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    Product Description

    The ISA preamp sound is quintessentially British, well-rounded, and with plenty of detail and punch. The Focusrite ISA sound can be heard on countless records made throughout pop & rock history.

    The ISA428 combines this timeless sound with contemporary features to meet modern demands. Rack form factor, clear metering and versatile controls/connectivity - all in one. And that's just getting started...

    Key features

    • 4 ISA Series transformer-based mic preamplifiers
    • Optional 8 channels of high-quality analogue to digital conversion
    • Classic ISA mic preamp design featuring Lundahl LL1538 input transformer
    • Switchable input impedance including classic ISA 110 setting
    • Variable cut-off high-pass filter
    • 6-segment user-calibrated LED meter per channel
    • Dedicated per-channel insert point
    • Optional AD card with up to 192kHz, 24-bit sampling via ADAT or AES3
    • 2U 19" rack-mount format

    Classic Neve-inspired Specs

    The ISA428 combines 4 independent classic ISA microphone preamps, taken straight from the original ISA 110 module. As mentioned earlier, the sound of this module has been a mainstay of contemporary music production for decades. 

    The addition of a Rupert Neve-specified input transformer - the Lundahl LL1538 - ensures that the impedance is matched with supreme accuracy. Not only that, but you can be confident of a noise-free, crystal-clear response. Many the LL1538 is widely considered to be "probably the best 1:5 microphone input transformer available."

    Versatile Modern Design

    Each of the 4 preamps have the options of mic, line or front-panel instrument input to suit every scenario. Along with the four mic preamp inputs, four additional inputs allow you to route other line signals through the converter. High quality Burr-Brown Pro Audio Amplifiers and flagship PCM4220 A-D converter chips offer razor-sharp performance seldom found at this price point. 

    A convenient 25-pin D-Type connector means seamless connectivity with DAWs, including Pro Tools. If that wasn't enough, you get a subtle but effective high-pass filter, with a variable cutoff frequency of 16-420Hz - a tonal control that can make a huge difference, particularly with vocal performance. 6-segment LED meters show peak signal levels in dBFS, while a real-panel control lets you tweak calibration to match your A-D converters. 

    The final touch is the addition of rear-panel insert points. Easily make use of inline processors like compression - a classic sound updated for the modern studio setup.

    Specifications

    Mic input response

    • Gain range: 0dB to +60dB in 10dB steps, plus 0dB to +20dB continuously variable trim
    • Noise EIN: -126dB (measured at 60dB of gain with 150 termination and 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Noise at main output with unity gain: -98dBu (measured with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Frequency response at minimum gain (0dB): -0.35dB at 20Hz and -3dB at 122kHz
    • Frequency response at maximum gain (60dB): -2.5dB at 20Hz and -3dB 103kHz
    • Input Impedance, variable: 600, 1400, 2400, 6800

    Line input response

    • Gain range: -20dB to +10dB in 10dB steps, plus 0dB to +20dB continuously variable trim
    • Frequency Response at unity gain (0dB): -0.3dB at 20Hz and -3dB at 94kHz
    • Input Impedance: 10k

    Instrument input response

    • Gain range: +10dB to +40dB continuously variable
    • Input Impedance (Instrument): 2 MO
    • Noise at main output with minimum gain (+10dB): -95dBu (measured with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Frequency Response at +10dB gain: -0.2dB at 20Hz and 0dB at 200kHz
    • Frequency Response at +40dB gain: -3dB at 20Hz and -3dB at 38.4kHz

    High Pass Filter

    • Roll off = 18dB per octave 3 pole filter
    • Frequency range: 16Hz to 420Hz (continuously variable, measured at the 3dB down point)

    Meter panel calibration value in dBFS / Equivalent dBu value

    6 LED meter is calibrated 0dBFS = +22dBu (the maximum level which can be correctly converted by the optional internal A/D converter before overload occurs)

    • 0dBFS / +22dBu
    • -2dBFS / +20dBu
    • -6dBFS / +16dBu
    • -12dBFS / +10dBu
    • -18dBFS / +4dBu
    • -42dBFS / -20dBu

    Front and rear connectivity

    • Analogue Channel Inputs (Inputs 1-4)
    • 4 instrument 14" TS jack inputs on front panel
    • 4 microphone XLR inputs on rear panel
    • 4 line 14" TRS jacks on rear panel
    • 4 insert return 14" TRS jacks on rear panel
    • 4 ADC XLR inputs on rear panel

    Analogue Audio Outputs (Outputs 1-4)

    • 4 line XLR outputs on rear panel
    • 4 insert send 14" TRS jacks on rear panel

    Weight and dimensions

    • 480mm (W) x 88mm (H) x 280mm (D)
    • Weight: 5.5kg
    Specifications
    Brand
    Focusrite
    Analogue Inputs
    4
    Trade Doubler Group ID
    13360
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