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
|Number of microphone inputs||8|
|External effect loops||No|
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.
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.
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.
|sales rank in this product group||38|
|sales unit||1 piece|
|available since||March 2017|
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