Focusrite’s Scarlett USB audio interface wins Queen’s Award for innovation

Focusrite Audio Engineering has received a Queen’s Award for its Scarlett range of USB audio interfaces.

Every year, around 200 British companies are recognised by the Queen for their outstanding contribution to industry, and this year Focusrite was the recipient of its fourth Queen’s Award, this time for innovation.

Introduced to the market in 2016, the Scarlett range features the virtual absence of undesirable latency (delay). The audio interfaces give the musician or producer the ability to connect microphones, instruments and other kinds of signals to a computer, which acts as a multitrack recording device with specialised software.

Scarlett’s redesigned USB 2.0-compatible platform provides professional standards of audio performance at prices that are within reach of amateurs and professional alike. And Scarlett products now represent an estimated 40% of all USB audio interfaces sold around the world, with approaching two million units sold.

“We’re delighted to receive this award for Scarlett. Whilst the second generation of the Scarlett range still provides the user with the best value and feature sets in the market, we set out to push the boundaries of the USB 2.0 interface performance to deliver the lowest latency possible between the computer and the device,” said Focusrite’s Chairman Phil Dudderidge.

“More musicians record their music using a Focusrite Scarlett than any other single brand of audio interface.

“We are very pleased that the Queen’s Award Office judges recognise the innovative nature and success of Scarlett Gen 2 and appreciate the importance of innovation in the professional audio industry.”

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