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1 Octopre mk2 question

I have a Safire pro 40 but need more ins and outs, so I'm looking at getting a octopre mk2.

What's bothering me is that there's no digital input on the octopre. I'm not sure if I'm going to need this, as I don't understand what the digital input is or does?
Will I still see these new ins and outs appear in ableton so I can select them?

Basically I plan on adding 1/4" jacks to the inputs of the octopre from a mackie mixer, and I plan on sending a few things out of ableton via the octopre pre outs.

Thanks for any help on this :)

[ Post last edited on 04/25/2015 at 11:28:38 ]


I have the octo pre mkii dynamic Linked to my scarlett 18i20.
The mk ii dynamic has an optical port on it.
You use the optical port to link both units.

Basicly the octo pre is analog and convert it to adat ( 8 tracks)
ThiS adds ports to you existing module.
Same for playback. You have your standard ports and you get adat optical.
The optical line is convert back to analog by the pcto pre.

In the end you got ( in my case) 16 analog ports in and 18 analog outs

If your saffire has adat in your softmixer then yes you can select them but in that case you need convertor / pre amp with optical adat in / out.

- Angelie

It's not about what you got to use ....    but how you use what you got...

Check: you saffire has optical in/out and the octopre Mkii has only adat out.

So yes you get extra ( 8) analog mic / line input extra if you connect them together with 2 optic cables (1 in and 1 out)

If you also need extra outputs you are in need of the octopre mkii dynamic.

In your softmixer and daw the ports are called

Adat 1..... Adat 8

- Angelie

It's not about what you got to use ....    but how you use what you got...

[ Post last edited on 04/27/2015 at 10:28:26 ]

Angelie has answered brilliantly.
She is correct in that the Octopre Dynamic is the model that also has ADAT In. Choosing between the Dynamic and the standard MK2 is essentially choosing whether you wish to convert audio back from your DAW to run from the outputs of the Octopre, if that is necessary for you, I would recommend purchasing the Dynamic. The standard MK2 still has outputs, but these are used to output the Octopres inputs directly.

Hope this helps.
Please do let us know if you have any other questions.

Simon // Focusrite Technical Support

Octo pre mk Ii
Has adat out only So you will have 16 analog in and 8 analog out

Octo pre mkii dynamic
Has adat in and Out so you will have 16 analog in and 16 analog out.

Note: thanks Simon but please don't quit your job just yet.... I still have much to learn ;-)

It's not about what you got to use ....    but how you use what you got...