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Focusrite Red 3 Red3 Dual Compressor / Limiter *Rare*
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10 Aug, 2012 09:08:59 BST
US $2,099.99
Approximately £1,387.69(including postage)
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seoul, Korea, South


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Item specifics

Condition: Used Brand: Focusrite
Type: Compressor

It's  Focusrite Red 3 Dual Compressor / Limiter. Its list price is $5599.99 (You can save your over 2500$.)
The item has some scratches here and there but fully working condition.
It's early model and serviced in official service center recently.
(It used as 220v but there's the switch that can change to 117v.)

This Auction includes...
1. Focusrite RED3 unit
2. Power cord


The Red 3 employs an unusual and original single-VCA design to achieve high quality and truly independent compression and limiting, without the compromise and unnecessary processing involved in traditional designs. The success of the design is attested to by the Red 3 TEC award for Outstanding Technical Achievement in the Signal Processing Technology category

The VCA used is a proprietary Focusrite design, fully discrete and balanced, offering superb low noise and distortion, and excellent common-mode rejection. In order to separate compression and limiting, the side-chain electronics contain three VCAs in series to generate compression and limiting control voltages which drive the main VCA. The result is true compression followed by limiting, rather than the more common characteristic of compression that turns into limiting. The side-chain electronics are class A, ensuring superb transient response. Both compression and limiting therefore, offer true peak response, not averaging RMS response. The use of such a high quality audio VCA as the only element between input and output means a very short signal path, and an ability to retain a natural, unobtrusive sound even when significant compression is being applied.

Each channel has clear and identical controls, for compressor ratio, threshold, make-up gain, attack and release, and limiter threshold. A program-dependent auto-release mode is available, and the VU meters can be switched to show levels in two ranges, or gain change. In stereo mode the lower set takes control of both channels.

Key Features

  • Hand-made in the UK
    Crafted to the highest standards, all the Red Processors are manufactured solely in the UK using machine-tooled, half-inch thick claret red anodised aluminium.
  • Classic VCA-based Dynamics
    Fully discrete and balanced, offering superb low noise and distortion, and excellent common-mode rejection.
  • Stereo switch
    For true stereo operation from a single set of controls
  • Precision VU metering
    An easily-read illuminated porthole window VU shows signal level or gain change (switched)
  • Key inputs
    Available independently on each channel via firm-response Illuminated push-button switches




484mm (W) x 85mm (H) x 266mm (D)
19" (W) x 3.5" (H) x 10.5" (D)
2U rackmount

The Rite Red

The Red range was launched in 1992. The modules are all hand-built and use the same circuit topology as the console and the ISA modules but with improved electronic performance, mechanical integrity and control layout. With the growing trend towards project studios and the explosion in modular digital multitracks, the emphasis of Focusrite's business turned towards the growing demand for analogue direct recording modules and in 1994 and 1995 the Red range expanded to 8 modules:

- Red 1 Quad Mic Pre
- Red 2 Dual Equalizer
- Red 3 Dual Compressor/Limiter
- Red 4 Preamplifier (no longer in production)
- Red 5 Power Amplifier (no longer in production)
- Red 6 Mono Mic-pre & Equalizer
- Red 7 Mono Mic-pre & Dynamics
- Red 8 Stereo Mic Pre

The success of the range was confirmed at the 99th AES convention when the Red 3 Compressor won a TEC award for outstanding signal processing. This was reconfirmed at the 101st convention when the Red 7 won a TEC award in a new category for outstanding Mic Preamplifier technology.

The Focusrite Red Range is hand-made, crafted to the highest standards. All the Red Processors are manufactured solely in the UK using machine-tooled, half-inch thick claret red anodised aluminium. The chassis features recessed section grooves and styling motifs, (sculpted with diamond-tip cutters,) porthole windows, anoprinted silver control text, and firm-response illuminated switches.

All potentiometers are manufactured to Focusrite's own specification by French company (Sfernice), and are made from conductive plastic which gives more sensitivity and no mechanical resistance (easy to make very fine adjustments).

All Red products feature sealed relays, (gold-plated silver in an inert gas), situated in the middle of the circuits in which they switch. The precious metals mean that all contacts are low resistance, and the gas prevents any kind of corrosion of the surface of the contacts, meaning the most perfect audio switching device ever designed - utterly passive, zero distortion caused and no FETs required.

Red Range processors with mic pre's feature solid-state-amplified audio transformers, which help to give the characteristic "warm, organic sound" loved by studios world-wide. Transformers are the only way of giving a truly floating and earth-free system, because there's no galvanic connection between the input and output circuitry.

Transformers are not new in audio; they were there at the outset, but whilst others were trying to design them out to cut costs, Focusrite went after the best transformer possible, a philosophy which resulted in the transformers you find in the Red series today. Low frequency second order distortion created by transformer saturation provides the character that many perceive as "warmth". Meanwhile, a high frequency emphasis generated by the reactance of the coil resonance with the terminating impedance of the microphone or receiving device, provides the engineer with open, spacious high frequencies. The Red Range mic transformer in particular gets its legendary "transparent yet warm" label from this process, an apparent contradiction in terms, yet a genuine characteristic  audition a unit and hear for yourself.


Studio Sound review quotes
March 1996
Dave Foister

"The Focusrite Red Range is a reviewer's dream come true."

Pro Audio Review (USA) Magazine review quotes
April 1997
J. Arif Verner

"The Red 3 is one awesome looking box. Everyone who saw it wanted one. In addition to incredible performance, this unit looks like a piece of art. It?s surface is comprised of a beautiful metallic red finish with stylish silver dials and two very distinct VU meters."

"Both compressors, (Red 3 and d3 Digidesign plug-in) gave beautiful results. Either way, software or hardware, you cannot go wrong with Focusrite."

I will ship it to worldwide via EMS by Korean Postal Office. Shipping is paid by winning bidder. There are no hidden shipping costs,
only what it costs the courier to ship. When you let me know your address, i'll let you know how much shipping cost is.
The shipping cost to some countries(ex/ Italy) is very expensive. maybe it'll be 150USD around normally.
Item will be shiped within 48 hours, after clear transaction at PayPal.(unless weekend or holiday) Estimated delivery 3-5 days.

After the shipment, i'll give you the tracking number. then you can check the transit on

Because the condition of my item is same like my description, Returns not accept for international order.
please check my description well.

P.S. If you wanna reduce tax or customs, feel free to contact with me. then i'll help you. :)

Payment should be made no later than a week after the auction ends. I accept Paypal.
A guaranteed positive feedback will be left once payment is received.

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