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Focusrite Scarlett Range 2nd Generation Announced

Published: Wed June 01, 2016  News Feed

Focusrite is launching their new generation of the Scarlett range. These new audio interfaces are better in every way!

Focusrite Scarlett 2nd generation

The Focusrite Scarlett range is perhaps the most popular choice of audio interfaces today, and it's about to become even better thanks to the new, second generation Scarlett range - packed full of upgrades and landing soon here at Dolphin Music! These upgrades make the Scarlett Range (2nd Gen) the best choice for those looking for great-value audio interfaces that deliver a professional sound.

New features 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.

Watch the Focusrite Scarlett 2nd Generation Video:

The Focusrite Scarlett range has become ubiquitous amongst the international artist community – whether it’s for a quick but high quality demo whilst on the road, or for a fully-flegded recording project. The versatility and reliability of these interfaces has meant they’ve become a reputable industry standard.

In this video, Focusrite interviews a handful of their roster over in the UK about the part that Scarlett has played in their work to date. To give you an idea of what they’re capable of, Focusrite have also recorded some of their favourite new artists: Matt DeFreitas with the Scarlett 2i2; Haula and her band with the Scarlett 6i6; and Icarus Dive in the Offtape Studios with the Scarlett 18i20. They all performed the same song - "We Grow” - and their performances were cut together to show you the scope for recording – from solo acoustic to full band.



New super-low latency* will bring confidence to any performance, letting you record and monitor with software effects in real time. New metal gain controls and a sleeker red metal chassis underscore its improved industrial design, built to go anywhere.

The Scarlett range also now operates at sample rates all the way up to 192kHz, and the input channels have evolved too. The latest Scarlett mic preamp features a more even gain structure, so you can accurately set your levels, and the instrument input has also been completely redesigned so it can handle seriously hot guitar pick-ups. Finally, we have provided analogue protection circuitry across both the inputs and the outputs, to guard your interface against unwanted power surges.


* Super-low roundtrip latency was measured at 2.74ms, working at 96kHz with a 32 samples buffer on Logic Pro X, running on a Mac Pro and OS 10.11

Pro Tools First | First Focusrite Creative pack

Pro Tools First

Pro Tools First | First Focusrite Creative pack includes Pro Tools First software and the following 12 free plug-ins : Eleven Lite / In-Tune digital tuner / Black Op Distortion / Flanger / Vibe Phaser / Roto Speaker / Tape Echo / Studio Reverb / Gray Compressor / Sc-Fi Ring Modulator / Vari-Fi speed shifter / Graphic EQ

New Studio Pack Design

new Scarlett Studio design!

Scarlett Solo Studio and Scarlett 2i2 Studio now have redesigned Headphones and Microphones creating a new, slicker visual to match the new interfaces. If it can look as good as it sounds, why not?

Brand New Scarlett Control Panel

new Control Panel

The Scarlett interface has always been simplistic in it’s workflow, but now Focusrite have improved this even further! For instance :
  • Focusrite Control (6i6 and above) allows for full control over routing inputs and outputs and also gives remote control over unit functionality
  • Input and output protection (protects against phantom power shorting) for protection against accidental application of phantom power to outputs
  • Power optimisation for laptops that don’t supply enough bus power to the small Scarlett units ensures USB ports will not become overloaded.

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