Focusrite RED 1 500 series Mic Pre
Focusrite has announced the return of the legendary Red Series mic preamp with the introduction of the Red 1 500 Series Mic Pre, a module for the popular 'Lunchbox' format. Focusrite's Red Range gained legendary status following its release in 1992. The Red mic preamps rapidly became sought-after in the world's top studios, with their unique signature sound and ability to perform faultlessly on a wide range of instruments with almost any microphone.
- Classic Red circuit topology and components
- 500-series 'Lunchbox' format
- Original input and output transformers
- Grayhill gold-plated military-grade gain switch
- Suitable for virtually any microphone
- Backlit VU meter with switchable calibration
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Featuring the same circuit topology and components, the Red 1 500 Series Mic Pre offers the breathtaking performance of the original Focusrite Red microphone preamplifier in the popular 500-series format. With a Lundahl LL1538 input transformer, and a custom Carnhill output transformer, just as in the original design, the Red 1 500 Series Mic Pre is perfect for those who wish to bring the signature sound of the original Focusrite Red range into the modern studio. It's even got the signature red anodised aluminium front panel, a focal point fixture in studios around the globe.
The Red 1 500 Series Mic Pre has switchable phantom power, polarity invert, and an easy-to- read illuminated VU meter, making it the perfect preamp choice for a 500-series rack in the studio or on location. Its stepped gain structure (with a Grayhill gold-plated military-grade switch) in 6dB steps from -6 to +60dB, provides accurate, precise channel matching and recall. The output stage of the Red 1 500 Series Mic Pre will easily drive long cable runs without significant loss of quality, making it ideal for remote recordings.
Focusrite's unique mic preamp topology provides superb common-mode rejection, excellent overload margin and, with its shared gain structure (20dB from the transformer and up to 40dB from the amplifier), a very low noise floor combined with the signature extra-wide bandwidth (10Hz to 140kHz). This exceptional level of performance is maintained over a wide range of impedances applied to the input, making the Red 1 500 Series Mic Pre perform flawlessly with almost any microphone: ribbon, dynamic or condenser.
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