Focusrite Scarlett Audio Soundcards
There are six Focusrite Scarletts in this Audio Soundcard range of Audio Interfaces . The new Scarletts look and feel a lot more expensive than they are and offer slightly better audio specifications than the originals, with dynamic range quoted as 106dB for most of the 2i2’s ins and outs, and 109dB and 108dB respectively for the 18i20’s inputs and outputs .
New mic preamp circuitry is said to offer less gain ‘bunching’ at the top of the dial, and the high-impedance inputs have been redesigned to cope with hotter guitar signals. It’s the software that has seen arguably the biggest changes.
The Major Features for the Scarlett series include
- 24 bit 192 kHz
- Low latency 2.74ms
- More even gain structure
- Instrument input redesigned for hot pickups
- Analogue protection circuitry to stop power surges
- New metal gain controls
- Sleeker chassis
- Focusrite Control – for 6i6 and higher
- Redesigned headphones and microphones for studio packs
Besides the new features, the second generation of the Scarlett range also comes with a fantastic software bundle, which includes Red 2 & 3, Softube Time and Tone, Ableton Live, Pro Tools First featuring 12 free plugins, Novation Bass Station VST and AU plug-in synthesiser and 2GB loopmasters sounds and samples.