Focusrite Red 1 Microphone Preamp

500 Series Microphone Preamp with 66dB of Gain and Classic Red Circuit Topology and Components
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The Focusrite Red 1 500 Series mic preamp brings legendary Red Series mojo to the popular Lunchbox format. The Red 1 pre became an essential kit in the world's top studios, thanks to its unique signature sound and its ability to perform flawlessly with any microphone. With 66dB of gain, you can use the Red 1 500 Series pre with your condensers, dynamics, and ribbon mics, too. Like the original Red Range, this module is made in England with classic Red circuit topology and components. Put Red in your rack: the Focusrite Red 1 500 Series mic pre.

Focusrite Red 1 500 Series Mic Preamp Module at a Glance:
  • Original input and output transformers
  • Grayhill gold-plated military-grade gain switch
  • Keep an eye on your levels
Original input and output transformers

The Focusrite Red 1 500 Series mic pre features the same Lundahl LL1538 input transformer and custom Carnhill output transformer as the original Focusrite Red 1 and Red 8 preamps. These ultra-high-quality transformers give the Red Series its unique and transparent character.

Grayhill gold-plated military-grade gain switch

The Red 1 500 Series Mic Preamp employs nothing but the finest components throughout. Its switched gain structure lets you accurately recall preamp settings - and its mil-spec, gold-plated selector switch ensures you'll get 100% repeatable results, every time.

Keep an eye on your levels

Your mom always said to watch your levels. Well, perhaps she didn't, but you know you should, and the Focusrite Red 1 500 Series Mic Pre makes it easy. Focusrite have fitted the Red 1 500 Series Mic Pre with a backlit VU meter, complete with switchable calibration. We think it's downright gorgeous. And extremely helpful in a darkened control room.

Focusrite Red 1 500 Series Mic Preamp Module Features:
  • Original Red circuit topology and components
  • Popular, convenient 500 Series Lunchbox format
  • Lundahl LL1538 input transformer
  • Carnhill custom output transformer
  • Grayhill gold-plated mil-grade gain switch
  • 66dB of gain; suitable for virtually any microphone
  • Backlit VU meter with switchable calibration
  • Polarity invert and +48V phantom power
Put Red in your rack: the Focusrite Red 1 500 Series mic pre!

Additional Media

500 Series Buying Guide
Red 1 500 Series Mic Preamp User Manual

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Frequency Response 10Hz-140kHz
Phantom Power Yes
Manufacturer Part Number Red1

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Brendan Murphy

I'm so glad Focusrite brought back the Red 8Pre — I own an original and I'm happy to recommend this new version. The Red Evolution preamps and excellent digital converters make it one of the best-sounding audio interfaces I've used. Even with all of its I/O, including Dante, it's still extremely simple to use. One of the things I like most about the Red 8Pre is the stepped gain control, which makes recall and stereo gain matching a breeze, and the dual Thunderbolt 2 connections are a real bonus.

Mike Godlove

When I first dropped a Focusrite Red-1 into my 500 Series rack, I was pleasantly surprised by the way it reached out and grabbed my vocals. Since then, I've used its low-midrange presence and modern sound to bring out fullness and fatness in my tracks. As an added bonus, this pre packs plenty of gain to handle even my beloved SM-7b, without making it sound muddy or dark.
See also: 500 Series Pre, Focusrite, Focusrite 500 Series Preamps