Press Release From Focusrite
NAMM 2005 sees the launch of
TrakMaster Pro(tm), a professional microphone preamplifier/compressor that is
the latest in Focusrite's Platinum Pro series and the company's most
affordable recording channel strip to date. Providing performance
specifications never before seen at this price point, TrakMaster Pro
features a mic preamp derived from Focusrite's award-winning green range, front panel D.I., problem-solving mid-scoop EQ, intuitive optical compression, latency-free monitoring, and the Platinum Pro series ADC option, all for £199 inc. VAT in the U.K.
The preamp demonstrates the same wide bandwidth philosophy as past Focusrite preamps, ensuring low noise and distortion and delivering clarity without unwanted artifacts. The Low Impedance switch, a feature previously
unavailable at this price point, brings yet further sound options to the
recording process. Also featured are Phantom Power and a High Pass filter
for controlling rumble, proximity effect and pop reduction.
The mid-scoop EQ is a quick and effective problem-solver, with two different
cut depths and an adjustable frequency control. Ranging from 120Hz to 2K,
it's ideal for problem solving or for great miked-up speaker cabinets.
Staying true to the Focusrite philosophy, the intuitive optical vintage
compressor has been tuned by ear and features Focusrite's custom fast-acting
optos operating in Class A mode, allowing for smoother, lower distortion
performance than comparative off-the-shelf VCA circuits. With the addition
of variable attack and the unique 'Squash' mode (ideal for punchy drum
sounds), this compressor is equally capable of transparent compression or
imposing a character of its own. Either way, it brings professional
compression within reach of a new audience.
The original TrakMaster's metering section has been massively augmented, and now features a unique port-hole style peak level meter, alongside the
trademark for the Platinum Pro series, latency-free monitoring. This section
offers the capacity to monitor tracked signals within the mix directly at
source, avoiding having to monitor via the DAW or digital desk. A headphone
or monitor mix can be created for either the artist or the engineer, with
immediate, tactile control over levels.
Finally, TrakMaster Pro accepts the established Platinum Pro 24-bit, 96kHz
stereo Analogue to Digital converter, providing a high quality direct
digital route from the TrakMaster Pro to the DAW.
When asked what he believes the Platinum TrakMaster Pro means to the
recording masses, Rob Jenkins, Focusrite's Director of Product Strategy,
replied, "We've always been clear on the philosophy behind the Platinum
range and we're only too aware of what we need to deliver to stay ahead of
the game in this market. Whilst TrakMaster Pro is the most affordable unit
Focusrite has ever produced, it still breaks barriers. Carrying on where the
TrakMaster left off, you've now got switchable impedance and latency-free
monitoring - features that previously just weren't available at this price
point. Quite simply, I believe TrakMaster Pro provides more bang for your
buck than any other unit on the market."
TrakMaster Pro is shipping worldwide from January 2005. The analogue unit
will cost £199 inc. VAT, U.K. with the optional stereo ADC
available for just £129. No word on dollar pricing as yet.
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