With the ability to record up to 192 kHz/24 bit quality and featuring a new ‘Air’ mode to emulate the sound of ISA microphone preamps, the third generation of Scarlett interfaces are said to be characterised by high gain values and low noise, making them extremely suitable for use in a range of settings. As well as offering 48v phantom power for condenser microphones, the new Scarlett interfaces also offer low latency, faster USB drivers and a new loopback feature to combine stereo material with hardware inputs or software playback channels, making them suitable for podcasters and live streamers.
Other model-specific changes include balanced TRS outputs on the Scarlett Solo, two added inputs on the Scarlett 4i4 and 8i6 (which replace the 2i4 and 6i6 respectively), ALT switching for the Scarlett 18i8 for use with two pairs of monitors and an onboard talkback mic function on the 18i20. The pro-studio oriented Scarlett 18i20 also boasts ADAT connectors to allow for users to expand their inputs by adding an external A/D connector – read our handy column here to find out how this works.
With ten updated interfaces to peruse, we recommend that you head on over to Focusrite and get acquainted with the third generation of Scarlett interfaces ASAP – you’re bound to see them in a studio near you soon.
Focusrite are distributed nationally through Innovative Music.