Focusrite’s Scarlett series is quite popular, especially with podcasters, voice-over artists, and other audio professionals who need great sound at a relatively wallet-friendly price. Now, Focusrite has upgraded its Scarlett series, and B&H is proud to welcome these new pieces to our warehouse. Without further ado, we present the all new Scarlett Gen 3 models!
First, some new additions to the roster:
The Scarlett 4i4 will replace the 2i4. It adds two additional line inputs to your array, giving you the ability to record more instruments simultaneously. Each preamp on the 4i4 offers an optional Air setting. This reproduces the Air effect on Focusrite’s legendary ISA mic preamp. Piped through the Air setting, vocals will sound brighter, and acoustic sources can sound more open.
Also, Scarlett knows its customer base—they know podcasters use their gear. That’s why a pair of virtual loopback inputs has been included so you can set up mix minus matrices for podcasts that incorporate phone-calls.
The Scarlett 8i6 replaces the 6i6, offering two more line inputs for eight in total. Now you can record more synths, drum machines, and other line instruments as you simultaneously record DI’ed guitars through high-headroom preamps, or miked instruments with/without the Air setting. The Virtual loopback inputs are also on hand, making this unit suitable for big, multi-panel podcasts.
All other models have the same I/O configuration of the 2nd generation Scarlett series, but gains can be seen in the hardware and usability. For instance, the performance of the preamps has been improved—and all of them feature the optional Air circuit now. The looks of the units have all been updated, as well, for today’s sleek studio environments.
Whether you’re a solo podcaster or a small band on a budget, Focusrite knows you must not compromise on sound. They’ve even bundled together a few interfaces with headphones and a microphone! Much in the way of software is included!