Focusrite OctoPre MkII DynamicItem ID: OctoPre2dy
8-channel Microphone Preamplifier with ADAT I/O and 8 Channels of Built-in Compression, 24-bit/96kHz Resolution
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Affordably Adds Eight Preamps... and Eight Compressors!This is cool. Focusrite's Octopre MkII Dynamic does more than take advantage of your interface's lonely, unused ADAT input for a beefed-up channel count. It actually features eight "single-dial" Focusrite compressors, aimed to give you much of the character of the renowned Focusrite Red 3 (without the hefty price tag). So, let's go over it again. The Octopre MkII Dynamic sports eight award-winning preamps from Focusrite that you can pipe into your existing audio interface via ADAT. That means you can get ready to track an entire band at once. And while you track, rather than use all of your computer's bandwidth calling up a CPU-hungry compression plug-in, you can score just the right amount of compression, right from the get go. What else do you need to know about the Focusrite Octopre MkII Dynamic?
Well, you'll definitely want to know that these microphone inputs have a lot of gain. And the preamps are also optimized to handle super-extreme sound sources without clipping, so you'll have no problems tracking acoustic drums. As for the built-in compression — it sports a classic soft-knee design that "does the job," without squashing your sound. Rather, these compressors caress it. There's also Focusrite's unique "More" switch that doubles the ratio to get more of that effect-like compression, when you want it.
What about the I/O? All of it's on the rear panel, with eight mic/line inputs all in a row. The first two channels even feature DIs, so you can plug your guitar or bass straight in and start recording your ideas. And while the Focusrite Octopre MkII Dynamic makes for a great analog-to-digital solution when you connect it to the ADAT input of your trusty audio interface, this feature-packed 1U box can also handle digital-to-analog needs as well. Thanks to the ADAT inputs and eight TRS line outputs, you can monitor any digital ADAT feed. Handy. And of course, when you talk about digital gear, the issue of "clocking" is going to come into play. Rest assured that the Octopre MkII Dynamic features a stable internal clock with rock-solid JetPLL jitter-elimination technology, so your gear sounds as clean and clear as possible.
All in all, if you're wanting to expand the I/O capabilities of your recording rig and you have an audio interface you already know and love... well, the Focusrite Octopre MkII is a steal at this low price. Just connect it up to the ADAT input of your interface, park eight mics on the band you're wanting record, and you're good to go. And the built-in compression? It's there to sweeten your sound — and it certainly sweetens this Focusrite Octopre MkII deal.
Focusrite Octopre MkII Dynamic 8-channel Preamp with ADAT Features at a Glance:
Expand your I/O count — add the Focusrite Octopre MkII to get eight more preamps plus eight channels of awesome compression!
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Mario, Indianapolis, IN
Reviewsbased on 11 reviews
Great Addition to My Studio
by Bobby Elliott from Erin TNI have a Liquid Saffire56 and have been wanting to add 8 more ins... this is the way to go! It must be the built in compression, but this sounds BETTER than the 56?!! If you want to add 8 more in your... read more [+] studio then you better get this!!
March 12, 2013
Music Background: Musician, Engineer, Live Sound, Studio Musician
When I first bought this I thought I had messed up, I hooked it up and it would not sync. Called my sales engineer Derek Senestraro and before I hung up the phone I had a new one on the way! The new one arrived and... same problem. Come to find out , the problem was a bad optical cable, which Sweetwater replaced for free!
I know this is a review of the OctoPreMkII, but I just cannot say enough about the customer service at Sweetwater! 5 Stars all around! close [-]
Focusrite OctoPre Mk II Dynamic- Just what the Doctor Ordered!
by Steve Bander from Rockwall, TXAs a Physician/Drummer/Recordist whannabe, I was looking for extra mike inputs that sounded great, were easy to use, and compatible with the rest of my Logic Setup. I learned about Focusrite years ago... read more [+] when I got a TwinTrack Pro to go with my Roland 2480 rig for Vocal recordings (anyone old enough to remember the 2480?). When I got the computer-based setup, I got the Focusrite Liquid Sapphire 56 as the interface with the TwinTrack connected via SPIF. This worked and sounded great, but I soon got tired of plugging and unplugging mikes to record 8 channels of drums and the rest of the band in a very cramped control room space. Working with Brandon at Sweetwater (bless him for his patience), it seemed that the OctoPre was the easiest, most cost effective option for getting 8 more inputs for the drums,and plenty of inputs for the rest of the band. The best thing was that you don't need to be an engineer to hook it up, the manual was VERY easy to understand, and I knew I could count on Sweetwater support if I had problems. The sound is everything that I expected, I have tremendous Flexibility for the various recording situations I encounter, and best of all, my fat little fingers are no longer fumbling around in the back of my rack! close [-]
August 26, 2012
Music Background: Semipro musician,Hobbyist Recording Engineer, Family Practice Physician
by Seth Gorden from Bloomington, IL USAI bought the OctoPre MkII Dynamic simply to get more channels at an acceptible level of quality, a very utilitarian purchase. Since purchase, I've used the OctoPre in the studio on guitars and vocals,... read more [+] and for live classical events including both vocal and instrumental concerts/recitals. This amp has handled all of my applications gracefully and cleanly.
May 23, 2012
Music Background: Audio Engineer
For live vocal tracks I usually run a Royer R121 at high gain and tweak and the compression knob as needed. It's simple to dial in my sound, and it maintains clarity at the highest settings.
I often ask for feedback from my clients, and most of them say they don't like listening to their recital recordings right away. But when they do, almost without exception, I've received 'wows' and specific compliments on the clarity and purity of the vocal tracks.
Caveat: Exposes the care with which you place your microphones. My live event clients always have limited time for sound check, and I'm always biting my lip when I've snap-decided a mic position. The price of clarity is that you hear precisely what you've done with your front end equipment. But that's also helping me become a better, more thoughtful engineer during setup.
I am very satisfied with the OctoPre and my clients are very pleased with the results. Much of my new business this year has been word-of-mouth recommendations. The OctoPre has been instrumental in the growth of my live recording business. Highly recommended. close [-]
Natural Mic Pres & Helpful Compression for Live Recording
by Nicholas from Metro Detroit, MII recently purchased the OctoPre to do a live recording. The compressors were really helpful in getting a hotter and more consistent signal into before conversion to digital.
February 6, 2012
Music Background: Wedding Entertainer, Musician, DJ
In additi... read more [+]on to the obvious additional 8 channels of input, you can make use of the 8 outputs to get additional monitor/headphone mixes. Works great with the Saffire Liquid 56 and the zero latency mixing available within the interface. close [-]
Killer Live Preamp, Awesome Value!
by Phil from Midwest USAI got this sweet 8-channel pre to expand my live recording rig. Not only does it sound fantastic, but the 1-button compressors are absolutely incredible. With this wonderful preamp in my rig, I can di... read more [+]al in live drums in a couple of minutes, even under festival conditions. I simply can't recommend the Focusrite OctoPre MkII Dynamic highly enough. close [-]
August 5, 2011
Music Background: Hobbiest
Focusrite OctoPre MkII Dynamic
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