British studio pioneers Focusrite are one of the most trusted pro audio developers in the world, long known for manufacturing interfaces, mic pres, consoles, channel strips and optical converters.
The Focusrite Saffire range of audio interfaces is arguably the most recognised, pairing Firewire, USB and ADAT connectivity with top-spec preamps and as many as 28 channels of I/0. Even if you’re only in need of the 4-in, 2-out Saffire 6, you get the same high quality construction, professional appointments and included bespoke production software.
The Octopre series – as the name suggests – features eight channels of Focusrite preamplification for the more ambitious producers and engineers, while the Scarlett range makes exclusive use of USB 2.0 to deliver high quality audio and superb digital conversion at blistering speeds.
It’s worth remembering of course that even without an accompanying interface, Focusrite preamps are still coveted the world over, the likes of the ISA One boasting the circuitry used in the manufacturer’s classic Forte console, its flexible independent D.I. significantly expanding production possibilities alongside the line input. The ISA range is also a perfect solution for those missing the now-discontinued Red 7.
Focusrite’s latest foray into the console market – the Control 2802 – has particularly impressed, with fantastic analogue circuitry and class-A preamps paired with an Ethernet-based DAW control surface, while the Rednet series also makes good use of Ethernet to deliver up to 128 I/O with under 3ms of latency.
The company continues to lead the way technologically – a huge number of dance producers already make use of the Compounder dynamics processor, while the astonishing pre- and compressor-modelling Liquid Channel has entirely changed the engineering landscape. If you’re looking for British-designed pro-studio gear, Focusrite should be on your hotlist.