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Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 18 In/8 Out USB 2.0 Audio Interface with Four Focusrite Mic Preamps

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  • Four award-winning Focusrite mic pres with 18 inputs and 8 outputs
  • Two independent headphone outputs each with a level control
  • Rugged metal unibody chassis
  • High quality 24bit 96KHz audio interface for Mac, PC and iPad
  • Includes an authorization code for Ableton Live Lite, Scarlett Plug-in Suite (RTAS/AU/VST), Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST), Novation Bass Station, and 1GB of Loopmasters samples
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  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 11.4 x 4.6 inches ; 5.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00CPCJI2C
  • Item model number: SCARLETT 18i8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,974 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 8, 2013

Product Description

Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 Audio Interface

Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 Audio Interface
Designed for producers and recording artists or bands.
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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 that require the ability to record a significant number of sources at the same time, including multiple mics/instruments, with the expansion capability to handle multiple studio recording requirements. Scarlett 18i8 works on Mac, PC and iPad (Apple Camera Connection Kit required for iPad).


Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 Audio Interface
18 Separate Inputs, 8 Independent Outputs

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 inputs offer Mic/Line/Instrument on universal XLR/TRS connectors, while inputs 3 and 4 offer Mic/Line capability on universal XLRs-all four are 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 (sold separately) to increase the number of mic inputs the 18i8 can handle to 12. A stereo S/PDIF coaxial input is also included. 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 both the artist and the engineer can control their own personal monitoring. All analog inputs and outputs have their own connectors, so there is no need for breakout cables, 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.

Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 Audio Interface
Tough and Innovative Hardware

Scarlett 18i8 is housed in a compact red unibody metal case to withstand the rigors 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.

Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 Audio Interface
Included Software

Inside the box you'll find an authorization code for Ableton Live Lite (available via online download), as well as Focusrite's Scarlett plug-in suite and the Red 2 & Red 3 Plug­In Suite (AAX/AU/VST) upon registration of interface. Compatible with all major DAWs, Scarlett plug-in suite provides EQ, Compression, Gate and Reverb-essential tools for polishing your mix.

Which Scarlett Interface Is Right for You?

The Focusrite Scarlett series comes in a range of interface configurations. Use the chart to the left to compare models and find the right Scarlett for your recording needs.


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It's a great audio interface, the mic preamps are above my expectations.
Felipe
And there's a good chance that some of you out there have a very, very similar setup.
Ian Hlavacek
We typically record our voice students and now we can multi-track a band!
Jim Hickey

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Sumit Madan on June 25, 2013
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I own several audio interfaces, and this is probably the best I've bought in this price range. The most useful (and hardly advertised) feature is that it can operate in standalone and class compliant (CC) mode. There is no need to connect it to a computer, and it works natively with a iPad. I can carry it and use it on stage for monitoring, and turn it into a portable recording studio with a iPad. Do not neglect offline use when buying an interface, I've come to appreciate this feature after owning several devices which only work when connected to a computer and wished that Focusrite had released interfaces like these earlier.

The power adapter supports 110 - 240 V and the connectors can be swapped for different types of sockets.

For a really in-depth review (hardware / software / performance), refer to this review for Scarlett 18i6 (18i8 has 4 preamps, 2 headphone outs, standalone mode and better iPad compatiblity):

http://mikeriversaudio.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/focusrite-scarlett-8i6-and-18i6-review_revised.pdf
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ian Hlavacek on December 23, 2014
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I. Love. This.

I will admit it: I'm an amateur at recording. I'm little more than a guitar player who wants to record some music. But I want to learn more, and I have no doubt that it will be quite awhile (if ever) before I outgrow this puppy.

I did quite a bit of research before purchasing, looking at USB and Firewire audio interfaces in the sub-$400 price range. My main categories of comparison: cost, # of inputs, # of preamps, availability of midi connections, the Amazon review (which I'm very happy to contribute to now), the number of headphone jacks, and the ability to adjust main volume/headphone volume independently. The Scarlett 18i8 pretty much won across the board.

I want to highlight that last element: the independence of the main and headphone volumes. I imagine there are some setups where that independence is irrelevant, but for what I do it is crucial. And what's more: it is not a feature available on every audio interface out there! You can even find several high price, high quality devices that are otherwise winners that tie the headphone volume to the main volume. For me, that simply won't work. Let me describe my situation, and see if you fall into this camp:

My "recording studio" is my front bedroom. I don't have sound isolation. I have a setup that will make a true sound engineer cringe. I record guitars and vocals in the same room that I mix and playback. It's not ideal, but it's what I've got. And there's a good chance that some of you out there have a very, very similar setup.

Now, when I'm recording new tracks with a microphone (including guitars, vocals, and percussion), I need to have a way to turn down the main output speakers or the output will bleed into the new tracks.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David Carlin on December 18, 2013
Received my Focusrite 18i8. Surprised on the surface with how solid the enclosure was, but there are some hidden issues.

On the rear of the unit, there are four 1/4 female jacks for channels 5-6-7-8 as well as Monitor outs.
Each of these rear jacks use a plastic nut to hold each in place. To my surprise, after I connected my monitor speakers, my left port suddenly produced no output. Checked mixer settings of course, then later double checked the connections, and the input jack actually released the cable plug. There was almost no tension holding these plugs in. I tested them all and found at least three of them didn't securely hold the plug in at the very end when fully inserted and there was not that tension click. I ran yet another test. Left the cable in the same port again, and 30 minutes later, the same issue happened with the monitor cable.

Considering the female port may have just needed some downward tension, I removed the back cover and surprised to see that each of these ports were solid plastic construction and there was no way to adjust the tension of the jack. For something as solidly constructed as the cabinet, the parts used in the chinese construction are way below par....I am very dissapointed. Prior to this I used a smaller Presonus Audiobox and the jacks did not have this issue......

Bright spot was the pre-amps on the front are good and very quiet and very little white noise

I am curious if anyone else had this issue........Returning this one and may consider the Presonus as an alternative.

Update 12/29 : I hung onto the unit after all and made a few new observations. It appeared my shielded XLR to 1/4 Monitor cable may be one of the causes of the
port not grabbing the cable as tight.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Patrick James Foetisch on October 3, 2013
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Says it all in my title. I hesitated paying a little cheaper for the previous model that contained less inputs. Im glad i invest a bit more because i underestimated how many instruments i would be recording not necissarily at the same time, but in one recording session (which prevents me of unplugging, and replugging constantly, especially for one particular instrument/sound).

Bigger than i thought it would be but definitely a plus. Shows that it is well built, ready to use and means serious business.

I was also amazed by the simplicity of the design. Straight to the point without cutting corners. Preamp is really good.

All and all, I'd highly recommend this product to anyone looking for an audio interface.
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