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Focusrite Ships Red 8Line Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface

Focusrite's 58-in, 64-out Red 8Line Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface is now shipping.

Focusrite's Red 8Line
Focusrite’s Red 8Line

Los Angeles, CA (December 23, 2020)—Focusrite has shipped its new Red 8Line – a 58-input, 64-output, Thunderbolt 3 audio interface.

The Red 8Line features two Red Evolution mic pres, independent L/R monitor outs, eight balanced line analog inputs and outputs; up to 58-in, 64-out DigiLink I/O; 32 channels of Dante I/O; 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/192 kHz A-D and D-A conversion.

With both mini-DigiLink and Thunderbolt 3 connections, it’s possible to instantly switch between Pro Tools and other DAW applications without the need to reconfigure audio settings. Changing the host mode either in RedNet Control software or with Red 8Line’s front panel controls lets users change DAWs in seconds.

Red 8Line features the latest implementation of Thunderbolt 3. With two Thunderbolt 3 ports as standard, it’s 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.

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On-board Dual Dante ports enable connection to the industry-standard Audio-over-IP protocol. Twin mini-DigiLink ports provide connectivity directly to Pro Tools | HD cards, with no need for device expansion. Digital synchronization is facilitated by Loop Sync and Word Clock I/O. The two Red Evolution remote-controllable mic preamps provide up to 63 dB of gain, with phantom power, high-pass filter, phase reverse and Air mode lets users invoke the sonic signature of Focusrite’s ISA Preamp. Dual front-panel instrument connections provide access for DI input.

The unit is accompanied by a software bundle that 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.

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