Focusrite Scarlett 8i6

Scarlett 8i6 [3rd Gen]

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8-in, 6-out USB audio interface

3rd Generation
Was $299.99
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Plug in and produce. All your instruments, all the time. 8i6 is studio sound for all your hardware.

The two 3rd Generation Scarlett mic preamps sound great straight out of the box. Air mode recreates the legendary effect of Focusrite's ISA mic pres and makes vocals and guitars shine. The high-impedance, high-headroom instrument inputs are great for recording guitar or bass without clipping, while our iconic Gain Halos make it easy to set input levels fast. Four balanced outputs are hum-free for pristine monitoring, and are ideal as FX sends. Two powerful headphone outputs with individual level controls let you monitor, mix and master however you want. Loopback makes streaming and sampling simple. And it comes with some of the best-loved tools in the business, including Ableton Live Lite, Avid Pro Tools Artist and Hitmaker Expansion – with plugins from legendary Auto-Tune® creators Antares®, Brainworx®, Softube®, Landr, XLN Audio®, Relab and more.


  • Six inputs and four outputs; two 3rd Generation mic pres, switchable to line or Hi-Z instrument inputs, four fixed line inputs, and four balanced outputs.
  • Air Mode breathes life into vocals and acoustic instruments.
  • 24-bit/192 kHz converters deliver studio-quality sound.
  • Gain Halos make setting levels simple.
  • Two powerful headphone outputs with independent level controls.
  • Focusrite Control makes it easy to route audio and create the perfect monitor mix.
  • Loopback makes streaming and sampling simple.
  • Flexible connectivity, with MIDI and S/PDIF.
  • USB-C connectivity, compatible with MacOS and Windows.
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite, three months of Pro Tools Artist, and the Hitmaker Expansion, with plugins from Antares, Softube, Landr, XLN Audio and more.
  • Three-year warranty and award-winning customer support for life.
  • Loud and clear

    Loud and clear

    Hi-res 24-bit/192kHz converters give recordings stunning clarity. High dynamic range and ultra-low noise makes sure Scarlett sounds just like you.
  • Work faster, not harder

    Work faster, not harder

    Mac, PC or iPadOS. Super-low latency means better takes. Better takes mean better recordings. Scarlett keeps you on track.

'Better quality, improved specs and not much of a shift in price. It’s difficult to see Focusrite losing that ‘best selling interface’ label any time soon.'

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'Unreal sound, zero latency, super-cool software and an elegant look... No matter how complete your home studio or live rig is, it probably has a place for this.'

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Ready when you are

Ready when you are

Scarlett won’t let you down. Our premium build quality, rock-solid drivers and our award-winning support team make sure of it.
All the tools you need to start recording right, now

All the tools you need to start recording right, now

There’s no better way to step into studio recording – your Scarlett interface comes with some of the best loved tools in the business, including:

Hitmaker Expansion: features exclusive content from legendary Auto-Tune® creators Antares®, along with Native Instruments®, Brainworx®, Softube®, Landr, XLN Audio®, Relab and more.

Three-month’s Avid® Pro Tools Artist subscription and Avid Complete Plugin Bundle: Record and release tracks with the industry-standard DAW and plugin collection. After three-months get an annual subscription with 25% off Pro Tools Artist or 33% off Pro Tools Studio.

Ableton® Live Lite™: the iconic DAW gives you everything you need to get started including instruments, effects and Live’s trademark clip and scene launching for taking ideas further or performance.

Three Month Splice Sounds Subscription: spark inspiration instantly with Splice’s huge Sounds library. With 100 credits per month added to your account, you can grab samples of thousands of artists and millions of sounds.

Specifications in detail

  • ConnectivityUSB type-C
  • ProtocolUSB 2.0
  • Form factorDesktop
  • Simultaneous I/O8 x 6
  • A/D resolution24-bit/192 kHz
  • Number of preamps2
  • Phantom powerYes
  • Number of pads2
  • Instrument inputs2
  • Line inputs6
  • Analogue outputs4
  • Headphone outputs2
  • Digital inputsS/PDIF
  • Digital outputsS/PDIF
  • LoopbackYes
  • MIDI I/OYes
  • Bus poweredNo
  • Included PSUYes
Supported sample rates
    44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
Microphone inputs
  • Frequency response20Hz - 20kHz ± 0.1dB
  • Dynamic range111dB (A-weighted)
  • THD+N<0.0012%
  • Noise EIN-128dBu (A-weighted)
  • Maximum input level9dBu (at minimum gain)
  • Gain range56dB
  • Impedance3kΩ
Variable line inputs 1-2
  • Frequency response20Hz - 20kHz ± 0.1dB
  • Dynamic range110.5dB (A-weighted)
  • THD+N<0.002%
  • Maximum input level22dBu (at minimum gain)
  • Gain range56dB
  • Impedance60kΩ
Fixed line inputs 3-6
  • Frequency Response20Hz - 20kHz ± 0.1dB
  • Dynamic Range110.5dB (A-weighted)
  • THD+N<0.002%
  • Maximum Input Level18dBu
  • Impedance44kΩ
Instrument inputs
  • Frequency Response20Hz - 20kHz ± 0.1dB
  • Dynamic Range110dB (A-weighted)
  • THD+N<0.03%
  • Maximum Input Level12.5dBu (at minimum gain)
  • Gain Range56dB
  • Impedance1.5MΩ
Line/monitor outputs
  • Dynamic range (line outputs)108dB
  • THD+N<0.002%
  • Maximum output level (0 dBFS)15.5dBu
  • Impedance430Ω
Headphone outputs
  • Dynamic range104dB (A-weighted)
  • THD+N<0.002%
  • Maximum output level7dBu
  • Impedance<1Ω
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