Focusrite Clarett OctoPre
The Clarett OctoPre is an 8-channel Microphone Preamplifier with 24-bit/192kHz A-D and eight channels of D-A conversion. Featuring eight great-sounding Clarett mic preamps with Focusrite's switchable 'Air' effect, which gives your microphones the air and clarity of an ISA transformer-based mic preamp, two front-panel instrument inputs and outstanding dynamic range, Clarett OctoPre includes eight line outputs that can be fed from the D-As or from the mic pres. It's ideal for extending the capabilities of a Clarett Thunderbolt audio interface - or any other interface fitted with ADAT optical inputs and outputs. It's exactly what you need if you're running out of mic pres and have some major drum-miking in your future, for example and the mic pres have extra headroom to deal with drums and other hot sources.
The front panel includes dual instrument inputs featuring extra headroom to handle the loudest pickup, while the rear panel includes universal XLR/jack connectors for the remaining auto-switching mic/line inputs. In addition, each input has its own switched insert point for single-cable connection of compression, equalisation and other outboard analogue processing - with hard-wired relay bypass so you can leave outboard gear or a patchbay connected ready to access at the press of a button.
In addition to providing eight mic pres with 24-bit, 192kHz A-D conversion, the Clarett OctoPre offers D-A conversion of up to eight ADAT digital channels feeding 25-pin DSUB rear-panel analogue outputs, making it useful for mixing as well as tracking. The line outputs can optionally provide line level output feeds from the mic pres - useful for feeding a live console, for example, while recording the digital outputs. Aside from the insert point, the Clarett OctoPre is balanced end to end for exceptional noise immunity.
Precision Digital Conversion
There's no point in having the superb-quality mic preamps in the Clarett OctoPre without equally superb digital conversion to back them up. Focusrite has been making digital audio converters almost as long as mic preamps, and those in the Clarett OctoPre ensure that you maintain the highest possible quality getting your music in and out of your DAW. The Clarett OctoPre's precision 24-bit converters operate at standard sample rates all the way up to 192kHz - ideal for hi-res audio - with up to 118dB (A-D) /119dB (D-A) dynamic range. Clarett OctoPre also includes both internal and external clocking with Word Clock I/O for synchronisation with other studio equipment.
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