Focusrite introduces the new 4th-Gen Scarlett Solo, 2i2 and 4i4

Focusrite, the renowned name behind the world’s best-selling audio interfaces – the Scarlett range, has taken a significant stride forward with the introduction of Scarlett 4th Gen. This new series comprises the Solo, 2i2, 4i4, Solo Studio, and 2i2 Studio models, promising an array of improvements including heightened audio specifications, enriched creative potentials, and unparalleled user-friendliness.

The Scarlett 4th Gen lineup goes beyond its predecessors in terms of specs, showcasing an impressive set of features like the innovative Auto Gain, the safeguarding Clip Safe, and a reimagined Air mode. These enhancements collectively solidify the series’ standing as a major advancement in the field.

  • Scarlett 4th Gen establishes a new benchmark in delivering professional-grade studio quality through its host of powerful features:
  • Dynamic Range and Converters: A remarkable 120dB dynamic range is achieved through the integration of converters sourced from the prestigious RedNet range – a staple in top-tier studios globally.
  • Enhanced Preamps: Pioneering remote-controlled preamps, sporting 69dB of gain, ensures impeccable sound quality for all microphone types.
  • Revamped Air Mode: The Air mode has undergone an impressive overhaul, now incorporating Presence and a brand-new Harmonic Drive, elevating vocal and instrument tracks to the forefront of mixes.
  • Auto Gain: This ingenious feature eliminates the hassle of manual level setting. By simply playing or singing for ten seconds, Auto Gain expertly configures the optimal recording level.
  • Clip Safe: Recognizing that monitoring levels is crucial, Clip Safe intelligently adjusts gain in real-time to prevent clipping, letting performers focus on their craft without level concerns.
  • Headphone Amplification: A newly devised, custom-built headphone amplifier ensures unparalleled playback quality through high-impedance headphones.
  • Redesigned Dynamic Gain Halos: An updated rendition of the iconic Scarlett Gain Halos introduces output metering, streamlining the process of level setting and monitoring.
  • Revamped Headphones: The Scarlett range’s Studio packs now include redesigned headphones with flatter frequency responses and enhanced comfort.
  • Refreshed Easy Start Tool: Simplifying setup, the refreshed Easy Start tool ensures seamless installation and rapid recording initiation.

The Scarlett 4th Gen series extends its appeal through the introduction of its individual models:

Scarlett Solo: An ideal companion for singer-songwriters, boasting a microphone preamp, Hi-Z instrument/line input, and a purpose-designed headphone amp. This compact design delivers astonishing audio quality, making it perfect for home studios and mobile recording.

Scarlett 2i2: Tailored for aspiring artists, this model features two remote-controllable mic preamps and two Hi-Z instrument/line inputs. Its iconic 2-in/2-out setup guarantees professional studio quality in a portable package, bolstered by the addition of Clip Safe, Auto Gain, and Air mode enhancements.

Scarlett 4i4: Targeting multi-instrumentalists, this unit boasts two remote-controllable mic preamps, versatile switchable line or Hi-Z instrument inputs, two fixed line inputs, and four balanced outputs. MIDI I/O capability facilitates seamless integration of synths and grooveboxes into recording sessions. Its enhanced features include Clip Safe, Auto Gain, and the re-engineered Air mode.

Scarlett Solo Studio and Scarlett 2i2 Studio: These comprehensive bundles provide all-in-one solutions for high-quality recording. Equipped with either Solo or 2i2 interfaces, CM25 MkIII studio condenser mics, and closed-back SH-450 headphones, these packages ensure studio-grade vocal and instrument recording straight out of the box.

Scarlett 4th Gen’s hardware design seamlessly blends elegance, functionality, and accessibility. Features like premium Neutrik connectors, well-placed knobs, and Scarlett’s signature red accents contribute to a sleek, modern aesthetic.

Furthermore, the Dynamic Gain Halos simplify level setting and monitoring, facilitating consistent, optimal results. The Loopback feature offers effortless routing of computer audio to digital audio workstations (DAWs), enabling versatile uses like sampling from other software, streaming, and recording flexibility.

Focusrite’s commitment to user ease and success continues with the Easy Start tool, guiding users through quick setup, enabling them to start recording promptly with bundled software like Ableton Live Lite and a three-month subscription to Pro Tools Artist.

To enhance recording, mixing, and mastering endeavors, the Hitmaker Expansion software bundle is included, featuring an array of acclaimed studio plugins from industry giants like Softube, Native Instruments, and Antares. Moreover, five free masters from Landr, along with a two-month subscription to Landr Studio, grant artists access to music distribution on major streaming platforms.

For those seeking remote control, Focusrite Control 2 provides a solution that facilitates setup and mixing from both PC and Mac systems.

The Scarlett 4th Gen series is available now, with pricing as follows:

Scarlett Solo: $139.99
Scarlett 2i2: $199.99
Scarlett 4i4: $279.99
Scarlett Solo Studio: $249.99
Scarlett 2i2 Studio: $299.99

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