The Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 (2nd Gen) features everything you need to turn your computer into a digital recording solution, improving on its original design to deliver maximum audio quality and performance. The interface features a 6 in / 6 out configuration, featuring four analog inputs including two combination inputs with Scarlett mic preamps, line level inputs and high headroom instrument inputs. The newly-designed instrument inputs give you the ability to record any instrument input, even the most demanding guitar pick-ups. The two 1/4'' balanced jack outputs allow you to connect your interface to studio monitors for mixing and mastering purposes.
As well as the standard connections for recording instruments and microphone the 6i6 also features a range of different inputs and outputs including digital connectivity with SPDIF inputs allowing you to record six simultaneous channels at once. As well as the SDPIF inputs there is also MIDI connectivity for connecting external MIDI devices such as hardware synths and MeIDI keyboards.
The Scarlett 6i6 has been improved tenfold with a range of new features and functions that improve performance and audio quality. One of the most prominent upgrades is the new super-low latency performance. The super-low roundtrip latency improves performance and efficiency by minimising the delay between the original signal and the processed signal on your computer. This is paramount when recording vocals or instruments as it gives you the ability to record signals as close to real-time as possible.The Scarlett 6i6 now operates at a sample rate up to 192kHz for maximum audio quality, perfecting for capturing high quality recordings from both microphones and instruments. The Scarlett Mic Preamp has also been improved featuring a more even gain structure, allowing you to accurately set your levels, streamlining your workflow. Additionally, Focusrite has included analog protection circuitry for both the input and outputs to combat against unwanted power surges.
One of the most overlooked features of this audio interface is its compact size and lightweight chassis, making the interface highly portable. With its portable design the Scarlett 6i6 can be transported easily in a backpack or other carry case, allowing you to use your interface wherever you are. This can be advantageous for collaborating with other musicians who may not have the same equipment as you, or for recording in different places from your home studio. The interface itself is constructed from a red anodised aluminium unibody chassis for maximum durability as well as looking highly stylish. Monitoring and volume control is handled by the front panel controls, featuring a large monitor/headphone level dial plus individual controls for both the microphone and instrument inputs. The rear of the interface features 4 monitor outputs (jack 1/4'') for connecting studio monitors directly to the interface.
The Scarlett 6i6 also features a brand new software bundle, providing you with everything you need to record, edit and mix your recordings. The new software bundle includes: Red 2 & 3 Plug-in Suite, Softube Time and Tone Pack, Ableton Live Lit music making software, Novation Bass Station VST with AU Plugin-Synthesiser, 2GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples plus Pro tools First (First Focusrite Creative Pack). This software bundle provides you with everything you need you get started out of the box. The addition of the Pro Tools First (First Focusrite Creative Pack) adds to its functionality, providing you with the Pro Tools First software and 12 free plug-ins.