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 ... Read More
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.
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’s creative toolbox.
Ableton Live Lite 8 forms the foundation of this collection, providing the ideal platform to create, produce and perform. Novation’s 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.
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After deciding to upgrade my Steinberg CI1 interface, I decided on the Scarlett 8i6 and bought it at the Guitar Center in Nashville. PROS: The first impressions were great. The unit has that analogish sex appeal that my white CI really lacked. The casing seems quite sturdy, and ready for anything you can throw at it. Taking advantage of the Scarlett MixControl, the unit has some pretty impressive routing scenarios for this price range,and also a surprising amount of functionality like the zero latency monitoring. The preamps are super nice, and the metering lights seem to be accurate. CONS: The LATENCY. Zero latency monitoring is useless if you can't run your DAW sound at reasonably low latencies. I'm running Cubase Artist 7 on Vista and the total ASIO latency is like 56ms to the point where everything runs stablely on my system (5-6 sample based tracks.) Unbelievably sluggish, making it a huge downgrade from my previous box. I was also disappointed with the DSP software in that there was no provision for FX while monitoring zero latency. The DSP software would be so much more versatile if it could be MIDI controlled. Another big deal is that there is no power switch, so you'll find yourself unplugging and replugging all the time to conserve energy. Overall this is a nice interface that has alot of I/O for it's price range, mediocre DSP capabilities, and impressive sound quality. But the latency performance is a potential dealbreaker, and you'll find alot of aspects weren't well thought out. To remedy some of this the 6i6 and 18i8 have just been released a few days after I bought this. Hopefully these new models will offer some change in latency performance as well.
worked great with current firmware update. no problem with latency. small form factor is nice and portable but not cord friendly. But, no different from other products in this class. Great fidelity for home recording.
My first recording last week was of a grand piano and classical music with two Oktava MK012 mics feeding Audacity. I monitored via headphones direct from inputs, thus no lag going in and out of a computer. Unfortunately, the ADC did not capture all details heard monitoring inputs with my headphones. The used 8i6 captured sound, didn't crash with FIRMWARE UPDATE, and sounded better than the HD camcorder by far. I picked the 8i6 for having external 12v power as 5v bus power won't get the most out of opamps. Inside, the LM317 voltage regulators are good, ADC chips, opamps, capacitors, power supply bypassing are mediocre and expected for the price. Upside is squashed dynamics results in less need to buy a compressor/limiter! I hope to upgrade to external mic pre's and ADC, then use the SPDIF in of the Scarlet.
For all you people complaining about it. Make sure your buffer sizes are adjusted or increased and make sure you have unessential drivers disabled. If you have an onboard audio card in you pc make sure you disable the drivers. Disable Anti Virus and wireless network adaptors since they strain your CPU. YOU DONT NEED THEM FOR RECORDING! And Make sure Printers,Cameras, and other unessential peripherals are disconnected. There is also a free DPC Latency application that tells you if you PC is even capable of having optimized audio recording and playback without drop outs and interference. I hate it when novices give bad reviews to excellent products out of ignorance. The Preamps in this device is amazing it just sounds spetacular. For the price you are getting real semi pro sound. I cant complain. Im using Sonar X1 Producer with my Korg M50 73 key workstation and I couldnt have a better Audio interface then the Scarlett 8I6 for my own personal recording purposes. Now if you need alot of inputs for live recording look elsewhere. This is for personal to small band recording, but mainly for personal producers and or musicians.
I bought this knowing that it has horrible reviews on this site ad many many others. The complaint is always that it crackles and slows the audio output. I had this problem as well at first. I soon after figured out how to resolve the problem. I isolated the usb connection to only this device. Im using an hp desktop that has two usb ports on the front and 4 usb ports on the back. I simply plugged all my other usb devices into the rear ports and dedicated the front usb set to the Scarlett 8i6. Now everything is working perfectly. I originally bought the saffire 6 and was not happy with the mix knob for direct monitoring vs DAW output. Let me tell you, the Scarlett model blows the saffire unit away in clarity and output level. As far as in the mix vocal tracking(my problem with the saffire) i was able to record vocals with near zero latency while ableton live played back the prerecorded track. Im a happy guy now.
I do session work in a studio and was looking for something to dink around with at home. I knew I wasn't going to get studio quality but I'd been using an Apogee One and had been happy with the quality. I wanted to upgrade to get more inputs and bought the Apogee Scarlett. It had really bad lag, very little headroom and poor clarity. I ended up returning the product to get the duet. I had low expectations and wasn't happy with this product.
it lags so much you can't work with it, very bad product