Focusrite Scarlett 18i8New York, NY (May 8, 2013)—Focusrite has introduced two new members to its Scarlett range of USB 2.0 audio interfaces: the Scarlett 18i8 (pictured at right) and the Scarlett 6i6.
Both products are designed for recording artists, producers and bands, and differ primarily in their I/O configuration. Both feature Focusrite mic pres designed specifically for Focusrite’s computer music interfaces, and Focusrite’s 24 bit/ 96 kHz conversion. Both interfaces are compatible with iOS devices.
The Scarlett 18i8 is the first interface from Focusrite to include four mic preamps. It can also record up to four line inputs at the same time, making it possible to record an entire band live. An ADAT option allows the connection of external mic preamps such as the OctoPre Mk II, extending the number of mic pres to 12. The unit also includes S/PDIF I/O.
The Scarlett 6i6 is designed to allow recording on a smaller scale. In addition to two Focusrite mic preamps, it features 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 Scarlett range unibody metal chassis for road-ruggedness, and the “signal halo” LED rings around the input controls that indicate green for a good level and red for 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.