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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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18 inputs (4 mic pres) / 8 outputs
  • 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 Specifications

Size: 18 inputs (4 mic pres) / 8 outputs
Brand NameFocusrite
Color NameRed

Technical Details

Size: 18 inputs (4 mic pres) / 8 outputs
  • Model Number: SCARLETT 18i8
  • Model Name: SCARLETT 18i8

Product Description

Size: 18 inputs (4 mic pres) / 8 outputs

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.


Product Details

Size: 18 inputs (4 mic pres) / 8 outputs
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 11.4 x 4.6 inches ; 5.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B00CPCJI2C
  • Item model number: SCARLETT 18i8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,939 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 8, 2013

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89 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Learning with Mark W on July 13, 2013
Size: 6 inputs (2 mic pres) / 6 outputs Verified Purchase
I purchased the Scarlett 6i6 because I was in need of an audio interface that allowed me to send a separate signal to other band members. This was perfect because it has two headphone outputs and each one can have it's own signal. Further more the extra outputs on the back allow for future expansion if needed later.

First off this isn't my first dance with Focusrite. I previously had a Scarlett 2i2. The 2i2 had great Mic Pre-Amps and a great build quality. While I did like the interface I traded it for the Propellerhead Balance Audio Interface. Balance was also a 2in/2out device but it allowed you to connect multiple devices at once and switch the inputs at the push of a button. Balance was an awesome interface but lacked in the multiple outputs. After much research I came across the Focusrite Scarlet 6i6 which according to the specs it would suite my needs.

Build Quality
The Scarlett 6i6 has great build quality as you would expect. It has a thick, rugged metal casing so it should stand up to some abuse. The jacks feel solid and durable. My only complaint on the build quality would be the monitor and headphone knobs. They seem to be of cheaper quality when compared with the solid feel of the gain knobs located by the Mic Pre-Amp inputs. I'm sure if you take care of your unit the monitor and headphone knobs will be just fine. However if you're rough on equipment be very cautious with those knobs because I could see them potentially breaking if too much stress is put on them during travel.

Setup and Use
The install was very easy. Simply register your unit and then proceed to download and install the Scarlett MixControl software. Be sure to do this before connecting the unit to your computer.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Sumit Madan on June 25, 2013
Size: 18 inputs (4 mic pres) / 8 outputs Verified Purchase
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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Joelle Mcneil on October 25, 2013
Size: 18 inputs (8 mic pres) / 20 outputs
I'll skip the generic praise and get to the essential pros and cons.

Pros:
A myriad of inputs and outputs
Two headphone outputs
Beautiful red paintjob
Heavy duty construction
Free mixing plugins
Standby mode allows throughput just by turning on
ADAT support
MIDI in/ MIDI out
The free MixControl software
Focusrite Preamps

Cons:
You must install MixControl to install appropriate drivers as there is no driver CD in the box. Small one time annoyance.

Gain has to be cranked sometime to get an appropriate level signal.

Phantom power can only be turned throughout inputs 1-4 and 5-8 at a time. No on an as needed. so if only input 3 needs phantom power you must push the phantom power 1-4 button engaging it for all 4 inputs. Don't worry as this will NOT damage or affect the other inputs using dynamic mics and will only hurt older ribbon mics.

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Lets start with the preamps. Focusrite is world renowned for their preamps and it really shows here. The interesting thing I noticed when I first ran my guitar through it was the it sounded WORSE than my Mbox Pro's preamps in terms of EQ. Thats because the Scarlett is more transparent in it's preamps allowing you to more accurately here your tone. After adjusting my tone the sound increased in quality by sevenfold. Also there was a noticeable increase in dynamic range as the Mbox had more of a compressed sound.

Included is the MixControl software which allows users to route different mixes to any output they see fit. This come in handy for live sound as it allow you to set up monitor mixes, both wedges and in ear.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By David Carlin on December 18, 2013
Size: 18 inputs (4 mic pres) / 8 outputs
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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