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Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 3rd Gen

8-Channel USB2.0 audio interface with USB-C connection

  • 24-Bit / 192 kHz
  • 2 Scarlett microphone preamps
  • Phantom power +48 V
  • Switchable air function
  • 2 Mic / instrument / line inputs: XLR / 6.3 mm jack combo balanced
  • 4 Line inputs: 6.3 mm jack
  • 4 Line outputs: 6.3 mm jack balanced
  • 2 Stereo headphone outputs: 6.3 mm jack
  • S / PDIF input and output coaxial
  • MIDI input and output
  • USB-C connection
  • Input for external power supply
  • For PC / Mac
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 210 x 47.5 x 149.5 mm
  • Weight: 0.84 kg
  • Includes USB cable (Type C to A), power adapter and Ableton Live Lite, Pro Tools First, Focusrite Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite, Softube Time & Tone Bundle and a software tool of 4 XLN Audio Addictive Keys of your choice

Further Information

Recording / Playback Channels 8x6
Number of Mic Inputs 2
Number of Line Inputs 4
Number of Instrument Inputs 2
Number of Line Outs 4
Headphone Outs 2
Phantom power Yes
Number of S/PDIF Connectors 2
Number of ADAT Connectors 0
Numer of AES/EBU Connectors 0
Number of MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 0
Other Connectors No
MIDI interface Yes
Word Clock No
Max. sample rate (kHz) 192 kHz
Max. resolution in bit 24 bit
USB Bus-Powered No
Incl. power supply Yes
USB Version 2.0
Width in mm 210 mm
Depth in mm 149,5 mm
Height in mm 47,5 mm

The third generation of the Scarlett 8

The Focusrite Scarlett 8i6, now in its third edition, is a high-quality compact USB audio interface for Mac and PC. It features two combined XLR/jack inputs on the front for connecting microphones as well as synthesizers or other line-level audio sources, four more line-level jack inputs on the rear panel, and four balanced outputs for monitoring. Furthermore, an extra coaxial S/PDIF input and output are provided. The 8i6 is equipped with two high-grade Scarlett microphone preamps with switchable 48 V phantom power, as well as the brand-new Air Mode. Electric guitars and basses can also be plugged in directly, as the impedance of the two front sockets can be set to Hi-Z. The Scarlett 8i6 also looks great and is very attractively priced.

Love is in the "Air"

Focusrite’s outstanding reputation for building high-quality mic preamps has been established for over three decades now, and much of this expertise has been included in the third generation of Scarlett interfaces via the brand-new integrated Air Mode, which when selected opens up and brightens the high end in a way that is intended to emulate their classic ISA preamps – or, as the British manufacturer puts it, to provide “unique high-end detail for vocals and acoustic guitar”. Decades of experience really do speak for quality in this case, and the AD/DA converters provide optimum clarity and detail with a maximum bit depth of 24 bits and frequency rates of up to 192 kHz.

The power of eight

The Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 is a compact desktop interface and is therefore particularly suited to project studios. It is sturdily built yet lightweight and portable. The eight flexibly designed inputs should suit any purpose, and the four outputs mean you can create an alternative monitoring mix or integrate outboard effects units. Moreover, the integrated MIDI interface can be used to connect a master keyboard, for example, since a sound generator of four XLN Audio Addictive Keys is already included in the bundled software package.

About Focusrite

Founded in 1985 by Rupert Neve, Focusrite quickly made a name for itself with high-quality analogue consoles. Today, the company markets audio interfaces, mic preamps, consoles, analogue EQs, and channel strips as well as hardware and software for digital audio processing. The company is based in High Wycombe, England, and has won numerous industry awards. In addition to the Focusrite Pro line, the company also has subsidiaries that include Adam Audio, Novation, and iOS app creator Ampify Music.

Get started right away

The newly designed “gain halos” (the red and green LED rings around the gain controls on the front panel) are intended to make it easier to adjust gain settings, so that budding producers can start recording immediately after buying the interface. To make things simpler still, Focusrite has included a “Quick Start Tool” and put together an impressive and comprehensive package of free software, some in the box and some available for download, which includes Ableton Live Lite, Pro Tools First, Focusrite Red Plugin Suite, Focusrite Plugin Collective, Focusrite Control, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, a three-month subscription to Splice Sounds, and a software tool of four XLN Audio Addictive Keys of your choice.

In the spotlight: Solo, 2i2, 4i4, 8i6, 18i8, and 18i20

The third generation of Scarlett interfaces comprises the Solo, 2i2, 4i4, 8i6, 18i8, and 18i20 as well as two bundles, the Solo Studio and 2i2 Studio, each of which includes a microphone and headphones. The abbreviations 2i2, 4i4, etc. specify the number of inputs and outputs. In other words, “2i2” stands for two (i)nputs and two outputs, and 4i4 accordingly stands for four (i)nputs and four outputs. The “Solo” bends the rules in this respect, since it actually features two inputs and two outputs – the name instead suggests that it is intended for solo artists or singer/songwriters.

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Very good but..
Safwat, 27.09.2020
The product is amazing in all aspects, it is very powerful, no need to add on that, but it is not suitable for high impedance Headphone, I have two 250 ohms beyerdynamic 770 and 990, the headphones out sound coming from the Focusrite is very weak and not enough for high impedance Headphone, I have bought the Focusrite after reading in their website that with 8i6 model if the device was connected to power it will be suitable to operate 600 ohms headphones, and this information is not precise. They should have mentioned that you will be able to hear sound from your high impedance headphones, but the sound may not be enough for your liking. or you will get 10% of the required power to operate your high impedance headphones.

Anyway, for my 32 ohms AudioTechnics it is working fine, and it is working seamlessly with my KRK Rokite 8 Monitors, the main output is very powerful, 30% of it blows my studio apart.
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Reliable interface but Software could be improved.
Carl Ahn, 25.02.2021
Firstly, the build quality is excellent, sound is quiet and clear and for this price it’s is a great option for a small home studio set up.

However I find the ‘Mix Control’ software quite confusing and very unintuitive.
I have to restart my mac or already have the Focusrite plugged in on start up, in order for the software to register that it the device connected. The layout of the Mix Control settings are also not user friendly at all.

Another con is that phantom power covers both inputs. It would’ve been nice to have the option to select between the two.

I have since upgraded to external hardware preamps and now mainly use the line inputs / outputs which work absolutely fine. ..once you get the hang of how to route everything with the Mix Control!
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Perfect for on the go
Rex C., 14.10.2020
I am new to producing, i'm mainly in the field of photo and video prod so i'm not sure if my comments are something of use, anyways, i bought this since i'm trying to use this on live acoustic performances while i'm taking videos of their performance, i think from all the interfaces that i reviewed, Focusrite really presented their products well and i think it's easy to operate even when you're new to the field of producing and with all the software and support that comes with it, it's something you can rely on. what i like as well with the appearance is it's compact body, the read color and the portability, and oh don't forget the SPDIF!
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Great Product!
Netdalon, 12.10.2020
Nice to get such great tool for recording and mixing! Coaxial s/pdif was the most welcome feature for me. Worked great and strongly recommended!
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