Focusrite introduces 3rd generation Scarlett audio interfaces

Focusrite Scarlett Solo, 2i2, 4i4, 8i6, 18i8, and 18i20

Focusrite has launched the 3rd generation of its successful Scarlett audio interfaces. The new lineup comprises the Focusrite Scarlett Solo, Scarlett 2i2, Scarlett 4i4, Scarlett 8i6, Scarlett 18i8, and Scarlett 18i20. Among other improvements, the microphone preamps now feature a new “Air” mode. Here’s what’s new.


Scarlett, the next generation

Focusrite’s Scarlett range of USB interfaces has already helped make more records than any other in history, and with the 3rd Generation, you’ll sound better than ever.

Featuring six configurations of ins and outs with the best performing Scarlett mic preamps the range has ever heard, now with Air, high headroom instrument inputs, and high-performance converters, Scarlett is enabling millions of musicians, songwriters and producers to record, mix and play back audio in studio quality everywhere, all the time.

Scarlett 3rd Gen takes everything a step further:

Focusrite have been making mic preamps for 30 years, and the 3rd Gen mic pre is the best Scarlett has ever experienced. The 24-bit/192kHz converters give your recordings clarity, whilst Air mode breathes life into vocals, adding unique high-end detail. Our decades of experience mean Scarlett sounds just like you.


The 3rd Generation of Focusrite’s best-selling interface range includes I/O configurations to suit almost any situation. Choose from Solo, 2i2, 4i4 8i6, 18i8 or 18i20. The new 4i4 and 8i6 add more line I/O vs the 2nd Gen 2i4 and 6i6. New Solo and 2i2 Studio Packs are also available, with Scarlett HP60 MkIII headphone and CM25 MkIII condenser microphone included – perfect for starting your recording journey.


The upgraded mic preamps can reproduce the Air effect of Focusrite’s original ISA mic preamp, giving vocals and acoustic music a brighter and more spacious sound.


The easiest interfaces on the market to get up and running – Focusrite’s Quick Start tool will speed you through registration and guide you through setting up software and drivers.


USB latency so low you won’t notice it: record and monitor everything in real time with many of your favourite plug-ins in place.


Utilising the latest USB connectivity for greater versatility: just plug into your laptop using the supplied USB-C to USB-A cable whenever and wherever you want to record.


Instrument inputs with impressive headroom, additional line-level inputs for flexible recording setups, and balanced TRS outputs to eliminate speaker hum.


Focusrite’s iconic gain halos light up to indicate input levels, making it easy to get distortion-free recordings.


On top of Scarlett’s new features, musicians and engineers can of course still rely on the peace of mind and added extras they’ve come to expect from Focusrite. Every Scarlett interface comes with a whole range of software tools including:

Ableton® Live Lite™, Pro Tools® | First Focusrite Creative Pack, free three-month Splice Sounds subscription,  XLN Audio Addictive Keys, Focusrite Red Plug-in Suite and Softube Time & Tone Bundle. Plus a two-year warranty and membership of the Focusrite Plug-In Collective, offering regular free software downloads and generous discounts.


Watch how drum and bass producer, DJ Unglued builds up a track and finds out all about the new Scarlett 4i43rd Generation.



Scarlett Solo now features balanced TRS outputs. This effectively eliminates hissing and humming noises, when you connect speakers with balanced inputs.


The Scarlett 4i4 replaces the Scarlett 2i4 and adds two additional fixed line inputs. This lets you do cue mixing, or route audio to external effects, among other things.


The Scarlett 8i6 takes the place of the Scarlett 6i6. Like the 4i4, this interface features two fixed-line inputs more than its predecessor, for connecting several synthesizers or external FX processors.


The Scarlett 18i8 features ALT speaker switching for dual monitor setups.

The Scarlett 18i20 comes with a talkback function, including an on-board microphone. This interface has dual ADAT connectors, which allow you to expand your setup with up to eight additional channels by adding an external A/D converter / mic preamp like the Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre.