Focusrite has introduced the third generation line of Scarlett audio interfaces, adding new higher-quality mic preamps, additional fixed line inputs, refined monitoring features and enhanced performance.
Focusrite said the new line is comprised of six interfaces: Solo, 2i2, 4i4, 8i6, 18i8 and 18i20, plus two Studio bundles, the Solo Studio and 2i2 Studio. Feeding into 24-bit/192kHz converters, the new mic preamp is high in gain, low in noise and transparent.
Activate the Air circuit on the upgraded mic preamps to make vocals and musical instruments sound brighter and more spacious. Air emulates the technology of the same name from Focusrites's classic ISA preamp.
From the compact 2i2’s two inputs and two outputs, to the rack-mount 18i20's 18 analog and ADAT digital inputs and 20 outputs, Scarlett 3rd Gen caters to all I/O requirements. Instrument inputs have vast headroom, clean balanced line level inputs, balanced TRS outputs for doing away with speaker hum, headphone outputs (two of them with the 8i6, 18i8 and 18i20) and MIDI I/O for hooking up external synths.
Focusrite’s Gain Halos light up around gain knobs to indicate input levels, making monitoring visually intuitive and guaranteeing distortion-free recordings. USB-C connectivity allows users to plug into a personal computer with imperceptible latency. It works with Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. A Focusrite Control application makes light work of audio and cue routing and monitor mixing.
Every Scarlett 3rd Gen interface comes with a package of software tools, including two comprehensive digital audio workstations – Ableton Live Lite and Pro Tools First Focusrite Creative Pack. It also includes Softube’s Time and Tone Bundle; Focusrite’s Red Plug-in Suite; and a choice of one of four of XLN Audio’s Addictive Keys virtual keyboard instruments.
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