Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 3rd Gen USB Audio Interface

This compact USB interface is packed with 4 Scarlett mic preamps and extensive I/O, including 2 Hi-Z instrument inputs, 8 line inputs, S/PDIF, ADAT and MIDI.


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Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 2nd Gen USB Audio Interface

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More I/O for your studio! The Scarlett 18i8 gives you 4 Focusrite mic preamps plus 4 more analog line inputs, 10 channels of digital I/O, MIDI I/O and more.

Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 is ideal for musicians, producers and small bands who want to record audio from a wide range of sources such as drums, guitars, keyboards and vocals simultaneously. Four combi inputs with Scarlett mic preamps and two high headroom instrument inputs let you record any combination of instruments or vocals together. Connect your synths, keyboards or mixers into four additional line inputs on the rear panel, and connect any equipment with digital I/O to the SPDIF inputs to record ten simultaneous channels. Connect an OctoPre via ADAT, expanding to 12 mic preamps and 16 analogue inputs. Two discrete headphone outputs let you send separate headphone mixes to two artists, or an engineer and artist, while two balanced jack outputs let you connect to your professional studio monitors. With further MIDI connectivity, you can also integrate your favourite hardware synths with your DAW.

Take a closer look at everything the Scarlett 18i8 audio interface has to offer:

Next Generation -- Better in Every Way

The second generation Scarlett range is packed full of upgrades. Super-low latency* will bring confidence to your performance, letting you record and monitor with software effects in real time. Metal gain controls and a sleeker red metal chassis underscore its improved industrial design, built to go anywhere. The Scarlett range also now operates at sample rates all the way up to 192kHz, and the input channels have evolved too. The latest Scarlett mic preamp read more features a more even gain structure, so you can accurately set your levels, and the instrument input has also been completely redesigned with greater headroom to handle seriously hot guitar pick-ups. Finally, Focusrite have provided analogue protection circuitry across both the inputs and the outputs, to guard your interface against unwanted power surges.

See what's new in the 2nd Generation Scarlett interfaces:

Compare all the Focusrite Scarlett audio interfaces and packages with this video:

Intuitive Mix Control, Red Plug-ins and More

The included 'Focusrite Control' is a brand new software mixer for easy configuration of monitoring and routing setups. Simple and intuitive to use, Focusrite Control offers a traditional mixer workflow and allows immediate access to internal hardware functions. Also included are the software and effects you need; an exclusive version of Pro Tools | First - Focusrite Creative Pack (featuring 12 additional plug-ins including the Eleven Lite for real life guitar amp emulations), Ableton Live Lite, the Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite's Red Plug-In Suite, 2GB of Loopmasters samples and more.


- Eight analogue inputs, including four Scarlett mic preamps with plenty of even gain
- Two newly-designed instrument inputs, now with increased headroom
- Class-leading digital conversion at up to 24-bit /192kHz
- Super-low latency* lets you perform and produce using effects in real time, with no need for DSP
- Two independent balanced analogue outputs for connecting studio monitors
- Two discrete headphone outputs with dedicated volume controls
- Expand up to eight additional analogue inputs via ADAT
- Focusrite Control software to easily configure your monitoring and routing setups
- Includes Pro Tools | First - Focusrite Creative Pack and Ableton Live Lite
- All the additional software and loops you need to record
- Use it with all major DAWs on Mac and PC
- MIDI I/O connectivity, ideal for sending/receiving MIDI
- Stereo S/PDIF In and Out for connecting other digital devices
- Focusrite iOS Control: download the free Focusrite iOS Control app and adjust cue mixes remotely from an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch
- Focusrite Plug-in Collective: Monthly offers with free or discounted plug-ins for registered Focusrite interface owners

What's in the box?
- Scarlett 18i8 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface
- USB Cable
- Power Supply
- Bundle code for your free software

* Super-low roundtrip latency was measured at 2.74ms, working at 96kHz with a 32 samples buffer on Logic Pro X, running on a Mac Pro and OS 10.11
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System Requirements

- Mac OS X Yosemite, El Capitan
- Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows 10
Scarlett 18i8 (2nd Gen) is class compliant on Mac. Driver will be required for PC.

Scarlett 18i8 (2nd Gen) Included Software:
- Focusrite Control - Routing and monitoring application
- Red 2 & 3 Plug-in Suite
- Softube Time & Tone Pack
- Pro Tools First | First Focusrite Creative Pack
- Ableton Live Lite music making software
- 2 GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples
- Novation Bass Station VST and AU plug-in synthesizer
- XLN Audio Addictive Keys virtual instrument

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 310-322-5500

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. (3 ratings)
Submitted March 1, 2017 by Ken S in West Haven, UT

"Best Interface I've used."

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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I've tried a few of the other major brands in the sound interface world and have had fair to poor luck with most of them. Focusrite just seems to have it together when it comes to smooth integration, ease of use, and superior sound. The sound reproduction is crystal clear yet warm. The box is sexy too with it's red anodized brushed aluminum. I've owned two of these now and have had zero issues. I use Sonar Platinum with this interface. Flawless integration!

Musical Background:

30+ years playing professionally. Piano and bass guitar

Musical Style:

Mostly Rock and Pop but I write in several genres.
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