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Arturia announce availability of AudioFuse 8Pre
Old 17th September 2019
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Arturia announce availability of AudioFuse 8Pre

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Arturia announce availability of AudioFuse 8Pre

The much anticipated AudioFuse 8Pre, Arturia’s dual-mode 8 channel audio interface / expander, is now available worldwide.

Announced at NAMM 2019, this highly spec’d, versatile studio solution puts 8 channels of premium analog audio in a simple, intuitive interface, making it easier than ever for musicians, producers, and engineers to achieve their creative goals.

What makes AudioFuse 8Pre unique?

8 premium preamps without the premium price
The bespoke DiscretePRO© mic preamps have some of the best specs in the industry. They’re tonally transparent, have huge gain, and practically zero noise.

Dual functionality
AudioFuse 8Pre can either be used as a standalone multi-in/out interface, or as a high quality expander for another interface.

Pristine audio quality
At every stage in its circuitry, Arturia have used the highest quality components to provide the perfect recording and listening experience with totally flat response and perfect AD/DA conversion.

Desktop or rackmount
The rack ears can face forward to mount in a 19” studio rack, or face down to use the unit as a desktop interface.

Fantastic included software
AudioFuse 8Pre comes with the AudioFuse Creative Suite, accurately recreated vintage preamps and legendary studio effects that will give your music that triple-A studio sound.

Meet all your recording needs - The Arturia AudioFuse 8Pre is an incredibly useful tool for many situations that arise in modern music production:
  • Drum recording: 8 channels of premium audio, so you don’t have to choose which drum mic gets the best preamp. They’re all the best!
  • Using boutique mics: huge gain and no noise means you can crank the levels and still have a pristine audio signal.
  • Live recording: 8 superb preamps let you track a whole band with the best audio quality around.
  • Live performing: 8 outputs let you give the sound tech more options, so you can sound your best when you hit the stage.
  • Creative recording: channels 1 and 2 feature dedicate effect insert points, giving you more creative scope during tracking.
  • Expanding your setup: if you already own an interface you love, AudioFuse 8Pre can add another 8 ins and 8 outs through ADAT.
  • Mix with confidence: the included software plug-ins are modelled on some of the most iconic studio outboard ever made from the 60s to the present day.
  • Master with accuracy: absolute flat response and no noise at all volumes, across all frequencies, both on headphone, monitor, and line outputs.

"The 8Pre is an amazing piece of kit, giving you 8 of the best preamps on the market for a great price.” Martin Dutasta, the man in charge of Arturia’s audio interfaces, is excited that musicians and producers all around the world will soon be able to use the AudioFuse 8Pre. “It's the kind of thing that every engineer or producer will have a use for, and I hope people will love making it part of their creative setups."

Included: AudioFuse Creative Suite
This new software anthology brings together some favorites from Arturia’s “You’ll Actually Use” effects series together with Analog Lab Lite, a software instrument that contains hundreds of expertly curated presets from their award winning V Collection.

The original AudioFuse, as well as the Studio and 8Pre versions, all deliver some of the most transparent analog audio ever heard in the industry. This pristine accuracy is the perfect match for Arturia’s new range of effects, which let you color your sound with vintage studio preamps and iconic outboard effects. This lets AudioFuse users benefit from the best of old and new recording technology to truly create music without limits.
AudioFuse Creative Suite contains:

TridA Pre
Music industry gold-dust. Get that ultra-rare Soho preamp sound and musical EQ that added flavor to countless best-selling hits for over half a century.

1973 Pre
Inspired by the hugely influential British studio sound, the Arturia 1973-Pre is the key to getting that harmonically exciting, solid-state 70s tone.

V76 Pre
The key to getting that “White Album” sound, these reinvented German engineered, tube-driven broadcast preamps were beloved by Abbey Road.

Mini Filter
Dr Robert Moog’s iconic, smooth ladder filter, accurately recreated and updated with an LFO, envelope follower, and a step sequencer.

Comp FET-76
Modelled after the most sought-after compressor ever made, the Class A FET sound our 1176 software recreation seems to make everything sound better.

Delay TAPE-201
The Arturia Delay TAPE-201 gives you everything you love about the sound of vintage hardware tape delays, but with the reliability and versatility of software.

Analog Lab Lite
A superb software instrument containing hundreds of amazing presets taken from Arturia’s award-winning V Collection. Analog synths, pianos, organs, and more await.

AudioFuse 8Pre is available to purchase now for $799/699€ at all Arturia stockists.

To find your nearest dealer, check the Arturia website: https://www.arturia.com/products/aud...-8pre/overview
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Old 4 weeks ago
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It certainly looks interesting. I love the design of it and the colours, and those down-facing rackear mounts are a very thoughtful design.

I'd love to hear some recordings on those mic pres - the specs look great, and that gain is crazy. Most interfaces give you gain of up to 60db, so 72db looks pretty sweet. EIN and THD specs look great too.
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Interesting indeed!
Not only the specs are great, but both front and rear panel are very well designed and layed out.
I like inputs 1 and 2 have their matching pairs at the back. It is more versatile than the Clarett octopre I have, which I love the sound, but if you want to use the full 8 channels for part of a large drumkit, you have to do some do some stretching with the snake to plug 1 & 2 at the front. And the send/return is a great addition. The extra output pair for speakers should always be a standard.

The individual phantom and phase controls are preferred, and the meter is beautiful. The "mic or line" indicator is smart too.

The only thing I don't really like is the orange color of rack ears. Not on the elegant side. But I could live with that

Nice work.
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How are the drivers?
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Love the looks.
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No spdif? Why?
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I'd love to see, or hear, how this stacks up against Audient's iD44.
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Just stumbled upon this. Looks very interesting, but why on earth is there no spdif?

Also, I’ve read from the tabletop models that there are loud pops or clicks or crackles etc when engaging / disengaging a pad for example, and those sounds are sent very loudly into the speakers / headphones. That is something that slightly concerns me. Any word on people who actually have / use one?

The design looks very nice, purely from an aesthetic point of view. Some Interfaces look like cheap 90s computer accessories so thumbs up for making the unit look good.

But seriously, why no spdif?
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After reformatting an aging Mid-2009 MacBook Pro with OSX 10.11.6 El Capitan running a 2.8 Intel Core 2 Duo and 8GB RAM, I decided to test out RTL using the Mixbus 32C-5 Latency Measurement Tool between a newly arrived Arturia Audiofuse 8Pre and my trusty Apogee Duet 2.

Here are the results for the 8Pre* in # Samples - Sample Rate (Hz) / Round Trip Latency (ms)
32 Samples - 48k/5.438 96k/3.688
64 Samples - 48k/6.646 96k/4.354
128 Samples - 48k/9.188 96k/5.688
256 Samples - 48k/14.646 96k/8.354
512 Samples - 48k/25.062 96k/13.688
1024 Samples - 48k/46.771 96k/24.354
2048 Samples - 48k/89.312 96k/45.688
4096 Samples - 48k/174.396 96k/88.354

Here are the results for the Duet 2 in # Samples - Sample Rate (Hz) / Round Trip Latency (ms)
32 Samples - 48k/4.104 96k/3.531
64 Samples - 48k/5.438 96k/4.198
128 Samples - 48k/8.104 96k/5.531
256 Samples - 48k/13.438 96k/8.198
512 Samples - 48k/24.104 96k/13.531
1024 Samples - 48k/45.438 96k/24.198
2048 Samples - 48k/88.104 96k/45.531
4096 Samples - 48k/173.438 96k/88.198

*The 8Pre exhibited highly variable results per test instance. For example, running the tool multiple times using 32 samples at 48kHz resulted in all of the following results: 5.292, 4.983, 5.167, 5.417, 5.158, 5.438. I ended up running the test multiple times per sample rate and judging what seemed to be the most common latency result. On the other hand, the results on the Duet 2 were very stable and did not deviate. I’m not sure what this points to, but I’d feel a bit more confident with the Apogee. Both were running using Core Audio.


Overall, it seems like the 8Pre holds its own at 96k versus the Duet 2 with the Arturia just a couple of tenths of a millisecond off the pace, but at 48k I’m looking at least 1ms of additional latency. Probably nothing to be overly concerned about, but for those looking for the absolute minimum latency performance, it may be useful for information.

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Originally Posted by misa View Post
After reformatting an aging Mid-2009 MacBook Pro with OSX 10.11.6 El Capitan running a 2.8 Intel Core 2 Duo and 8GB RAM, I decided to test out RTL using the Mixbus 32C-5 Latency Measurement Tool between a newly arrived Arturia Audiofuse 8Pre and my trusty Apogee Duet 2.

Here are the results for the 8Pre* in # Samples - Sample Rate (Hz) / Round Trip Latency (ms)
32 Samples - 48k/5.438 96k/3.688
64 Samples - 48k/6.646 96k/4.354
128 Samples - 48k/9.188 96k/5.688
256 Samples - 48k/14.646 96k/8.354
512 Samples - 48k/25.062 96k/13.688
1024 Samples - 48k/46.771 96k/24.354
2048 Samples - 48k/89.312 96k/45.688
4096 Samples - 48k/174.396 96k/88.354

Here are the results for the Duet 2 in # Samples - Sample Rate (Hz) / Round Trip Latency (ms)
32 Samples - 48k/4.104 96k/3.531
64 Samples - 48k/5.438 96k/4.198
128 Samples - 48k/8.104 96k/5.531
256 Samples - 48k/13.438 96k/8.198
512 Samples - 48k/24.104 96k/13.531
1024 Samples - 48k/45.438 96k/24.198
2048 Samples - 48k/88.104 96k/45.531
4096 Samples - 48k/173.438 96k/88.198

*The 8Pre exhibited highly variable results per test instance. For example, running the tool multiple times using 32 samples at 48kHz resulted in all of the following results: 5.292, 4.983, 5.167, 5.417, 5.158, 5.438. I ended up running the test multiple times per sample rate and judging what seemed to be the most common latency result. On the other hand, the results on the Duet 2 were very stable and did not deviate. I’m not sure what this points to, but I’d feel a bit more confident with the Apogee. Both were running using Core Audio.


Overall, it seems like the 8Pre holds its own at 96k versus the Duet 2 with the Arturia just a couple of tenths of a millisecond off the pace, but at 48k I’m looking at least 1ms of additional latency. Probably nothing to be overly concerned about, but for those looking for the absolute minimum latency performance, it may be useful for information.
Thank you for your tests. You should post this in the dedicated Audio Interface latency thread.
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Originally Posted by misa View Post
After reformatting an aging Mid-2009 MacBook Pro with OSX 10.11.6 El Capitan running a 2.8 Intel Core 2 Duo and 8GB RAM, I decided to test out RTL using the Mixbus 32C-5 Latency Measurement Tool between a newly arrived Arturia Audiofuse 8Pre and my trusty Apogee Duet 2.

Here are the results for the 8Pre* in # Samples - Sample Rate (Hz) / Round Trip Latency (ms)
32 Samples - 48k/5.438 96k/3.688
64 Samples - 48k/6.646 96k/4.354
128 Samples - 48k/9.188 96k/5.688
256 Samples - 48k/14.646 96k/8.354
512 Samples - 48k/25.062 96k/13.688
1024 Samples - 48k/46.771 96k/24.354
2048 Samples - 48k/89.312 96k/45.688
4096 Samples - 48k/174.396 96k/88.354

Here are the results for the Duet 2 in # Samples - Sample Rate (Hz) / Round Trip Latency (ms)
32 Samples - 48k/4.104 96k/3.531
64 Samples - 48k/5.438 96k/4.198
128 Samples - 48k/8.104 96k/5.531
256 Samples - 48k/13.438 96k/8.198
512 Samples - 48k/24.104 96k/13.531
1024 Samples - 48k/45.438 96k/24.198
2048 Samples - 48k/88.104 96k/45.531
4096 Samples - 48k/173.438 96k/88.198

*The 8Pre exhibited highly variable results per test instance. For example, running the tool multiple times using 32 samples at 48kHz resulted in all of the following results: 5.292, 4.983, 5.167, 5.417, 5.158, 5.438. I ended up running the test multiple times per sample rate and judging what seemed to be the most common latency result. On the other hand, the results on the Duet 2 were very stable and did not deviate. I’m not sure what this points to, but I’d feel a bit more confident with the Apogee. Both were running using Core Audio.


Overall, it seems like the 8Pre holds its own at 96k versus the Duet 2 with the Arturia just a couple of tenths of a millisecond off the pace, but at 48k I’m looking at least 1ms of additional latency. Probably nothing to be overly concerned about, but for those looking for the absolute minimum latency performance, it may be useful for information.
Hi, hows the sound next to Duet?
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Hi, hows the sound next to Duet?
Take this with a big grain of salt since it is based on VERY limited use/time/experience at this point, but my first impression is that the 8Pre sounded more direct/sharp compared to a bit of smoothness from the Apogee. Subtle thing and my first impression, but that is what these gear forums are hyper-focused on.

Overall sounds good though! I was needing some more 1U rack pres and the interface comes as an added bonus. The unit looks pretty well setup to slave with ADAT and WC from a main interface.

Could be a totally mental/biased thing that needs to be more thoroughly compared. Also don't know if any sound difference is coming from DI/Mic pre, AD, DA, or headphone preamp, etc.
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Take this with a big grain of salt since it is based on VERY limited use/time/experience at this point, but my first impression is that the 8Pre sounded more direct/sharp compared to a bit of smoothness from the Apogee. Subtle thing and my first impression, but that is what these gear forums are hyper-focused on.

Overall sounds good though! I was needing some more 1U rack pres and the interface comes as an added bonus. The unit looks pretty well setup to slave with ADAT and WC from a main interface.

Could be a totally mental/biased thing that needs to be more thoroughly compared. Also don't know if any sound difference is coming from DI/Mic pre, AD, DA, or headphone preamp, etc.
Could you comment on the ”thump” when engaging a pad for example - does it make an audible sound while doing so?
I’ve read about loud thumps and noises played back in monitors and headphones, is it a really a thing?

Loud being subjective, of course.
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