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Focusrite Red 1

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Audio professionals rely on the Red 1 mic pre to produce the required quality of signal to tape.

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Audio professionals rely on the Red 1 mic pre to produce the required quality of signal to tape. The Red 1 provides 4 perfectly matched channels of the excellent microphone preamplification. The design employs the same topology as the acclaimed ISA 215 pre-amps. The result is a phenomenal set of specifications, and probably the most revealing yet forgiving mic amp in history. Extremely low noise and distortion, and delivers a smooth, detailed sound across its very wide bandwidth.

Used with high quality ribbon, valve and condenser mics, the Red 1 performs outstanding and the results are astonishing - especially with voice, piano and string instruments.

Each channel offers switchable phantom power, phase reverse, an easily-read illuminated VU meter and a handy scribble disc. Mic gain is switched in 6dB steps over a 66dB range, for accurate and precise channel matching.

Among the benefits of the unique Focusrite mic amp topology are superb common-mode rejection, a good overload margin, and with its shared gain structure (20dB from transformer and up to 40dB from the amplifier), a very low noise floor with high gain bandwidth. It also maintains this level of performance with a very wide range of impedance across the inputs. In practice, this makes it perhaps one of the most revealing yet forgiving mic preamp in history.


  • Analog Inputs XLR
  • Analog Outputs XLR
  • Built-in Dynamics No
  • EQ Bands None
  • Freq. Response 10Hz-140kHz
  • Low Cut Filter N/A
  • Pads N/A
  • Rack Height 2U
  • Total Channels 4
  • Tube N
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Catching the details

I own the Focusrite Red 1 for a week now and maybe it\'s too soon for a final judgement, but I decided to give it a shot.

The first thing I did with the Red 1 is to record spoken voice. My not-so-fancy microphone (Se electronics 2200A) started to sound a lot more professional, especially in the higher frequencies. Every detail is captured, wether you like it or not :-)

There\'s no low pass filter on the preamps, but it doesn\'t need one. If there are low frequencies in the source, they\'re being captured, if there\'s no low frequencies, the Red 1 doesn\'t compensate for that. Sometimes a preamps will add some punch or warmth, the Red 1 just delivers the truth. So if you have a beautiful voice( wich I don\'t), you\'ll get excellent recordings, but if you can\'t tune a drumkit, you might want to use a diffrent set of preamps, because every ring or sizzle will be very audible.
But, speaking of drums, if you do know how to make a drumkit sound great (wich I actually can), your reward will be huge. I never experienced my drums to be so open and alive. And adding some compression afterwards turned out to be a true surprise, all the details were perfectly reproduced.
So, if you are a good singer (or you know one ;-) )or you got other good sounding soundsources you\'d like to record, then the Red 1 (or 8 of course) is a piece of equipment I would certainly recommend. However, if you\'re going to make ambient recordings in awfull sounding room, the Red 1 might just make it worse, because it\'s so honest.
No wonder Focusrite recommends to use the Red 1 with high class microphones, because it can make something great sound like something really really great!

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