Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio (3rd Gen) USB Audio Interface and Recording Bundle with Pro Tools | First
- Includes: Scarlett Solo USB audio interface, condenser microphone, headphones, 10’ XLR mic cable, mic stand clip
- High-performance converters enable you to record and mix at up to 24-bit/ 192kHz.
- Quick start tool to get up and running easier than ever.
- Includes Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack, Ableton Live Lite, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite’s Red Plug-in Suite, 3-month Splice subscription, and your choice of one free XLN Addictive Keys virtual instrument, all available via download upon purchase and registration
- LIMITED TIME OFFER: FREE Reason Lite upon registration and download.
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Everything you need to record guitar and vocals together
You’ve found the simplest way to create incredible recordings of your music. Featuring the smallest USB audio interface we make, mic, headphones and all the cables you need to get started, Scarlett Solo Studio is ready to record every song you’ll ever write.
Scarlett Solo studio provides singer-songwriters with the simplest all-in-one solution for a reassuringly easy recording process. Right out of the box you get a Scarlett Solo USB Audio Interface, condenser microphone, 3-meter XLR microphone cable, closed-back headphones, and free software to start making music in no time. The Scarlett Solo features a single upgraded third-generation Scarlett mic preamp: with optional air setting to reproduce the air effect of Focusrite's original ISA mic preamp, giving your vocal recordings a brighter and more Open sound. The cm25 MKIII condenser microphone enables you to capture studio-quality recordings that are faithful to the original source, while the HP60 MKIII closed-back headphones offer high sound quality and long-lasting comfort when recording and mixing. Simply plug your guitar or bass in to the high-headroom instrument input and start recording without any clipping or unwanted distortion, and keep an eye on your input level with intuitive gain Halo metering. Equipped with 24-bit/192kHz AD-DA converters, Scarlett S the same professional sound quality throughout the 3rd Gen range and Scarlett Solo's balanced outputs are hum-free when connecting studio monitors with balanced inputs, so you’ll always have pristine audio playback. And the Solo is designed to stand up to days on the road, connecting straight to your Mac or PC via USB cable. Your Scarlett Solo studio pack comes with all the software tools you need to get started, including two comprehensive digital audio workstations: Ableton Live Lite and pro Tools first Focusrite creative pack. Intuitive enough for beginners yet advanced enough to inspire real creativity with great-sounding effects. Focusrite has partnered with Splice to give 3rd Gen. Interface owners a free month Splice sounds subscription when setting a new Splice account. Splice sounds offers millions of high quality, royalty-free one-shots, loops, and presets, with new releases daily.
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Just a heads up, if you buy this product and buy a mic stand with a male end, you can remove the chrome insert on the mic clip so it will fit your mic stand. (See pics)
I like the fact that they included a 3.5mm to quarter inch adapter for the included headset and am also glad to see that the interface now uses a USB-C port. However, the USB-C cable that is included is a USB-C to USB-A. If you happen to have a USB-C to USB-C connector and have a port for it on your computer, I would highly recommend taking advantage of it. Microphone has a good hefty sturdiness to it when you get it. The included headphones are not extremely good, but will suffice for most projects.
For folks using Adobe Audition or similar software for recording, it's worth mentioning that the device class be said to ASIO vs MME since it may not recognize the separate inputs otherwise when monitoring the audio.
The only reason I gave this product one less star was simply on the part of Amazon fulfillment. While I understand they have a lot of items to ship, I actually had to return the item TWICE. Because the first two times they sent me the item, it wasn't the item that was described. They only sent me a Focusrite 2i2 interface, which might have been fine if it also came with the rest of the bundled items, but it was only the interface. The second time they sent me the same interface, which was not the Focusrite Solo Studio Bundle. I spent a good amount of time chatting with 3 different Amazon representatives that happened to be overseas to try to get them to understand that all I wanted was what was in the picture and had them note that it needed to be a "BUNDLE". That was over a 2 month process, but thankfully received my item on the 3rd attempt. So this was extremely surprising for me considering that it was an item that was also sold by Amazon and not a third party vendor.
Everything works well and easily. There are plenty of tutorials you can simply follow for setup on mac or pc all the way to working with either DAWs system you use that is included (Ableton live and ProTools first)
Heads up - The version you get of Ableton live is a specially made version handed out to companies like Focusrite to advertise the product (either the DAW or Focusrite I guess) If you want more limitless options it will cost you for better versions of Ableton. As for ProTools, some people I've talked to have said you need to pay a monthly subscription.
I think that the condenser mic does work well but I would like to upgrade it in the near future.
The headphones are painful to use. Sound quality is fine but after a few minutes of use, it does hurt my ears and I'm constantly adjusting them.
Overall I am very impressed by the expensive feel and look of the system but wish there was some sort of option to pick and choose what peripherals I get in the package. Although, I understand that this is a combo set sold by Focusrite and that I'm being a bit greedy for wanting the best bang for my buck. :)
I would recommend this to any friend.
The other thing I like about this, as well as my orchestra friends, is that if you don't mind having your laptop around (which most of them do already) you can easily port this unit and its accessories around without fear. The durability for travel is wonderful.
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First thing first: Focusrite has collaborated with AVID to provide the basic tool to use its hardware. After creating so many accounts ( 3 separate account is really too much. its not like I am accessing a nuclear power plant, you get the joke!!!) Now AVID has collaborated with iLok to protect its licence. So we have to talk about iLok.
iLok: First you have to install iLok manager to get to your licence. iLok manager will not launch if you are connecting through WiFi. There was no mention of this. I wasted 3 days to figure this out. They should specify what kind of modem you are suppose to use to use their overrated and needlessly complicated software.
Now comes the next hurdle which is the basic AVID (Pro tool first) software itself. Note: AVID has given this basic and trivial software which is basic and essential software to get started with Focusrite hardware has several catch. First it will not install easily and will start throwing every error in the book for which there is a question asked on the forum which are mostly unanswered. That means you will have to try finding the solution yourself or buy AVID support which is mindbogglingly expensive. I was installing it on my Sony Viao F series laptop with windows 7 home premium. After struggling for 3 more days, i found the solution that you should not use the AVID Pro Tool First .MSI file instead, you should use the EXE. Also AVID had set a trap by keeping the "Save to cloud" toggle always on and they have given room for only 3 recordings to be saved on cloud. So unknowingly when you create 3 projects, you cannot create a new one after that. The moment you try to find the solution for this, they will say Pro tool First is not applicable for support. This is disgusting. No wander its a trap set by AVID to upgrade to their expensive versions. So I was determined to overcome this hurdle too. By manipulating their own dumb software, I found the solution for this too. I will not disclose it here which they can use to plug it up and create trap for future customers who will have no clue that they will be dealing with AVID while they are under the impression that they are Focusrite customer. Meanwhile, all the communication with AVID and Focusrite was absolute waste of time.
Just because I had to spent so much on this product, I took it up as a challenge to get it up and running. Any body else without a software background would have promptly return the product. The hardware is fine but the software which comes with it is an absolute trap. A big thumbs down to AVID. The effect of this will of-course percolate to Focusrite as well.
Out of the box took 20 mins to set up and that was due to the hardware. I decided not to make an account for the extras just yet as I just wanted to test the mic quality and I already had a copy of Ableton Live Lite.
I was slightly torn between the Scarlett Studio and just the Scarlett Solo and a sampson SAC01 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone which would combined have cost about £130. Wow, let me tell you these headphones are super comfortable and the best sound quality I've ever experienced. The microphone is also the best my vocals have ever sounded. I really like the design of the hardware and the red accent. I thought the red mic cable was particularly snazzy as I also have the Akai Mini black with red accents. If you're dithering at this price point- it seems to be excellent value!! I don't know other people have had so much trouble but you basically plug and play. (Although I think you have to unplug the audio interface to actually install the software). I'll try the free extras later as I can imagine they cause some issues but those would be software issues- I can't fault the Scarlett Studio and I have a very good feeling this is going to be the best thing I've ever bought to have a creative outlet which sounds PRO!!!
Setting this up was pretty straight forward, I installed the software first then plugged this in. It worked straight away and had been almost flawless since.
The headphones provided give amazing and natural sound, through them I listened to my older music and started realising flaws in my mixing. With these my music has drastically improved now that I can hear frequencies with detail and natural depth. My only concern is that they don't feel as premium as they sound, they are not terrible in build quality, but I do worry I could break them easily.
The microphone gives amazing sound quality in my music software for vocals and stuff. It is very sensitive and picks up every little sound and detail with high clarity. My only issue is outside of my DAW the computer plays back microphone audio that stutters and I can't work out why. But in my DAW it works perfect!
As for the unit itself I love it. It is simple, has a solid metal case with simple to use controls. I think it is also very attractive. It uses a usb type c port on the back for power and to interface with the computer. This is good and bad, good because it's type c for great data transfer, this is needed to ensure high performance and sound quality with your software. It's kind of bad as it feels quite vulnerable to damage. This is not av problem though if like me you keep the unit stationary and have nothing behind it.
I'm very happy with this item, it has given me a much better appreciation for sound quality and has helped me make sure the music I make is cleanly and accurately mixed. Thanks to the microphone I can also add my vocals to my music and know they are represented with great detail. It has also prompted me to buy a proper high Res music player so I can enjoy the details I put into my music.
Early days as I am a beginner with music production, but seems an excellent product for the price.
This version of the software DOES NOT support macOS Catalina. This is not mentioned during installation, nor during the installation of the super-paranoid license manager thing you have to install (to activate a piece of free software, for some reason). Oh it's a rigmarole of an install... then it launches and just hangs. Eventually I found online that although "proper" Pro Tools has been updated for current Mac OS, Pro Tools First has not.
This looks bad for Focusrite, because they're recommending we use something that's broken, and it looks bad for Pro Tools because we got sucked into trying a garbage demo that makes it look like they don't update their products.
I guess I'll stick to Garageband. I was just excited to try Pro Tools as I'd recently spent (wasted...) some time watching YouTube videos on how to record and mix with it.