Focusrite Scarlett 8i6
Focusrite Scarlett 8i6

Scarlett 8i6, USB audio interface from Focusrite in the Scarlett series.

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stompboxjon 10/23/2012

Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 : stompboxjon's user review

« Interface is good, a little latency is present though »

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The Scarlett 8i6 has not been out for a long time so it is difficult to say how well it will run and how the drivers will be updated in the near future. But so far every single part of this interface seems to work great and it is well built. It connects to your computer through USB and it is a 6 in and 6 out interface (you can record 6 tracks simultaneously) with 2 mic preamps.


The Scarlett 8i6 comes with a Focusrite software called MixControl, this software is decent but I don’t think it is anything that you should make the decision whether or not your want this interface over. I hardly ever use that software, I used it a lot within the first week I had the 8i6 but then after that it was no use to me. The Scarlett 8i6 also comes with Ableton Live Lite 8 in case you are in need of a DAW and sequencer. You will have everything you need right out of the box to start making music and recording right away.


So far the drivers are stable, and the manual is easy to understand. It comes in PDF format. I have not seen a hard copy of the manual. All of the basic functions of the Scarlett 8i6 are easy to understand and use. It could take some time setting everything up if you are going to install the interface all of the plug-ins and Ableton Live Lite 8. But once you get it up and running you will be happy.


This interface is solid, well built and with a decent preamp. The issue is that there are other interfaces that are similar to this one that are FireWire and will give you lower latency issues. When using the Scarlett 8i6 you will be able to tell you are having some latency issues during certain projects. For some of us this is a deal breaker.