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Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 (3rd Generation)

USB 2.0 (Type-C) audio interface for Mac® and PC

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If you're a home recording artist looking for a computer interface that won't take up a lot of space, Focusrite's...

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About the Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 (3rd Generation)

Record solo performances or small combos

If you're a home recording artist looking for a computer interface that won't take up a lot of space, Focusrite's Scarlett 8i6 belongs on your short list. Why? It occupies a "sweet spot" in terms features, compact design, affordability, and bundled software. The 8i6 is part of Focusrite's third-generation Scarlett lineup. These interfaces have better built-in microphone preamps than ever — each one has a selectable "Air" mode that simulates the classic Focusrite mic preamps used in AIR Studios for better top-end detail and spaciousness. The 8i6 has two of those mic preamps, versatile in/out connections, and a host of bundled software to get you started making music quickly.

Record solo performances or small combos

If you're a home recording artist looking for a computer interface that won't take up a lot of space, Focusrite's Scarlett 8i6 belongs on your short list. Why? It occupies a "sweet spot" in terms features, compact design, affordability, and bundled software. The 8i6 is part of Focusrite's third-generation Scarlett lineup. These interfaces have better built-in microphone preamps than ever — each one has a selectable "Air" mode that simulates the classic Focusrite mic preamps used in AIR Studios for better top-end detail and spaciousness. The 8i6 has two of those mic preamps, versatile in/out connections, and a host of bundled software to get you started making music quickly.

Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 computer audio interface

Low-latency performance gives you more flexibility

Like the previous generation of Scarletts, Focusrite's new models offer extremely low latency. That means you can record and monitor in real time using software effects, plug-ins, and virtual instruments from your DAW — instead of relying on monitoring dry input signals. That's good news if you like to play around with virtual instruments and effects for musical inspiration and capture ideas as you go.

Handles a range of audio sources

There are two combination XLR/TRS inputs on the front panel that handle mics, line-level signals, and direct input from instruments like electric guitars or basses, with plenty of headroom to handle hotter styles of pickups. Selectable phantom power lets you record with condenser microphones.

An impressive list of bundled software

The Scarlett 8i6 is designed to work flawlessly with all major DAW software, but if you're just getting started, you'll appreciate that this interface comes bundled with Avid Pro Tools® First as well as Ableton Live Lite. You also get newly designed Focusrite Control software for intuitive control of your mixing and monitoring setups. The bundled software package also includes the Focusrite Red Plug-In Suite, Softube's Time and Tone reverb and delay plug-ins, and more.

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Product highlights:

  • computer audio interface with 8 input and 6 output channels
  • 2 newly redesigned Focusrite mic preamps offer low noise, high headroom, and evenly distributed gain
  • "Air" mode emulates classic Focusrite ISA mic preamps for spacious sound with additional high-frequency clarity
  • direct instrument input signal path offers lots of headroom for high-output electric guitar pickups
  • super-low latency lets you record and monitor with software effects in real time
  • intuitive Focusrite Control software for configuring your mixing and monitoring setups
    • loopback feature lets your record other sources within your computer "virtually," with no physical connectors
  • bundled software includes Avid Pro Tools First, Ableton Live Lite, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite Red Plug-in Suite, and more
  • supports sample rates up to 192kHz
  • sleek, durable metal chassis
  • accepts mic, instrument, line-level, MIDI, and S/PDIF signals
Connections:
  • 2 front-panel XLR/TRS mic/line/instrument inputs with 10dB pad for use with microphones, electric guitars and basses, and other instruments
  • standard 5-pin MIDI input/output jacks for use with an external MIDI controller
  • four rear-panel 1/4" TRS inputs for line-level signals
  • four 1/4" balanced analog outputs for connecting powered studio monitors, mixing boards, or effects processors
  • coaxial digital (S/PDIF) in/out
  • two 1/4" headphone outputs with independent volume control for discrete monitor mixes
  • USB Type-C port for connection to a computer
    • USB-C to USB-A adapter cable included; USB-C to USB-C cable available separately
General features:
  • 24-bit analog-to-digital/digital-to-analog conversion with sampling rates of 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192kHz
  • volume knob for controlling levels in studio monitors
  • selectable 48V phantom power
  • illuminated halos around gain knobs indicate signal clipping
  • supported operating systems: Windows® 7, 8.1, 10; Mac OS X 10.16.3 (High Sierra) and 10.14.5+ (Mojave)
  • powered by supplied AC power adapter
  • 8-5/16"W x 1-7/8"H x 5-15/16"D
  • weight: 1.85 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # SCARLETT 8I6 3RD GEN
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What's in the box:

  • Scarlett 8i6 audio interface
  • 80" AC Power adapter (12VDC / 1.2A output)
  • 3 Outlet adapters (US / EU / UK)
  • 58" USB Cable (Type-A to type-C / 2.0)
  • Safety instructions

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Overview: The Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 is an 8 input/6 output audio interface that's part of the Third Generation of Scarlett series professional computer audio interfaces. It features 2 XLR / 1/4" combo inputs, both with Scarlett mic preamps, four 1/4" Line-level inputs, and 2 S/PDIF (coaxial) digital input channels. The 2 front-panel combo inputs can accept mic-, line-, or instrument-level signals, while the other 4 rear-panel 1/4" inputs can accept line-level signals. Four line-level outputs are provided on balanced 1/4" jacks, along with 2 digital output channels. The Scarlett 8i6 audio interface also includes a plethora of recording software, sounds, and plug-ins to quickly get you started making music.

24-Bit/192kHz DAC: The Scarlett 8i6 employs a high-definition 24-bit/192kHz analog-to-digital converter for exceptional sound quality and recording with up to 111 dB dynamic range. The default sample rate of the 8i6 is 48kHz.

Scarlett Preamps: The Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 is equipped with Focusrite's 3rd generation of microphone preamplifiers for use with all types of microphones. The net result of the Scarlett preamp design is high headroom, low noise, wide dynamic range, extended frequency response, and most importantly, musicality and transparency; with smooth highs, solid deep lows, and everything in between.

  • Air: Focusrite's latest 3rd gen Scarlett mic preamps feature Air circuitry, derived from Focusrite's legendary ISA preamps. Activating Air can make guitars and vocals sound instantly brighter and more spacious, with a lustrous sheen that can make a real difference in your mix.

Focusrite Control: All setup and configuration of the Scarlett8i6 is done through the Focusrite Control software, available for Windows and Mac, found here. The Focusrite Control software allows detailed routing of all inputs and outputs with adjustable level controls for each. Many of the front-panel controls can also be selected for adjustment and offer more detailed options in the software than is available from the front panel.

Audio Inputs: The Scarlett 8i6 includes 2 front-panel combo jacks and 4 rear-panel 1/4" inputs. A rear-panel S/PDIF (coaxial) digital port can provide 2 channels of digital input.

  • XLR / 1/4" Combo Jacks:
    • Channels 1 & 2: Front-panel input channels 1 & 2 feature XLR/1/4" combo jacks that can accept either microphone-, line-, or instrument-level signals, balanced or unbalanced. Input signal gain for Mic or Line is automatically set, depending on whether an XLR or /14" plug is inserted. A front-panel switch for each input lets you select Instrument-level.
      • Note: Only microphone-level signals should be used if connecting an XLR plug; higher level signals can overload the preamp circuit. If Phantom power is applied, it could damage non-compatible outboard equipment.
    • Channels 3-6: Four rear-panel 1/4" jacks can accept line-level signals, balanced or unbalanced.
  • Digital:
    • S/PDIF Coaxial: A rear-panel S/PDIF (coaxial RCA) input can accept 2 channels of audio with sample rates ranging from 44.1kHz up to 192kHz.

Audio Outputs: Audio outputs from the Scarlett 8i6 include four 1/4" balanced jacks along with a single S/PDIF (coaxial) jack for digital signals.

  • 1/4" Jacks: Four line-level output jacks are provided for signal output (balanced/unbalanced). Outputs 1 & 2 can be used as the Main output, providing left and right channel output to a monitoring system. Outputs 3 & 4 can be assigned as a second set of monitor outputs as well, if needed.
  • Digital:
    • S/PDIF Coaxial: A rear-panel S/PDIF (coaxial RCA) jack can output a 2-channel audio signal in S/PDIF format at sampling rates from 44.1kHz up to 192kHz.

USB 2.0 Port: The Scarlett 8i6's rear-panel USB port (type-C, 2.0) is where you connect the included USB cable from the audio interface to your computer.

MIDI I/O: The Scarlett 8i6 includes two standard 5-pin MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) sockets are provided for connecting to MIDI equipped keyboards and sound modules. The MIDI Input is used for plugging in a keyboard or control surface for triggering and manipulating sound sources in the computer/software. The MIDI Output lets the software trigger outboard audio devices such as a synthesizer, sound module, or drum machine. 

Controls: The Focusrite 8i6 provides the following front-panel controls.

  • Input Gain Controls: Each of the 2 front input channels includes an input gain control. These controls have concentric tri-colored LED rings to confirm signal level:
    • Green: Signal level is at least -24dBFS (i.e., signal is present)
    • Amber: The ring turns amber at -6dBFS, indicating the signal is close to clipping.
    • Red: Lights when the signal hits 0 dBFS (digital clipping)
  • Inst Icon: Input channels 1 & 2 include an Inst icon, indicating if Instrument is selected in the Focusrite Control software.
  • Pad Icon: Each of the 2 input channels includes a Pad icon which will light if Pad is selected in the Focusrite Control software. This option decrease the signal level going to your DAW by 10dB, for use with high-level input signals.
  • Phones: Two Headphone outputs are provided, each with their own level control.
  • 48V: This button activates +48V phantom power to both front-panel  XLR/1/4" combo jacks.
  • AIR: Two yellow AIR icons, one for each front input channel, light to indicate if the AIR feature has be activated for that channel. AIR is selected in the Focusrite Control software.
  • Monitor: This dial controls the output level of the main monitor outputs and can be configured in the Focusrite Control software to adjust the level of any of the analog outputs.
  • USB Icon: Lights to indicate the unit is recognized by a connected computer.

Included Software Bundle: The Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 comes with a powerful software bundle that provides everything you need to record, mix, and master your next project. This software package includes:

  • Pro Tools/First Software: Avid Pro Tools is the industry standard for audio recording and editing software. The Scarlett 8i6 includes Pro Tools/First, Avid's entry-level version of their powerful software. Even as "entry-level" software, Pro Tools/First is packed with important features for recording and editing your music.
    • Up to 16 audio tracks
    • Session Templates: Various session templates are provided to help you get started quickly. Templates for rock, pop, electronica, hip-hop, and jazz can cover a wide range of music styles, each including preloaded virtual instruments. You can also build tracks from scratch and save your track settings as presets.
    • Editing: Featuring Pro Tool's world-class editing tools, the Pro Tools/First software lets you click-and-drag MIDI notes, change tempo, edit pitch and timing, correct mistakes, and much more.
    • UVI Workstation 3: This is a powerful sample player and multitimbral instrument that makes it easy and fun to create unique sounds. It also includes Xpand!2 virtual instrument pack, offering a wide range of sounds, from beats and loops to orchestral instruments, and more.
    • Soundbase: Includes over 3GB of high-quality loops, samples, and sound content created by leading producers.
    • Effects & Utility Plugins: Pro Tools/First comes with 23 effects and utility plugins to help shape sounds, warm up tones, and give tracks greater presence. Plugins range from EQ and Dynamics to Reverb and Delays. Additional plugins can be purchased through Avid.
    • Cloud Storage: Pro Tools/First includes Avid's free introductory cloud storage, letting you save, sync, and share up to three projects.
  • Ableton Live Lite: The Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 includes Ableton Live Lite, the industry-leading music-making software. Key features include:
    • Up to 16 audio and MIDI tracks.
    • 4 Software Instruments.
    • Over 1500 sounds (5+ GB)
    • 21 Audio effects
    • 8 MIDI effects
    • VST2, VST3, and Audio Unit support
  • XLN Audio Addictive Keys: Includes 4 virtual keyboard instruments.
  • Softube Time & Tone Bundle: Includes 3 of Softube's world-class plugins: Reverb, Delay, and Distortion.
  • Focusrite Red Plugin Suite: Includes accurate models of the classic Red 2 equalizer and Red 3 compressor.
  • Focusrite Plugin Collective: This lets you receive free versions of the most innovative software as well as discounts.
  • Splice Sounds: A three month subscription to Splice Sounds gives you access to millions of high-quality, royalty-free sounds and loops.

OS Requirements: Below are the minimum operating system requirements for the Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 audio interface.

  • Windows 7 (32/64 bit), 8.1, and 10
  • Mac® OS X 10.10, 10.11, 10.12 Sierra, 10.13 High Sierra, and 10.14 Mojave

Specifications:

Supported Sample Rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz

Audio Inputs:

  • Front: 2 x XLR / 1/4" combo jacks balanced, Mic/Line (Mic/Line/Instrument on 1 & 2)
  • Rear: 4 x 1/4" jacks (balanced Line input)
  • Microphone Inputs 1 & 2:
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (±0.1dB)
    • Dynamic Range: 111 dB (A-weighted)
    • Gain Range: 56dB
    • THD+N: <0.0012% (minimum gain, -1dBFS input with 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Noise EIN: -128dBu (A-weighted)
    • Maximum Input Level: +9 dBu (no PAD), +16dBu (PAD selected)
    • Input Impedance: 3kO
  • Line Inputs 1 & 2:
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (±0.1dB)
    • Dynamic Range: 110.5 dB (A-weighted)
    • THD+N: <0.002% (minimum gain, -1 dBFS input with 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Gain Range: 56dB
    • Maximum Input Level: +22 dBu (no PAD), +29.5 dBu (PAD selected)
    • Input Impedance: 60kO
  • Instrument Inputs 1 & 2:
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (±0.1dB)
    • Dynamic Range: 110.5 dB (A-weighted)
    • THD+N:  <0.03% (minimum gain, -1dBFS input with 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Gain Range: 56dB
    • Maximum Input Level: +12.5dBu (no PAD), +14 dBu (PAD selected); measured at minimum gain
    • Input Impedance: 1.5MO
  • Line Inputs 3-6:
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (±0.1dB)
    • Dynamic Range: 110.5 dB (A-weighted)
    • THD+N:  <0.002% (minimum gain, -1dBFS input with 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Maximum Input Level: 18dBu at minimum gain
    • Input Impedance: 44kO

Audio Outputs:

  • Line Outputs 1-4: 4 x 1/4" TRS (balanced)
    • Dynamic Range: 108.5 dB (A-weighted)
    • Maximum Output Level (0 dBFS): +15.5 dBu (balanced)
    • THD+N: <0.002% (minimum gain, -1dBFS input with 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Output Impedance: 430O

Headphone Output:

  • Type: 2 x 1/4" stereo
  • Dynamic Range: 104 dB (A-weighted)
  • Maximum Output Level: +7 dBu
  • THD+N: <0.002% (measured at +6dBu with 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Output Impedance: <1O

Other I/O:

  • S/PDIF I/O: 2 x  Coax Digital (RCA)
  • USB: 1 x USB Type-C, 2.0
  • MIDI I/O: 2 x 5-pin DIN sockets

Dimensions: Width = 8.250", Height = 1.875", Depth = 7.250"

Weight: 1.85 lbs.

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