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Focusrite ISA One Analogue
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Description

Back in the mid-1980s, Sir George Martin commissioned console design legend Rupert Neve to build a series of new, ‘no compromise’ console modules for AIR studios. They were an enormous hit and formed the basis of the Focusrite Studio Console, widely regarded as the best-sounding analogue recording console of all time. Today, the descendants of those modules are used in leading studios around the world, and their sought-after Focusrite Heritage Sound lies behind thousands of hit records. Today’s ISA Range from Focusrite puts the classic sound of Focusrite into your own studio or live performance.

Featuring a rugged, portable all-metal enclosure, the ISA One combines the classic Focusrite microphone preamp with a flexible, independent DI channel and optional 192kHz precision A/D conversion.

At the heart of the ISA range is the microphone preamplifier with its Lundahl input transformer – essentially the same circuit, based on the original ISA110, that has been used for 30 years in successive Focusrite designs. The input transformer imparts a special character to the sound that can’t be truly emulated in any other way: inseparable from the microphone itself, the transformer input stage is ideal for use with classic microphones. But this mic pre has a twist the original didn’t have, which makes it far more versatile: four carefully-selected impedances allow you to match microphone to input in different ways. Bring out the character of a classic mic or emphasise a special feature, or go for a totally transparent, modern sound – it’s up to you.

Discussions

Warm Audio introduces BUS-COMP - Stereo Bus Compressor

...the wa12. At that point you could GAp with quality problems, build your own pre or get an isa One (focusrite dropped the real price of by 50% the year before). So Brice bought 500 or units to keep the price low per unit - price out parts yourself. He...

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I don't think I'm getting the best out of my Focusrite ISA One

...and I wanted to share my experience and get some guidance. The mics: Stellar CM-6 with an Amperex 6084 tube Shure SM7b The preamps: Stock Focusrite ISA One Modded/upgraded Golden Age Pre mk II (For completeness, the preamps in my MOTU M4 interface) The sound I'm trying to get: Big close-mic'd / intimate feel with a ton of air. Embarrassingly, the song I...

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Preamp buying advice

I think you'II Iove the ISA and the difference wiII make you smiIe. EspeciaIIy when using dynamics and ribbons, if you get more mics. Once you have a decent pre, which that is, aII sorts of reaIIy cheap but cooI dynamic mics sound awesome. And react to the 4 impedance settings in fun ways. What...

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