Scarlett: The next generation2 June 2016
Focusrite has made available its second generation of Scarlett USB audio interfaces. While the i/o count of every interface remains the same, the company says the second generation of Scarlett USB audio interfaces is packed full of improvements. Notable among them is a faster USB performance, with roundtrip latency measurements as low as 2.74ms (tested at 96kHz on OS 10.11 / Mac Pro with Logic Pro X and buffer size of 32).
There are six interfaces in the range, as well as two studio pack bundles, from the two in, two out, single mic preamp Scarlett Solo up to the rack-mounted 18 in/20 out Scarlett 18i20 (pictured).
Improvements include new metal gain controls and a sleeker red metal chassis. The latest Scarlett mic preamp now features a more even gain structure, so you can accurately set your levels, and the instrument input has also been completely redesigned with increased headroom so it can handle even seriously hot guitar pick-ups.
Focusrite have provided analogue protection circuitry across both the inputs and the outputs, guarding the interfaces against unwanted power surges. The Scarlett range also now operates at sample rates up to 192kHz.
Following the announcement of an alliance between Focusrite and Avid, Scarlett second generation interfaces will also ship with Avid Pro Tools First. Named Focusrite Creative Pack, the exclusive offering features the free version of the industry-standard Pro Tools digital audio software, and 12 additional plug-ins, including the Eleven Lite for guitar amp emulations and Tape Echo.
Focusrite says it will continue to collaborate closely with Avid to ensure that all new Scarlett interfaces are compatible with each new version of Pro Tools.
The bus-powered range of Scarlett second generation interfaces is available immediately, with the Scarlett 6i6, 18i8 and 18i20 following later in June. The Scarlett range is Mac and PC compatible, working across all major DAWs.