Hi Rachel, welcome to the forum.
I’m using my Octo as a sync master, and feed the clock + midi into 2 AMT8 units. All my gear is connected to the AMT8s. Works great. No computer in the path, straight lines.
Of course, when I *do* what computer involvement I just start up the needed software and the AMT8 units switch to computer mode, such that all of the MIDI ports are made available to the software. (Don’t forget that you *can* switch the AMT8s back to standalone mode, even with software connected.)
The fact that Logic 8 cannot slave to midi clock sucks big time. Logic has always been the better slaving DAW of them all imo. Hope they fix this flaw soon.
Octopus and a bunch of vintage synths… wow.