Built to deliver top-shelf sound in a desk-friendly and easy-to-use format for podcasters who need mix-minus functionality when taking calls and for multi-instrumentalists and producers, the third-generation Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 3rd Gen USB Audio Interface, High-Fidelity, Studio Quality Recording USB audio/MIDI interface lets artists and content creators score pro-level tone with no learning curve.
Equally capable for tracking vocals and instruments, the two improved Scarlett microphone preamps feature switchable phantom power for condenser mics, pads to prevent distortion on loud input signals, and a selectable-per-channel Air circuit, which adds clarity-enhancing brightness based on Focusrite's legendary ISA preamplifier.
The two XLR-1/4" combo inputs are outfitted with switches that allow them to accept signals directly from electric instruments such as guitar and bass, from line-level sources such as stereo mixer outputs, or from a hot feed from a drum machine. The rear panel sports four additional fixed-level 1/4" inputs to accommodate more line-level sources such as the outputs of external mic preamps.
Unlocking the ability to record at standard CD quality or high-fidelity resolutions, the 24-bit / 192 kHz AD/DA converters ensure that signals are captured and reproduced with detail and accuracy. With four balanced 1/4" line outputs, dual 1/4" stereo headphone jacks, and independent volume control of the two headphone outputs and the main speaker outs, the Scarlett 8i6 can simultaneously feed multiple monitoring systems or outboard effects processors.
The virtual loopback function on the Scarlett 8i6 empowers podcasters with an easy mix-minus setup for taking calls without the caller being distracted by a delayed audio return signal. Also, traditional 5-pin MIDI I/O is provided for seamless integration of MIDI equipment such as a keyboard or sound module. S/PDIF stereo digital I/O jacks are also present, should you need to hook up outboard AD/DA converters or other digital gear. You can even utilize your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to wirelessly control the Scarlett 8i6.
With its AC powering for stable power in the studio, space-saving USB Type-C connection, and extensive software bundle including elementary versions of Ableton Live and Avid Pro Tool's music production workstations, virtual instruments, plug-in effects, loops, and more, the Scarlett 8i6 gives you plenty of powerful tools to kick-start your inspiration. Just connect the Scarlett 8i6 to an AC power source via the supplied AC adapter, plug into your Mac/Windows computer via USB, fire up your preferred audio recording software, and let the creativity flow.
Optimized third-generation technology
The 3rd-generation Focusrite Scarlett 8i6's exterior has undergone a sleek makeover. Under the hood, though, it's been tweaked and upgraded to deliver better sonics, lower latency, and enhanced ease of use. With sample rates up to 192kHz, you've got the studio-grade sound you can take anywhere. Focusrite has added their renowned Air circuit to their already-amazing Scarlett mic preamps. The instrument inputs have also been re-engineered to handle the hottest active pickups. Lastly, Focusrite has wired analog protection circuitry across the Scarlett 8i6's inputs and outputs, safeguarding your interface from damaging power surges.
Super-low latency for better performances
You know you perform better when you've got a great-sounding monitor mix with everything you need to hear to be inspired — for example, reverb and delay on a guitar solo. The Scarlett 8i6's super-low latency lets you monitor with native plug-in effects in real-time, so you can hear your parts as you envision them and record better performances. At Sweetwater, we know you can't put a price on that. But if you prefer the simplicity and convenience of monitoring your input directly with guaranteed low latency, simply engage the Direct Monitor circuit. A duo of virtual loopback inputs allows you to capture a stereo feed of any combination of hardware input and software playback channels, making podcasting, live streaming, and sampling tasks a cinch.
Great for Expanding Home StudiosWith its desk-friendly size, USB Type-C connectivity, and AC powering (via the included AC adapter), the Scarlett 8i6 is well suited for home and project studios that need some extra I/O without sacrificing a bunch of table space.
Pristine, High-Resolution ConversionThanks to its high-performance 24-bit / 192 kHz AD/DA converters, the Scarlett 8i6 is equipped to capture any source from vocals to acoustic and electric instruments clearly and accurately, so you never have to worry about the interface clouding your sound.
Scarlett Mic Preamps with Customizable ToneThe two upgraded third-generation Scarlett mic preamps feature switchable 48V phantom power to accommodate your favorite condenser mic, and a selectable-per-channel Air setting, which reproduces the Air effect of Focusrite's original ISA mic preamp to impart enhanced brightness and openness on your vocal recordings. Use the selectable input pads to prevent distortion when tracking high-level sources such as acoustic drums or electric guitars equipped with active pickups.
Instrument/Line Input SwitchesThe XLR-1/4" combo inputs on the Scarlett 8i6's front panel allow distortion-free recording of instruments such as electric guitar and bass, synthesizers, or drum machines, and there's no need for a DI box or amplifiers. At the press of a button, each 1/4" input can be used for line-level sources like a mixer's stereo output or the line outs from guitar and bass amps.
Rear-Panel Line InputsWith four balanced 1/4" line inputs on the back of the Scarlett 8i6, you can patch in line-level sources such as external mic preamps, an outboard mixer, or synthesizer sound modules while leaving the front-panel inputs free for direct connection of mics, instruments, or other line-level sources.
Straightforward Controls and Level IndicationThe Scarlett 8i6's independent gain knobs and multicolor gain halo meters mean that you'll have no trouble getting set up and dialing in the perfect levels. Plus, there are no menus or complicated controls to slow you down.
Dual Independent Headphone and Monitor OutputsThe four balanced 1/4" TRS monitor outputs on the rear panel enable hum-free connectivity with two pairs of balanced studio monitors or line-level inputs on headphone amps or external mixers. To allow critical listening through headphones for two people, there are two front-panel 1/4" headphone jacks. Separate knobs are provided for quick and independent adjustment of the monitor and headphone volumes.
Virtual Loopback for Mix-Minus and MoreThe Scarlett 8i6 features one pair of virtual loopback inputs, allowing you to capture a stereo feed of any combination of hardware input and software playback channels, making podcasting, live streaming, and sampling tasks much easier.
MIDI I/OSpin the Scarlett 8i6 around, and you'll find traditional 5-pin MIDI I/O ports, perfect for hooking up a MIDI keyboard controller, a synthesizer/workstation, or a sound module, for MIDI recording, editing, and sequencing.
Stereo Digital I/OIn addition to having flexible analog I/O, the Scarlett 8i6 offers S/PDIF stereo digital input and output ports via coaxial jacks. Use the S/PDIF input to record the output of digital DJ mixer or an external mic preamp outfitted with an A/D converter and S/PDIF output. Run Scarlett's S/PDIF output to a high-end D/A converter for extra processing or mastering with analog gear.
Powerful Software ControlRoute your audio, cue mix, loopback, and monitor mixes from your Mac or Windows computer via the Focusrite Control desktop software. Tap into even more convenience by using the Focusrite Control iOS app on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to remotely control your Scarlett when connected to Focusrite Control Desktop.
All the Tools You Need to Start RecordingThe Scarlett line of interfaces comes with some of the best-loved software tools in the business.
Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 3rd Gen USB Audio Interface, High-Fidelity, Studio Quality Recording Key Features:
- Multi-Instrumentalists & Producers
- USB Type-C Connectivity
- 2 Mic/Line/Instrument Preamps, 4 Line In
- 2 Headphone Outs, 4 Line Outputs
- 24-Bit / 192 kHz Converters
- AC Powered / Mac and Windows
- Phantom Power, Pads, MIDI & S/PDIF I/O
- Mic Air Mode, Multicolor Gain Halos
- Virtual Loopback for Mix-Minus Setup
- DAWs, VIs, Loops, and Samples
What's In the Box
- Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 8x6 USB Audio/MIDI Interface (3rd Generation)
- USB Type-C to USB Type-A Cable
- Power Supply
- Limited 3-Year Warranty
Brand Focusrite Manufacture SKU AMS-SCARLETT-8I6-3G Form Factor Tabletop Display None Channels of I/O Analog:
6 Input / 4 Output at 192 kHz
2 Input / 2 Output at 192 kHz
Maximum Sampling Rate 192 kHz / 24-Bit Number of Microphone Preamps 2 Preamps Input Level Adjustment 2 x Knob Expansion Slots None
-10 dB (Switchable per Channel)
Gain/Trim Range Mic/Line Inputs:
Up to +56 dB
High-Pass Filter None Solo/Mute None
Analog Audio I/O 2 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Mic/Line/Hi-Z Input (Front Panel)
4 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Line Input
4 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Line Output
2 x 1/4" TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output (Front Panel)
Phantom Power 48 V, Selectable On/Off (on 2 Channels) Digital Audio I/O 1 x RCA Coaxial S/PDIF Input
1 x RCA Coaxial S/PDIF Output
Host Connection / USB 1 x USB Type-C (USB 2.0) MIDI I/O 1 x DIN 5-Pin Input
1 x DIN 5-Pin Output
Wireless Connectivity None
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.1 dB Maximum Input Level Mic Inputs:
+9 dBu (Min Gain)
+16 dBu (Min Gain, with Pad)
+12.5 dBu (Min Gain)
+14 dBu (Min Gain, with Pad)
+22 dBu (Min Gain)
+29 dBu (Min Gain, with Pad)
Maximum Output Level Line Outputs:
+15.5 dBu (Balanced)
Impedance Mic Inputs:
< 1 Ohm
Dynamic Range Mic Inputs:
THD+N Mic Inputs:
EIN Mic Inputs:
-128 dB A-Weighted
Sample Rates Up to 192 kHz (AD/DA Conversion) Sample Rate Conversion None Bit Depths Up to 24-Bit (AD/DA Conversion) Sync Sources Internal, S/PDIF
Audio Storage & Playback
Memory Card Slot None
OS Compatibility macOS 10.12 or Later
Windows 7 or Later
*As of November, 2021: check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Included Software Ableton Live Lite
Pro Tools First
Compatible Software (Not Included) Any Core Audio (Mac) Compliant Software Required Hardware Available USB 2.0 Port
USB Cable (Included)
Internet Connection Required for Software/Driver Download
Power Requirements AC/DC Power Adapter (Included) AC/DC Power Adapter 12 VDC at 1 A, Center-Positive (Included)
Anti-Theft Features Kensington Security Slot Dimensions 8.27 x 5.89 x 1.87" / 21.01 x 14.96 x 4.75 cm Weight 1.9 lb / 0.9 kg (without Accessories)
2.4 lb / 1.1 kg (with Accessories)