Focusrite's Scarlett 18i20 is one of the best-selling and best sounding interfaces on the market. They recently released a major update to make them even better (read about it here!). That same technology has been integrated into the 18i20's new counterpart, the Scarlett OctoPre. Featuring 8 redesigned Scarlett preamps and two ADAT ports for sample rates up to 192kHz, the Scarlett OctoPre bears a remarkable resemblance to the 18i20. Of course, it's always great to have matching gear. However, you don't need to use the 18i20 if you don't have one, the Scarlett OctoPre is compatible with any interface that has ADAT connections. It also works as a standalone preamp with line outputs for each channel if you would prefer to use different converters. The best part is, it starts at just $399!
For the more serious engineers who need compression while tracking or ADAT in and out for use with outboard gear, Focusrite made the Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic. Wielding the same powerful preamps and converters as the standard version, the Dynamic also boasts compression on each channel. The compressors are based off of the famed Red 3. The Red 3 has been used in some of the most famous studios by engineers like Chris Lord Alge, Steve Foley and many others. They can offer smooth leveling, or punchy reaction for a wide variety of applications. With just one knob, it's easy to use too! The Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic will start at $599.
For just $100 more, you can get the Clarett OctoPre with the legendary "Air" mode on each channel. The "Air" function emulates the coveted ISA preamps developed by Rupert Neve in the late 80's. For only $699, eight ISA modeled preamps is an incredible deal!
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