AudioFuse 8Pre isn't just an expander, and it isn't just an interface; it's a way for you to work faster and smarter in the studio, and get better results with the equipment you already have.

Offering outstanding convenience, exceptional features, legendary sound quality, and reliability you can count on year after year, session after session. AudioFuse 8Pre is the result of careful research and painstaking development.

AudioFuse 8Pre: your new "go-to".

The devil’s in the detail, as they say. On this page, you'll discover what makes AudioFuse 8Pre such a unique studio tool.

World-class preamps

Our whole AudioFuse range uses our exclusive DiscretePRO© microphone preamps with fully independent Mic/Line circuits. AudioFuse 8Pre features 8 of these pristine preamps, and - on paper- their specs are outstanding. Almost 120dB of dynamic range, less than -129dBu input noise, a +/-0.07dB flat frequency response, but what does all this mean in practice?

Simply put, it means that the sound of your microphones and instruments will be perfectly captured with incredible fidelity, and that even if you’re using quiet vintage mics that need a lot of gain, you can turn the gain all the way up. AudioFuse 8Pre won’t add any noise, hiss, or artefacts in the audio.

While other expanders or dedicated preamps may give you one or two channels of quality audio, AudioFuse 8Pre gives you 8, with absolutely no compromise.

Made for the studio

If we hadn’t made it obvious enough yet, AudioFuse 8Pre can be used either as an audio interface, or an 8-channel preamp expander for your existing setup.

Input channels 1 and 2 are easily accessible from the front panel, so you can quickly track ideas from mics or DI’d instruments without having to access the back panel. These channels also feature dedicated insert points, so you can integrate any sound processing gear you have at the input stage.

AudioFuse 8Pre comes with rack ears so that you can house it in your 19” rack. If you’d prefer to use the interface from your desktop - maybe with a laptop or monitor on top of it - you can switch the rack ears to face downward, turning them into little feet.

You can also change the clock source and sample rate right from the front panel, without having to dive into menus. Sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference.

Spoiled for choice

Our AudioFuse interface range give you all the options you need.

Think of our audio interfaces as an interpreter for your creativity. Your instruments, devices, software, outboard hardware, and microphones speak a mix of binary code, acoustic vibration, and electrical signals. The Arturia AudioFuse range brings everything together in harmony.

Compatibility with all platforms

Professional and flexible, the AudioFuserange can work with any system, whether on PC, Mac, or Linux. When you need to record on-location and capture those moments of inspiration, connect to iOS and Android. No matter your device, AudioFuse brings your musical world together and keeps everything simple.

Plug & Play & No specific drivers

While you can go “under the hood” and get more out of our AudioFuse range with the AudioFuse Control Center, you can also use its basic functions straight out of the box. We made the decision to use generic drivers and universal USB-C to ensure you're always ready to record.

Low Latency

AudioFuse features exceptionally low latency as low as 3ms depending on your set-up, with a frequently measured value of 4.5ms on a wide range of computers. This lets you get right in the pocket of your groove when tracking, and makes for an immediate, tactile feel when performing.

Expandability

Our AudioFuse range can be connected together in a variety of ways, cascading their inputs and outputs, and hugely expanding the scope and capability of your setup. Record more sources, send signals to more destinations, the creative possibilities are awesome.

USB-C

AudioFuse Studio and AudioFuse 8Pre use the contemporary USB-C connection for its great latency, superb bandwidth, and backward USB2 compatibility. Now you can record anywhere, in any studio or creative space, safe in the knowledge your gear will simply work.

The best interface for live performance

AudioFuse 8Pre features 8 dedicated line outputs, as well as discrete monitor and headphone outputs. This effectively gives you 12 channels of analog audio that you can give to the sound engineer at your next gig. You could also use this amazing connectivity to get really creative with post-processing in the mastering stage.

AudioFuse 8Pre has super-low latency, and incredibly robust sync. If you’re using a master clock to sync multiple computers together for an audio performance or session, AudioFuse 8Pre can connect with dedicated Word Clock i/o, with switchable Hi-Z termination.

Digital connectivity

Connect expanders and other interfaces with ADAT, create your dream recording environment using your favorite gear, and keep everything perfectly synchronized with Word Clock. The scope for expandability with the AudioFuse range is simply awesome, and all with the finest quality possible.

Analog powerhouse

It's not just our preamps that sound amazing, every analog element of the AudioFuse series has been carefully designed and crafted from the highest quality components to give you the best experience possible, from the headphone amps to the satisfying, snug input sockets.

One-button, one-function

It's a simple philosophy, but it's crucial to keeping you in the creative zone. With AudioFuse, it's all about workflow. You don't need to second guess yourself. Want to engage phantom power? Press the dedicated button. Want to switch input impedance? Press the button. You get the idea.

Outstanding Stability

Our AudioFuse range use the finest convertors from the AKM® premium series to translate your creativity from the analog to the digital realm, and back again. This keeps your audio pristine, and the outstandingly stable internal reference clock keeps your experience jitter-free.

A perfect control center (AFCC)

Beneath the intuitive, hands-on control on the surface of AudioFuse lies the power and versatility of a pro studio.

AudioFuse allows you to keep on top of your projects, so you can feel confident no matter what musical scenario comes your way.

As the next-generation audio interface, AudioFuse lets you access a large number of fundamental features directly from its top panel. Once it's connected to a computer, AudioFuse transforms into a full-featured mixing console.

AudioFuse Control Center controls the mixer, selection of inputs, routing, monitoring, and additional functions such as sampling rate, Clock Source, Pad, Cue, and more. Another useful touch is that AudioFuse will remember the latest AFCC settings for standalone use until the next time you connect and change them.

Specifications

No matter what spec you look at, you'll find uncompromising quality at every point.

We present actual real-world performance measurements (in compliance with AES17 standards) rather than the misleading chipset performance that companies sometimes publish. Measurements were performed on a high-end Audio Precision APX555 testing instrument. Measurements are of analog input path, taken at insert point.

Line Inputs

• Input impedance: 20kΩ (symmetric), 10kΩ (asymmetric)

• Maximum input level +24dBu

• Gain range 45dB typical

• Pad mode -20dB

• Frequency response 20Hz to 20kHz +/-0.04dB typical

• Dynamic range 118dB (A-weighted)

• THD+N @ 1kHz -107dB (A-weighted)

Instrument Input

• Input impedance 1.1MΩ asymmetric

• Maximum input level +18dBu

• Gain range 45dB typical

• Pad mode -20dB

• Frequency response 20Hz to 20kHz +/-0.04dB typical

• Dynamic range 118dB (A-weighted)

• THD+N @ 1kHz -107dB (A-weighted)

Line Outputs

• Output impedance 240Ω balanced, 120Ω unbalanced

• Maximum output level +24dBu

• Frequency response 20-20kHz +/-0.04dB

• Dynamic range 115dB (A-weighted)

• THD+N @ 1kHz -104dB (A-weighted)

Microphone Preamps

• Input impedance 3,4kΩ

• Maximum input level +11dBu

• Gain range 72dB typical

• Boost mode +10dB

• Pad mode -20dB

• Equivalent Input Noise (EIN) -129dB typical (un-weighted)

• Frequency response 20Hz to 20kHz +/-0.07dB

• Dynamic range 118dB (A-weighted)

• THD+N @ 1kHz -104dB (A-weighted)

Input Inserts

• Output impedance 240Ω balanced, 120Ω unbalanced

• Input impedance 20kΩ (balanced), 10kΩ (unbalanced)

• Maximum output level +18dBu

• Maximum Input level +18dBu

Speakers Outputs

• Output impedance 240Ω balanced, 120Ω unbalanced

• Maximum output level +24dBu

• Frequency response 20-20kHz +/-0.08dB

• Dynamic range 119dB (A-weighted)

• THD+N @ 1kHz -107dB (A-weighted)

Phones Outputs

• Output impedance 10Ω

• Maximum output level +11dBu

• Dynamic range 102dB (A-weighted)

• THD+N @ 1kHz -92dB (A-weighted)

Platform specifications

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; Intel i5 CPU or faster.
    1GB free hard disk space
    OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • Apple: 10.8+: 4 GB RAM; Intel i5 CPU or faster.
    1GB free hard disk space
    OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Box contents

  • AudioFuse 8Pre unit
  • Power supply
  • 2x USB cable
  • DiscretePro® Achivement Certificate

Size & weight

  • Size : 17.3 x 10.2 x 1.8 inches (440 x 260 x 45mm)

Main Features

  • 16 inputs, 20 outputs channels
  • 8 microphone preamps with DiscretePRO® technology
  • 2 instrument inputs on channel 1&2
  • 2 analog balanced inserts on channel 1&2
  • 2 channels (1&2) with front panel access for ease of instant connectivity
  • 8 independent analog line outputs
  • Speaker analog outputs on balanced TRS Jack
  • 1 stereo headphones outputs, on both 6.35 and 3.5mm TRS, designed for headphones up to 600 Ohms.
  • Monitoring section with individual level control for speakers and phones
  • Direct monitoring ultra-low latency internal mixer
  • 8 digital ADAT inputs/outputs up to 96kHz
  • Word clock input, output/thru on BNC
  • DiscretePRO® Individual audio performance certificate delivered with each unit.
  • Comes with AudioFuse Creative Suite
  • 24-bit latest generation AD/DA converters at up to 96kHz sampling rate.
  • USB-C interface compatible with PC & Mac, fully USB 2.0 compatible
  • Robust metal chassis in 1u single rack form factor