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FocusriteISA ONE - Microphone Preamp
 
4.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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Pros

  • Excellent sound (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Low distortion (4)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Professional recording (5)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Performances (3)
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5.0

Absolutely transparent

By Pete

from Reading PA

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Very Quiet

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Professional Recording
    • Voice Over For Video

    Comments about Focusrite ISA ONE - Microphone Preamp:

    I was looking for portable mic pre that was quiet and transparent to add to my arsenal. I've also downsize significantly from the last jo, (with room full of gear) to a single desk, software plugins and rack-less gear that occupies a small footprint. The ISA One fits that desire nicely.

    It's very quiet and absolutely transparent. Which matters to me when I edit in post and not have to consider hardware added character, or going the extra mile when I find a need to cover it up or remove it.

    Especially when applying filters to work within the floor and to remove subtle room noise, staying in the gaps where its needed without cutting into the content.

    Upon first hookup and dial in, I was really surprised at how quiet my treated room is and that my previous gear, even when zero gained, still added something to the mix, (I had to confirm that with previous work that I thought was quiet). This simply adds nothing but gain only.

    In the past, most of my stuff wound up as highly compressed on the web, or going back to tape and noise was gained anyway due to the conversion. Not anymore. The edge this tool gives me will be realized in the final render. Glad I bought it.

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    5.0

    Stellar Performance

    By sqftadvisors

    from NYC

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Low Distortion

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Focusrite ISA ONE - Microphone Preamp:

      Looking for pro-quality equipment with a starter budget...this is the preamp for you. This preamp was provided the perfect quality for the 'at-home' recording studio I needed, plus the guidance by the B&H staff, it was made it super easy to put my system together.

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      5.0

      Clean Pre

      By Chordas

      from Washington DC metro

      Comments about Focusrite ISA ONE - Microphone Preamp:

      Nice preamp, transparent, clean. Gotta be the quietest I've owned, it puts the pre in Focusrite's own voicemaster pro to shame. Better than the pre's in my Yamaha console

      Figure this will work nicely with my 416 for voice

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      5.0

      nice preamp

      By jameslive

      from New York City

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Low Distortion
      • Powerful
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Focusrite ISA ONE - Microphone Preamp:

        Look real good in my studio set up.
        This pre makes all my recording sound way better.
        It has a full sound and a nice top end to it.
        just one look at the waveform and you can tell that it"s capturing more of what you may want in a recording it get"s a 10 for vocals
        so far i have done six song"s with it and i look to do more and more all the time . i have no bad comments on this pre a must have as a font end
        If you are looking to step up from a mixer or audio interface.

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        5.0

        Great Utility Preamp

        By Larsenjazz

        from Cottage Grove, OR

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Low Distortion
        • Powerful
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • No Quarter Inch Outs

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Focusrite ISA ONE - Microphone Preamp:

        The ISA One is a great option for most situations that need a strong signal to help their recording pop. This pre has 80db of gain total and is much hotter than may other mixer/stand alone pres.

        The sound quality is bright and full. On guitars it gives a wonderful "pump" on the top and keeps the high frequencey detailed. If you are not used to a strong pre, this one will definately make you feel like your other pres are dark and colorless.

        The only complaint I have for this pre is that on very delicate sources like pianos or strings, it can add too much mid tones and make the strings sound very processsed rather than natural. This is not a negitave so much as it is a comment on its best uses.

        Again great for horns, guitars, bass, drums, and any other source that needs a little bit of pump to make the sound fuller.

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        4.0

        Great price for great pre amp.

        By Leon

        from Oklahoma City, Ok

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Low Distortion
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Broadcast VOs
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Focusrite ISA ONE - Microphone Preamp:

          I already have the ISA 428 and a ISA 220 so I knew the ISA ONE (which uses the same circuits)would sound great. It has a very polished quality and I love the package. If I need to go somewhere and only need one channel or need an extra channel I will grab the ISA ONE and go. Love the headphone output and the big VU meter.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great value and performance

          By DOI Digital Audio

          from Tampa, FL

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Focusrite ISA ONE - Microphone Preamp:

            I bought this to supplement my Manley and Presonus preamps in my studio. The ISA One is VERY transparent, and sounds great on any mic I plug into it. Plus the headphone out option is very handy when tracking vocalists in the booth so I can hear them while I'm arming and disarming tracks without any cutout in my monitors. Great value and very portable.

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