Focusrite Forte Console Studio
Reviews ISA ONE - One Classic Single-Channel Microphone Pre-amplifier with
Musictech – Issue 64 – Jul ‘08 - Review Quotes
'This preamp is clean, pure, and transparent, but, like all fine preamps, it
can make recordings sound better than ‘reality’.'
'With 80dB of available gain to play with just about any microphone you want
and its neutral but ‘enhanced’ sound quality makes it a general-purpose tool
rather than a preamp you can only use for those ‘special occasions’. It can also
solve monitoring issues as well as providing a fully independent second channel
for DI duties.'
'Some engineers maintain that the closer you can get the preamp to the mic
the better, so in this respect the ISA One is ideal.'
'Why Buy? Pristine sound quality, Versatile connectivity, Impedance
switching, Excellent metering, Huge gain level, Low noise, Onboard monitoring,
and competitively priced.'
Amazona.de - German Webzine – Jul ‘08 - Review Quotes (Translated from
'All the Legendary superbness of an ISA for less than 1.000,-€ unimaginable
'Thanks to excellent technology and switchable impedance it's a perfect
match to any mic.'
'Legendary, well engineered'
Soundcheck.de - German Webzine – Jul ‘08 - Review Quotes (Translated from
‘The ISA One emerges as a candid pre-amp which gains the signal in a natural
way without changing the original character of the sound.’
‘In no time at all the ISA One is ready for use; it keeps all promises
regarding sound. The results in recording session tests have produced crystal
clear vocals, even with the proximity effect the sound is consistent and
‘The same can be said for the ISA Ones performance with acoustic
instruments, guitars keep their natural brilliance in high frequencies and low
frequencies remain firm and clear.’
‘Our overall impression of the ISA One is that it has a warm sound which
stands head and shoulders above the rest of other audio interfaces for use with
‘Focusrite's ISA-One is an all-round solution in the studio, which enhances
every signal. Backside connections leave nothing to be desired and feature a
connection to every plug in use.’
‘Thanks to a couple of options, all types of mics are realisable. The ISA
One is unbeatable in use with different mics.’
Resolution - Volume 5 – Jul/Aug ‘08 - Review Quotes
'The look and feel of many of the front panel controls will be utterly
familiar to anyone who has used other units in the ISA range, and the core of
the unit is very straightforward.'
'The DI section remains active and has it's own dedicated balanced output
on the rear of the unit. This means that a DI source could be recorded via this
output, while the pass-through is sent to an amp. A mic on this amp could then
run through the mic pre, which feeds its own, separate output. In this kind of
situation, the metering provided is quite comprehensive.'
'In use, the sound of the unit will yield no surprises to anyone who has
used other devices in the ISA range. The mic pre is quiet, clean and nicely
neutral with just a touch of HF brightness.'
'The switchable input works well too, with the lowest settings able to pull
some additional LF weights out of dynamic and ribbon microphones.'
'The DI stage impressed me as much as anything else - my current favorite is
a Radial JDV, and the ISA Ones DI matched it in most respects.'
'As a solution to minimum signal path recording of guitars it works well
particularly for recording both a DI and mic feed, and if you're short on decent
headphone foldback amps, it has it's uses here too.'