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Focusrite Red Pre thunderbolt design breakdown


Kyle P. Gushue
Well-Known Member
Jul 21, 2009
Boston, Massachusetts
came across this in an ad in my email. I like how the guy describes what the parts do, in sound guy terms. It kinda lends a tonal characteristic to things like resistors, where I'm usually like HUH? This thing looks cool.

They actually use 2 converter chips simultaneously to keep latency low, which he describes toward the end. I can't wait till I can think it terms of sonic characteristics of components, like how I can think in terms of 'neve sound', or 'spiky' top end.

Thunderbolt is interesting to me, considering its competing w USB 3.1, pcie, and Ethernet, I wonder what's gonna end up taking the reigns, in this next 10yrs. FireWire is the first to fall out of fashion, relative to other millennial tech connectivity standards.

I've always like the sound of the Reds, I've never used one, but a few of my favorite punk records had them in the albums pics. (Blasting Room, Colorado, is the studio)

The "straight wire mode" heavily interests me, because I'm having a difficult time deciding on style of pre amp, when the time comes in 2017-18.

I personally don't feel quite ready enough to jump into TB just yet. I think we're really heading into realtime processing/conversions next step. Digital mixers, with dedicated Dsp, have been capable of this for quite some time. The Yamaha 02R being a classic example.