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Focusrite ISA428 digi opt....?
Old 5th August 2005
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Focusrite ISA428 digi opt....?

Hi everybody

I am new to this forum but really enjoyed reading many of the topics. It seems like you guys know what you are talking about.

Anyway, I am the happy owner of a Focusrite ISA428 mic pre. I go directly to my RME Hammerfall soundcard. (Multiface, analogue in).

I was wondering if any of you guys have an opinion, or even better an experience with the digi option for the 428. How are the converters compared with the RME?

I seriously consider getting that ADAT option, but will I actually gain any sonic quality compared to the RME converters, which are pretty good?
Old 5th August 2005
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I haven't used either, but I know the digital option on the focusrite useses similar converters to digidesign HD, same main parts, but not exactly the same or something. the RME converters have a rep for being very good for the money. i would hazard a guess and say you'll find the quality between the two to be quite similar.

Old 5th August 2005
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I have both ISA 428 (+AD option) and RME fireface 800. I clock both to a Big Ben master clock....The ISA sounds great @ 88.2Khz/24bit....its every bit as good as the Digidesign great value for money...........The AD board for the ISA has a total of 8 converters (upto 96Khz)....I use the other four channels for my other pres....Chandlers/API's....The RME stuff is all very good...a lot of Classical recordists "big up" the RME stuff.
I think in general the ISA 428 (+AD board) and RME fireface 2gether are a very powerful and cost effective solution.....Big Ben helps tho
Old 5th August 2005
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Thanks for the inputs! I think I am going to go for the digi option. It seems like a bargian for 8 top converters.

Man, I would love to have your fireface/428/big ben setup!!!!!
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