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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

Further Information

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

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.

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.

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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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Eine wirkliche Weiterentwicklung
Dark-Runes, 02.05.2020
Ich hatte bisher nur den OctoprePre Dynamic. Der Scarlett ist definitif eine Weitereentwicklung. Der Sound ist klasse und die Bedienuhng ist schll erfasst. Bleibt auch nach dem Umbau in meinen Homestudio!
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Ein absolutes TOP Teil!
Phil_Mei, 28.02.2021
Ich habe mir den Octopre als Erweiterung zu meinem Scarlett 18i20 Audiointerface angeschafft und muss sagen, dass ich mehr als begeistert davon bin. Der Kompressor macht richtig Spaß und der Sound kommt in meinem kleinen Heimstudio jetzt richtig zur Geltung.
Eine sehr gute Entscheidung.
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