Focusrite Debuts Scarlett Studio Kit

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Audio interface manufacturer Focusrite has announced its new Scarlett Studio home studio kit, which includes all the gear required to record musical tracks, including a fully-featured music software suite that works with both the Mac or PC.

Components include:

  • Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface: A two-in, two-out USB 2.0 audio interface that features a pair of Focusrite preamps. Scarlett 2i2 offers 24-bit/96kHz A-D/D-A conversion, plus analogue and digital circuit design from input to output “to ensure pristine audio quality throughout.”
  • Scarlett Studio CM25 Microphone: This tailored large-diaphragm electret condenser microphone captures sound from a wide range of sources sources, from vocals to violins to guitar amps, thanks to its cardioid pickup pattern and frequency response of 30Hz to 20kHz. A 3m XLR-XLR microphone cable is also included.
  • Scarlett Studio HP60 Headphones: Large drivers and a closed-back design allow you to monitor mixes accurately and overdub vocals and instruments with minimum spill. Frequency response of 10Hz to 30kHz.
  • Scarlett Studio Software Suite: Focusrite has teamed up with Steinberg to include Cubase LE 6 music production software. Record up to 16 tracks of audio and 24 tracks of MIDI, and run VST audio instruments and effects, such as the compressor, reverb, gate and EQ processors included in the Focusrite Scarlett plug-in bundle. Novation’s Bass Station soft synth is also included, as well as over 1GB of royalty-free samples from Loopmasters.

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16 Channels Of Audio For $500 – TASCAM’s US-2000

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TASCAM has announced the US-2000, a new one rackspace 16-input audio interface that’s expected to sell for under $500.

US-2000 features

  • 16-in / 4-out USB 2.0 audio interface.
  • 96kHz / 24-bit audio resolution.
  • (8) XLR microphone inputs with phantom power.
  • (6) 1/4? balanced line inputs.
  • (4) 1/4? balanced line outputs.
  • (2) 1/4? instrument inputs (chan. 7 & 8 on front panel “combi “jacks).
  • Stereo S/PDIF digital in and out.
  • 100-LED meter bridge (5 segments for each input and output).
  • Zero-latency direct monitoring with mono/stereo switch for each pair of inputs.
  • 1/4? balanced stereo monitor output with its own volume control.
  • 1/4? stereo high-powered headphone output.
  • Mac and Windows compatible.
  • Steinberg Cubase LE4 48-track recording software included.
  • High-tech, attractive aluminum case design.

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