Focusrite announces that its new Red 8Line – a 58-input, 64-output Thunderbolt 3 audio interface – is now available to order. The Red 8Line features two Red Evolution mic preamps, independent L/R monitor outputs, eight balanced line analog inputs and outputs; DigiLink I/O up to 58 inputs and 64 outputs; 32 Dante I/O channels; 16-channel ADAT input and output (at 48 kHz) and stereo S/PDIF input and output. As with other Red interfaces, Red 8Line features professional-grade 24-bit/192kHz AD and DA conversion for uncompromising audio recording and playback.
The Focusrite Red range is an ideal choice for professionals who work in Pro Tools | HD and other DAWs – on Mac and PC. With mini-DigiLink and Thunderbolt 3 connections, you can instantly switch between Pro Tools and other DAW applications without having to reconfigure your audio settings. Simply changing host mode either in RedNet Control software or with Red 8Line’s front panel controls allows users to switch DAWs in seconds. This ability to quickly switch between production environments means the moment of inspiration will never be lost, nor customers left waiting.
Red 8Line offers the latest implementation of Thunderbolt 3, featuring Focusrite’s session-proven, ultra-low latency, rock-solid Thunderbolt drivers. This speed provides the flexibility to use DAW plug-ins in real time, allowing users to harness the processing power of their DAW to track plug-ins and record virtual instruments. With two Thunderbolt 3 ports as standard, it is also possible to daisy-chain Thunderbolt devices, such as third-party plug-in accelerators, hard drives, external 4K displays, processing units and Thunderbolt hubs. New Windows 10 Thunderbolt drivers make Red 8Line compatible with PC-based audio systems equipped with Thunderbolt 3.
Built-in Dual Dante ports allow connection to industry standard Audio-over-IP protocol, for easy expansion and interoperability with the Focusrite RedNet family of interfaces and with AoIP equipment from hundreds of manufacturers including Neve, Yamaha and DiGiCo. Two mini-DigiLink ports provide direct connectivity to Pro Tools | HD maps, without the need for device expansion. Digital synchronization is facilitated by Loop Sync and Word Clock I/O. The two Red Evolution remote-controllable mic preamps deliver up to 63dB of ultra-clean gain, with phantom power, high-pass filter, phase reverse and Air mode allowing users to invoke the sonic signature of the classic transformer-based ISA preamp. Focusrite. Dual instrument connections on the front panel ensure immediate DI input access, even in the rack.
Along with its eight DB25 line inputs and outputs, Red 8Line’s extensive analog I/O features independent L/R monitor outputs as well as two high-fidelity stereo headphone outputs powerful enough to drive high-impedance headphones. Red 8Line has built-in monitor control for mono, stereo and multi-channel monitoring environments up to 10 channels, including 7.1.2. Compatibility with the new Focusrite RedNet R1 desktop remote allows for even greater flexibility, and custom presets for immersive monitoring environments, including Dolby Atmos RedNet Control software, enable quick configuration of complex monitoring and routing setups , and remote preamp control. Three color LCD displays provide highly accurate level metering for any input or output block, as well as the main monitor and headphone outputs in addition to the parameter display.
Red 8Line comes with a software bundle that includes the Brainworx bx_console Focusrite SC channel strip from the original Focusrite Studio console, as well as Red 2 and Red 3 EQ and compression plug-ins that accurately reproduce the sonic qualities of the original Red hardware. Focusrite Plug-in Collective membership provides access to frequent free downloads of the most innovative music software brands.
Red 8Line is now available.