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Connecting your Scarlett interface to an iPad

Applies to: Scarlett 6i6, 8i6, 18i8, 18i20

The Scarlett 6i6, 8i6, 18i6, 18i8 and 18i20 can all be connected to an iPad via an Apple Camera Connection Kit. Please note that you will still need to use the power supply unit that came with your interface, you will not be able to bus-power the Scarlett from the iPad.

In order to do this, it is first necessary to set up the Scarlett's routing by connecting the unit to a Mac or PC with Scarlett Mix Control installed. You can download Scarlett Mix Control from the Downloads section of our website.

You will need to configure Scarlett Mix Control and then save those settings to the device since the settings cannot be altered while the unit is connected to the iPad. Scarlett Mix Control dictates what signals get sent to each output on the interface.

If you wish to use the low latency input monitoring feature of the Scarletts and hear your inputs before they pass through the software on your iPad, select Routing Preset 'Zero Latency Tracking'. You will then need to mute the tracks that you are recording to in the recording software on your iPad to prevent you from hearing the signal twice (it will still be recording even though it's muted). You can adjust the relative balance of the inputs using the faders along the top of the screen.

If you wish to hear only the return signal from the recording software (for example if you're using an amp simulator or additional effects), select Routing Preset 'DAW Tracking'. This prevents the input signal being sent directly to the outputs, allowing you to monitor from the recording software you're using instead.

If you're connecting a guitar/bass to one of the first two inputs on the interface, you'll need to select the Instrument circuit rather than the Line circuit. This can be accomplished at the bottom of Scarlett Mix Control (or on the front panel of the 18i20).

On the right hand side of Scarlett Mix Control is the Monitoring section. In this section, it's possible to dictate the level being sent to each output on the interface. If an output is blue, it's volume is affected by the position of the software volume dial. If red, that output is off and no signal will pass from it. You can turn outputs blue/red by left-clicking on them. 

Shift-clicking will turn an output grey. This means that the output is not affected by the position of the volume dial and will output at full scale (maximum volume). This is useful if you wish to control, for example, the volume of the headphone outputs using the controls on the interface itself.

Finally, ensure that the sample rate is set at the desired rate and that your sync source settings are correct (if you're not connecting any additional equipment digitally via ADAT or SPDIF, this should be 'Internal').

After you have finished your configuration, go to File > Save to Hardware. This saves the settings to the Scarlett interface. Now, close Scarlett Mix Control and disconnect the Scarlett interface from the computer. You can now connect it to your iPad using an Apple Camera Connection Kit and use it to record and play back audio with a recording app.

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