The Scarlett 6i6 from Focusrite features two of their award-winning preamps that are poised and ready to deliver exceptional quality recordings from multiple sources straight to your computer or iPad (Apple Camera Connection Kit required). The 6i6...
Not as good at routing audio as my Steinberg UR28M; but it does the job of extending my audio processing MacMini to my main MacPro through the digital in/outputs.
The Scarlett 6i6 from Focusrite features two of their award-winning preamps that are poised and ready to deliver exceptional quality recordings from multiple sources straight to your computer or iPad (Apple Camera Connection Kit required). The 6i6 has six inputs and six outputs, housed in a tough aluminum enclosure with monitor control and gain knobs to keep your signals in check.
Focusrite: Over 25 years of audio excellence
Focusrite was commissioned to make its first ‘no-holds-barred' microphone preamps by Sir George Martin for his Air Studio facility in London. Over the following 25 years Focusrite designed some of the finest mic preamps in the music industry, and in recent years has developed a series of best-selling audio interfaces for people who really care about sound.
Perfect for producers and bands
Scarlett 6i6 is perfect for producers, recording artists or small bands. Featuring two award-winning Focusrite mic preamps and a stereo line input, 6i6 is great for recording vocals, guitar and a stage piano simultaneously. With the four balanced outputs, connect up to two sets of stereo monitors, and use the S/PDIF I/O for connecting digital sources. There are also two built-in headphone outputs with separate volume controls so multiple recording artists can listen to the mixes they need to get the best take. The inputs and outputs feature precision 24 bit A-D, D-A conversion at up to 96KHz in order to get the most accurate signal possible into and out of your computer.
The outer case is a tough aluminium extrusion, which protects the components inside. There is a large main monitor control knob as well as two dedicated gain knobs for each mic input, each with two colour ‘gain halos' which light up green to indicate that sound is detected, and red if the level is too high. Both mic inputs can be switched between instrument, line and microphone, and a pad can switched-in to cope with high-level inputs.
Scarlett 6i6 works with Mac, PC and iPad (using an Apple camera Connection Kit - available separately from Apple). It comes with a bundle of included software. Scarlett MixControl is a software control panel for routing the inputs and outputs, and accessing additional features on the hardware. It also comes with Ableton Live Lite: revolutionary production and performance software that can be used to record and playback audio in a totally unique way. The Scarlett Plug-in Suite is also included, supplying EQ, compression and reverb to professionalise your mixes.
Note: Includes the Focusrite Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-In Suite (AAX/AU/VST) upon registration of interface. Accurately modeled on the classic Red 2 EQ and Red 3 Compressor, the Red plug-ins let you exploit the sound of the hardware originals, conveniently from within Pro Tools (10 and above) and other audio software.
I like too much this interface. Focusrite pre are well recognized for its quality. It sounds better than my old Mbox 2. It has 4 outs and give some versatilty to work with. I can send click track for a separated channel, stereo synth and ambience sounds to 2 outs and my voice for another. It comes with a Ableton Live Lite version, that i use a lot. The down side for me is it don't be a USB powered device. Even though, i give 5 stars to this baby.
Good size for a portable studio. I use a popup studio around the house when I'm not mixing for creativity. I like to be in different spaces. Clean mic and instrument inputs. Reliable. Works for all my DAWs.