products guide

prOductS guIde

SUMMER 2012

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Dear Reader,

Thanks for taking an interest in Focusrite!

Since 1985 Focusrite remains the go-to brand for the best in analogue signal processing. But time moves on and we have kept up with the changes in the recording industry with the move to Digital Audio

Workstations (DAWs). Our product range now not only includes our “heritage” ISA series, which has its roots in the 1980’s with transformer-coupled microphone preamps and the legendary Focusrite EQ, but also hybrid analogue / digital signal processing found in the Liquid Channel.

Digital conversion is today as much our expertise as is microphone preamplifi er design. The ISA One features optional A-D conversion that out-performs any other product anywhere near its price bracket in terms of dynamic range, noise and jitter.

Indeed, all our ISA A-D converter cards are the equal of, and in some cases out-perform, the best converter brands available, and often at a fraction of the price.

Which brings me to our fastest-growing business segment today: Audio Interfaces.

Our Scarlett USB 2.0 and second-generation

Saffi re Audio Interfaces are truly State-ofthe-Art delivering on one simple promise

– the best sound in their class.

The growing range includes products for all pockets and requirement levels, from the Scarlett 2i2 - our entry-level interface

- to the Liquid Saffi re 56, which combines two channels of Liquid mic-pre emulation with six Focusrite Saffi re mic pres, specially designed for the Saffi re Range. RedNet goes one step further, using innovative networking technology and standard ethernet protocols to completely redefi ne how we see the modern recording studio.

So we are both Focusrite - the Heritage

Analogue Audio Company, and Focusrite -

The Interface Company. Old School and

New School. We aim to continue to be the best of both. I hope you will join our family of satisfi ed customers.

Phil Dudderidge

Owner & Managing Director

Phil Dudderidge with George Martin at Air Studios

REDNET ............................................................................. 4

Liquid Saffi re 56 ............................................................... 6

Saffi re PRO 40 .................................................................. 8

Saffi re PRO 24 .................................................................. 9

Saffi re PRO 24 DSP ..........................................................10

VRM Box ..........................................................................11

What is VRM ....................................................................12

Saffi re PRO 14 .................................................................13

Saffi re 6 USB ...................................................................14

Scarlett 2i2 ......................................................................15

Scarlett 8i6 ......................................................................16

Scarlett 18i6 ....................................................................16

Interface Comparison Chart ...........................................17

Saffi re /Scarlett MixControl ...........................................18

Midnight ...........................................................................19

OctoPre MkII ................................................................... 20

OctoPre MkII Dynamic .................................................... 21

Control 2802 ................................................................... 22

The Liquid Channel ........................................................ 24

ISA430 MkII .................................................................... 26

ISA828 ............................................................................ 27

ISA428 MkII .................................................................... 28

Digital Card Options ....................................................... 28

ISA Two ........................................................................... 29

ISA One ........................................................................... 30

Focusrite would like to thank the Academy of Contemporary Music, Guildford and Simon Changer at The Church Studios for allowing us to photograph their facilities.

tHe cOMpOnentS

RedNet 1 and 2: 8 and 16 channel AD-DA Interfaces

RedNet 1 and 2 feature Focusrite’s precision 24-bit AD and DA conversion for superb audio performance, with over 118dB dynamic range at sample rates up to 192kHz. RedNet 1 provides eight channels; RedNet 2, 16 channels.

RedNet 3: Digital I/O

RedNet 3 interfaces existing digital audio systems and components up to a maximum of 32 inputs and outputs. Sixteen ADAT optical ports provide a full 32 digital channels in and out at up to

96kHz (S-MUX2). Support for AES, S/PDIF and ADAT digital audio formats and word clock.

RedNet is Focusrite’s powerful new scalable professional digital audio networking system, delivering everything you need in a studio environment. Using standard, robust and reliable Internet Protocol (IP) networking technology to carry high resolution audio over a standard Ethernet network, RedNet makes studio design, installation and confi guration easier than ever before.

RedNet 4: Eight Microphone preamps/line inputs

RedNet 4 provides eight specially-designed Focusrite mic preamps and line inputs with two selectable DIs – plus Focusrite world-class precision AD conversion and specially-crafted mic preamps. Front panel or remote control.

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At its heart is the robust, tried-and-tested Dante™ digital audio networking technology, from Audinate. Dante uses standard Gigabit Ethernet networking components to carry up to 128 inputs and 128 outputs over standard Ethernet.

Dante has become a standard in live sound, frequently relied on for major events.

Focusrite brings Dante into the heart of the studio with versatile, superb-quality audio interfaces that will revolutionise everything in your studio – from wiring to workfl ow. And unlike other digital audio systems, RedNet is non-proprietary, working with any ASIO or Core Audio compliant DAW software including Pro Tools, Logic and Nuendo.

THE RANGE

RedNet initially comprises fi ve products. Four high-quality, versatile interfaces deliver traditional Focusrite ethos and performance, where sound is everything, with exceptional value for money. Accompanying these is the optional RedNet

PCIe card, delivering under 3mS latency at any sample rate*.

*Latency under 3ms requires the RedNet PCIe card with the DAW buffer set appropriately.

Every analogue interface has dynamic range in excess of 118dB,

24-bit resolution and sample rates up to 192kHz. Each embodies the most advanced conversion designs and components on the market. Each includes JetPLL™ for ultra-low-jitter clock recovery. The result: quality that is second to none.

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RedNet Low-Latency PCIe Card

Where low latency is critical, such as tracking, the RedNet PCIe card for Mac or Windows delivers sub-3mS latency, 128 inputs and outputs, and sample rates from 44.1 to 192kHz. A standard Ethernet RJ45 connects to your network. Alternatively, use the Dante Virtual Soundcard (DVS) and your machine’s built-in Ethernet port, for latency comparable to Focusrite FireWire interfaces.

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Liquid Saffi re 56

prOfeSSIOnal fIrewIre

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audIO Interface featurIng lIQuId MIc preaMpS

Liquid Saffi re 56 is Focusrite’s fl agship 2U multi-channel

FireWire audio interface. Liquid technology combines with

Saffi re PRO FireWire interfacing to deliver a host of authentic preamp fl avours, seamless software integration, excellent routing fl exibility and future-proof, rock-solid driver stability.

• Two Liquid mic preamps

The marriage of a fl exible analogue front end with

cutting-edge Dynamic Convolution™ DSP. Each Liquid preamp

lets you choose from ten different classic preamp emulations.

• Six high quality award-winning Focusrite mic preamps

Six Saffi re mic preamps complement two Liquid preamps.

All eight preamps demonstrate the same wide bandwidth

philosophy behind the early vintage Focusrite units.

High quality 24-bit/192kHz FireWire Interface

Professional digital conversion and JetPLL™ jitter

reduction technology; pristine audio quality and

reliable synchronisation are guaranteed.

• Total I/O count of 28 inputs and 28 outputs

A host of I/O options are provided, including a unique

loop-back facility for routing audio between software

applications via Saffi re MixControl.

• Saffi re MixControl ultra-low-latency DSP mixer/router

Provides an 18 x 16 DSP mixer with excellent routing

fl exibility, intuitive one-click mixing confi gurations, and

lower than 1.4ms latency (less than the time it takes

sound to travel two feet through air!).

Saffi re MixControl

Liquid preamp remote control

Scarlett plug-in suite

FireWire and the FireWire symbol are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

The FireWire logo is a trademark of Apple Inc.

FEATURED EMULATIONS:

RED 1 H - BASED ON THE FOCUSRITE RED 1 QUAD CLASS A MIC-PRE

CLASS A 2A - BASED ON THE NEVE 1073 MONO MIC-PRE

TRANY H - BASED ON THE API 3124+ DISCRETE QUAD MIC-PRE

SILVER 2 - BASED ON THE AVALON VT-737SP VALVE CHANNEL STRIP

SAVILLEROW - BASED ON THE HELIOS CONSOLE MIC-PRE / EQ MODULE

DUNk - BASED ON THE MANLEY SLAM! TRANSFORMER / VALVE MIC-PRE

NEW AGE 1 - BASED ON THE MILLENIA HV-3D 8 CHANNEL MIC-PRE

OLD TUBE - BASED ON THE PULTEC MB-1 FIXED GAIN VALVE MIC-PRE

DEUTSCH 72 - BASED ON THE TELEFUNKEN V72 VALVE MIC-PRE

STELLAR 1B - BASED ON THE UNIVERSAL AUDIO M610 MONO TUBE MIC-PRE

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: FOCUSRITE, the FF logo, LIQUID TECHNOLOGY and the LIQUID logo, and SAFFIRE are trademarks of Focusrite Audio Engineering Limited. DYNAMIC CONVOLUTION is a trade mark of Sintefex Ltd. All other product names, trade marks, or trade names are the names of their respective owners, which are in no way associated, connected nor affi liated with Focusrite or its LIQUID SAFFIRE 56 product and which have not endorsed Focusrite’s

LIQUID SAFFIRE 56 product. These other product names, trade marks, and trade names are used solely to identify and describe the third party products the sonic behaviour of which was studied for the LIQUID SAFFIRE 56 product, and to accurately describe the functionality of the LIQUID SAFFIRE 56 product. The LIQUID SAFFIRE 56 product is an independently engineered technology which utilises the patented process of Dynamic Convolution to actually measure examples of the sonic impact of original analogue products upon an audio stream, so as to electronically emulate the performance of the original product studied. The result of this process is subjective and may not be perceived by a user as producing the same effects as the original products studied.

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Saffi re PRO 40

fIrewIre audIO Interface featurIng eIgHt fOcuSrIte MIc preaMpS

The Focusrite Saffi re PRO 40 represents the latest generation of Focusrite multi-channel FireWire audio interfaces. An unparalleled preamp legacy forms the foundation, with eight award-winning Focusrite preamps. Legendary sonic performance is combined with the very latest in FireWire interfacing technology to deliver seamless integration, excellent routing fl exibility and, rock-solid driver stability.

• Eight high quality award-winning Focusrite preamps

Upholding Focusrite’s high bandwidth (20Hz to 200kHz!)

philosophy, ensuring low noise and distortion whilst

delivering clarity without unwanted artefacts.

• High quality 24-bit/96kHz FireWire interface

Features high quality A-D / D-A conversion and JetPLL™

jitter reduction technology; pristine audio quality

and reliable synchronisation are guaranteed.

• Total I/O count of 20 inputs and 20 outputs

A host of I/O options are provided, including a unique

loop-back facility for routing audio between software

applications via Saffi re MixControl.

• Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS plug-in suite

Upgrade your standard software effects with Focusrite

compression, reverb, gating and EQ VST/AU/RTAS plug-ins

• Two separate headphone buses

Two artists can receive independent and fully customised

monitor mixes. Each output has an independent level

control available on the front panel.

• Two Hi-Z instrument inputs

No need for a separate DI. The fi rst two channels feature

instrument inputs with switchable Hi-z.

• Saffi re MixControl ultra-low-latency DSP mixer/router

Provides an 18 x 16 DSP mixer with excellent routing

fl exibility, intuitive one-click mixing confi gurations, and

lower than 1.4ms latency (less than the time it takes sound

to travel two feet through air!).

Saffi re PRO 24

16 In / 8 Out fIrewIre audIO Interface featurIng twO fOcuSrIte MIc preaMpS

The Focusrite Saffi re PRO 24 is a 16 in /

8 out FireWire audio interface designed for the modern home studio environment.

An unparalleled preamp legacy forms the foundation, with two award-winning

Focusrite preamps. Legendary sonic performance and a host of I/O options combine with the very latest in MixControl software to deliver seamless integration, excellent routing fl exibility and rock-solid driver stability.

• Two high quality award-winning

Focusrite mic pres

• High Quality 24-bit/96kHz

FireWire interface

• Total I/O count of 16 inputs and 8 outputs

• Saffi re MixControl ultra-low-latency

DSP mixer/router

• Class-leading LED metering

• Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite,

for use in the mix

• Unmatched routing fl exibility

ADDITIONAL FEATURES:

Dedicated front-panel headphone bus , Bus-powering, Two Hi-z instrument inputs , Tactile main monitor dial , Switchable phantom power , Software PFL

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Saffi re PRO 24 DSP

fIrewIre audIO Interface wItH real-tIMe dSp-pOwered tracKIng and MIXIng SOlutIOnS

The Focusrite Saffi re PRO 24 DSP is a 16 in

/ 8 out FireWire audio interface, featuring real-time DSP-powered tracking and mixing solutions tailor-made for the modern home studio environment. Alongside DSP-powered

Compression and EQ for ultra-low-latency tracking and ‘comfort’ reverb, is VRM; a Virtual Reference Monitoring technology that lets you hear your mix in different environments, through different speakers and from different positions, all just using headphones.

• Virtual Reference Monitoring (VRM)

• Two high quality award-winning

Focusrite preamps

• Onboard DSP-powered, tracking

and mixing tools

• High Quality 24-bit/96kHz

FireWire interface

• Total I/O count of 16 inputs and 8 outputs

• Saffi re MixControl ultra-low-latency

DSP mixer/router

• Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite,

for use in the mix

• Two dedicated front-panel

headphone busses

• Bus-powered for mobile recording

VRM Box

cOMpact HeadpHOneS MOnItOrIng SySteM wItH VIrtual reference MOnItOrIng

Pocket sized and built to last, VRM Box places Focusrite’s Virtual Reference

Monitoring (VRM) technology in a robust, palm-sized audio interface. VRM Box functions as a high-quality 24-bit/48kHz USB audio playback interface, compatible with

Pro Tools or any other open DAW software.

VRM Box also features a digital (S/PDIF) input, which supports sample rates up to

192kHz, allowing you to run it in conjunction with Pro Tools HD or any other interface with an S/PDIF output.

• 24 Different Mix References

Virtual Reference Monitoring (VRM) from

Focusrite lets you audition your mix in different environments, through different speakers, just using headphones.

• Hear Everything

Boasting a dynamic range of 108dB, VRM

Box delivers a high-quality reproduction of your sound, ensuring you hear everything.

• Ultimate Playback Interface

Whether you’re mixing, creating music or simply listening to tracks, VRM Box is the perfect playback interface for your digital audio software.

• Pro Tools Friendly

VRM Box features a digital input, allowing you to run it alongside your

Pro Tools interface or any interface with an S/PDIF output.

Watch VRM in action here:

www.focusrite.com/vrm

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What is VRM?

Convenient though headphones may be, they’re simply not the same as listening on a pair of monitor loudspeakers. And yet… listening on one pair of monitor speakers isn’t enough either. To tell how your music will sound in the real world, you need to listen in different environments, with different speakers. Until now, you had to burn a CD or transfer a fi le and play it back on real systems in actual environments to A/B your mixes in different places. But now, there’s a better way.

VIRTUAL REFERENCE MONITORING

The answer is Focusrite’s unique and well-established VRM™ (Virtual Reference Monitoring) technology – a room and loudspeaker simulation system for headphone monitoring. While listening on conventional monitoring headphones, VRM lets you select your listening environment – pro studio, bedroom studio or living room – and choose from an extensive list of industry-standard studio monitors and loudspeaker systems to listen on.

VRM’s extensive selection of built-in loudspeakers and listening environments is based on precise mathematical models derived from convolutions of actual impulse responses measured using the original loudspeakers. The use of mathematical modelling provides maximum fl exibility of combinations of loudspeakers and listening environments for the highest possible accuracy of the virtual monitoring simulation.

VRM allows you to choose between 10 pairs of industry-standard nearfi eld monitors in an acoustically-treated control room. In addition, two extra rooms are provided – a large living room and a smaller bedroom – where you can choose between speakers such as quality hi-fi , computer, cheap stereo and TV speakers.

VRM GUI featured on the VRM Box

CHOOSE FROM 15 INDUSTRY-STANDARD STUDIO MONITORS AND SPEAKERS

Saffi re PRO 14

8 In / 6 Out fIrewIre audIO Interface featurIng twO fOcuSrIte MIc preaMpS

The Saffi re PRO 14 is an 8 in / 6 out audio interface with legendary sonic performance and unmatched fl exibility at a truly affordable price. The latest in Focusrite’s new generation of FireWire audio interfaces, the Saffi re PRO 14 is designed to make home studio recording and mixing easy without sacrifi cing audio quality. Twenty-fi ve years of mic pre excellence form the foundation of this new interface, with two award-winning

Focusrite preamps. Combined with a host of additional I/O options, the Saffi re PRO 14 helps you get the tracks you want without having to constantly re-patch your studio.

• Two award-winning Focusrite preamps

• High quality 24-bit/96kHz

FireWire interface

• Total I/O count of 8 inputs and 6 outputs

• Two Hi-Z instrument inputs

• Saffi re MixControl ultra-low-latency

DSP mixer/router

• Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite,

for use in the mix

• Xcite+ software bundle

• Bus-powered for a tidy mobile

recording rig

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Saffire 6 USB

2 In / 4 Out uSB audIO Interface featurIng twO fOcuSrIte MIc preaMpS

The Focusrite Saffire 6 USB focuses on just one thing – quality of sound. Whether you’re a singer song-writer who wants to record, or a laptop DJ, Saffire 6 USB will make the most of your sound. Two Focusrite mic preamps, professional digital conversion and custom drivers with super-low latency, make

Saffire 6 USB the best sounding interface in its class. Flexible monitoring, four phono outputs and a professional high-level headphone output make it ideal for DJs too.

• Two high quality award-winning

Focusrite preamps

• High-quality 24-bit/48kHz USB interface

with super-low driver latency

• 4 RCA outputs make Saffire 6 USB

the ideal interface for the laptop DJs

performing live

• Xcite+ pack, including Ableton Live Lite,

Novation’s Bass Station and 1 gig of loops

• Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite,

for use in the mix

• Monitor either the main mix or cue mix

via headphones, all switchable from the

front panel

• Dedicated Mixer dial lets you blend

your monitor mix between what you’re

recording and the DAW audio, for true

zero-latency monitoring

Andreya Triana

(Ninja tune)

Scarlett 2i2

2 In / 2 Out uSB 2.0 audIO Interface fOr MuSIcIanS On tHe gO

At the heart of the interface are two awardwinning Focusrite microphone preamplifiers providing a clean signal path for mic, instrument or line level sources. Bundled with the Focusrite Scarlett Plug-In Suite in addition to Ableton Live Lite, the interface provides all that is needed to get recording right away. Since it’s bus powered, an additional power supply is not needed meaning that the Scarlett 2i2 is truly portable.

• High-quality 24-bit/96 KHz USB interface

• Two high-quality award-winning

Focusrite preamps

• Anodised Aluminium Unibody Chassis

• Ring LED signal indicators

• Direct monitor function for zero

latency tracking

• Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite

• Ableton Live Lite 8 in the box

See a recording made with the Scarlett 2i2:

www.focusrite.com/scarlett_2i2

Jono McCleery

(Ninja tune)

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Scarlett 8i6

8 In / 6 Out uSB 2.0 audIO Interface featurIng twO fOcuSrIte MIc preaMpS

Scarlett 18i6

18 In / 6 Out uSB 2.0 audIO Interface featurIng eIgHt fOcuSrIte analOgue InputS

The Scarlett 8i6 is an 8 in / 6 out audio interface with outstanding sonic performance and flexibility at a truly affordable price. Part of Focusrite’s new range of USB audio interfaces, the Scarlett

8i6 is designed to make home studio recording and mixing easy without sacrificing audio quality. Twenty-five years of mic pre excellence form the foundation of this new interface, with two award-winning Focusrite preamps. Combined with a host of additional

I/O options, the Scarlett 8i6 helps you get the tracks you want without having to constantly re-patch your studio.

• Two high-quality award-winning

Focusrite preamps

• High-quality 24-bit/96kHz USB interface

• Total I/O count of 8 inputs and 6 outputs

• Scarlett MixControl ultra-low-latency

DSP mixer/router

• Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite, for use in the mix

• Xcite+ Software Bundle

• Two Hi-Z instrument inputs

• Dedicated front-panel headphone bus

The Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 is an 18 in / 6 out USB 2.0 audio interface designed to make home multitrack recording a breeze.

Alongside two award-winning Focusrite preamps, six high-quality analogue inputs allow you to simultaneously record guitar, bass, vocals and keys. You don’t need to stop there either – pop in the ADAT optical cable from an outboard eight-channel mic pre unit such as the Focusrite OctoPre MkII and you can track drums at the same time. Eighteen high-quality inputs feed cutting-edge digital conversion combined with the very latest in USB 2.0 interfacing technology, making

Scarlett 18i6 the perfect tracking interface.

• Total I/O count of 18 inputs and 6 outputs

• Two high-quality award-winning

Focusrite preamps

• High-quality 24-bit/96kHz

USB 2.0 interface

• Scarlett MixControl ultra-low-latency

DSP mixer/router

• Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite, for use in the mix

• Xcite+ Software Bundle

• Two Hi-Z instrument inputs

• Dedicated front-panel headphone bus

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Scarlett Plug-in Suite

prOfeSSIOnal rtaS/VSt/au plug-In SuIte By fOcuSrIte

Scarlett Plug-in Suite from Focusrite is a professional set of tools for tracking and mixing, including Compression, Gating , EQ, and Reverb. Each powerful plug-in has a host of fast and easy-to-use presets, providing a great starting point for a huge number of popular sound sources, from vocals and guitars to synth bass and percussion.

In addition, every plug-in parameter can be finely tuned to bring out the optimum sound you want, exactly the way you want it. So whether you want a fast set-up or an advanced set-up, Scarlett is destined to become your new 'go-to' plug-in. Scarlet includes the most popular formats including

VST/AU and RTAS (Pro Tools).

SHIPS FREE WITH

EVERY FOCUSRITE

INTERFACE

• Unmatched sonic quality at an incredible price

• A faithful recreation of classic Focusrite compressors and gates

• Stunning GUI with life-like classic port-hole VU meters

• Multi-modes enable creative gating techniques

• Classic Focusrite EQ curves and controls

• Professional reverb based on classic studio designs

Saffi re /Scarlett MixControl

MixControl software is a powerful ultra-low-latency monitoring package that enables you to create several independent mixes and send each of them out to any interface output. Each mix can be built up using a combination of input signals and DAW outputs. Intuitive one-click confi gurations help you track, monitor and mix as quickly as possible.

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The software window comprises of four main sections: a mixer, a router, a monitor section and a device status section:

• The mixer section allows you to create independent mixes - each of which can be routed out to physical outputs for monitoring, headphone cues or external processing.

• The router section is used to send any combination of physical inputs, DAW outputs or usercreated mixes of these streams to any outputs.

• The monitor section provides control of Volume, Dim, Mute and independent left or right cut.

• The device set-up section shows the status of synchronisation and connection, as well as allowing the user to change the sample rate and the synchronisation source for clocking.

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MixControl GUI

Saffi re MixControl utilises a unique tab system for mixes, allowing you to send whatever you want, wherever you want!

Fully-featured mix window with clear input and output metering

Multiple independent mixes can be created, each accessible via their own tab

Solos, mutes, pans and PFL’s available on every channel

Mixer output channels can be routed to any number of outputs

Routing section provides a clear indication of all audio routing

Monitor section lets you switch between different monitoring set-ups quickly

Clear device status section shows sample rate, sync source and more

The image above is for representation purposes. The confi guration of MixControl changes depending on the interface in use.

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MIDNIGHT

tHe claSSIc plug-In SuIte By fOcuSrIte

Focusrite’s new Midnight plug-in suite takes two of the most iconic Focusrite modules of all time – the ISA110 equaliser and ISA130 compressor; models their sound exactly with powerful

DSP technology; and gives them elegant, functional on-screen front panels that make them simplicity itself to use.

The Midnight modules deliver incredible power and fl exibility into your digital studio in VST,

AU and RTAS formats. Now you can take a massive step up and incorporate the pure, warm, delicious sound and straightforward controllability of these classic analogue processors in your own tracks - at a price you can actually afford.

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OctoPre MkII

eIgHt fOcuSrIte MIc preaMpS wItH BuIlt-In 24-BIt / 96KHZ adat Output

OctoPre MkII Dynamic

eIgHt fOcuSrIte MIc preS wItH cOMpreSSIOn and BuIlt-In 24-BIt / 96KHZ adat I/O

With eight channels of Focusrite pre-amplifi cation and a built-in 24-bit / 96kHz ADAT output, OctoPre MkII is

Focusrite’s powerful input upgrade for your Pro Tools system, or any digital audio workstation. It’s also a great expansion for any analogue or digital console, or hard disk recorder.

The digital output allows users to make the most of often neglected ADAT inputs; ideal for expanding the number of mic preamp inputs on your interface. Connect OctoPre MkII to your audio interface’s ADAT input to create a high quality, multi-channel recording solution, ideal for tracking drums, vocals, guitars and more.

• Eight high quality award-winning Focusrite preamps

The best sounding multi-channel mic pre in its class.

• Built-in eight channel 24-bit / 96 kHz digital output

Make the most of your interface’s ADAT input. OctoPre

MkII connects via its built-in ADAT Optical output, with

a ‘real world’ dynamic range performance of 110dB.

• Mic pres optimised for tracking drums

OctoPre MkII is designed not to clip, with 10dB pads and

preamps optimised to handle extreme levels from sound

sources like kick drum and snare.

• Two quality Hi-Z instrument inputs

OctoPre MkII’s fi rst two channels feature DI’s, ready for

you to plug in your guitars and bass, instantly accessible

on the front fascia.

• 5 LED input metering on every channel

OctoPre MkII’s fast-acting 5-LED input meters provide

clear reference of input levels, helping you to avoid

analogue or digital clipping.

• Direct outputs on every channel

For routing and fl exibility, especially in the live

environment. Each mic pre can be routed to the mixer’s

analogue channels, with two mirrored ADAT outputs

(44.1 kHz) left free to send to digital recorders.

• 48V phantom power available on every channel

Switched in two groups (1-4 and 5-8) every channel is

capable of supplying phantom power, for use with most

condenser microphones.

• State-of-the-art clocking

OctoPre MkII’s internal clock delivers a jitter performance

of less than 10 PPM. For external clocks, a BNC

connector is provided and industry-standard JetPLL™

jitter reduction technology is employed.

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Working together -

OctoPre MkII & Saffi re PRO 40

With eight channels of Focusrite microphone preamplifi cation, eight VCA-based Red 3-derived compressors and built-in 24-bit / 96 kHz digital inputs and outputs, OctoPre

MkII Dynamic is Focusrite’s feature-rich expansion upgrade for any digital audio workstation. It’s equally an ideal expansion for any analogue or digital console, or hard disk recorder.

• Eight award-winning Focusrite preamps

Focusrite’s unparalleled preamp legacy forms the

foundation of this device, with mic pres optimised to handle

extreme levels from sound sources like acoustic drums.

• Eight ‘single-dial’ Focusrite compressors

A single dial gets you to the right amount of compression,

fast. These new VCA-based, feed-forward compressors

model the character of the celebrated Focusrite Red 3.

• Compress transparently or with effect

The classic soft-knee design achieves beautifully

transparent compression that caresses your sound.

Focusrite’s unique “More” switch doubles the ratio to

deliver ‘compression with effect’.

• Built-in eight channel 24-bit / 96 kHz digital outputs

Make the most of your interface’s ADAT input for tracking,

with eight channels of analogue to digital conversion via

ADAT, boasting a ‘real world’ dynamic range performance

of 110dB.

• Built-in eight channel 24-bit / 96 kHz digital inputs

Switchable from the front panel, digital to analogue

conversion via ADAT provides analogue monitoring of

any digital ADAT feed, as well as the ability to clock from

any ADAT device.

• State-of-the-art clocking

OctoPre MkII Dynamic’s internal clock delivers a jitter

performance of +/- 20 PPM. For external clocks, industry-

standard JetPLL™ jitter reduction technology is employed.

• Two high-quality instrument inputs

OctoPre MkII Dynamic’s fi rst two channels feature DI’s,

ready for you to plug in your guitars and bass.

No expensive external DI required.

OctoPre MkII Dynamic ‘More’ Function

Each compressor on the OctoPre

MkII Dynamic features a ‘More’ button for an enhanced compression effect. The More button doubles the ratio from 2:1 to 4:1 and shifts the threshold range, so you have more sensitivity on control.

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Control 2802

SMall fOrMat analOgue MIXIng cOnSOle wItH etHernet-BaSed daw cOntrOl

Control 2802 is a super-fl exible analogue console plus an

Ethernet-based DAW control surface in one. Precision analogue audio architecture delivers a superb, big studio sound, while it demonstrates extraordinarily versatile routing capability, with cues and auxes available to provide up to 32 mix inputs, all while retaining a compact footprint. The Ethernet-connected HUI control layer allows DAW operation right from the console.

Eight superb Class A hybrid discrete microphone preamplifi ers

with up to 60dB gain and eight balanced line inputs, all with HPF and

polarity reverse

Channel Direct Out selectable from four points in the signal path

from mic pre out to post-fader

Eight balanced DAW inputs and tight overall DAW integration

Pseudo-in-line style console operation delivers maximum fl exibility

Eight moving-fader Ethernet-based HUI DAW control surface

with jog/shuttle wheel, transport controls, four multifunction rotary

encoders and OLED channel display

VCA bus compressor with wet/dry parallel compression capability

and patchable I/O

Ethernet-based DAW control surface.

Full transport controls. Instant fl ip between mix and control modes. Your favourite music software is always at your fi ngertips – without leaving the console.

DUAL LAYER TECHNOLOGY DIGITAL

Eight Class A mic pres and ultra-widebandwidth signal path for superb performance.

A fully-featured master section. Latency-free monitoring and up to 32 mix inputs. 100mm long-throw motorised faders.

DUAL LAYER TECHNOLOGY ANALOGUE

FOCUSRITE ARTISTS

Rafa Sardina

Rafa Sardina is a Los Angeles-based musician, mixer, engineer and producer with a stellar client roster. Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga adorn his credits list, while his foothold in the Latin music market has seen him work with Luis Miguel, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Paco de Lucía and Alejandro Sanz. Rafa has been nominated for an impressive 25 GRAMMY awards, winning 11.

The Focusrite sound has been at the heart of Rafa's GRAMMY-winning career from the start, and it remains so. "I have compared the old and the new ISA gear, and it really retains that warmth, grittiness, I don't know, the sound that really appealed to me from the very beginning.

And that was the main reason why I got the ISA828. The sound comes fi rst; the convenience is very important too, and it is a plus in this box, but the sound comes fi rst and that's the main reason I got it."

The sound comes fi rst and that's the main reason I got it.

DELS

Uses ISA One as his main vocal preamp

Ninja Tune artist

ISA One

Kerry Leatham

Scarlett 8i6 is the perfect fi t

"It's easy to use and sounds great"

Singer Songwriter

Scarlett 8i6

Matt Robertson

I trust the sound, and I know it’s not going to let me down

Recording engineer

Octopre MkII Dynamic

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The Liquid Channel

any MIc pre and cOMpreSSOr In HIStOry

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The Liquid Channel

is a revolutionary channel strip that can emulate any classic mic pre and compressor. Combining radical new analogue mic preamp technology with Dynamic

Convolution™ techniques, and augmented by fully digital controls and remote software, it provides the ultimate fl uid vintage collection.

• Loaded with 40 classic mic preamp and 40

compressor emulations

• 100 programme memories provide full recall of

every setting

• LiquidControl software allows comprehensive remote

operation via USB

• 192kHz internal processing and ADC/DAC as standard

• Focusrite digital EQ based on the Forte Suite software

• Adjustable harmonic distortion accounts for variance

in vintage originals

WHAT IS DYNAMIC CONVOLUTION?

Dynamic Convolution is a unique, patented technology that emulates the sonic properties of original compressors, EQs and the amplifi cation element of mic preamps. Essentially, it samples (as opposed to models), the effect a processor has on the audio signal through the application of a unique, leveldependant set of responses to that signal. These measured responses, sampled at numerous levels and with a multitude of setting combinations, are applied to the input stream on a sample-by-sample basis for extremely convincing results.

Liquid Channel Remote Control Software (via USB)

MIX

Liquid Channel Shootout

In Summer 2011, we put Liquid Channel through the ultimate test: an old versus new shootout and blind test. We lined up a handful of Liquid Channels beside some of the original vintage units that are modeled in the Liquid Channel and recorded the results.

To judge the shootout, we enlisted the help of Guy Massey (Abbey Road, Beatles Remasters) and Marco Pasquariello (chief engineer, Snap! Studios, London). The results were astounding.

See for yourself at youtube.com/FocusriteTV!

Everything I heard sounds great!

Marco Pasquariello, Snap! Studios, London

For more information on the Liquid Channel shootout, head to the Focusrite web site.

www.focusrite.com

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ISA430 MkII – Producer Pack

tHe MOSt VerSatIle cHannel StrIp.

ISA828

eIgHt claSSIc MIc preaMpS alOngSIde a preMIuM eIgHt-cHannel a-d cOnVerter OptIOn

The ISA 430 MkII represents the pinnacle of Focusrite’s analogue channel strip technology, bringing together all the classic designs in one comprehensive production tool.

Augmented with additional features and fl avours, alongside unmatched internal routing and connectivity, the ISA 430

MkII confi rms Focusrite’s iconic status as the leading manufacturer of channel strips.

• Classic Focusrite transformer-based mic

preamp with variable impedance and ‘Air’ feature

• Multi-format compressor; transparent VCA

circuit and two vintage optical solutions

• Classic Focusrite EQ design; an expanded

version of the original ISA 110

• Post mic pre output for the shortest possible

signal path

• Proprietary Focusrite discrete Class A VCA gate

and expander designs

• Optical de-esser featuring ‘De-esser Listen’ for

precise control over sibilance

• Soft Limiter to avoid critical digital overload

(requires optional A-D converter)

• Optional stereo A-D converter with 120dB dynamic range

Combining the best of yesterday with the best of tomorrow, Focusrite’s ISA828 eight channel mic preamp features exactly the same classic microphone preamplifi er design as Focusrite’s critically acclaimed Forté console. To partner seamlessly with

Pro Tools HD and other professional DAW platforms, the ISA828 integrates with our fi nest eight-channel A/D converter option.

• The classic Focusrite mic pre at its lowest

cost-per-channel to date

• The best A-D performance on the market,

bar none (requires optional ADC)

• Integrates quickly and seamlessly with

ProTools HD

• Switchable impedance to suit any microphone

• Multiple front panel instrument - No separate

DI box required

• High pass fi lter, phase reverse and phantom

power on every channel

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ISA428 MkII

fOur claSSIc MIc preaMpS wItH dI InputS and a preMIuM eIgHt-cHannel cOnVerter OptIOn

ISA Two

claSSIc dual MOnO tranSfOrMer-BaSed MIcrOpHOne preaMplIfIer

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The ISA428 MkII provides four of Focusrite’s prestigious transformer based microphone preamps.

It features the same classic circuitry and renowned audio quality found in the original at a new level of affordability. With switchable input impedance, direct instrument inputs and an optional eight channels of high quality analogue to digital conversion, the

ISA428 MkII creates the perfect front end for the discerning recording professional.

• Four classic Focusrite transformer-

based preamps

• 8 channels of cutting-edge A-D conversion,

running at up to 192kHz (requires optional ADC)

• Switchable impedance setting, ideal for mic

matching or extended microphone creativity

• Four front panel instrument inputs - no separate

DI box required

• Dedicated analogue insert points on

every channel

• Classic high pass fi lters on every channel

Why go digital with Focusrite?

For 15 years now, we’ve been tirelessly perfecting our digital conversion technology. By simply slotting into the back of the analogue unit, audio signals travel the shortest possible distance and remain free from extraneous clocks or other sources of digital noise. Fine tuning the marriage between analogue and digital audio circuitry enables our A-D converters to achieve superb dynamic range with extremely low noise and jitter.

ISA 8-channel ADC

Eight channels of precision

Focusrite A-D conversion for

ISA428, ISA428 MkII and ISA828, with 121.5dB dynamic range and jitter below 250 picoseconds.

Digital connections include AES/

EBU, ADAT Optical and S/PDIF

(coaxial and optical).

ISA Stereo ADC

Two channels of cutting-edge

A-D conversion for ISA430 MkII and ISA One, with 120dB dynamic range and jitter below 300 picoseconds. Digital connections include AES/EBU, ADAT Optical, and S/PDIF (coaxial and optical).

Featuring two channels of Focusrite’s premium microphone preamplifi cation – with variable impedance to get the best out of any microphone – plus both line and front-panel instrument inputs, ISA Two is perfect for superb stereo recording or for additional high-quality channels. With 80dB of gain, dedicated insert point and HPF, it’s ideal as a DAW front-end when connected to a high-quality interface.

· Dual classic Focusrite transformer-based mic preamps

with four impedance settings to get the best from any

microphone

· Dual front-panel DI inputs plus rear-panel line inputs for

maximum fl exibility

· Dedicated per-channel insert for connecting

compression, EQ or other processors

· Ideal DAW front-end – simply plug into your favourite

interface such as Focusrite Scarlett, Saffi re or RedNet

· 80dB of clean, low-noise gain from Focusrite’s tried

and tested ISA topology allows ISA Two to deliver plenty

of signal from the most diffi cult sources

· Variable cut-off, easy access 18dB/octave high-pass fi lter

makes removing unwanted sounds simple

· Perfect for critical stereo piano recording or stereo

acoustic guitar (or mono with vocal) or if you simply need

additional superb-quality input channels

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ISA One

claSSIc MIcrOpHOne preaMp wItH Independent dI and prOfeSSIOnal dIgItal Output OptIOn

The ISA One microphone preamplifi er delivers Focusrite’s prestigious ISA transformer-based preamp in a rugged and portable chassis, at a groundbreaking price. ISA One shares the same preamplifi er topology as Focusrite’s classic ISA110, featuring the original Lundahl LL1538 transformer and bespoke zobel network.

This preamp topology formed the cornerstone of Focusrite’s legendary Forté console and ISA Series preamplifi ers have been used on countless hit records over the last two decades.

With its robust construction, the ISA One has made the classic Focusrite signature sound more portable and more affordable than ever before.

• ISA Series transformer-based preamp

Encased in a rugged and portable chassis, offering the

classic Focusrite microphone preamp at its lowest

cost to date.

• Flexible independent DI channel

ISA One is ideal both for engineers and demanding

performers alike, featuring independent gain control,

an output for routing to an amp and an independent

XLR output on the rear.

• Switchable impedance

Choose one of four carefully selected input impedances,

including the original ISA 110 setting, to suit

any microphone.

• Class-leading stereo A-D conversion

Easily installed in any ISA One, this card embodies

cutting-edge conversion technology, incorporating

Focusrite analogue circuitry to deliver the best A-D

performance in its class.

• Dedicated insert point

Allowing you to place extra processing between the pre

amp or DI and the optional converter, such as an EQ

or compressor.

• Phantom power, phase reverse and high-pass fi lter

All available from the angled front fascia. The

high-pass fi lter operates at 75Hz, 18 dB/octave.

More than a mic preamp

The ISA One features an independent D.I. channel with its own gain control, an output for routing to an amp, and an independent XLR output on the rear. Stereo cue mix inputs and a dedicated insert point are also available.

Model pictured has the optional ISA Stereo A-D Converter installed

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FOCUSRITE ARTISTS

Tiff Monique

Tiffany Monique is best known as one third of Beyoncé's background vocalist trio The Mamas, having been a permanent fi xture on the last two of Beyoncé's world tours. Tiff has also worked with such greats as Mary J Blige, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera & kelly Clarkson, but is a recording artist in her own right too. She records demos on her travels with the Scarlett

2i2, and now her recordings made on the road are good enough to use in the fi nal track, as she explains: "Before, I had a Radioshack microphone that I would just plug into the laptop. It would give me an idea of what I was trying to do with the song, but the actual take itself was of no use because of the audio quality. Now that I have the 2i2, I can actually use the recording that was done in my home for the fi nished song."

Jono McCleery

Focusrite fi rst became acquainted with the music of singer/songwriter Jono McCleery in late 2010, when a remix of his song 'Tomorrow' featured on the Ninja Tune XX Collection, a compilation of music from the London-based record label and artist camp. By early 2011, we were hearing more and more of Jono and his stunningly great music. He supported fellow

Ninja Tune artist Jamie Woon on his Uk tour in the spring, and by that time, we were just itching to work with him. So when we needed to team up with an artist to feature in the Scarlett 2i2 promo video, Jono was our fi rst call.

You can fi nd out more about Jono here: www.jonomccleery.com

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www.focusrite.com

FA0135-07

It’s always nice to have something that you know gives good results. I was a tape op when Focusrite came along, and whenever I got the chance to try Focusrite equipment, it always sounded amazing. It’s something that I’ll always go for if it’s in a room, because I trust it and I know it always comes through.

The Focusrite sound is always nice on anything you want a lot of high fidelity to.

Drum overheads always sound great, and it’s the same with strings recordings.

It works really well on vocals; It helps me make the mix.

Adrian Bushby

Double GRAMMY Award-winning Recording Engineer

Muse, Foo Fighters, Band Of Skulls, Two Door Cinema Club

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