Review: Focusrite Red 1 500 Series Preamp

In the quest for a great looking and sounding preamp for his studio, Matt Vanacoro picked up the Focusrite Red 1 500 series... And doesn't want to let it go. Find out why.  

The Focusrite Red Preamp is a staple of many project and professional recording studios. Preamps can be like guitars in that everyone has a favorite one and about a million reasons why it is their favorite one. You'd be hard pressed, however, to find a modern studio where the engineer hasn't used or at least heard of the Focusrite Red series.

A Preamp for your Lunchbox

The Focusrite Red One 500 series has no inputs or outputs without being plugged into a 500 series chassis. Pick a chassis, slide it in and you're good to go!

The Focusrite Red 1 500 series has no inputs or outputs without being plugged into a 500 series chassis. Pick a chassis, slide it in and you're good to go!

If you're not familiar with the 500 series concept, here it is in a nutshell. You have a chassis with a certain amount of empty slots. In these slots, you can put all sorts of cool stuff: preamps, EQs, effects, compressors'

Matt Vanacoro is one of New York's premier musicans. Matt has collaborated as a keyboardist in studio and on stage with artists such as Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Mark Wood (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Mark Rivera (Billy Joel Band), Aaron Carter, Amy Regan, Jay Azzolina, Marcus Ratzenboeck (Tantric), KeKe Palmer, C-Note, Jordan Knig... Read More

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