New York, NY (September 9, 2016)—Focusrite has launched the Clarett OctoPre, a eight-channel mic pre with A/D and D/A conversion that integrates with the rest of the Clarett range and other interfaces that include ADAT optical I/O.
The Clarett OctoPre includes eight of the Clarett range’s ‘Air’ enabled mic pres: the ’Air’ effect emulates the transformer-based sound of Focusrite’s ISA range mic pres. The rear panel inputs switch automatically between mic and line in and there are also two instrument DI inputs on the front panel. The effect can be switched in or out on a channel basis and phantom power is also provided, switchable in two groups of four channels.
Each channel features a balanced path from input to output, plus a front-panel switchable, electronically balanced relay, bypassed insert point, allowing EQ, compression or other analog processing to be accessed at a button press. In addition to being fed to the A?D converter, the input channels are also available at the analog outputs. The analogue outputs, which appear on a rear-panel DB25 wired to the AES59 standard, can alternatively be switched to pick up the ADAT inputs via the D/A converters.
The Clarett OctoPre provides digital conversion offering 24-bit operation at standard sample rates up to 192 kHz. Both A/D and D/A converters measure a dynamic range of 118 dB. Two ADAT input and two output ports are provided, allowing the Clarett OctoPre to carry eight channels of I/O at sample rates of up to 96 kHz and four channels at 176.4/192 kHz. The Clarett OctoPre syncs either to external ADAT or Word Clock, or may be clocked internally, and features JetPLLÅ jitter elimination. Word Clock out is also provided.
Metering is via a group of six-segment LED bar meters plus per channel clip indicators next to the channel level controls. Function buttons select Insert and Air and are used in conjunction with assign buttons under the channel level controls, plus two buttons selecting the front panel instrument inputs on channels 1 and 2.
The Clarett OctoPre will be shipping in November.