Got me a Focusrite Scarlett recently

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bace135 in the house tonight!
Member Since: Jan 28, 2003

So, last year, I was trying to mix some music on my new set up, and my trust Delta 66 interface that I've had for over a decade, started distorting in the output for the left channel. I was sad. So, after experimenting with some techniques to try and fix the problem, and promptly failing all of them, I eventually bit the bullet and bought myself one of these for Christmas:


https://d3se566zfvnmhf.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/focusrite/products/Scarlett-6i6/Images-Page/Scarlett_6i6_Front-elevated-720.jpg


us.focusrite.com/usb-audio-interfaces/scarlett-6i6

It looks pretty sweet in my setup. But in the end, it turns out I'm pretty much just using it for it's outputs. It has 2 headphone outputs which is nice. But the routing, for as many inputs/outputs as it has is weaksauce. I couldn't do half the things I thought I might be able to do. And the mic pres which they sing so highly about are ok. Probably for most home studios they're great, but I already have a stand alone pre that sounds really nice.

But, of course I ran some tests with various input routing setups, and even if I use my standalone pre, it sounds best (cleanest) if I continue to use the inputs on my Delta 66 and don't put it through the Focusrite at all. It's kind of expensive just being used as an output only sound card with some built in headphone amps. But like I said, it looks fresh.

But I got a good deal on a used one (still 2nd gen), so hey, I can't complain too much. Ha! Now I just need to find the time to record some more stuff. Especially since I'm taking this singing/voice class at the local community college, so theoretically I should sound better!

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Eat Spam before it eats YOU!!!
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Since: May 11, 2002


Feb 16, 2017 07:59 am

Hey at least you have a USB device now :) I'm still trying to find a laptop with an expresscard slot for my FA66 and MOTU traveler. :)

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


Mar 02, 2017 08:55 am

I still have my trusty old Line 6 KB37 that is stil rockin along, but sadly, I am in your position and pretty much just using it for the outputs, not much recording going on lately...using it more to practice song I have in Spotify or something.

I miss recording, just don't have the time for it lately, too much going on with the band and family to have time to dedicate...well, then there has been that writters block I'm dealing with...meh.

But, back on topic, looks nice, but sounds like the Delta really served it's tour of duty well, you got a lot of years out of that thing!

Byte-Mixer
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Since: Dec 04, 2007


Apr 14, 2017 05:13 am

I originally got my Mackie Onyx 16ch for recording live, but since that didn't work so hot with my laptop, I ended up getting an all-in-one solution for live stuff.

So, now the Mackie is pretty much permanently the heart of my studio. I do still use it to record my vocals and my keyboards, a bit more now that I'm actually involved as a keyboardist with some local dudes. (more about that in a different thread, hah).

Oh, and sometimes I'll run my guitar DI through a pedal and into the board. Really liking my little Zoom G3X. Also use the pedal with my Nord for some good stuff.

I'm a little miffed that most new laptops these days have completely gotten rid of firewire, but well, I probably won't be using a laptop for any live work, and I doubt I'll be upgrading the home studio AI anytime soon, so...i guess it's really a non issue.

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