Focusrite OctoPre (No Longer Available)
8-channel Microphone Preamp with Individual Compressor/Limiters
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Multichannel DAW Front End!The Platinum OctoPre is a Focusrite mic preamp featuring eight pristine Focusrite channels. OctoPre routes directly to any digital audio workstation via analog outputs or a new 24-bit/96kHz A/D converter. The OctoPre offers the unique qualities associated with the Focusrite name at an affordable price.
Focusrite OctoPre at a Glance:
Compressor/limiter circuit on every channel
Each channel also features a compressor / limiter circuit, providing a warm-sounding compressor, which morphs into a brick wall limiter to avoid those critical overs, ensuring total control over all eight channels.
Award-winning Focusrite mic preamps
The mic pres featured in OctoPre are those featured elsewhere in the award winning Focusrite Platinum range. They are a transistor-based Class A design utilizing the same full-bandwidth philosophy as the legendary Red and ISA mic pres, ensuring detail and clarity without coloration. The first two 'super channels' also feature phase reverse, as well as TRS Jack inputs on the front panel for quick and easy, DI-free plug-in.
Balanced analog outputs plus optional digital I/O
Output can be either analog or digital; choices include 8 balanced analog outputs, or an optional A/D, (8 AES, S/PDIF and ADAT lightpipe digital outputs.) An external Word clock input is also provided (BNC connector.) The AES-EBU and S/PDIF format outputs all operate at up to 24bit /96kHz and can run simultaneously with the lightpipe outputs, giving up to 16 channels of digital output for sample rates of 44.1 and 48kHz, at 16, 20 or 24 bit dithered.
Partners with Pro Tools or other workstations
The Platinum Octopre can be used as a partner for your Pro Tools HD or Digi 002 system or any other digital audio workstation, making multi-channel recording easy. It could also add an additional set of mic pres for any analog or digital console, or hard disk recorder.
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Previous Reviewers Got it Right
by Aaron from San Antonio, TXGreat Pres - Especially for the price. What a deal! 8 channels of focusrite class A for $100 a channel. BOOYA! The reason these pres are so affordable is because they sound a little sterile compar... read more [+]ed to higher end pres like API and the ISA and Red series. But the best part is, they still sound GREAT! 99% of the time, you get what you pay for so no big deal anyways. A GREAT Prosumer piece of gear. Highly recommend. Sound great on drums. And I've got to confirm - the Dynamics are a bit stange... Still a good buy. close [-]
June 19, 2008
Music Background: Recording Engineer/Home Studio Owner
awesome pre. awesome price
by Joey from chicago IL.i just purchased this pre weeks ago and used it on drums. it sounded great. useing neuman km184s for overheads and audix drum mics, ran kick through a avalon m5. great warm sound not harsh like the ... read more [+]digimax. only use a little of the compressor/limiter to prevent peaking or turn compressor off. 125 bucks a channel for class A, you cant beat that close [-]
May 17, 2007
Music Background: piano player. project studio owner
Great for drums awful dynamics
by Warren from New YorkI have used this pre to record drums. Although useful as a pre the dynamics are not that great. I also have the digital option and have found the drums to sound a little thin compared to the analog ou... read more [+]tput. close [-]
August 8, 2008
Music Background: 25 year professional musician and studio owner
Great sound, tasty dynamics
by Morton from Mannheim, GermanyI can only confirm, what´s been written so far.
November 6, 2007
Music Background: Studio musician and producer
Great preamps, nice look -
but - as stated before - a very strange dynamics´ philosophy by Focusrite. I really wonder at these "testers... read more [+]" finding the dynamic section of the octopre that good. Even with little (say 1/3)compression you will find your acoustic gitar sound deteriorated (especially with chords). Do I own one of the first test versions, or how is that possible?
Result: I never use the dynamics
but am still happy with the pres.
Gonna buy me the ADAT option which can be used with the analogue outs simultaneously. Great for recording AND monitoring. close [-]
For an 8-channel mic pre that sounds great and won't break the bank, the OctoPre is what you need. Solid compression/limiting on each individual channel, and with the inexpensive add-in cards, you can get ADAT, AES and S/PDIF options as well!
David, Renton, WA
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