OctoPre adds eight Scarlett pres
Focusrite’s OctoPre and OctoPre Dynamic provide a way to add eight channels of Scarlett second generation preamps to any DAW or digital console or audio interface with an Adat I/O. The devices both offer 24-bit/192kHz A/D conversion and eight analogue line outputs for standalone use. The OctoPre Dynamic also adds analogue soft knee compression on every channel that is controllable via a single ‘compression’ knob and eight channels of D/A conversion, with 108dB dynamic range, fed from the Adat inputs. Furthermore, both OctPres offer phantom power and five-segment LED metering. The OctoPre has a pad on every channel as well as the two front panel, high headroom instrument inputs. The manufacturer say that these newly-designed instrument inputs offer additional headroom to cope with hot pickups while the mic preamps are well suited to handle high input levels when recording drums and other punchy sources. Finally, the OctoPre Dynamic features an additional eight channels of ADAT input that can be fed to the eight line outputs., while word clock in and out with jitter elimination allows both units to sync with digital systems.