Focusrite Announces First Windows Driver For Clarett Range

01 Nov 2016

The popular Clarett range of Thunderbolt™ interfaces will be compatible with PCs with the release of the Clarett Windows driver on the 10th of November. The driver enables users to run these interfaces with the growing number of Thunderbolt-equipped Windows computers, delivering identical functionality to that experienced on the Mac. Windows users will enjoy sub 3 milliseconds round trip latency, and the same reliable, stable operation as Mac-based Clarett owners already experience. The low latency allows users to record and monitor while using their favourite plug-ins in real time, as well as other DAW workflow benefits.

The first release of the driver will support the Thunderbolt 1 and Thunderbolt 2 protocols for all Clarett interfaces. The driver will be compatible with the latest 64-bit updates of Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Further details of the driver specification and compatibility will be provided in a statement on November 10th. Future iterations will add support for Thunderbolt 3 Type C connectivity and the range of Red interfaces.

The driver also supports Focusrite Control, Focusrite's included software mixer designed for easy configuration of monitoring and routing setups, which is now available in a Windows version, again with identical functionality to the Mac version, including support for Focusrite Control iOS.

Focusrite’s Clarett audio interfaces are widely praised for their sound quality, performance and value for money. They feature specially-designed high-performance, low noise, low distortion mic preamps, which include the unique analogue “Air” effect, emulating the sound of Focusrite’s heritage transformer-based mic preamps. The interfaces include precision 24-bit/192 kHz conversion and offer super-low latency.