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Focusrite 428 with Digital Option

Discussion in 'Recording' started by jacktiki411, Jan 26, 2004.

  1. jacktiki411

    jacktiki411 Guest

    Has anyone worked with the Focusrite 428 with the digital option installed. Seems like an incredible deal. Thinking of using this as the front end for my new project studio. Waddaya think?
  2. Skeetch

    Skeetch Guest

    Have it but don't use the digital option as much now that I've gone to a Radar. The converters on the 428's digital card are likely an improvement over most stock DAW or AIO converters - at least it was for me.
  3. jacktiki411

    jacktiki411 Guest

    Thanks for the reply. I would be using it as a front end for a DAW, probably either Cubase or Sonar.
  4. jacktiki411

    jacktiki411 Guest

    Dear Skeetch:

    From your reply, it sounds like you're still using the mic pres as input to Radar. Are you happy with the 428 pres?
  5. Skeetch

    Skeetch Guest

    Absolutely. Pretty clean but with a bit of warmth. The output goes from the 428 into a Soundcraft Ghost, then into the Radar. The 428 also has some handy features that make it a versatile preamp.
  6. jacktiki411

    jacktiki411 Guest

    In addition to the 4 pres, the metering, input impedence choices, 4 di's and the 4 extra line in's when the digital option is installed make it look like a keeper.
  7. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    You are right, it does seem like a great deal ona good pre. I am leaning this direction as well.
  8. Duardo

    Duardo Guest

    I have one and have been using it for a few months now and am very happy with it. I haven't bothered to hook it up to my Apogee converters as well for an A/B test, but it's sounded good enough with what I've used it for that I haven't felt it necessary to do so.

  9. bhuvan

    bhuvan Active Member

    if i have the 428, do i also need to get a soundcard like a MOTU to interface with my DAW
  10. The studio I work in has a 428 with the digital option installed and the converters sound great. You really can't go wrong with a 428. We have a couple MOTUs that we use it with, but I'm not sure if you'd actually need one to use the 428 with your DAW.
  11. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    I got my 428 last week, and all the preliminary testing that I have done with it has shown it to be a really nice piece.

    I do not have the A/D card, although it will be my next purchase. It adds a lot of value to the unit to be sure.

    Once thing I really like about the 428 is the inclusion of the inserts! Well done!
  12. bhuvan

    bhuvan Active Member

    the sound card issue is solved to the extent that now i've zeroed in on the the Pro Tools HD2.

    However, with this I want to use either the Prism Dream ADA-8 or an Apogee converter. I'll be getting a digital mixer like the DM2000, but would want to use external pres.

    In this case, which AD would be rated higher -- the ISA with digital option or the Prism/Apogee?
  13. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    Just a guess, but I'd have to say the Prism/Apogee stuff would be of a higher quality.
  14. NolanVenhola

    NolanVenhola Guest

    What are you guys paying for the 428?
  15. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    The best price you will get, without question is from Alto Music.

    Alto Music

    You'll need to email them for a quote, but I'm sure you will find it is much less than what you would find at most other places.

    btw...I am very much in love with my 428!!! It is a really, really nice piece of gear, and sounds very full and detailed. I am very pleased with my decision, and the Alto folks are really great to deal with.

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