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Focusrite ISA828 Reviews

4.0 stars based on 5 customer reviews
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  • Carson McClain

    A true industry standard in professional studio recording.

  • Stuart Niven

    Eight industry aclaimed, workhorse preamps in one rack! If you know the designs and equipment that have come from the workbench of Mr. Rupert Neve, you will appreciate what this unit will do for your home or professional studio.

  • Karno Baghdassarian
    from Beirut, Lebanon October 13, 2012Music Background:
    Rock, Folk, electronic, acoustic...

    very good and solid

    this was my first pre. im using them for my drum mics(8 out of 13). all i can say they are clean, they really transfer what they really take as sound. no coloration, loooooooooooooooots of headroom. i did countless drum recorings. i also used for bass guitar direct plug and the result was amazing as well. its recommended. i dont imagine my studio without them.

  • Darrin Rathgeb
    from Pittsburgh, PA March 11, 2013Music Background:
    Pro Musician, Recording Engineer.

    Focusrite ISA 828

    Excellent Value Preamp. First use on drums yeilded very good results especially on toms ond overheads. Why these get a rating of neutral and sterile is beyond me. I wouldnt heasitate to use on kick and snare in a pinch, but would probably use API or Neve type pre as they are a little thicker sounding. Overall I would reccomend ths preamp to any Professional or Home Studio.

  • Peavey5150
    from Calgary, AB, Canada May 1, 2009Music Background:
    Pro Musician/Intermediate Engineer

    Straight up quality

    It's one thing to have 8 channels of preamps in two rack spaces, it's another to have 'pro' Focusrite gear in those same spaces at a reasonable cost. My Isa 828 gets used mainly for drums (sounds very solid), but with the flexibility it offers in inputs, gains, and resistances on input signal, it can adapt well to almost any task. Worth every cent.

  • D.J.
    from Canada May 22, 2008Music Background:
    Recording Engineer, Producer, Studio Owner

    A Great Solution for Recording Drums the Right Way

    I was in need of 8 solid pres to raise the bar in recording quality sounding drums. Obviously, you need great drums and a great drummer for quality drums, but great mics and a great set of pres sure help. These pres sound very clean, warm, and transparent. The variable impedence settings allow so much flexibility in maximizing a mics positive characteristics. You would be searching for a long time and to no avail if you were looking for 8 channels that sound as good as these and that cost the same amount. I have a Great River ME-1NV, which is my go-to mic pre, but sometimes I find I need a cleaner sound, which always makes me smile that I have my ISA828.

    Make your drums and your drummer smile. Get an ISA 828...unless of course you have tones of cash...like $4000 or more, because that's what it will cost you to find 8 channels that are better than the 828's.

  • Nick
    from Denver, CO December 9, 2013Music Background:
    Recording Engineer

    Serious overheating issues

    When working the unit sounds amazing. However, I had total static coming out of 3 channels after using it almost a year. Sweetwater sent it to get repaired 3 times before having to replace it since it couldn't be fixed. Now the new unit has had 2 knobs I only used once or twice quit working, and channel one is complete static.

    The isa one, 228 and 428 are great units if you are looking for a clean sounding pre with a lot of gain. This unit is just has too much packed into it. It was also made in china and all of the knobs have been crooked on every unit I've tried. My saffire pro 40 is a lot more sturdy and professional.

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