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Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre 8-channel Microphone Preamp

93 out of 100. Incorporating 225+ ratings and reviews.

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The Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre first appeared on our recommended list for Microphone Preamps from April 2020 until it was out-ranked by other preamps in March 2021.

Then in September 2022 its ratings were high enough to go back on the list where it remains today.

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WebsiteSource*Rating Value
Bonedo (German)Alexander Berger90/100
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The Scarlett Octopre is an 8 channel preamp by Focusrite meant to expand upon their Scarlett line by adding more input and output options.

It is often paired with ADAT compatible audio interfaces, like the Focusrite 18i20 and Focusrite 18i8.

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

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.


  • 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.

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