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Focusrite’s Red 1 500 Ships

Focusrite’s Red Series mic preamp, Red 1 500, is now shipping.

New York, NY (December 13, 2013)—Focusrite’s Red Series mic preamp, Red 1 500, is now shipping.

Featuring the same circuit topology and components as the original Red 1 mic pre designs by Rupert Neve in 1993, Red 1 500 offers the original Focusrite Red microphone preamplifier in a new format: the 500, or “Lunchbox” portable modular system designed around API’s original console modules, intended for mobile/location use as well as regular studio applications.

Red 1 500 offers 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 reportedly drive long cable runs without loss of quality. Mic gain is switched (with a Grayhill gold-plated military-grade switch) in 6dB steps from -6 to +60dB, for channel matching and recall.