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Focusrite Scarlett Solo (3rd Generation)

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

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Focusrite's third-generation Scarlett Solo packs lots of great recording features into its compact, durable metal...

Focusrite's third-generation Scarlett Solo packs lots of great recording features into its compact, durable metal...

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About the Focusrite Scarlett Solo (3rd Generation)

A singer/songwriter's friend

Focusrite's third-generation Scarlett Solo packs lots of great recording features into its compact, durable metal chassis. It's powered by your computer's USB port, so you can bring it with you wherever you want to record demos or capture song ideas. You get a single, high-quality microphone preamp with a selectable "Air" mode that simulates the classic Focusrite mic preamps used in AIR Studios for better top-end detail and spaciousness. And like all models in the Scarlett series, it comes with a host of bundled software to get you started making music quickly.

A singer/songwriter's friend

Focusrite's third-generation Scarlett Solo packs lots of great recording features into its compact, durable metal chassis. It's powered by your computer's USB port, so you can bring it with you wherever you want to record demos or capture song ideas. You get a single, high-quality microphone preamp with a selectable "Air" mode that simulates the classic Focusrite mic preamps used in AIR Studios for better top-end detail and spaciousness. And like all models in the Scarlett series, it comes with a host of bundled software to get you started making music quickly.

Focusrite Scarlett Solo 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. (However, when direct monitoring is the ticket, you can use the handy front-panel button to engage it.)

Handles a range of audio sources

Input #1 on the front panel is an XLR input that lets you connect a microphone and capture vocals or acoustic instruments. Selectable 48-volt phantom power supports condenser mics. Input #2 is a TRS input that handles line-level signals, and direct input from instruments like electric guitars or basses. Like other Scarlett interfaces, there's plenty of headroom to handle hotter styles of pickups.

An impressive list of bundled software

The Scarlett Solo 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 2 input and 2 output channels
  • 1 newly redesigned Focusrite mic preamp offers 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, and line-level signals
Connections:
  • 1 XLR input for use with microphones
  • one 1/4" TRS line/instrument input
  • two 1/4" balanced analog outputs for connecting powered studio monitors, mixing boards, or effects processors
  • 1/4" headphone output
  • 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 and headphones
  • front-panel Direct Monitor button
  • 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 your computer via USB
  • 5-11/16"W x 1-3/4"H x 3-13/16"D
  • weight: .71 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # SCARLETT SOLO 3RD GEN

What's in the box:

  • Scarlett Solo audio interface
  • 39" USB Cable (Type-A to type-C / 2.0)
  • Safety instructions

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Overview: The Focusrite Scarlett SOLO is a 2 input/2 output audio interface that's part of the Third Generation of Scarlett series professional computer audio interfaces. It features a single XLR microphone input, with Scarlett mic-preamp, along with a 1/4" jack for either Line- or Instrument-level signals, and 2 rear-panel Line outputs. The Scarlett SOLO audio interface includes a plethora of recording software, sounds, and plug-ins to quickly get you started making music.

24-Bit/192kHz DAC: The Scarlett SOLO 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 SOLO is 48kHz.

Scarlett Preamps: The Focusrite Scarlett SOLO 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 Scarlett SOLO 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 & Outputs: The Scarlett SOLO includes two front-panel inputs along with 2 rear panel outputs.

  • Front Microphone Input 1: Input channel 1 features a balanced female XLR jack for microphone-level signals. A front-panel switch allows selection of Instrument or Line.
  • Front Line/Instrument Input 2: A single 1/4" jack can be used for either Line- or Instrument-level signals (determined by the INST switch setting).
  • Headphone: The Scarlett SOLO provides a 1/4" stereo headphone output. Headphone volume is determined by the Monitor dial setting.

USB 2.0 Port: The Scarlett SOLO's rear-panel USB port (type-C, 2.0) is where you connect the included USB cable from the audio interface to your computer. The interface is bus-powered via this connection and does not require an external power supply.

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

  • Monitor: The Monitor dial adjusts the audio output level from Outputs 1 & 2 on the rear panel, as well as the Headphone output.
  • Gain 1 & 2: These adjust the input gain for audio signals on Inputs 1 & 2 respectively. Both 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)
  • 48V: This activates +48V phantom power to both XLR/1/4" combo jacks.
  • INST/Line: Switches input 2 between Line and Instrument, changing both the gain and input impedance for each. INST can also be selected from the Focusrite Control software.
  • Air: This switch can be used to activate the AIR feature. AIR modifies the frequency response of the input stage to model the classic, transformer-based Focusrite ISA microphone preamps. This setting can also be selected from the Focusrite Control software.
  • Direct Monitor: This switch determines how input sources are monitored, stepping between On, for directly monitoring the inputs, or Off, for monitoring via the DAW.

Included Software Bundle: The Focusrite Scarlett SOLO 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 SOLO 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 SOLO 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 SOLO 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

Inputs:

  • Front: 1 x XLR, Balanced, Microphone-level
  • Front: 1 x 1/4", Balanced, Line/Instrument-level
  • Microphone Input 1:
    • 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
    • Input Impedance: 3kΩ
  • Line Input 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 @ minimum gain
    • Input Impedance: 60kΩ
  • Instrument Input 2:
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (±0.1dB)
    • Dynamic Range: 110 dB (A-weighted)
    • THD+N:  <0.003% (minimum gain, -1dBFS input with 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Gain Range: 56dB
    • Maximum Input Level: +12.5dBu @ minimum gain
    • Input Impedance: 1.5MΩ

Line Outputs:

  • Type: 2 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: 430Ω

Headphone Output:

  • Type: 1 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: <1Ω

Other I/O:

  • USB: 1 x USB Type-C, 2.0

Dimensions: Width = 5.625", Height = 1.750", Depth = 5.250"

Weight: 0.71 lbs.

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