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Focusrite Red 8Line 58-in, 64-out Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface

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Red 8Line has a total of 58 inputs and 64 outputs, including two Red Evolution mic pres, independent L/R monitor outs, eight balanced line inputs and outputs on DB25 connectors; 32 channels of Dante I/O; 16-channel ADAT input and output (at 48kHz), and stereo S/PDIF input and output. As with othe... Read More

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Red 8Line has a total of 58 inputs and 64 outputs, including two Red Evolution mic pres, independent L/R monitor outs, eight balanced line inputs and outputs on DB25 connectors; 32 channels of Dante I/O; 16-channel ADAT input and output (at 48kHz), and stereo S/PDIF input and output. As with other Red interfaces, it features professional-grade 24-bit/192kHz A-D and D-A conversion for no-compromise, mastering-quality recording and audio playback. With 119dB dynamic range A-D and 121dB dynamic range D-A (A-Weighted), the converters have been expertly selected and calibrated by Focusrite to provide the best balance of sound quality, dynamic range and conversion latency.

Features:

  • Extremely high-quality audio conversion
    • High-performance 24-bit/192kHz A-D and D-A conversion with 119dB dynamic range A-D and 121dB dynamic range D-A (A-Weighted).
  • Seamless multi-platform workflow
    • Switch between different DAWs in seconds, using the front panel or control software.
  • Two Red Evolution remote-controllable mic preamps
    • Provide up to 63dB of ultra-clean gain, with phantom power, high-pass filter, phase reverse and Air mode.
  • Latest implementation of Thunderbolt 3
    • Ultra-low-latency drivers for Mac and PC provide the flexibility to use DAW plug-ins in real-time. Dual Thunderbolt ports enable daisy-chaining of devices.
  • Pro Tools | HD connectivity as standard
    • Twin mini-DigiLink ports provide connectivity directly to Pro Tools | HD cards, with no need for device expansion.
  • Dante connectivity as standard
    • Dual Dante ports enable connection to the industry standard Audio-over-IP protocol, for easy expansion and interoperability with other digital devices.
  • Dedicated L/R monitor outputs and comprehensive control
    • Monitor control supports mono, stereo and multi-channel monitoring environments up to 7.1.
  • Extensive analogue I/O
    • Eight-line inputs and outputs on DB25; independent L/R monitor outputs; independent Red Evolution mic preamps, plus two stereo headphones outputs.
  • Precision metering and display
    • Three LCDs provide highly accurate level metering for any input or output block, as well as for main monitor and headphone outputs.
  • Complete software/hardware control environment
    • RedNet Control allows quick setup of complex monitoring and routing configurations, and control of the preamps remotely.
  • Dual headphone outputs
    • High-fidelity headphone outputs are powerful enough to deliver loud audio on high-impedance headphones.
  • Dual front-panel instrument inputs
    • Front-panel connections ensure immediate access to instrument inputs, even when racked.
  • Windows 10 compatibility
    • Windows Thunderbolt drivers make Red 8Line compatible with PC-based audio systems.
  • Focusrite software bundle
    • Includes the Brainworx bx_console Focusrite SC channel strip from the original Focusrite Studio Console, plus Red 2 and Red 3 EQ and Compression plug-ins, which accurately reproduce the sonic qualities of the original Red hardware. Also included is membership to the Focusrite Plug-in Collective.

The two digitally controlled Red Evolution mic preamps are the product of decades of Focusrite's impeccable attention to detail in designing audio hardware. Each preamp provides up to 63dB of ultra-clean gain, with individual phantom power, high-pass filter and phase reverse, and an option to stereo-link the two channels. The switchable Air mode mimics the sonic profile of the famous Focusrite ISA 110 input module and breathes life into any signal it touches.p>

The Focusrite Red Range is the best choice for professionals who work in Pro Tools | HD and other DAWs - on both Mac and PC. With both mini-DigiLink and Thunderbolt 3 connections, it's possible to instantly switch between Pro Tools | HD and other DAWs without the need to reconfigure your audio settings. Simply change the host mode either in RedNet Control software, or using the front panel, to change DAWs in seconds. This ability to quickly switch between production environments means you'll never lose that moment of inspiration, or leave your clients waiting.

Red 8Line features the latest implementation of Thunderbolt 3, with Focusrite's session-proven, ultra-low-latency, rock-solid Thunderbolt drivers. This speed provides the flexibility to use DAW plug-ins in real time, so you can harness the processing power of your DAW to track through plug-ins and record virtual instruments. With two Thunderbolt 3 ports as standard, it's also possible to daisy-chain Thunderbolt devices, such as third-party plug-in accelerators, hard drives, external 4K displays, processing units and Thunderbolt hubs.

In addition to Thunderbolt 3 and Pro Tools HD connectivity, the on-board Dante connection enables Red 8Line to communicate with industry-standard Audio-over-IP equipment from hundreds of manufacturers. Dante makes it easy to expand your system, embrace new ways of working, and discover rapid system expansion using Focusrite RedNet interfaces or devices from third parties such as Neve, Yamaha and DigiCo.

Red 8Line has built-in monitor control for mono, stereo and multi-channel monitoring environments up to 7.1. Compatibility with the new Focusrite RedNet R1 desktop remote controller allows even greater flexibility, and customised presents for immersive monitoring environments including Dolby Atmos®.

Other features of the Red 8Line include precision metering and display: the interface has three LCD displays for highly accurate level metering for any input or output block, as well as main monitor and headphone outputs. Two discrete high-fidelity headphone outputs are powerful enough to deliver loud and clear audio on high impedance headphones and are controlled from the interface front panel. Dual instrument inputs on the front panel ensure you always have immediate access to quickly plug in a guitar, for example, even when racked.

The RedNet Control 2 is a software mixer with a hardware-focussed workflow, which is designed to allow quick setup of both simple and complex monitoring and routing configurations, together with controlling Red Evolution preamps remotely. This allows tighter integration with RedNet equipment over Dante.

Lastly, Red 8Line comes with a bundle of software that celebrates Focusrite's legacy and brings the classic Focusrite sound to your DAW. Brainworx bx_console Focusrite SC is a plug-in for Mac and PC the faithfully captures the sound, feel and styling of the original Focusrite Studio Console. Red 2 and Red 3 EQ and Compression plug-ins are AAX/AU/VST-compatible recreations of the original and much-loved Red Range analogue hardware, which is still relied on heavily in professional studios today.

Warranty - Enjoy three years of warranty
Wherever you happen to be in the world, you can rely on a three-year warranty if any Focusrite hardware needs repairing or replacing due to a manufacturing fault. Focusrite will send you replacement gear in the UK and the US, and they'll cover the shipping costs both ways. In the UK, they'll send you a replacement before you return your hardware to them.

Included Software:

  • Brainworx bx_console Focusrite SC
    • Faithfully captures the sound, feel and styling of the original Focusrite Studio Console.
  • Focusrite Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-ins
    • AAX/AU/VST-compatible recreations of the original and much-loved Focusrite Red Range analogue hardware.
  • Focusrite Plug-in Collective
    • Gain access to frequent free downloads from the most innovative music software brands.

What's in the box:

  • Red 8Line unit
  • IEC AC mains cable
  • Thunderbolt 3 cable - 2 Metres
  • Focusrite Pro Important Information Guide

Red, RedNet, and ISA customers get a free plug-in from Focusrite and Brainworx!
Brainworx bx_console Focusrite recreates the analogue signal paths of Focusrite’s revered ISA 110 and ISA 130 modules which were a part of the Focusrite Studio Console.

Designed and coded by the DSP geniuses at acclaimed software house Brainworx, the new bx_console Focusrite VST/AU/AAX plugin for Mac and PC faithfully captures the sound, feel and styling of our original iconic hardware.

With bx_console Focusrite retailing separately for $349, its inclusion for free with all Red, RedNet, and ISA purchases is a huge deal!

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Product Specs

Simultaneous Inputs & OutputsChannel Count Up to 58 x 64
Microphone Inputs All measurements taken at maximum gain unless otherwise stated, Rs = 150?
Gain Range0-8dB to 63dB in 1dB steps
TypeElectronically Balanced, Zin = 6.2k?
Max. Input Level>+19dBu, min gain
Frequency Response20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB, min gain
THD + N-101dB (0.0009%) @ -1dBFS (@ 11dB Gain)
EIN<-129dBu 'A'-Weighted (typical)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio119dB 'A'-Weighted (typical), min gain
Common-Mode Rejection Ratio50/60Hz CMRR: -90dB
Phantom Power+48V, independently switchable per channel.
HPFHigh-Pass Filter (HPF): -3dB @ 80 ± 3Hz, 12dB/Octave, independently switchable per channel
Air Mode2dB boost at 10kHz and -2dB at 20Hz (ref 1kHz). Input impedance drop to 2.2k?
Line Inputs 1-8 All measurements taken at 24dBu, Rs = 600?
0 dBFS Reference Level+18 or +24dBu (switchable)
TypeElectronically Balanced, Zin = 20k?
Frequency Response20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB
THD + N-102dB (0.0008%) @ -1dBFS
Signal-to-Noise Ratio119dB 'A'-Weighted (typical)
Common-Mode Rejection Ratio50/60Hz CMRR: -70dB
Instrument Inputs All measurements taken at maximum gain unless otherwise stated, Rs = 600?
Gain Range0-8dB to 63dB in 1dB steps
TypeZin = 2.3M?
Max. Input Level>+15dBu, min gain
Frequency Response20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB, min gain
THD + N-100dB (0.001%) @ -1dBFS (@ 11dB Gain)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio117dB 'A'-Weighted (typical), min gain
HPF-3dB @ 80 ± 3Hz, 12dB/Octave, independently switchable per channel
Air Mode2dB boost at 10kHz and -2dB at 20Hz (ref 1kHz)
Line Outputs 1-8 All measurements taken at maximum output level, Rs = 100k?
0 dBFS Reference Levels+18 or +24dBu (switchable)
Frequency Response20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB
THD + N<-104dB (0.0006%) unweighted, 20Hz - 20kHz; -1dBFS input
Dynamic Range121dB 'A'-weighted (typical), 20Hz - 20kHz
Output impedanceNominal output impedance = 136? balanced (68? each phase)
Monitor Outputs All measurements taken at maximum output level, Rs = 100k?
0 dBFS Reference Levels+18dBu
Frequency Response20Hz - 35kHz ±0.2dB
THD+N-80dB (0.01%) unweighted, 20Hz - 20kHz; -1dBFS input
Dynamic Range120dB (A-Weighted)
Output impedanceNominal output impedance = 136? balanced (68? each phase)
Headphone Outputs All measurements taken at maximum output level, Rs = 600?
0 dBFS Reference Levels +16dBm ± 0.5dB
Frequency Response20Hz - 20kHz ±0.2dB
THD + N<-75dB (0.018%) unweighted, 20Hz - 20kHz
Dynamic Range114dB 'A'-weighted (typical), 20Hz - 20kHz
Output Impedance10?
Headphone Impedance32? - 600?
Crosstalk
Microphone Crosstalk
Mic Input to Input< -80dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)
Mic Input to Output< -130dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)
Output to Mic Input< -165dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)
Line Crosstalk
Line Input to Line Input< -100dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)
Line Input to Output< -150dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)
Output to Line Input< -150dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)
Output Crosstalk
Output to Output< -95dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)
Headphone Crosstalk
Headphone to Headphone< -95dB; 20Hz - 20kHz (driven channel at -20dBFS)
Digital Performance
Supported Sample Rates44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz (-4% / -0.1% / +0.1% / +4.167%) at 24 bit
Clock SourcesInternal, ADAT 1, ADAT 2, S/PDIF, Word Clock, Loop Sync or from Dante Network Master
Front Panel Connectivity
Instrument Inputs
Channel Count2 Channels In
Instrument Inputs2 x 1/4" TS jack
Headphone Outputs
Channel Count2 Stereo Channels Out
Headphone Outputs2 x 1/4" TRS stereo jack
Rear Panel Connectivity
Thunderbolt
Channel CountUp to 58 In and 64 Out
Thunderbolt Ports2 x Thunderbolt 3 Ports (Primary Port 1 and Primary Port 2)
Pro Tools|HD
Channel CountUp to 58 In and 64 Out (32 In and 32 Out per connection)
Primary Port2 x Mini DigiLink
Dante
Channel CountUp to 32 In and 32 Out
Input and Output2 x Ethernet standard RJ45 connectors (Compatible with Cat 5e and above).
Mic Inputs
Channel Count2 In
Input2 x Female XLR
Line Level
Channel Count8 In and 8 Out
Input2 x DB-25 connectors (AES59)
Output2 x DB-25 connectors (AES59)
ADAT
Channel CountUp to 16 In and 16 Out
Input2 x TOSLINK connector
Output2 x TOSLINK connector
Channel Assignments @ 44.1 kHz, 48 kHzPort 1 = Channels 1 - 8 , Port 2 = Channels 9 - 16
Channel Assignments @ 88.2 kHz, 96 kHzSMUXI: Port 1 = Channels 1 - 4, Port 2 = Channels 5 - 8
Channel Assignments @ 176.4 kHz, 192 kHzSMUXII: Port 1 = Channels 1 - 2 , Port 2 = Channels 3 - 4
S/PDIF
Channel Count2 In and 2 Out (Optical up to 96kHz)
Input1 x RCA phono socket (1 x TOSLINK up to 96kHz)
Output1 x RCA phono socket (1 x TOSLINK up to 96kHz)
Monitor Outputs
Channel Count2 Out
Montor Outputs2 x 1/4" TRS jack
Loop Sync
Loop Sync Input1 x BNC 75? port
Loop Sync Output1 x BNC 75? port
Word Clock
Word Clock Input1 x BNC 75? port
Word Clock Output1 x BNC 75? port
PSU
PSU1 x IEC Input
Front Panel Indicators
Screens3 x Screens (menus and metering)
Control Functions2 x Encoders (menu navigation, channel functions (Gain, +48V, Phase, HPF, Air and Mic/Line/Inst)
monitor and headphone outputs (Level, Mute and Dim)). 4 x Switches (control over menus & metering)
Power
PSU1 x Internal, 100-240V, 50/60Hz, consumption 120W.
Heat Performance
Operating TemperatureOperates at an ambient temperature of up to 40 degrees Celsius
FanDual fan

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