Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre

8- Channel Microphone Preamplifier

  • From the Scarlett series
  • With integrated 24 bit A/D converter
  • Up to 192 khz
  • 8 Microphone/ line combined inputs: XLR/ Jack 6.3 mm
  • Input 1 and 2 can be used as instrument inputs
  • 8x Line outputs: 6.3 mm Balanced jack
  • 2 ADAT outputs
  • BNC Word clock input and output
  • 48 V Phantom power
  • LED Display
  • Integrated power adapter
  • Design: 19"/ 1 U
  • Weight: 3.29 kg

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Channels 8
Number of microphone inputs 8
Instrument input Yes
Tubes No
Compressor/Limiter No
Equalizer Yes
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

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Uroborus, 22.08.2017
I bought the OctoPre to expand my Scarlett 18i20 via ADAT, and it works really well.
The product comes in a very simple packaging, just a box of recycled paper, two power cables (for EU and UK power sockets) and the unit.
This simplycity reflect the easy-to-use preamplifier. To connect it to the interface just plug the Toslink cable to the audio interface and it will setup immediatly. The preset configurations of the Focusrite sofware simplify even more the first setup, altough more precise confuìiguration can easily set from the menu.
The unit seems solid and well-manufactured, ph.power could be activated for channels 1-4 or 5-8, like 18i20 interface, there's a six-led meter (but in my opinion a larger display could provide more acurrancy in in a fast sound check) and also a -8dB pad for each channel. Analog Pres can provide up to +66dB gain.
The only cons I can claim is the absence of the two phones out in the front panel, like the 18i20, but in the rear panel you can find eight analog outs that can partially solve this problem.
I suggest this product for bands and/or home studios that want to expand their ADAT interface.
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StudioCSD, 29.11.2017
As much to tell you that I did not bet too much on the quality of the machine in view of the displayed price: I explain myself ...
I record for more than 15 years different projects Jazz, Rock and especially Classical. Hors A few months ago I was offered an important project where I had to go out all my micro park and, to not be too fair in channels, preamplifier references not very suitable for the subject (Chandler Tg2,1073, Trident, Avalon. ..). but knowing that I did not want to move these machines fabulous but off topic and not invest in a new big preamp 8 channels ... AND History "for once" to make a profit ... I, after hesitation with the top version (Clarette I think) bought this version 400 small euros.
In condition I did not use it on instruments with fragile transients (Théorbe, Violins, Baroque cello or Harp) but rather secondary backup mic on sacqueboute (trombone) and Tutti chûurs.

But I must admit that it blew me !!! Silence, sweetness a stable medium without coloring a grave a little colorful. A transient response sweet but still quite silky !!
VERY beautiful sound especially for only 400euros ??? Like what CMS components have made a lot of progress. I had in my early 2000s ART GOLD, Motu, Yamaha 03D or Presonus and frankly (the price quite similar to this Focusritte) I had not made so exploitable !?

What does not spoil it is the VERY VERY beautiful finishes Aluminum brushed Red, potentiometers of quality. Simple metrology and very useful.
192khz possible (very popular in classical) even if only 2 channels because of ADAT format in 192 ... WordClock complete except that it asks to have exactly the conversion frequency (no Half Speed ??or Speed ??varis).
Gain Reserve: Good but almost a fair bit.
Choice of impedance well 1.2k ohms of memory
Choice of 48v understandable given the price ...
Free Plugins on the Website !! AWESOME !!

I thought to resell it immediately! Well, I keep it ...

A few years ago I met a colleague on a classic project that had an old version of OctoPre and I had a little interlocked with a choice if LowCost ... Well I regret this judgment period. Even if I did not use it in main jacks I must admit that the integration to a very serious config of this preamplifier left me speechless.
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