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Long have Focusrite offered the pro audio community with interfaces with stunning preamps, high quality conversion and useful features. The Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 offers all of these in a compact package which will sit just as well on location as in your home studio. With 8 simultaneous inputs and 6 outputs available over the USB2 bus that is found on 99% of modern computers, the Scarlett 8i6 is perfect for recording anything anywhere with all the flexibility that you enjoy in your studio at home.
With all of Focusrite's experience in the audio interface market, this interface takes some serious beating at this price point.
Here's what Focusrite say about the Scarlett 8i6 Audio Interface
The Scarlett 8i6 is an 8 in / 6 out audio interface with outstanding sonic performance and flexibility at a truly affordable price. Part of Focusrite's new range of USB audio interfaces, the Scarlett 8i6 is designed to make home studio recording and mixing easy without sacrificing audio quality.
Twenty-five years of mic pre excellence form the foundation of this new interface, with two award-winning Focusrite preamps. Combined with a host of additional I/O options, the Scarlett 8i6 helps you get the tracks you want without having to constantly re-patch your studio.
Alongside the two high-quality mic preamps, two additional analogue inputs, four analogue outputs, S/PDIF and MIDI open the door to true multi-track recording. Two Hi-Z instrument inputs let you plug straight in without the need to buy additional DI boxes, and two virtual Loopback inputs are also available for routing digital audio between software applications - ideal for capturing online audio.
Included with the Scarlett 8i6 is Scarlett MixControl, an 18 x 6 DSP mixer. Offering a level of flexibility that is remarkable at this price point, the MixControl software enables you to create six separate mixes with ultra-low-latency. Route any combination of input signals and sequencer outputs to any of the Scarlett 8i6 outputs. Intuitive one-click configurations help you track, monitor and mix as quickly as possible.
Scarlett 8i6 comes with all of the additional tools needed to start making music straight away. Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite comes in the box, adding Focusrite compression, reverb, gating and EQ to your recording system.
Focusrite's established Xcite+ bundle is also included. The bundle features Ableton Live Lite (for all your production, performance and compositional needs), Novation's Bass Station soft synth and over 1 gig of royalty-free samples from Loopmasters.
Two Focusrite preamps ensure low noise and distortion, whilst cutting-edge digital conversion captures your audio with pristine quality. Combined with the very latest in USB interfacing technology, excellent routing flexibility and rock-solid driver stability, the Scarlett 8i6 is the heart of the modern home studio.
Two high-quality award-winning Focusrite preamps
The best sounding interface in its class. Focusrite's 25-year legacy forms the foundation of this new interface, with two award-winning preamps.
High-quality 24-bit/96kHz USB interface
Features professional conversion and jitter reduction technology, guaranteeing pristine audio quality and reliable synchronization.
Total I/O count of 8 inputs and 6 outputs
A host of I/O options are provided*, including a unique Loopback facility for routing audio between software applications via Scarlett MixControl.
Scarlett MixControl ultra-low-latency DSP mixer/router
Provides an 18 x 6 DSP mixer with excellent routing flexibility, intuitive one-click configurations, and lower than 1.4ms latency (less than the time it takes sound to travel two feet through air!).
Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite, for use in the mix
Upgrade your standard sequencer effects and bring a touch of class to your session with Focusrite's Scarlett compression, reverb, gating and EQ.
Xcite+ Software Bundle
Featuring a host of royalty-free loops and samples, a full-fledged soft-synth and Ableton Live Lite 8, providing an affordable upgrade path to Ableton Live.
Two Hi-Z instrument inputs
No need for a separate DI. The first two channels feature high-gain instrument inputs.
Dedicated front-panel headphone bus
Providing a fully customised monitor mix, with tactile level control available on the front panel.
Monitor levels are always within reach
A front panel volume dial provides immediate control over the main stereo outputs.
Switchable phantom power
Across both mic pre inputs, globally switchable direct from the front fascia.
Allows the mix engineer to easily monitor a single mixer channel or complete mix.
Digital Channel Inputs (Inputs 7-8) 44.1 - 96kHz
- Stereo S/PDIF input on RCA
Analogue Audio Outputs (Outputs 1-4)
- 4 1/4" TRS Jacks
- Output Level control (analogue) for outputs 1 and 2
- Stereo Headphones on 1/4" TRS (also routed to Outputs 3 & 4) with independent analogue volume control
Digital Channel Outputs (Outputs 5-6) 44.1 - 96kHz
- Stereo S/PDIF Output on RCA
- 1 USB "Type B" Connector
- 2 Standard 5-pin DIN MIDI connectors: In and Out
- DC Power Input Connector (for use with supplied universal input power supply)
Front Panel Indicators
- 2 Two segment input meters, -18 and 0dBFS
- "LKD" Locked Indicator
- "USB Connected" Indicator
- Instrument input source selection LED for channels 1 and 2
- Phantom Power (48V) switch and LED for inputs 1 and 2
- MAC: OS X 10.6.5 Snow Leopard
- WINDOWS: Windows 7 (All versions), Windows Vista (32bit only), or Windows XP SP3 (32bit only)
Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 05 March 2014
Great so far. Just learning the ins and outs, but so far brilliant!
James | Purchase date: 25 February 2012
I bought the "Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 Audio Interface" to use for by monitor speakers as an audio connector and works amazingly. Would recommend to any one interested in music creation/production.
Richard | Purchase date: 22 February 2012
This unit is rigidly built and sits perfectly in my home recording set-up. I read many reviews prior to purchasing listing the equipment as "confusing" or "hard to use", with some people quoting three to four hours of initial set-up: I plugged the interface in through USB, installed the drivers and BOOM! it worked. I was left quite perplexed from the reviews I'd read - this interface is easy to use, sounds GREAT (especially when recording with a Shure SM57) and will stay in my set-up for a long time to come.
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