Clarett+ And All-analogue Air

Get the Console sound with All-analogue Air. 

You’ll find the Air feature on the mic preamps of every new Focusrite recording interface. It’s a single button-push (or click) that captures transients on drums, makes vocals shine, and ensures a precise, clear recording. But, as you’ll discover in this piece, there’s a slight difference between the Air circuitry found in Clarett+ versus other Focusrite interfaces, which brings added clarity and more sonic options when recording.

The Clarett+ range of interfaces was designed around the ethos of ‘Clarity Redefined,’ and a large part of the range’s appeal can be found in the Air circuitry. Air emulates the classic ISA 110 mic preamp found in the Focusrite Studio Console, which has been behind millions of hit records. The benefits of tracking with Air on Clarett+ interfaces are enormous. Air switches the impedance to 2.2kΩ and adds two cumulative high shelves, totalling a 4dB boost in the high frequencies — a feature not found on Scarlett interfaces — and brings a new dimension and clarity to your sound.

When should I use Air on my Focusrite interface?

Air is simple to use — it’s just a single button press, either on the interface’s front panel or in Focusrite Control — so you can try it on literally any input to your preamp and A/B the treatment in an instant. Engage Air on your stereo drum overheads, add it to your vocal mic preamp or apply it to your room mics, to bring additional clarity and an ethereal high-frequency lift. The best part is that you don’t need to modify your settings or patch hardware, because its All-analogue circuitry is always there, in the box. Its simplicity helps you to keep sessions moving with minimum interruption and gives you options with minimum effort.

Our mission at Focusrite has always been to use our decades of technical expertise and experience to help you deliver your very best. With Clarett+ — featuring All-analogue Air impedance switching and relay control — we’ve inspired producers, engineers, and artists to make their best music. We hope it helps you, wherever you are on your creative journey.