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Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB 2.0 Audio Interface, New

With four XLR mic preamps, four more line inputs, ADAT and S/PDIF I/O and MIDI I/O, the Scarlett 18i8 has the ins and outs you need to build your studio. (3) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Focusrite's Scarlett 18i8 is the USB 2.0 audio interface that grows with your studio. With 18 ins and 18 outs, 4 front-panel mic preamps, bundled recording software, and a portable, rugged enclosure, the Scarlett 18i8 is well-equipped to record every audio source imaginable with whatever instruments, microphones, computers, and gear you have handy.

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Plentiful, Flexible I/O in a Desktop-Sized Interface

Lots of I/O lets you capture every member of the band. Driving the Scarlett 18i8 is the Fantastic Four of mic pres with pads, +48V phantom power, and front-panel accessibility. Two of the Focusrite mic preamps sport Mic/Line/Instrument on universal XLR/TRS connectors, and the other two offer Mic/Line capability on universal XLRs. In addition, this Scarlett has 4 more line inputs with TRS connectors; a stereo S/PDIF coaxial input; and an ADAT optical digital jack that lends the interface 8 additional digital inputs that can also be used with external mic preamps, enabling the Scarlett 18i8 to handle up to 12 mic inputs.

A pair of TRS monitor outputs, along with stereo S/PDIF coax and two independent stereo headphone outputs with their own volume knobs, round out the interface's comprehensive collective of connections.

Monitor in the way that works for you, and enjoy the big, precise sound that comes courtesy of 96 kHz/24-bit sampling aA/D/D/A conversion. The Scarlett 18i8 is compatible with Mac, PC, and iPad (Apple Camera Connection Kit required for iPad use), so you get pristine, accurate audio no matter which recording application or platform you send your signal through.

Sweet Software Suite Included

You'll master your mix, no problem, with the Scarlett MixControl low-latency DSP-based software mixer and router, which ships with the USB audio interface. It boasts less than 1.4 ms latency performance, as well as easy one-click presets.

Also included with the Scarlett 18i8 is Focusrite's Scarlett plug-in suite (VST, AU, and RTAS), which features EQ, gate, compression, and reverb; Ableton Live Lite music-production software; Novation's Bass Station software synthesizer; and a Loopmasters sample pack loaded with 1 GB of royalty-free loops and sounds. It's everything you need to start making music right out of the box.

Musician-Proof Construction

Designed to withstand an exceptional amount of use and abuse, the Scarlett 18i8 is housed in a sleek, portable red unibody metal case. Its inviting main monitor knob with mute button puts you in control of your monitor levels, while intuitive LED-lit input level controls provide at-a-glance indication of your signal status. If you see green, you're good to go; if it's red, you have some overloading to fix.

Features:

USB 2.0 audio interface
- 4 Focusrite XLR mic preamps with pads and 48V phantom power
- 18 inputs and 8 outputs, including extra line inputs, ADAT and S/PDIF I/O, and MIDI I/O
- 96 kHz/24-bit conversion for pristine audio quality
- Main monitor control with mute function
- Input level controls illuminate in red or green to indicate the quality of your audio signal
- Scarlett MixControl low-latency DSP mixer and router
- 2 headphone outputs with separate level controls
- Includes Xcite+ Pack: Ableton Live Lite, Novation Bass Station software synth, and 1 GB of Loopmasters samples
- Ships with Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS plug-in suite
- Works with Mac, PC, and iPad
- Rugged metal unibody chassis

The Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB 2.0 audio interface makes it easy for bands, producers, and studio owners to record up to four mic inputs and four line inputs simultaneously. ADAT expands the Scarlett 18i8's capabilities even further, giving you tons of flexibility when working with a range of recording requirements.

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Inputs:
2 Mic/Line/Inst, combination XLR-1/4" connectors
2 Mic/Line, combination XLR-1/4" connectors
4 Line, 1/4" TRS connectors (on rear panel)
2-channel S/PDIF, RCA phono connector
8-channel ADAT, Optical Lightpipe connector (4 channels via 96 kHz SMUX)
16-channel MIDI, 5-pin DIN connector

Outputs:
4 Line, 1/4" TRS connectors
2 stereo headphone outputs, 1/4" TRS connectors with dedicated level dials
2-channel S/PDIF, RCA phono connector
15-channel MIDI, 5-pin DIN connector
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 6 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 12 x 11 x 5 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 310-322-5500

Product Description

For small bands, Scarlett 18i8 is both portable and expandable (ADAT & S/PDIF). It is equipped with 4 Focusrite mics pres, MIDI I/O, and 2 headphone amps.

Professional artists and producers the world over choose Focusrite to record and produce their music. Now, with Scarlett 18i8, you can record with four award-winning Focusrite Mic preamps, supply two headphone mixes with headphone volume control and have access to a whole host of other inputs and outputs, all from one portable, rugged interface. Whatever the scale of your project, Scarlett 18i8 is up for the challenge.

The Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 is an 18 in/8 out USB 2.0 audio interface and part of the new generation of Focusrite audio interfaces, designed to make music creation easier and sound better than ever before. Featuring four award-winning Focusrite mic pre amps alongside a flexible array of other input and output options, the Scarlett 18i8 is the perfect match for the discerning producer or small recording band, allowing up to four mic inputs and four line inputs to be recorded simultaneously. And with the option of ADAT, a unit such as an OctoPre MkII can be connected, bringing the number of mic pres up to 12.

USB 2.0 audio interface with four Focusrite mic pres

The new Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 18-in/8-out interface extends the Scarlett range of USB 2.0 interfaces from Focusrite, each of which offers a series of high-quality inputs and outputs for different recording requirements. With four Focusrite mic pres, Scarlett 18i8 is designed for producers and recording artists or bands who require the ability to record a significant number of sources at the same time including multiple mics/instruments, with expansion capability enabling it to handle multiple studio recording requirements. Scarlett 18i8 works on Mac, PC and iPad (Apple Camera Connection Kit required for iPad).

Focusrite was commissioned to make its first no-holds-barred microphone preamps by Sir George Martin for his Air Studio facility in London. Over the following 25 years Focusrite has designed some of the finest mic preamps in the music industry, and in recent years has developed a series of best-selling audio interfaces for people who really care about sound.

18 separate inputs

At the heart of 18i8 is a set of four Focusrite mic preamps with up to 60dB gain, designed specifically for Focusrite's computer audio interfaces. The first two offer Mic/Line/Instrument on universal XLR/TRS connectors while 3 and 4 offer Mic/Line capability on universal XLRs - all four on the front panel with pads and 48V phantom power. Four more line inputs are provided on TRS connectors. An ADAT optical digital connector provides eight additional digital inputs that can also be used with external mic preamps like Focusrite's OctoPre Mk II to increase the number of mic inputs the 18i8 can handle to 12. A stereo S/PDIF coaxial input is also included.

8 independent outputs

On the output side, there are two TRS monitor outputs, stereo S/PDIF coax, and two independent stereo headphone outputs, each with their own volume knob so artist and engineer can control their own personal monitoring. All analogue inputs and outputs have their own connectors, so no breakout cables are required, and all feature Focusrite precision 24-bit, 96kHz sampling A/D and D/A conversion to get the most accurate signal possible into and out of recording applications on Windows, Mac and now iOS apps.

Tough and innovative hardware

Scarlett 18i8 is housed in a compact red unibody metal case to withstand the rigours of the road -- and the studio. Input level controls feature signal halos LED rings around the level control that give a simple and immediate go/no-go level indication: green means there is a recordable signal while red indicates overload. A large main monitor knob with mute button means that main monitor levels are always at your fingertips.

Included software

Included in the package is the Scarlett MixControl low-latency DSP-based software mixer and router, with intuitive one-click presets and a latency of under 1.4 ms. You'll also find the Scarlett plug-in suite for VST, AU and RTAS, offering EQ, gate, compression and reverb, plus Ableton Live Lite, the Novation Bass Station soft synth and a Loopmasters sample pack.

Features:

- Four award-winning Focusrite mic pres
- 18 inputs, 8 outputs
- Rugged Metal unibody chassis
- Main monitor control with mute function
- High Quality 24bit 96KHz audio interface for Mac, PC and iPad
- Unique Gain Halos
- Scarlett MixControl ultra-low-latency DSP mixer and router
- Two headphone outputs with separate level controls
- Includes Xcite+ Pack: Ableton Live Lite, Novation's Bass Station soft synth and 1GB of Loopmasters samples
- Includes Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite
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Overall: I brought this from zzounds as part of a studio upgrade. This thing is sweet! The sound quality is amazing. It was easy to set up and start recording. I have used other brands in the past and they limited my ability due to poor sound. Never had a need to call manufacturer so I can't say much there. I'm just glad this thing didn't cost more. If you're looking for a great interface for a decent price, you can't go wrong. Thanks zzounds and focusrite.
Style of Music: Christian, Jazz, classical
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Overall: My review is .. I love it. Very user friendly and NOW I can run my whole studio thru it and record to my computer DAW. It is very well made and durable.
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