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Are you an audio engineer or studio professional? Are you looking to equip your studio with a preamplifier that meets versatile use? This is to ensure very high quality sound recording and digital audio mixing? Why not opt ​​for the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic? It is a very versatile eight-channel multi-channel preamplifier, as you can use it on stage or for studio use. Discover through this guide the numerous features which offer wide possibilities of use for audio processing and recording, without forgetting our opinion on this versatile and multifunctional multichannel preamp.

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Summary of the Test 👇

The Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic is an eight-channel preamp expansion unit . Its circuit integrates several high audio quality analog preamplifiers In total, the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic features eight low signal-to-noise ratio preamps. This preamplifier delivers a crisp , natural , and uncluttered .

It provides a huge amount of gain both from its eight line inputs and from its two high-margin inputs dedicated to instruments. As sophisticated and efficient as that of a Spdif interface high definition digital audio conversion technology and ADAT format.

This allows the audio signal to resonate better when it passes through the box of a powerful and efficient speaker. The Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic also offers the possibility of extending its configuration for use on stage or for use in the studio.

This multi-channel preamplifier allows the addition of preamps with the guarantee of high quality conversion to Dolby Surround Stereo via the audio interface of any device equipped with ADAT inputs and outputs.

Designed for versatile use, the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic is equipped with both analog and digital . In addition to its dual ADAT optical port, this home studio preamplifier also provides a balanced line output for each channel.

This makes it easy to connect to all types of analog audio devices. powerful , efficient and versatile enough to meet the needs of audio recording professionals? Below is our complete test and review about this preamp!

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Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic Preamp Overview

Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic is an eight-channel preamplifier designed to accommodate sound signals from professional studio microphones , instruments, and line-level devices. This preamplifier is capable of converting incoming audio signals into a 24-bit and sampling rates up to 192 kHz .

Digitized audio signals are output in ADAT format through optical TOSLINK connectors . This makes it easier to transmit them to the ADAT inputs of your home studio recording audio system. The same applies to any ADAT compatible audio interface that has inputs for optical cables.

The Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic is capable of outputting and receiving eight audio signals at sampling rates of 44.1/48/88.2 or 96 kHz . It can do the same with 4 channels at 176.4 or 192 kHz . To do this, it will of course be necessary that the interface with which it is associated can receive the number of channels corresponding to the chosen sampling frequency.

Each channel of the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic preamplifier has a switchable compressor . This makes it much easier to control the dynamic range of sound in the preamp when routing signals to your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) or studio software for audio processing (Ableton, Adobe Audition, Cubase, Logic, Sound Forge …).

All without showing the slightest latency, that is to say the delay between the moment when we record and the moment when the sound comes out at the output of the audio system. The Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic also serves as an expansion preamplifier for audio recordings or live entertainment.

Note in fact that it allows eight additional channels to be added to any audio interface equipped with ADAT inputs and outputs. Designed to function exactly like a bi-directional unit , the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic also features several digital inputs in ADAT format. Each of its channels has balanced analog outputs.

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This analog and digital signal amplifier features an ADAT to line mode, making it particularly efficient and useful for sending audio tracks from a DAW or computer to an analog mixing console . And this, without the need to install additional plugins (other than those provided by the manufacturer) or any audio converter.

The Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic can also be perfectly synchronized with various other common studio audio devices, either as a master (as a reference clock source ) or as a slave to an external Word Clock signal . The Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic comes with:

  • A mains power cable with IEC connector,
  • 4 self-adhesive feet (which can be stuck under the unit if you plan to use it on a table),
  • A user manual for quick and efficient handling,
  • A registration code for the whole thing.

Good to know : once the product is registered, the owner of the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic preamp will have the right to download the dedicated software and plugins (Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite Red 2 and Red plugin suite). He will therefore be able, and under certain conditions, to benefit from the associated licenses.

Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic: command overview

On the front panel of the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic, we find all the controls as well as the level indicators corresponding to the eight channels facing the user. As for the rear panel, it contains all the inputs and outputs of the preamplifier.

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Front Panel Description

As mentioned, the front panel of the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic preamplifier unit has all the controls and level indications for the 8 channels located there. These controls and indicators are arranged as follows:

  • Gain control panel for inputs 1 to 8: it has eight gain adjustment potentiometers and allows each of the eight channels to adjust their respective input gain.
  • O/L ” (for Overload ): each input channel has a red light indicator to signal saturation. This LED lights up when the signal level perceived at the input, in the compressor section, causes clipping at the input of the compressor section. If this happens, you will need to reduce the gain to ensure that the LED is off.
  • INST 1 ” and “ INST 2 ”: thanks to these two latching switches, you can easily switch inputs 1 and 2 to “instrument” mode. When INST is engaged, the gain range and input impedance are set relative to the LINE setting. When this input operates in unbalanced mode, it optimizes the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic to perfect the direct connection of instruments via a 2-pin TS analog jack plug. When INST is disabled, the inputs will be used to receive line level stereo input signals. These signals can be heard in balanced mode using a 3-point TRS jack or in unbalanced mode using a 2-point TS jack. Each latching switch has a bright green LED indicator. The LED illuminates when a switch is activated.
  • MIC 48V ” ( 1-4 and 5-8 ): these two latching switches respectively activate the 48 V phantom power on the XLR contacts of four inputs: one for channels 1 to 4 and the other for channels 5 to 8. Each switch has an illuminated LED to indicate that the 48 Volt Phantom power supply is activated.
  • COMPRESS1 to 8 : this command allows you to engage the compressor section of each channel of the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic and adjust the threshold level.
  • COMP ”: This yellow LED indicator illuminates each time the compressor section applies gain reduction.
  • MORE ”: This snap-on switch allows you to increase the compression ratio and therefore apply more gain reduction for the same setting of the COMPRESS control. The corresponding red LED is used to indicate that the function has indeed been activated.
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  • Input signal level indicators : they incorporate eight LED bars associated respectively with a channel. The signal rate entering each channel is measured after the audio processing stage via the input gain control and in the compressor section. We will thus be able to better control the level of the signal at its output.
  • SAMPLE RATE ”: With this latch-free switch, you can cycle through the six possible sample rate values ​​for the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic preamp unit. The applied sampling frequency will thus be indicated by one of the corresponding green LEDs. The adopted frequency will then be saved in memory in the preamp unit, once it is turned off.
  • SYNC ”: with this non-latching switch you can cycle through the three possible digital synchronization sources for the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic, namely: “Internal” for internal, ADAT and Word Clock. The selected source will be indicated by one of the associated red LED indicators. In the same way as for the Sample Rate setting, the chosen and applied source will be saved in the unit's memory after it is turned off.
  • Lock ” LED: This green indicator light illuminates when the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic unit is locked to the available sync source, signaling that it is operational.
  • ADAT > LINE ”: this non-latching switch allows you to modify the operation of the unit, i.e. to extend its functions. Once enabled, digital audio entering through the ADAT ports will be converted to analog and will become available at the LINE OUTPUTS connectors on the rear panel of the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic. The corresponding red LED is used to signal that this mode is activated.
  • “POWER”: This on/off switch turns the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic preamp unit on and off. The green AC power LED illuminates when the preamp is powered on.
  • mounting brackets : Integrated into the case and located on the front panel of the unit, these allow the preamp to be inserted into a standard 19-inch rack.
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Description of the rear panel

The rear panel of the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic has all the inputs and outputs allowing it to be associated with a multitude of devices , devices and audio interfaces.

  • MIC/LINE INPUTS ( 1 to 8 ) with 8 mixed XLR/jack sockets: this stereo input for microphone and line-level audio devices allows you to connect XLR microphones, or various types of line-level audio devices via the using a 6.35 mm jack plug. If you wish to make a symmetrical connection, you will have to use 6.35 mm TRS 3-point jack plugs. For an asymmetrical connection, however, we will use a 6.35 mm TS 2-point jack. Input channels 1 and 2 available on the back of the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic also have an “INST” mode allowing instruments to be directly connected via analog connection. To make this connection (for example when you want to connect an electric guitar and an electro-acoustic bass guitar), you must activate the INST mode by engaging the corresponding switches which are accessible via the front panel controls.
  • ADAT OUT ”: These two TOSLINK connectors provide the optical digital outputs of this unit. Connection via these two connectors depends on the applied sample rate. Thus, when you set the sampling to a frequency between 44.1 and 48 kHz , you can use channels 1 to 8 both for output 1 (accessible to the right port) and for output 2 of the left port. When we apply a sampling frequency of 88.2 to 96 kHz on the other hand, we will use channels 1 to 4 for output 1 and use channels 5 to 8 for output 2. Selected at a range between 176.4 and 192 kHz , the sampling frequency allows channels 1 and 2 to be used for output 1 and channels 3 and 4 for output 2.
  • ADAT IN ”: These two TOSLINK connectors provide optical digital inputs to the unit when set to “ ADAT > LINE ” mode. Configured in “ADAT > LINE” mode, the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic routes signals from the ADAT inputs to the analog line outputs after D/A conversion. The configuration of the two connectors also obeys the application of a predetermined sampling frequency. Applying a frequency of 44.1 to 48 kHz allows input 1 (of the right port) to be used to receive channels 1 to 8. Input 2 of the left port must remain inactive (and therefore should not receive no channel) when choosing to apply this sampling frequency between ( 44.1 and 48 kHz ). When setting the sample rate to a range between 88.2 and 96 kHz , input 1 can only accommodate channels 1 to 4 while input 2 will only accommodate channels 5 to 8. a sampling frequency between 176.4 and 192 kHz , input 1 will be dedicated to channels 1 and 2, and input 2 will only receive channels 3 and 4.
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  • LINE OUTPUTS ” ( 1 to 8 ): these eight line level analog outputs allow balanced connections to 6.35mm TRS 3-point jack sockets. Having to remain active at all times, these connectors typically provide outputs to channels 1 to 8. This allows the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic to function independently and effectively as an 8-channel analog microphone preamp.
  • WORD CLOCK OUT ”: this connector is generally used to synchronize the use of the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic with other digital audio devices integrated into an audio processing and recording system. We will then activate the SYNC switch (via the front panel of the preamp unit) to be able to select the synchronization source of this sample clock.
  • WORD CLOCK IN ”: this connector will be used to connect an external Word Clock signal source. This input will be particularly useful when you have a reference clock (master) which allows you to synchronize the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic to all digital audio devices to be used for studio recording.
  • Mains power supply with standard IEC socket: the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic is equipped with a “universal” power supply allowing the unit to operate at a voltage of 100 to 240 V , in 50 or 60 Hz . No need to use an external transformer to operate this preamp. Be careful, however, to select this voltage according to the mains voltage used in your country, otherwise you run the risk of damaging the preamp unit.

Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic: features examined in detail

The Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic remains very versatile with its many features offering wide possibilities of audio processing and recording .

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By the way, you can also check out our review guide for the Universal Audio Solo 610 preamplifier . We tested this preamplifier with a bass guitar, a singer, and a drum kit. I'll let you discover through the guide the sound quality result obtained during the test. We also present to you in the guide, the technical characteristics without forgetting our opinion on this preamp.

Mixed entries

The Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic's eight analog inputs consist of and Jack connectors . These ports can accommodate male XLR pin plugs and 6.35 mm jack plugs (2-pin TS for unbalanced connections and 3-pin TRS for balanced connections).

Please note that when plugging in an XLR connector, the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic preamp unit systematically adjusts the gain and input impedance of signals for condenser or dynamic microphones.

To insert a 6.35 mm jack plug into the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic, the preamp is configured to be able to capture line level signals optimally whether by balanced or asymmetrical connection.

When you activate the unit to connect instruments (in INST mode) to the first two channels (i.e. 1 and 2), the 6.35 mm jack input is systematically readjusted to optimize unbalanced and unbalanced signal. high impedance.

Phantom power

The two 48 Volt switches are used to operate certain types of microphones (and generally those with high impedances). This is particularly the case with condenser microphones, since their internal transducer requires a 48 Volt phantom power supply to convert the sound thus captured into an electrical signal before reaching the XLR MIC input of the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic.

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You should always be careful to deactivate these switches in case you want to use the preamp to process the sound signal emanating from low impedance microphones such as ribbon mics and moving coil dynamic microphones. This will prevent damage to them or the unit.

The preamp gain setting

The audio gain control is adjusted based on the incoming sound rate level. A source that emits a high sound rate will require less gain than a source of lower pitch. You will always need to keep an eye on the LED level indicators to check the level of sound signal transmission on each channel.

Generally speaking, and especially in order to avoid any risk of audio saturation likely to harm hearing, we start by adjusting the gain potentiometer to its minimum level. Then, we can turn up the sound smoothly and gradually (when playing the instrument or while singing on a microphone) to be able to gradually increase the gain until the LED lights up in orange (so around -3 dB ).

We will lower the gain by a few decibels without going down to zero to properly monitor the sound using studio headphones . The goal here is to allow the LED to illuminate green. You should always be careful not to reach red (0 dB) in order to avoid causing inaudible sound distortion emanating from the headphone output.

The compressor

On the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic, a channel's compressor can be activated by rotating the "COMPRESS" potentiometer corresponding to that channel clockwise. This will activate the COMP LED which will briefly illuminate yellow to indicate that the compressor is indeed activated.

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Turned clockwise, the compression trigger threshold will gradually lower to generate proportionally higher compression . You can even activate the MORE button to increase compression further.

Line level outputs

By connecting the line outputs of the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic to the analog line inputs of a mixing console, sound console, mixer, digital console, or other type of recording device line level (sound card, DSP digital signal processor, digital audio recorder, etc.), the unit can be used purely as an eight-channel analog microphone preamplifier

Connection to the line outputs can be made by or asymmetrical connection . For a balanced connection, you must use 6.35 mm ( TRS ) 3-point jacks. For an asymmetrical connection, we will favor the use of 6.35 mm ( TS ) 2-point jacks. Note that the maximum incoming sound signal level will be +16 dB (for a balanced connection) and +10 dB (for a balanced connection).

Digital inputs

One or more ADAT IN optical ports will be used to convert digital audio to analog . This conversion must always be carried out according to the chosen sampling frequency.

The use of the two input ports (the one on the left and the right) on the back of the amplifier as well as the selection of the channels to be inserted there will strictly depend on it, as was previously explained in the section devoted to the description of the rear panel.

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Digital outputs

One or more ADAT OUT ports will be used to connect the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic to the input of an external audio device equipped with ADAT inputs via one or two Toslink optical cables .

Connection to these digital outputs must also respect a predetermined frequency sampling to define the channels to be used on each of the two ports (left and right) on the rear of the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic.

Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic: a completely configurable preamp

The Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic allows you to operate at least 3 main types of configurations.

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In this configuration, for example, we can simultaneously record or mix 16 audio tracks corresponding to various sources ( MIC, LINE and INST ) in a single DAW or in the USB audio interface of a computer. This preamp unit will ideally meet the need for sound recording of a live orchestral performance. The same goes for any other audio interface with an ADAT input.

To apply this configuration, we will connect the “ADAT OUT” output of the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic to the “OPTICAL IN” optical input of a Scarlett 18i20 using an optical cable. Both units should operate in sync at a sampling rate of 44.1 kHz .

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Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic in ADAT > LINE mode

This setup allows you to connect multiple DAW tracks to an analog mixer for final mixing. We will then connect the 10 analog outputs of a Scarlett 18i20 interface to channels 1 to 10 of the mixing desk or mixing console.

Its optical output port will be connected to the ADAT IN input port of the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic configured in ADAT > LINE mode. The line level outputs of Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic can then be connected to the inputs of tracks 11 to 18 of a mixer.

Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic with an analog mixer

This configuration remains ideal for taking advantage of the potential of the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic's microphone preamps and compressors in order to achieve a correct and perfectly fluid .

You will need to use a multi-pair cable to connect the LINE OUTPUTS of the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic to the eight line level inputs of the mixer. This notably requires the use of a multicable with 8 6.35 mm TRS 3-point jacks via the unit's line outputs and 8 line input connectors compatible with the inputs of your mixer.

If your mixing console works unbalanced, you should use a multi-pair equipped with 2-point TS jacks . This configuration can also be adopted to use the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic as an input stage and operate the unit with all types of 8-channel analog audio devices.

Focus on the sound quality of the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic

The Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic being a and multifunctional multichannel preamp , it can meet a multitude of uses and be suitable for a variety of configurations. This preamp unit being equipped with several INST analog inputs remains ideal for recording the sound of various acoustic and electric instruments.

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With a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz (bass, medium and high), or +0.5 to -1.5 dB , this preamplifier is capable of covering a wide bandwidth. Its gain controller facilitates the purification of the sound signal and thus avoids distortion.

Focusrite's Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic also makes it possible to amplify the audio signal correctly, and in full compared to a simple headphone amp, transistor preamps (like the Avalon 737 microphone preamp for example) and most Class A amplifiers. . The OctoPre Dynamic, being more versatile, differs from the latter since it allows both processing and qualitative sound equalization in digital and analog.

Whether you want to use it to record the sound of a powerful electric guitar, like that of a percussion of indeterminate pitch like the drums, or even the sound of a bass or a double bass, the audio rendering will be able to be purified as best as possible .

With the maximum input level being +13 dBU for instrument inputs, the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic is designed to be compatible with all types of instruments, whether acoustic or electric. All with a gain range of 50 dB.

The Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic can even process and record the sound of HiZ instruments , as it offers an input impedance of 1 Mega Ohm . The Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic preamp unit also allows for a unique timbre associated with exceptional tonality to sounds recorded directly from its MIC inputs. All over a dynamic range of 107 dB offering a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz .

Providing an input impedance of 3,000 Ohms , this preamp delivers a real boost to singing vocals on an XLR microphone connected to one of its microphone input channels.

Its line level inputs are capable of supporting an input impedance of 64 Kilos Ohms, while the unit itself is compatible with all types of audio devices equipped with line inputs qualified as (HiZ, therefore high impedance) as is the case for most modern mixers and mixing consoles, whether analog or digital.

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Note also that the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic is designed to support a wide choice of sampling rates. Which allows this amp to guarantee very high quality sound recording and digital audio mixing.

To do this, we will have to define the number of channels to use on the two inputs and outputs of the rear panel according to the chosen sampling frequency: 44.1 kHz , 48 kHz , 88.2 kHz , 96 kHz , 176, 4 kHz and 192 kHz .

The technical characteristics of the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic

Performance Characteristics

Type: Eight-channel multi-channel preamplifier

Brand: Focusrite

Model: Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic

Sampling frequencies: 44.1 kHz , 48 kHz , 88.2 kHz , 96 kHz , 176.4 kHz and 192 kHz

Microphone inputs:

  • Frequency response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz , +0.5/-1.5 dB
  • Dynamic range: 107 dB (A-weighted)
  • Equivalent noise in Input: -127 dBu
  • Maximum input level: +13 dBu
  • Gain range: 50 dB
  • Input Impedance : 3kΩ
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Line level inputs:

  • Frequency response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz , +0.5/-1.5 dB
  • Dynamic range: 107 dB (A-weighted)
  • Maximum input level: +21 dBu
  • Gain range: 50 dB
  • Input Impedance : 64kΩ

Instrument inputs:

  • Frequency response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz , +0.5/-1.5 dB
  • Dynamic range: 107 dB (A-weighted)
  • Maximum input level: +13 dBu
  • Gain range: 50 dB
  • Input Impedance: 1 Mega Ohm

Line and monitor outputs:

  • Dynamic range (line outputs): 109 dB (A-weighted)
  • Maximum output level (0 dB FS): +16 dBu
  • Output impedance: 136 Ohms
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Physical and electrical characteristics

Analog inputs:

  • Connectors: mixed XLR/jack sockets on the rear panel (6.35 mm TRS jack for line level, and 6.35 mm TS jack for instruments).
  • Mic/line switching: automatic.
  • Line/instrument switching (for channels 1 and 2 only): via the two front panel switches.
  • Phantom power: +48 Volts switchable per channel group ( 1 to 4 , 5 to 8 ).

Exits :

  • Analog outputs: 8 balanced outputs on the rear panel on 6.35 mm TRS jacks.

Other entrances and exits:

  • ADAT input/output:

4 optical TOSLINK connectors: 8 channels at 44.1/48 kHz (right port) | 8 channels at 88.2/96 kHz (channels 1-4 on right port, 5-8 on left port) | 4 channels at 176.2/192 kHz (channels 1 and 2 on the right port, 3 and 4 on the left port).

  • Word Clock Output: 2.5 Volts ( 75 Ohms correct termination ); BNC connector.
  • Word Clock Input: BNC connector; 5 Volts at 75 Ohms .

Dimensions: 482mm x 44.5mm x 286mm.

Weight: 3.37 kg.

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Our Overall Opinion

Overall Sound Quality

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Value for money

4,7 /5
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Global mark

4,8 /5
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Our opinion on the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic preamplifier

The Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic is the preamplifier unit choice suited to the needs of professional users in audio recording studios. Its reinforced chassis gives solid protection to this preamplifier while allowing it to be used in a studio as well as outdoors for use for sound reinforcement purposes, for example.

Its eight main channels can be processed separately and in an optimized manner to ensure high quality sound reproduction. And this, both for the final mixing and for sound recording in a DAW as well as through the audio interface of a computer.

You will only need an adapter and a USB cable to connect the preamplifier to the USB interface of a machine such as a PC or Mac. Likewise, you will need to use an Rca adapter if you plan to use the Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic to amplify the sound of a CD player or an old UHF television.

Depending on the type of peripherals and connection to be made, the use of a Switch may also be necessary. And likewise, the use of a specific adapter is required to connect this preamp to an audio or audiovisual device equipped with an HDMI port.

An adapter may also be required to amplify the audio signal of certain line-level devices, especially those that only have a single mini-jack (auxiliary) output.

The addition of two high-headroom inputs to support its eight inputs further allows the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic to accommodate and process additional audio tracks depending on the selected sample rate.

Its very high compatibility with a multitude of audio devices equipped with ADAT inputs and outputs also makes it possible to optimize the digital audio processing of various recordings to be made in a home studio. No need to use a digital converter for this preamplifier unit dedicated to audio engineering professionals.

The Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic provides clean recording with audio quality well above average in both analog and digital. Due to its great versatility, the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic preamplifier unit even allows the addition of other preamplifiers, therefore with greater possibilities for expansion and configuration.

This both with a Scarlett 18i20 audio interface, to simultaneously manage 16 microphone audio tracks, and in ADAT > LINE mode to manage 10 to 18 audio tracks from a mixing desk, a channel strip or a audio mixer depending on the settings to be made.

And likewise, the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic can be synced to work with an analog mixer or even a high impedance (HiZ) digital and analog mixer.

The Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic remains compatible with all types of instruments and is even capable of supporting a very high impedance instrument by offering an input impedance of 1 Mega Ohm for the instrumental audio jack.

This preamplifier unit also provides perfect compatibility with the majority of latest generation mixers and mixing consoles (HiZ) by providing an input impedance of 64 kΩ.

In terms of connectivity, the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic offers everything to guarantee qualitative audio capture both via its microphone inputs and instrument inputs as well as via its line level inputs.

Whether you are an audiophile or an audio recording professional, the use of this preamp can only be beneficial to your home studio, record company or sound system project. We highly recommend purchasing the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic to anyone looking to invest in good studio or PA equipment.

This will ensure impeccable sound quality for all your home studio recordings. Moreover, purchasing the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic preamp unit can represent a real safe bet as long as you know how to get the most out of it.

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