Focusrite announces new Scarlett OctoPres

Focusrite has unveiled two new preamps, the Scarlett OctoPre and Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic.

With eight channels of the company’s 2nd generation Scarlett preamps and built-in precision 24-bit/192 kHz conversion, the new Scarlett OctoPres present an ideal way of adding eight extra mic/line inputs to a DAW or digital console.

The eight analogue line outputs are also ideally suited for standalone use in a live sound environment.

The preamps feed precision 24-bit Focusrite A-D converters that operate up to 192kHz sampling with 109dB dynamic range, making the OctoPres ideal for hi-res audio recording. Dual ADAT ports enable eight channels to be used at sample rates up to 96kHz, while four channels can be transferred at 176.4/192kHz sampling.

The Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic model adds eight channels of 24/192kHz D-A conversion too, with 108dB dynamic range, fed from dual ADAT inputs. A button switches the eight line outputs to be sourced from the ADAT inputs, via the D-A.

The OctoPres provide phantom power throughout as well as accurate 5 segment LED metering. The standard model offers a pad on every channel and front panel, high headroom instrument inputs. The OctoPre Dynamic comes with optimised headroom, capable of handling the same input levels as the standard OctoPre, plus analogue, soft-knee compression on every channel for natural and transparent control of dynamics, right up to more aggressive compression effects.