Focusrite releases second generation Scarlett interfaces

Focusrite has launched the second generation of its Scarlett USB interfaces, which are now available worldwide.

While the I/O count of every interface in the range remains the same as the original line, the second gen offers various improvements, including Focusrite’s fastest USB performance yet, with round-trip latency measurements as low as 2.74ms.

The series consists of six interfaces, as well as two studio pack bundles, from the two-in, two-out, Scarlett Solo with single mic preamp (£89.99 UK RRP) to the rack-mounted 18-in/20-out Scarlett 18i20 (£399.99).

There are also new metal gain controls and a sleeker red metal chassis, while the latest Scarlett mic preamp now features a more even gain structure and increased headroom.

Furthermore, Focusrite has provided analogue protection circuitry across both the inputs and the outputs, guarding the interfaces against unwanted power surges. The Scarlett range now operates at sample rates up to 192kHz.

Following the announcement earlier this year of a new alliance between Focusrite and Avid, the Scarlett second generation interfaces will also ship with Avid Pro Tools | First. Named Focusrite Creative Pack, the exclusive offering comprises the free version of Pro Tools digital audio software, and 12 additional plug-ins, including the Eleven Lite for real-life guitar amp emulations and Tape Echo to bring the sound of classic analogue delays to mixes.

Focusrite and Avid say they will continue to collaborate closely to ensure that all new Scarlett interfaces are compatible with each new version of Pro Tools.

Also provided are Ableton Live Lite, Softube’s Time and Tone bundle, the Focusrite Red Plug-In Suite, 2GB of Loopmasters samples and more.

The bus-powered Scarlett second generation interfaces are available immediately, with the Scarlett 6i6, 18i8 and 18i20 following later on this month.

The range is both Mac and PC compatible, working across all major DAWs.