We are pleased to announce the Focusrite Scarlett 3rd Generation up the stakes with premium features across the board. Check them out here...

Pro-performance from bedroom to studio…

The Scarlett range of audio interfaces by Focusrite has been leading the way for many a year, picking up awards and plaudits from industry experts left, right, and centre. Ease of use coupled with imperious performance has seen become the go-to interface for DJs, engineers, musicians, and producers around the world. People were surprised when they announced an upgrade to the range with the second generation dropping in 2016. Now, what can we expect from the Focusrite Scarlett 3rd Generation of audio interfaces?

Knowledge is power

Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio 3rd Gen

With plenty of experience in the game, it’s fair to say that Focusrite know a thing or two when it comes turning out pioneering gear. That being said, how do you improve upon something that is already flawless? Well, apply what has gone well in the past and simply bring everything else up to that level. Easier said than done, yet Focusrite execute it effortlessly.

With over 30 years of mic preamps design under their belts, Focusrite grafted to make the 3rd Gen mic pres the best ever featured in a Scarlett interface. Every interface boasts 24-bit/192kHz AD-DA converters for peerless clarity, as well as the addition of their proprietary Air mode for greater expression across vocals by capturing high-end detail with the utmost fidelity.

What is Air mode?

Though Focusrite’s Air mode isn’t necessarily new, it was generally reserved for their Clarett and Red interfaces. Air Now the Scarlett gets in on the act, affording exemplary performance at a fraction of the cost of what you’d expect to pay. Designed to emulate the sound of their legendary transformer-based ISA preamp, Air mode adds that special something to your recordings, as and when you want it.

For those who want to dig deep into the tech behind Air then there are plenty of white papers that can be found on the Focusrite website. However, we’ll try to put this as succinctly as possible here. By engaging Air mode, the Scarlett aims to match the interaction between the mic and the ISA’s mic pre input transformer (known as Coupling). Increased Clarity is afforded thanks to reduced distortion and smoothed out linearity of the transformer and preamp design. The result is a subtle enhancement across higher frequencies, which captures the subtle nuances of acoustic instruments and vocals in pristine fashion.

So what’s all the fuss about?

1. Something for everyone

Focusrite Scarlett 4i4 3rd Gen

From the individual in their bedroom or on the road to the professional studio or touring musician, there’s a Scarlett 3rd Gen interface to suit any and every requirement. Providing an extensive range of I/O configurations you can choose from a vast selection that includes the Solo, 2i2, 4i4, 8i6, 18i8, and 18i20.

New additions to the Scarlett range, the 4i4 and 8i6 increase the input/output options against the 2i4 and 6i6.

Focusrite even make their popular Studio Packs available with their Solo and 2i2 interfaces. Therefore, as well as an industry USB audio interface you get the excellent Scarlett HP60 MkIII studio headphones and CM25 MkIII condenser microphone, getting your recording career off to a flying start.

2. Easier than ever to set up

Thanks to Focusrite’s Quick Start tool you can set up your Scarlett interface in next to no time at all. The registration guide takes you through setting up software and drivers so that you can get on with what you do best in stress-free fashion.

3. Low-latency performance

The last thing you want is for latency to creep in and make it a nightmare monitoring or tracking your recordings. Well, thanks to Focusrite’s impeccable design the USB latency is ultra-low. Therefore, you can throw plug-ins galore into proceedings without any worries at all.

4. Type-C USB connectivity

Again, incorporating bleeding-edge technology is the name of the game with Focusrite, hence their adoption of the Type-C USB connection for increased versatility. They even supply a USB-C to USB-A cable to get you up and running immediately.

5. Visually intuitive control layout

Those ever ready and delightfully intuitive iconic gain halos keep everything visual, which allows you to stay on top of your levels to prevent unwanted distortion accidentally wrecking your recordings.

6. Extensive I/O options

Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 3rd Gen

For those who require a little more than a couple of inputs, the 18i8 and 18i20 offer expandable connections via ADAT to capture full band performances without having to lug around extra gear.

As if all that wasn’t enough…

Included Software

Focusrite are a generous bunch aren’t they, and with the purchase of each Scarlett interface they include the following software absolutely free to get you recording music right away:

  • XLN Audio: Addictive Keys
  • Softube: Time and Tone Bundle
  • Focusrite: Red Plug-in Suite
  • Avid: Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack
  • Ableton: Live Lite
  • Splice Sounds: Free 3-month subscription

Plug-in Collective

Plug-in Collective provides Focusrite accounts with one free plug-in offer every couple of months. Yes, that’s right – FREE! Simply register your Focusrite gear and take advantage of cutting-edge plugin offers from a vast range of partners including: Accusonus, D16 Group Audio Software, Sugar Bytes, Zplane, AAS Applied Acoustics Systems, CloudBounce, Positive Grid, iZotope, FabFilter, Eventide, Flux, Sound Radix, AudioThing, and NUGEN Audio.

Two Year Warranty

Focusrite include a two years warranty on all products. Wherever you are in the world – or should we say wherever your music takes you -, if any hardware needs repairing or replacing due to a manufacturing fault then Focusrite have got your back.

Which one is the best for you?

1. Scarlett Solo – 2-IN, 2-OUT

Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen

  • 1 balanced line input
  • 2 hum-free balanced outputs offer clean audio playback
  • Delightfully easy setup for anyone tracking on the go
  • Ideal for singer-songwriters keeping things simple

2. Scarlett 2i2 – 2-IN, 2-OUT

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen

  • 2 balanced line inputs
  • 2 hum-free balanced outputs offer clean audio playback
  • Delightfully easy setup for anyone tracking on the go
  • Ideal for duos

3. Scarlett 4i4 – 4-IN, 4-OUT

Focusrite Scarlett 4i4 3rd Gen

  • 2 balanced line inputs
  • 4 hum-free balanced outputs offer clean monitoring and audio out to pedals
  • MIDI connectivity for integrating hardware synths
  • Loopback function makes podcasting, live streaming, and sampling simpler
  • Ideal for electronic music producers and those who want minimal inputs with MIDI

4. Scarlett 8i6 – 8-IN, 6-OUT

Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 3rd Gen

  • 6 balanced line inputs
  • 4 hum-free balanced outputs offer clean monitoring and audio out to pedals
  • MIDI connectivity for integrating hardware synths
  • Loopback function makes podcasting, live streaming, and sampling simpler
  • Ideal for electronic multi-instrumentalists

5. Scarlett 18i8 – 18-IN, 8-OUT

Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 3rd Gen

  • 8 balanced line inputs
  • 4 monitor outputs with anti-thump technology and speaker switching capabilities
  • ADAT input allows up to eight additional inputs
  • MIDI connectivity for integrating hardware synths
  • Loopback function makes podcasting, live streaming, and sampling simpler
  • Ideal for bands

6. Scarlett 18i20 – 18-IN, 20-OUT

Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 3rd Gen

  • 8 balanced line inputs
  • 4 monitor outputs with anti-thump technology and speaker switching capabilities
  • Dual ADAT input allows up to eight additional inputs and outputs
  • MIDI connectivity for integrating hardware synths
  • Loopback function makes podcasting, live streaming, and sampling simpler
  • Ideal for project studios – rackmountable

7. Scarlett Studio – 2-IN, 2-OUT

Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio 3rd Gen

  • 1 balanced line input
  • 2 hum-free balanced outputs offer clean audio playback
  • Delightfully easy setup for anyone tracking on the go
  • Ideal for singer-songwriters keeping things simple
  • Audio interface with a condenser microphone, closed-back headphones, and 3-metre XLR microphone cable

8. Scarlett 2i2 Studio – 2-IN, 2-OUT

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Studio 3rd Gen

  • 2 balanced line inputs
  • 2 hum-free balanced outputs offer clean audio playback
  • Delightfully easy setup for anyone tracking on the go
  • Ideal for duos
  • Audio interface with a condenser microphone, closed-back headphones, and 3-metre XLR microphone cable

Check this out

In this video, Sam Bell gives us a flavour of what the Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen is capable of

Get in touch

Head to the Dawsons website to check out our full range of Audio Interfaces. Alternatively, head to your local Dawsons Music Store where our in-store specialists will be more than happy to help you out.

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We checked out the key differences between Focusrite’s Scarlet and Clarett interfaces in this past article.

No sure how to expand your connections without breaking the bank? Check out this handy overview on Expanding connectivity with an ADAT interface – something to mull over with the new 18i8 and 18i20 interfaces.