August 11, 2007

Focusrite ISA 828... Mmmmmm...

by Chris Randall

I first saw murmurings about this almost a year ago, and it was vaporish until about 3 months ago, but lo and behold, here it comes. This is an 8-channel mic pre is the current object of my desiring. There are some things about it that are really cool, and some that are annoying. For instance, the A/D section is really cool. But WTF with using a DSUB output for the digital? I'm not sure if they got the memo at Focusrite, but a DSUB digital connection is 2-way. As a result, if I wanted to connect this directly to my Lynx card, I'd need the following contraption: DSUB to XLR AES snake, and AES to Lynx header, and I'd have four AES connections just hanging out there. This is, IMO, kind of dumb, as those snakes aren't cheap.

But that said, I can live with that, I think, you sexy little blue thing, you. No price yet, and if it's not cheaper than an ISA 428, it's sunk before it even left the starting gate. Product page is here.



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Aug.14.2007 @ 1:48 AM
Chris Randall
It's not made by Sintefex. It's made by Lexicon. It uses the IR code from Sintefex, but is otherwise a typical DSP dongle, manufactured for Lexicon by some Taiwanese OEM shop, like everything else on the planet with an LCD screen of more than 2 rows.



Aug.14.2007 @ 10:00 AM
Since when does Lexicon make Focusrite products?

And why shouldn't a dsp box be mfd in Taiwan? It's an excellent controller as well, quality feel, and they've done a hell of a job integrating it with all the apps I use.


Sep.07.2007 @ 1:27 PM
The isa 428 with the adc is a nice setup,however I need another tube mic so I'm parting with mine.Any takers?[email protected]

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