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Summer NAMM: Focusrite TrakMaster Pro

Focusrite will launch TrakMaster Pro, a professional mic preamplifier and compressor and the latest in Focusrite’s Platinum Pro series at NAMM Summer Session 2005 (Booth #1509).

TrakMaster Pro features a mic preamp derived from Focusrite’s award-winning green range, front panel D.I., mid-scoop EQ, intuitive optical compression, latency-free monitoring and the Platinum Pro series ADC option.

The preamp demonstrates the same wide bandwidth philosophy as past Focusrite preamps, and the Low Impedance switch, a feature previously unavailable at this price point, brings 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 offers two different cut depths and an adjustable frequency control.

The 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, the compressor is equally capable of transparent compression or imposing a character of its own.

The original TrakMaster’s metering section has been augmented to feature 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.

TrakMaster Pro accepts the established Platinum Pro 24-bit, 96kHz stereo Analogue to Digital converter, providing a direct digital route from the TrakMaster Pro to the DAW.

The TrakMaster Pro analogue unit is $399 MSRP with the optional stereo ADC available for $250.

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