Costa Mesa, CA (August 16, 2011)–Costa Mesa Studios in Southern California is the first to purchase the Focusrite Control 2802 small-format recording console.
Costa Mesa Recording Studios has played host to the likes of Green Day, Sublime, The Rounders and Whitney Houston. Studio manager and sound mixing engineer Nick Fainbarg couldn’t be happier with the acquisition.
“I was considering spending a lot of money on a much larger console, so I spoke to Vintage King, and they strongly suggested that I demo the 2802. This was my first real Focusrite experience, and I’m extremely satisfied. I like the small footprint; everything is within reach. It’s nice to have physical fader right there to write automation.”
Stereo imaging and the ability to cope with sonic energy are key performance factors when evaluating a stereo bus, he says. “The Control 2802 won me over with its high-performance stereo bus. As I add tracks into a mix, it has the headroom and power to I need in the stereo bus to create a transparent and punchy mix, and center information stays where I put it. The board has worthy mic pre’s, an SSL-style bus compressor, intuitive monitoring matrix and DAW controller in the same footprint. Don’t let the footprint fool you; this mixer is very much high end and packed with rock-solid features. I give the 2802 two thumbs up.”
The Control 2802 marks Focusrite’s first foray into the console market for almost 20 years.