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Focusrite Introduces New OctoPre MkII Multi-Channel Microphone Preamp

Eight-channel unit combines Saffire PRO pre-amps with high quality digital conversion and JetPLL jitter elimination technology

By PSW Staff September 15, 2009

The new Focusrite OctoPre MkII multi-channel mic preamp (larger version of this image below)

Focusrite has announced the imminent arrival of the OctoPre MkII, which features eight channels of Focusrite pre-amplification and a built-in 24-bit/96 kHz ADAT output, providing an affordable input upgrade for a Pro Tools system or any digital audio workstation.

OctoPre MkII combines award-winning Saffire PRO pre-amps with high quality digital conversion and JetPLL jitter elimination technology.

The digital output allows users to make the most of often-neglected ADAT inputs; ideal for expanding the number of mic-pres for interfaces like the Saffire PRO 24. Connect OctoPre MkII to an audio interface’s ADAT input to create a high quality, multi-channel studio recording solution.

OctoPre MkII is equally suited to the live environment as a quality mic-pre expansion for any analog or digital console, or hard disk recorder. With line outputs on every channel, each mic-pre can be routed to a separate channel on an analogue mixer, with the ADAT output left free to send a copy to a digital recorder.

OctoPre MkII has been optimized for drum recording. Designed not to clip, 10dB pads are provided across each channel, and the gain range of the pre-amps has been tailored to handle extreme levels from sound sources like the kick drum.

Equally, Focusrite pre-amps are renowned for the way they handle the dynamic range of vocalists, and these pre- amps are no exception. Finally, OctoPre MkII’s first two channels also feature DI’s, so it can also turn its hand to recording guitar and bass.

OctoPre MkII includes 5-LED input metering on every channel, switchable phantom power and a variety of internal and external clocking solutions.

Cost is $499.99 US MAP, with October, 2009 projected availability.

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