Have you bought some more toys recently and you’re running out of inputs and outputs? Do you have unused ADAT ports in your current setup? No need to buy a new interface: you can get an OctoPre by Focusrite instead.
Their new Clarett OctoPre, announced a few months ago and now available, is the ideal way of adding extra inputs to your Clarett interface (we happen to have a Clarett 8Pre at ANR and we’re pretty happy with it!) – or any other system with ADAT optical I/O.
The Clarett OctoPre features eight high-performance mic preamps with the unique ‘Air’ effect which emulates the sound of Focusrite’s classic transformer-based ISA mic preamps. The preamps include extensive headroom – great for drums. Plus there are two instrument DI inputs on the front panel.
Each channel has a switched insert point for patching in your favourite outboard processors – leave your EQ or compression patched in and ready to go at the touch of a button.
As well as precision 24-bit 192kHz A-D conversion on the inputs, the Clarett OctoPre features eight channels of D-A for expanding the number of outputs in your studio – or feed the mic preamps straight to the line outputs when using the Clarett OctoPre as a standalone unit in a live sound environment.
Price & Availability: Clarett OctoPre is available now for $699/€749.99 (approx.). Expensive, you say? Well, you can find cheaper alternatives on the market, but as with many other things in life, you get what you pay for.
Most of those cheaper alternatives are several years old now and don’t support 96Khz or higher resolutions, nor they can offer comparable mic preamps or dedicated switched insert points on every channel.
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