Sonic State Studio / Outboard / FOCUSRITE PENTA

Average rating: 8.4/10 out of 10

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Pablo Maestre a Professional user from Panama writes:
I think this piece of equipment is one to become a classic, since it performs so well and they don't make it no more(can't find it anywhere nowadays). I am an old school hip hop, dance and reggae producer and this thing really makes the kicks and snares sound hard. When used to input the signal from my synths (I'm racked with Yamahas and a Roland S-760) it really gives them the warmth I expect, much better than I thought it would, for vocals, it's something else, I seriously recommend it(if you can get your hands on one of these), since the day I started using it, I get more than enough compliments about my sound among other good producers I know.

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Friday, 13-Jan-06 at 16:44
John a part-timer user from USA writes:
I've been using the penta for awhile now, and I love it, so I want to change my vote!

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Thursday, 01-Aug-02 at 12:14
John a part-timer user from USA writes:
I have a Digi001 ProTools system as well, and I just bought this yesterday - I probably shouldn't be writing this review now, as I think I need more experience with it, but it just sounds really damn good for the price...I've never owned an optical compressor before, it's a different type of sound that I am still getting used to, I'm glad I bought it...

Rating: 8 out of 10 posted Monday, 03-Jun-02 at 11:57
krou from usa writes:
sorry, I meant to give it a 9, not a 5

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Thursday, 04-Apr-02 at 13:11
krou a Professional user from usa writes:
I just got the Penta to add a little warmth and tighten up the signal before entering ProTools via the 001 box. I also opted for the optional spdif A/D card and I find the unit is rather excellent at what it;s supposed to do. It truly lives up to all the good reviews I read about it. It can be as transparent or as coloured as you like, great on bass, acoustic guitars, vox, etc. Warms up the xp-30 synth with great effect, in stereo at that!

The conversion is not incredibly superior than that of the Digi001, but it definitely gives me all the dynamic range I hear while monitoring. Mind you, I've never had the chance to hear an Apogee converter or even an Avalon preamp to make a true comparison.

Overall, for $389 US, a great investment to improve the sound of any budget conscious home-based studio.

Rating: 5 out of 10 posted Wednesday, 03-Apr-02 at 12:31
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