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Focusrite Red Series... fat! or not?

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by tubedude, Oct 28, 2001.

  1. tubedude

    tubedude Active Member

    I crossed posted by accident, THIS is where I wanted this...

    You know, I worked with this pre for a few days and thought it was wonderful. I rememeber, perhaps wrongly, it getting bashed as not being worth a crap. I was wondering what people here think of it and why. It doesnt get much attention in the top end pre market it seems. Actually, the only Focusrite mnetions I see are the cheap stuff and the ISA stuff. I wanna know about the Red series mainly.
     
  2. Aaron-Carey

    Aaron-Carey Active Member

    I have a Red-8 and like it a LOT..but it really doesnt seem to me to have a " flavor " but if I like the sound of something in the room then I can run it thru the focusrite and be confident that it will sound like that coming back
     
  3. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    To me

    Platinum = semi pro
    Blue = total pro
    Red = pro stuff that is basic and suitable for purists or self recording artists that want to get the stuff dowm well but not have 'dangerous options' to mess the sound up with (like eq on the platinum or Blue which is v powerfull and can be mis-used)

    My concept of the red is that it is very good stuff.

    I think because you can't get in there and have an extreme tweak on a lot of it, some pro's find it functional but unexciting as gear goes to use...

    :)
     
  4. MadMoose

    MadMoose Active Member

    I know a few people doing hip-hop and R&B that like using the Red mic pres on vocals with the Tube Tech as second option. I gurss that's good company. The only Red piece I can remember trying is the compressor which was nice but I got my Summit for a lot less.
     
  5. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    PHFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF-AAAAAAAA-T!

    The Red compressor is 'creamy' BTW

    So if you get both it's Full Phat Cream!
     
  6. lianna

    lianna Guest

    Originally posted by tubedude:

    You know, I worked with this pre for a few days and thought it was wonderful. I rememeber, perhaps wrongly, it getting bashed as not being worth a crap. I was wondering what people here think of it and why. It doesnt get much attention in the top end pre market it seems. Actually, the only Focusrite mnetions I see are the cheap stuff and the ISA stuff. I wanna know about the Red series mainly.[/QB]

    Tubedude,
    I own a red 6 mic pre/eq, red 3's compressors, and mucho isa110's. I also recorded and/or mixed two Anthrax<<<<(sorry for the name I had it first)albums on the focusrite console at Electic Ladyland.
    So here goes, and Julian got it right!!
    Red 6 (currently not available, equivalent is red 7)= mic pre different in over all tone to an isa110. same feel but less attitude. If you mess up anything it's not the mic pre's fault. Nuetral sound, high class no brainer. EQ in red 6 beautiful.
    Red 3 compressor= Cream is right, and in all the right places. Similiar to 2264/33609 neve with a touch of the ssl G384 thrown in, but different in all the right places once again. I love these!!!!! Same leauge as previously noted. Probably getting at least 2 more as soon as my new room is done here in nyc.
    isa110= devastating for metal!!!!! The eq is not to be messed with unless you absolutely are versed in tight parametric, scissor cutting, George Martin wanting tools to play with. Just use the shelf's on the way in and your good. Stay away from the rest please!!

    Hope this helps,
    Dan Spitz
    producer/mixer
    three time Grammy nominated, former lead guitarist and co-producer of all Anthrax albums.
     
  7. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    I own and use the RED-7 and I think it is pretty & FAT. Switch in the compressor and you can't get a much fater combo in one box. The RED-7 is not just for vocals, I find it can be useful everywhere. I plan to get another.

    - Bruce -
     
  8. My Red 1 sounds great with dynamics, ribbons,
    DIs and some condensors. It doesn't seem to like super low impedance condensors like the M149, bad combo. Similar in character to our API 512cs and I tend to use them on similar sources (gtr, drums). Can sound great on bass with a DI, my go to when the Voxbox is otherwise engaged. :roll:
     
  9. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Now we are rockin!

    Roll out the RED carpet!

    :)
     

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