Focusrite Control 2802 For Costa Mesa Studios

26 Apr 2012

Costa Mesa Studios in Southern California, USA, were the first to purchase the Focusrite Control 2802. Studio manager and sound mixing engineer Nick Fainbarg couldn’t be happier with the acquisition. “I was considering spending a lot of money on a much larger console, so I spoke to Vintage King, and they strongly suggested that I demo the 2802. This was my first real Focusrite experience, and I'm extremely satisfied.”

Costa Mesa Recording Studios — with Nick at the helm — has played host to the likes of Green Day, Sublime, The Rounders and Whitney Houston, so Nick knows a thing or two when it comes to a mix. His new Focusrite Control 2802 acts as his two-bus analogue summing mixer and DAW controller in one “I like the small footprint; everything is within reach. It’s nice to have physical fader right there to write automation.”

Stereo imaging and the ability to cope with sonic energy are key performance factors when evaluating a stereo bus, says Nick. “The Control 2802 won me over with its high-performance stereo bus. As I add tracks into a mix, it has the headroom and power I need in the stereo bus to create a transparent and punchy mix, and center information stays where I put it. The board has worthy mic pres, a SSL style bus compressor, intuitive monitoring matrix and DAW controller in the same footprint. Don’t let the footprint fool you; this mixer is very much high end and packed with rock-solid features. I give the 2802 two thumbs up.”

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