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The industry reference standard in mic preamping.
With 4 preamps in a single microphone preamp unit, the Focusrite Red 1 provides stellar performance in a compact, stylish package. The Red 1 Quad preamp is ideal for use with digital systems, and for on-location multi-mic recording. Ultrahigh quality Focusrite preamps feature custom-wound input transformers. Custom-made potentiometers and sealed relays enhance performance and reliability. General features include switchable phantom power, phase reverse, an easily read illuminated VU meter, and a handy scribble disc for denoting channels. Mic gain is switched in 6dB steps over a 66dB range, for accurate precise channel matching and recall.
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Red 1 Quad Microphone Preamp
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The tones produced by this unit are alright, about what you would expect from an average performing unit at this price point. I definitely like the sound of quite a few mic pres that are far less expensive.The real problem with this unit is usability. For some strange reason Focusrite decided it would be a good idea to only allow a user to change the input level for each mic by increments of 6db. I can not stress how irritating this is for recording voice performances. It can be quite difficult to get a setting that attractively captures subtleties while refraining from over saturating on hard hit notes. And forget about riding the input knob during a performance- every gain "click" produces a noticeable difference in sound level. Once you start a take you are stuck with the setting you had when you hit record, so choose your settings wisely.I consistently reach for other mic pres over this one because of these problems. In fact, upon writing this review, I'm quickly realizing the amount of pent up aggression that I have towards this unit. I'd say it's a don't buy unless Focusrite changes the gain knob.