Sound On Sound are giving away an extraordinary prize package that embodies Focusrite from start to finish.
Focusrite began in 1985 when Sir George Martin asked legendary console designer Rupert Neve to create a new series of modules for AIR Studios. Among them was the ISA 110 — the Input Signal Amplifier — or microphone preamplifier. The mic pre in today’s Focusrite ISA range is almost identical to the original design, and the ISA One, part of this month’s prize package, provides one of these classic mic preamps — which includes selectable input impedances to suit any microphone, classic or modern. Focusrite are also generously including the optional stereo 24-bit, 192kHz A-D converter card, providing complete digital audio compatibility.
Focusrite’s latest interface designs are also inspired by the ISA range, and the new Red 8Pre included in this unique Focusrite package exemplifies the powerful combination of a traditional approach to high‑quality sound with the very latest technology. The pinnacle of Focusrite’s interface range, the Red 8Pre, with up to 64 inputs and 64 outputs, combines eight of Focusrite’s new Red Evolution mic preamps with dual Thunderbolt 2 and direct Pro Tools HD connection, alongside Dante network audio connectivity. In addition, the Red 8Pre offers latency so low that you can record with your favourite DAW plug-ins and virtual instruments — with no need for off-board DSP or cue-mixing utilities. Each software-controlled preamp includes the unique ‘Air’ effect that recreates, in the analogue domain, the characteristics of the ISA preamplifier, and they also boast an EIN of -129dB, and up to 63dB of gain. Featuring ‘parallel path summing’ conversion for maximum dynamic range, and a beautiful yet robust design, the Red 8Pre interface is the perfect balance of form and function, delivering the sound quality and versatility engineers and producers expect from Focusrite. As SOS Features Editor Sam Inglis put it in his May 2016 review (http://sosm.ag/may16focusrite), “Focusrite’s ‘best interface ever’ provides impeccable sound quality… few can match its potential for expansion.”
A distinctive feature of the Red 8Pre is its use of the Dante media networking technology, which enables you to connect up to 64 additional channels to the Red 8Pre using Focusrite Red or RedNet modules — or any Dante-compatible device — virtually anywhere there’s an Ethernet connection. Dante audio‑over‑IP networking is already widely used in live sound and educational facilities, and allows up to 512 channels to be carried via a single Ethernet cable. You can place inputs and outputs exactly where they’re needed — and forget cumbersome and expensive multiway cables. You can use Dante straight away, as included in this prize package is the new RedNet AM2 stereo headphone amplifier and line output interface. RedNet is Focusrite’s flagship Dante interface range, and the AM2 offers a high-quality Dante headphone/loudspeaker stereo monitoring solution with superb digital‑to‑analogue conversion at up to 96kHz, providing transparent and accurate audio quality. The powerful built‑in headphone amplifier delivers plenty of level — even with high-impedance headphones — for maximum high-quality audibility, and there are independent headphone and line output level controls. And an integrated Gigabit Ethernet switch lets you connect a second device for simpler cabling.
This extensive prize package spans the history of Focusrite’s dedication to quality sound, combining classic microphone preamplifiers heard on hits around the world with the very latest in Thunderbolt and Ethernet-based audio.
To be in with a chance of winning this one-of-a-kind prize, simply fill out the form on the following link by Monday 7th July. Good luck!
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- No cash alternative is available in lieu of the stated prize.
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