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Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools | First
- Four analog inputs: two natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamps with plenty of even gain; two newly-designed instrument inputs, designed to handle seriously hot guitar pick-ups
- Class-leading conversion and sample rates up to 192kHz / 24 bit; super-low latency for using your plug-ins in real time without the need for DSP (measured at 2.74ms, working at 96kHz with a 32 samples buffer)
- Four 1/4-inch balanced jack outputs; two headphones output with gain control; MIDI I/O; S/PDIF in and out for connecting to other digital devices
- Includes Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack and Ableton Live Lite, Focusrite Control, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite's Red Plug-in Suite, 2GB of Loopmasters samples
- Focusrite iOS Control now available - download the free Focusrite iOS Control app and adjust cue mixes remotely from an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch
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Record whatever you want, whenever you want
Second generation 18 in / 8 out USB 2.0 Audio interface with four Scarlett Mic preamps, 24bit/192kHz, eight ADAT inputs, four line inputs, two main monitor outputs and two headphone outputs. Recording software included. Mac / PC compatible.
Mic Preamp and Instrument Input
With Scarlett 18i8 your recordings will sound just how you want them. The latest Scarlett mic preamp features a more even gain structure, so you can accurately set your levels, and the instrument input has also been completely redesigned so it can handle seriously hot guitar pick-ups.
Delimit Your Studio
18 inputs let you connect just about anything you want, and leave your instruments set up and ready to record. 4 combination inputs on the front have a natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamp. On the back are 4 more line inputs for connecting your synths, keyboards or mixers, and two additional S/PDIF inputs for recording digital sources.
Start Recording Today
Scarlett 18i8 comes with Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack in the box, as well as Ableton Live Lite and a suite of software and samples, so you can start recording straight away. It works flawlessly with all major DAWs on Mac and PC, too – all you need to do is plug in and get started.
- Focusrite Control (routing and monitoring application)
- Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite
- Softube Time & Tone Pack
- Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack
- Ableton Live Lite music making software
- 2 GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples
- Novation Bass Station VST and AU plug-in synthesizer
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|Total I/O||2 in / 2 out||2 in / 2 out||2 in / 4 out||6 in / 6 out||18 in / 8 out||18 in / 20 out|
|Analog Ins / Outs||2 in / 2 out||2 in / 2 out||2 in / 4 out||4 in / 4 out||8 in / 6 out||8 in / 10 out|
|ADAT I/O||In Only||✓|
|Focusrite Control Software||✓||✓||✓|
|Pro Tools First | Focusrite Creative Pack||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
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|Item Dimensions||8.23 x 1.89 x 7.48 in||9.02 x 7.4 x 2.48 in||9.61 x 5.2 x 18.58 in||4.02 x 9.92 x 10.83 in||18.98 x 11.26 x 1.75 in||8.27 x 6.34 x 2.17 in|
Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 is ideal for producers, recording artists, multi-instrumentalists and small bands that want to record vocals, guitar and keyboards simultaneously via a USB connection on their computer. Compact yet flexible, its two natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamps, super-low latency* and class-leading sound quality and digital conversion are complemented by the essential inputs and outputs; two extra line inputs, digital I/O, four analogue outputs, MIDI I/O and two headphone outputs, allowing different monitoring settings for two artists, or an engineer and artist. Focusrite is the perfect partner for Pro Tools, and to celebrate this Scarlett 6i6 now comes with an exclusive version of Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack, as well as Ableton Live Lite. It is also compatible with all other major DAWs, on Mac and PC. Download the free Focusrite iOS Control app and adjust cue mixes created with the Focusrite Control desktop app remotely from an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. * Super-low roundtrip latency was measured at 2.74ms, working at 96kHz with a 32 samples buffer on Logic Pro X, running on a Mac Pro and OS 10.11
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*It worked great for almost one week, then a loud droning sound started up and I spend hours upon hours trying to trouble shoot.
*I was given another cable and even bought two more to no avail.
*I borrowed another computer to test it on to find the same issues.
The person I was in contact with was nice but what follows is why I will never purchase a Focusrite again.
*Started the process to get it repaired...... It took almost a MONTH from my first email just to get the RMA, and cost me $13 to ship.
*I was never given updates during this time or contacted at all by American Music and Sound (the guys who would "repair" it) and just to get my RMA I had to hound the Focusrite person I originally talked to.
*Shipping was 7 days from me to them and was back in 14 days (including 7 days for shipping) So about 7 days in their shop.
*I set every back up.... and almost fell out of my chair. Not only was it NOT fixed the sound was louder and now just touching it caused it to skip like there was an issue with the power cable or the jack itself.
*I also apparently cannot return it and cannot afford to keep shipping it back just so they send it back still broken
This was a big buy for me and I am stunned that at $100 this spent most of its life not working, and now I'm out all this money.
I cannot recommend this product at all or this company.
The most obvious changes are cosmetic ones. The rotary controls for the headphone level and monitor level are now shinier, with black lines rather than grooves in the knobs to mark the levels, making it much easier to see the setting at a glance. The same is true of the black rotary input gain controls, which now have clearly visible red lines. In fact, the labeling of the entire front panel is noticeably clearer, being white on black now rather than gray on very dark gray. The headphone control has gained the traditional 0 and 10 markings, so Spinal Tap probably won't approve. The same is true of the input gain controls.
The case is the same excellent solid red metal case, now a touch brighter in color with the logo in gray rather than black. On the back, the ports are rearranged slightly, and the ¼' audio output sockets no longer protrude half a centimeter. Once you plug in ¼' jacks it'll scarcely matter, but I thought I'd point it out. Also gone from the back are the screw holes; I'm guessing they're now hidden under the rubber feet on the bottom of the unit.
Once you plug the box in, an interesting change becomes apparent: The new 2i2 is faster to boot up. Whereas the old 2i2 would flicker its input LEDs a few times before settling down, the new one blinks once and is ready to go. The old units only took a couple of seconds to boot, so it's not a big deal, but it shows the attention to detail and quality Focusrite put into their products. The fact that the USB ID has changed from 0x100016e4e to 0x100016db4 as well, suggests that it's all new under the hood.
As with the 1st generation 2i2, two of the best features of this audio interface are things you don't get. There's no power brick, because it's powered straight from the USB bus; and there's no driver disc, because it uses standard USB Audio Class protocols. Specifically, it's USB 2.0 Class Compliant.
On the Mac, the 2i2 shows up as an AppleUSBDevice, and automatically appears in the System Preferences alongside the built-in Apple audio hardware. Open up Apple Audio MIDI Setup and you can change the format from the default 44.1kHz 24 bit to 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, or even a ludicrous 192kHz. Furthermore, no special drivers means it will continue to work with future versions of macOS.
This adherence to standards also means that the Scarlett 2i2 is a great choice for Linux users. You plug it in, it works flawlessly using the snd-usb-audio ALSA module. I've no idea what the driver situation is like for Windows users, others will have to review that.
The box is simple and obvious in its general usage. You have two input sockets on the front, which take either XLR connectors or ¼' jacks — one for left, one for right. You have two ¼' sockets on the back for output — one for left, one for right — and you have a headphone socket, again ¼' but this time stereo. The knobs next to the input sockets control the input gain. Switches choose line level or instrument level input, and you can choose differently for the two inputs if you want to have two mono signals instead of a stereo one. 48V phantom power is also supported via a switch, but affects both inputs.
The LED rings around the knobs pulse green with the signal. If they pulse orange, it means your audio clipped but you might get away with it. If they pulse red, it means your audio clipped really badly, and you might qualify for a job with a major label fighting in the loudness wars. A switch enables direct monitoring, or you can have your computer pass the audio back out and monitor that.
Audio quality hasn't changed with the new hardware as far as I can tell, though I didn't do any double-blind tests. It's certainly markedly better than Apple's built-in audio hardware on my MacBook Pro, and the headphone output can easily drive a full-size set of headphones to ear-splitting volumes.
Overall, an excellent entry level choice for any Mac or Linux user wanting to connect a musical instrument, or for use as a general purpose high quality audio interface.
That said this just doesn't live up to any of those tasks very well reliably. The factory drivers are inferior to almost any set and actually cause more issues than they are worth using. It's a dead giveaway when you have to set the Playback Tracking to CPU instead of driver else the transport marker will not set. I also use Studio One 3 as a registered user and they perform no better and exhibit the same signs of falling out way too early in a project with weird pops, complete dropouts and poor latency management overall. When used as a default sound manager for the entire Windows 10 computer, the latency affects any stream of audio out and lags it to almost half speed unless you set the buffer to less than 128ms. So even if I did use the factory drivers for DAW work and I later decided to up the buffer to gain a bit of headroom to work with, I'd constantly be changing this value when resuming normal tasks on the machine. This is not standard behavior for any interface or sound card that I've ever owned or used. Even onboard sound won't replicate this and it's nothing I've experienced in 20 years of recording music. Also the pops and drops happen as a system soundcard, so forget trusting this thing live.
No matter which driver I use, I still succumb to the fact that eventually the unit just keels over. The sound turns into complete distorted garbage randomly or other times the project just has this infinite lag loop where I hit play and there is a 2 second delay in transport controls. Sometimes I can simply reload my DAW and it "resets', but other times I have to physically unplug the usb from the unit and do a hard reset of the device in total. This is insanely annoying for someone that works on audio near daily and sometimes for hours. Nothing is a buzzkill more than a forced stop and I went to great lengths to minimize those over the years. FL Studio is a rock solid daw these days and even with a 17 year old interface my problems were extremely rare, but with this device, I'm constantly dealing with something be it small or big. Studio One 3 doesn't circumvent all the issues either sadly.
The actual box is gorgeous. I love the brushed steel. I opted for a higher unit for dedicated headphone and physical monitor control. When it's working the preamps are pristine from hardware synths, guitars, etc. It's just not a reliable unit for a dedicated interface and I'll be replacing it in the near future. I have a friend that wants something for light use so I'll just pass this on, but I need heavy duty industrial strength gear so I'll shell out real money instead of trying to take the cheap route. Maybe there's a cheaper USB interface out there that actually works, but I doubt I'll try another Focusrite anything.
Note: I tried the original packaged USB as advised by the tech forums, which is a troubling recommendation, but still no improvements. Everything on my end is updated as much as possible and I don't run anything pirated. I'm a professional musician of 20+ years, and computers do not scare or elude me. Some days when I'm doing in the box stuff and I know I won't need preamps or headphones for a while, I'll just enable the Gina 24 in device manager and bring that up. Magically nothing goes south. I'm not trying to leave a nasty review in spite, just an honest one. Your mileage may vary with this device, as it seems to work great for some people, but I'm almost certain they aren't trying to run with it as a power user.