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Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen

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2-Channel USB2.0 audio interface with USB-C connection

  • 24 Bits / 192 kHz
  • 1 x Scarlett microphone preamp
  • Phantom power +48 V
  • Switchable air function
  • 1 Mic input: XLR
  • 1 Line / instrument input: 6.3 mm jack
  • 2 Line outputs: 6.3 mm jack balanced
  • Stereo headphone output: 6.3 mm jack
  • USB-C connection
  • For PC / Mac
  • USB bus-powered
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 143.5 x 43.5 x 95.8 mm
  • Weight: 0.32 kg
  • Includes USB cable (Type C to A) and Ableton Live Lite, Pro Tools First, Focusrite Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite, Softube Time & Tone Bundle and a software tool of 4 XLN Audio Addictive Keys of your choice
Recording / Playback Channels 2x2
Number of Mic Inputs 1
Number of Line Inputs 1
Number of Instrument Inputs 1
Number of Line Outs 2
Headphone Outs 1
Phantom power Yes
Number of S/PDIF Connectors 0
Number of ADAT Connectors 0
Numer of AES/EBU Connectors 0
Number of MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 0
Other Connectors No
MIDI interface No
Word Clock No
Max. sample rate (kHz) 192 kHz
Max. resolution in bit 24 bit
USB Bus-Powered Yes
Incl. power supply No
USB Version 2.0
Width in mm 143,5 mm
Depth in mm 95,8 mm
Height in mm 43,5 mm
available since July 2019
Item number 468428
Included in delivery USB cable, software
Zero latency monitoring 1
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The third generation of the Scarlett Solo

The Scarlett Solo, now in its third edition, is the most compact and portable model within Focusrite’s acclaimed Scarlett series of USB audio interfaces for Mac and PC. It features an XLR mic input, a balanced line input for synthesisers and other line-level audio sources, and a pair of balanced outputs for monitoring. The Scarlett’s high-quality mic preamp provides 48 V phantom power and is also equipped with a brand-new Air Mode switch. Electric guitars and basses can be connected directly to the line input and the impedance adjusted to Hi-Z accordingly. The Scarlett Solo also looks great and is very attractively priced.

Love is in the "Air"

Focusrite’s outstanding reputation for building high-quality mic preamps has been established for over three decades now, and much of this expertise has been included in the third generation of Scarlett interfaces via the brand-new integrated Air Mode, which when selected opens up and brightens the high end in a way that is intended to emulate their classic ISA preamps – or, as the British manufacturer puts it, to provide “unique high-end detail for vocals and acoustic guitar”. Decades of experience really do speak for quality in this case, and the AD/DA converters provide optimum clarity and detail with a maximum bit depth of 24 bits and frequency rates of up to 192 kHz.

For lone warriors

This compact desktop interface is ideally suited to singer/songwriters. It is USB-powered and sturdily built, yet lightweight and portable. Plug your vocal mic into the first input and your guitar into the second – and let the recording session begin. Unlike other members of the Scarlett family, the Solo lacks MIDI connectivity. This should not pose too much of a problem, however, since most modern keyboards feature a USB interface as standard and can thus be connected directly to the computer.

About Focusrite

Founded in 1985 by Rupert Neve, Focusrite quickly made a name for itself with high-quality analogue consoles. Today, the company markets audio interfaces, mic preamps, consoles, analogue EQs, and channel strips as well as hardware and software for digital audio processing. The company is based in High Wycombe, England, and has won numerous industry awards. In addition to the Focusrite Pro line, the company also has subsidiaries that include Adam Audio, Novation, and iOS app creator Ampify Music.

Get started right away

The newly designed “gain halos” (the red and green LED rings around the gain controls on the front panel) are intended to make it easier to adjust gain settings, so that budding producers can start recording immediately after buying the interface. To make things simpler still, Focusrite has included a “Quick Start Tool” and put together an impressive and comprehensive package of free software, some in the box and some available for download, which includes Ableton Live Lite, Pro Tools First, Focusrite Red Plugin Suite, Focusrite Plugin Collective, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, a three-month subscription to Splice Sounds, and a software tool of four XLN Audio Addictive Keys of your choice.

In the spotlight: Solo, 2i2, 4i4, 8i6, 18i8, and 18i20

The third generation of Scarlett interfaces comprises the Solo, 2i2, 4i4, 8i6, 18i8, and 18i20 as well as two bundles, the Solo Studio and 2i2 Studio, each of which includes a microphone and headphones. The abbreviations 2i2, 4i4, etc. specify the number of inputs and outputs. In other words, “2i2” stands for two (i)nputs and two outputs, and 4i4 accordingly stands for four (i)nputs and four outputs. The “Solo” bends the rules in this respect, since it actually features two inputs and two outputs – the name instead suggests that it is intended for solo artists or singer/songwriters.

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Отличный выбор
Alex Bond 06.06.2021
В карте 3 канала на выход звука - 2 jack 6,3 мм+1 jack 6,3 мм для наушников, и 2 канала на вход - xlr и jack 6,3 мм. Есть возможность прямой передачи звука на колонки через кнопку Direct Monitor.
В связи с отсутствием микрофона весь потенциал карты пока не оценил. Но для гитары, либо для ударных (моно) для индивидуального пользования карты подходит на 100%.
Но если планируете играть более, чем на одном инструменте одновременно, я бы рекомендовал брать также Focusrite на большее количество каналов.
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A great audio interface
Soheil JB 13.08.2020
I'm not an expert when it comes to studio equipment but I'm pretty sure this audio interface won't let you down, The build quality is fantastic and I love the sound quality of this audio interface, It's super clean and It has a built-in Phantom power so you don't need to get a separate one for your condenser microphone and you can simply connect this to the computer with the USB-C cable that comes in the box.
The installation process was pretty straightforward and Focusrite has a step by step installation guide on their website.
Did I mention you get a bunch of VSTs and Ableton Live 10 for free? I'm pretty sure if you try to get each one of those it's gonna cost you more than the audio interface.

The only downside for me was some audio crackling when watching youtube ( which doesn't usually happen ) and you can't get any sound output for headphones unless your studio speakers are off which is a bit of hassle and having a volume control for your headphones would've been nice. The more expensive one of this audio interface comes with this feature but I feel Focusrite should've left the headphone volume knob on this model as well.
If you've got the budget and you need two instrument input and you do lots of recording, Get the more expensive one so you don't regret it in the future, For me, this is enough and I'm pretty happy with my purchase.
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Easiest way to start recording
Russian Synth Committee 19.11.2021
I bought the Scarlett Solo to begin recording electric guitars on to my computer. Setup is a doddle and I now use it for meetings, my colleagues can’t get over the sound quality on zoom calls! A great bit of kit for any musician with aspirations towards home recording.
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Very good beginner gear
Bart Vaes 11.11.2021
Excellent beginner gear, with 1 TRS and 1 Jack input and 2 balanced outputs. Very sturdy, high quality built.
The "Air" button is nice to brighten up your music.

Minor points are: it has a direct monitor output, but the no separate volume control for it.
Since gen.3 the device is listed as Mass Storage Device after connecting. You need the proprietary Focusrite software to switch it to audio device. This wasn't the case with gen. 2 devices.
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