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Focusrite Platinum OctoPre 8-Channel Mic Preamp
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Providing 8 pristine discrete channels of Focusrite Class A mic preamplification and compression, The Focusrite Platinum OctoPre 8-Channel Mic Preamp...Click To Read More About This Product
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Providing 8 pristine discrete channels of Focusrite Class A mic preamplification and compression, The Focusrite Platinum OctoPre 8-Channel Mic Preamp routes directly to any digital audio workstation via 8 standard analog outputs or via a choice of 2 optional 24-bit, 96kHz A/D converters. The new OctoPre offers the unique qualities associated with the Focusrite name at an affordable price.
Each channel features a revolutionary 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 8 channels.
The mic pres are the same as those featured elsewhere in the award-winning Focusrite Platinum range. They are a transistor-based Class A design using the same full-bandwidth philosophy as the legendary Red and ISA mic pres, ensuring detail and clarity without coloration. The first 2 "super channels" also feature phase reverse as well as TRS jack inputs on the front for quick and easy, DI-free instrument plug-in.
8 line-level balanced (+4dBu) analog inputs and outputs are provided via 25-pin D-type connectors. These D-type connectors may be routed to 8 XLRs by means of an 8-way 25-pin D-type to 8 XLR breakout cable, available separately. In addition to the analog outputs, the OctoPre can be fitted with an ADAT interface card or AES/SPDIF/ADAT interface card (both available in the related product box below).
With Class A Focusrite processing and almost all the interface options known to man, the Platinum OctoPre is the perfect partner for any Pro Tools system or any other digital audio workstation, making high-quality, multichannel recording easy. Also makes a great instant location recording solution or additional set of mic pres for any analog or digital console or hard disk recorder.
- 8 discrete channels of Class A mic preamplification and compression
- 8 standard analog outputs
- Choice of 2 optional 24-bit, 96kHz A/D converters
- Revolutionary compressor/limiter circuits per channel
- Transistor-based Class A design
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This thing is great. I always record drums through it, and it's amazing live as well. I've also run keyboards, acoustic guitar, and even vocals through it. All sound amazing. Since its a single knob compressor I set it first about where I might like it and then gain it to drive the compressor as I see fit. You do have to buy a 25-pin to xlr cable or the digital card.
The clarity of this set of preamps is very nice. A very open sound. I know lots of guys don't like the compressors, but what do you want from one knob? I find it usable, I just compress a little so that I can ease into the limiter a it more. The limiter is very transparent unless you are really laying into it. There is suitable gain for most situations, although I wish there was another 15 or 20 dB, but even at full gain, it is very quiet. The DI inputs don't sound that great to me, but I am used to radial JDI and J48 which are $150 DI's so, given that, it should be forgiven. Low pass filter is at a nice place so that it still leaves plenty of low but cleans up the slop. I highly recommend this product. I also like the Digimax LT by presonus, but it only can do 48K audio and doesn't have limiters. I am going into dedicated A/D converters with a d-sub to trs cable and I am very happy with the product.Note (there is a little fan inside to keep things cool, but it is pretty quiet and the unit is 13" long, so you need a real rack not an FX rack)
Great product, however it is a little expensive. Other than that I highly recommend it.
I use this unit with the AES digital card upgrade to mic my drums and it sounds awesome. It is really easy to setup and get a great sound with little work. The only feature I would like to see on it would be an insert on each channel, but the onboard compressor works great, so its not a huge issue.I highly recommend this unit with the digial card upgrade.