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Focusrite OctoPre MkII 8-Channel Microphone Preamplifier with ADAT Optical Output
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- Eight high-quality award-winning Focusrite preamps
- Built-in eight channel 24-bit / 96 kHz digital output
- Mic preamps optimized for tracking drums
- Two quality Hi-Z instrument inputs and 5 LED input metering on every channel
- 48V Phantom power available on every channel
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Focusrite OctoPre MkII
With eight channels of Focusrite preamplification and a built-in 24-bit / 96 kHz ADAT output, OctoPre MkII is Focusrite's powerful input upgrade for your Pro Tools system, or any digital audio workstation. It's also a great expansion for any analog or digital console, or hard disk recorder.
The digital output allows you to make the most of often-neglected ADAT inputs; ideal for expanding the number of mic pre inputs on your interface. Connect OctoPre MkII to your audio interface's ADAT input to create a high quality, multi-channel recording solution, ideal for tracking drums, as well guitars, keyboards, vocals and more.
At a Glance
- -10dB Pads on every channel
- Direct outputs on every channel
- 5 LED input metering on every channel
- Phantom power available on every channel (switched in two groups: 1-4 and 5-8)
- Sampling rates from 44.1 - 96kHz
State-of-the-Art Clocking Solutions
OctoPre MkII's internal clock delivers a jitter performance of < 10 PPM. For external clocks, industry-standard JetPLL jitter elimination technology is employed.
Make the Most of Your Interface's ADAT Input
The built-in eight channel 24-bit / 96 kHz digital output connects to your interface's ADAT input via lightpipe, with a 'real world' dynamic range performance of 110dB.
Plug in Your Instruments
OctoPre MkII is designed not to clip, with 10dB pads across each channel, and pre-amps with massive headroom, optimized to handle extreme levels from sound sources like the kick drum. OctoPre MkII’s first two channels feature quality Hi-Z instrument inputs, instantly accessible on the front.
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With eight channels of Focusrite pre amplification and a built-in 24-bit / 96 kHz ADAT output, OctoPre MkII is Focusrite's powerful input upgrade for your Pro Tools system, or any digital audio workstation. It's also a great expansion for any analog or digital console, or hard disk recorder. The digital output allows you to make the most of often-neglected ADAT inputs; ideal for expanding the number of mic pre inputs on your interface. Connect OctoPre MkII to your audio interface's ADAT input to create a high quality, multi-channel recording solution, ideal for tracking drums, as well guitars, keyboards, vocals and more. OctoPre MkII is the best sounding multi-channel mic pre in its class, allowing you to make the most of your interface's ADAT input by connecting via its built-in Light pipe output, with a real world dynamic range performance of 110 dB. OctoPre MkII is designed not to clip, with preamps optimized to handle extreme levels from sound sources like kick drum and snare. Its first two channels feature DI's, ready for you to plug in your guitars and bass, instantly accessible on the front fascia. OctoPre MkII' s fast-acting 5-LED input meters provide clear reference of input levels, helping you to avoid analogue or digital clipping. With 10 dB pads to stop hot signals from overdriving the microphone preamp, OctoPre MkII is drum-ready. It has direct outputs on every channel for routing and flexibility, especially in the live environment. Each mic pre can be routed to the mixer's analog channels, with two mirrored ADAT outputs (44.1) left free to send to digital recorders. Switched in two groups (1-4 and 5-8), every channel is capable of supplying phantom power, for use with most condenser microphones. OctoPre MkII' s internal clock delivers a jitter performance of < 10 PPM. For external clocks, a BNC connector is provided and industry-standard JetPLL jitter elimination technology is used.
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Last thing, here's some information about the compression from the Focusrite website:
"The Compressors featured in OctoPre MkII Dynamic are a new VCA-based, feed-forward design, derived from the celebrated Focusrite Red 3.
With just a single dial, these eight 'recording' compressors allow you to get to the desired amount of compression for each channel, fast, providing a natural but loud sound. The single dial solution decreases the threshold, and increases the makeup gain simultaneously, the result of which is a sound that gets progressively more compressed but retains a good output level.
The compressors uses a soft-knee progressive compression curve, modeled on the properties of the Red 3 compressor, and featuring a fixed Attack time of 1.2 ms and Release time of 28ms. The circuit has been tuned by ear at Focusrite and these settings were chosen after critical listening and analysis of the Red 3. Bass guitar and drums were put through the Red 3 compressor, and the threshold, ratio, attack and release envelopes were modified until the desired 'controlled' sound was achieved. These settings were then applied to the new VCA circuit where the soft knee and ratio curve had been duplicated. A further listening then helped to tweak the settings and ensure that the compressors behaved as expected.
The compressor has two modes: Normal and ‘More’, which let you change the behavior of the compressor to suit different instruments. Whist the Red 3 is well known and loved for its sympathetic approach to compression, it’s not regarded as an ‘effect’ compressor. However, with the OctoPre MkII Dynamic’s 'More' button, found on each compressor, you can bring a bit of aggression to your sound. The More button doubles the ratio from 2:1 to 4:1 and shifts the threshold range, so you have more sensitivity on control. The threshold is closed down, working across a smaller range, as you’re applying threshold control over a much louder signal."
I'm currently using this and a Saffire Pro 40 into a PreSonus 1818VSL for drums, and I'm very pleased with this unit. The pres offer plenty of clean gain, are neutral in color from what I can tell, and handle the erratic, peaky signals you get from drums beautifully.
Operation is simple, of course: plug it in, turn it on, and you're good to go. I appreciate that they included dual lightpipes for 8 channels out at 96kHz, I just wish my AudioBox had two ADAT ins. I also like the front panel; I like having some inputs up front while also leaving plenty of space for level indicators and various controls. Reliability has not been an issue so far, which is to be expected, but the unit feels solidly built and I expect it will hold up well.
What else is there to say? It's a solid 8-pre box for a reasonable cost.