Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre 8-channel Microphone Preamp


89 out of 100. Incorporating 90+ ratings and reviews.

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Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre 8-channel Microphone Preamp

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 89/100 is based on analysis of 90+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

Gearank High Notes

The Scarlett Octopre is an 8 channel preamp by Focusrite meant to expand upon their Scarlett line by adding more input and output options.

With a 109dB dynamic range, the OctoPre is great for expanding your existing setup to record more inputs like for a full drum kit.


  • Channels: 8
  • Mic Preamps: 8
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Input Connectors: 8 x XLR-1/4" combo, 2 x Optical Toslink (ADAT)
  • Output Connectors: 8 x 1/4"
  • Controls:Gain, Phantom Power, Sync, Sample Rate, Mic/Line, Pads, Output
  • Weight: 7.1 lbs.


Being a perfect match for Focusrite's Scarlett series audio interfaces, most positive reviews come from owners that bought the Octopre to expand their setups. They state that the Octopre is easy to set up and is consistent with the already good quality of Focusrite preamps.


Some parts are prone to breaking like the covers on the rear ADAT ports. A few reports of knobs losing functionality.


If you're looking to add more inputs to your existing audio interface with great sounding Focusrite preamps, the Scarlett OctoPre is the obvious choice in this price range.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Microphone Preamps.

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