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I would only say that the RTZ had more gain available and fodusrite more open-sounding. Using a combination of four switch positions, direct outs can exit the console 282, pre-insert, pre-fader or in Channel mode–directly out of the mic pre section–which is my choice for all mic pre testing.

I used my transformer mic-splitter box It has a Jensen JT-MB-E transformer inside to route a large-diaphragm condenser mic to both pre’s at the same time.

That way, when tracking or overdubbing, the channel faders are free for riding mic levels and the cue mixer will provide a zero-latency mix of those channels’ recording inputs. For recording to your DAW, the channels and cue signals are also individually assignable to the eight direct outputs DB Back Up To The Top. It makes the difficult easy by combining short and clean analog signal paths, as well as nearly limitless configuration and routing possibilities, with well-integrated workstation control.

While recording male vocals, I compared one of the ‘s eight mic pre’s with my RTZ Professional Audio dual-combo mic pre.

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The Focusrite Control ‘s diminutive size might fool the casual observer, but I found it to be everything I could want and more.


This was perfect for stereo tracks in the mix that rarely changed, such as effect returns, synth pads or for a one-time piano solo during the song’s bridge.

In the analog layer when the Select mode is active and the Unity button is on, pushing any of the Select buttons above the channel faders caused them to “slew” to unity gain instantly–very handy for this setup process. I had enough flexibility to separate out important elements such as kicks and snares, guitar “wire choirs,” and lead and backing vocals.

The console connects to your computer via a standard Cat-5e cable, or in this case to my hub. To check and set unity accurately on the summing, DAW mix and mix insert returns, you’ll have to individually solo inside Pro Tools each of those 16 tracks.

Just as when I reviewed the Audient Zenthe sound of my mixes took a quantum leap in clarity, vividness and stereo width. All of my plug-in effect returns, now routed to the ‘s fixed inputs, sounded better because the board is quiet and transparent enough that I could hear reverb tails and long delays evolve to their actual endings; for whatever reason sI don’t always find that “in the box.

Focusrite Control Dual-Layer Mixing Console

It was amazing how close both pre’s sounded: On thethere is up to 15dB additional gain available using the Channel Trim control if you select the post-fader direct output path. Over the course of the nearly three weeks that I had the Controlits mic pre’s performed perfectly for recording all sources.

There are also four user-programmable function keys, and I was okay with the default values: The Select mode section defines the operation of the Channel Select switches for specific tasks in the DAW or analog layers.

Both channels and cue signals are individually assignable to the stereo mix bus for up to 16 inputs to mix. I downloaded and installed the latest Control driver and followed all of the manual’s instructions. The console has analog automation on the eight channel faders. About one-third of the ‘s surface is dedicated to professional and comprehensive monitoring facilities. For the next four stereo pairs, I used the ‘s fixed-level summing input DBwhich equally sums the odd-numbered tracks to the left side of the stereo bus and the even tracks to the right.


The Control shares the same mic preamp topology and bus compressor design as the ASP, as well as many similarities to the Audient Zen console that I 28802 in Mix’s May issue. I found 32 stem outputs an optimum working number of sources to mix.

Focusrite Control 2802 Analogue Recording Console DAW PROAUDIOSTAR

The mix 280 through my KRK ERGO monitoring-correction unit sounded the same whether connected directly to the ‘s stereo bus outs or its stereo monitor outs. There is also Focksrite Safe, a way to isolate any channel from muting. I used the ‘s superclean Channel mode preamp output and then ran the RTZ’s line out into an adjacent line-input channel on the ; in this way, I could match levels and route both signals out the direct outputs to Pro Tools HD.

It weighs just more than 40 pounds, measures The stereo master fader was set all the way up; it’s a mm Alps nonmotorized fader without a VCA.

After a restart, the console interfaced my rig the first time. The Focusrite Control is a 2-bus stereo mixer without equalizers nor multitrack buses.