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Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 6 In-6 Out USB 2.0 Audio Interface With Two Focusrite Mic Preamps by Review Summary ,  Sep 10, 2015

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Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 6 In/6 Out USB 2.0 Audio Interface With Two Focusrite Mic Preamps
Report Date: 12/15/2015
Based on 167 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 3.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Microphone5.0   exceptional
Sound4.7   above average
Quality4.5   average
Price4.3   average
Audio4.2   average
Headphone4.1   average
Control3.6   average
Knob2.5   mediocre


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Audio

Audio:
"I have yet to run into any problems with track counts or audio glitches."
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"If you are having a similar problem with M Audio equipment (you know that sick feeling you got after casually upgrading to Yosemite without compulsively checking all driver compatibilities) you can stop looking - Focusrite appears to be the only choice under 300 dollars."
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"On the downside I would have liked more ability to control the audio output directly through the Scarlett Mixer control with the great Focusrite EQ, compressor included."
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"Problem with this is that i cant listen to any audio on my laptop unless i carry my scarlett around with me."
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"For this category of audio adapters the A D and pre-amps are quite good."
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"Unless you have a big budget, getting a good middle of the road audio interface and spending the rest of your money on other things, like a good mic, sound treatment, etc."
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"Crystal clear audio, so easy to use."
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"A very good product with a proud tradition of audio excellence."
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"I have purchased your Scarlett 6i6 and use it for studio audio production causing decreases in latency as well as casual listening."
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Control

Control:
"The control knobs are not well marked (the headphone volume knobs are not marked at all) so it makes it harder to know where the knobs are set."
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"The mix control software is very confusing and the manual has confounded one engineer and two MCSE IT people."
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"On the downside I would have liked more ability to control the audio output directly through the Scarlett Mixer control with the great Focusrite EQ, compressor included."
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"The only downside to this interface is the Scarlett Mix Control software, which is a bit obtuse, and is required to adjust some of the settings on the device."
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"The software it comes with is fantastic, like the compressors and the scarlett mix control."
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"So for anyone wondering about Mix Control capabilities, it's easy to use and you can route any input to any output while maintaining full control over each channel in the headphone mix."
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"UPDATE 4 22 15: I've had the unit for a few days now and was able to experiment with the Mix Control software."
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"It took me a while to wrap my head around how to configure it, but that's only because they give you a lot of options to fit lots of different situations, which I really appreciate, but once I got it configured, I found it was super quick and easy to control those 4 individual headphone mixes."
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"The mixer software works really well and gives you control over relative levels for zero latency monitoring, as well as independent headphones mixes."
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Headphone

Headphone:
"The control knobs are not well marked (the headphone volume knobs are not marked at all) so it makes it harder to know where the knobs are set."
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"The knobs, especially the headphone volume knobs, can be a bit hard to turn, especially if there are lots of cables plugged in."
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"My only complaint on the build quality would be the monitor and headphone knobs."
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"Love having two headphone outs when I'm on the DAW and a bandmate is tracking."
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"Headphone amp sounds very good compared to the laptop's."
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"Anyway, I've had the 18i20 for about a month now, and I'm using every single input and output (except word clock and ADAT), so that's all 8 mic preamps, the 2 channel digital input, all 8 outputs and 2 headphone jacks, and it's been performing perfectly without any issues."
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"It took me a while to wrap my head around how to configure it, but that's only because they give you a lot of options to fit lots of different situations, which I really appreciate, but once I got it configured, I found it was super quick and easy to control those 4 individual headphone mixes."
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"to be a GREAT help with managing my 4 individual headphone mixes."
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Knob

Knob:
"The control knobs are not well marked (the headphone volume knobs are not marked at all) so it makes it harder to know where the knobs are set."
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"My only complaints are that the rack attachment plates are not removable and the chrome monitor headphone volume knobs are a little too shiny, making it hard to see where they're set."
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"My one complaint would be that the input knobs on the front are simply plain black, and need some kind of white stripe to help visually see where the level is set."
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"The knobs, especially the headphone volume knobs, can be a bit hard to turn, especially if there are lots of cables plugged in."
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"My only complaint on the build quality would be the monitor and headphone knobs."
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"The knobs are sturdy and turn smoothly, unlike the plasticky feel of the Tascam."
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"Also important to point out: I use relatively high-quality monitor speakers with their own independent volume knobs -- inconveniently located on the back of the speakers."
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"- I have to say, I love the halo knobs."
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"Sturdy knobs, good ports, good case."
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"I may put some white out on the knobs so I can more easily see where I've set the preamp gain controls, but I like how the knobs are staggered so it's easy to figure out which input gain know is which."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"Unless you have a big budget, getting a good middle of the road audio interface and spending the rest of your money on other things, like a good mic, sound treatment, etc."
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"Adds a pair of nice mic preamps to your home studio."
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"The mic preamps sound fantastic and now I have 4 of them to record more instruments."
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"A good mic and solid technique is going to give you a good sound."
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"The mic pres are good, transparent, and have an adequate gain range."
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Mixer

Mixer:
"As my experience grew and use of the mixer I started to notice some nasty noise getting through the mixer."
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"I was told that this was better than a Behringer mixer for its easy interface and lead wrongly by Amazon reviews."
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"The mixer program is a nice addition."
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"The mixer software works really well and gives you control over relative levels for zero latency monitoring, as well as independent headphones mixes."
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"The selection of inputs and outputs is very good for the price and the inputs in particular integrate nicely with the analog mixer and external mic pre that I already had."
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"I love the driver software which has a mixer that lets you configure just about anything you can imagine."
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Monitor

Monitor:
"my interface came with the monitor volume damaged, i needed a replacement, i'm still waiting for it."
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"My only complaint on the build quality would be the monitor and headphone knobs."
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"In the end I'm able to monitor with compression (or reverb delay etc.)"
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"Beautiful sounding preamps, a great customizable mixer with multiple monitor channels makes it superior for complex studio recording."
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"Also important to point out: I use relatively high-quality monitor speakers with their own independent volume knobs -- inconveniently located on the back of the speakers."
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"However, you may very well end up with similar monitor speakers eventually, so why not plan for it when you're plunking down your cash on the audio interface?"
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"My ears are not so golden, but sounds really nice with my Mackie MR6mk3 monitors, the low end sounds tighter and more defined than my old interface, Steinberg CI2+ (I'll miss the foot switch tho)."
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Price

Price:
"Audio quality is more than good enough for my ears and for the money, this is hard to beat."
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"this interfaces is pretty amazing for the price, although, the software is not that good at all."
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"Otherwise it may be worth the hassle to put up with a 2i2 because of the price."
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"For the price, this unit is very hard to beat."
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"Excellent for this price range."
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"Focusrite Scarlett is best for the money."
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"The rep on this is that it is super dependable, a great sound, and affordable."
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"Unless you have a big budget, getting a good middle of the road audio interface and spending the rest of your money on other things, like a good mic, sound treatment, etc."
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"Easy to install, great configuration options, durable and considering the price, it works great for me."
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Quality

Quality:
"Audio quality is more than good enough for my ears and for the money, this is hard to beat."
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"For the exact same price, you can get their Firewire interface (also works with Thunderbolt) that has all the same features, and comparable (if not superior) sound quality... with zero latency."
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"My only complaint on the build quality would be the monitor and headphone knobs."
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"Really brings my vinyl mixes to an even more amazing quality sound keeping the dynamic range."
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"High quality, well built, great sound, I am very satisfied."
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"Anyway the sound quality is excellent."
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"Really love the sound quality and the options."
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"Great sound quality."
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Sound

Sound:
"Again, not perfect, but shoot: it's not going to sound bad."
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"same problems as usual .. all external sound cards .. are spotty.. and I have had 5 brands."
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"For the exact same price, you can get their Firewire interface (also works with Thunderbolt) that has all the same features, and comparable (if not superior) sound quality... with zero latency."
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"I use this thing for everything.. from recording mixes, to producing, It's really intuitive and the sound output is amazing!"
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"Really brings my vinyl mixes to an even more amazing quality sound keeping the dynamic range."
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"The rep on this is that it is super dependable, a great sound, and affordable."
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"Unless you have a big budget, getting a good middle of the road audio interface and spending the rest of your money on other things, like a good mic, sound treatment, etc."
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"High quality, well built, great sound, I am very satisfied."
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