How to use the Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 3rd Gen and the Focusrite Control software with your DAW

It’s been a long time coming but here it is as promised; a more in depth video on how to use the various features of the Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 3rd Gen and the Focusrite Control software, along with Ableton Live 10 software. 

Most of the features shown in this video can be performed on any Focusrite Scarlett Audio Interface, however there are a few notable omissions from some of the cheaper/older models, e.g. dual monitoring, software loopback etc. If in doubt, just check the user guides for your model. 

Pioneer S-DJ50X-W Active DJ Speaker Sound Test + Sound Comparison vs Yamaha HS80M & Sony SRS-X2

This is a followup to the unboxing + review I did a couple months back. Grab a good pair of headphones and listen to how this speaker sounds as recorded from a Rode VideoMic (shotgun).

I also switch between the Pioneer S-DJ50X, the Yamaha HS80M, and the Sony SRS-X2 Bluetooth speaker to help you compare the difference. Obviously it’s always recommended to go check the speaker out in person but in case you cannot do this, hopefully this video will be of use.

Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 3rd Gen Audio Interface Unboxing and Setup

Whilst the most popular audio interface for the entry-level market has long been the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, I wanted to get something that would tick more boxes and ultimately last a bit longer in the studio.

I decided to go for the Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 3rd Gen interface, featuring 8 inputs and 6 outputs, streaming support (software loopback) and standalone mode. This video documents the unboxing and initial setup of the software. More to follow.

Launching the ‘New’ Brand

As a creative I’ve never been able to sit still, always eager and curious to see what was around the corner, which has been great as it’s kept me on my game, learning every day and hellbent on constantly improving. My curiosity led me from almost taking a Computer Systems Engineering degree to instead taking a Multimedia Technology and Design degree.

During the degree I learnt a very broad array of skills and gained knowledge that was previously alien to me during my school days. Those skills will be with me forever, however they are really just a stepping stone for what’s to come.

Why is this relevant on a post about my personal brand? See it’s been over 7 years since I graduated and my personal brand has been a work in progress, so much so that for most of the time I have only ever shown a holding page on, and my social accounts flickered from design to design with no consistency.

However whilst I may not have had a solid brand I was out in the workplace, working on honing my skills, broadening my horizons, learning the industry, accepting each opportunity as it came into fruition. I’ve now reached a point in my career where I’m confident in my long term direction and goals; I now have a 5 year plan, I even have a 10 year plan, and what’s more I’m as excited for the journey as I am the milestones.

You may wonder why this post references personal brand rather than personal branding design, that’s simple, because personal branding design should reflect the brand personality it represents throughout. Therefore I wanted to reflect the 3 most important traits of me as a person: Curiosity, Boldness, and Kaizen.

I created a series of Wordmarks, almost timeless typographic logos that aim to convey the above sentiment. I understand that these may be up for ‘refinement’ in the not-so-distant future, however given the maturity in my career I’m comfortable they will have a sizeable shelf-life.