Focusrite Control Tutorial: (I) Understanding Focusrite Control

Applies To: Scarlett 2nd Generation 6i6, 18i8, & 18i20; Clarett 2Pre, 4Pre, 8Pre, & 8PreX; Red 4Pre & 8Pre

I. Understanding Focusrite Control

Focusrite Control is the software necessary to make changes in your Focusrite hardware. This software will give you a user-friendly control surfacer which will be used to set the routing and recording parameters of your unit, as well as input settings (depending on the unit connected). 

Device Settings: This tab will show you a basic rundown of how your Red/Clarett/Scarlett 2nd Gen unit is configured. Below, each section is defined and their functions explained:


1. SYNC Indicator - The green Sync ‘LED’ at the screen top left should be illuminated; this confirms that the Focusrite device is locked to a valid clock source.

2. Focusrite Control Software Version - Current version of the Focusrite Control software

3. Hardware ID - Can Be renamed for the purpose of distinguishing between two or more Scarlett, Clarett and Red interfaces. By default this will display the manufacturing identification number.

4. Sample Rate , Clock Source and Sync Status - Sample

5. SPDIF Source: SPDIF can be connected via RCA coaxial or ia Optical

6. Monitor Controls: Set which outputs the MAIN MONITOR knob will control (*select devices)

7. Remote Devices: If you want to control Focusrite Control remotely, all compatible devices will show up here for enabling

8. Input Source Type Selection for inputs: Switch to either Line or Instruments depending on your source type

9. Device Setting / Output Routing Tabs: Toggle between your 2 main sections here

More in detail:

Following down on the left side of the software the next bubble down will show you which unit you have connected as well as which Firmware is installed on your device. Below this is where you will set your Sample Rate and Clock Source.

For more information on Clock Source and Sample Rate: Click Here

For more information on which Clock Source to choose: Click Here

In this case we have a Clarett 8PreX connected with an Internal Clock Source selected and a Sample Rate of 44.1 kHz:


The Clarett and Red Range also allow for selectable digital inputs, where you can choose S/PDIF source. Here the Clarett 8PreX and Red Range will also designate what your LED meter feedback is displaying.

Following down on the left side of the software the third bubble down will show your Monitor Controls, this is applicable to the Scarlett 18i20 along with the Clarett and Red range. This section establishes what line output range the digital monitor encoder will control. In most programs, Output 1 – 2 are typically the main outputs. For surround-sound monitoring, you would want all outputs on the same encoder as shown below:


Following down on the left side of the software the last bubble shown will display how many Remote Devices you have attached to your Focusrite Control software. Focusrite Control can be manipulated via the Focusrite Control iOS app, which can be used to sync any iOS 8.0 (and above) device to the Focusrite Control software and control routing settings remotely. As shown below there is one iPhone and one iPad synced to the Focusrite Control software:


            For more information on Focusrite Control iOS: Click Here

On the right side of this Device Settings tab is where all assignable functions to the analog inputs will be controlled. 

The Clarett 8PreX offers Mic, Line, and Instrument level as well as the Air Mode function:


The Clarett 8Pre, 4Pre, and 2Pre will have instrument and line level selection on Hardware Input 1 and 2, and the Air selector for all other available channels:


Along with Mic, Line, Instrument level, and Air Mode, for the Red range this area is also where Phantom Power, Phase Positioning, High Pass Filter, and Stereo Link are selected:


The Scarlett 6i6 and 18i8 will show a simpler version of both of these, where only Line/Instrument switching is selected along with the Pad functionality:


            For more information on Mic, Line, and Instrument Level: Click Here

Input Routing: This section is only applicable to the Red range and will not be present with the Scarlett 2nd Gen or Clarett interfaces. The input routing section of Focusrite Control allows the user to change the order of the inputs received by the DAW. More information on this can be found here

Output Routing: This tab will show you the outputs of your device and what is routed to them. There are three output routing options available to each output:

1. Playback (DAW): Meaning only sounds being played from your dedicated software outputs will be played through your interface.


2. Hardware Input: Meaning only the selected inputs on the interface will be routed to the outputs, and the computer source will be un-routed.


3. Custom Mix: Meaning a user defined combination of hardware inputs and software outputs routed.

Simply click in the desired Output box on the left side of this window to select between options. The selected Output will show lit up while all other options are greyed out as shown below. (In this case we have Line Output 3-4 Selected)


If Playback (DAW) is selected please note that Playback 1-2 is usually the software’s default Left and Right output. (i.e. Pro Tools, iTunes) 

The right side of the Output Routing tab will show the selected routing for the chosen output. If Playback (DAW) or Hardware Input is selected this will simply display the direct routing for the chosen output as shown below:

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When Custom Mix is selected it will populate this screen with the output mixer for you to set the routing:


Articles to Follow: 

(II) Setting Custom Mixes

(III) Saving, Loading, and Using Presets

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