Focusrite Clarett OctoPre Microphone Preamp with AD/DA Converter

Focusrite Clarett OctoPre Microphone Preamp with AD/DA Converter

Add 8 Focusrite Clarett mic preamps and 8 channels of 192 kHz/24-bit AD/DA to your studio! With analog and digital I/O, the Clarett OctoPre fits any setup.

Focusrite Platinum OctoPre 8-Channel Microphone Preamp

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Electronically balanced 20kW
Nominal level +4dBu / -10dBV

Input Connectors,
1/4 in. jack (channels one and two only)
25 pin D-type 8 channel line level analogue connector
8 XLR inputs for Mic

Front Panel Controls,
Phantom Power: On/Off: +48V
Gain (mic): 0dB to 60dB
Gain (line): -10dB to +10 dB
Gain (instrument): 0dB to 60dB (Impedance > 1MOhm)
Phase Reverse: On/Off (Channel 1 & 2 only)
High Pass filter: On/Off: -12dB / octave. -6dB at 75Hz
Dynamics: Limiter threshold is fixed at 20dBu. Compressor threshold and ratio is variable
Frequency select: Switchable (44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz)
Dither: 24-, 20- or 16-bit

Signal Present: -20dBFS (green LED)
Overload: +22dBu (red LED)
Compressor mode: Yellow LED intensity increases with compression
Hard Limit mode: Red LED on when limiting (threshold = +20dBu)

Analogue Output,
25-pin D-type 8 channel analogue connector

Performance specifications,
THD: 0.001% @ 20dBu input, mic and line at 0dB gain
Noise: -96dB at unity gain through the unit
Mic EIN: -128 dBu @ 6dB of gain with 150Ohm termination impedance
Frequency response: -1dB at 10Hz to 200kHz

480mm (w) x 44mm (H) x 265mm (D)

Focusrite Warranty Focusrite offers a 3-Year Warranty on this and all other Focusrite products.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 310-322-5500
(37 ratings)
Submitted April 19, 2005 by a customer from
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As soon as I puirchased it, I put it to the test on some gospel vocals. FAT ! And that was using the analogue outs . . . . can't wait to try the digital outs. As far as the absence of a pad . . . . even with close range full-throttle vocals on an AKG 414, never had an over. The compressor/limiter worked great.
I would have liked the AES cable to be included with the digital board.
Made in China . . . . but so what. Everything else is anyway.
8 channels of Focusrite with digital and analogue out for under a grand? What's not to like?
Manufacturer Support
Haven't had to deal with support. A good thing perhaps?
The Wow Factor
For remote recording to have 8 really good mic channel digital inputs to my Alesis HD 24 . . . had to have it. Smart move on their part to include ADAT inputs.
Musical Background:
Recording engineer and music composer
Musical Style:
Jazz & classiacal
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