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Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 8×6 USB Audio Interface (3rd Generation)

Focusrite
Key Features:
  • Multi-Instrumentalists & Producers
  • USB Type-C Connectivity
  • 2 Mic/Line/Instrument Preamps, 4 Line In
  • 2 Headphone Outs, 4 Line Outputs
  • 24-Bit / 192 kHz Converters
  • AC Powered / Mac and Windows
  • Phantom Power, Pads, MIDI & S/PDIF I/O
  • Mic Air Mode, Multicolor Gain Halos
  • Virtual Loopback for Mix-Minus Setup
  • DAWs, VIs, Loops, and Samples

15,699 EGP

  2-4 Days Delivery

Focusrite 8i6 Overview:

Built to deliver top-shelf sound in a desk-friendly and easy-to-use format for podcasters who need mix-minus functionality when taking calls and for multi-instrumentalists and producers, the third-generation Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 8×6 USB audio/MIDI interface lets artists and content creators score pro-level tone with no learning curve.

Equally capable for tracking vocals and instruments, the two improved Scarlett microphone preamps feature switchable phantom power for condenser mics, pads to prevent distortion on loud input signals, and a selectable-per-channel Air circuit, which adds clarity-enhancing brightness based on Focusrite’s legendary ISA preamplifier.

The two XLR-1/4″ combo inputs are outfitted with switches that allow them to accept signal directly from electric instruments such as guitar and bass, from line-level sources such as stereo mixer outputs, or from a hot feed from a drum machine. The rear panel sports four additional fixed-level 1/4″ inputs to accommodate more line-level sources such as the outputs of external mic preamps.

Unlocking the ability to record at standard CD quality or high-fidelity resolutions, the 24-bit / 192 kHz AD/DA converters ensure that signals are captured and reproduced with detail and accuracy. With four balanced 1/4″ line outputs, dual 1/4″ stereo headphone jacks, and independent volume control of the two headphone outputs and the main speaker outs, the Scarlett 8i6 can simultaneously feed multiple monitoring systems or outboard effects processors.

The virtual loopback function on the Scarlett 8i6 empowers podcasters with an easy mix-minus setup for taking calls without the caller being distracted by a delayed audio return signal. Also, traditional 5-pin MIDI I/O is provided for seamless integration of MIDI equipment such as a keyboard or sound module. S/PDIF stereo digital I/O jacks are also present, should you need to hook up outboard AD/DA converters or other digital gear. You can even utilize your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to wirelessly control the Scarlett 8i6.

With its AC powering for stable power in the studio, space-saving USB Type-C connection, and extensive software bundle including elementary versions of Ableton Live and Avid Pro Tools music production workstations, virtual instruments, plug-in effects, loops, and more, the Scarlett 8i6 gives you plenty of powerful tools to kick-start your inspiration. Just connect the the Scarlett 8i6 to an AC power source via the supplied AC adapter, plug into your Mac/Windows computer via USB, fire up your preferred audio recording software, and let the creativity flow.

Great for Expanding Home Studios
With its desk-friendly size, USB Type-C connectivity, and AC powering (via the included AC adapter), the Scarlett 8i6 is well suited for home and project studios that need some extra I/O without sacrificing a bunch of table space.
Pristine, High-Resolution Conversion
Thanks to its high-performance 24-bit / 192 kHz AD/DA converters, the Scarlett 8i6 is equipped to capture any source from vocals to acoustic and electric instruments clearly and accurately, so you never have to worry about the interface clouding your sound.
Scarlett Mic Preamps with Customizable Tone
The two upgraded third-generation Scarlett mic preamps feature switchable 48V phantom power to accommodate your favorite condenser mic, and a selectable-per-channel Air setting, which reproduces the Air effect of Focusrite’s original ISA mic preamp to impart enhanced brightness and openness on your vocal recordings. Use the selectable input pads to prevent distortion when tracking high-level sources such as acoustic drums or electric guitars equipped with active pickups.
Instrument/Line Input Switches
The XLR-1/4″ combo inputs on the Scarlett 8i6’s front panel allow distortion-free recording of instruments such as electric guitar and bass, synthesizers, or drum machines, and there’s no need for a DI box or amplifiers. At the press of a button, each 1/4″ input can be used for line-level sources like a mixer’s stereo output or the line outs from guitar and bass amps.
Rear-Panel Line Inputs
With four balanced 1/4″ line inputs on the back of the Scarlett 8i6, you can patch in line-level sources such as external mic preamps, an outboard mixer, or synthesizer sound modules while leaving the front-panel inputs free for direct connection of mics, instruments, or other line-level sources.
Straightforward Controls and Level Indication
The Scarlett 8i6’s independent gain knobs and multicolor gain halo meters mean that you’ll have no trouble getting set up and dialing in the perfect levels. Plus, there are no menus or complicated controls to slow you down.
Dual Independent Headphone and Monitor Outputs
The four balanced 1/4″ TRS monitor outputs on the rear panel enable hum-free connectivity with two pairs of balanced studio monitors or line-level inputs on headphone amps or external mixers. To allow critical listening through headphones for two people, there are two front-panel 1/4″ headphone jacks. Separate knobs are provided for quick and independent adjustment of the monitor and headphone volumes.
Virtual Loopback for Mix-Minus and More
The Scarlett 8i6 features one pair of virtual loopback inputs, allowing you to capture a stereo feed of any combination of hardware input and software playback channels, making podcasting, live streaming, and sampling tasks much easier.
MIDI I/O
Spin the Scarlett 8i6 around, and you’ll find traditional 5-pin MIDI I/O ports, perfect for hooking up a MIDI keyboard controller, a synthesizer/workstation, or a sound module, for MIDI recording, editing, and sequencing.
Stereo Digital I/O
In addition to having flexible analog I/O, the Scarlett 8i6 offers S/PDIF stereo digital input and output ports via coaxial jacks. Use the S/PDIF input to record the output of digital DJ mixer or an external mic preamp outfitted with an A/D converter and S/PDIF output. Run the Scarlett’s S/PDIF output to a high-end D/A converter for extra processing or mastering with analog gear.
Powerful Software Control
Route your audio, cue mix, loopback, and monitor mixes from your Mac or Windows computer via the Focusrite Control desktop software. Tap into even more convenience by using the Focusrite Control iOS app on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to remotely control your Scarlett when connected to Focusrite Control Desktop.
Form Factor

Desktop

Channels of I/O

Analog:
6 Input / 4 Output at 192 kHz
Digital:
2 Input / 2 Output at 192 kHz

Maximum Sampling Rate

192 kHz / 24-Bit

Number of Microphone Preamps

2 Preamps

Input Level Adjustment

2 x Knob

Pad

Mic/Line/Hi-Z:
-10 dB (Switchable per Channel)

Gain/Trim Range

Mic/Line Inputs:
Up to +56 dB

Analog Audio I/O

2 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Mic/Line/Hi-Z Input (Front Panel)
4 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Line Input
4 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Line Output
2 x 1/4" TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output (Front Panel)

Phantom Power

48 V, Selectable On/Off (on 2 Channels)

Digital Audio I/O

1 x RCA Coaxial S/PDIF Input
1 x RCA Coaxial S/PDIF Output

Host Connection / USB

1 x USB-C

Host Connection Protocol

USB 2.0

MIDI I/O

1 x DIN 5-Pin Input
1 x DIN 5-Pin Output

Frequency Response

20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.1 dB

Maximum Input Level

Mic Inputs:
+9 dBu (Min Gain)
+16 dBu (Min Gain, with Pad)
Hi-Z Inputs:
+12.5 dBu (Min Gain)
+14 dBu (Min Gain, with Pad)
Line Inputs:
+22 dBu (Min Gain)
+29 dBu (Min Gain, with Pad)

Maximum Output Level

Line Outputs:
+15.5 dBu (Balanced)
Headphone Outputs:
+7 dBu

Impedance

Mic Inputs:
3 Kilohms
Hi-Z Inputs:
1.5 Megohms
Line Inputs:
60 Kilohms
Line Outputs:
430 Ohms
Headphone Outputs:
< 1 Ohm

Dynamic Range

Mic Inputs:
111 dBA
Hi-Z Inputs:
110.5 dBA
Line Inputs:
110.5 dBA
Line Outputs:
108.5 dBA
Headphone Outputs:
104 dBA

THD+N

Mic Inputs:
< 0.0012%
Hi-Z Inputs:
< 0.03%
Line Inputs:
< 0.002%
Line Outputs:
< 0.002%
Headphone Outputs:
< 0.002%

EIN

Mic Inputs:
-128 dB A-Weighted

Sample Rates

Up to 192 kHz (AD/DA Conversion)

Bit Depths

Up to 24-Bit (AD/DA Conversion)

Sync Sources

Internal, S/PDIF

OS Compatibility

macOS 10.12 or Later
Windows 7 or Later
*As of November, 2021: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility

Included Software

Ableton Live Lite
Pro Tools First

Compatible Software (Not Included)

Any Core Audio (Mac) Compliant Software

Required Hardware

Available USB 2.0 Port
USB Cable (Included)

Internet Connection

Required for Software/Driver Download

Power Requirements

AC/DC Power Adapter (Included)

AC/DC Power Adapter

12 VDC at 1 A, Center-Positive (Included)

Anti-Theft Features

Kensington Security Slot

Dimensions

Weight

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In The Box

  • Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 8×6 USB Audio/MIDI Interface (3rd Generation)
  • USB Type-C to USB Type-A Cable
  • Power Supply

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