The Red 1 500 Series mic pre is a fantastic recreation of the legendary original! Focusrite designed this ‘Lunchbox’ style mic preamp with the same circuit topology and components as the original transformer-based mic pre designs, plus it’s made in England. The Red 1 is ideal for mobile/location use as well as in the studio.
Focusrite’s Red Range gained legendary status following its release in 1993. The Red 1 rapidly became a sought-after mic preamp in the world’s top studios, thanks to its ability to handle almost any microphone and its unique, signature sound. Now it’s possible to get that great sound with the Red 1 500 Series preamp from Focusrite!
Focusrite Red 1 500 Series Microphone Preamp Features
- Recreates the original Red 1 mic pre with the original components for that legendary sound
- 500 Series ‘Lunchbox’ format
- The original Lundahl LL1538 Input Transformer helps provide the unique sound
- Carnhill custom output transformer to drive long lines, ideal for remote and mobile applications
- Grayhill gold-plated mil-grade gain switch
- Switched gain structure means accurate setting and recall
- Gain from -6 to +60dB in 6dB steps and a carefully-chosen input impedance makes it perfect for almost any mic
- Backlit VU meter with switchable calibration
- Polarity invert and +48V phantom power
Red 1 500 offers a compact interface to digital recording systems or for location recordings as well as convenient access in any control room, with a Lundahl LL1538 input transformer, just as in the original; switchable phantom power; polarity invert; and an illuminated classic porthole VU meter. The output stage of Red 1 500, with its custom Carnhill transformer, will easily drive long cable runs without loss of quality – ideal for remote recordings. Mic gain is switched in 6dB steps from -6 to +60dB, for accurate, precise channel matching and recall.
The unique Focusrite mic amp topology provides superb common mode rejection, excellent overload margin and, with its shared gain structure, (14dB from the transformer and up to 46dB from the amplifier) a very low noise floor, combined with the traditional wide bandwidth of the original Red series (10Hz to 140kHz).