Focusrite OctoPre MkII Dynamic

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:
  • 8-channel preamplifier and AD/DA converter
  • ADAT output, so you can add eight channels to your current audio interface
  • Eight built-in "single-dial" Focusrite compressors with soft-knee design
  • Built-in 8-channel 24-bit/96kHz ADAT I/O
  • Eight analog outputs for monitoring the digital or analog inputs
  • Switchable phantom power in groups: channels 1-4 and 5-8
  • Word clock I/O with industry-standard JetPLL jitter-elimination technology
  • Internal clocking, master clocking, and external clocking via BNC or ADAT
  • 5-input LED metering on every channel
  • Capable of 24-bit resolution and 44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96kHz sampling rates
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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Tech Specs

Preamp Type Solid State
Number of Channels 8
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Phantom Power Yes
Compressor Threshold -4dBFS to -44dBFS
Compressor Ratio 2:1 and 4:1
Analog Inputs 8 x Combo (XLR/TRS)
Analog Outputs 8 x 1/4"
Digital Inputs 2 x ADAT (Optical)
Digital Outputs 2 x ADAT (Optical)
Other I/O 1 x Word Clock In (BNC), 1 x Word Clock Out (BNC)
Rackmount Spaces 1U
Height 1.75"
Depth 10.4"
Width 19"
Weight 7.3 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number OCTOPRE MKII DYNAMIC

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Focusrite Octopre

I have used this product for a while and have been impressed by its ease of use, portability, and sound quality. Wanted to add that after a negative TSA experience in an airport, a bunch of screws were stripped and missing. Focusrite followed through and mailed me the missing parts from England at no charge. Tech Support doesn't get any better than this.
Music background: musician/procducer
5/5

Incredible

If you have ADAT capabilities you will want this-- excellent I mean excellent mic pre's. Very gentle compression that allows you to dial intuitively without a bunch of extra knobs and parameters - which then allows you to be more creative. Superb on vocals, and even makes a cheap mic sound stellar- excellent on acoustics- and it goes without saying - a must have for recording drums.
Music background: Musician/Producer
5/5

Great for Drums

I have used this for drums & guitars. clear preamps with plenty of gain. The dynamics can take a little bit to dial in but can help shape the sound going in extremely well. extremely easy to pair with interface via ADAT
Music background: I do stuff.
5/5

Excellant, very professional product!

As a musician, writer, producer, Pro tools 11 user, I am always searching for products to enhance and make my workflow easier. Having the Focusrite 18i20 already, I needed something to expand my inputs, to allow a total of 18 well balanced noiseless controllable inputs. The Octopre Mk2 did the job wonderfully! The eight on panel individual compressors were a must to me for recording vocals. I can instantly administer compression to a vocalist that is overpowering the other vocals with effortless ease. Combined with the eight rotary input levels and individual led input meters, recording becomes less stressful. The 18i20 and the Octopre work seamlessly together. Focusrite's software, as well as Pro tools recognized all hardware instantly with nothing additional required on my part. In conclusion, I feel that the Focusrite products will enhance your DAW experience for a price point at less than half of comparable units with no lack in quality whatsoever. You can't go wrong!
Music background: Louisville, KY youth orchestra woodwinds, guitar, piano, B3, producer, writer, arranger, etc.
5/5

Great Addition to My Studio

I 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 studio then you better get this!! 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!
Music background: Musician, Engineer, Live Sound, Studio Musician
See also: Focusrite, Focusrite Channel Strips, Focusrite Preamps