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another isa 430 question
Old 19th December 2002
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another isa 430 question

Is the isa220 the same as the 430 pre amp wise?
Does the isa110,220,430 have the same pre and eq?
Old 31st May 2003
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Re: another isa 430 question

Originally posted by skip bitmin
Is the isa220 the same as the 430 pre amp wise?
Does the isa110,220,430 have the same pre and eq?
Well, I have A/B compared the ISA-430 EQ with the ISA-110 EQ and they are not the same. The ISA-110 is a whole different beast sounding real nice. It has a kind of gentle touch with lots of open highend and firm lowend. I like it alot... :-)
The ISA-430 sounded more like a mid-priced console eq. Kind of bruteforce and rather coloured. IMHO not worth the buck.
I couldn't A/B compare the micpreamps, but my gutt feeling is that they aren't the same either, cause I have used both micpreamps, just not at the same time.
Both sound Focusrite, for whatever that means. I'm no big fan of (new) Focusrite gear. It does the job but nothing more.
The ISA-110 micpre might sound abit more "vintage", but it probably won't give you a hardon.

I've also tested the ISA-220 and it sounds alot like the ISA-430.

But as I said, the ISA-110 EQ is nice. Do try it out...

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