Focusrite Red 1 500-Series Mic Preamp


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Focusrite has announced the return of the legendary Red Series mic preamp with the introduction of the Red 1 500 Series Mic Pre, perfect for bringing the signature sound of the original Focusrite Red range into the modern studio.

Since its introduction in 1992, the Red mic preamps rapidly became a favorite in major studios around the world, with their unique signature sound and ability to perform faultlessly on a wide range of instruments with almost any microphone.

Featuring the same circuit topology and components, the Red 1 500 Series Mic Pre offers the breathtaking performance of the original Focusrite Red microphone preamplifier in the popular 500-series format, made with a Lundahl LL1538 input transformer and a custom Carnhill output transformer, just as in the original design. It’s even got the signature red anodized aluminium front panel, a focal point fixture in studios around the globe.

The Red 1 500 comes features switchable polarity, phantom power and an easy-to-read illuminated VU meter, making it the perfect preamp choice for a 500-series rack in the studio or on location. Its stepped gain structure (with a Grayhill gold-plated military-grade switch) in 6dB steps from -6 to +60dB, provides accurate, precise channel matching and recall. The output stage of the Red 1 500 Series Mic Pre will easily drive long cable runs without significant loss of quality, making it ideal for remote recordings.

Focusrite's unique preamp circuit design provides superb common-mode rejection, excellent overload margin and, with its shared gain structure (20dB from the transformer and up to 40dB from the amplifier), a very low noise floor combined with the signature extra-wide bandwidth (10Hz to 140kHz). This exceptional level of performance is maintained over a wide range of impedances applied to the input, making the Red 1 500 Series Mic Pre perform flawlessly with almost any microphone: ribbon, dynamic or condenser.

  • Original Red circuit and components
  • Custom Lundahl LL1538 Input & Carnhill Output Transformers
  • 500-Series “Lunchbox” format
  • Grayhill gold-plated military-grade gain switch
  • Like original Red series it is designed and made in England
  • -6 to +60dB gain in 6dB steps
  • Backlit VU meter with switchable calibration
  • Polarity switching and +48V phantom power

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Things You Will Get:

    RED 1 500 unit


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Preamp Type Solid-State
Channels 1
Gain -6 to +60dB gain in 6dB steps
Frequency Response 10Hz-140kHz
Phantom Power Yes
Analog Inputs Number 1
Weight 2 lbs.
Dimensions 1.5 x 5.48 x 6.7 inches (WxHxD)
Series Red 500
Model 1 500

Focusrite Red 1-500 Manual.pdf

Warranty Info:

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for one year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.