Focusrite Clarett OctoPre

8-Channel Microphone/ Line Extension with ADAT Interface

  • 8 Clarett-style microphone preamplifiers with "air"- transmission emulation
  • 8 Line outputs (signals from D/A converters or microphone preamp)
  • 24-bit A/D and D/A conversion with up to 192 kHz sample rate
  • Two ADAT INs/ OUTs: Eight channels with up to 96 kHz, four channels at 176.4/ 192 kHz
  • Switchable insert with real bypass per channel
  • Mic preamps and front instrument inputs with extra headroom
  • 6-Segment LED meters and channel clip indicators
  • 48 V Phantom power for all inputs
  • Word clock in/ out and JetPLL jitter elimination
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 482 x 286 x 44.5 mm
  • Weight: 4.15 kg

Further Information

Channels 8
Number of microphone inputs 8
Instrument input Yes
Tubes No
Compressor/Limiter No
Equalizer No
De-Esser No
Phantom power Yes
Phase Reverse No
External effect loops No
Analogue Outputs Sub-D 25-pol
Digitale Outputs ADAT
Headphone connection No
Level Meter Yes

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8Prex + OctoPre = seamless multi channel magic
Erdna Eduan, 17.09.2018
I run a Clarett 8PreX as my primary interface, and this Clarett OctoPre seamlessly ups my number of inputs and outputs. Highly recommended.
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Nice preamp
MartSill, 07.12.2019
I use it with my Clarett 8PreX preamp as an additional 8mic interface. I really like insert switch to each channel, because you can connect any analogue external device and push to preamp (EQ, Compressor etc..). ADAT connectivity is easy and also nice signal monitoring on front pannel. Focusrite generally doesn't know manage with overloud signal, so you must be careful and check transients under zero dB. But it is powerfull preamp for very good price and I recommend it to smaller studios.
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Le meilleur pré-amp du marché à moins de 1000¤
Thin Max, 05.01.2017
Je recherchais un préamp avec 8 entrées pour ma nouvelle interface son en PCI (RME HDSPe AIO). Après maintes discussions avec des personnes ayant travaillé avec les produits qui m'intéressaient, j'ai finalement opté pour l'OctoPre.
Ce qui a motivé mon choix :
- la neutralité de ses préamplis
- La sortie ADAT qui permet de sortir 8 inputs en 44.1/48kHz, 4 inputs en 88.2/96kHz ou 2 en 176.4/192kHz
- la possibilité d'émuler les préamps ISA (je n'en attendais pas grand chose en soit mais c'était toujours un plus).
- le prix raisonnable quand on compare à une ISA 828 (par exemple)

Après quelques utilisations en studio (seul et avec un JoeMeek TwinQ devant), plusieurs impressions se dégagent :
- On est vraiment en présence de matos de qualité. Je parlerais difficilement de haut de gamme parce qu'il y a des modèles chez Avalon ou Universal Audio qui sont complètement dingues, mais ne crachons pas dans la soupe, la neutralité des préamps n'est pas usurpée, c'est ultra propre!
- La fonction AIR est intéressante, on a une couleur sympa dans les hi-mids, mais ne vaut certainement pas un réel préamp AIR. Cela dit c'est toujours du bonus.
- C'est un peu dommage de ne pas pouvoir setter l'alimentation fantôme input par input au lieu des boutons"1-4" et "5-8" prévus à cet effet.

Je n'en ai pas encore fait le tour, mais de ce que j'ai pu en tirer, c'est un investissement que je referais. À moins de 1000¤, si c'est la neutralité qui vous intéresse, vous ne trouverez pas mieux!
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mittelpreisiges AD-/DA-Arbeitspferd
Saitenschwinga, 19.07.2020
nutze den Octopre hauptsächlich als DA-Erweiterung zu einem Fireface 802. der Takt kommt vom Fireface, so dass die eh schon Preis-Leistungsmäßig sehr guten Wandler nochmal aufgewertet werden. Die Preamps sind im Hinblick auf Preis und Leistung sehr gut. Transparent, unauffällig, detailgetreu. Die Air-Emulation... nunja. Es ist halt "nur" eine Übertrager-Emulation. Mehr soetwas wie ein aufwändiger Tilt-EQ, welcher die Höhen subtil anhebt und die Tiefen zurücknimmt. Meiner Erfahrung nach fällt einem spätestens bei der Mischung der zunehmende "Presence-Hype" (gerade was bspw. Mikrofone angeht) auf die Füße. Die Inserts pro Kanal sind ebenfalls ein schönes Feature, es wird allerdings so weit ich weiß nochmal gewandelt...
ein weiterer wichtiger Punkt: die erste Clarett-Octopre Revision (2018) hatte Probleme mit den Latenzen. Die Werte waren zwar in sich konsistent, es war aber wohl möglich dass bei der nächsten Inbetriebnahme des Geräts auf einmal deutlich mehr Zeit zum Wandeln benötigt wurde.. Ich habe gemessen und bei meinem Gerät (2019) ist alles im grünen Bereich. gerade für OTB-Mixer wichtig..
Alles in Allem ein guter Preamp/ Wandler.
Allerdings wärmt der Octopre seine Nachbarn ganz ordentlich auf. Sollte man beim rackeinbau berücksichtigen.
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