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Focusrite Bows Platinum OctoPre at NAMM

New eight channel mic preamp (January 16, 2002)
The Platinum OctoPre, a new eight channel Focusrite mic preamp, will be unveiled at the NAMM 2002 show. The OctoPre features eight pristine Focusrite channels, routed directly to any digital audio workstation via analog outputs or through a new 24-bit/96 kHz A/D converter. The OctoPre offers the unique qualities associated with the Focusrite name at an affordable price.

Each OctoPre channel features a compressor/limiter circuit, providing a warm-sounding compressor which morphs into a brick wall limiter to avoid critical overs, for total control over all eight channels.

The mic pres employed in OctoPre are the same as those in other models in Focusrite's Platinum range. Characterized by a transistor-based Class A design, they employ the same full-bandwidth philosophy as the legendary Red and ISA mic pres, providing detail and clarity without coloration. The first two ?super channels also feature phase reverse, as well as TRS inputs on the front for convenient DI-free connection.

Output from OctoPre can be either analog or digital; choices include 8 balanced analog outputs, or an optional A/D (with 8 AES,S/PDIF and ADAT lightpipe digital outputs.) An external Word Clock input is also provided (BNC connector.) The AES/EBU and S/PDIF format outputs all operate at up to 24-bit/96 kHz, and can run simultaneously with the lightpipe outputs, giving up to 16 channels of digital output at sample rates of 44.1 and 48 kHz at 16-, 20-or 24-bit dithered.

With Class A Focusrite processing and a wide variety of interface options, the Platinum OctoPre works with Pro Tools systems or any other digital audio workstation. It can be used as an instant location recording solution, or as an additional set of mic pres for any analog or digital console or hard disk recorder.

OctoPre will be launched at the January 2002, Winter NAMM show in the Digidesign booth (#6606, Hall A) alongside a range of Focusrite processors, including the recently launched ISA 220 Session Pack and Trak Master units.

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