Controlling your audio output is the key to getting a solid recording with little trouble. Audio interfaces like the Scarlett Series by Focusrite make achieving a great sounding output a whole lot easier. These compact devices travel well, convert analog to digital flawlessly and give you the ability to tweak and customize as you go along. Wherever you take your Scarlett you can easily set up and get the process started. The flagship Scarlett product is undoubtedly the 2i2 with it having even won awards for the included preamps. This innovative interface features a unique combination input that allows you to plug in either a microphone cable or a standard ¼” patch cord. Even with a small design, you can easily control the signal with a control that alerts you by going green, yellow or red. This easily tells you whether you’re levels are perfect, need some tweaking or are way too much. The ease of use of a unit likes this takes a lot of the guess work out of recording.
If you’re looking to set up an at-home studio, the Scarlett series has some combo packages that include everything you’ll need. Options like the 18i8 MXL or the 2i2 BX5 packages have varied components featuring everything from microphones to monitors to cables to headphones plus the legendary audio interface. With instructions to complete the whole setup, you can easily start up a recording session and be ready to go in record time.
If you’re looking for a more advanced audio interface, models like the 18i20 offer a greater range of inputs and preamps to give you greater flexibility and scope in your recording process. With 8 available preamps, 18 inputs and 20 outputs, you are able to mix a range of sources easily recording a full band in one shot. A deluxe unit like this is the perfect option for a more innovative studio setup.
Trying the Focusrite Scarlett series is an excellent way to start your home recording sessions or to advance and begin recording more complex arrangements. The versatile construction easily allows you to customize your recording setup so you can get the results you’re looking for.