When looking for mic pre’s you want uncoloured transparent routing for your audio, simple right? With flexibility in the studio and easy of use whilst tracking. As Focusrite have a history of creating high end and extremely well manufactured mic pre amps and consoles, recently they have created a whole range of affordable yet high quality pre amps for the project studio market.
Building on its great successes form the original OctoPre, Focusrite have hit the nail on the head with this 8 channel preamp the OctoPre MKII! In the package the OctoPre offers sixteen channel ADAT, eight per port, with eight microphone pre-
As you would expect from most mic pre amps, all eight pre’s have phantom power which is selected accordingly from 2 banks (1-
I have used these pre’s on various recording situations with great successes. I have mainly used these on drum tracking sessions and have had excellent results. Focusrite say they have optimised the pre’s for drum tracking and this really does come through, especially on the kick and snare as I can track fairly hot and have no clipping or distortion issues. I have also discovered that this pre has great head room and I can always push the signal that little bit further. Knowing you have this versatility whist tracking always speeds up sessions and gives you a stable point in your set up to work around. I trust my OctoPre and I know I can always rely on its sound. This preamp also allows for easy routing of audio in and out through its 8 outputs on the back. I have compressors which I route into my signal path and the OctoPre allows me to do this with zero apparent decline in audio quality or signal interference. Whilst working in my studio, I have always received great response from artists with the sound we get though the OctoPre whilst tracking.
The transparent sound of the MkII makes it an absolute must have purchase for under £400. Even though the meters can, on occasions, be misleading the quality matched with an outstanding price means the Pro Audio Web Blog gives the Focusrite MkII a well deserved 5 Stars!