Focusrite ISA428 MkII Reviews4.5/5.0 based on 4 customer reviews
The fantastic quartet of preamps in the Focusrite ISA428 MkII has never let me down. Transparent with just the right amount of warmth to add some character, it will easily find its niche in your studio. Also FANTASTIC as an instrument DI!
from Fredericksburg, VA
May 9, 2013Music Background:
Multi-instrumentalist, recording and mix engineer, studio owner
The Go to PreampI got this preamp based on it's versatility and a several hours of use during my training. I almost always go to this guy for overheads and hihat sounds, the filter is useful and has great phasing. The impedance settings really allowed me to squeeze a lot sounds out of my good but modest mic collection. I recommend this pre for anyone in need of unit that will deliver multiple sounds from fewer sources. The only reason for the 4.5 is I have not tried older focusrite units, or the channel strip to compare.
from Missoula, MT.
May 25, 2012Music Background:
Works for everythingI gave this 4.5 stars because it sounds great with anything plugged into it from any sound source or instrument. As a full time studio owner having a pre that you know will perform time and time again is extremely important. The ISA428II fills this need exceptionally well. Stacking track after track is a joy and the switchable impedance is a must have. 50 ohm mics sound great on vocals with the 600ohm setting. Too much loading for your 200ohm mics, just switch to a higher input impedance. I have other great pre's but this Rupert Neve, transformer coupled pre-amp sounds as great, and sometimes better, than a lot of others and for a great price.
April 23, 2012Music Background:
Musician, songwriter, engineer
One of the best values on the marketThe first thing I recorded with this guy was a drum track. 2 overheads, kick and snare were all run through the isa. Previously, i was using UA 610 pre's which sound fantastic, but never gave me the wow factor on a kit. As soon as I hit playback I knew I had a winner. Big without being over colored, but not dull by any stretch. Very punchy, and balanced throughout the frequency range. Tracks i record with this take eq and compression extremely well, and it essentially makes my job much easier and enjoyable in the studio. The stepped gain knobs are pretty hot too. At this pricepoint it's a no brainer.
from Santa Barbara, CA
November 8, 2011Music Background:
Local Pro Musician and recording hobbyist
sounds awesome, miss the VUsI would give this a 5 star since it is my favorite preamp of all time for just about anything except for the fact that this new MKii version took away one of my favorite features of my other older ISA428s and that is the big VU meters. Bring them back, and I'll give it 5 stars. If you don't care about the VUs, then you will find this to be the most awesome preamp for anything you can throw at it. Vocals, saxes, guitars, drums, etc...all amazing. Big but tight and controlled low end, perfect mids, awesome space and clarity in the highs. The features are good too with the filter, insert, variable impedance, etc.