Originally posted by dtobocman
Focusrite preamps sound good but they're built like shit. My client's green line has gone to the shop about six times in as many years. I've never seen a unit break as often.
That said, it sounds killer and it's very versatile (his is a green "channel strip"). I've made some wonderful recordings with it that have made some mix engineers say "wow". Great for electric guitars.
I own a Focusrite Trackmaster that was cheap but sounds pretty cool. It's got something of a vibe, IMO. Ironically, this one has not needed repairs.
I've been interested in the new Blue line and have read lots of posts. Search "Focusrite" and you'll hear a lot of complaints about the build quality.
It's not that Digidesign owns them now (corporate asshole conglomorate notwithstanding), it's that the huger the company, the less they care that their stuff is built poorly. It becomes a risk/reward calculation and not a pride thing anymore.
Digidesign does not own Focusrite! They only distribute Focusrite products in the North American market.
As for the green range, consider that it is an older product and it no longer available. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe it was their first attempt at a "budget" range.
The Platinum range of products is their current "budget" range. The micpres in these products are not related to the transformer designs of classic Focusrite products or those found in their current Red and ISA range. It would be quite unfair to judge their complete product line based on their "budget" line. (Especially on the gearslutz "high end" forum.) Personally, I think the Class A micpres sound pretty decent based on the price.
It seems as some here people agree in that at least... I have an OctoPre for additional inputs when doing live recording and a VoiceMaster Pro. The Voicemaster Pro has great channel strip features at this price range... I got the box just to use those EQ, compressors, etc. at certain times (bypassing the micpre.)
The ISA and Red series of products has a transformer micpre design. I picked-up the ISA428 because I liked the sound and what it added to my existing set-up. It rounded out my "high end" collection nicely. (e.g. Grace and Drawmer) However, I do feel kinda dirty about buying a great quality product that was assembled in China. I'm the type of person where this bothers me a bit! But more and more stuff is being assembled there, even costly stuff like the Vipre.
So contrary to what others have been posting so far... your sales guy did fine by recommending the ISA428 IMHO.