What’s new in Focusrite’s updated multi-channel mic preamp?
No sooner had we gone to press with our review of Focusrite’s Clarett OctoPre than the company announced a new ADAT expander pairing, the Scarlett OctoPre and Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic. These new units each sport eight mic/line inputs (two of which can be used as high-impedance instrument inputs), eight line outputs and eight channels of ADAT digital output, and the Dynamic version also boasts eight ADAT inputs. If this all sounds very familiar, your memory isn’t fooling you: these devices follow the same template as the OctoPre MkII and OctoPre MkII Dynamic, which I reviewed back in SOS March 2010 (http://sosm.ag/octopre-mk2), and which are replaced by these new units. I was sent the Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic for review.
So, what’s new? Well, physically, the control layouts have changed slightly, but there’s nothing particularly unusual in the new configuration. Aesthetically, everything more closely resembles Focusrite’s Scarlett range of audio interfaces, as you’d expect....
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