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Focusrite Launches The new Red4Pre Flagship Interface

Focusrite have announced their new flagship Red 4Pre, a 58-in, 64-out audio interface that offers a whole wealth of connectivity making it ideal to sit at the center of any high-end studio, or indeed many larger scale applications including many live audio scenarios.

Key headline features include four newly-developed, digitally controlled ‘Red Evolution’ pre-amps offering a clean 63dB of ultra clean gain and high-headroom instrument inputs all routed through the newly developed high-performance conversion system, that in itself offers 121dB of dynamic range to work with.


Software control allows recall of settings and stereo linking, plus configuration of HPF, polarity invert and individual phantom power. The pre-amps include Focusrite’s unique ‘Air’ effect, recreating in the analogue domain the sound of the transformer-based mic pre-amps in the classic ISA range — suitable for bringing out the breathy quality of a vocal or adding presence to an acoustic guitar. Red 4Pre also includes high-headroom instrument inputs, instantly accessible from the front panel.

The Red 4Pre’s new high-performance conversion system features ‘parallel path summing’, where two matched converters are run in parallel to increase the signal to noise ratio. They operate at up to 24-bit, 192 kHz sampling — ideal for high-resolution audio — with a dynamic range of 118dB(A-D)/121dB (D-A). The Red 4Pre delivers ≤0.0009% THD+Noise and a stated frequency response flat from 20Hz to 35kHz ±0.25 dB or better.


Rounding off the package the are dual Thunderbolt 2 ports to connect to any DAW while allowing daisy-chaining of drives and displays. Dual DigiLink ports connect the Red 4Pre directly to any Pro Tools | HD system and in addition the Red 4Pre features built-in Dante network audio connectivity: use the dual Ethernet ports to connect any Dante-compatible product such as units from Focusrite’s own RedNet range, adding up to 64 channels via audio over Ethernet.

The Focusrite Red4Pre should be shipping around the end of March 2016.

The Red 4Pre @ Scan

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Win Focusrite, Novation & KRK Gear In The 50 Days Of Spring Give Away.

Focusrite Spring Giveaway.

Everytime the Focusrite team come up with a new giveaway, they seem to get bigger and better with this time certainly being no exception. If you purchase a piece of kit from Focusrite or partner companies Novation & KRK over the coming weeks, it will then qualify you for entry into the huge spring giveaway where the is £10,000 worth of studio gear to be won!

If you purchase any product from these three brands and then visit http://uk.focusrite.com/spring to complete the form and answer the question, you’ll then be entered into all the draws from then until 10th May 2013. The are 50 days of draws starting from the 22nd of March, so the sooner you enter the higher the chance of winning one of these great prize vouchers which can then be used towards the purchase of any further Focusrite, Novation or KRK that would surely look and sound great in any studio!

To find out more on the competition check out the link here.

Click on the respective brand name below to see the qualifying kit we carry here at Scan.

Focusrite Gear @ Scan

Novation Gear @ Scan

KRK Gear @ Scan

To see the prize winners as they are announced click here.

Full T&C’s for the comperition can be found here.

Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 Announced.

This weeks product launch from Focusrite as part of their run up to this years NAMM is the Focusrite Scarlett 18i20, which looks to be a strong entry into a section of the market which is perhaps a bit light on options at this price point.

About the Focusrite Scarlett 18i20

At it’s heart the Scarlett 18i20 takes the core of the popular Scarlett range of interfaces and expands the available I/O options by a fairly sizable amount. The design brief for this interface appears to be for a unit that can multitrack your average band with ease, making it an interesting choice for any act wishing to do their own demo recording or even produce their own work.

We’re looking at a total of 18 inputs and 20 outputs on this interface which isn’t unheard of at this price point with but with the solid advantage of it having 8 of Focusrites well regarded preamps for your mics and instruments to plug into. We can think of only a handful of units currently on the market with that number of preamps at this price point and perhaps only one or two that we would strongly recommend, so this interface comes in as a strong contender for anyone needing that many inputs at what is still a very reasonable price for this kind of feature set.

Along with those 8 XLR/Jack preamp’d sockets the is the option to (light)pipe in another 8 via ADAT leaving the last two inputs to enter the unit via the S/PDIF connection. Ouput wise we have 2 optical outs and 8 physical jack outputs which we reckon will be more than enough for the vast amount of regular users, it also perhaps opens this interface up to the audio install market where end user may wish have multizone playback configurations. We can see this interface cropping up in all sorts of places that we suspect even the designers may have yet to consider, as it does appear to be quite a versatile little thing.


Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 Front

Features of the Focusrite Scarlett 18i20

Eight award-winning Focusrite mic preamps with front-panel meters : With switchable phantom power, up to 60dB of gain, plus pad and instrument switches on channels 1+ 2.

24-bit/96kHz A-D/D-A convertors

Dual headphone outputs and comprehensive monitor control : Send separate, near-zero-latency cue mixes to artist and producer with Scarlett Mix Control, and control the level of your studio monitors quickly and easily from the Scarlett 18i20 front panel.

Compatible with Mac, PC and iPad : It uses the latest USB 2.0 streaming technology with stable, reliable drivers to provide outstanding performance on both Windows and Macintosh computers, and even iPad® (requires the Apple Camera Connection Kit — no drivers required!)

Complete software bundle : Including Ableton Live Lite music software, the Focusrite Scarlett plug-in suite, Novation’s Bass Station soft synth and 1GB of Loopmasters samples.


Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 Rear

Our Verdict

As we’ve said before at this price point and with this spec the are only a few options good available. The one we’d currently go for ourselves is the rather good MOTU 8pre so really this unit has to offer up something more for the money to take it’s title… and we have to say it does exactly that.

The 8pre is a Firewire interface in a world where Firewire appears to be on it’s way out and as such with ever more limited support, a good USB interface with similar features suddenly becomes very attractive. Add to the fact that this has the additional monitoring options thanks to the whole raft of output, the additional headphone socket and of course those famous Focusrite pre’s it means our sub £500 interface section could have a new leader for those who need a good value and fully featured recording interface when working in band recording scenarios.

The Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 ships in March 2013 for £399

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The Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 Homepage



Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 is the latest interface to join the Scarlett family alongside the 2i2, 8i6 and 18i6.

Featuring two combined Microphone and Instrument preamps, it basically has a very similar front panel layout as the Focsurrite Scarlett 2i2, but the real difference is with the addtion of 4 Phono outputs on the rear panel for easy interfacing with unbalanced DJ mixers. The four outputs opens up a whole heap of options from separate headphone monitor mixes to two channel stereo output for DJ’ing.

As with all the Scarlett range, it includes Ableton Live lite and the Scarlett Plug-In suite.

It’s pretty obvious that this is an update of the Focusrite Saffire 6, which we’d very much welcome as the rest of the Focusrite Scarlett range takes advantage of advances in technology since the introduction of the Focusrite Saffire USB units.

The Focusrite Scarlett range is fairly lightweight, considering the all-aluminium shell, but is defiantly robust enough to cope with being thrown in a bag for impromptu recording sessions.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Key features include:

  • Two high-quality award-winning Focusrite preamps
  • Anodised Aluminium Unibody Chassis
  • Ring LED signal indicators (green means healthy signal, red indicates clipping)
  • High-quality 24-bit/96 kHz USB interface
  • Better than 105dB dynamic range on record and playback
  • Mixer knob for latency-free direct monitoring, mixes between input signal and DAW playback signal
  • USB bus-powered
  • Two Neutrik combination inputs
  • Rear panel balanced TRS outputs (1 & 2) and phono (1-4)
  • MIDI in and out
  • Headphone amplifier with separate level control
  • Headphone monitor switch to hear either set of outputs
  • Switchable phantom power
  • Switchable 10dB pad on all inputs
  • Large monitor level control
  • Includes Xcite+ Pack, Ableton Live Lite and Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite







The 2i4 will be available in October with an RRP of 149.99

More information can be found on the Focusrite 2i4 product page here.

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Focusrite iTrack Solo – iPad Audio Interface

Focusrite’s iTrack Solo is thier second new offering of the day and brings the iPad into the interface fold with the same preamps as found in their Scarlett and Saffire interfaces.

It features recording at sample rates up to 96kHz and 24 Bit Resolution and is housed in the same aluminum case as the Scarlett 2i2, but in a fetching silver finish.

Key Features of the iTrack Solo

  • High-quality award-winning Focusrite microphone input.
  • Made for iPad. Compatible with Mac OS X and Windows.
  • Direct connections for microphone and instrument.
  • Signal halos for level and clip indication.
  • Connect directly to a loudspeaker system via rear panel phono connectors.
  • Aluminium unibody case.

You can read more about the Focusrite iTrack Solo Here

Pre-order from Scan now for October delivery – Priced £129.99

Focusrite Forte Audio Interface

Today Focusrite unveil “Forte”, their flagship portable audio interface.
Named in honour of their legendary console that virtually bankrupted the company in the 1980’s, this holds all the same quality values that they hold dear to thier hearts, but focuses on premium sound on the go. The interface’s key feature is that the Microphone preamps are taken from thier high end RedNet, ethernet based audio system, not the same ones used in the Saffire and Scarlett ranges.

I was really impressed by some of the design choices for this product, the large Aluminum volume and parameter control is just the ticket to pair up with some powered monitors. Some thought has also gone into the connections, with the outputs directly on the back panel, whilst the mic and instrument connections are on a detactchable extension lead.

I really am looking forward to running some tests on the A/D conversion, as the converters have 117dB and 118dB respectivel;y for the ADC and DAC.
These figures are actual real-world measurements, unlike many other manufacturers, so we should be able to expect Pro-tools HD quality as a minimum.

The only slight limitation is that the device cannot be powered from USB when using Phantom Power, it requires an external supply.
What this tells me is that the chips (converters, Preamps, op-amps and associated circuitry) take a lot more power, which totally goes in line with the premium nature of the product and has my faith in the no-expense spared concept.

I can almost hear the RME Babyface quivvering in it’s booties!

I’m looking forward to putting this through it’s paces as soon as i can.

Key Features of the Focusrite Forte

• Premium two-input, four-output USB 2.0 audio interface for Mac and PC.
• Best-in-class mic preamp performance with 75dB gain range (0-75dB).
• Class-leading real world ADC (117dB A-weighted) and DAC (118dB A-weighted).
• Colour OLED screen with motion graphics to show input and output signal levels.
• Multi-function touch icons and scroll wheel with DAW control functions.
• Bus-powered from USB cable (included PSU required for phantom power).

You can read more on the Focusrite Forte here

Forte will be available in October from Scan, – Pre Order now for £399.99


Focusrite & Novation Launch their "17 Days Of Prizes" Summer Contest

Whilst the great British weather remains ever changable, our friends over at Focusrite & Novation have a further way to possibly brighten up your Summer. They have 51 prizes to be won over the next 17 days by anyone who purchases and registers a new Focuserite or Novation device during this period.

“So whats the deal” we hear you say:

The Prizes:

Gold: £200 Voucher towards any Focusrite or Novation product

Silver: £100 Voucher towards any Focusrite or Novation product

Bronze: £50 Voucher towards any Focusrite or Novation product

Here’s how it works:

• Anyone who purchases a Focusrite or Novation product between 27 July and 12 August, 2012 is eligible to enter.

• To enter the competition, you must register their product as soon as it arrives at www.novationmusic.com/17days

• One set of vouchers (1 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze) will be awarded for each day of the competition.

• Winners will be notified within 5 days of their competition entry and all winners will be contacted directly by Focusrite with details about how to claim their prize.


For more info on entering you can check out our infomation page.

For a list of all qualifying Focusrite products at Scan.

For a list of all qualifying Novation products at Scan.

New Focusrite VRM Monitoring Guide

Last year one of the more interesting peices of kit released into the market place was called simply the Focusrite VRM Box where the VRM stands for “Virtual Reference Monitoring”.

We like this solution as it goes some way towards helping you carry out that age old ideal of testing your mix on as many reference systems as possible without having to record a copy off each time. The VRM box does this by emulating a selection of classic speakers and room modes so that you can audition your music in various situations without ever leaving the comfort of your studio chair. If you were to go out and purchase all of the speakers emulated to set them up in your own studio then the chances are you’d be out of room and money before completing such a project so this techknowledgy offers some great benefits that you simply wouldn’t be able to recreate with any real ease in the real world.

For more information over to Focusrite:

The Science of VRM

The Problem

Accurate mixing has until now, required expensive monitors and a carefully designed and treated control room. Currently, both professional music producers facing budgetary limitations and project music makers without access to such, frequently encounter mixing and “auditioning” difficulties.

The Solution
The Focusrite VRM Box solution allows you to choose from 10 pairs of industry standard nearfield and main monitors in an acoustically treated control room. Engineers routinely A/B their mixes by burning CDs and taking them into untreated rooms to reference on consumer stereos. The Focusrite VRM box eliminates this process by simulating two extra rooms; a large living room and a smaller bedroom. You can choose between a range of speakers including quality hi-fi, computer, cheap stereo and television speakers.

The Method
The Focusrite VRM Box uses standard headphones to reproduce the direct sound, together with software running on your computer that is used to simulate specific monitoring scenarios. VRM’s room models are mathematical models which provide greater flexibility in the possible combinations of loudspeakers. The loudspeaker simulations are created using convolutions of impulse responses measured using the original loudspeakers. The accuracy of these simulations in different environments is taken care of by the impulse responses themselves and the way they are calculated and manipulated.

The Focusrite VRM Specifications

Headphone Outputs (Outputs 1-2)
·      Output impedance: < 10 Ω
·      Power output into 150Ω: 15mW
·      Power output into 50Ω: 30mW
·      THD+N: -100dB (0.001%) (-1dBFS input, 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter, 150Ω load)
·      Signal to Noise Ratio: > 105dB
S/PDIF Digital Input
·      Automatic Sample Rate conversion
·      Supported sample rates: continuous from 32kHz to 192kHz
·      THD+N: < -110dB any sample rate
Crosstalk (Channel Isolation)
·      Any output to output: > 100dB
·      D/A Dynamic Range: 120dB (A-weighted)
·      Measured D/A Dynamic Range: 108dB (A-weighted)
·      Clock Source: Internal Clock only Clock jitter < 250 picoseconds
·      Supported Sample Rates: 44.1kHz & 48kHz
·      Input channels to computer: S/PDIF (stereo)
·      Output channels from computer: Headphones (stereo)
Connectors and Controls
·      Stereo S/PDIF input on RCA
·      Stereo Headphone Output on 1⁄4” TRS
·      Headphone Output Level control (analogue)
·      4-pin USB2.0 compatible socket
·      1 Green LED Indicator:
   –   Flashing: Unit not installed correctly on host
   –   Off: VRM effects turned off

For the Focusrite VRM Box at Scan.

For more info on the Focusrite VRM Box.

To Try out the Focusrite VRM Box online sampler.