Focusrite Vocaster One Podcast Audio Interface Review

Focusrite launched its new Vocaster audio interfaces earlier this month with a pair of podcasting-focused interfaces recording solutions for content creators. The Vocaster Two offers a more comprehensive setup with the scaled-down Vocaster One offering a single microphone input and a more streamlined I/O array. Focusrite’s latest solutions lean more towards spoken word delivery, but feature a similar affordable approach that has made the brand Scarlet range of audio interfaces so popular among house music producers and others. Having had a chance to put the base model through its paces over the past few weeks, it’s time for our Focusrite Vocaster One review as part of the latest Tested with 9to5Toys characteristic.

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Convenient with Vocaster One Focusrite interface

The Focusrite Vocaster One offers a single-input audio interface equipped with lightweight phantom power specifically designed for podcasters – the microphone channel is even labeled “host” here. It also brings additional connections to your broadcast rig, ranging from a TRRS phone jack for introducing guests to the show and a 3.5mm TRS output that can make audio integration with the setup of your camera easier. The usual pair of 1/4 inch balanced speaker outputs are on the rear panel for connecting some studio monitors to the setup as well.

The compact desk-style unit features a rounded design with a slight angled tilt on the top panel for easier access to physical controls here. This is all highlighted by the large, context-sensitive, dual-function control knobs – one of which is surrounded by a large LED-illuminated audio meter – and clickable, backlit rubberized buttons for direct access to mic gain, to headphone and speaker volume, auto gain, vocal effects enhancement and quick mute function.

The Focusrite Vocaster Hub companion app offers additional customization features where users can dial in the exact FX preset channel (Radio, Clean, Warm or Bright) that the quick access physical enhancement button will use. The app is also where you can control the volume of the stereo loop channels, and while it might have been nice to have those controls available on the top panel somehow, it is a handy feature for streaming music, intros, or even calls from your computer.

Here is an overview of the data sheet:

  • 1 master preamp gain potentiometer
  • 1 master volume knob (speaker and headphone)
  • 3 RGB backlit tactile click buttons
  • 1 non-backlit tactile click buttons
  • 27 additional LEDs for labels and counters
  • 1 XLR microphone inputs
  • 2 1/4″ balanced speaker outputs
  • 1 1/4″ headphone outputs
  • 1 x 3.5mm TRRS phone connection
  • 1 x 3.5mm TRS camera output
  • Three podcaster-approved vocal effects presets
  • Stereo loop channel

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The overall build of the Focusrite Vocaster One interface provides direct access to physical controls that are ideal for desktop use, reminiscent of the much more expensive high-end. Apogee Interface Range. The rounded form factor and mushy rubber buttons are a highlight here, though the plastic build leaves something to be desired. While the top panel suits me fine, the speckled gray plastic sides wouldn’t have been my first choice.

But having said all that, Focusrite has apparently taken “great strides in reducing the impact” of its equipment on the planet with biodegradable, recyclable packaging and has “used more than half of the plastics from recycled sources. “, so I’ll give them a pass on that front, especially at this price.

While the auto gain feature and quick vocal effects channel enhancements aren’t something I typically subscribe to when it comes to audio production, I’ve also cut my teeth in music recording studios and I I tend to process things after they’ve been recorded (aside from some amp pre-action in some cases). However, the FX presets are quite nice, some are ideal for podcasting and speech with others that seem to sound better for recording music, but sound better than I expected.

The auto-gain feature basically lets you speak into your mic for 10 seconds and automatically dials in an ideal input volume – it works much like we’ve seen from other brands, leaves plenty of room for audio functions. auto-enhancement/post-processing, and works just as it claims.

Ultimately, the Focusrite Vocaster One delivers a compelling solution for content creators and delivers what it says on the box with a series of great quality of life features, but more technical podcasters are likely to appreciate. In my opinion, the FX channel presets exceed their pay grade, much like the overall $200 MSRP here.

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