Focusrite Mic Pre Masters Scarlett

Explore Scarlett with ESKA

Folk singer and multi-instrumentalist ESKA Mtungwazi, born in Zimbabwe and raised in Lewisham, has been described as the “Queen Of Soul” and “the finest female vocalist in the UK” – with fans including Grace Jones, Laura Mvula and Jamie Cullum. Her eclectic influences span from Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Wet Wet Wet, and Captain Beefheart whose records her father played her as a child, alongside choral music, reggae and Appalachian folk.

ESKA joined us at Miloco’s The Pool Studio in South London to perform her track So Long Eddy with her band. The session was mixed and produced by John Mitchell (Enter Shikari, Young Guns, Lower Than Atlantis), and engineered by Will Kent using a Scarlett 18i20 interface and an Octopre MkII Dynamic connected to Scarlett via its ADAT input.

Get a taste of the session in the video below – then break down the recording part-by-part and hear the exceptional performance of Scarlett’s mic preamps.

The Tech of Scarlett

Scarlett is a range of USB interfaces, some of which are bus-powered. The USB bus provides a maximum current of 500mA, and this defines the boundaries of what can be achieved in the mic preamps – especially when it comes to supplying 48v phantom power for the condenser mics generally used for vocals and acoustic instruments.

ESKA In The Mix

In the mixer panel below, you’ll find an excerpt of the performance of So Long Eddy. We’ve broken down the song into nine “stems” or submixes so you can listen to tracks individually by soloing them with the (S) button to hear the sound captured by the Scarlett interfaces, or drop them out with the mute (M) button. To play the track again, just stop and hit play. Create your own mix using the faders on the left.

To find out how each track was recorded, click on the track name above the fader. The Scarlett 18i20 was used for all recording, and all the tracking was done in Pro Tools 12 using a mid-2012 MacBook Pro.

Vocals: ESKA Mtungwazi
Guitar: Joe Newman
Chromatic Harmonica: Philip Achille
Bass: Andy Hamill
Drums: Jose Joyette

Please allow time for the tracks to load before you listen to them. The lossless, CD quality versions are larger in size and therefore take longer to load than the compressed .mp3 versions below. To listen to the lossless files, click on the button at the top of the player.