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Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 3rd Generation 18-in, 8-out USB Audio Interface

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A Compact, Expandable 4 Pre Interface with Extensive I/O Capabilities


The 3rd Generation Scarlett 18i8 gives you all the tools to record all your instruments in studio quality, anywhere. With its high channel count, compact size and a huge selection of software in the box, 18i8 is ready to record your band wherever you are.

  • Four of the best performing Scarlett mic preamps the range has ever heard now with Air for miking up guitars or recording vocals

  • Two high headroom instrument inputs, for plugging your guitar or bass straight in

  • Eight balanced line inputs, for connecting synths or other line-level audio, and four balanced outputs, for monitoring and effects sends

  • Four monitor outs, featuring anti-thump tech and speaker switching

The third-generation Scarlett 18i8 is the perfect audio interface for recording engineers and producers who need to adapt to their recording environment, wherever they are.

It offers eight analogue inputs: four mic/line inputs, two high-impedance, high-headroom instrument inputs and four additional fixed-line inputs on the rear. An optical input allows for expansion of up to eight additional channels for larger recording sessions. And with improved A-D and D-A conversion, your recordings and playback will sound clear and pronounced up to 24-bit/192kHz, vital to helping you perfect your mix.

Scarlett 18i8 features four of Focusrite's best-ever-performing third-generation Scarlett mic preamps: with optional Air setting to reproduce the Air effect of their original ISA mic preamp, giving your vocal or acoustic recordings a brighter and more open sound. There's a pad on every mic preamp to accommodate higher-level signals without clipping.

Scarlett 18i8 offers two extra line outputs over the previous generation, and speaker switching technology for dual monitor setups. Two independent headphone outputs allow for both engineer and artist to monitor during recording sessions, and a pair of virtual loopback inputs allows you to capture a stereo feed of any combination of hardware input and software playback channels - making podcasting, live streaming and sampling tasks easier.

And as with all Focusrite products, you'll also benefit from membership in their Plug-in Collective, offering free software downloads and generous discounts as well as a two-year warranty and award-winning customer support.

Included Software
Ableton Live Lite music making software
Free 3-month Avid[reg] Pro Tools[reg] subscription
Free 3-month Splice Sounds subscription with new Splice accounts
Access to the Focusrite Plug-in Collective
Hitmaker Expansion which includes:
Antares[reg] Auto-Tune[reg] Access Allows everything from natural sounding, near-real-time pitch adjustment for getting the best vocal takes to lightning-fast Hip-hop-inspired pitching for adding a whole new sound to your track
Relab LX480 Essentials - Provides four reverbs, modelled on The Hit Factory NYC's reverb unit, and used on countless hits
Softube[reg] Marshall[reg] Silver Jubilee 2555 - A hyper-realistic model of Marshall's Silver Jubilee 2555 the modern evolution of the iconic JCM800 brought to you by analogue modeling experts Softube
XLN Audio[reg] Addictive Keys - Choice of one of four professional-sounding models from Steinway[reg], Yamaha[reg] and the classic Rhodes[reg]
XLN Audio[reg] Addictive Drums 2: Studio Rock Kit - Features expertly captured samples from a high-end Tama[reg] and Pearl[reg] drums, and Paiste[reg] and Sabian[reg] cymbals, recorded at Decibel Studios in Stockholm
Brainworx[reg] bx_oberhausen - Fully-analogue modelled replica of a classic American polysynth
Brainworx[reg] bx_console Focusrite SC - Brings the true sound of the preamps that made Focusrite what we are today to your music
Focusrite Red Plug-In Suite Meticulously captured digital models of the truly iconic EQ and Compressors which have made the Focusrite name a staple in world-class facilities across the globe
Brainworx[reg] bx_masterdesk - Brings a smooth and simple workflow to the art of mastering, and allows anyone, from first-time-producer to industry pro to get studio-quality results quickly and effortlessly

What's in the box
- Scarlett 18i8 3rd Gen.
- 1 x USB cable (Type C-A)
- Power Supply

Specifications
Connectivity: USB Type-C
Protocol: USB 2.0
Form Factor: Rack Mount (1U)
Simultaneous I/O: 18 x 8
A/D Resolution: 24-bit/192 kHz
Number of Preamps: 4
Number of Pads: 4
Phantom Power: YES
Instrument Inputs: 2
Line Inputs: 8
Analogue Outputs: 4
Headphone Outputs: 2
Main/Alt Speaker Switching: YES (via software)
Digital Inputs: S/PDIF & ADAT input
Digital Outputs: S/PDIF
MIDI I/O: YES
Loopback: YES
Bus Powered: NO
Included PSU: YES

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Bought this to serve as the audio hub of my home studio. Being a drummer, I wanted 4 mic preamps, as this is more than enough to record acoustic drums. The 18i8 was the logical choice. I’ve been very pleased with it so far. Lots of options - 4 mic preamps, 4 line inputs and expandable with another 8 mics via ADAT. The interface was pretty easy to set up, tho it took some time to figure out how to configure it correctly. Tracked drums for the time today and very pleased. Zero latency issues while tracking. It’s worth buying a Focusrite just for the software you get with it. I got Ableton Live Lite, a bunch of loops, 2 Focusrite plugins (not great ones), and a ton of other items. Plus, once you’re a member of their plugin collective, you get exclusive free plugins every few months. My favourite so far was the Reason Rack plugin. Anyway, 5/5 - would recommend.
Posted by Matthew Thomas on Nov 24, 2020
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