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Old 22nd February 2003
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The Focusrite ISA-220

Hello all,

I have recently seen the new focusrite ISA-220 'session pack', I have read upon it and the circutry appears to be quite desirable.

I bassicially want a really good channel for

b) Routing out of my DAW to bounce channels through (I'm sick of digital eq!)

a) tracking vocals

I cannot really justify anything much more expensive but was wondering if this was a good choice.

I've used the Foucusrite red stuff before now and was really impressed.

Other than that I know very little about neve channels- is there anthing out there which would do the job better for the same sort of money (circa £1200-dunno what that is in dollars!)

The music I am needing this for electronic.sample based and I need a range of options when mixing - i.e I often use fairly hard compression


Old 23rd February 2003
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Really good unit, I love mine. The EQ is good, and the comp is clean.
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Focusrite ISA 220

The 220 is truely a wonder for vocals and bass as well terrific on electric guitar. the eqs alone are worth braging about. the pre is silk and the compressor does what an exceptional one should, forget its there. bang for the buck, you can't beat it. hear it at www.unsignedbandweb.com/lodato cut 1 used on the acoustic guitar.
Old 9th December 2005 | Show parent
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good unit!got it myself.
they dropped the price.
maybe you find it for less than 1200 br.pounds
you don´t have to pay tax and custom i think.


1499 euro is a reasonable price / about 1010 pounds
Old 9th December 2005 | Show parent
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I just Love mine, its a perfect combination with my TLM-103 for vocals thumbsup
Old 9th December 2005
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Originally Posted by Nathan Boddy
Routing out of my DAW to bounce channels through (I'm sick of digital eq!)
Given that this thread started in 2003, I'm sure the OP has long since made his purchase, but if you can afford it, the ISA 430 II (about $800 or $900 more than the 220 if you shop wisely) offers WAY more in the way of flexible routing options. Some other extra features of the 430 Mk II: VCA or opto compression, selectable air, slightly exanded EQ choices, selectable impedance, and great metering. But it's the routing flexibility that makes it worth it, IMO. Seems expensive, yes, but for a small studio, a pair of ISA 430 Mk IIs can eliminate the need (although probably not the lust heh ) for a lot of outboard and can be used as hardware send effects on individual tracks or the stereo mix without any cable repatching -- just pressing front panel buttons. Just a thought.

While they do sound very nice, I don't think the ISA pres are the best out there by any means. But I do think that the ISA series (428, 420, 430 Mk II) do offer tremendous flexibility and value for their prices.
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