Focusrite Unveils Scarlett 8i6 Computer Interface

Focusrite has unveiled the Scarlett 8i6, an eight-input, six-output USB 2.0 audio interface. Two Focusrite preamps and a host of other I/O combine with the latest in mix control software to deliver seamless integration, routing flexibility and solid driver stability.


Alongside the two quality mic preamps, the 8i6 contains two additional analog inputs, four analog 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.

The two preamps ensure low noise and distortion, while the onboard digital conversion ensures solid quality as your audio flows between the analog and digital domains. Included with the 8i6 is Scarlett MixControl, an 18 x 6 DSP mixer. Offering a level of flexibility, it enables you to create up to six separate mono mixes with low latency, then route any combination of input signals and sequencer outputs to any of the Scarlett 8i6 outputs, and recall intuitive one-click configurations that help you track, monitor and mix as quickly as possible.

» Two quality Focusrite Preamps
» Quality 24-bit/96kHz USB Interface – A/D dynamic range of 109dB (A-weighted).
» Two Hi-Z instrument inputs
» Eight-input, Six-output Audio Interface with S/PDIF, Loopback & MIDI
— Inputs: 2x Mic/Line/Instrument; 2x Balanced Line; Stereo S/PDIF; Stereo Loopback, MIDI
— Outputs: 4x Balanced Line; Stereo S/PDIF; MIDI
» Comprehensive Monitoring Features: Dedicated headphone bus; front panel volume dial; software PFL
» Low-latency Scarlett MixControl DSP Mixer/router
» Bundled Software: Scarlett Plug-ins & Xcite+

Focusrite’s Scarlett 8i6 costs €280 and will be available in May 2011. More information on the Focusrite Scarlett 8i6.

Author: FutureMusic

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