FocusriteScarlett Solo 3rd Gen Audio Interface


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Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen

Building your first home recording setup can be daunting—picking out the best DAW, mic, and interface involves weighing a lot of pros and cons. Luckily, Focusrite has taken the guesswork out of part of this process with the Scarlett Solo—perhaps the best audio interface in its price range, perfect for recording voice, guitar, or any other mono sound sources. Whether you're a podcaster, a singer-songwriter recording vocals and guitar, or an electronic musician looking for a rugged yet portable touring interface, the Scarlett Solo has everything you need to achieve studio-quality sound on a budget.

Building off of the legacy of their past Scarlett series interfaces, the Scarlett Solo is Focusrite's most compact interface offering to date—a no-nonsense package designed specifically to allow you to record a mic and single instrument simultaneously. Scarlett Solo features two simultaneous inputs—one XLR microphone input and one 1/4" line/instrument input—each of which feature high-quality preamps guaranteed to cleanly capture the sound of whatever you plug into them. Each channel offers a dedicated gain control with built-in level monitoring, making it a breeze to set signal levels regardless your mic or instrument. The mic input offers plenty of gain for use with dynamic mics (a Shure SM7B, perhaps?), and features a switchable phantom power supply for condenser mics. Best of all, the switchable "Air" feature adds high-end glisten and sparkle to your sound, ensuring that your voice or acoustic instruments are crisp and present in your mix.

Scarlett Solo is easy to set up—simply plug into your device via USB and you're ready to start recording. The built-in monitor control makes it easy to adjust your level for both headphones and your main outputs. The direct monitor option allows you to hear both your direct inputs and your computer's output simultaneously, perfect for tracking situations where latency needs to be kept to a minimum.

And perhaps best of all, Scarlett Solo comes with all of the software you need to get started making music. With a license for Ableton Live Lite, three-month subscriptions to Splice and Pro Tools, and plugins from XLN Audio, Softube, and Focusrite, all you need to do is add a mic and some headphones/monitors—you'll be tracking in no time. So if you need a studio-quality interface to start your own recording setup, or if you simply need a rugged, trustworthy small interface for the road, Focusrite's Scarlett solo is one of the best in the game. Perfect for vocals, guitar, electronic instruments, or virtually anything else you can throw at it, Scarlett Solo is an astonishing value.

Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen Features

  • Compact, affordable 2-in, 2-out USB audio interface
  • Great for voice, guitar, other instruments, and more
  • One Scarlett 3rd Gen preamp enabled input with switchable "Air" technology
  • One balanced line/Hi-Z instrument input, great for use with guitar and more
  • LED signal meter rings for easy visualization of your levels
  • Two balanced outputs for use with studio monitors
  • Dedicated headphone output
  • Record and mix in up to 24-bit/192kHz—studio-quality sound
  • USB bus-powered
  • Includes software bundle with Ableton Live Lite, and more
  • Includes three-month subscription to Splice
  • Three-month Avid Pro Tools Artist subscription + Complete Plugin Bundle
  • Two-month subscription to Landr Studio, plus five free masters to be redeemed at any time!
  • USB Connection
  • Audio Inputs: One Scarlett 3rd Gen preamp enabled input, and one balanced line input
  • Audio Outputs: Two balanced monitor outputs
Product Demo Videos
Focusrite Scarlett - Never Stop Creating // Focusrite
Scarlett is known as the interface of the people — Scarlett interfaces have found their way into millions of home and professional studios and have enabled musicians, songwriters, and producers to record, mix and playback audio worldwide. Scarlett is easy to use and is backed by Focusrite’s unparalleled customer experience and know-how — it’s a force to be reckoned with.
Getting Started Recording a Song with Scarlett and Hitmaker Expansion // Focusrite
In this video, John from Focusrite shows you how to set up a session in Ableton Live Lite which is also included with all Scarlett interfaces. He then starts to lay a foundation for the song using XLN Audio’s Addictive Keys and Addictive Drums 2.

Throughout this six-video-series, John will be using his Scarlett Solo and the plug-ins included with Hitmaker Expansion to build a track from scratch, taking a rough song idea to a polished mix.

The Hitmaker Expansion is Focusrite’s software package which includes industry leading plug-ins and virtual instruments that allows you to create studio quality vocals, powerful guitars, luscious keys, and huge drums, then mix and master with iconic Focusrite studio hardware – all in the box. Hitmaker Expansion includes:

• Auto-Tune Access
• Relab LX480 Essentials
• Softube Marshall Silver Jubilee 2555
• XLN Addictive Keys
• XLN Addictive Drums 2
• Brainworx bx_oberhausen
• Brainworx bx_console Focusrite SC
• Focusrite Red Plug-In Suite
• Brainworx bx_masterdesk
Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen - Overview // Focusrite
Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen Audio Interface Reviews