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Focusrite Scarlett 8i6

8 in / 6 out USB 2.0 audio interface featuring two Focusrite Mic Preamps

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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.

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Scarlett 8i6

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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.

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Features

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

 

Total I/O count of 18 inputs and 6 outputs: All of the analogue and digital inputs you need for home multitrack recording. No need for breakout cables - every input & output has a dedicated socket

 

High-quality 24-bit/96kHz USB interface: Features professional conversion and jitter elimination technology, guaranteeing pristine audio quality and reliable synchronization

 

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

 

Software PFL: Allows the mix engineer to easily monitor a single mixer channel or complete mix

Specification

Microphone Inputs 1-2

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2 dB
  • Gain Range: +13dB to +60dB
  • THD+N: 0.001% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Noise EIN: 124dB analogue to digital (measured at 60dB of gain with 150Ω termination 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Input Impedance: 2kΩ


Digital performance

  • A/D Dynamic Range > 109dB (A-weighted), all analogue inputs
  • D/A Dynamic Range > 106dB (A-weighted), all analogue outputs


Clock Sources

  • Internal Clock
  • Sync to Word Clock on S/PDIF Input (RCA)

 

Clock jitter < 500 picoseconds


Supported Sample Rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz


8 input channels to computer: Analogue (4), Loop-back (2) and S/PDIF (2)


12 output channels from computer: DAW (12)


6 output channels from Scarlet 8i6: Analogue (4), S/PDIF (2)


18 input by 6 output mixer.

 

Line Inputs (Inputs 1-2)

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2dB
  • Gain Range: -10dB to +36dB
  • THD+N: 0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Noise: -90dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Input Impedance: >10kΩ

 

Line Inputs 3-4

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2 dB
  • Gain Range: Switch-able between +16dBu or -10dBV for 0dBFS (balanced inputs)
  • THD+N: 0.003% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Noise: -100dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Input Impedance: >10kΩ


Instrument Inputs (Inputs 1 and 2)

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
  • Gain Range: +13dB to +60dB
  • THD+N: 0.004% (measured with 0dBu input and 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Noise: -87dBu (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

  

Analogue Audio Outputs (Outputs 1-4)

  • 4 Electronically Balanced Outputs
  • Maximum Output Level (0dBFS): +12dBu
  • THD+N: 0.001% (0dBFS input, 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

 

Crosstalk (Channel Isolation)

 

  • Any input to input: > 100dB
  • Any output to output: > 100dB
  • Any input to output: > 100dB


Connectivity:

In

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  • 2Mic/Line/InstCombo XLRInc. 2 instrument inputs
  • 2Line analogue¼” TRS JackOn rear panel
  • 2S/PDIFRCA phonoOn rear panel
  • 2LoopbackVirtualInternally routed software inputs
  • 16MIDI5 pin DIN connectorProvides 16 channels of MIDI 

Out

 

  • 4Line analogue¼”  TRS JackOn rear panel
  • 2S/PDIFRCA phonoOn rear panel
  • 16MIDI5 pin DIN connectorProvides 16 channels of MIDI

 

Analogue Channel Inputs (Inputs 1-4)

 2 Mic XLR Combo (channels 1-2) on front panel 

  • 2 Line ¼” TRS (channels 3-4) on rear panel
  • Automatic switching between Mic / Line (channels 1-2)
  • Switching between Line / Instrument Inputs (channels 1-2) via Scarlett MixControl Application
  • Switching between +16dBu (low) and -10dBV (high) gain on inputs 3-4 via Scarlett MixControl Application

 

Digital Channel Inputs (Inputs 7-8) 44.1 - 96kHz: Stereo S/PDIF input on RCA


Analogue Audio Outputs (Outputs 1-4)

  • 4 ¼” TRS Jacks
  • Output Level control (analogue) for outputs 1 and 2
  • Stereo Headphones on ¼” 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 


Other I/O

  • 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

 

System Requirements

  • Mac: OS X 10.6.5 Snow Leopard
  • Windows: Windows 7 (All versions), Windows Vista (32bit only), or Windows XP SP3 (32bit only)

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Dimensions and Weight

  • Unboxed: approx. 215mm x 45mm x 220mm
  • Net Weight: 1.5kg

 

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