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Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 3rd Generation 8-in, 6-out USB Audio Interface

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A compact 8-in 6-out audio interface for the hardware music maker.

  • Two of the best performing mic preamps the Scarlett range has ever seen, now with switchable Air mode to give your recordings a brighter and more open sound

  • Two high-headroom instrument inputs to plug in your guitar or bass

  • Six balanced line inputs for connecting synthesisers, drum machines, and other line-level sources

  • High-performance converters enable you to record and mix at up to 24-bit/192kHz

  • Four balanced outputs for clean monitoring and sending audio out to effects pedals or other outboard gear

The Scarlett 8i6 is the compact studio solution you've been looking for, allowing you to keep all your hardware plugged in and ready to go: set up mics, guitars and synths to start creating as soon as inspiration strikes. With improved A-D and D-A conversion, your recordings and playback will sound clear and pronounced up to 24-bit/192kHz and two independent high-fidelity headphone outputs with dedicated volume control enable flexible monitoring during recording and mixing.

8i6 provides two of Focusrite's best-ever-performing third-generation Scarlett mic preamps: with optional Air setting to reproduce the Air effect of their original ISA mic preamp, giving your vocal or acoustic recordings a brighter and more open sound.

Record guitars or bass via the two high-headroom instrument inputs without any clipping or unwanted distortion. And get creative using the six flexible line inputs two on the front with gain control, and four fixed-line on the back allowing you to record up to six mono or three stereo line-level sources such as synthesisers or drum machines.

A pair of virtual loopback inputs allows you to capture a stereo feed of any combination of hardware input and software playback channels making podcasting, live streaming and sampling tasks easier.

And as with all Focusrite products, you'll also benefit from membership of their Plug-in Collective offering free software downloads and generous discounts, as well as a two-year warranty and award-winning customer support.

Included Software
Ableton Live Lite music making software
Free 3-month Avid[reg] Pro Tools[reg] subscription
Free 3-month Splice Sounds subscription with new Splice accounts
Access to the Focusrite Plug-in Collective
Hitmaker Expansion which includes:
Antares[reg] Auto-Tune[reg] Access Allows everything from natural sounding, near-real-time pitch adjustment for getting the best vocal takes to lightning-fast Hip-hop-inspired pitching for adding a whole new sound to your track
Relab LX480 Essentials - Provides four reverbs, modelled on The Hit Factory NYC's reverb unit, and used on countless hits
Softube[reg] Marshall[reg] Silver Jubilee 2555 - A hyper-realistic model of Marshall's Silver Jubilee 2555 the modern evolution of the iconic JCM800 brought to you by analogue modeling experts Softube
XLN Audio[reg] Addictive Keys - Choice of one of four professional-sounding models from Steinway[reg], Yamaha[reg] and the classic Rhodes[reg]
XLN Audio[reg] Addictive Drums 2: Studio Rock Kit - Features expertly captured samples from a high-end Tama[reg] and Pearl[reg] drums, and Paiste[reg] and Sabian[reg] cymbals, recorded at Decibel Studios in Stockholm
Brainworx[reg] bx_oberhausen - Fully-analogue modelled replica of a classic American polysynth
Brainworx[reg] bx_console Focusrite SC - Brings the true sound of the preamps that made Focusrite what we are today to your music
Focusrite Red Plug-In Suite Meticulously captured digital models of the truly iconic EQ and Compressors which have made the Focusrite name a staple in world-class facilities across the globe
Brainworx[reg] bx_masterdesk - Brings a smooth and simple workflow to the art of mastering, and allows anyone, from first-time-producer to industry pro to get studio-quality results quickly and effortlessly

What's in the box
Scarlett 8i6 3rd Gen.
1 x USB cable (Type C-A)
1 x Power Supply

Connectivity: USB Type-C
Protocol: USB 2.0
Form Factor: Desktop
Simultaneous I/O: 8 x 6
A/D Resolution: 24-bit/192 kHz
Supported Sample Rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
Number of Preamps: 2
Number of Pads: 2
Phantom Power: YES
Instrument Inputs: 2
Line Inputs: 6
Analogue Outputs: 4
Headphone Outputs: 2
Digital Inputs: S/PDIF
Digital Outputs: S/PDIF
Loopback: YES
Bus Powered: NO
Included PSU: YES

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This is my second Scarlett, my first being the older gen 2i4. A few things to note: 1) This box has more inputs than you can shake a stick at. I've been dabbling in home recordings for multiple instruments. A few people, some guitars, split headphones and even at super his audio resolution, this thing doesn't skip a beat thanks to its USB-C connectivity. No drop outs. Period. 2) Digital design really simplifies everything. Use the Focusrite Control app to set your preferences for the audio mix coming through the box and out to your speakers. It's a bit different at first and takes some getting used to. I would like to see a bit more flexibility, especially in how the outputs work. Outputs 1-2 are controlled by the large Monitor knob on the front. Outputs 3-4 are 100% of what you set digitally, so there is no tangible/analog control for the 3-4 output. It would be nice if they paired 1-2 and 3-4 with the monitor knob. (I was trying to control a set of speakers and sub together). There are alternatives: either to split the 1-2 outputs for L-R (with a pair of Y-cords) and send it to two sources, or if you want individual volume control, send your second speakers to come from the second headphone (1/4" out-to-whatever you need). Then you'll get a separate (headphone) volume control on the unit. The rest is pretty much as the online videos show. Great little box. I would strongly suggest the use of good quality XLR cabling for anything you have connected to it. 48V phantom power is ONLY sent through the XLR portion of the combo jacks, and this little box is so crystal clear, it will pick up even the USB noise from your computer (if you have an old tower like I do). Balanced cables will help to eliminate 95% of that background noise. You'll thank me later.
Posted by Andrew Edgerton on Jun 30, 2020
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