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 preampsThe 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 interfaceFeatures professional conversion and jitter reduction technology, guaranteeing pristine audio quality and reliable synchronization.Total I/O count of 8 inputs and 6 outputsA 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/routerProvides 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 mixUpgrade your standard sequencer effects and bring a touch of class to your session with Focusrite's Scarlett compression, reverb, gating and EQ.Xcite+ Software BundleFeaturing 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 inputsNo need for a separate DI. The first two channels feature high-gain instrument inputs.Dedicated front-panel headphone busProviding a fully customised monitor mix, with tactile level control available on the front panel.Monitor levels are always within reachA front panel volume dial provides immediate control over the main stereo outputs.Switchable phantom powerAcross both mic pre inputs, globally switchable direct from the front fascia.Software PFLAllows the mix engineer to easily monitor a single mixer channel or complete mix.
Microphone Inputs 1-2Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2 dBGain Range: +13dB to +60dBTHD+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: 2kΩDigital performanceA/D Dynamic Range > 109dB (A-weighted), all analogue inputsD/A Dynamic Range > 106dB (A-weighted), all analogue outputsClock Sources:- Internal Clock- Sync to Word Clock on S/PDIF Input (RCA)Clock jitter < 500 picosecondsSupported Sample Rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz8 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 +/- 0.2dBGain Range: -10dB to +36dBTHD+N: 0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)Noise: -90dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)Input Impedance: >10kΩLine Inputs 3-4Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2 dBGain 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: >10kΩInstrument Inputs (Inputs 1 and 2)Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dBGain Range: +13dB to +60dBTHD+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 OutputsMaximum Output Level (0dBFS): +12dBuTHD+N: 0.001% (0dBFS input, 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)Crosstalk (Channel Isolation)Any input to input: > 100dBAny output to output: > 100dBAny input to output: > 100dBDimensions (W x H x D):Unboxed: approx. 215mm x 45mm x 220mm (8.5 x 1.8 x 8.7 inches)Boxed: approx. 335mm x 275mm x 125mm (13.2 x 10.8 x 4.9 inches)WeightsNet Weight: 1.5kg / 3.3lbsGross Weight: approx. 2.39kg / 5.3lbsAnalogue Channel Inputs (Inputs 1-4)2 Mic XLR Combo (channels 1-2) on front panel2 Line 1/4" TRS (channels 3-4) on rear panelAutomatic switching between Mic / Line (channels 1-2)Switching between Line / Instrument Inputs (channels 1-2) via Scarlett MixControl ApplicationSwitching between +16dBu (low) and -10dBV (high) gain on inputs 3-4 via Scarlett MixControl ApplicationDigital Channel Inputs (Inputs 7-8) 44.1 - 96kHzStereo S/PDIF input on RCAAnalogue Audio Outputs (Outputs 1-4)4 1/4" TRS JacksOutput Level control (analogue) for outputs 1 and 2Stereo Headphones on 1/4" TRS (also routed to Outputs 3 & 4) with independent analogue volume controlDigital Channel Outputs (Outputs 5-6) 44.1 - 96kHzStereo S/PDIF Output on RCAOther I/O1 USB "Type B" Connector2 Standard 5-pin DIN MIDI connectors: In and OutDC Power Input Connector (for use with supplied universal input power supply)Front Panel Indicators2 Two segment input meters, -18 and 0dBFS"LKD" Locked Indicator"USB Connected" IndicatorInstrument input source selection LED for channels 1 and 2Phantom Power (48V) switch and LED for inputs 1 and 2System RequirementsMACOS X 10.6.5 Snow LeopardWINDOWSWindows 7 (All versions), Windows Vista (32bit only), or Windows XP SP3 (32bit only)