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Focusrite Liquid4Pre

Dolphin id:33904 Product SKU:Liquid 4 Pre

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Four-channel microphone preamplifier.

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Focusrite's Liquid4Pre four-channel microphone preamplifier utilises The Liquid ChannelTM's proven LiquidTM technology, marrying a hugely flexible analogue front end with cutting-edge dynamic convolution DSP to deliver the sounds of 40 vintage and classic microphone preamplifiers across all four channels. Augmented by fully digital controls and remote software control over Ethernet, Liquid4Pre provides the ultimate fluid multi-channel front-end.

  • 4 Liquid Pres, each loaded with 40 classic pre-amp emulations
  • Delivers the most flexible four channel front end in history.
  • Proven Liquid technology
  • The same pre-amp technology as the industry standard Liquid Channel, marrying a hugely flexible analogue front end to cutting-edge dynamic convolution DSP, to deliver the finest vintage emulations.
  • Total recall of every parameter across all four channels
  • 99 Unit Setup Memories provide instant safety back-ups, multiple user sets, a backup of session settings.
  • Remote control via dedicated software
  • Liquid4Control provides comprehensive remote control over Ethernet, as well as management of multiple Liquid4Pre's, placing comprehensive pre-amp control inside the DAW or digital console.
  • Remote control via ProTools hardware
  • Exclusive plug-in allows integrated remote control via ProTools hardware and software, including Icon and Venue systems.*
  • Adjustable harmonic distortion
  • Accounts for variance in vintage originals whislt providing additional variance over the sound of every pre-amp emulation.
  • Session saver
  • An automatic gain control circuit intelligently reduces input level to help avoid critical overs.
  • 192kHz internal processing and ADC/DAC as standard
  • Pristine state-of-the-art conversion ensures every subtle nuance of the pre-amp emulation is preserved.
  • Expandable library of emulations
  • A growing number of additional vintage emulations are available for free via Focusrite's 'Liquid Assets' site.
  • Classic Focusrite High Pass filter, Phantom power and Phase reverse
  • These essential pre-amp features are selectable and editable independently for every channel.
  • Simple multiple unit configurations
  • Allows eight channels of audio from two units over a single ADAT or EtherSound connection, as well as much larger multi-unit configurations.
  • Operator Lock Function
  • Allows secure use in public arenas, avoiding any unwanted alteration of pre-amps settings, including gain.
  • Optional EtherSound output card
  • Allows eight channels of audio over Ethernet, providing effective connectivity for large studios, post production installs and live sound engineers using EtherSound.
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Focusrite Liquid 4pre review

After finally waiting for a year to get my hands on this product, I have waited with baited breath to get my ears around it, and boy and am i impressed.

I have been quite fortunate to use and own some of the pre amps that they have sampled and put in this unit (I realise they use convolution thingys and stuff, but that takes too long to type, so i shortened it to sampling) and so far to my ears they sound VERY similar. You really can recreate some of the magic these exotic pre amps make.

So far i have used fairly average microphones (inc ADK TL Pro, Blue Ball, SE Z5600A) and the response they create to a variety of instruments is fantastic. I can not wait to use my more expensive mics on this 4pre, to hear the results.

Having the variety of 40 top quality pre amps at the flick of a switch or click of a mouse is amazing. This really offers the engineer the opportunity to hear why certain pre amps are used for certain instruments and mics.

Will this product make great recordings? Well yes if used in conjunction with good musicians and recorded in good sounding rooms. However, i feel you would find it difficult (not impossible) to distinguish all of the pre amps if all of your material has been recorded in less than ideal circumstances as some of the differences are quite subtle.

Would i sell mine now that i have it? No, you would have to pry it from my dead arms. I love mine and cannot wait to use it on all of the projects that i have lined up (commercial and otherwise).

My negatives on this product are only that it is pretty expensive and perhaps dare i say it, it offers too much choice.

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