In Music - Since 1958
Everything In Music - Since 1958

Focusrite Red 8Pre 64 In/64 Out Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface

Original price $4,799.99
Original price $4,799.99 - Original price $4,799.99
Original price $4,799.99
Current price $3,999.99
$3,999.99 - $3,999.99
Current price $3,999.99
Inventory Status:

❓ Out of stock
About Inventory Status


Questions?
Call or text us at 301-946-8808.

In stock: It is in stock and available to ship or pickup. We can usually ship or have these items available for pickup by the next business day if they don't require inspection, special handling, or setup. Our pickup location is 11151 Veirs Mill Rd. Silver Spring, MD 20902.

📆 Preorder: It is on the way to our warehouse. We can't predict when preorder items will arrive due to current supply chain issues. If you place an order for one of these items someone will contact you to estimate the delivery date.

Out of stock: We don't currently have it available but you're not out of luck yet. We still may be able to get it. If you order one of these items we will contact you with an estimated fulfillment date. You have the option to cancel the order if you change your mind.

Special order: The item is so special that it needs to be custom ordered for you. Some of these items are works of art and have to be made individually. Orders for special order items must be prepaid and we cannot accept cancellations or refunds.

█ Sold out: We don't think we can get this item because it was either discontinued by the manufacturer or was limited in quantity. If you want or need this item call or text us. Sometimes we can help you track down the item through other sources or help you find something similar.

About Item Conditions


Questions?
Call or text us at 301-946-8808.

New: The item is brand new as received from the manufacturer with a full manufacturer warranty. Instruments such as guitars, snare drums, drum kits, brass and woodwind instruments may be opened for photography and quality control inspection and may not be in a factory sealed box.

Mint or Open Box: The item may have been opened and tested but has been repackaged. The original packaging may have superficial issues but the item itself and any originally included accessories are in perfect, like new condition.

Display Model: These items are so cool that we put them on display in our legendary shop. The condition is brand new as received from the manufacturer with manufacturer warranty. Rest assured, these items undergo a very careful inspection before shipping.

Demo: These items have been on our sales floor for demo purposes and will likely show signs of use. The original packaging may no longer be included, but you can be assured that you are receiving an awesome item and an awesome price.

Used: The item is used. These item may have varying degrees of wear. Please read the description for information about the condition of the item. Used items do not carry a warranty.

B or C Stock: Factory refurbished. These items were purchased from the manufacturer in a refurbished condition. They will show some cosmetic issues, but nothing that would impact performance. Being that these are sealed from the manufacturer, we generally do not open these to photograph the cosmetic issues. They are guaranteed to work and may have a limited warranty or you may purchase an extended warranty in some cases. Please see the listing description for item specific information.


Get The Premium Audio Interface For Pro Tools|HD™ And Thunderbolt™ 2 Workflows - The Focusrite Red 8Pre 64 In/64 Out Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface

The Focusrite Red 8Pre features both Thunderbolt 2 connectivity and dual mini-DigiLink ports allowing you the best of both Core Audio and Pro Tools|HD workflows. Take Red 8Pre on the road for location recording over Thunderbolt then connect the same interface to Pro Tools|HDX or Pro Tools|HD Native back at the studio for mixdown. The combination of low-latency conversion and driver technology allows real-time foldback mixes to be created in the DAW while you continue to use the native plug-ins. Unlike many interfaces, both mini-DigiLink and Thunderbolt 2 connectivity comes as standard, so there's no need to buy an additional option card.

Eight Red Evolution Mic Pres

Focusrite's Red Evolution mic pres draw on many decades of design prowess as well as many of the elements behind the incredibly popular RedNet mic pre used in many studios, broadcast facilities and live performances around the world. The digitally-controlled mic pres deliver a clear and honest sound with very low noise and plenty of gain available for the most-quiet of spaces. They can be controlled from the front panel or remotely over Thunderbolt using Focusrite Control. Additionally the mic pre settings can be saved and recalled allowing you to quickly re-setup for ythe next session. They also include the unique 'Air' effect, recreating the sound of the transformer-based mic preamps in the ISA and original Red ranges. When 'Air' is enabled, the microphone impedance is lowered and the sound is given a subtle mid-high boost all in the analogue domain.

Parallel Path Conversion

Focusrite has been designing digital converters for over 20 years. From the original Blue 245 and 260 mastering-grade A-D and D-A, through the Liquid Channel and more recently RedNet, digital conversion is a key part of the design heritage and philosophy. Every converter designed starts with the same objectives: low latency, high dynamic range and a flat, wide frequency response. Red 8Pre's conversion achieves just that, lightning fast performance, a dynamic range of 118dB A-D and 121dB D-A and a flat response to 35kHz. By using parallel path summing Focusrite has achieved even greater noise-performance than ever.

Ultra-Low Latency

Monitoring latency is the enemy of any performer and if the performance isn't excellent, the final mix won't be either. By utilising the lowest-latency conversion available, coupled with a high-performance Core Audio driver, Red 8Pre's analogue round trip latency is kept to an exceptionally low minimum of 1.67ms.

Flexible

Since Red 8Pre allows the user to assign any physical input or output to any driver/Pro Tools|HD channel, it's easier than ever to customise the interface layout and integrate hardware inserts. Simply open Focusrite Control software and reallocate the channels as required.

Room for Expansion

While Red 8Pre has enough I/O for many scenarios, sometimes more is needed. That's why Red 8Pre includes two ADAT ports, for up to 16 additional inputs and outputs. Simply connect any ADAT equipment, such as the Focusrite Octopre, using lightpipes.

In today's modern studio, audio networking is taking over. Focusrite's RedNet range brings that technology with the Red 8Pre, allowing up to 32 channels of Dante inputs and outputs to be connected. Simply plug in an Ethernet cable and add additional mic pres or line I/O with ease. Alternatively arrive at the studio or venue and simply connect one Ethernet cable to Red 8Pre to gain access to the whole network. The possibilities are huge.


  • Two Thunderbolt 2 Interface ports for direct or chained connection.
  • 16 line-level input and output signals via DB25 connectors on the rear panel.
  • Eight remote controlled microphone preamps providing up to 63dB of gain, each with phantom power, high-pass filter, phase-reverse and ‘Air’ mode
  • Two instrument inputs accessed via front-mounted 1/4” jacks.
  • Analogue monitoring via dedicated balanced 1/4” jack outputs on the rear panel, plus two independent headphone outputs on the front panel.
  • Digital devices can be accommodated via the S/PDIF and dual ADAT I/O connections.
  • Two Primary Mini DigiLink connectors provide up to 64 input and 64 output channels of I/O to ProTools | HD.
  • Dual Ethernet ports provide up to 32 x 32 channels of networked audio expansion over Dante.
  • BNC connectors allow Red 8Pre to sync or slave to external devices via Word Clock or Loop Sync.
  • Permanent 8-channel LCD meter display – selectable to show all input types.
  • Simple host and sync selection setup.
  • Focusrite Control application allows full remote hardware operation, plus mixing and routing control
  • Channel Count Up to 64 x 64


System Requirements

  • Computer Apple Mac with at least one Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port (2m Thunderbolt cable included)
  • Other Internet connection for downloading and installing software and driver
  • Please visit the OS Compatibility Checker for more information on supported operating systems


SPECIFICATIONS

Simultaneous Inputs & Outputs

  • Channel Count: Up to 64x64

Microphone Inputs

  • Gain Range: 0-8dB to 63dB in 1dB steps
  • Type: Electronically Balanced, Zin = 6.2kΩ
  • Max. Input Level: +19dBu ±0.5, min gain
  • Min. Input Level: -44dBu ±0.5
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB, min gain
  • THD + N:-101dB (0.0009%) @ -1dBFS (@ 11dB Gain)
  • EIN: -129dBu 'A'-Weighted (typical)
  • Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 119dB 'A'-Weighted (typical), min gain
  • Common-Mode Rejection Ratio: 50/60Hz CMRR: -70dB
  • Phantom Power: +48V, independently switchable per channel
  • HPF: High-Pass Filter (HPF): -3dB @ 80 ± 3Hz, 12dB/Octave, independently switchable per channel
  • Air Mode: 2dB boost at 10kHz and -2dB at 20Hz (ref 1kHz). Input impedance drop to 2.2kΩ

Line Inputs 1-8

  • Line Inputs 1-8 Type: Electronically Balanced, Zin = 10kΩ
  • Line Inputs 1-8 Max. Input Level: +27dBu ±0.5, min gain
  • Line Inputs 1-8 Min. Input Level: -36dBu ±0.5
  • Line Inputs 1-8 Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB, min gain
  • Line Inputs 1-8 THD + N: -101dB (0.0009%) @ -1dBFS (@ 11dB Gain)
  • Line Inputs Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 119dB 'A'-Weighted (typical), min gain
  • Line Inputs Common-Mode Rejection Ratio: 50/60Hz CMRR: -70dB
  • Line Inputs 1-8 HPF: High-Pass Filter (HPF): -3dB @ 80 ± 3Hz, 12dB/Octave, independently switchable per channel
  • Line Inputs 1-8 Air Mode: 2dB boost at 10kHz and -2dB at 20Hz (ref 1kHz)

Line Inputs 9-16

  • Line Inputs 9 - 16 0 DBFS Reference Level: +27dBu ±0.5
  • Line Inputs 9 - 16 Type: Electronically Balanced, Zin = 20kΩ
  • Line Inputs 9 - 16 Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB
  • Line Inputs 9 - 16 THD + N: -104dB (0.0006%) @ -1dBFS
  • Line Inputs 9 - 16 Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 119dB 'A'-Weighted (typical)
  • Line Inputs 9 - 16 Common-Mode Rejection Ratio: 50/60Hz CMRR: -70dB 

Instrument Inputs

  • Instrument Inputs Gain Range: 0-8dB to 63dB in 1dB steps
  • Instrument Inputs Type: Zin = 2.3MΩ
  • Instrument Inputs Max. Input Level: +15dBu ±0.5, min gain
  • Instrument Inputs Min. Input Level: -48dBu ±0.5 Instrument Inputs Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB, min gain
  • Instrument Inputs THD + N: -94dB (0.002%) @ -1dBFS (@ 11dB Gain)
  • Instrument Inputs Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 117dB 'A'-Weighted (typical), min gain
  • Instrument Inputs HPF: -3dB @ 80 ± 3Hz, 12dB/Octave, independently switchable per channel
  • Instrument Inputs Air Mode: 2dB boost at 10kHz and -2dB at 20Hz (ref 1kHz)

Line Outputs 3-18

  • Line Outputs 3-18 0 DBFS Reference Levels: +18dBu ±0.5
  • Line Outputs 3-18 Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB
  • Line Outputs 3-18 THD + N: <-102dB (0.0008%) unweighted, 20Hz - 20kHz; -1dBFS input
  • Line Outputs 3-18 Dynamic Range: 121dB 'A'-weighted (typical), 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Line Outputs 3-18 Output Impedance: Nominal output impedance = 136Ω balanced (68Ω each phase)

Monitor Outputs

  • Monitor Outputs Frequency Response: 20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB
  • Monitor Outputs Dynamic Range: +120dB (A-Weighted)
  • Monitor Outputs Maximum Output Level (0 DBFS): +18dBu ±0.5
  • Monitor Outputs THD+N: <-78dB (0.0012%) unweighted, 20Hz - 20kHz; -1dBFS input
  • Monitor Outputs Stereo Level Balance: ±0.02dB @ 997Hz
  • Monitor Outputs Output Impedance: Nominal output impedance = 136Ω balanced (68Ω each phase)

Headphone Output

  • Headphone Output 0 DBFS Reference Levels: +16dBm ± 0.1dB
  • Headphone Output Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz ±0.2dB
  • Headphone Output THD + N: <-75dB (0.018%) unweighted, 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Headphone Output Stereo Level Balance: ±0.05dB @ 997Hz
  • Headphone Output Dynamic Range: 114dB 'A'-weighted (typical), 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Headphone Output Impedance: 10Ω Headphone Impedance: 32Ω - 600Ω

Microphone Crosstalk

  • Mic Input To Input: < -70dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)
  • Mic Input To Output < -100dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)
  • Output To Mic Input: < -130dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)

Line Crosstalk

  • Line Input To Line Input: < -60dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)
  • Line Input To Output: < -100dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)
  • Output To Line Input: < -115dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)

Output Crosstalk

  • Output To Output: < -100dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)

Headphone Crosstalk

  • Headphone To Headphone: < -75dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)

Digital Performance

  • Supported Sample Rates: 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz at 24 bit
  • Clock Sources: Internal, ADAT, S/PDIF, Word Clock, Loop Sync or from Dante Network Master

Headphone Outputs

  • Headphone Outputs Channel Count: 2 Stereo Channels Out
  • Headphone Outputs: 2 x 1/4" TRS stereo jack

Thunderbolt

  • Thunderbolt Channel Count: Up to 64 In and 64 Out
  • Thunderbolt Ports: 2 x Thunderbolt Ports (Primary Port 1 and Primary Port 2)

Pro Tools

  • Pro Tools Channel Count: Up to 64 In and 64 Out (32 In and 32 Out per connection)
  • Primary Port: 2 x Mini DigiLink

Dante

  • Dante Channel Count: Up to 32 In and 32 Out
  • Dante Input And Output: 2 x ethernet standard RJ45 connectors (Compatible with Cat 5e and above).

Mic Inputs

  • Mic Inputs Channel Count: 8 In
  • Mic Inputs: 1 x DB-25 connectors (AES59)

Line Level

  • Line Level Channel Count: 16 In and 16 Out
  • Line Level Input: 2 x DB-25 connectors (AES59)
  • Line Level Outputs: 2 x DB-25 connectors (AES59)

ADAT

  • ADAT Channel Count: Up to 16 In and 16 Out
  • ADAT Input: 2 x TOSLINK connector
  • ADAT Output: 2 x TOSLINK connector
  • Channel Assignments @ 44.1 KHz, 48 KHz: Port 1 = Channels 1 - 8 , Port 2 = Channels 9 - 16 
  • Channel Assignments @ 88.2 KHz, 96 KHz: SMUXI - Port 1 = Channels 1 - 4, Port 2 = Channels 5 - 8
  • Channel Assignments @ 176.4 KHz, 192 KHz: SMUXII - Port 1 = Channels 1 - 2 , Port 2 = Channels 3 - 4

S/PDIF

  • S/PDIF Channel Count: 2 In and 2 Out (Optical up to 96kHz)
  • S/PDIF Inputs: 1 x RCA phono socket (1 x TOSLINK up to 96kHz)
  • S/PDIF Outputs: 1 x RCA phono socket (1 x TOSLINK up to 96kHz)

Loop Sync

  • Loop Sync Input: 1 x BNC 75Ω port
  • Loop Sync Output: 1 x BNC 75Ω port

World Clock

  • World Clock Input: 1 x BNC 75Ω port
  • World Clock Output: 1 x BNC 75Ω port

PSU

  • PSU: 1 x IEC Input

Front Panel Indicators

  • OLED Screens: 3 x Screens (menus and metering)

Dimensions & Weight

  • Height: 44mm/ 1.73"
  • Width: 483mm/ 19.02"
  • Depth (Chassis Only): 340mm/ 13.39"
  • Weight: 5.14kg

Power

  • Power PSU: 1 x Internal, 100-240V, 50/60Hz, consumption 65W.

Front Panel Instrument Inputs

  • Instrument Inputs Channel Count: 2 Channels In
  • Instrument Inputs: 2 x 1/4" TS stereo jack

Monitor Outputs

  • Monitor Outputs Channel Count: 2 Out
  • Monitor Outputs: 2 x 1/4" TRS stereo jack

Manufacturer: Focusrite
Model: RED-8-PRE
SKU: I442774-N-0-WHXA
UPC: 815301006312


We are Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center

Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC's legendary music shop. Family-owned and operated since 1958. Buy gear the way it was meant to be bought, from a store that's been there through it all and has the vibe to prove it. We're staffed with musicians and industry experts, people that live and breathe music gear. Our mission is to help you find the right gear for your project, that thing that will bring you the most joy out of what you do. We're an authorized dealer for almost every brand, we stock items the other stores don't, so you can try before you buy. Stop by our Wheaton, MD showroom and see for yourself.

Contact us if you have questions about one of our listings or if you need help finding the right piece of gear.