Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 USB Audio Interface  

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8 in / 6 out USB 2.0 audio interface featuring two Focusrite mic preamps

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' 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' established Xcite+ bundle is also included. The bundle features Ableton Live Lite (for all your production, performance and compositional needs), Novation' 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.

Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite
Scarlett includes a professional plug-in suite that provides a definitive suite of Compression, Gating, EQ, and Reverb for tracking and mixing. Scarlet includes the most popular formats including VST/AU and RTAS (Pro Tools). From one of the most prestigious names in pro audio, made famous by the original Red range and the classic ISA console modules, this plug-in suite provides the perfect upgrade for your Digital Audio workstation. Not only does it sound great, the new Scarlett user interface features a stunning new Red anodized look and feel, which takes the recording and mixing experience to whole new level! Scarlett sets a new standard for drop- dead gorgeous plug-ins!

Each powerful plug-in has a host of fast and easy-to-use pre-sets, providing a great starting point for a huge number of popular sound sources, from vocals and guitars to synth bass and percussion. In addition, every plug-in parameter can be finely tuned to bring out the optimum sound you want, exactly the way you want it. So whether you want a fast set-up or an advanced set-up, Scarlett is destined to become your new 'go-to' plug-in.

Xcite+ Software Bundle
'Xcite+' comes on a DVD-ROM filled to the brim with royalty-free loops and samples alongside some powerful applications ideal for getting the new user started, or to expand the experienced user' creative toolbox.

Ableton Live Lite 8 forms the foundation of this collection, providing the ideal platform to create, produce and perform. Novation' classic bass synth, ˜Bass Station™ enables you to create bass and 303-styled patches. Alongside these comes an entire gigabyte of royalty-free samples, exclusively compiled by LoopMasters, providing a selection of loops and samples large enough to satisfy the appetite of even the most demanding artist.

  • Two high-quality award-winning Focusrite preamps
  • High-quality 24-bit/96kHz USB interface
  • Total I/O count of 8 inputs and 6 outputs
  • Scarlett MixControl ultra-low-latency DSP mixer/router
  • Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite
  • Xcite+ Software Bundle
  • Two Hi-Z instrument inputs
  • Dedicated front-panel headphone bus
  • Monitor levels are always within reach
  • Switchable phantom power
  • Software PFL
  • Includes USB cable, universal DC power supply, installer CD, self adhesive rubber feet, Xcite+ Bundle

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Scarlett 8i6 USB Audio Interface Specifications:

  • Focusrite Scarlett 8i6
    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 150Î termination (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    Input Impedance: 2kÎ

    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 SPDIF 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); SPDIF (2)
    12 output channels from computer: DAW (12)
    6 output channels from Scarlett 18i6: Analogue (4), SPDIF (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: >10kÎ

    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: >10kÎ

    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 (Channels at a glance):
    2, Mic/Line/Inst, Combo XLR, Inc. 2 instrument inputs
    2 Line analogue, ¼ TRS Jack, on rear panel
    2 S/PDIF , RCA phono, on rear panel
    16, MIDI, 5 pin DIN connector, provides 16 channels of MIDI
    4, Line analogue, ¼ TRS Jack, on rear panel
    2, S/PDIF, RCA phono, On rear panel
    16, MIDI, 5 pin DIN connector, provides 16 channels of MIDI

    Analogue Channel Inputs (Inputs 1-8)
    2 Mic XLR Combo (channels 1-2) on front panel
    2 Line ¼ TRS (channels 3-8) on rear panel
    Automatic switching between Mic / Line (channels 1-2)
    Switching between Line / Instrument Inputs (channels 1-2) via Scarlett Mix Control Application
    Switching between +16dBu (low) and -10dBV (high) gain on inputs 3-4 via Scarlett MixControl Application

    Digital Channel Inputs (Inputs 9-18) 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 œB 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
    œLKD Lock Indicator
    œUSB Host Connected Indicator
    Instrument input source selection LED for channels 1 and 2
    Phantom Power (48V) switch and LED for inputs 1 and 2

    Dimension (W x H x D): 215mm x 45mm x 220mm (8.5 x 1.8 x 8.7 inches)
    Weight: 1.5kg / 3.3lbs

    MAC OS X 10.6.5 Snow Leopard

    Windows 7 (All versions), Windows Vista (32bit only), or Windows XP SP3 (32bit only)

    Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite
    System Requirements
    Mac OS
    Power PC G4/G5 or Intel Mac
    Mac OS 10.4.11 or higher
    512 MB RAM
    XVGA [High Colour 1024x768]

    Windows XP* or Vista (All Versions)
    Pentium III 600 MHz CPU or faster**
    512 MB RAM
    XVGA [High Colour 1024x768]

    Supported Formats
    Windows - VST
    Mac OS - VST, Audio Unit

    * Windows XP users are advised to use Windows XP2 or higher
    ** 1GHz CPU recommended
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