Focusrite announced today the third generation of Scarlett USB audio interfaces. Six new designs, including the Scarlett 18i20, 18i8, 8i6, 4i4, 2i2, and Solo, deliver world-class sound with studio-grade preamps, state-of-the-art converters, and a massive collection of creative software. Each of the new Scarlett interfaces are equipped with class-leading preamps featuring a switchable Air setting based on the original Focusrite ISA preamp, great for adding brightness and brilliance to acoustic instruments and vocals. The new interfaces also include high-impedance inputs with plenty of headroom for directly recording electric guitars and basses. Focusrite’s state-of-the-art AD-DA converters deliver exceptional sound quality with sample rates up to 24-bit/192kHz. You can monitor tracks with unparalleled detail and clarity using balanced line-level outputs with anti-thump speaker switching technology or the dedicated headphone output. While the new Scarlett series interfaces share Focusrite’s high-quality components and intuitive design, each model offers a unique combination of features that are perfectly suited for a wide range of audio professionals and enthusiasts. Let’s take a look at the difference between each one to help you find the ideal interface.

Scarlett 18i20

The Scarlett 18i20 is the largest device in the series. Designed for professional audio engineers, the rack-mountable Scarlett 18i20 offers extensive I/O with a total of 18 inputs and 20 outputs. Take your recordings to the next level using eight preamps with two high-impedance inputs.  Mix with your favorite analog signal processors using 10 balanced line-level outputs. Reference your mixes on multiple speaker systems using four dedicated monitor outputs, or your favorite headphones via two independently controllable headphone outputs with dedicated amplifiers. Expand your I/O even further with up to 10 additional input channels via ADAT and S/PDIF.

Scarlett 18i8

The Scarlett 18i8 is the largest mobile interface of the bunch with 18 inputs and 8 outputs. Designed for engineers and producers who need the flexibility to adapt to any studio environment, the Scarlett 18i8 features four preamps with XLR inputs, four additional line-level inputs, and two high-impedance inputs for recording a wide range of instruments.  Add up to 10 inputs using ADAT and S/PDIF connections for tracking drums or even full bands. As for outputs, the Scarlett 18i8 offers four balanced line outputs for connecting monitors and outboard gear, as well as two dedicated headphone outputs.

Scarlett 8i6

The Scarlett 8i6 is designed for producers and multi-instrumentalists who are tired of wasting time connecting instruments. Nothing is worse than losing that creative spark when inspiration strikes. Keep all your favorite instruments permanently connected so you can capture the moment any time you feel inspired.  The interface is equipped with two preamps that double as high-impedance inputs for recording microphones or direct guitars. Four additional balanced inputs can be used to connect line-level devices like synthesizers and drum machines. There’s even dedicated MIDI inputs and outputs for connecting your favorite keyboard. And with two sets of headphone outputs, the 8i6 is perfect for jamming with your friends!

Scarlett 4i4

If your two-channel interface is limiting your creative abilities, the Scarlett 4i4 is for you. Explore new recording and mixing workflows with four inputs and four outputs. Excellent for live performances, the Scarlett 4i4 has everything you need to connect a vocal microphone, guitar, synthesizer, drum machine, MIDI keyboard, and set of headphones, all at once. 

Scarlett 2i2

The new Scarlett 2i2 combines everything you loved about Focusrite’s best-selling 2i2 interface with an assortment of new features and design improvements. With two preamps, two instrument inputs, two line-level outputs, and a built-in headphone output, the Scarlett 2i2 is the ideal solution for anyone looking to record small-scale projects with big-budget sound.

Scarlett Solo

The Scarlet Solo is perfect for rappers, producers, and singer-songwriters on the go. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, this compact recording interface packs a powerful punch. Equipped with a preamp for recording vocals and an instrument input for guitar or keyboards, the Scarlet Solo lets you capture your creativity anywhere you go. Two line-level outputs and a built-in headphone output make mixing and monitoring your performance a breeze. Just connect the Scarlett Solo to your laptop and press record!

Focusrite Studio Bundles

The Scarlett 2i2 and Scarlett Solo are both available in Studio Bundles, which include a CM25 MkIII condenser microphone, 10-foot XLR cable, and pair of HP60 MkIII closed-back headphones.  The new CM25 MkIII features a cardioid pickup pattern and remodeled design that makes it the right choice for recording studio-quality vocals, acoustic instruments, and more. Simply connect the CM25 to the 2i2 using the included 10-foot XLR microphone cable and you’re ready to record. With a new and improved design, the HP60 MkIII closed-back headphones offer maximum isolation to prevent bleed while recording. Thick foam ear pads offer long-lasting comfort during extended recording and mixing sessions.

Creative Software

Each of the new Scarlett series interfaces comes bundled with an array of creative tools to help you make the most of your music. Record, edit, mix, and more with two popular digital audio workstations (DAWs): Ableton Live Lite or Pro Tools First Focusrite Creative Pack. Both are packed with intuitive digital instruments, editing tools, and signal processors for creating and perfecting your songs. Produce professional-sounding tracks with your choice of XLN Audio Addictive Keys virtual instruments. Tap into an endless source of inspiration with a free 3-month Splice Sounds subscription, where you can access millions of high-quality, royalty-free samples, loops, presets, and more. Put the finishing touches on your track with best-selling plug-ins from Softube’s Time and Tone Bundle and Focusrite’s Red Plug-In Suite. Plus, you’ll get free downloads and discounts as a member of the Focusrite Plug-In Collective.
Brian GrossIf you’re interested in ordering one of the third generation of Focusrite Scarlett interfaces or want more information on the updates, contact a Vintage King Audio Consultant via email or by phone at 866.644.0160