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Size: 18 inputs (4 mic pres) / 8 outputs
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
I own the 2i2, works great but needed to expand. Great online tech support.Published 6 days ago by Maltese Falcon
Superb product. The preamps are astounding. I use this with a high-end mic. This is a great gateway into recording with a truly high-end sound.Published 8 days ago by BillD
I purchased this as an upgrade for my Scarlett 2i4. The mic preamps sound fantastic and now I have 4 of them to record more instruments. Highly recommended!Published 12 days ago by John
Here's my first experience with this product:
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this is the first time in 10+ years where i was led astray by amazon reviews. this product has major issues. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Roman Pennington
I've only had the Scarlett 18-20 for a day but I feel compelled to review it. I've been using a Tascam US-1641 for years. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Seth Balmore
A very good product with a proud tradition of audio excellence. However, their customer and tech support is very poor. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Matthew Bowe
I've been running a Pro Tools Digi 001 on my old Mac G4 computer for the last 10 years (which still works great), but recently upgraded to a new computer (Mac Mini), and since the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Derek Dean