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Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 (Second Generation)

USB 2.0 audio interface for Mac® and PC

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Focusrite's compact Scarlett 6i6 works with your Mac® or PC to give you convenient, high-quality digital recording, whether you just want to lay down song ideas on your own or collaborate with a friend or two. It features a pair of Focusrite's high-quality mic preamps, connections for guitars, basses, or keyboards, and a host of bundled software that'll get you started making music quickly. This interface's compact design helps it fit easily in most desktop setups.

Record by yourself or with your bandmates

Focusrite's compact Scarlett 6i6 works with your Mac® or PC to give you convenient, high-quality digital recording, whether you just want to lay down song ideas on your own or collaborate with a friend or two. It features a pair of Focusrite's high-quality mic preamps, connections for guitars, basses, or keyboards, and a host of bundled software that'll get you started making music quickly. This interface's compact design helps it fit easily in most desktop setups.

Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 computer audio interface

The Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 packs versatile recording options into its compact, portable metal chassis.

Faster, better performance

This interface's super-low latency makes capturing great-sounding tracks easier than ever. That's because 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. (Give that vocalist a little reverb in their mix to make them feel comfortable, and you might find yourself capturing better takes!) Focusrite also updated their already highly acclaimed mic preamps to offer more even, precise gain adjustment. Plus, they've improved the headroom of the direct instrument input to cleanly capture stronger signals, like really hot electric guitar pickups.

Inputs for your audio sources

Two combination inputs on the front panel can accept XLR cables from dynamic or condenser microphones, and 1/4" line-level signals from drum machines and keyboards. They can also be switched to a high-Z instrument input, for direct connection of an electric guitar or bass. There are a pair of additional 1/4" TRS inputs on the rear panel, as well as MIDI, and S/PDIF inputs for more recording options. Select phantom power for the mic inputs using the front-panel 48-volt selector.

An impressive list of bundled software

The Scarlett 6i6 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, Novation's Bass Station Virtual synthesizer, and 2GB of Loopmasters samples.

Product Highlights:

  • computer audio interface with 6 input and 6 output channels
  • 2 newly redesigned Focusrite mic preamps offer low noise, high headroom, and evenly distributed gain
  • redesigned direct instrument input signal path offers improved headroom, so it can handle seriously hot electric guitar pickups
  • super-low latency lets you record and monitor with software effects in real time
    • roundtrip latency as low as 2.74ms
  • new, intuitive Focusrite Control software for configuring your mixing and monitoring setups
  • bundled software includes Avid Pro Tools First, Ableton Live Lite, Focusrite Red Plug-in Suite, and more
  • supports sample rates up to 192kHz
  • analog circuitry protects inputs and outputs from common mishaps, like plugging an output into a console with phantom power or shorting a mic input when phantom power is engaged
  • sleek, durable metal chassis
  • accepts mic, instrument, line-level, MIDI, and S/PDIF signals
Connections:
  • 2 front-panel XLR/TRS switchable mic/line/instrument inputs with 10dB pad for use with microphones, electric guitars and basses, and other instruments
  • MIDI input/output for use with an external MIDI controller (up to 16 channels)
  • 2 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 2.0 port for connection to a computer
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 studio monitors
  • selectable 48V phantom power
  • illuminated halos around gain knobs indicate signal clipping
  • USB cable included
  • supported operating systems: Windows® 7 (64-bit), Windows 8.1, and Windows 10; Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) and 10.11 (El Capitan)
  • 8-15/16"W x 2"H x 7-1/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Six-channel audio interface
  • 5' USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Type B USB on other end)
  • AC adapter with attached 58" DC output cord (DC output: 12V 1200mA)
  • 3 AC adapter plugs (US / UK / Euro)
  • Important Safety Instructions
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2nd Generation Overview: The Focusrite Scarlett line of USB audio interfaces is the best selling in the world. The second generation Scarlett products are still housed in a red anodized aluminum chassis, and feature upgrades to make your recordings sound even better. The new interfaces feature super-low latency to let you record and monitor your performance with software effects in real time. Scarlett 2nd Gen products have new metal volume controls, and now operate at sample rates of up to 192 kHz. The new Scarlett mic preamps have more gain structure to let you more accurately set your levels. At the same time, the redesigned instrument inputs have more head room to make it easier to record electric guitar without clipping. The new generation interfaces also have new analog protection circuitry across the inputs and outputs to guard against unwanted power surges.

Scarlett 6i6 (2nd Gen): The Scarlett 6i6 (2nd gen) is a 6-in/6-out USB recording interface, which allows you to record audio onto a Windows or Macintosh computer. The Scarlett 6i6 is recommended for soloists, songwriters, DJs, or stereo recording. It has 2 analog inputs, 2 balanced outputs, 2 unbalanced outputs, MIDI in and outs, and a headphone output with volume control. The 6i6 comes with a USB cable and free software via download.

Mic Preamps: The Scarlet 6i6 2nd gen features two high-quality Focusrite mic preamps with combo connectors that accept either XLR or 1/4" plugs. The rotary input level controls have unique gain "halo" indicators that change color to let you know if you have a good signal (green) or clipping (red). The award-winning Focusrite microphone preamps feature plenty of headroom and 48V phantom power when using condenser microphones.

Line Inputs: The combo connectors can be used to connect line-level devices via XLR or 1/4" plugs. The Scarlett 6i6 (2nd gen) does not have a "Mic/Line" switch because the preamplifier stage is automatically configured for a microphone when you plug an XLR into the input, and for a line or instrument when you connect a 1/4" plug. In addition, two 1/4" TRS line input jacks (Labeled 3&4) are provided on the rear panel. The line inputs will accept balanced or unbalanced inputs.

Instrument Inputs: The front panel inputs can be used for connecting an instrument, such as a guitar. They will accept TRS (balanced) or TS (unbalanced) plugs. Using the Focusrite Control software (Device Settings page), you must set the front panel inputs to Instrument when you connect a musical instrument via an ordinary 2-pole guitar jack, or Line when you connect a line level source as the balanced output of an external audio mixer via a 3-pole (TRS) jack.

10dB Pad: A 10dB pad may be inserted in each of the input signal paths, controlled in the Focusrite Control Device Settings page. The pad increases the headroom of the input stage and is used to reduce the input signals that are "too hot." The red "Pad" LED indicator glows when the pad is selected.

Digital Ins/Outs: The Scarlett 6i6 (2nd gen) is equipped with S/PDIF (RCA coaxial) digital inputs and outputs on the rear panel. This allows you to input two-channel digital audio signals into the interface, or output a digital signal to a digital recording device. These two channels are considered as Inputs and Outputs 5 and 6 to and from the unit, and the signals can be routed in the Focusrite Control software.

MIDI Ins/Outs: Two standard 5-pin DIN sockets are provided for connecting external MIDI equipment. The Scarlett 6i6 (2nd gen) serves as a Break-out / Break-in Box or Hub for routing MIDI data in and out of your computer, for distribution to other MIDI devices. When MIDI data is received at the MIDI IN port, the green "MIDI" LED will illuminate.

Direct Monitor: Direct Monitoring allows you to hear the output of the 6i6 without having to go through your computer (with possible latency effects). In the Focusrite Control software, you can control the balance between the input signal and the DAW playback.

Computer Interface: The Scarlett 6i6 (2nd gen) connects to your Windows or Macintosh computer via a USB 2.0 or 3.0-compliant USB port. The interface is compatible with the following operating systems:

  • Windows 7 (64-bit)
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10
  • Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
  • Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)

Included Software: Focusrite Scarlett interfaces come with Pro Tools/First recording software, which features the main features of Pro Tools 12 in an entry level package. All of the bundled software is available via free download with the code key included in the box. An Internet connection is required for downloading the software. The Scarlett 6i6 (2nd Gen) includes the following software:

  • Pro Tools/First
  • Focusrite Red 2 & 3 Plug-in Suite
  • Softube Time and Tone bundle
  • Ableton Live Lite
  • LoopMasters sample library
  • Novation Bass station
  • 6i6 USB Drivers for Windows
  • Multi-language User Guides

Specifications

Configuration: 6 Inputs (4 Analog, 2 S/PDIF), 6 Outputs (4 Analog, 2 S/PDIF)

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

Analog Inputs: 2 x XLR / 1/4" combo jacks (Mic/Line switch: automatic; Line/Instrument switch: software controlled); 2 x 1/4" rear panel inputs (labeled 3&4)

  • Microphone Input:
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (±0.5/-1.5 dB)
    • Dynamic Range: 109 dB (A-weighted)
    • Gain Range: 50dB (-4dB to +46dB)
    • THD+N: <0.002% (minimum gain, -1dBFS input with 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Noise EIN: -127dBu (A-weighted)
    • Maximum Input Level: +8.5 dBu (without pad)
  • Line Input:
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (±0.5/-1.5 dB)
    • Dynamic Range: 109 dB (A-weighted)
    • THD+N: <0.003% (minimum gain, -1dBFS input with 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Gain Range: 50dB (-21dB to +29dB)
    • Maximum Input Level: +22 dB (Line inputs 1&2), +16 dB (Line inputs 3&4)
  • Instrument Input:
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (±0.5/-1.5 dB)
    • Dynamic Range: 109 dB (A-weighted)
    • THD+N: <0.002% (minimum gain, -1dBFS input with 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Gain Range: 50dB (-4dB to +46dB)
    • Maximum Input Level: +12dB

Line Outputs: 4 x 1/4" (balanced)

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (±0.5dB)
  • Dynamic Range: 108 dB (A-weighted)
  • Maximum Output Level (0 dBFS): +16 dBu, balanced
  • THD+N: <0.001% (minimum gain, -1dBFS input with 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

Headphone Output: 2 x 1/4"

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (±0.5dB)
  • Dynamic Range: 108 dB (A-weighted)
  • Maximum Output Level (0 dBFS): > +13 dBu, balanced
  • THD+N: <0.001% (minimum gain, -1dBFS input with 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

Dimensions: Width 8.281", Height 2.02", Depth 7.63"

Weight: 2 pounds 10.4 ounces

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