The Focusrite Clarett+ OctoPre 8-channel ADAT mic preamp is the ideal hub for any professional studio or mobile recording rig. The Clarett+ OctoPre features eight of Focusrite’s premium high-headroom, Clarett+ microphone preamplifiers — leveraging the company’s renowned all-analog, relay-controlled Air circuit — that render drums, vocals, and acoustic instruments with crystalline clarity. Employing advanced JFET technology, the two front-panel instrument inputs capture the full impact of electric bass, guitars, and keyboards — just as if you were plugged into a great amp. Fitted with top-drawer AD/DA converters, the Clarett+ OctoPre delivers ultra-fast, low-latency operation with massive dynamic range, ultra-low distortion, and ultra-low noise. High-performance D-A conversion ensures that audio quality is retained when routing audio to outboard analog processors. Seamless compatibility with Focusrite’s Clarett 2Pre, 4Pre, and 8Pre allows you to expand your I/O while adding flexible, pro-standard ADAT connectivity to your setup. Upgrade your studio with the Focusrite Clarett+ OctoPre from Music Experience today!
If you already own other Focusrite multichannel preamps, the Clarett+ OctoPre fits right into your existing setup. Expanding your I/O via ADAT will allow for proper tracking sessions with ample preamp inputs to capture the excitement and interaction of an entire band playing together with the classic analog clarity and punch of the legendary Focusrite Studio Console. Boasting a dynamic range of 118dB and an EIN (Equivalent Input Noise) rating of 129dBu, the organic sound of your source signals is preserved. The Clarett+ OctoPre’s fully balanced signal path ensures those signals are rendered cleanly and with negligible noise levels.
Designed exclusively for the Clarett range, the upgraded preamps in the Clarett+ OctoPre deliver loads of pristine gain and vanishingly low noise. In addition, these preamps include Focusrite’s proprietary Air feature that breathes life into your recordings by switching in an analog model of the acclaimed transformer-based ISA 110 mic pres on the original Focusrite Studio Console. Activating Air changes the impedance to 2.2k ohms and engages two cumulative high shelves. Technically, it adds up to a 4dB high-frequency boost, but make no mistake: Air sounds quite different from EQ. If you’ve always wanted vocals that shimmer with presence and silky air, then try recording with the Clarett+ OctoPre with Air engaged. You will be impressed.
Clarett+ OctoPre is an 8-in / 8-out ADAT mic pre that delivers professional audio quality with the original Focusrite Studio Console sound.
The Clarett+ Mic Pre helps you achieve clear recordings in any session. With eight professional quality, low distortion, low noise mic preamps featuring fully balanced signal paths that give sessions the professional Focusrite sound.
From jazz to heavy metal drums, capture the performer’s vision — with masses of headroom so that you can focus on the session without having to constantly adjust gain staging. For the techie engineer, the fully balanced signal path ensures inbound signals are clean and have no unwanted colouration. Be confident in a recording that is right first time and captures the energy of a live session accurately.
All-analogue Air with relay-controlled circuitry is the engineer’s secret weapon. It captures transients on drums, makes vocals shine, and ensures a precise, clear recording. When Air is engaged the Clarett+ OctoPre switches impedance to 2.2kΩ and adds two cumulative high shelves, totalling a 4dB boost in the high frequencies, which recreates the sound of the classic Focusrite ISA 110.
Clarett+ OctoPre’s eight dedicated channel inserts allow you to easily add analogue equipment to the signal path. Our flexible insert design reduces the need for a patchbay as inserts are switchable — so you spend less time reaching around the rear of the unit. Leave your outboard plugged in and simply press the button to bypass it.
Exceptional D-A conversion ensures that audio quality is preserved when sending audio to analogue compressors, EQs and effects. You can easily process audio in your signature style and benefit from integrating your outboard into your workflow to achieve accurate results. Send 16 channels of high-quality audio from your computer by connecting a Clarett+ OctoPre to a Clarett+ 8Pre via ADAT — perfect for integrating an analogue mixer into your workflow.
JFET instrument inputs capture the true characteristics of guitars. The wide input bandwidth retains the purity of high frequencies and feels like you are plugging straight into an amp. Connect OctoPre to any of the other Clarett+ range to have four instrument inputs at your disposal. Perfect for DI multitracking – the band can perform together and capture the essence of the moment in a clear, clean, and accurate recording.
Add Clarett+ OctoPre to a 2Pre, 4Pre or 8Pre to expand your I/O easily and consistently via ADAT. Non-Clarett+ users can upgrade to a professional standard by connecting to any ADAT-enabled interface, bringing the classic Focusrite sound to their recordings as well as the premium quality offered by Clarett+ OctoPre.
Track through your OctoPre and mix with three classic software processors from Focusrite’s 40-year legacy of precision studio sound. Brainworx bx_console Focusrite SC is an authentic emulation of the classic ISA 110 module found in Focusrite Studio Console. ISA 110 was created when Sir George Martin asked Rupert Neve for custom modules for AIR Montserrat studios. The Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite accurately models Focusrite’s classic Red range equaliser and compressor hardware. Coveted by producers and engineers for their exceptional clarity and versatility, the original Red 2 and Red 3 remain prized fixtures in professional recording studios the world over. Now, you can use these revered pieces, easily and flexibly, in your own mixes.
The included Hitmaker Expansion bundle of recording software gives studio-grade results — add mixing plug-ins and virtual instruments to your DAW to give a professional touch to your tracks. Create huge drums, studio quality vocals, powerful guitars, luscious keys — and then mix and master with iconic Focusrite studio hardware. Every new Clarett+ OctoPre comes with an unbeatable range of tried-and-tested studio tools from some of the biggest names in the business. Hitmaker Expansion features exclusive content from legendary Auto-Tune® creators Antares®, along with Brainworx®, Softube®, XLN Audio®, Relab and more.
With high dynamic range and ultra-low noise, the Clarett+ Mic Pre ensures you can be confident of an accurate recording in any session.
Engage All-analogue Air — the premium, relay-controlled analogue circuitry captures transients on drums, makes vocals shine, and ensures a precise, clear recording.
Clarett+ OctoPre’s premium D-A conversion ensures that audio quality is preserved when sending audio to analogue compressors, EQs and effects.
Add Clarett+ OctoPre to a 2Pre, 4Pre or 8Pre to expand your I/O easily and consistently via ADAT. Non-Clarett+ users can upgrade to a professional standard by connecting to an ADAT-enabled interface.
From jazz to heavy metal drums, capture the performer’s vision — with masses of headroom so that you can focus on the session without having to constantly adjust gain staging.
Clarett+ OctoPre’s eight dedicated channel inserts allow you to easily add analogue equipment to the signal path. Our flexible, switchable insert design reduces the need for a patchbay — so you spend less time reaching around the rear of the unit.
Feel like you are plugging straight into an amp and capture the true characteristics of guitars with the wide input bandwidth offered by JFET instrument inputs.
All the plug-ins you need to write, produce, mix, and master your music in professional quality.
Each channel of the Clarett+ OctoPre is equipped with a dedicated insert that lets you keep your favorite rack equipment plugged in and ready to track through. This flexible insert setup lets you add analog gear to your signal chains as needed, but the Clarett+ OctoPre also includes Hitmaker Expansion, a studio-grade software bundle that includes powerful mixing plug-ins and virtual instruments. As a registered Clarett+ OctoPre owner, you’ll also eligible to receive regular discounts and exclusive versions of cutting-edge software titles through the Focusrite Plug-in Collective.
Expand your studio with the Focusrite Clarett+ OctoPre!
|Preamp Type||Solid State|
|Number of Channels||8|
|Analog Inputs||8 x XLR-1/4" combo (mic/line)|
|Analog Outputs||1 x DB-25 (8 ch line out)|
|Digital Inputs||2 x Optical (ADAT)|
|Digital Outputs||2 x Optical (ADAT)|
|Clock I/O||Word Clock In, Out|
|Sample Rate||Up to 192kHz|
|Channel Inserts||8 channels|
|Manufacturer Part Number||CLARETT-PLUS-OCTOPRE|