Focusrite Mic Pre Masters

Introducing you to the sounds of Focusrite's mic pres and what they can do.

Hear for yourself why Focusrite
are the Mic Pre Masters.

The Mic Pre Story

Microphone preamplifiers lie at the root of the Focusrite family tree. Back in 1985, when Sir George Martin asked console design legend Rupert Neve to design new modules for AIR Studios, the Input Signal Amplifier, or ISA – the mic pre – was the first. That design was the foundation of Focusrite’s benchmark Red range, and its descendants form the ISA series available today.

Today, Focusrite also makes a wide range of computer interfaces – iTrack for iOS; Scarlett for USB; Clarett for Thunderbolt; and the remote-controlled, networked RedNet devices. Each interface range is designed for a different environment, and their mic preamps need to be different too, to deliver the best possible performance under very different conditions.

The Technology

Focusrite interfaces are designed for several different environments, from the specialised iOS interface to the networked RedNet systems. We’ll give you an overview of the design considerations for each of our interface ranges.

We’ve made some recordings with some great musicians specially to show off the performance of the mic preamps, specially designed for each of the Focusrite interface ranges. Get a flavour for what we have in store for you:


Here’s your chance to discover what Focusrite’s mic pres can do. Enjoy some great music made with Focusrite interfaces. Play back the songs – even mix a few yourself. Find out how they were made. And discover how Focusrite mic pres can help you make the most of your music.

Break down a stunning large-scale orchestral recording by Goldie and hear how RedNet’s mic pres contributed to a great recording

Break down a track from Jalen N'Gonda recorded with the latest interface from Focusrite - the Red 4Pre - and experience its specially-developed 'Red Evolution' preamps. Recorded at AIR Studios, where the Focusrite story began

Explore track-by-track the sound of Clarett and its impressive “Air” effect with a recording from Kill It Kid

Take a track from ESKA and break it down – hear the contribution made by its mic pres

Discover the quality the handy iTrack can deliver, with a great song from Peter & Kerry

Discover the classic sound of Focusrite’s original Heritage Sound preamps on vocals with Ajimal