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Focusrite strips

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by Caisson, Sep 9, 2005.

  1. Caisson

    Caisson Guest

    Opinions need.....

    I would like some of your views on the [Focusrite Platinum Voicemaster Pro] and the Focusrite Trakmaster.

    How do they differ (pres, comp) etc.

    Also how would you compare the pre's in the Voicemaster to the grace design. I have the grace for vocals, and I hear that they are really good for acoustic and other instruments, but I haven't really heard of any high points on Vocals. I haven't really got a chance to hear an avalon or Great River or even a Voicemaster , so I was wonder what type of move I should make...keep the grace, sell it on ebay, and get a strip like the voicemaster or something better?
  2. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    The Platinum stuff is not very good. IMHO it is over-hyped Chinese product riding on the Focusrite name.I bought a Voicemaster, but sent it right back and got a Safesound P1, which was a big improvement. Anyway, the Grace (I have a 101, too) is a real gem anytime you need a clean, quiet pre. Frankly, if you want to make your 101 more "voice-friendly", you might add a compressor to it (the RNC comes to mind)...In fact, you might check out the Safesound....not as pretty and flashy, but it certainly holds its own sonically.
  3. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member


    Very nice for the dough. Of course there are better channel strips, but you'll have to shell out more $$$....
  4. Dr_Willie_OBGYN

    Dr_Willie_OBGYN Active Member

    The ISA 430 II is also made in China. China and Russia had war games together in a mock attack against the USA. So buy American if you can.
  5. Caisson

    Caisson Guest

    I do have a compressor on there now......DBX 166XL What do you think about this piece?

    im considering an all in one strip.. because I don't want wires here and wires there ya know....

    the grace pretty good pre though.... I would love to hear an RNC & RNP I just don't have any around me at the time.........
  6. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    The 166 isn't dbx's best work. They are OK for live sound, but not as quiet as some other comps. You might hook it up and see how YOU like it. The reason I recommended the P1 was threefold:
    A) The preamp may be "chip-based", but it sounds pretty good to me,
    B) The dynamics section is GREAT, especially with the way the downward expander operates, and,
    C) The A/D conversion is built right in and sounds PDG to me, too.
    And don't, I repeat, DON'T confuse the downward expander with the half-assed gate on the 166!
  7. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    They must've left that section out of mine? :?
  8. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    You don't have a digital output?
  9. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Nope. Unless I just can't find it. I would feel really dumb then. But it isn't listed as a feature either: http://www.frontendaudio.com/Safe_Sound_Audio_P1_Preamp_Compressor_Expander_Lim_p/1901.htm

    Maybe you have an early prototype or something? We are talking about the Safesound P1, right?
  10. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I be the dumbass. The P1 is actually my partners' and I thought it had a S/PDIF output after the limiter. He has it hooked up to a Tascam DM, I could swear that it was a digital connect all the way through. I was wrong! Maybe that's why I thought it sounded so good...
  11. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    OK, cool. I was afraid I got gyped or something! :lol:
  12. myfipie

    myfipie Guest

    "I would like some of your views on the [Focusrite Platinum Voicemaster Pro] and the Focusrite Trakmaster. "

    I have one but only use it for scratch if I run out of pres when doing a full band. Not a bad pre, but I not have found it to give a pro sound either. But then again I have heard stuff that everything was done through it and sounded ok to me. If you have great pres now you will hear the difference. If you don't have any good pres then it might serve you well.


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