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If you are looking for 19" rackmount or 500-series Mic Preamps, or Preamplier plug-ins, Voice Channels and all manner of Channel Strips, you will find the Sound On Sound web articles collected here.

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    Focusrite Clarett+ Octopre

    Multichannel Mic Preamp & A-D/D-A Converter

    Twenty years on, the Octopre concept remains as strong as ever.

    Reviews . Jul 2022
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    Focusrite Clarett+ OctoPre microphone preamp

    Focusrite announce Clarett+ OctoPre

    Eight channel preamp gains ‘Plus’ range features

    Popular multi-channel preamp is the latest member of the Clarett range to receive an upgrade.

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    Q. Why do the meters of my preamp and those of my DAW give me different readings?

    I use a Focusrite ISA Two preamp with a Clarett 4 Thunderbolt interface, but I'm having trouble getting the two meters to match...

    Sound Advice Mar 2020
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    Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic

    Eight-channel Mic Preamp, Compressor & A-D/D-A Converter

    What’s new in Focusrite’s updated multi-channel mic preamp?

    Reviews May 2017
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    Focusrite Clarett OctoPre front panel.

    Focusrite Clarett OctoPre

    Eight-channel Mic Preamp & A-D/D-A Converter

    With eight new Air preamps and two-way ADAT connectivity, could this be the best way to expand your audio interface?

    Reviews Feb 2017
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    Focusrite launch Scarlett OctoPre preamp/converters

    Scarlett OctoPre and OctoPre Dynamic add 8 channels via ADAT

    We’ve seen several generations of Focusrite OctoPre units, from the old Platinum series to the black-...

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    Focusrite launch Clarett OctoPre

    I/O expansion offers 8 ‘Air’–enabled mic pres w/inserts & 192kHz A-D/D-A

    Focusrite have announced the launch of this new eight–channel mic pre with A-D/D-A conversion, which can be used to add eight mic/line inputs and line outputs to any interface with ADAT I/O.

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    Focusrite Red 1 500

    Microphone Preamplifier

    Focusrite make their first foray into the 500-series format with a preamp — but is it worthy of the revered 'Red' name?

    Reviews Nov 2013
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    Focusrite ISA Two

    Microphone Preamplifier

    Making professional‑quality preamps available at project-studio prices has been Focusrite’s forté for many years, and this design doesn’t disappoint.

    Reviews Jul 2012
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    Focusrite Octopre MkII & MkII Dynamic

    Eight-channel Microphone Preamps

    With upgraded mic amps and A-D conversion in their MkII versions, do Focusrites latest eight-channel preamps still lead the way at this price point?

    Reviews Mar 2010
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    Focusrite ISA One

    Mic Preamp

    The ISA preamp range has graced professional recording facilities the world over — but this classy single-channel model is within reach of the home and project studio.

    Reviews Oct 2008
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    Focusrite Liquid 4 Pre

    Four-channel Convolution Preamp

    The manufacturers proudly claim that this is "the most flexible four-channel preamp in history." And it's no idle marketing boast...

    Reviews Mar 2008
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    Focusrite ISA828

    8-channel Mic & Line Preamp

    Eight top-class preamps priced within reach of the serious project studio...

    Reviews Oct 2007
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    Focusrite Liquid Mix

    Firewire Dynamic Convolution Processor

    Following on from last month's sneak preview, here's the full SOS hands-on test: If you're looking for characterful compression and EQ to warm up your computer-based mixes, Focusrite's Liquid Mix might just be the answer.

    Reviews Sep 2006
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    Focusrite Octopre LE

    8-channel Mic Preamp

    Focusrite hot up the competition by offering eight channels of Platinum-series preamplification, with optional digital conversion, at a surprisingly affordable price point.

    Reviews Jul 2005
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    Focusrite Liquid Channel

    Recording Channel

    Combining Focusrite's cutting-edge preamplification and A-D conversion with Sintefex's pioneering convolution technology, the Liquid Channel can mimic the most celebrated mic preamps and compressors ever designed. Could this be the only voice channel you'll ever need?

    Reviews Jul 2004
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    Focusrite ISA430 MkII

    Recording Channel

    Focusrite update their successful high-end Producer Pack to keep it ahead of the game.

    Reviews Jan 2004
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    Focusrite Liquid Channel (preview)

    Convolving Voice Channel

    DSP convolving techniques now allow us to 'sample' the sound of real reverberant spaces, and even other digital reverbs. But why stop at reverb? Focusrite's Liquid Channel can be used to reproduce the effect of classic compressors and even mic preamps...

    Reviews Dec 2003
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    Focusrite Platinum Twin Trak Pro

    Dual Recording Channel

    This addition to the Platinum range offers a variety of useful tools for the computer-based home studio owner.

    Reviews Oct 2003
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    Q & A

    Your Questions Answered

    What advantages are there to variable input impedance? • How can I extract loops from audio sample CDs? • Can I use the True Tape option in Cubase to prevent clipping? • Should I use S/PDIF or AES for long cable runs? • Can you have too much low-frequency absorption? • What's the best way to use the multiple filters on my soft synth?

    Sound Advice Jun 2003
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    Focusrite ISA428

    Four-channel Mic Preamp

    Focusrite's new preamp offers variable input impedance and an optional multi-channel A-D converter board.

    Reviews May 2003


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