Bundled by B&H for your convenience, this Focusrite 2-Person Handheld Podcasting Kit includes almost everything you need to get started podcasting with a friend. First of all, you get a Scarlett 8i6 USB audio interface, which records audio from the included microphones directly to your computer. Not only that, but you can easily record phone calls over VOIP software. This is thanks to the virtual loop-back inputs Focusrite has built into this Gen 3 model.
Hold the two provided Blue enCORE 100 microphones in your hands when recording, or mount them to the included tabletop mic stands. Both microphones sport cardioid polar patterns, meaning they'll favor what's in front of the microphone, while rejecting sounds from the back and sides to a certain degree. This will come in handy when you and your friend are podcasting, as it will minimize any bleed between the two microphones.
Also included are two XLR cables (for plugging the microphones into the XLR inputs of the interface), and two over-ear, closed-back headphones. Use these headphones to monitor your voice. Their closed-back construction helps prevent bleed from your headphones in the mic while you're recording.
With the interface, microphones, cables, tabletop stands, and over-ear headphones, you'll have almost everything you need to get started crafting a podcast. All you need to bring to the table is your own computer—that, and a bright idea for your podcast.
Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 8x6 USB Audio/MIDI Interface (3rd Generation)
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 8x6 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 signal 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 Tools 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 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.
Great for Expanding Home Studios
Pristine, High-Resolution Conversion
Scarlett Mic Preamps with Customizable Tone
Instrument/Line Input Switches
Rear-Panel Line Inputs
Straightforward Controls and Level Indication
Dual Independent Headphone and Monitor Outputs
Virtual Loopback for Mix-Minus and More
Stereo Digital I/O
Powerful Software Control
Extensive Software Bundle
- Ableton Live Lite: Popular music production software
- Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack: The main elements and workflow of the industry standard Pro Tools in an entry-level package hundreds of virtual instrument sounds, 500MB of loops, and great-sounding effects
- 3 Months of Splice Sounds: Get access to millions of high-quality, royalty-free loops, one-shots, and presets, with new releases daily
- Focusrite Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-In Suite: Accurate models Focusrite’s classic Red 2 equalizer and Red 3 compressor
- XLN Audio: Choose of one of four XLN Audio Addictive Keys virtual instruments
- Softube Time & Tone Bundle: World-class reverb, delay, distortion plug-ins, and an easy-to-use mastering tool from Softube
- Access to the Focusrite Plug-In Collective: Receive free versions of innovative software and benefit from discounts
Blue enCORE 100 Dynamic Handheld Vocal Microphone (Black)
The black enCORE 100 Dynamic Handheld Vocal Microphone from Blue is a studio-grade, 3-pin XLR cardioid microphone that reproduces your voice exactly as you hear it. With its hand-tuned capsule, it can be used for capturing audio in live stage, vocal, studio tracking, and TV broadcast applications, and more.
Featuring exceptional detail and clarity, the microphone has internal copper windings, which are wound for optimal frequency response and pulls the blanket off your sound. This lets the audience hear your voice in clear, natural quality. In addition, for public speaking the enCORE 100 maximizes speech intelligibility.
Simply put, this microphone makes sure your message is heard with power and clarity. It even minimizes handling noise and feedback. It includes a microphone clip, a storage pouch, and an additional chrome microphone grille.
Exceptional All-Around Performance
Withstand the Rigors of the Road
Blue's Studio Legacy on Center Stage
Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series XLR Male to XLR Female Microphone Cable (6', Black)
The black Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series XLR Male to XLR Female Microphone Cable (6') is designed to be an extremely quiet and flexible cable that is ideal for the most demanding live sound and performance applications. The cable is engineered to be durable and provide protection against EMI, RFI, and static noise. While the cable's color-coding affords the ability to quickly differentiate between multiple connections on stage, it provides a pleasant aesthetic quality at the same time.
Premium Performance 3000 Series cables are made from 24-AWG OFC copper wire that's wrapped with PE insulation and a conductive PVC inner shield. A cotton-yarn inner layer helps reduce electrostatic and microphonic noise. The 95% dual-spiral shielding makes the cable resistant to EMI and RFI noise. The Neutrik XX silver connectors provide a high level of connectivity, and all the solder connections are shrink-wrapped for protection.
Auray TT-6220 Telescoping Tabletop Microphone Stand (Black)
The black TT-6220 Telescoping Tabletop Microphone Stand from Auray meets the needs of any desktop audio applications that require the use of a microphone by providing a solid, weighted round base with three nonslip rubber feet for additional stability. The telescoping shaft delivers flexibility when it comes to positioning the height of the microphone and includes a microphone cable guide. Durable steel construction ensures longevity.
Shure SRH240A Closed-Back Over-Ear Headphones (Old Packaging)
The Shure SRH240A are closed-back, over-ear headphones offering high-quality audio reproduction for general listening in a lightweight and comfortable design. Large 40mm neodymium dynamic drivers provide clear, detailed sound with a wide frequency response while the closed-back earcup design helps block out ambient noise.
The re-engineered construction features thick over-ear cushions and an adjustable headband that deliver long-lasting comfort, allowing you to listen for hours without fatigue. The earpads can be easily replaced to keep the headphones comfortable for years to come. The oxygen-free copper cable offers plenty of slack and has a gold-plated 3.5mm TRS plug and a 1/4" adapter for wide compatibility with consumer and professional audio gear.