2015 marks an important milestone for Focusrite, the award-winning UK-based manufacturer of computer audio interfaces, microphone preamplifiers and audio signal processors: it's the 30th anniversary of the founding of the original company.
Focusrite grew out of a 1985 request from Beatles' producer Sir George Martin to legendary professional audio designer Rupert Neve to design a new, high-quality microphone preamplifier and equaliser – and later a dynamics module – to extend the capabilities of the vintage Neve recording console installed in Martin's AIR Montserrat studio in the Caribbean. Their success in Montserrat and subsequently at AIR London resulted in their commercial release as stand-alone modules.
These legendary modules and their successors, sharing the same design with only minor alterations, with their versatile mic, instrument and line inputs and their classic sound, spread around the world and found a home in many leading recording studios. They've been used on literally hundreds of hit records by top artists, engineers and producers – and today, the Focusrite Heritage Sound is even more popular than when the original units were first introduced over a quarter of a century ago.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original creation of the first of these classic designs, Focusrite is running an exclusive competition. Buyers of an ISA or Red 1 500 product from 2nd March who register their product and use it on a track before September 1st 2015 could win the chance to have their song mixed by world-famous mix engineer Damian Taylor. Based out of his Golden Ratio studio in Montréal, Canada, Damian has worked with Arcade Fire, The Killers, Bjork, The Prodigy and many other leading artists. All an entrant has to do to enter is to upload an mp3 rough mix of a track made with the ISA or Red 1 500 before September 13th. Damian will choose the winner – and he'll start on the mix as soon as possible after the source files are supplied.
Competition Page: http://www.focusrite.com/isa-comp
Terms & Conditions: http://www.focusrite.com/heritage-sound-terms-and-conditions