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Focusrite Introduces Scarlett OctoPre Eight-Channel Mic-Preamps

Provides eight Scarlett preamps with up to 192kHz conversion and ADAT connectivity; with analog compression added to Dynamic model.

Focusrite is debuting two new Scarlett OctoPre mic-pre units: the standard Scarlett OctoPre and the Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic.

With eight channels of Focusrite’s second-generation Scarlett preamps and built-in Focusrite 24-bit / 192 kHz conversion, Scarlett OctoPres present an ideal way of adding eight extra mic/line inputs to a DAW or digital console. And there are eight analog line outputs for stand alone use in a live sound environment.

The Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic adds analog compression and D/A conversion to the standard Scarlett OctoPre described above.

The preamps feed precision 24-bit Focusrite A-D converters that operate up to 192kHz sampling with 109dB dynamic range, making the OctoPres ideal for hi-res audio recording. Dual ADAT ports enable eight channels to be used at sample rates up to 96kHz, while four channels can be transferred at 176.4/192kHz sampling.

The Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic model adds eight channels of 24/192kHz D-A conversion, with 108dB dynamic range, fed from dual ADAT inputs. A button switches the eight line outputs to be sourced from the ADAT inputs, via the D-A.

The eight second-generation Scarlett preamps, with newly-designed high-headroom instrument inputs, will take everything that a band can throw at them.

Both OctoPres provide phantom power throughout and accurate five-segment LED metering. The OctoPre offers a pad on every channel and front panel, high headroom instrument inputs. The OctoPre Dynamic comes with optimized headroom as standard, capable of handling the same input levels as the standard OctoPre, plus analog, soft-knee compression on every channel for control of dynamics.

Scarlett OctoPre and Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic are ideal for expanding any multi-channel recording system. With their high-headroom mic, line and dual instrument inputs, they’re ideal for tracking drums as well guitars, keyboards, vocals – and more.


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