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Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 USB Audio Interface

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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 founda...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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.

Features

  • 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
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):
  • IN
  • 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
  • OUT
  • 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
Physical:
  • 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
Compatibility:
  • 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
  • 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
Pro Coverage
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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