Cuyahoga Community College Uses Focusrite Clarett 8Pres in Recording Arts Program

The Recording Arts and Technology Program at Cuyahoga Community College, known as “Tri-C” at multiple locations in Ohio, has become a staple of the college’s curriculum. This year the school upgraded its audio technology to Focusrite Clarett 8Pre 18-in/20-out Thunderbolt interfaces.

The school’s Recording Arts & Technology Program awards graduates with an Associate of Applied Science degree covering areas such as music recording and mixing, location sound, commercial production, audio for video and television, internet audio, record production and live sound reinforcement.

Previously the school's studios relied on 70 Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 multichannel FireWire audio interfaces installed in each workstation. Those interfaces recently were upgraded to the latest Clarett 8Pre 18-in/20-out Thunderbolt audio interfaces.

“Industry standards are important to us, and Thunderbolt has emerged as a standard connection protocol, so it was time for us to integrate that into our workflow,” said Mark Baker, Studio Tech Support Manager. In addition to the interface, which provides connectivity to the school’s Mac laptops, he also cited the improved software — a software mixer that simplifies configuration of monitoring and routing setups from Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone or iPod touch as well as improved metering and the ability to operate at up to 192 kHz.

Focusrite's Clarett 8Pre features eight Clarett microphone preamplifiers, high dynamic range and fast, low-latency performance enabled by Thunderbolt. The mic preamps feature switchable Air Effect, which gives microphones the air and clarity of an ISA transformer-based mic preamp.

With its comprehensive connectivity including analog I/O, S/PDIF, MIDI and ADAT I/O, the Clarett 8Pre offers a wealth of connectivity in a single 1U form factor. The preamp is also available via USB, featuring identical high-quality, low noise mic pres and I/O count. The system is compatible with standard USB-A and newer USB-C connections.

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