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Focusrite ISA One Analogue Microphone Preamp

Focusrite ISA One Analogue Microphone Preamp

Give that microphone (and DI guitar or bass) tons of clean, transparent gain with this preamp, then add subtle character with its variable input impedances.

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Submitted July 25, 2011 by a customer from msn.com
"The most versatile ore under $1000?"
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Sound
Clean and clear but can add some warmth if pushed. Very versatile and the multi-impedance settings allow for a wide range of custom tailoring of your mics.
Features
It has a very versatile preamp section and a separate and simultaneously usable DI section that includes re-amping capabilities. The variable impedance and extremely wide gain range make it a very usable and versatile pre amp that can make any mic sound really, really good.
Ease of Use
Easy as can be!
Quality
The knobs and buttons while requiring little force still manage to offer a distinct and positive feel and when the small buttons are pressed, they engage with a solid click.
Musical Background:
Recording Engineer, Semi-Pro Musician
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Submitted December 20, 2011 by a customer from yahoo.com
"Fantastic Product @ a great price."
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I'll have this for a long time.
Sound
Great sounding unit, professional grade stuff for sure. It's really nice to be able to adjust the impedence to tweak the sound.
Features
I like the vu meter and the knobs are nice.
Ease of Use
You don't have to work very hard to get a great sound out of this unit.
Quality
Very high quality for the price.
Value
I think it's worth the price.
Manufacturer Support
Haven't had to deal with the company.
The Wow Factor
I can't imagine finding a unit as good or better at this price point.
Musical Background:
At home, 20+ years
Musical Style:
country, bluegrass
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Submitted August 7, 2009 by a customer from a-lehdet.fi
"Focusrite ISA One - clarity is The Word"
Now I'm able to track like a pro (gear-wise, that is). If I want a certain sound, I'll choose the right mic for the job. I don't dial more "Tube Warmth" from the cheap but feature-laden mic pre of yore.
Sound
ISA One sounds very clear and transparent. If you're looking for "warm" sound for vocals, this is not your preamp. But the clarity provided by ISA One was for me an eye-opener. Now my vocals sit in the mix so much better than with some tube pre's I've tried.
Features
The DI is great, so are the monitoring options and adjustable input impedance. But it has only one channel (I drool over the possibility to use two of these things and track a good acoustic guitar in stereo). And it's only a preamp, what with all the channel strips out there to be had for a pittance.
Ease of Use
It's quite versatile, but the basic functions are straightforward enough.
Quality
So it's manufactured in China, it's still top quality.
Value
I paid 500 pounds for this thing. The only alternative, price-wise, would have been the GAP Pre-73 (250 pounds), which is great but seems to have been sold out everywhere.
Manufacturer Support
I took advantage of the "Forte4Free" offer and contacted Focusrite's offices in Germany. Very friendly and helpful people. Focusrite's website could use some redesigning, though.
The Wow Factor
ISA One looks a lot like the device us Finns use for picking lingonberries in the woods. How's that for "sex appeal"?
Musical Background:
Active musician, relative newbie behind the studio desk
Musical Style:
Folkrock
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Submitted August 3, 2016 by Fabio De La Luz in Oceanside, CA
"Best Pre/DI for the price range."
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Whether you are just starting out or just looking to add another awesome piece of gear to your collection this is THE Preamp to have! This pre has very clean circuitry that adds a transparent tone that really makes your vocal tracks shine, (when paired with a decent microphone of course!). The DI is awesome as well. If you are Amp Sim based or just looking to capture a clean signal to ReAmp after the fact.
Musical Background:
Guitarist / Audio Engineer
Musical Style:
Rock / Indie / Alternative
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Submitted August 21, 2011 by a customer from sbcglobal.net
"If You Want Professional Vocals, Get This Preamp!"
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My number one go to preamp! Would definitely buy again!
Sound
Beautiful,u can get different sounds with the impedance switch, from clean to character.
Features
Great features,can use mic pre and di at the same time. Meters are great!
Ease of Use
No problems.
Quality
Great solid build. Case is metal and leather strap is nice. Knobs are sturdy, but the plastic buttons feel a little cheap.
Value
Man.....Get it! You will not be disappointed! This is a preamp channel out of a legendary $4 million dollar mixing board, for way under $1000, you can't go wrong!
Manufacturer Support
Haven't dealt with them yet, but ive never had a problem with my other focusrite equipment.
The Wow Factor
Beautiful and unique design, sexy analog vu meters and lights, not to mention the leather strap.
Musical Background:
Recording Engineer, Producer, Advisor
Musical Style:
Rap, Gospel, Christian,
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Submitted May 11, 2014 by Jonathan C in Myrtle Beach, SC
"Great preamp"
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I can't recommend this preamp enough. I wanted to get a preamp that was clean, but not too clean, and that's exactly what this is. This preamp has really improved the sound of my recordings. The DI is great as well. I bought this as a Blemished product, but can't find a flaw anywhere.
Musical Background:
Professional guitarist for 15 years
Musical Style:
Rock, Country, Blues, etc...
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Submitted October 25, 2011 by a customer from aim.com
Focusrite ISA One Preamp Customer Review
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Sound
Upgraded from a Trackmaster Pro to this. WOW. that's all I can say. I use it with a bluebird and a DBX166 and it's so clean Clients are satisfied with dry recordings.
Features
I mean it's a preamp. what more do you want? Very solid build?
Ease of Use
Two gain knobs. Broad gain stages...and then a fine gain stage. Really opens up the possibility with how loud it can get.
Quality
everything is WELL built. even the buttons feel Solid.
Value
I'ma still a gear newbie. I'd need to compare it to other Pre's in it's price range
Manufacturer Support
I don't know. Haven't needed em yet.
Musical Background:
Studio Owner/Mixing Engineer
Musical Style:
Hip-Hop
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