Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic


8-Channel Microphone Preamp

  • From the Scarlett series
  • With integrated AD / DA converter 24-bit
  • Up to 192 kHz
  • Adjustable analogue soft knee compression per channel
  • "More" switch to double the ratio
  • 8x microphone / line combo input XLR / 6.3 mm jack
  • Input 1 + 2 can be used as instrument inputs
  • 8x line output 6.3 mm jack balanced
  • 2x ADAT input and output
  • BNC word clock input and output
  • + 48V phantom power
  • LED display
  • Integrated power supply
  • Type: 19 ", 1 U
  • Weight: 3.38 kg

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available since March 2017
Item number 405402
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Channels 8
Number of microphone inputs 8
Instrument input Yes
Tubes No
Compressor/Limiter Yes
Equalizer No
De-Esser No
Phantom power Yes
Phase Reverse No
External effect loops No
Analogue Outputs Jack
Digitale Outputs ADAT
Headphone connection No
Level Meter Yes
Design 19"
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High-grade eight-channel preamp unit with analogue compression

The Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic from Focusrite is an affordable yet high-quality compact eight-channel preamp unit that provides an extension for an existing audio interface (regardless of manufacturer). Moreover, this model also features an analogue compressor on each channel, hence its name. The staple preamps are the same as on the second-generation Scarlett series and provide up to 50 dB of gain and a clean and dynamic sound that is usually only found at higher price points. All the inputs are in XLR/jack combo format and allow mic or line-level signals, while two of the front sockets have switchable high-impedance inputs, so that instruments can be directly plugged in. Thanks to the handy metering section, which consists of five LEDs per channel, gain staging is quite intuitive, and can be carried out on the unit itself. The OctoPre Dynamic also comes complete with the Focusrite Hitmaker Expansion, a comprehensive software package that essentially gives you everything you need to carry out every stage of the production process on your computer, from beginning to end.

Internal conversion and ADAT connectivity

The Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre features high-grade internal converters which can operate at resolutions of up to 24 bit/192 kHz and can easily be connected to audio interfaces via the ADAT optical interface. The double ADAT output, coupled with the sample multiplexing function, allows all eight channels to transmit simultaneously at sample rates of up to 96 kHz. The OctoPre Dynamic also features a double ADAT input. This makes it possible to use the module's line outputs as analogue outputs from your DAW, and also offers a practical alternative to the word clock interface when synchronising more than one converter. If you wish to remain purely analogue however, the signal can simply be sent straight to the balanced line outputs without any conversion taking place.

The perfect recording rig upgrade

The OctoPre is budget-friendly, features professional-grade preamps and conversion, and will nicely upgrade any home or project studio equipped with an audio interface with ADAT connectivity. Its compact and sturdy construction, just one HU high in 19" format, also make it an excellent candidate for mobile recording. The neutral and clean sound of Focusrite's preamps has stood the test of time, making the OctoPre appealing to a wide variety of users.

About Focusrite

Founded in 1985 by Rupert Neve, Focusrite quickly made a name for itself with high-quality analogue consoles. Today, the company markets audio interfaces, mic preamps, consoles, analogue EQs, and channel strips as well as hardware and software for digital audio processing. The company is based in High Wycombe, England, and has won numerous industry awards. In addition to the Focusrite Pro line, the company also has subsidiaries that include Adam Audio, Novation, and iOS app creator Ampify Music.

A straightforward solution for extensive recording

If you need eight additional input channels to seriously track a drum kit, or even a whole band for that matter, the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre is the perfect solution. Combining it with the Focusrite Scarlett 18i20, the flagship model of the series, puts a total of 16 premium-grade preamps at your disposal. If your audio interface has even more digital inputs, you could also cascade two or more OctoPre units, although, depending on the specifications of your hardware, you might be limited to lower sample rates. The “Dynamic” version of the OctoPre considerably expands the possibilities of the original, since it adds eight extra analogue outputs to your DAW, which can then be used to create different headphone mixes or integrate your favourite outboard effects units, for example.

Hitmaker Expansion

An audio interface provides a connection between a computer and various external devices. The computer in turn requires special software in order to process the incoming signals. The Hitmaker Expansion from Focusrite includes everything you need to get started here. At the core of the music production process here is the Ableton Live Lite digital audio workstation (DAW), and the package also includes tools for all of the relevant applications: Guitar sounds with Softube Marshall Silver Jubilee 2555, virtual instruments with XLN Audio Addictive Keys and Addictive Drums 2, vocal tuning options, effects, and of course mastering tools to ensure that your finished projects sound properly polished. With the Hitmaker Expansion, you therefore get both the OctoPre Dynamic itself and the entire range of tools you need in order to get the absolute best from what the OctoPre Dynamic has to offer.

Solid, useful I/O expansion for ADAT-equipped units
The Professor 12.09.2018
I bought the OctoPre to add further inputs and outputs to my existing Focusrite audio interface (a Saffire 56). In fact, I bought it twice, because to start with I bought the basic OctoPre, not realising that it included inputs but no outputs (I wanted both in order to run signals out of my DAW and through a hardware mixer). So that went back ? Thomann swapping it very easily, which was great ? and this arrived instead.
The OctoPre Dynamic unit has both inputs and outputs and links to your existing soundcard or audio interface via ADAT lightpipe. Also onboard are a set of hardware compressors on each input channel (hence "dynamic"), which could be handy if you're recording a live band and don't want your signals to creep too hot.
The build quality is very solid and reassuring, and hooking it up to the Saffire was simplicity itself: the OctoPre has front-panel buttons to set all the relevant communications protocols, sample rates, etc. The sound is transparent and there's tons of headroom. I'm not using the compressors at all, but if you're keen on them, they're supposed to add a little warmth and colour at the push of an additional button; YMMV but I'd rather have the transparency.
All in all, a very solid and efficient expansion if you're looking for more I/O, and while it's pricier than (say) a Behringer box, I suspect you get what you pay for.


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d43r41n 12.10.2021
Als Erweiterung zum RME Fireface 802 geplant, angeschlossen und geht. Was mich wundert das viele 19"Rack Geräte auf externe Netzteile setzten, für mich persönlich ein NoGo Kriterium. Da bleibt dann nicht mehr so viel an ADAT Erweiterungen übrig.

Das Behringer Ultragain wäre hier auch noch eine Option gewesen, nur sind dort die Eingänge alle auf der Vorderseite. Im Studio eher so gar nicht dort wo man sie haben möchte. Vlt. erbarmt sich Behringer ja mal und baut ein ADAT Ultragain fürs Studio mit IN und OUTS auf der Rückseite.

Wer so lange nicht warten möchte, dem bleibt fast nur noch der OctaPre Dynamic. Es gibt auch den 'normalen' OctaPre, aber Vorsicht der hat keine OUT's die über ADAT ansprechbar sind!

Die Kompressoren klingen für mich persönlich sehr gut, von transparent bis heftig regelbar. 8 IN und 8 OUTS separat zuweisbar, so wie man das von einer kompletten ADAT Erweiterung erwartet.


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El mejor pre para grabar batería, percusiones o lo que quieras
titosax 02.11.2021
Lo compré para grabar mi set de batería y estoy encantado, el sonido es impresionante y la facilidad para conectar y enlazar con el DAW (Logic) es tremenda, lo conecto vía toslink a mi scarlett y listo... el compresor independiente por canal es preciso y cristalino, la batería suena simplemente espectacular, fabricación robusta y vanguardista, sin duda alguna de las mejores compras que he realizado, 100% recomendado!


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fandossian 26.12.2021
Une excellente interface pour rajouter, en Adat, des voies à votre système. Avec synchro par prise BNC.
Les compresseurs sont vraiment un plus. On peut s’adapter à toute entrée.
L’interface Behringer ADA8200 est une alternative à un prix très inférieur. Mais les entrées sont en face avant et il n’y a pas de compresseur.


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