Focusrite has expanded its Scarlett range of USB 2.0 audio interfaces with the release of the Scarlett 18i8 (18-input/8output) and Scarlett 6i6 (6-input/6-output) for studio and live recording, and music production.

Focusrite Scarlett 6i6/18i8The two interfaces differ primarily in their I/O configuration. Both feature Focusrite mic preamplifiers designed specifically for Focusrite’s computer music interfaces, and Focusrite’s 96kHz, 24-bit conversion. In addition to Mac or Windows operation, both interfaces are compatible with iOS devices, including the iPad, via an Apple iPad camera connection kit.

The Scarlett 18i8 is the first interface from Focusrite to include four mic preamps, and can also record up to four line inputs at the same time. An Adat option allows the connection of external mic preamps such as the OctoPre MkII, extending the number of mic pres to 12. The unit also includes SPDIF I/O.

The Scarlett 6i6 supports smaller scale recording with two Focusrite mic preamps and a stereo line input, making it possible to capture, for example, vocals, guitar and a digital piano at the same time.

Both models feature the signature Scarlett range unibody metal chassis for road-ruggedness, and ‘signal halo’ LED rings around the input controls to indicate good level and overload. They also include two headphone outputs, each with their own level controls; the headphone outputs on the 6i6 mirror the main and sub-outputs whereas on the 18i8 they are fully independent.

The new units will be available worldwide from June 2013 at:
Scarlett 6i6 US$299.99/US$249.99 and Scarlett 18i8 MSRP US$449.99/US$349.99 (MSPR/dealers).


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