Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 Audio Interface 888365116327

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Like the other members of the Scarlett range of USB 2.0 computer audio interfaces, Scarlett 6i6 brings you the best of Focusrite’s interface design, proving that at Focusrite, sound really is everythi... Read More

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Overview

Like the other members of the Scarlett range of USB 2.0 computer audio interfaces, Scarlett 6i6 brings you the best of Focusrite’s interface design, proving that at Focusrite, sound really is everything, with precision analogue/digital conversion and, in the case of the 6i6, two Focusrite microphone preamps, custom-designed for our computer interface range, that bring a new level of clarity and sound to all your work. 6i6 is a 6 in / 6 out audio interface that delivers superb quality recordings from microphones and instruments, straight into your Macintosh® or Windows® computer or iPad® (Apple Camera Connection Kit required with iPad). And, with the new Red 2 and Red 3 AAX plugins (included), it’s perfect for use with Pro Tools®.

Focusrite: 30 years of all-round audio excellence
Focusrite was founded by Rupert Neve in 1985 to create the highest quality mic preamps for Sir George Martin’s AIR Studios. Those classic, internationally-acclaimed designs have informed all Focusrite mic pre designs created over the past 30 years. The mic pres included in Scarlett interfaces were designed specifically for the purpose, combining the best of our heritage design experience with the latest components and technologies for the most transparent, effective path in and out of your computer. Alongside the preamps is Focusrite’s acclaimed precision digital conversion, ensuring you get the very best recording and replay. Our careful selection of components and equally careful circuit design plus the performance benefits of multi-layer boards ensure that you get superior low noise and low distortion.

Perfect for producers and bands
Scarlett 6i6 is perfect for producers, recording artists or small bands. With dual Focusrite mic preamps and a stereo line input – and a stereo S/PDIF input for digital sources – 6i6 is great for recording vocals, guitar and keyboards simultaneously. The four balanced outputs support up to two sets of stereo monitors, while two built-in headphone outputs with separate volume controls allow multiple recording artists to listen to the mixes they need to get the best performance – all with the lowest latency in the business. The inputs and outputs feature precision 24-bit Focusrite conversion at up to 96 kHz in order to get the most accurate signal possible into and out of your computer.

Hardware features
The outer case is a tough aluminium extrusion, which protects the components inside and minimises electrical noise. There is a large main monitor control knob alongside dedicated gain knobs for each mic input, each with two-colour ‘gain halos’ which light up green to indicate that sound is detected, and red if the level is too high. Both mic inputs can be switched between instrument, line and microphone, and a pad can be switched-in to handle high-level inputs.

Included software
Scarlett 6i6 supports both Windows and Macintosh computers as well as the iPad (using an Apple camera Connection Kit - available separately from Apple) and comes with a bundle of included software. Scarlett MixControl is a software I/O routing control panel, also allowing access to additional hardware features. 6i6 also comes with Ableton Live Lite: revolutionary production and performance software that records and plays back audio in a totally unique way. The Scarlett Plug-in Suite is also included, supplying EQ, compression and reverb to professionalize your mixes.


Note: Includes the Focusrite Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-In Suite (AAX/AU/VST) upon registration of interface. Accurately modeled on the classic Red 2 EQ and Red 3 Compressor, the Red plug-ins let you exploit the sound of the hardware originals, conveniently from within Pro Tools (10 and above) and other audio software.

Features Audio Quality
  • Max bit depth:24-bit
  • Max sampling rate:96kHz
  • Inputs
  • Total inputs: 6
  • Mic preamps:2
  • XLR/TRS combo jacks:2
  • XLR only jacks:0
  • 1/4” only jacks:2 (TS unbalanced)
  • S/PDIF in: 2
  • ADAT/optical in:0
  • RCA in:No
  • AES/EBU: No
  • MADI:No
  • Outputs
  • Total outputs: 6
  • XLR out:0
  • 1/4” out:4 (TRS balanced)
  • S/PDIF out: 2
  • ADAT/optical out:0
  • RCA out:No
  • AES / EBU:No
  • MADI: No
  • Other Connectivity
  • Computer connection:USB 2.0
  • MIDI I/O:5-pin In/Out
  • Headphone output(s):2
  • Word-clock I/O:No
  • Onboard Features
  • Platform compatibility:Mac & Windows
  • Phantom power:Yes
  • Direct monitoring:Yes
  • Onboard DSP:No
  • Metering:Halo LEDs
  • Display:No
  • Latency control:Yes
  • Monitor control:Yes
  • Headphone control:Yes
  • Other
  • Width:8.26 in.
  • Height:1.97 in.
  • Depth:7.08 in.
  • Weight:9.21 lb.
  • Rack-mountable:No
  • Included software:Yes
Specifications
  • System Requirements
    Mac: OS X 10.7 OS x 10.8
    PC: Windows 7 (all versions) Windows 8 (all versions apart from RT)
    IN
    2 Mic/line/inst Combi XLR Including 2 instrument inputs
    2 Line ¼" TRS Jack On rear panel
    2 S/PDIF RCA phono N/A
    16 MIDI 5 pin DIN connector Provides 16 channels of MIDI
    OUT
    4 Line ¼" TRS Jack On rear panel (mirrored by 2 separate headphone outputs)
    2 S/PDIF RCA phono N/A
    16 MIDI 5 pin DIN connector Provides 16 channels of MIDI
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
All Focusrite products are built to the highest standards and should provide reliable performance for many years, subject to reasonable care, use, transportation and storage.

In the event of a Manufacturing Defect becoming evident within 12 months from date of purchase Focusrite undertakes that the product will be repaired or replaced free of charge if the product is returned to the authorised dealer from whom it was purchased. In these circumstances, or if you need an out-of-warranty repair to your Focusrite product, please contact your local Focusrite distributor in your country of residence or business : Find your local distributor here and you will be advised of the correct return procedure.

Alternatively contact the Focusrite Reseller from which you purchased the product. If you purchase a Focusrite product outside your country of residence or business you will not be entitled to ask your local Focusrite Distributor to honour this Limited Warranty, although you may request a chargeable repair.

Alternatively, the unit may be returned at your cost to the dealer you purchased the unit from so that they can organise a Warranty repair with their Focusrite Distributor.

This Warranty does not include cost of shipping to and from the authorised dealer from whom it was purchased. In every case it will be necessary to provide the original invoice or store receipt to accompany the defective product to the supplying dealer. This Limited Warranty is offered solely to the first purchaser of the product from an Authorised Focusrite Reseller (defined as a reseller which has purchased the Product directly from Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd. in the UK or its Authorised Distributors outside the U.K,) and is not transferable.

This Warranty is in addition to your Statutory Rights in the country of purchase.

Please note: A Manufacturing Defect is defined as a defect in the performance of the product which may be expected from a reasonable interpretation of the published description and performance specifications as published by Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd. This does not include damage caused by post-purchase transportation, storage or careless handling, nor damage caused by misuse.

A significant proportion of products returned under Warranty (which are very few in number compared to numbers sold) are found not to exhibit any fault at all. Please check that the mains voltage is correctly set for your local supply and that your connecting cables are in good order and correctly connected.

If in doubt about the product functions please read the user guide and if necessary contact your dealer for advice before returning the product to the supplying dealer. You can also contact the Focusrite Tech Support team at the Focusrite Answerbase for general advice.


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FocusriteScarlett 6i6 Audio Interface
 
3.7

(based on 7 reviews)

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Quirky with Windows 8.1 and Abelton Live 9

By Harold E

from Woodbury, MN

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 Audio Interface:

I first purchased a 2i4 and ordered a 6i6 because our local Guitar Center didn't stock the 6i6.
The 2i4 worked for several hours with Abelton Live. Then Abelton stopped working and when Abelton was restarted, a connection to the 2i4 could not be established. After a Chat with Focusrite support the determination was it must have died so I returned it and got the 6i6.
The 6i6 exhibited the same behavior in that it connected initially, and then I could no longer connect to it or even see it in Device Manager > Sound settings after Abelton Live had some kind problem and quit running. I eventually cycled power on the 6i6 and the connection returned. The 6i6 with Abelton has not run for even a day, so the word is still out on whether this setup will work for live performance. I plan to do as much testing as possible so I learn the limitations before I feel I can risk taking this setup on a live gig.
I'm not ready to blame the Focusrite Saffire 6i6 completely since this seems to be related to Abelton Live as well, however it seems that the driver for the 6i6 could benefit from some improvements to handle abnormal situations like this, as it took me many hours over the last 2 weeks to get this going. It is working at the moment.

At this point I could not yet recommend this for a Windows 8.1 PC setup using Abelton Live 9.2 or 9.6.

Product Improvement Suggestion: I'd like to see the size of these things reduced even more and the 1/4" jacks to be all metal (they are plastic and looks less then professional and potentially problematic). More indicator lights would be helpful especially if signal is going out of the outputs.

Likes: 1/4" jacks with balanced outputs. 2 headphone outputs. Nice sound. MIDI I/O. Looks like a nice setup for live performance. Separately powered so I don't have to worry about overloading my USB ports.

 
5.0

For the price it's a no brainier.

By Grissle

from Los Banks, CA.

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 Audio Interface:

    My only suggestion to Focusrite would be actual buttons for mic/line and pad operation. Instead of the software only choice for changing these settings.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Buy this!

    By Daveydog

    from Ontario Canada

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 Audio Interface:

      I use this specific product for home studio use. I had had the M-Audio products in the past however the Focusrite products are far more sturdy and sound better. It immediately recognized my El Capitan operating system with Mac and away we go! The additional software was free and this fits well with Logic Pro. I don't know whether a couple of the reviews prior to mine just got lemons or what? This is a killer product, is flexible to use and sounds great. Guitar Center Roseville Michigan AGAIN was excellent to deal with and I'm very satisfied. I'd buy this product again and again, so hope this helps.

      (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      VERY unstable using W7

      By JOSEPH

      from Sedona, AZ

      Site Member

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 Audio Interface:

      I have a laptop tweaked perfectly for audio, it is W7 with an i7 and 16gb Ram. It runs my MOTU microbook interface flawlessly. I needed an SPDIF input so I got the 6i6. This interface has TONS of trouble, clicks, pops, fuzz and terrible support. Focusrite Support gave me a list a mile long of tests to run, all of which my computer passed. Then I asked for a replacement unit and they went silent. Booooo Focusite.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Nice Features but Unreliable

      By Steven

      from San Diego, CA

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 Audio Interface:

      This interface began to require frequent power cycles after a couple months of use. It would work fine, than show no signal on any inputs until a hard power off/power on cycle. After 13 months of use, it has failed completely.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best interface for under 300

      By Nathan

      from ATX

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 Audio Interface:

      I walked in to guitar center looking to upgrade from my 2i2 because It's more for musicians on the road, on a budget or just in need of something cheap to power monitors, I needed more ins and outs for hardware like my ISA one, electronic drum kit and Roland Jupiter 50, There were a lot of nice audio interfaces but there was no contest for something in this price range, I had purchased and went home, when I had taken it out of the box it was small yet rugged and sturdy, the red finish is beautiful and feels nice, the knobs turn smoothly and feel well built and not flimsy at all, I had hooked everything up successfully and after a month still no issues and runs smoothly, there is not one complaint from me about the hardware but the mixcontrol software can be a pain to learn at first but other then that I highly recommend this, you will not be sorry.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      EXCELLENT UNIT!!!

      By Aran Arms

      from Milwaukee, Wi

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 Audio Interface:

      I bought this unit to replace my previous interface that decided to take a dive. It comes with lots of free content, however the driver and the mix software(which is great and easy to use) that is shipped with it is outdated. Never fear, registering your product on Focusrite.com is simple and painless if you can follow simple instruction. I was registered in 5 minutes, with the most up to date software and driver. Do NOT listen to the other review that is dogging this product. Focusrite has outstanding pre's and they have been put to use since I bought this and sound great. You will NOT regret purchasing this.

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